Rapids, Rails and Balloon Rides: The Rockies With Your Grandchild

Soar above the Rockies by hot air balloon and swim in a hot spring. Ride a historic train and float down the Provo River on a raft. Adventure awaits for you and your grandchild!
Rating (4.91)
Program No. 9926RJ
7 days
Starts at
2,499 / ADULT
1,999 / CHILD

At a Glance

Go adventuring through the marvelous land formations of the Rocky Mountains as you explore with your grandchild on foot, by zip line and soar to spectacular heights in a hot-air balloon! Ride the rails and the rapids down a beautiful canyon. Train on a ropes course where Olympic athletes once competed, walk through mysterious caves and feel the cool spray of a 607-foot-tall waterfall. Explore the colorful history of Park City, hear tales of silver mines, mountain men, Indian maidens and ghost towns. Plus, hear a performance by the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Hiking 2-4 miles often on rugged and steep terrain. Rafting is a mild float trip on Provo River. Elevations of 6,000-10,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience a spectacular and thrilling hot air balloon ride above the Rockies and ride the gentle rapids of the snow-fed Provo River.
  • Swim and float in a geothermal spring inside a 55-foot-tall limestone rock formation and learn how the crater was formed 10,000 years ago.
  • Ride along Deer Creek Reservoir on the lookout for train robbers and wildlife, aboard the Heber Creeper, a historic open-air steam engine.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 7-10, 11-13 or 13-16, depending on the date. For a comparable family adventure for all generations, check out "Rapids, Rails and Balloon Rides: The Rockies With Your Family" (#4760).
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Gary E. Nielsen
Gary has been developing and leading Road Scholar Programs since 1985. He has taught courses in leadership development, recreation management and travel and business management at Colgate University, Colorado Mountain College and Utah Valley University. For many of years, Gary has worked with Road Scholar full-time where he develops and leads over 35 weeks of Road Scholar Program per year. He loves all outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, skiing, Rock Hounding and riding ATVs.

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

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