Activity note: Inn check-in from 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. We’ll transfer via motorcoach to campus for dinner.
Dinner: In our private meeting room at Dixie State University, we will enjoy a delicious welcome banquet buffet, plus coffee, tea, water.
Evening: Orientation. Returning to the College Inn, the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Transportation will be provided primarily by motorcoach unless otherwise specified. Be sure to bring a daypack, water bottle, sun protection, sturdy walking shoes and anything else you think you will need during our hikes in the desert. Durations of hikes vary depending on the group. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. After orientation we'll have a brief introduction to photography class from our instructor. Then, we’ll continue getting to know our fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Walking 2-4 miles, mostly paved trails, some uneven and slippery terrain depending on which photo hike is chosen with a maximum elevation change of 200 ft. Elevation of Zion is approximately 4000 feet. Driving 45 miles, about 1 hour.
Breakfast: At the College Inn, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as hard boiled eggs, hot oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, coffee, tea, milk and juice.
Morning: We will transfer via motorcoach to Zion National Park. At Zion Lodge, we will board a park shuttle and continue up canyon to the Temple of Sinawava, where we’ll find the Riverside Walk Trailhead. From here, we will begin our photo hike on a fairly level, paved trail that follows the course of the Virgin River deep into the heart of Zion Canyon, past lush hanging gardens and soaring weeping walls. We’ll learn from our instructors about photographing in different colors and light, with hues from the canyon walls reflecting in the river as it cuts through the multicolored Navajo sandstone, and flowers and ferns grow from “weeping” canyon walls. We will then board our motorcoach for a short ride to Springdale for lunch.
Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a buffet including soups, salads, various choices of main course, fruit, dessert, soft drinks, lemonade, coffee, tea and water.
Afternoon: We’ll return to Zion National Park and continue our photographic exploration of this stunning geologic wonder. We will check into our hotel in Springdale in the late afternoon and enjoy another photography class from our instructor.
Dinner: We'll enjoy a plated dinner at a local restaurant in Springdale, with a varied menu of local favorites. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: After dinner, we'll depart for a sunset photo shoot in Zion National Park. From Canyon Junction, we’ll photograph dispersed rays of light from the setting sun illuminating the 6,545-foot red sandstone spire of the Watchman as it stands guard over the Virgin River and Zion Canyon.
Activity note: We’ll enjoy a pre-breakfast sunrise photo shoot in Zion National Park. Hiking up to 2 miles on uneven paved trails with 100 foot change in elevation.
Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a buffet including fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, pancakes, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, assorted teas, juice, milk, and water.
Morning: Before breakfast, we'll depart the hotel via motorcoach for a sunrise photo shoot of the Towers of the Virgin in Zion National Park, as the sun rises above the eastern canyon walls and magnificently and majestically brings life to the towering cliffs of red Navajo sandstone. After breakfast back at the hotel, we’ll depart via motorcoach for additional photo shoots in Zion to capture and experience some of the diversity and color found in places such as Emerald Pools to photograph waterfalls cascading over sandstone cliffs to shallow green pools. We’ll also visit the Court of the Patriarchs, a collection of peaks individually named for the biblical Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, for a photo opportunity in the morning light when the sun’s rays fall directly onto the red sandstone cliffs.
Lunch: On the trail, we’ll have box lunches including a sandwich, chips, cookie and fruit.
Afternoon: We’ll return to the hotel for an early afternoon photo class with our instructor.
Dinner: At a local restaurant in Springdale, we’ll enjoy a plated meal of fine Southwestern cuisine, with coffee, tea, soft drinks, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Driving 75 miles, about 1.5 hours to Bryce Canyon. Hiking up to 2 miles on uneven, unpaved trails with moderate to steep inclines and declines. Elevation is approximately 8,000 feet at Bryce Canyon.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll check out and travel northeast by motorcoach on two of America’s Scenic Byways, Highways 89 and 12, to Bryce Canyon National Park. We’ll explore and photograph the fascinating hoodoo formations of red stone spires and fins at Red Canyon near the entrance to Bryce.
Lunch: At Ruby’s Inn near Bryce Canyon, we’ll have a buffet lunch including coffee, tea, soft drinks, water.
Afternoon: We'll hike along the rim from Sunset to Sunrise Point capturing the magical shapes, shadows, and variety of colors found in the hoodoo formations of Bryce Canyon. We’ll return to Ruby’s Inn in the late afternoon to check into the hotel.
Dinner: At Ruby’s Inn, we’ll enjoy a buffet meal, with coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure. Rest, relax, or see more of Bryce Canyon National Park on your own. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: We’ll enjoy a pre-breakfast sunrise photo shoot in Bryce Canyon National Park. Driving 112 miles, about 2.5 hours.
Breakfast: At a local restaurant, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as scrambled eggs, French toast, oatmeal, smoked bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, milk, juice, coffee, assorted teas, and water.
Morning: Before breakfast, we’ll depart early to photograph the magical glowing hoodoos of Bryce Canyon as the rising sun brings them to life. We’ll capture a fresh perspective that can only be seen by the light of the early morning sun. After breakfast, we’ll check out of the hotel and travel east on Highway 12, one of America’s Scenic Byways, through the heart of the wild and spectacular Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a Dutch oven prepared buffet meal including barbecue pork, fresh home-grown vegetables, potatoes and baked beans, coleslaw, lemonade and dessert. Coffee, tea, water included.
Afternoon: We’ll continue traveling along Highway 12 through deep canyons cut into sandstone and over an ancient, forested shield volcano, Boulder Mountain, to Torrey, UT, and check in to our hotel.
Dinner: At Rim Rock Restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with dessert and coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: We’ll travel by motorcoach to Capitol Reef National Park for a sunset photo shoot to capture desert vistas, white sandstone ridges and domes, and eroded geologic wonders illuminated by the setting sun. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: Driving approximately 155 miles, about 3 hours. Hiking under 1/4 mile on flat terrain.
Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a buffet meal with coffee, tea, juice, milk, and water included.
Morning: We’ll check out and depart for Capitol Reef National Park for a photo shoot field trip. We’ll see towering domes and spires carved by the Fremont River, ancient petroglyphs, and fruit trees around the Gifford Homestead in the desert oasis of the historic Fruita Valley. We’ll then proceed to Green River, UT, for lunch.
Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a buffet with soups, salads, various choices of main dishes, fruit, dessert, soft drinks, lemonade, coffee, tea, and water.
Afternoon: We’ll resume our transfer to Moab, UT, in the Arches area and check in to our hotel.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Evening: We’ll go out for a sunset photo shoot in the Windows section of Arches National Park, where hundreds of natural windows, fins, and spires stand as a testament to geologic time and the forces of erosion. There we’ll photograph, in the evening light.
Activity note: We’ll enjoy a pre-breakfast sunrise photo shoot in Dead Horse Point State Park. Driving distance is 33 miles, under 1 hour. Minimal walking.
Breakfast: During our early morning field trip, we’ll have box breakfasts with a hot breakfast sandwich, juice, coffee.
Morning: Before breakfast, we’ll set out via motorcoach for Dead Horse Point State Park for a sunrise photo shoot, capturing the sun as it illuminates myriad canyons carved by the Colorado River as we peer into Canyonlands National Park from Dead Horse Point. From this point, we can enjoy 100 mile views into Canyonlands and beyond! After breakfast in the field, we’ll travel to Arches National Park for another photo shoot. Whether teetering on the edge of a cliff-top mesa or crouching under a rock arch for the perfect angle, this is a landscape so awe-inspiring that it is exhilarating to capture it on camera!
Lunch: On the trail, we’ll enjoy box lunches.
Afternoon: We’ll continue to explore some of the more than 2,000 arches and capture photos of unusual rock formations, deeply eroded canyons interspersed with sheer-sided mesas, balanced rocks, and more. We’ll then return to the hotel in Moab.
Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. You may wish to explore Moab and see what activities the town’s nightlife has to offer or just relax at the hotel.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Driving approximately 280 miles, about 4.5 hours. Jeep ride 1.5 hours at Navajo Tribal Park. Minimal walking.
Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a buffet breakfast including hard-boiled eggs, oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, juice, coffee, tea and water.
Morning: Checking out of the hotel, we’ll travel to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park for a photo shoot and more exploration of the valley. Navajo people will give us a first-hand experience of their culture and customs. We will visit places off the beaten path via a narrated Jeep ride and enjoy nature’s marvelous sandstone creations of the iconic East and West Mittens. At the park visitor center, we will learn more about Navajo culture, tradition, language and history.
Lunch: At historic Goulding’s Trading Post in Monument Valley, staffed by local Diné (Navajos) and the shoot location of many classic Western movies, we’ll enjoy traditional Navajo foods, soup and salad bar, or sandwich. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, water included.
Afternoon: We’ll travel on to Page, AZ, and check in to our hotel.
Dinner: At the resort, we’ll enjoy a choice from a select menu of plated meals with dessert, coffee, tea, soft drinks, lemonade, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure. Enjoy a dip in the pool or a walk along the shores of Lake Powell.
Activity note: Driving approximately 150 miles, about 3 hours, with one stop. Walking down 5 flights of steep, sturdy, built in stairs and back at Lower Antelope Canyon.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes choices such as eggs, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, hash browns, cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted pastries, with milk, juice, coffee, tea, water included.
Morning: Today’s photo shoot field trip, via motorcoach is to Lower Antelope Canyon, the most photographed slot canyon in the Southwest that is famous not only for its remarkable, other-worldly shapes, but also for the colors produced as the constantly changing light shines down through the spaces. We’ll be chaperoned on this visit by native Navajo experts.
Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a choice of plated meals from a select menu with soft drinks, ice tea, lemonade, water included.
Afternoon: We will transfer back to St. George in time for our farewell dinner.
Dinner: In Dixie State University's banquet room, we’ll enjoy a lovely farewell buffet dinner with coffee, iced tea, and water.
Evening: We’ll conclude our program with a final opportunity to share with others and take home treasured photos of the world’s greatest scenic rock formations! We’ll then prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check-out by 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast: Inn buffet. This concludes our program.
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