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Utah

Great Basin, Bryce and Beyond: Canyon Hikes and Cave Explorations

Hike through the beautiful and diverse landscapes of Bryce Canyon and Great Basin National Parks, from red rock canyons and whimsical hoodoos to ancient pine forests and alpine lakes.
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Program No. 22896RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,549

At a Glance

Spend a week exploring the spectacular variety of natural beauty of Zion, Bryce Canyon and Great Basin National Parks. Roam among Utah’s fantastic red-rock canyons and along an eroded natural amphitheater carved by wind and water at Cedar Breaks National Monument. Hike less-traveled trails that pass through forests of ancient Bristlecone pine trees, and take in dramatic alpine backdrops of barren sawtooth ridges rising above the surface of a smooth lake. Marvel at Bryce Canyon’s hoodoo formations whimsically arranged and tinted with blazing colors, and learn from local experts about the geology, ecology, flora and fauna of these stunning national parks.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Daily hikes, up to six miles with elevation gains of up to 1,100 feet. Elevations up to 10,350 feet.
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 along some of the most beautiful trails of three national parks, including Zion’s Kolob Canyon in an isolated corner of the park where most visitors don’t get to see.
  • Learn about geological history as you explore Lehman Caves with a park ranger.
  • Ride the Nevada Northern Railway through Ruth Copper Mining District on tracks laid over a century ago.
Featured Expert
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Eldon Griffin
An avid hiker and photographer, Eldon Griffin is a naturalist who has taught continuing-education courses in geology, computers and photography. Growing up in the Southwest, he spent his days exploring the backcountry, finding fossils and dinosaur tracks. Eldon works as a freelance producer, videographer, photographer, writer, editor, instructor and consultant for various clients. Eldon’s photographs have been featured in numerous travel publications. He was a videographer for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Eldon loves to share his knowledge on the unique geology.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Eldon Griffin
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