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Utah
Zion National Park: Hike Tranquil Trails to Distinct Discoveries!
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.
Program No. 2276RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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Getting There
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
St. George, Utah
D
College Inn

Activity note: Please remember to bring your National Park Pass and hiking poles if you have them.

Dinner: 5:15 pm - Transfer to Dixie State University's Red Rock Cafe for a delicious banquet dinner.

Evening: Following dinner have a brief welcome orientation an overview of our daily activities and itinerary.

DAY
2
Hike Zion, Geology Class
Zion National Park
B,L,D
Springhill Suites Marriott

Activity note: Riverside Walk is an easy 2 mile round trip on a fairly level paved trail ending at the entrance to the Zion Canyon Narrows. Those wanting to hike up the Virgin River into the Zion Canyon Narrows will need sturdy hiking shoes and 2 hiking poles. Watchman trail is a moderate 2 mile round trip with a 456 foot elevation change. Plan on 4 - 5 miles of hiking today.

Breakfast: 6:30 - 8:00 am - Enjoy a continental breakfast at the College Inn which includes hard boiled eggs, hot oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, coffee, tea, milk & juice.

Morning: 8:15 am - Check out and depart for Zion National Park. First stop is the Temple of Sinawava, trail head for the Riverside Walk. This is a wonderful little hike that affords great views of the Virgin River and wonderfully lush hanging gardens and trees surrounded by tall weeping sandstone walls. For those wanting to get wet, hike a short distance up the Virgin River into the Zion Canyon Narrows.

Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: After lunch proceed to the Visitor Center, the trailhead for the Watchman Trail hike. This trail travels along the foothills beneath massive Bridge Mountain and ends at a viewpoint of the Watchman, a red spire rising to an elevation of 6,545 feet. Landmarks visible along this hike includes Beehives, Towers of the Virgin, West Temple, and the Altar of Sacrifice. Check into Hotel

Dinner: 5:30-6:30 Dinner at Wildcat Willies Ranch Grill. Choice of Meatload, Red Mountain Trout, Chicken Marsala, Tri-Tip, 1/2 rack of Ribs, or Ranch Grilled Pork Chop. Served with fresh House Salad, potatoes or rice and topped off with Dessert.

Evening: 7:00 pm - Learn about the spectacular geology, ecology and flora & fauna of Zion National Park in the meeting room.

DAY
3
Hike Zion National Park, Birds of Prey Presentation
Zion National Park
B,L,D
Springhill Suites Marriott

Activity note: West Rim hikes begins with a 2 mile, 1000 foot of elevation, climb to Scout's Lookout. From here we will continue along the West Rim for 1 to 2 miles before turning around and heading back down the same trail. Plan on 4 - 8 miles of hiking today.

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

Morning: 8:15 am - Depart for hiking in Zion National Park. This morning we explore Zion's West Rim Trail, Scouts Lookout, and possibly Angels Landing for the adventurous. Starting at the Grotto trailhead today's hike takes us up and out of the west side of the main canyon to Scout's Lookout. From here we will continue along West Rim trail another 1 to 2 miles with incredible views of the Canyon. Option: From Scout's Lookout, seasoned hikers that are comfortable with extreme heights, can ascend to Angels Landing a 1 mile round trip with an additional 500 feet of elevation.

Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hiking and exploring Zion.

Dinner: 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Dinner at Majestic View Lodge.

Evening: 7:30 pm - Gather at the hotel meeting room to see up close and personal a live falcon, hawk, and golden eagle. Martin Tyner, a federally licensed eagle falconer, presents his amazing "Birds of Prey".

DAY
4
Awesome Outings & More Hikes in Zion
Zion National Park
B,L
Springhill Suites Marriott

Activity note: Lower Emerald Pools is a 1.2 mile round trip on groomed trail with 70 foot elevation change. Middle Emerald Pools is a 2 mile round trip on groomed trail with 150 foot elevation change. Upper Emerald Pools is a 3 mile round trip on groomed trail with 350 foot elevation change. Plan on hiking 2 - 4 miles today.

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

Morning: 8:30 am - Depart for east Zion and Checkerboard Mesa.

Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll hike the Emerald Pools Loop. We'll hike to lower Emerald Pools, underneath a small waterfall and continue onto Middle Emerald Pools then to Upper Emerald Pools.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: Free evening to relax or do something within the community. One option is to go see the "Treasure of the Gods" at the Cinemax Imax movie about Zion on a huge screen.

DAY
5
Hiking Field Trips With Instructor, Farewell Dinner
St. George, Utah
B,L,D
College Inn

Activity note: Observation Point is a 8 mile roundtrip hike with over a 2,000 foot elevation change. Echo Canyon is the halfway point on the Observation Point Trail, a 4 mile roundtrip on groomed trail with 1,000 foot elevation change. Hidden Canyon is a spur trail off to your right as you hike up to Echo Canyon. It's a 2.2 mile roundtrip from the bottom with a 1,000 foot elevation change. Plan on hiking 4 - 8 miles today.

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

Morning: 88:15 AM - Depart for Observation Point/Echo Canyon Hike. This challenging path is complete with dizzying drop offs and eye popping scenery looking down into Zion Canyon. The maintained path zigzags its way up the steep mountainside beside familiar reddish Navajo sandstone before venturing through Echo Canyon, a deep gorge filled with water gnawed sandstone pockets. Beyond Echo Canyon, walls drop sharply, giving way to spectacular views. At the trails end, looking down into the canyon is a spectacular display of stone sculptures contrasted by the bluest of skies. This trail is the oldest trail out of Zion Canyon. In the late 1890's, Utah pioneer John Winder reworked the existing Paiute foot trail to drive cattle up to the rim. The trail was improved and the Observation Point Trail cut into the side of the mountain in 1925.

Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hiking Observation Point Trail. Participants may opt to turn around at Echo Canyon and return to the trailhead or explore Hidden Canyon on the way down. Depart for St. George. Check in and prepare for Closing Dinner.

Dinner: 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Enjoy a closing dinner at Dixie State University's banquet room.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
St. George, Utah
B

Breakfast: 6:30 - 8:00 Enjoy a continental breakfast at the College Inn which includes hard boiled eggs, hot oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, coffee, tea, milk & juice.

Morning: Indepentent departures following breakfast.