Hiking the Slick Rock, Slot Canyons and Red Rocks of Lake Powell

The unique geology and stunning landscapes of Lake Powell are best explored by foot. Join experts to hike and learn about this region, discovering what’s so hot about the high desert.
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Program No. 6114RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Hiking boots and a daypack are your ticket to some magical forays into the Lake Powell area. Discover canyon country's secret treasures — hidden arches, slot canyons, ancient petroglyphs and matchless panoramic vistas. Naturalists reveal the geologic forces that have shaped these magical landforms.
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 ...

  • Enjoy daily hikes that explore the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Navajoland and the stunning Lake Powell region of rock, water and sky.
  • Learn from regional experts about the dinosaurs, plants, animals, prehistoric Native Americans, Mormon pioneers, dam builders and contemporary culture that have defined themselves amid this beautiful landscape.
  • Get a taste of local culture and ecology with enriching evening activities, including musical entertainment and a presentation on the unique wildlife of the high desert.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Lee’s Ferry, Desert River Crossing
by Rusho, W.L.
Lee's Ferry operated for 55 years (1872-1928) as the only crossing point along 600 river miles of the Colorado with a “road” on each side. Explorers, emigrants, missionaries, promoters, miners, writers, politicians, even notorious outlaws all helped turn Lee’s Ferry into a corridor and supply point for the men and women who shaped much of the American West. More than 140 rare photographs bring to life the fascinating history of this unique area.
The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons
by Powell, John Wesley
Full text of Powell's 1,000-mile expedition down the fabled Colorado in 1869. Superb account of terrain, geology, vegetation, Indians, famine, mutiny, treacherous rapids, mighty canyons. 240 illustrations. 432pp
Ghosts of Glen Canyon: History Beneath Lake Powell
by Crampton, C Gregory
Drift down the Colorado River through Glen Canyon and explore the people and places that encompass the history of this majestic canyon before it drowned in the rising waters of Lake Powell. Author Gregory Crampton led the historical investigations of Glen and San Juan canyons from 1957 to 1963 under contract with the National Park Service. The objective was to locate and record historical sites that would be lost to the rising waters of the reservoir. This book records that effort.
Everett Ruess - A Vagabond for Beauty
by W.L. Rusho
Everett Ruess, the young poet and artist who disappeared into the desert canyonlands of Utah in 1934, has become widely known posthumously as the spokesman for the spirit of the high desert. Many have been inspired by his intense search for adventure, leaving behind the amenities of a comfortable life. His search for ultimate beauty and oneness with nature is chronicled in this remarkable collection of letters to family and friends.
Naturalist's Guide to Canyon Country
by Williams, David B. & Gloria Brown
Comprehensive and beautifully illustrated trailside reference to plants, animals, and geology of an area that includes nine national parks and monuments. 192 pp.
Heart of the Desert Wild—Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
by Greer K. Chesher
A 1.9-million acre blank spot…For almost 12,000 years people have lived in this desert wilderness that is part of the American Southwest. After European settlement throughout the western United States, this place was not only rugged but remote, so much so that it was a blank spot on the map, literally. In this volume, author Greer Chesher and photographer Liz Hymans take us into Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and help us dig deep into its beauty and meaning.

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