The Best of Color Country National Parks: Zion, Bryce & 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.
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Program No. 11573RJ
8 days
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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. On Your Feet: Walking up to one mile on varied terrain. Keep the Pace: 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 or along the rim of the Grand Canyon.
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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.
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Bruce Banker
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David M. Best
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Joanna Joseph
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Jennifer Beltz
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Don Lago
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