Driving distance 16 miles, 20 minutes. Hiking distance for the day is 8 miles, about 5 hours in full sun. Elevation gain/loss about 1000 feet, elevation of hiking area approx. 4500 feet. This hike is a combination of deep sand on the trail crossing Yant Flats and undulating to steep areas of bare sandstone in the Candy Cliffs.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as scrambled eggs, sausage, waffles or pancakes, hot oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, coffee, tea, milk and juice.
In hotel meeting room, our instructor will provide an overview of the local and regional geology. After short break, depart via passenger vans to Leeds, Utah for a short hike to look at how quickly a slot canyon can form in sandstone. We will look at a popular canyoneering destination called Yankee Doodle Hollow on our way to the hike for the day.
On the Candy Cliffs trail we’ll have box lunches including a sandwich, chips, cookie and fruit.
After lunch we will continue our exploration of the Candy Cliffs. After a 1.3 mile trek across Yant flat we arrive at access to three bowls of multicolored, swirling patterned Navajo sandstone that includes many unique sedimentary features. We will have time to explore and enjoy about 4 miles of sandstone in three major bowls with incredible views of the surrounding area. We'll then drive to the Silver Reef mining district and historic buildings from the 1870's and learn about how over 8 million oz. of silver was extracted from sandstone. We will return via passenger vans to Saint George for dinner.
At a local restaurant we will enjoy a plated meal that includes coffee, iced tea, sodas and water, other beverages available for purchase.