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.
Program No. 7735RJ
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7 days
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7 days
6 nights
16 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
St. George, UT
D
College Inn

Activity note: Please remember to bring your National Park Pass and hiking poles if you have them.

Dinner: 5:15 pm - Transfer to Dixie State University for a delicious banquet dinner.

Evening: Following dinner we'll have a brief welcome/orientation and overview of our daily activities and itinerary.

DAY
2
Snow Canyon State Park, Restored Pioneer Homes
St. George, UT
B,L,D
College Inn

Activity note: Hike Whiterocks and/or Hidden Pinyon trail depending on time and weather. Both hikes offer beautiful vistas and overlooks. Total day hike miles will be 2-4 miles.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at the College Inn which includes hard boiled eggs, hot oatmeal, cereal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, coffee, tea, milk & juice.

Morning: Travel to Snow Canyon State Park and walk among the red sandstone formations. At Snow Canyon you can explore the natural beauty with scenery of red rock cliffs, rolling mounds of petrified sand dunes and lava (basalt) rock formations.

Lunch: Lunch at Trailblazer Cafe. Choose between food stations to include fresh salad bar, home cooking, pizza, Asian grill, and BBQ grill.

Afternoon: Welcome to "Utah's Dixie" with local expert. We'll learn about the human history of St. George and go on a historic tour of pioneer buildings.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Geology, ecology, flora & fauna of Southern Utah class in the College Inn Meeting Room. This presentation will give you a greater understanding of the incredible formations we will hike and explore. We will continue to have trail side talks but this class will set the stage for the remaining outings.

DAY
3
Zion National Park Hiking & Geology, Birds of Prey Class
Zion National Park
B,L,D
Springhill Suites by Marriott Springdale Zion National Park

Activity note: -Lower Emerald Pools is a 1.2 mile round trip on groomed trail with 70 ft elevation change. -Middle Emerald Pools is a 2 mile round trip on groomed trail with 150 ft elevation change. -Riverside trail is a 2 mile round trip on a paved trail, mostly flat. Total day hike miles will be 4-5 miles.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at the College Inn which includes hard boiled eggs, hot oatmeal, cereal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, coffee, tea, milk & juice.

Morning: Check-out and depart for Zion National Park. Instructor and group leader go with you as you walk among the rock canyons and formations. Incredible scenery of red rock cliffs and riparian areas. Hike Emerald Pools Loop. We'll hike to lower Emerald Pools, underneath a small waterfall and continue onto Middle Emerald Pools.

Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Zion with a hike on the Virgin Riverside Trail. Starting at the Temple of Sinawava (the final shuttle stop deep in the heart of Zion Canyon), the Riverside Trail is a wonderful 2 mile roundtrip hike on a fairly level paved trail that affords great views of the Virgin River and wonderfully lush hanging gardens and trees surrounded by tall weeping walls.

Dinner: Plated dinner at Wildcat Willies.

Evening: 7:30 PM - See up close and personal a live falcon, hawk, and golden eagle. Martin Tyner, a federally licensed eagle falconer, presents "Birds of Prey".

DAY
4
Hike Zion's Scout Lookout
Zion National Park
B,L
Springhill Suites by Marriott Springdale Zion National Park

Activity note: -Scout Lookout is a 4 mile round trip hike with a 1,100 ft elevation change. Total day hike miles will be 4-5 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at hotel which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, pancakes, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: Depart for Scout Lookout Hike. We'll start at the West Rim trailhead from the Grotto. A footbridge over the Virgin River and a right turn heading upstream lead you along the northwestern shore on a relatively level path. about a half-mile, the trail begins to switch back up on a hot, paved slope. The views keep getting better with every turn as the expanse opens up below you. Shaded relief is found when the trail turns up into the aptly named, Refrigerator Canyon. Impressive rock walls tower with overhangs that are picture worthy. After a gradual grade, the trail turns and you face the famous Walters Wiggles feature of tight switchbacks up towards Scout Lookout. These memorable switchbacks are a feat of engineering, and a treat to admire during stops to catch your breath. At the top of Walters Wiggles a short traverse brings you to Scout Lookout with amazing views of the Virgin River as it comes out of the Narrows and onto a rock outcropping called the Organ.

Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hiking in Zion with some free time in the afternoon.

Dinner: Tonight is dinner on your own. Choose between a variety of small and unique restaurants like Whiptail Grill, Parallel Eighty-Eight, The Spotted Dog Cafe, Pizza and Noodles, and MeMe's to name a few.

Evening: Free evening to relax or do something within the community. One option is to go see the "Treasure of the Gods" Imax movie about Zion on a huge screen.

DAY
5
Hike Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
B,L,D
Ruby's Inn

Activity note: -Peekaboo Loop trail is a 5.3 mile round trip on groomed trail with 1,000 ft elevation change. -Rim trail from Bryce Point to Sunset Point is a 2 mile one way trip on groomed trail with a 300 ft elevation drop. Total day hike miles will be 2-5 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at hotel which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, pancakes, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: Check out and depart for Bryce Canyon National Park. Geology, hiking and exploring within the fascinating formations of this Canyon is an amazing experience! Our first hike will be the Peekaboo Loop Trail. We begin at Bryce Point, one of the best vistas in the park, zigzagging down the rim 1,000 ft into the canyon. Here we weave through a brilliant collection of hoodoos, fins and spires in the main Bryce Canyon amphitheater. Great views of the Wall of Windows and Three Wise Men. -The 2 mile Rim Trail offers a shorter less strenuous route with great views for those not wanting to tackle the Peekaboo Loop.

Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Bryce Canyon. After the day's hike we'll stop at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center before checking in to Rubys Inn.

Dinner: Buffet Dinner at Ruby's Cowboy Buffet & Steak Room including BBQ Beef & Pork Ribs, Baked Chicken, Asian Orange Chicken, Baked Pollock, Cornbread, Soup & Salad.

Evening: Free Time

DAY
6
Hike Bryce Canyon National Park, Farwell Dinner
St. George, UT
B,L,D
College Inn

Activity note: -Navajo Loop & Queens Garden Trail is a 3.5 mile hike with an elevation change of 521 feet. It's listed as one of the top 10 hikes in the U.S. by National Geographic. Total day hike miles will be 4-5 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Ruby's Cowboy Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, scrambled eggs, french toast, oatmeal, smoked bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: Check out and depart for our final hike in Bryce Canyon: Navajo Loop & Queens Garden Trail. This hike is absolutely the best way to see the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. The views from sunrise point and sunset point on the rim area stunning, but you will experience an entirely different view from the canyon floor while looking up at the hoodoos. We start by hiking down Wall street a narrow canyon with high rock walls on either side. Soon after we reach the flat canyon floor. We continue on the trail to Queens Garden where we'll see some of the most spectacular formations in the park to include Queen Victoria herself.

Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: We wrap up your adventures at Bryce and depart for St. George.

Dinner: Enjoy a plated dinner at a local restaurant in St. George.

Evening: Free Time

DAY
7
Program Concludes
St. George, UT
B

Breakfast: 6:30 - 8:00 am - Continental breakfast buffet at the College Inn which includes hard boiled eggs, hot oatmeal, cereal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, coffee, tea, milk & juice.

Morning: Independent departures following breakfast.






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