14191
Utah
Photography in Utah’s National Parks: Zion, Bryce, Arches and More!
Improve your photography skills through professional instruction as you learn about composition, camera functions and technique in the stunning beauty of Utah’s national parks.
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Program No. 14191RJ
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23 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
St. George, Utah
D
College Inn

Dinner: 5:15 p.m. In our private meeting room at Dixie State University, enjoy a delicious welcome banquet featuring a buffet, plus coffee, tea, water.

Evening: We’ll then return to the hotel for Orientation. The Group Leader will lead everyone in a welcome and introduction session. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. After orientation we'll have a brief introduction to photography class. 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 photography hikes in the desert. This program has a Group Leader who will deal primarily with logistics, and two photo Instructors. Unless otherwise noted, evenings are at your leisure and 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. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the full day ahead.

DAY
2
Zion National Park
Zion National Park
B,L,D
Springhill Suites by Marriott Springdale Zion National Park

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 distance from St. George to Zion is 45 miles and will take about 1 hour.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at College Inn includes hard boiled eggs, oatmeal, cereal, 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. Learn from our Instructors about photographing in different colors and kinds of light as hues from the canyon walls reflect in the waters of the Virgin River as it cuts through the multicolored Navajo sandstone, and flowers and ferns grow from “weeping” canyon walls.

Lunch: We will board our motorcoach and travel a short distance to a local restaurant in Springdale for a buffet lunch that includes soups, salads, various choices of entrees, 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 then transfer to our hotel for a late afternoon photography class.

Dinner: We'll enjoy a plated dinner at another local restaurant in Springdale with a varied menu of local favorites. Coffee, tea, soda and water are included. Other beverages for purchase.

Evening: After dinner, we'll depart for a sunset photo shoot in Zion National Park. From Canyon Junction, photograph dispersed rays of light from the setting sun illuminating the 6545 foot red sandstone spire of the Watchman as it stands guard over the Virgin River and Zion Canyon.

DAY
3
Zion National Park
Zion National Park
B,L,D
Springhill Suites by Marriott Springdale Zion National Park

Breakfast: We'll depart the hotel via motorcoach for a sunrise photo shoot in Zion of the Towers of the Virgin as the sun rises above the eastern canyon walls and magnificently and majestically brings life to the towering cliffs of red Navajo sandstone. Return to the hotel for a breakfast buffet that includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, pancakes, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: Depart via motorcoach for additional photo shoots in Zion National Park 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 Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, for a photo opportunity in the morning light when the sun's rays have the red sandstone formations in direct sunlight.

Lunch: Box lunch on the trail includes a sandwich, chips, cookie and fruit.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll transfer via motorcoach to the hotel for a photography class.

Dinner: Enjoy a plated meal, including coffee, tea, soda and water, at a local Springdale restaurant within walking distance of the hotel. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Enjoy a relaxing evening on your own.

DAY
4
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
B,L,D
Ruby's Inn

Activity note: We will travel by motorcoach 75 miles to Bryce Canyon National Park. This will take about one hour and twenty minutes. Photo hikes up to 2 miles for the day on uneven unpaved trails with moderate to steep inclines and declines. Elevation is approximately 8,000 feet at Bryce Canyon.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, pancakes, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: Depart by motorcoach and travel on two of America’s Scenic Byways, highways 89 and 12, to Bryce Canyon National Park. Explore and photograph the fascinating hoodoo formations of red stone spires and fins at Red Canyon near the entrance to Bryce.

Lunch: Enjoy a buffet lunch at Ruby's Inn that includes coffee, tea, soda and water.

Afternoon: In the 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.

Dinner: Buffet Dinner at Ruby's Cowboy Buffet & Steak Room.

Evening: Free evening to rest, relax or further explore photo opportunities at Bryce on your own.

DAY
5
Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
B,L,D
Red Sands Hotel

Activity note: The drive from Bryce Canyon to Torrey, Utah is approximately 112 miles and takes about 2.5 hours.

Breakfast: We'll have a sunrise photo shoot in Bryce to capture the magical reds, yellows and pinks of the glowing hoodoos as the rising sun seemingly brings them to life and gives a fresh perspective that can only be seen by the light of the early morning sun. Return to hotel for a breakfast buffet at Ruby's Inn that includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, scrambled eggs, french toast, oatmeal, smoked bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: Check out of hotel and continue via motorcoach east on Highway 12 through the heart of the wild and spectacular Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Lunch: Dutch oven lunch at Wild West Retreat includes BBQ pork, fresh home-grown vegetables, potatoes and baked beans, coleslaw, lemonade and dessert.

Afternoon: We’ll then depart for a scenic drive along the famed All-American Road, Highway 12, through a portion of the Grand Staircase through deep canyons cut into sandstone and over an ancient, forested shield volcano, Boulder Mountain, to Torrey, Utah.

Dinner: At Rim Rock Restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with dessert and the usual drinks; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After dinner we'll travel by motorcoach back to Capitol Reef for a sunset photo shoot to capture desert vistas, white sandstone ridges and domes, and eroded geologic wonders illuminated by rays from the setting sun.

DAY
6
Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat'l Mon; Arches National Park
Moab, Utah
B,L
River Canyon Lodge

Activity note: The drive from Torrey, Utah to Moab, Utah is approximately 155 miles, about 3 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Check out and depart via motorcoach for Capitol Reef National Park. Photo shoot among the towering domes and spires carved by the Fremont River, ancient petroglyphs, and fruit orchards located around the Gifford homestead in the desert oasis of the historic Fruita valley. Continue on to Green River, Utah.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Green River, we’ll enjoy a buffet with soups, salads, various choices of entrees, fruit, dessert, soft drinks, lemonade, coffee, tea and water.

Afternoon: Depart after lunch for Moab, Utah and get settled into you hotel room.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own in downtown Moab and visit the unique shops, galleries, bars and restaurants. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: Depart via motorcoach for a sunset photo shoot of 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.

DAY
7
Dead Horse Pt St Park; Canyonlands N.P; Arches National Park
Moab, Utah
L
River Canyon Lodge

Morning: Depart via motorcoach for an early morning photo shoot to Dead Horse Point State Park to capture the sun as it rises over a variety of unusual rock formations and deeply eroded canyons interspersed with sheer-sided mesas carved by the Colorado River. From Dead Horse Point enjoy 100 mile views into Canyonlands National Park and beyond. Enjoy a box breakfast, which includes a hot breakfast sandwich, coffee and juice. Travel to Arches National Park for a photo shoot. Whether perched on 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: Box lunch on the trail includes a sandwich, chips, fruit and cookie.

Afternoon: Continue to explore some of the more than 2,000 arches, including a view of world-famous Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, balanced rocks and more. Return to the hotel in Moab.

Dinner: At leisure. You may wish to explore Moab and see what activities the town’s nightlife has to offer or just relax at the hotel.

Evening: Explore Moab and enjoy an evening out or just relax!

DAY
8
Monument Valley; Lake Powell
Lake Powell, Wahweap
B,L,D
Lake Powell Resort & Marinas

Activity note: The drive from Moab, Utah to Lake Powell Resort, via Monument Valley, is approximately 280 miles, or about 4.5 hours.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel includes hard boiled eggs, oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, juice, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Checkout and travel via motorcoach to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park then transfer for a photo shoot during your Monument Valley jeep tour. Navajo guides will give you first-hand experiences of their culture and customs. They will take you to places where few people have ventured and let you enjoy nature's marvelous sandstone creations. It will be a spiritual experience for some, and for others it will simply be indescribable. At the Park Visitor Center you will learn more about Navajo culture, tradition, language and history.

Lunch: Lunch at Goulding’s Stagecoach Dining Room in Monument Valley offers a spectacular, panoramic view of one of Mother Nature’s unique creations. Located at the site of many of the classic western movies, enjoy a meal overlooking the historic Goulding’s Trading Post and the same vista that John Wayne, John Ford and Henry Fonda made famous. The dining room is staffed by local Navajos (Dine’). You'll have the chance to experience the grace and culture of these Southwestern Native American peoples while enjoying a choice of a traditional Navajo Taco with Navajo Fry Bread or other standard menu items. Coffee, tea, soda and water included.

Afternoon: We'll continue on to Page, Arizona and check into our hotel.

Dinner: At Lake Powell Resort, we’ll enjoy a choice from a select menu of plated entrees with dessert, coffee, tea, soft drinks, lemonade and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy a dip in the pool or a walk along the shores of Lake Powell.

DAY
9
Lower Antelope Canyon
St. George, Utah
B,L,D
College Inn

Activity note: Participants will need to walk down 5 flights of steep steel stairs and back out at Lower Antelope Canyon.The drive from Page, AZ to St George, Utah is approximately 150 miles; about 3 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Lake Powell Resort includes fresh fruit, yogurt, pancakes, french toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, cereal, assorted pastries, coffee, tea and juice.

Morning: We'll depart via motorcoach for a photo shoot of lower Antelope Canyon, the most photographed slot canyon in the Southwest. The Navajo name for Lower Antelope Canyon is Hasdeztwazi or “Spiral Rock Arches.” Many years ago, herds of Pronghorn Antelope roamed freely in and around the canyon, which explains the English name. This incredible canyon has been created by the relentless forces of water and wind, slowly carving and sculpting the sandstone into forms, textures, and shapes which we observe today. The views in Lower Antelope Canyon change constantly as the sun moves across the sky, filtering lights softly across the stone walls. These ever-changing sun angles bounce light back and forth across the narrow canyon’s 100 foot walls, creating a dazzling display of color, light and shadow.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a choice of plated entrees from a select menu with soft drinks, ice tea, lemonade and water.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll return to St. George, Utah and check into the hotel.

Dinner: In Dixie State University's banquet room, we’ll enjoy a lovely farewell buffet dinner with coffee, iced tea and water.

Evening: Conclude with a final opportunity to share with others and take home treasured photos of the world's greatest scenic rock formations!

DAY
10
Program Concludes
St. George, Utah
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices including hard boiled eggs, hot and cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, coffee, tea, milk, juice and water. This concludes our program.

Morning: We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar learning adventure and look forward to having you on other rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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