Canyons, Cliffs & Waterfalls: Hike the Geological Wonders of Zion

Discover why Zion National Park can only be described as “awe-inspiring” as you hike and learn about its unique geology, stunning landscapes and diverse flora and fauna.
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 2276RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The Great White Throne, Angels Landing, Scouts Lookout, Walter's Wiggles, Observation Point, Echo Canyon, Weeping Rock and Emerald Pools — the names of the rock formations and features of Zion National Park beckon to be discovered. On this hiking adventure deep in the park, learn the how, why and when of their formation. A geologist and experienced instructors accompany you on field study involving short on-site classes and hikes to breathtaking vistas, narrows and unique locations.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hike among Zion National Park’s massive rock formations, slot canyons and graceful waterfalls.
  • Enjoy breathtaking hikes on Zion West Rim trail, Observation Point and Zion River Walk.
  • Come to appreciate the abundant plant life that thrives in this Ponderosa pine and desert habitat.

General Notes

All dates will be limited to small groups of 14 participants.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Books about History
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Books about History A Roadside History of Utah, Cynthia L. Bennett. 1999. Compelling stories of Utah’s exceptional people. $18.00 Utah’s History, Richard D. Poll. 1989. A more in-depth and statewide focus on history. Soft bound text heavy. Outlaw Tales of Utah, Michael Rutter. True stores of Utah’s most famous robbers, rustlers and bandits. $10.95
Geology (specific)
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Ron Kay’s Guide to Zion National Park, Ron Kay, 1995 A complete guide of Zion National Park by one of Road Scholar’s own instructors. $14.95 Water, Rock, & Time: The Geologic Story of Zion National Park, Robert Eves, 2005 This book is Zion’s newest masterpiece. It is well written. It is so nice you may want to leave it on the coffee table. $19.95 Zion National Park – Towers of Stone; by J.L. Crawford; Zion Natural History Association, Springdale, Utah, Fourth Edition 2002. ISBN 0-915630-00-1 $9.50 (Available online at www.zionpark.org)
Books about History (more)
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Over the Rim, The Parley P. Pratt Exploring Expedition to Southern Utah, 1849-50. William and Donna T. Smart. 1999. In the winter of 1849 fifty men set out from Salt Lake City on an arduous expedition to explore Southern Utah. $19.95 Standing Up Country, Gregory Crampton. 1964. A lavishly illustrated history of the scenic beauty of Southern Utah. $16.95.
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Geology – a Golden Guide, by Frank H.T. Rhodes, 1991, St. Martin’s Press, N.Y., ISBN 1-58238-143-7. $6.95 Geology of Utah’s Parks and Monuments, Sprinkel et. al. Utah Geological Association , 2000. Contains geology papers on 25 parks and monuments of Utah (644 pages). Written for a geologist. Softbound $34.99 The Practical Geologist, Dougal Dixon, Raymond Bernor, 1992 This book is a great introductory guide to the basics of geology. Great diagrams, pictures and is well written. $16.00 Geology Underfoot in Southern Utah, R. Orndorff, R. Wieder, D. Futey, 2006 A hands on book about getting out among the rocks. Explores 33 sites in Southern Utah. Tells of ancient eruptions, deserts, seas, swamps and movements of massive rock units over eons. $18.00

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