7735
Utah
Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks
Nothing says Utah like rock spires and hoodoos. Come learn about these geological wonders from experts as you hike the stunning landscapes of Bryce and Zion National Parks.
Rating (4.94)
Program No. 7735RJ
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7 days
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4.94 Average
Clark
(4)

Great trip to two spectacular national parks and one state park (Snow Canyon). Trip leaders (Dan & Dixie) were delightful and very knowledgeable about the parks and geology, which kept things interesting. While we had some wonderful hikes, I wish that there had been more - one afternoon was spent riding a bus listening to a guest speaker drone on about Mormons, and another morning was kind of wasted. I encourage future trip organizers to ditch these segments and focus on what participants came here to do - hike. Another aspect of the trip that needs work is the food, which was universally poor, except for the final night when we had a delicious dinner. An example of the poor quality food was a night at Chuck-A-Rama, which provides an all-you-can-eat buffet for $11.95. That alone should tell you all you need to know about food quality. Other places were equally bad. I would encourage Road Scholar either to charge more and vastly upgrade food options, or to lower trip prices and allow participants to find their own food. Food aside, all in all this was an excellent trip! I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in seeing these two great parks. Just plan on finding your own food.

Barbara
(5)

Zion and Bryce National Parks are wonderful to see with Road Scholar. We had 21 people in our group and 8 of us were solos. I learned a lot and challenged myself with the more difficult hikes in both parks.

Maribeth
(5)

This program is excellent! I enjoyed all aspects of this experience! This trip is for anyone who enjoys beautiful scenery!

Monica
(5)

Just completed hiking in St George, Zion and Bryce. This trip was FABulous!! More than imagined. Very active with hiking on high, well groomed trails and into canyons. Views to die for. Glorious. Accomodations fine and well located.

Johanna
(5)

What better way to explore new areas and meet new people with similar interests. Thank you Road Scholar!

Maureen
(4)

Beautiful parks for experienced hikers.

Debbie
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This trip was excellent. Beautiful scenery. Fun group of travelers. Great guides and bus driver. The only thing in need of improvement is the college food.

Vicki
(5)

This program was out of this world in terms of beauty. Our trip leaders were incredibly smart about geology but presented the material in layman's terms and were unfailingly patient when we asked the same questions over and over again. I recommend this trip to anyone who likes to be "on the go" while enjoying mother nature at her finest.

Patsi
(5)

Best trip ever. Amazing and qualified staff that went out of their way to help our various needs. The driver, Glen, was also helpful and helped organize easier hikes for a lady that could not keep up. I could not have had a better time and I was on a scholarship.

Michele
(5)

A great hiking trip for anyone wishing to explore Zion and Bryce National Parks at a moderately challenging pace.

Judith
(5)

This was a fabulous trip! The scenery is breathtakingly stunning. Our guides and driver were extraordinary, as usual with Road Scholar. So glad I went, and was healthy enough to enjoy the hikes. The accommodations in St George were adequate, breakfasts were excellent, although meals on campus were adequate. Hotel in Springdale was a fabulous surprise. I can’t say enough about how wonderful this trip was!

Meryl
(5)

Wonderful trip. Bryce and Zion are just amazingly beautiful. Trip staff (Gary, Maggie and Tina) were knowledgeable, helpful, and experienced! College Inn staff were very nice. Had a wonderful group of participants- friendly, considerate, interesting, and of varying hiking abilities. The hikes were challenging at times but doable with plenty of rest stops and water. Accommodations and meals varied. I am already planning my next RS hiking trip

Erwina
(5)

I RECENTLY ATTENDED THE ZION AND BRYCE NATIONAL PARKS HIKES AND IT WAS AMAZING. I LOVED THAT IT WAS WORRY FREE AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE AND THE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION WAS SPOT ON. I'M PLANNING ON DOING MORE IN THE FUTURE!

Debbie
(5)

The Zion Bryce hiking trip was awesome, challenging hiking but manageable, terrific instructors and guides.

Wanda
(5)

This was a wonderful program. The leaders set a good pace and each day's exploration was unique and fascinating. Accommodations and meals worked well and we had a very compatible group. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who likes to be active.

Diana
(5)

I can't say enough good things about our Road Scholar adventure, which was Hiking Bryce and Zion. The trip leader and instructor were both phenomenal, the hikes were outstanding and allowed us to really explore the parks in depth, the lectures were informative and interesting, and the group was an incredibly fun bunch of people who had a great time together. I've been telling all my friends and family about Road Scholar and will be looking into where I want Road Scholar to take me next!

David
(5)

Very high recommendation for this trip. Three, very different, geological experiences (Snow Canyon, Zion Canyon, Bryce "Canyon"). It is a hiking trip, not just viewing; but with a wide range of abilities in our group ALL completed the two most intensive hikes one having 1300 feet of elevation gain, the other about 800 but at 8,000 feet. Options that included more intensive, or less intensive, experiences available. BUT, it IS a hiking program. We had good weather. Just a bit warm in Zion, bordering on oppressive on the intensive hike by noon. No rain our week. I can imagine that in rain it would be less pleasant particularly underfoot. This is a pretty dry area, so rain may not be a common problem. All in all, a wonderful trip for the view and the exercise.

Kathy
(5)

Do you regularly go on long hikes with rapid ascent and descent? This trip is for you!

Craig
(5)

The Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks was a wonderful experience. The beauty of the parks is only something that one can experience. Our guides Sherry and John were excellent. Both were extremely knowledgeable regarding the history and geology of the areas that we hiked, as well as allowing for the diversity of hikers in the group. The accommodations at Zion and Bryce were adequate for the length of stay. The College Inn is an acceptable accommodation for a short period of time. It would be nice if there were televisions in the rooms. The meals at Dixie State University were varied, well prepared and delightful. I would highly recommend this adventure of a life time.

Leila
(5)

If you love to hike, you will love this trip!

Batia
(5)

Breathtaking vistas make this hiking trip so awesome. Sherry is amazing instructor, very knowledgeable about this area history, geology and life here in general. Full with energy and always with a smile. Maggie was very good as well. I like the accommodations, meals and the organization. Great guest speaker as well. Great group of very good hikers.

Barbara
(5)

I loved this trip. Hiking in Zion and Bryce was wonderful!

Susan
(5)

This was my first Road Scholar experience. I would highly recommend this organization - you really get your monies worth. It was challenging, informative and fun.

Herbert
(5)

You cannot beat the beauty of Snow Canyon, Zion and Bryce.

Connie
(5)

My first Road Scholar trip. It was fun, fascinating, beautiful, and invigorating. The leaders were first rate and I enjoyed every minute. It was a great hiking trip with great participants.

Sally
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

It was a wonderful trip. The people, the food, the hikes, the discussions, All were terrific. Gary, Maggie & Tina were especially fun and very helpful. Thank You, Sally

Phillip
(5)

A great trip to a beautiful part of the country. Good for active, experienced hikers. Sherry and Gary made it a joy to be a part of and gave great hiking advice and options.

dennis
(5)

If you like to hike, and want to see some scenery that will knock your socks off, this is the program for you.

Martin
(5)

This trip was awesome! The guides were experts in their areas of responsibility; geology, culture, organizational issues. Very, very worthwhile and enjoyable trip. Guides were good at offering hikes for folks of varying ability and you were able to choose what hike suited you. Food was great and the accomodations were much better than I anticipated. St. George is a great town with lots of history. Martin

Marjorie
(5)

My friend and I had a great week exploring and learning about this part of Utah. We enjoyed the friends we made, the trip leaders and all of the hikes.

Robin
(5)

A wonderful well paced trip- incredible scenery, encouraging well informed leaders, interesting enthusiastic participants.

Berta
(5)

This is a 5 star trip! Sherri and Gary are wonderful leaders and kept the group going at a good pace. It as, as advertised, moderately challenging , although a small blizzard in Bryce made for slogging up Peekaboo somewhat challenging!

Carol
(5)

Somewhat challenging but well worth it. The scenery is fantastic but lots of ups and downs and a hiking stick or 2 helps a lot. I was surprised that I also learned a lot about early Mormon pioneer life, which was fascinating. Not a trip where you go for the food but breakfast and dinner were mostly buffets with various options. The leaders were very expert hikers and knew the hiking areas really well. Highly recommend for experienced hikers and/or those in good shape.

Sherri
(5)

I really can't say enough good things about this trip. It was my first, but it will NOT be my last!! Great leadership and coordination, fabulous hikes, beautiful scenery and some education as we went along! Perfect!

Randy
(5)

My husband and I really enjoyed our first Road Scholar experience. Both Gary and Sherry are top notch leaders who are enthusiastic about Utah and hiking and they work so well together which made our trip just fabulous! We are already talking about signing up for another great Road Scholar adventure :)

Heather
(5)

Hiked Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon! I didn't think I could do it, but I did. Now, I just want to hike all over the place. The accommodations were fine and the instruction was good. Highly recommended. Fly into Vegas and rent a car from the Tropicana. Way cheaper than renting a car at the airport. About 1.5 hour drive to St. George, Utah. The canyon you will drive through is a taste of what is to come.

Elise
(5)

The hiking trip in Zion and Bryce National Parks was exhilarating, rejuvenating, beautiful. Loved our guides Sherry and Gary, had fun, and enjoyed the other travelers. Am looking into my next Road Scholar trip.






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