8726
Utah
Natural Wonders of Utah's Canyons: Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon
Rock out in the Grand Canyon and Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks as you learn about the colorful rocks, ancient geology and fossilized dinosaur tracks of this stunning region.
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Program No. 8726RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
St. George, Utah
D
College Inn

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

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

DAY
2
Snow Canyon State Park, Historic St. George, Birds of Prey
St. George, Utah
B,L,D
College Inn

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

Morning: 8:00 am - Geology,ecology, flora & fauna of Southern Utah's Parks lecture in College Inn Meeting room. Begin your discovery of Zion's precipitous canyon walls & massive monoliths, Bryce's thousands of spires, and spectacular Grand Canyon. This presentation highlights the geologic forces that shape these landscapes. The field trips, trail side talks and on-board discussions during the rest of the program will give additional knowledge of these compelling natural wonders. Depart for a field trip to Snow Canyon State Park. This park provides incredible 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: 1:00 pm - Visit Dinosaur Discovery Museum and view some of the oldest and best-preserved Dinosaur tracks in the world. 3:00 pm - Return to College Inn for a short class by local expert. We'll learn about the area history and visit restored pioneer buildings and homes.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Enjoy a Grand Buffet at Chuck-A-Rama. Choose from a variety of fresh salads, homemade dinner rolls, barbecue ribs, baked or fried chicken, roast beef, sliced turkey breast, mashed potatoes & gravy, peas, green beans, corn, scones, assorted beverages. Save room for dessert, apple pie, cakes, cobbler, brownies, and soft serve ice cream or yogurt.

Evening: 7:00 pm - Gather in the College Inn class room to see up close and personal a live falcon, hawk, and golden eagle. Martin Tyner, a federally licensed eagle falconer, presents his amazing "Birds of Prey".

DAY
3
Zion National Park
Kanab
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Express

Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Enjoy a continental breakfast at the College Inn which includes hard boiled eggs, hot oatmeal, cereal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, milk & juice.

Morning: 8:15 am - Check out and depart for Zion National Park! Enjoy explorations led by our instructor, trailside talks and walks within the towering cliffs of Zion!

Lunch: Box lunch on the Trail.

Afternoon: Continue our field trip as he hike the River Walk trail. After the hike we'll visit Zion's Human History Museum and enjoy the various displays and artifacts. Travel about 30 miles south from Zion National Park to Kanab and check into hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at local Restaurant.

Evening: 7:30 pm - Geology, ecology, flora & fauna lecture in the hotel meeting room. This will prepare for our field trip to Bryce Canyon National Park.

DAY
4
Bryce Canyon National Park
Kanab
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Express

Breakfast: Holiday Inn Express Start Breakfast Bar features: - Fluffy scrambled eggs - Cheese omelets - Bacon and sausage - Biscuits and gravy - Sticky-sweet cinnamon rolls - An assortment of fresh fruits, yogurt, and breakfast cereals and breads - Pancakes - Fruit juices, 2% and skim milk, and our very own 100% Arabica Smart RoastSMCoffee.

Morning: 8:15 am - Depart for Bryce Canyon National Park. One of America's most scenic destinations, Bryce Canyon National Park is a magical land, a place of inspiration and spectacular beauty where thousands of intricately shaped rock formations stir the imagination as they stand silent watch in their colorful cathedrals. Upon arrival we'll hike Bryce Point to Sunset Point.

Lunch: Ruby Inn's Cowboy Lunch Buffet to include roasted chicken, fish, pork, vegetables, potatoes, rolls, salad bar with a variety of fresh greens, prepared salads, fruits & vegetables, soup, and dessert bar.

Afternoon: Continue exploring in Bryce as we hike down into the Canyon on the Navajo Loop trail. The Navajo Loop Trail descends from Sunset Point through the slot canyon of Wall Street, where 500 to 700-year-old Douglas Firs reach upward toward the sunlight at the top of the canyon. The Navajo Loop is a popular trail in the park, and is often combined with the Queen's Garden Trail to form a longer loop that passes through the Queen's Garden and emerges onto the rim at Sunrise Point. Return to Kanab.

Dinner: Dinner at Houston's Trails End Restaurant.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
5
Grand Canyon North Rim
St. George, Utah
B,L,D
College Inn

Breakfast: Holiday Inn Express Start Breakfast Bar features: - Fluffy scrambled eggs - Cheese omelets - Bacon and sausage - Biscuits and gravy - Sticky-sweet cinnamon rolls - An assortment of fresh fruits, yogurt, and breakfast cereals and breads - Pancakes - Fruit juices, 2% and skim milk, and our very own 100% Arabica Smart RoastSMCoffee.

Morning: 8:00 am - Checkout & depart for Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim. Upon arrival we'll take a short hike out to Bright Angel Point which places us on the edge of a vastness of scenery, time, and opportunity. The view confirms the tremendous uplift that has occurred, leaving the canyon’s North Rim 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim.

Lunch: Lunch at the North Rim Lodge Dining Room. The lunch buffet includes a full assortment of daily pastas with Alfredo, Marinara, or Bolognese sauces, shredded parmesan cheese, fresh baked garlic rolls, chilled organic field greens and complementing salad toppings and dressing. Also your choice of organic-fair trade-shade grown coffee, tea or a fountain drink.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll hike Transept Trail which takes us along the rim through a majestic Ponderosa Pine Forest with multiple Canyon overlooks. Return to St. George.

Dinner: Enjoy a Closing Dinner in one of Dixie State University's banquet rooms.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
St. George, Utah
B

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

Morning: Indepentent departures following breakfast.