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Utah/Arizona

The Best of Utah's Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments

Explore some of the most impressive geological formations in the world with experts as you discover Utah’s Grand Circle. Plus, sail Lake Powell and learn about Navajo culture.
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4.92 Average
Robin
(4)

It was an overall wonderful trip! Darrell and Paula were very knowledgeable, pleasant, and fun. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking! I do wish we'd spent less time at visitor centers and more time at the National Parks. While the visitor centers were interesting, the parks were SO much more, and because we'd spent significant time at the visitor centers, we ended up rushed at some of the parks. All in all, though, it was a magical learning experience I'd do again in a heartbeat!

Jeff
(5)

This was our first Road Scholar trip and what a great experience!! Paula, Darrell and Glenn provided us with a once in a lifetime experience. Everything was handled expertly. All we had to do was experience it all. Road Scholar made it easy for us to enjoy our adventure and left us wishing our trip was longer.

Eleanor
(5)

This was an excellent trip, very well planned, very well done, one of my best Road Scholar trips. And the scenery was magnificent.

Sharon
(4)

Prepare to be amazed by the beauty of the parks you visit on this trip!

Therese
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This was a wonderful whirlwind tour of some of the most beautiful places in the country. We had plenty of time to explore Bryce and Arches but were rushed in Zion and Canyonlands. I recommend one less night in St George at the beginning of the trip and heading to Zion after lunch on the second day. Truthfully, I was not nearly as interested in the Mormon history of St George as I was in seeing the National Parks. Our leaders were exceptional in every way possible. Marcia, Diana and Kelly were knowledgeable, personable, totally prepared and professional. When I said whirlwind it referred to the many changes of overnight venues and the packing and rushing in the morning. But really it is a small price to pay to cover as much ground as we did and seeing 5 fabulous National Parks plus a day on the lake and the incomparable Antelope Canyon! I would recommend this trip.

Brenda
(5)

This program is absolutely fabulous and I highly recommend it.

Lois
(5)

The Best of Utah's Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments was an awesome experience. Wonderful leaders, participants and unbelievable scenery. Mother Nature is amazing!

Joanna
(5)

The Road Scholar "Best of Utah's Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments" is an awesome adventure and experiential learning experience.

Donald
(5)

The Road Scholar "Best of Utah's Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments" is definitely an educational adventure of a life time.

Joan
(5)

This was a bucket list trip for me and it met and exceeded all my expectations! Not enough adjectives to describe the beauty and grandeur!

Lila
(5)

What a fantastic way to see the National Parks of southern Utah and pay attention to its geology without driving!

Sheela
(5)

This was a spectacular trip of the National Parks and Monuments of Southern Utah. My heart soared with the beauty and miracles of nature. I have returned home with more confidence in my physical ability to "keep up" and sustain an active trip. It was a privilege to be with the staff and lovely group of people. A true learning and fun vacation!

Jean
(5)

This is a great trip. You will see many beautiful sites and learn a lot.

Janet
(5)

This trip includes all the Utahan National Parks and many State parks and Recreation Areas. It is perfect if you want to decide which parks you would like to spend more time in, or to cross Utah off your bucket list. If you are looking for energetic exploration, it is not for you. The accommodation and meals are excellent, and I could not believe how much was packed into the tour for such a modest cost.

Jean
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This trip was our first with Road Scholar, and it was fantastic! Our leadership team of Paula, Darrell, and Paul, our driver, was exceptional. As one of them said, "every ten steps there's another awesome view." The historic and geological insights were most helpful (even though we couldn't pass the test now!), and we especially appreciated the use of local resources unique to this experience. We are still sorting and choosing our pictures to tell others about this outstanding experience, which we highly recommend.

Helen
(5)

This program was magnificent! I was constantly awed by the beauty of the area. It made me appreciate this wonderful Earth even more than I already did. Would highly recommend.

Elizabeth
(5)

It was my first trip with Road Scholar and I was very impressed with the organization and leadership. It was a learning experience but also a lot of fun.

Joyce
(5)

I would highly recommend The Best of Utah's Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments. Wonderful experience in a beautiful area of the country.

Peggy
(5)

Easy to moderate to challenging hikes in some of the most beautiful national parks. A postcard shot every few feet!

Judith
(5)

Beautiful places, informative leaders. If you've never been to Utah's glorious parks, this is a great way to start.

Susan
(5)

I have been blessed to have been able to travel to many incredible places on the earth (Antarctica, Africa, Israel, Jordan, Bhutan, Ireland, England, Norway etc.) always thinking that I would go to see the Grand Canyon when I was too old to take the other 10-18 hour trips elsewhere) and though I'm not that old yet, nothing prepared me for the astonishing experience of this trip. It was magnificent!

Steven
(5)

Absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!! Our Group leaders Marcia, Diana and Kelly were so great, Knowledgeable and fun. The other travelers soon became friends and everyone got to know each other very quickly. I would Highly recommend this trip to everyone. Oh and the food, well bring your stretchy's. Steve and Lynn Lavia

SUSAN
(5)

Spectacular and worth every moment. I truly believe I was stunned at the beauty of Utah. The experience was enhanced by our three musketeers - Marcia, Kelly and Diana, the best trip leaders one could every experience. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wishes to get a taste of the parks, monuments and people of this wonderful state. Bravo!!!!!

William
(4)

The places you visit are an art museum in nature.

Thomas
(5)

I will never look back or doubt my decision to join this tour in Unah.

Gloria
(5)

Road Scholar provides outstanding opportunities for solo travelers to explore, learn, and meet others with similar interests. It was an outstanding trip, and I look forward to my next one!

Charlie
(5)

Great trip, except in Moab. Accomadations were terrible. Do not book unless Road Scholar removes Red Canyon Lodge from accomodations. Red Caynon Lodge was really, really bad.

Charles
(5)

My wife and I took this tour which was absolutely fantastic. The scenery was unsurpassed, the leaders the best we have ever had. Accommodations were good, motor coach good, bus driver superb, and we had a very compatible group. We would do another tour with Roads Scholar in a heartbeat.

Robert
(5)

I love your website! It helped us make a decision on doing this tour

Linda
(5)

I have been on 2 Road Scholar programs both were amazing and the leaders were well informed and very helpful. The other participants were friendly and I enjoyed meeting them and sharing the experience with them.

Harvey
(5)

This program saved me 1,370 miles of driving, while providing expert information on geology, flora and fauna, and the political and cultural history of a relatively remote area. If that isn't enough, go for the fabulous scenery, duplicated nowhere else in the USA.

Mary Ann
(5)

I've sent in 4 names of friends that I think would enjoy the same great experience that I did. thank you

Molly
(5)

THis is an excellent, comprehensive itinerary for the Utah parks and very well organized and executed by a very qualified guide team!

Kay
(5)

What a fantastic tour! The beauty and magnificence of Utah’s National Parks, their extraordinary landscapes, pictures plateaus, layer cake geology, and unusual rock formations were awe-inspiringly beautiful. Our trip leader, Darrell McMohan was truly brilliant. He knows so much about so many things.... geology, animals, plants, and people. He is a master teacher, exceptional communicator, possesses a delightful sense of humor, and has a wonderfully positive attitude about life. It would be difficult to find anyone more passionate about Utah and it's National Parks that Darrell. What a remarkable team Darrell McMohan, his wife, Paula (Group Leader), and Harry Stavros (bus driver) make. If you have ever wanted to see Utah than this is the trip for you!

Ingrid
(5)

this was a fascinating learning experience in every respect -- Roadscholar continues to open ones mind and heart -- try a trip and you will be amazed !

Sharon
(5)

What a delight the Road Scholar tour "The Best of Utah's Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments" was. Sit back and relax in a coach and SEE the sights. Our tour leaders and bus driver provided an exciting 9 days full of the natural wonders of these parks. Each park had its own unique beauty and we so enjoyed exploring them! Very entertaining and educational-plus fun!

Susan
(4)

The scenery is knockout beautiful and really dramatic especially for people from the east coast.

Terry
(5)

I would highly recommend Road Scholar Tours. The Best of Utah's Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments was our first trip and it was awesome. Everything is well planned out for so you can enjoy your learning experience to it's fullest.

Diane
(5)

Southeastern Utah is an incredibly scenic area. Our fabulous crew provided us with an amazing journey though a wide variety of landscapes, scenery, and experiences. This program will enable you to better appreciate the majesty of our National Parks in the southwestern part of the United States.

Chris
(5)

Having never been to southern Utah, this trip showed us the beauty, the vastness and the differences between the parks. This 10 days was a wonderful way to get introduced to this part of America.

Kathryn
(5)

This trip exceeded our expectations. Besides experiencing 5 spectacular national parks and several state parks, we learned about the history, geology, geography, and archaeology of southern Utah and traveled with a wonderful, fun, interesting group of people, and a great instructor, group leader, and bus driver who helped make this trip one to remember! (I had never hiked before and have a temperamental hip, so I was grateful for the hiking poles I brought along.) My husband and I are truly enjoying sharing our trip with friends and family!

Linda
(4)

If travel is the best education, I would say that I now find myself very well educated about Utah and its wondrous parks, thanks to our guide George, a geologist & raconteur par excellence, as well as his ever-cheerful teammate, wife Denise, who took care of the many nitty gritty details. Together this superb team helped improve our knowledge and awareness of the very foreign environment (to us) of the amazing Utah parks. We chose this 10-day tour because it was so complete; it checked all the boxes for us and we really saw and learned an incredible amount--so glad that we finally experienced all this unparalleled U.S. natural beauty!

Kenneth
(5)

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Linda
(5)

Wow! What a great way to see Utah's national parks and monuments. I enjoyed the lectures and the other participants and walking around in such beautiful settings. Our teacher, Janice, was a geologist with actual work experience with the places she described for us and led us through. I'm glad someone else was driving, so I could look out the window without interruption. The accommodations were just fine. We ate too much food, but I could have exercised more restraint. The group leader, John, was quite successful in getting 38 people on the bus and getting to meeting sites on time. Be prepared to get up early and have your eyes tired from looking at so many beautiful sites, each one more beautiful than the last.

Mary
(4)

I preferred the second part of the program, which included American Indian family and a guide. . I like to walk but not to climb up and down steep or bumpy areas.

Miles
(4)

The Utah and Arizona national parks trip was wonderful. The sites I had seen in dozens of movies proved to be as fantastic in real life as they had in cowboy movies I had watched seventy years ago! While Zion and Bryce parks were my favorites, Monument Valkyrie was simply incredible for natural beauty. We have been on ten Road Scholar trips, both domestic and international, and this trip is one of the very best. If you have wanted to see the far west and all it’s natural beauty, this is the trip for you. Miles in North Carolina

Victoria
(5)

This is truly a SPECIAL tour!! The guides and driver were exceptionally knowledgeable about the area which made the experience INCREDIBLE! As we were taken to some of the most astonishing places on earth, we learned and explored many aspects including but not limited to geology, astronomy, history, stories and folklore. Always felt confident and safe and well fed with convenient accommodations. Can't say enough good things about this trip!!!

Larry
(5)

Sadly, I cannot recommend this program given my experience. The onsite organization and instruction were less than stellar. My previous two Road Scholar programs were excellent.

Paul
(5)

plenty to see for a good value. all 10 days full of wows.

Linda
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This trip was wonderful. Eldon and Diane were great group leaders. Eldon is so knowledgeable about the geology of the area. Diane kept everything moving along at a great pace. I can't say enough about how enjoyable this was.

Beth
(5)

One of the best trips we have taken. Well planned and organized with visits to outstanding parks. The vistas will fill you with awe.

Nancy
(5)

All I can say, now, ten days after returning from Utah, is WOW! The scenery is gorgeous and so enhanced by Phil Moore's knowledge - and especially his sharing of that knowledge - of geology and the geological origins of the national parks and other sites we visited. This my ninth Road Scholar tour and my favorite of all of them. In addition, Lori Moore kept us smiling and feeling good - and well-organized - about what we were experiencing. I felt comfortable, well-fed, safe, awestruck, and educated.

Barbara
(5)

This program is excellent, combining the beauty of the area with cultural and local education. Phil & Lori make an excellent team, providing a fun trip for all. It is great to ride, look & listen without stress. You will not look for parking, you will arrive at parks before the crowds, you will stop at the best areas. You will have a great time. TAKE THIS TRIP!!!

Daniel
(5)

A great location for a tour. Be sure to get the tour with Phil and Lori!

Rosemary
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

I am not sure what happened to the evaluation form that I wanted to use, but my husband and I both enjoyed our trip very much. Utah is beautiful, and we felt that the areas that we were able to visit were wonderful. Our guides on the trip were excellent! We learned a lot about the geology and history of the area. I also enjoyed learning about the Navajo Indians and their culture. I really don't have any criticisms of the experience--I would recommend the trip to others.

Mary
(5)

This tour covers the main, and the most impressive areas of southern Utah's State and National Parks. The hikes/walks were very rewarding and our guide was very informative. It is not too demanding and well worth the effort to participate in.

Sue
(5)

The Grand Circle tour in Utah was incredible!! I was amazed at the depth of knowledge presented. Taking the tour in April was perfect.....no bugs or snakes. The spring weather was great.

John
(5)

Wonderful adventure. Not to be missed if you enjoy the outdoors, being amazed by Mother Earth, learning about other cultures, and learning about the people and history of the area. Our leaders Marcia and Diana were terrific in guiding us through the process of understanding and appreciating our entire experience. Loved it all.

David
(5)

Our Road Scholar trip, “Utah’s Mighty 5” went above our expectations. The scenery, staff and fellow participants were all exceptional. We highly recommend this trip. We will be checking out more Road Scholar trips!

Belita
(5)

The Best of Utah’s Grand Circle of Parks & Monuments is an outstanding program. Everyday brought new & beautiful sites to behold. The knowledge of our onboard archeologist Diana, the leadership & experience of our coordinator Marcia, the skill & local knowledge of driver Kelly were all tremendous assets to our journey. If you love our National Parks, you must not miss out on this magnificent RS program. Utah is a stunningly beautiful state!

Lois
(5)

We were first-timers on a Road Scholar program and we are hooked! The trip was The Best of Utah's Grand Circle of Parks and our leader and instructor were both outstanding. Every tiny detail was given attention so that our experience was highly educational, comfortable, congenial, and worry-free. Our fellow travelers were delightful and are now our friends. Don't miss this opportunity.

Colin
(5)

This program provides a great way to have an overview of the beautiful parks and monuments of the Colorado Plateau in Utah and a bit of Arizona.

Lisa
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This was my first trip after my retirement. I went alone and often wondered why this was my first, desired destination. I know now it is because of the profound wonderment of the parks in Utah included in this excellent trip. To have organized this alone would never have afforded me the comfort, the ease. the history, the science and the anecdotes associated with the whole experience. This was a shared experience I will treasure for a lifetime thanks to the care of planning, the points of destination, the friendships, and the guidance of the leaders.

Carolyn
(5)

This program truly exceeded my expectations. It was our first Road Scholar trip and we found it to be everything we had heard and read about our particular trip. We look forward to future trips with Road Scholar.

Keith
(5)

the website is slow we had trouble getting things straight with registration of the four people in our family group the group discussion was a total failure for the second trip. we were unable to communicate with any of our group beforehand on either trip.

Gregory
(5)

The natural beauty of the parks is simply beyond description. Eldon's explanations of the geology added greatly to the experience.

Genesse
(5)

In order to really appreciate Utah's National Parks and Monuments, take this Road Scholar tour! It is amazing!

Sally
(5)

The Grand Circle Parks and Monuments tour exceeded expectations. We had checked in to other tours but they would not have taken us to all the places we wanted to see. This one did, and was both fun and informative!

Dawn
(5)

A truly exceptional learning experience! Exercise - brain and body! ( But not too much of either!)

Patricia
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

So much encapsulated into this marvelous program. Excellent staff and presenters. Surprises even at end of tour.

Vandana
(5)

This was my first road scholar program - grand circle of Utah parks. It was incredibly well organized. The groups leaders, Diane and Eldon Griffin were outstanding in every way. They took very good care of all of us, accommodating special needs and made sure all of us could participate in all the activities. Eldon is an excellent instructor who is super knowledgeable about the local area. Our driver, Mike, was excellent as well. All the accommodations and food arrangements were very good. I would highly recommend this trip for someone who wants a sampling of the parks and knowledge about the area.

Gary
(5)

Great national park trip with a group of intelligent, like minded, life long learners. Phil and Lori Moore (tour guides) were amazing!!

Louis
(5)

This was a great program, and the program leaders were wonderful! If you want to experience the beauty of Utah's national parks and also gain an understanding of their geology, this is the program for you.

Ralph
(5)

We knew what to expect and were not disappointed in any way. The parks are as interesting and awe-inspiring as any sights we have ever seen. The leaders were informative, organized, and friendly. The bus driver was the safest we have encountered on any trip. The presenters were experts in their own specific fields and easy to learn from. Although the group was large (~40), everything was efficient. In the different micro-climates we wore everything from shorts to winter coats, but it was easy to take "layers" on the bus each day. The bus was modern and spacious. The food was healthful, varied, and plentiful. Really, no complaints other than that being out in the wide open spaces hampered cell/wi-fi communication! If you are fortunate to have Marcia, Kelly, and Dan as your program team, you can't go wrong. Do it!

Karen Elaine
(4)

Breathtaking venues, knowledgeable leaders, tour length was just right. Bus driver was wonderful, caring and accommodating. Thank you for putting together an interesting tour with dynamic leaders.

Shirley
(5)

The parks and monuments in Southern Utah are really awesome. I have never seen anything as interesting and colorful as this area.

Maureen
(5)

Experience of a lifetime!! If you want to see the natural wonders of the U.S. this is the program to start with. Knowledgeable staff guide you from geology of the area to Native American culture and history. Exceeded my expectations!!

George
(5)

A marvelous mess of mighty mountains

Clarissa
(5)

This was a wonderful trip. Although there was not as much hiking as I would have liked, the fact that we saw so much beautiful scenery in the National & State Parks and Monuments far outweighed any negatives. In addition, the group leaders were incredibly knowledgeable about Utah history, geology and wildlife.

Beth
(5)

The Grand Circle Tour of Parks and Monuments in Utah was wonderful. The parks were so beautiful, especially Bryce and Arches. The natural beauty of this country is incredible.

Douglas
(5)

A marvelous 9 day tour of the wonderfully scenic National and State Parks and Monuments of southern Utah and Northern Arizona. Well worth the visit for those able to do a lot of hiking and walking along uneven and rocky trails. The scenery is breathtaking!

Jill
(5)

This program is wonderful, informative and enjoyable. The National Parks of Utah are stunning and knowledge gained very interesting. Food and accommodations were very good. A geologist accompanied us and shared much Information about the geology of the area. It's a must see for us all.

Ted
(5)

A wonderful trip with great instructors and staff!

Linda
(5)

This program and the instructor and the coordinator were fabulous. Exceeded our expectations.

Lili
(5)

It is a well organized program well above my expectation. I really enjoy the surprisingly beautiful scene daily and the presentation of Navajo culture. I also appreciate the learning opportunity. My next trip will be Death Vally with Road Scholar. I highly recommend this tour.

David
(5)

"The Best of Utah's Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments" was an amazing tour!

Linda
(5)

This is an excellent overview of the Southwest Utah parks. The magnificent scenery is just as enjoyable whether you walk shorter distances or extend yourself to get to different viewpoints.

Charles
(5)

Everyone should take this trip. The views were fantastic!!

Barbara
(5)

This was my first road scholar trip and it far surpassed anything that I imagined it would be. The scenery was breathtaking, the guides were excellent and went above and beyond to meet any needs, and the food everywhere was superb. The grand circle of parks in Utah needs to be on your bucket list.

Laura
(5)

Great program, interesting presenters, well organized! I enjoyed every minute and broadened my horizons learning new things along the way.

Karen
(5)

This was my very first organized trip. It was definitely one of the best trips I have ever taken. I would definitely recommend Rhodes scholar

Greg
(5)

If photography is a passion then this is the trip for you. Unbelievable experience.

Constance
(5)

This was a wonderful trip with knowledgeable, efficient and friendly instructor, leader and bus driver! We were on the move constantly and amazed by the wide variety of landscapes in this fascinating part of our country.

Evette
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

I was so impressed my our two leaders and bus driver. They were so kind, knowledgeable, helpful and just the nicest people ,who went out of their way to make this trip extremely memorable. Southern Utah parks are very impressive too !

Deborah
(5)

This tour was amazing. So much packed into the trip. Beautiful national parks and monuments. It is a busy schedule, but I loved it. I would recommend this to everyone, once in a lifetime opportunity.

June
(5)

This program was very interesting. I learned much about the geology of the parks visited and the scenery was magnificent!

Jeanette
(5)

This program shows you a lot of beauty, teaches you a lot and was easy walking. I will enjoy my photos and great memories forever!

Sherry
(5)

We can not say enough good things about both the tour and our guides. We could not have asked for anything more. Definitely recommend both.

Rodney
(5)

What a great way to get a taste of and experience some of the greatest and most beautiful National Parks and Monuments in Utah/Arizona! I was leery of going on an organized group tour because I've been accustomed to traveling on my own or with a few friends, but it was a great experience with Road Scholar. The logistics and details were smooth and taken care of without any worry on our part; abundant pre-trip information sent to us prepared us well and shared all the details well in advance. The information, educational experiences, sharing of history, opportunities to walk and hike, local people we encountered along the way and resource people traveling with us made it a rich, enlightening and memorable trip. We'd gladly travel with Road Scholar again, and now have a better sense of where we'd like to return to in the canyonlands of Utah and Arizona to explore on our own .

Diane
(5)

I thought this program was both informative, educational, and fun. The scenery was absolutely unbelievably beautiful unlike anything I have ever seen. The leaders were excellent. They were friendly, humorous, and their knowledge was contagious and made you want to learn more. It was one of our best bus excursions we have every had.

Robert
(5)

We had no idea what to expect on this adventure but it exceeded our expectations in every respect! This is a very high quality experience which should not be missed! Great instruction...a true "gem" of a trip!

Jack F.
(5)

A physically challenging tour. One needs to be able to walk up to 4 miles a day, often at high elevations and on uneven terrain, sometimes broiling heat. Nonetheless, the scenery is spectacular and the experience exhilirating. A real adventure, something one could never achieve doing it on ones own.

Ronna
(5)

This was my first experience with Road Scholar and I am very happy that I found them! The itinerary is diverse and the instructors are knowledgable and caring. I had a great time and look forward to another trip with this group.

James
(5)

If you want the experience of a lifetime, then make sure to take the Grand Circle of Utah and ask from Sally, Liane and Jerry.

Carey
(5)

I enjoyed my Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments in Utah so much I could just do laundry and turn around and go again.

Amanda
(5)

This is a wonderful adventure that you will never regret. The staff are the best leaders and team I have ever had the pleasure to tour with.

Linda
(5)

I just completed my first Road Scholar Program: The Best of Utah's Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments. This experience far exceeded my expectations. The program was well planned and the educational talks, accommodations, transportation, and guides were excellent. I would never hesitate to recommend a Road Scholar Program to anyone based on this experience.

Shirley
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Utah Grand Circle of Parks was our first Road Scholar trip. While we were a bit concerned about the large number in our group, it turned out to be fine as everyone got along and we met some wonderful people. Our guides were terrific - knowledgeable, friendly, and went over and above to give us the best experience. We are now planning our next trip to Spain and Portugal with Road Scholars. Shirley and Bill Schlueter

Philip
(5)

This was a fantastic trip, with extremely knowledgeable leaders. Here's a video link: https://youtu.be/pCbmt-Kszyg

Elaine
(5)

An educational, exciting visit to the parks of Utah with enthusiastic, informative leaders, as well as interesting small towns to explore in the evenings! A FABULOUS experience! Elaine & Jerry

Kathleen
(5)

Great scenery, wonderful guides (Marcia and Dave) and good tempo. We have new friends, thanks to Road Scholar!

Dennis
(5)

A wonderful tour of National and State parks and monuments with in-depth geological information.






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