Rapids, Rails and Balloon Rides: The Rockies With Your Family

Soar above the Rockies by hot air balloon and swim in a hot spring. Ride a historic train and float down the Provo River on a raft. Adventure awaits for you and your family!
Rating (4.75)
Program No. 4760RJ
7 days
Starts at
2,899 / ADULT
1,999 / CHILD

At a Glance

Go adventuring through the marvelous land formations of the Rocky Mountains as you explore with your grandchild on foot, by zip line and soar to spectacular heights in hot-air balloon! Ride the rails and the rapids down a beautiful canyon. Train on a ropes course where Olympic athletes once competed, walk through mysterious caves and feel the cool spray of a 607-foot-tall waterfall. Explore the colorful history of Park City, hear tales of silver mines, mountain men, Indian maidens and ghost towns. Plus, hear a special Fourth of July performance at the world-famous Stadium of Fire.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Hiking 2-4 miles often on uneven, rugged or steep terrain. Rafting is a mild float trip on Provo River. Elevations of 6,000-10,000 feet. Concert and firework show can be loud; ear plugs provided for those who would like them.
Family Programs
Family Programs
Share your love of learning with your family. These programs are designed for any combination of generations: grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and children.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience a spectacular and thrilling hot air balloon ride above the Rockies, and ride the gentle rapids of the snow-fed Provo River.
  • Ride along Deer Creek Reservoir on the lookout for train robbers and wildlife, aboard the Heber Creeper, a historic open-air steam engine.
  • Celebrate America with a Home-town Parade, Concert and huge Fireworks show at the World-Famous Stadium of Fire!

General Notes

This is a Family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 6 and up. For a comparable intergenerational adventure for just grandparents and grandchildren, check out "Rapids, Rails and Balloon Rides: The Rockies With Your Grandchild" (#9926)! This program includes July 4th Freedom Festival activities such as fireworks display and concert at the world-famous "Stadium of Fire".
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Gary E. Nielsen
Gary has been developing and leading Road Scholar Programs since 1985. He has taught courses in leadership development, recreation management and travel and business management at Colgate University, Colorado Mountain College and Utah Valley University. For many of years, Gary has worked with Road Scholar full-time where he develops and leads over 35 weeks of Road Scholar Program per year. He loves all outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, skiing, Rock Hounding and riding ATVs.

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

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