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Nevada/Utah/Arizona
The Best of Color Country National Parks: Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon
Discover the colorful and ancient landscapes of three iconic national parks as you explore geological monuments, visit historic lodges and marvel at scenic wonders with a naturalist.
Rating (4.97)
Program No. 11573BSY
Length
8 days
Starts at
1,695
Getting There
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At a Glance

The Colorado Plateau has created monuments shaped by winter snows, rain and geological upheaval over a span of time eluding human comprehension. Even with an understanding of geology, the multi-hued amphitheaters and hoodoos of Bryce, the cathedral canyons of Zion and the lush North Rim of the Grand Canyon seem improbable — inspiring wonder and defying imagination. Venture into these breathtaking national parks to discover their evolution through geologic time and the natural history and human stories that also color this country.
Activity Level
Varies by date
Varies by date. Elevations up to 8,000 feet. Moderate: Walking up to one mile on varied terrain. Active: Walking three miles daily on varied terrain. Elevations up to 9,115 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hike in Zion National Park's main canyon as a naturalist provides trailside insights.
  • Spend a day among hoodoos and other rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • Witness sunrise and sunset at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim and enjoy a meditative hike below the rim on the North Kaibab Trail.
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Jennifer Beltz
Jennifer Beltz is a former interpretive park ranger at Phantom Ranch, located in Grand Canyon National Park. She has worked as a naturalist and national park ranger throughout the United States, was co-coordinator of a Road Scholar service program that built a health clinic in Brazil, and has worked on many intergenerational programs. Jennifer has lectured in the Department of Geography and Public Planning at Northern Arizona University and has led programs for Road Scholar since 1992.
Bruce Banker
David M. Best
Joanna Joseph
Jeff Strang
Jennifer Beltz
Mary Best
Don Lago
Amy Calhoun
Janice Hayden
Rose Houk
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