4760
Utah
Rocky Mountain Family Adventure and Hot-Air Ballooning in Park City
Alongside your family, explore and learn about the glacier-carved beauty of Provo Canyon, creating lasting memories through nature walks, ropes course, a hot-air balloon ride and more!
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Program No. 4760RJ
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7 days
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Midway, UT
D
Zermatt Resort

Afternoon: Check-in at the Zermatt Resort front desk for your room assignment. 5:45 Meet Group Leaders in the front lobby for welcome and etc.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Evening: After dinner, Welcome, introductions, program orientation in the Conference Room.

DAY
2
Hot-Air Ballooning, Movie, Float in Crater & Stadium of Fire
Midway, UT
B,L,D
Zermatt Resort

Activity note: Ballooning activity: Wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes; bring layers as weather conditions may change without notice; sun protection recommended. Walking distance for the day will be around a half-mile between activities on mostly flat surfaces and may include a few stairs. Movie time. Float in “The Homestead Crater” and Enjoy the World-Famous "Stadium of Fire" concert and fireworks.

Breakfast: Note: Since we have an early 6:00 AM departure for hot-air ballooning, we will have a late breakfast. Some snacks are provided during the ballooning activity.

Morning: Especially for kids: Meet in the Hotel Lobby early for Announcements and divide into ballooning groups before boarding the vans for transfer to the site where we will take off to go hot air ballooning! Upon arrival, we’ll help inflate the balloons and enjoy a soaring ballooning adventure! The Balloon Pilot will give everyone a briefing on safety orientation. There are (4)-sections in a basket of a balloon, which fits (3)-people in each section, therefore, (12)-people total in the basket, not including the pilot. While soaring to new heights in a hot air balloon, we’ll learn from the balloon pilot, a brief history on navigation and ballooning: how, where, when ballooning got started and who began the journey in the hot-air balloon industry and it is continuous on through the future. After landing, vans will transfer us back to the hotel for a late breakfast and make some announcements on the rest of the activities for the remainder of the day.

Lunch: Light Lunch will be after the movie, at hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Especially for kids: before lunch, meet in the conference room for a wonderful movie. Following the movie, change into swim suits or shorts and T-shirt and board vans for a short 5 minute shuttle to “The Homestead Crater” where you will enjoy floating/swimming in this one-of-a-kind geothermal natural hot spring. When going inside the crater, put your things on the shelves provided, and grab a life vest to put on before going in the water, (you may want to keep shorts on and, especially, shirts on, so that the life vest will not rub against your bare skin). Everyone needs to have life vest on at all time while in the water for safety reasons. The Group Leader will discuss on the history and geology of how and when the Crater was made. We will float in the water for about an hour and then board the van and travel back to the hotel. Then change to regular clothes and load the van again and travel to Provo to the World-Famous Stadium of Fire.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the Stadium of Fire

Evening: Get ready for one of the best concert and huge fireworks shows you have ever seen at a 65,000 seat football stadium. Since 1980, Provo's Freedom Festival has sponsored one of the best 4th of July celebrations in the country. Past concert performers have included: The Osmonds, Lee Greenwood, Crystal Gayle, Donny & Marie Osmond, Bob Hope, Andy Williams, The Beach Boys, Kenny Loggins, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Alabama, Sawyer Brown, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Miley Cyrus, Blue Man Group, Jonas Brothers, SHeDAISY, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cirque Du Soleil, Journey, Tim McGraw, Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes, just to name a few. Then experience the world's largest fireworks show in a stadium with thousands of pyrotechnics both inside the stadium and outside the stadium! Return to the hotel very late in the evening.Then experience the world's largest fireworks show in a stadium with thousands of pyrotechnics both inside the stadium and outside the stadium! Return to the hotel very late in the evening.

DAY
3
An Ultimate Day at Utah 2002 Olympic Park in Park City.
Midway, UT
B,L,D
Zermatt Resort

Activity note: Wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes; bring layers as weather conditions may change without notice; sun protection recommended. Walking distance for the day will be around a half-mile between activities on mostly flat surfaces and may include a few stairs. At Utah Olympic Park was built for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and still used by Olympic Teams around the world.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in Hotel Restaurant .

Morning: Especially for kids: We’ll start out by boarding in the van and going to Utah Olympic Park in Park City. It’s about a half hour ride to Utah Olympic Park from the hotel. The facility challenges each participant to "discover his/her abilities" through many levels of challenges customized for each group of participants. Many challenges utilize the high ropes course and test an individual's inner and physical strength, agility, balance and coordination while other challenges, between where grandparents and grandchildren will experience activities together. In such team-building programs are geared towards discovering both the team's ability to work together and each individual's leadership ability. Rope Course can be a physically challenging activity for some participants so be involved as much as you feel comfortable. We encourage grandparents to be involved in this activity with their grandchild. A harness is required for safety. Depending on which rope course we will be using the height varies from 25 ft. to 55 ft. off the ground. The minimum weight is 45 lbs. and the maximum is 275 lbs. to participate in this activity. This activity will last about 3-hrs time. Afterwards, the group and the Utah Olympic leaders will discuss the experiences and what they learned about building relationships and trust between Grandparents and Grandchildren.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Utah Olympic Park café and picnic.

Afternoon: Especially for kids: Stay and continue being at Utah Olympic Park and experience other activities which the park has to offer such as: the Zip-line, Alpine Slide, Visit the Museum, Watch Athletes train, (if they are training), in the aerial jumps by the pool and take the Utah Olympic shuttle with an expert speaking along the way on the history and the facility and explore the park’s ski jumps, bob sleigh, etc. There will be a safety orientation for each activities, such as the Zip-line and Alpine Slide. For those who are riding on the Extreme Zip-line there is a weight limit between 100-275 lbs. and for those who are riding on the Freestyle Zip-line there is a weight limit between 50-275 lbs. For those who are riding the Alpine Slide be caution, do not go faster than you can handle, and if the slide itself, may be hot, and so be careful not to touch it with your bare skins. When we are done with the wonderful activities, we will board the van and head back to the Hotel for dinner.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the hotel.

Evening: Especially for kids: After dinner, enjoy a Grandchildren Pool Party with Group Leaders. Meet in the Hotel Lobby and walk together to the pool.

DAY
4
Heber Valley Railway & Provo's Glacier-Carved Canyon
Midway, UT
B,L,D
Zermatt Resort

Activity note: Wear comfortable clothing, bring layers, as weather may change, close-toed shoes; sun protection, swimsuit, shorts, shirts, etc. available for rafting. Getting on/off the train & in/out of 6-8 person rafts, assistances are provided. Rafting instructors are safety certified-no whitewater. Walking distance for the day is around ½ mi. between activities, mostly flat surfaces, stairs as well as uneven rocky ground getting in/out of the raft. Driving distances is around 40 mi. &1 hr. of driving time.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in Hotel Restaurant.

Morning: Especially for kids: Load up our vans for transfer to Heber, Utah, for – All Aboard! – An experience aboard a steam engine train through the glacier-carved Provo Canyon along the Heber Valley Historic Railway. This open-air ride on the historic Provo Canyon Limited steam engine train, also known as the Heber Creeper, parallels Deer Creek Reservoir and often has both wildlife and water sport enthusiasts within view. Enjoy some entertainment while on the train such as a make believe train robbery, songs and some commentary from train employees. We will get off the train after a 1.5 hour ride and about 15 miles down the canyon where our rafting activity begins.

Lunch: Enjoy a boxed lunch at the High Country Rafting picnic tables. Includes water or soda.

Afternoon: After lunch, meet with our rafting instructors for a safety orientation before hopping in the rafts and floating down the snow-fed Provo River! Each person in the rafts will be given a paddle and will be taught how to properly paddle and follow commands from the raft guide. Then you will help paddle the raft down the river. This is mostly a float trip with very few rapids but life vests must be worn at all times. As we float down the river, we’ll get a unique perspective by the rafting guides on the geologic wonders of this glacier-carved canyon. There may be a section of flat water where the raft guide may invite those who want to float along the raft for a short distance. The water will be cold but may feel good on a hot summer day. After reaching our destination on the shore of the river, we will be shuttled back to our vans and return to the hotel.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the hotel.

Evening: Dinner Announcements, (Regarding tomorrow's activities), before having the rest of the evening at your leisure for swimming, relaxing, etc.

DAY
5
Mountain Men History & Park City Historic Main Street.
Midway, UT
B,L,D
Zermatt Resort

Activity note: Wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes; bring layers as weather conditions may change without notice; sun protection recommended. Walking distance for the day will be around 1-mile between activities on mostly flat surfaces and may include a few stairs. Driving distances will be around 60 miles and 2 hours of driving time. Learn about Mountain Men Explorers, Park City’s Mining & Skiing History and walk on Historic Main Street.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in Hotel Restaurant.

Morning: Meet in conference room where the Group Leader will give some announcements on today’s activities and then our local Utah historian will educate us with stories about Utah’s fascinating mountain men. These hardy single men did not stay in one place very long and led lonely lives out in the mountains enduring the harsh winters and hot summer days in the Rocky Mountains and the Old West. We’ll learn about the lives of these American legends and how they survived in the wilderness for so long and will help to disclose some of the fascinating and colorful history of Park City including details about its iconic silver mining history to becoming a ghost town and then a thriving ski town rated among the best rated ski destinations in the world! Afterward the discussion, meet in Hotel Lobby and Load Van for Park City Historic Main Street. It’s about a half hour ride from the hotel to Park City.

Lunch: When we arrive on Historic Main Street in Park City, we will enjoy ordering off the lunch menu in a local Restaurant and additional beverages beyond a soda, coffee or tea included with your lunch are available for additional purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will explore the Park City Museum and Historic Main Street with a Park City historian. While here, we’ll learn what was it like to live in Park City 100 years ago by examining the fun and informative exhibits that explain how early settlers found their way to Park City, as well as how they built and expanded the city into a mining town. After learning about the Kimball Stagecoach, which carried people and mail to Park City. We’ll also get to see a big model of the late 19th century Mega Mine and see the Cornish pump and hoist, which travel all the way to the 1,000-foot level. A truly risky profession due to unhealthy conditions and dangerous equipment, mining required strong backs and wreaked havoc on miners' lungs, but could pay well in comparison those days. We’ll learn how ore becomes silver and earn our pay by mock-drilling into the rock face before climbing into an original car from the world's only "Skier Subway" and watching a film explaining Park City's transition from a mining to a skiing town. Additionally, you will visit the original city jail in the basement of the museum and learn from recordings of some of the people jailed there clear up until the 1960’s! Especially for kids: You will have about 2-hrs of exploring Historic Main Street up and down the sidewalk at your leisure. If you would like, you can ride the free Main Street Trolley up or down Main Street and make sure to pull down on the string to stop the Trolley if you want to get off to explore a certain area. We’ll then gather for some recap before traveling back to the Hotel.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the hotel.

Evening: Dinner Announcements, (Regarding tomorrow's activities), before having the rest of the evening at your leisure for swimming, relaxing, walking around the hotel, or ride the Carousal, etc.

DAY
6
Hike & Explore Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Midway, UT
B,L,D
Zermatt Resort

Activity note: Hike Timpanogos Cave National Monument. Hiking about 1.5 miles (3 miles round-trip); elevation increase of roughly 1,065 feet; paved trails. Be sure to bring plenty of water, sun protection and comfortable sturdy-closed-toe shoes, and wear layered comfortable clothing as weather conditions may change. Walking distance for the day is around 3 miles on a paved trail with switchbacks up the mountain and gains just over 1,000 feet in elevation.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in Hotel Restaurant.

Morning: Travel in van to Timpanogos Cave National Monument which driving distances will be around 70 miles and 2 hours of driving time. Enjoy hiking & exploring nature on the Timpanogos Trail with a certified park ranger who will teach us all about the history of the cave, who discovered it, and the formations that grow inside. Walking pace will be very slow for everyone in the group. As we walk, we’ll enjoy the beautiful mountain, canyon and amazing views of the valley below before entering the cave to see the unusual formations, some unique to these 3 connected caves. Formed along a fault line, the cave’s formations include stalactites, stalagmites, siphon straw tubes, flow stone, and a giant "Heart of Timpanogos," which is a massive stalactite legend says is the “heart” of Timpani, a young Ute Indian maiden who lost her life on a nearby mountain. There are few sets of stairs in the cave with a few spots where adults will have to duck down to clear a 4 foot ceiling.

Lunch: At a picnic area with picnic tables directly across the street from the Timpanogos Visitor's Center, we’ll have a boxed lunch with soda or water.

Afternoon: Before returning back to the hotel, we will stop at the marvelous Bridal Veil Falls in the Provo Canyon near the Provo River. The Bridal Veil Falls is a 607-foot-tall double cataract waterfall in the beautiful Provo Canyon. The world-famous steepest aerial tramway, (opened in 1967), along with a lodge and restaurant, (opened in 1961), were above the waterfall and on top of the mountain. The tramway was in operational until (1996), until an avalanche destroyed it, and in (2008), the lodge and the restaurant were burned down by an arson and little remains of the structures. While at the waterfall, we will take some group and individual family photos, etc. Then return to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. You may wish to swim, pack, or just relax.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the hotel.

Evening: In the conference room near the hotel, we’ll have a wrap-up session complete with awards and receive certificates of achievement and passport stickers. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends. Prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
7
Program Concludes. Individual Departures.
Midway, UT
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys.






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