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Colorful Canyons: Zion, Bryce & Grand Canyon With Your Grandchild

From stunning landscapes and ancient geology to horse-back riding and Native American art, set off on an adventure with your grandchild in the national parks of Utah and Arizona.
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Program No. 8731RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,099 / ADULT
1,399 / CHILD
Utah

Colorful Canyons: Zion, Bryce & Grand Canyon With Your Grandchild

From stunning landscapes and ancient geology to horse-back riding and Native American art, set off on an adventure with your grandchild in the national parks of Utah and Arizona.
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,099 / ADULT
1,399 / CHILD
Program No. 8731 RJ
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Age 10 - 14
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Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2022
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Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2022
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Jun 28 - Jul 5, 2022
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Jun 28 - Jul 5, 2022
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Jul 12 - Jul 19, 2022
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Jul 12 - Jul 19, 2022
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At a Glance

In Utah’s Color Country, view ancient Native American petroglyphs carved into red standstone walls in the Valley of Fire. Hike through a forested canyon that leads to two sparkling waterfalls in a tall alcove, hanging gardens and majestic emerald pools. Admire the towering hoodoo rock spires and pink limestone grottos in Bryce Canyon. Take in views of the rainbow rock stair steps of the Grand Staircase as you look across over 100 million years in geologic time. These colorful adventures and more await you and your grandchild in Utah and Arizona’s amazing national parks: Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon’s rugged North Rim. Discover the secrets and mysteries of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs as instructors lead you through 2 billion years of Mother Nature’s brush strokes.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Hiking up to two miles daily. Elevations up to 8,000 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Watch wranglers ride the bulls at the Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo, and saddle up yourself as you ride on mule or horse back through Bryce Canyon.
  • Meet an eagle falconer and his feathered friends (a falcon, a hawk and a golden eagle) during a live birds of prey presentation.
  • Spend nights in each of these canyons observing wildlife, exploring the landscape and learning about geology, ecology and human history.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 10-14.
Featured Expert
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Martin Tyner
At the age of 19, Martin Tyner was hired as curator of birds of prey at Busch Gardens, Calif., and was soon working in the movie industry as a trainer of big cats, elephants, primates, sea mammals and raptors. He is the founder of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit wildlife rescue and environmental education organization. With the help of his Golden Eagle, Bud, they received a donation of 22.6 acres of property for the development of a permanent wildlife rescue facility in Utah.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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At the age of 19, Martin Tyner was hired as curator of birds of prey at Busch Gardens, Calif., and was soon working in the movie industry as a trainer of big cats, elephants, primates, sea mammals and raptors. He is the founder of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit wildlife rescue and environmental education organization. With the help of his Golden Eagle, Bud, they received a donation of 22.6 acres of property for the development of a permanent wildlife rescue facility in Utah.
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.
Books about History (more)
by See list below
Basin and Range, John McPhee. 1980. A book of journeys through ancient terrains, always in juxtaposition with travels in the modern world---a history of vanished landscapes, enhanced by the histories of people who bring them to light. Includes a history of the geologic time scale. $14.95. The Dominguez- Escalante Journal, Ted J. Warner. 1995. Their expedition through Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona in 1776. $12.95 Over the Rim, The Parley P. Pratt Exploring Expedition to Southern Utah, 1849-50. William and Donna T. Smart. 1999. In the winter of 1849 fifty men set out from Salt Lake City on an arduous expedition to explore Southern Utah. $19.95 Echoes from the Cliffs of Capital Reef National Park, Max Robinson, Clay Robinson. 2004. Enlightening reminiscences of Capital Reef National Park. $6.95. Standing Up Country, Gregory Crampton. 1964. A lavishly illustrated history of the scenic beauty of Southern Utah. $16.95. The Exploration of the Colorado River and its Canyons, by J.W. Powell; Dover Publications, Inc., New York. This book combines two of J.W. Powell’s voyages into one epic adventure. $10.25 Beyond The Hundredth Meridian by Wallace Stegner; Penguin Books 1992. A penetrating and insightful study of the adventures of Maj. John Wesley Powell. $10.75
Education
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The Redrock Canyon Explorer, Irene Brady and Geology Rocks, by Cindy Blobaum & Michael Kline. Two books that are a great starting place for grandparents and educators that would like to get a fun and creative educational tool for their grandchildren or students. $19.95 and $12.95 Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv. 2005. An absolute must-read for parents if we are going to save our children from the Nature- Deficit Disorder. $13.95. Sharing Nature with Children, Joseph Cornell. 1989. A parents and teachers nature awareness guidebook. $9.95.
Geology (specific)
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Ron Kay’s Guide to Zion National Park, Ron Kay, 1995 A complete guide of Zion National Park by one of Road Scholar’s own instructors. Shadows of Time: The Geology of Bryce Canyon National Park, Frank Decourten, 1994 A book with breathtaking photographs, well written on the geology of Bryce Canyon N. P. and surrounding high plateaus. Water, Rock, & Time: The Geologic Story of Zion National Park, Robert Eves, 2005. This book is so nice you may want to leave it on the coffee table. Zion National Park: Towers of Stone; by J.L. Crawford; Zion Natural History Association, Springdale, Utah, Fourth Edition 2002. Carving Grand Canyon, Wayne Ranney. 2005. A synopsis of ideas and theories that geologists have developed over time about the carving of the Grand Canyon. This story is told in an engaging style that non-scientists will find inviting. Canyonlands Country, Donald Baars, 1993. Geology of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.
Geology
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Geology – a Golden Guide, by Frank H.T. Rhodes, 1991, St. Martin’s Press, N.Y. Geology of Utah’s Parks and Monuments, Sprinkel et. al. Utah Geological Association, 2000. Contains geology papers on 25 parks and monuments of Utah (644 pages). Written for a geologist. Utah‘s Spectacular Geology, Lehi Hintze, 2005 The geologic story of Utah’s landscapes and how they came to be. A Traveler's Guide to the Geology of the Colorado Plateau, Don Baars, 2002. A comprehensive guide to the Colorado Plateau. The Practical Geologist, Dougal Dixon, Raymond Bernor, 1992 This book is a great introductory guide to the basics of geology. Great diagrams, pictures and is well written. Geology Underfoot in Southern Utah, R. Orndorff, R. Wieder, D. Futey, 2006 A hands on book about getting out among the rocks. Explores 33 sites in Southern Utah. Tells of ancient eruptions, deserts, seas, swamps and movements of massive rock units over eons. Beyond the Visible Landscape, W. Kenneth Hamblin, 2004. A unique book that consists of a series of panoramic photographs taken from the air. Focuses on the fundamental features of the landscape. Contains excellent diagrams & descriptions of the geology in the photographs.
Books about History
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Heart of the Desert Wild, Greer Chesher, 2000. Award winning book about the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM). It covers a variety of topics from geology to history. The photography and design of this book are outstanding and remains the definitive book on the GSENM. A Roadside History of Utah, Cynthia L. Bennett. 1999. Compelling stories of Utah’s exceptional people. Utah’s History, Richard D. Poll. 1989. A more in-depth and statewide focus on history. Hole-in-the-Rock, David E. Miller, 1995. If you want to learn more about one of the epic pioneer journeys in American History this is the book. It is area related and is a good read for those interested in history. Highway 12, Christian Probasco. 2005. Popular with travelers along Highway 12. It features a unique look at the history, people and their perspectives on this very special corridor. Outlaw Tales of Utah, Michael Rutter, 2002. True stores of Utah’s most famous robbers, rustlers and bandits.
General Reference
by See list below
A Naturalists Guide to the Canyon Country, David B. Williams. 2000. A wonderful Falcon Guide that uses fine artwork and pictures to introduce the geology, flora, fauna and history of the Canyon Country. Four Corners: History, Land and People of the Desert Southwest, Kenneth A. Brown, 1996. Great information about the region. Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey. 1968. A season in the wilderness is a celebration of the beauty of living in a harsh and hostile land. Edward Abbey was a seasonal Park ranger in Arches National Monument. Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner. 1986. The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. The definitive work on the West’s water crisis.
Books about Native American / Prehistory
by See list below
Rock Art of Utah, Polly Schaafsma, 2002. Traces of Freemont: Society and Rock Art in Ancient Utah, Steven Simms, 2010. Archeology of the Southwest, Linda Cordell, 2012.
Meals
20 Meals
7 Breakfasts
6 Lunches
7 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Jul 12, 2022 - Jul 19, 2022 (Las Vegas, NV to Kanab, UT)
  • Jun 21, 2022 - Jun 28, 2022 (Las Vegas, NV to Kanab, UT)
  • Jun 28, 2022 - Jul 05, 2022 (Las Vegas, NV to Kanab, UT)
  • Jul 12, 2022 - Jul 19, 2022 (Las Vegas, NV to Kanab, UT)
1 night
Las Vegas
A 7-minute walk from Las Vegas Premium Outlets South, this Las Vegas Strip hotel is 5 miles from the McCarran International Airport. All of the contemporary rooms offer custom-designed beds, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, desks, and free WiFi. Executive rooms and suites have separate living areas with pull-out sofas. Some have whirlpool tubs. A cooked-to-order breakfast is available (fee), and there's an American restaurant, a bar and 24/7 pantry. Guests can visit the fitness center, outdoor pool and whirlpool. Additional perks include meeting rooms, business center, plus a free Airport/area shuttle and parking.
2 nights
Springdale
The Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park hotel is set amidst the towering red rock cliffs of Zion National Park. Discover the majesty of Zion from our great value hotel and enjoy easy access to quaint shops, dining and attractions. The Virgin River is located adjacent to the hotel, as are many interesting boutique shops and restaurants. Visit magnificent Zion National Park and explore the numerous hiking and biking trails, go camping or simply take your camera for some stunning photography.
2 nights
Bryce Canyon
Ruby's Inn is the closest accommodation to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah and is the perfect base for your exploration of scenic Southern Utah. We offer the finest accommodations, RV Park/Campground and amenities in the Bryce Canyon National Park region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon is a destination in and of itself and is the perfect base for area exploration. We offer the finest accommodations and amenities in the Bryce Canyon National Park region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon has been serving travelers since 1916 and is a destination in and of itself.
1 night
North Rim
Wake up and go to sleep surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Grand Canyon! Enjoy the incredible experience of staying in cabins located near the edge of the Grand Canyon. It is the only accommodation located within the north rim portion of the National Park. This means they are in high demand and difficult to reserve so it gives you an even more extraordinary experience! At the Grand Canyon North Rim natural beauty and activities abound! Includes hiking, tours, canyon mule rides, birding and photo opportunities. The National Park Service (NPS) Visitor Center is located adjacent to your accommodations and the rangers offer a wide variety of interpretive programs throughout the the season. All NPS programs are free and you are welcome to attend during free time. Detailed program information is listed in the park's newspaper available at the entrance station or at the Visitor Center. For this program, we stay in historic log cabins that are nestled in the pines. Some of your meals are served in the Grand Canyon Lodge’s magnificent dining room that offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere with a western flair and an incredible view of the canyon with every bite! The Grand Canyon Lodge's rustic construction of limestone walls and timbered ceilings complements the North Rim's lush beauty. The Lodge offers peace and comfort to the North Rim visitor and is a National Historic Landmark. This beautiful facility is carved into the edge of the Grand Canyon's rim, with a massive view of the canyon and the plateau to the south. It feels as natural to the area as the surrounding woods and serves as a gathering point for those who have come to the canyon's northern edge. The lodge also contains a sun room, Cafe, saloon and a gift shop. Activities abound: hiking, tours, canyon mule rides and photo opportunities. The area also has a National Park Visitor Center, store, service station and laundromat.
1 night
Kanab
Centrally located, Parry Lodge provides wonderful accommodations and an opportunity to sleep in the very room famous stars slept in! Kanab, Utah is known as "Little Hollywood" because of the number of movies filmed here. The towering rock created dramatic back drops for the movies. The Lodge has hosted some of the biggest names from the golden age of Hollywood. John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, Maureen O'Hara, Dean Martin, Lana Turner, Clint Eastwood and Barbara Stanwyck are just a few of the hundreds of stars and character players that stayed at Parry's while filming in the many scenic locations in and around Kanab, Utah. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
1 night
Las Vegas
A 7-minute walk from Las Vegas Premium Outlets South, this Las Vegas Strip hotel is 5 miles from the McCarran International Airport. All of the contemporary rooms offer custom-designed beds, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, desks, and free WiFi. Executive rooms and suites have separate living areas with pull-out sofas. Some have whirlpool tubs. A cooked-to-order breakfast is available (fee), and there's an American restaurant, a bar and 24/7 pantry. Guests can visit the fitness center, outdoor pool and whirlpool. Additional perks include meeting rooms, business center, plus a free Airport/area shuttle and parking.
2 nights
Springdale
The Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park hotel is set amidst the towering red rock cliffs of Zion National Park. Discover the majesty of Zion from our great value hotel and enjoy easy access to quaint shops, dining and attractions. The Virgin River is located adjacent to the hotel, as are many interesting boutique shops and restaurants. Visit magnificent Zion National Park and explore the numerous hiking and biking trails, go camping or simply take your camera for some stunning photography.
2 nights
Bryce Canyon
Ruby's Inn is the closest accommodation to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah and is the perfect base for your exploration of scenic Southern Utah. We offer the finest accommodations, RV Park/Campground and amenities in the Bryce Canyon National Park region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon is a destination in and of itself and is the perfect base for area exploration. We offer the finest accommodations and amenities in the Bryce Canyon National Park region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon has been serving travelers since 1916 and is a destination in and of itself.
1 night
North Rim
Wake up and go to sleep surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Grand Canyon! Enjoy the incredible experience of staying in cabins located near the edge of the Grand Canyon. It is the only accommodation located within the north rim portion of the National Park. This means they are in high demand and difficult to reserve so it gives you an even more extraordinary experience! At the Grand Canyon North Rim natural beauty and activities abound! Includes hiking, tours, canyon mule rides, birding and photo opportunities. The National Park Service (NPS) Visitor Center is located adjacent to your accommodations and the rangers offer a wide variety of interpretive programs throughout the the season. All NPS programs are free and you are welcome to attend during free time. Detailed program information is listed in the park's newspaper available at the entrance station or at the Visitor Center. For this program, we stay in historic log cabins that are nestled in the pines. Some of your meals are served in the Grand Canyon Lodge’s magnificent dining room that offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere with a western flair and an incredible view of the canyon with every bite! The Grand Canyon Lodge's rustic construction of limestone walls and timbered ceilings complements the North Rim's lush beauty. The Lodge offers peace and comfort to the North Rim visitor and is a National Historic Landmark. This beautiful facility is carved into the edge of the Grand Canyon's rim, with a massive view of the canyon and the plateau to the south. It feels as natural to the area as the surrounding woods and serves as a gathering point for those who have come to the canyon's northern edge. The lodge also contains a sun room, Cafe, saloon and a gift shop. Activities abound: hiking, tours, canyon mule rides and photo opportunities. The area also has a National Park Visitor Center, store, service station and laundromat.
1 night
Kanab
Centrally located, Parry Lodge provides wonderful accommodations and an opportunity to sleep in the very room famous stars slept in! Kanab, Utah is known as "Little Hollywood" because of the number of movies filmed here. The towering rock created dramatic back drops for the movies. The Lodge has hosted some of the biggest names from the golden age of Hollywood. John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, Maureen O'Hara, Dean Martin, Lana Turner, Clint Eastwood and Barbara Stanwyck are just a few of the hundreds of stars and character players that stayed at Parry's while filming in the many scenic locations in and around Kanab, Utah. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
1 night
Las Vegas
A 7-minute walk from Las Vegas Premium Outlets South, this Las Vegas Strip hotel is 5 miles from the McCarran International Airport. All of the contemporary rooms offer custom-designed beds, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, desks, and free WiFi. Executive rooms and suites have separate living areas with pull-out sofas. Some have whirlpool tubs. A cooked-to-order breakfast is available (fee), and there's an American restaurant, a bar and 24/7 pantry. Guests can visit the fitness center, outdoor pool and whirlpool. Additional perks include meeting rooms, business center, plus a free Airport/area shuttle and parking.
2 nights
Springdale
The Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park hotel is set amidst the towering red rock cliffs of Zion National Park. Discover the majesty of Zion from our great value hotel and enjoy easy access to quaint shops, dining and attractions. The Virgin River is located adjacent to the hotel, as are many interesting boutique shops and restaurants. Visit magnificent Zion National Park and explore the numerous hiking and biking trails, go camping or simply take your camera for some stunning photography.
2 nights
Bryce Canyon
Ruby's Inn is the closest accommodation to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah and is the perfect base for your exploration of scenic Southern Utah. We offer the finest accommodations, RV Park/Campground and amenities in the Bryce Canyon National Park region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon is a destination in and of itself and is the perfect base for area exploration. We offer the finest accommodations and amenities in the Bryce Canyon National Park region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon has been serving travelers since 1916 and is a destination in and of itself.
1 night
North Rim
Wake up and go to sleep surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Grand Canyon! Enjoy the incredible experience of staying in cabins located near the edge of the Grand Canyon. It is the only accommodation located within the north rim portion of the National Park. This means they are in high demand and difficult to reserve so it gives you an even more extraordinary experience! At the Grand Canyon North Rim natural beauty and activities abound! Includes hiking, tours, canyon mule rides, birding and photo opportunities. The National Park Service (NPS) Visitor Center is located adjacent to your accommodations and the rangers offer a wide variety of interpretive programs throughout the the season. All NPS programs are free and you are welcome to attend during free time. Detailed program information is listed in the park's newspaper available at the entrance station or at the Visitor Center. For this program, we stay in historic log cabins that are nestled in the pines. Some of your meals are served in the Grand Canyon Lodge’s magnificent dining room that offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere with a western flair and an incredible view of the canyon with every bite! The Grand Canyon Lodge's rustic construction of limestone walls and timbered ceilings complements the North Rim's lush beauty. The Lodge offers peace and comfort to the North Rim visitor and is a National Historic Landmark. This beautiful facility is carved into the edge of the Grand Canyon's rim, with a massive view of the canyon and the plateau to the south. It feels as natural to the area as the surrounding woods and serves as a gathering point for those who have come to the canyon's northern edge. The lodge also contains a sun room, Cafe, saloon and a gift shop. Activities abound: hiking, tours, canyon mule rides and photo opportunities. The area also has a National Park Visitor Center, store, service station and laundromat.
1 night
Kanab
Centrally located, Parry Lodge provides wonderful accommodations and an opportunity to sleep in the very room famous stars slept in! Kanab, Utah is known as "Little Hollywood" because of the number of movies filmed here. The towering rock created dramatic back drops for the movies. The Lodge has hosted some of the biggest names from the golden age of Hollywood. John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, Maureen O'Hara, Dean Martin, Lana Turner, Clint Eastwood and Barbara Stanwyck are just a few of the hundreds of stars and character players that stayed at Parry's while filming in the many scenic locations in and around Kanab, Utah. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.





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