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Program #7735RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Bryce Point trail is the highest elevation at 8,300 feet.

Equipment Requirements
We suggest you bring a day pack that you can put on your back or around your waist to carry your water bottle and other items. Hiking shoes with good tread and hiking poles for the daily hikes & field study. We will provide an instructor and group leader for all outings.

Itinerary for Sep 8 — Sep 14, 2014

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Type: Inn

Description: The College Inn is located in the heart of the historic district in St. George, six blocks from Dixie State University's campus. The historic district offers restored pioneer homes and buildings. This facility is used specifically for Road Scholar and other educational groups it is not used as housing for college students. St. George has beautiful red rock cliff and lava rock mesa as back drop with larger mountains and rock formations that can be seen in the distance. A lounge area with couches, DirecTV, a refrigerator, soda pop machine, guest laundry and microwave are available for your use. We also have a beautiful heated pool and hot tub for your enjoyment. The rooms do not have phones or televisions, but a public phone is available at the front desk.

Contact info:
123 East 100 South
St. George, UT 84770 USA
phone: 435-634-2050
web: www.dixie.edu/roadscholar/Location.html

Room amenities: Each room has two full size beds, private bath, free WiFi wireless Internet, hairdryer, soap & shampoo and individual heating and air-conditioning unit.

Facility amenities: A lounge area with couches, DirecTV in lounge, free WiFi wireless Internet, a refrigerator, soda pop machine, guest laundry and microwave are available for your use. We also have a beautiful heated pool and hot tub for your enjoyment.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $35
If you want to arrive early or stay over following the program you can arrange to stay with us for $35 per room per night. Please call (435) 634-2050 at least one week in advance during regular business hours to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, September 08 - Welcome and introductions in the College Inn Meet...
Note: Please remember to bring your National Park Pass and hiking poles if you have them.

Arrive To: 3:00 - 5:00 pm Arrive at the College Inn for check in. The College Inn is located at 123 East 100 South in St. George, Utah. It is about 6 blocks from the Dixie State University's Campus.

Dinner: 5:15 pm - Transfer to Dixie State University's Red Rock Cafe for a delicious banquet dinner.

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

Lodging: College Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The College Inn is located in the heart of the historic district in St. George, six blocks from Dixie State University's campus. The historic district offers restored pioneer homes and buildings. This facility is used specifically for Road Scholar and other educational groups it is not used as housing for college students. St. George has beautiful red rock cliff and lava rock mesa as back drop with larger mountains and rock formations that can be seen in the distance. A lounge area with couches, DirecTV, a refrigerator, soda pop machine, guest laundry and microwave are available for your use. We also have a beautiful heated pool and hot tub for your enjoyment. The rooms do not have phones or televisions, but a public phone is available at the front desk.

Contact info:
123 East 100 South
St. George, UT 84770 USA
phone: 435-634-2050
web: www.dixie.edu/roadscholar/Location.html

Room amenities: Each room has two full size beds, private bath, free WiFi wireless Internet, hairdryer, soap & shampoo and individual heating and air-conditioning unit.

Facility amenities: A lounge area with couches, DirecTV in lounge, free WiFi wireless Internet, a refrigerator, soda pop machine, guest laundry and microwave are available for your use. We also have a beautiful heated pool and hot tub for your enjoyment.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $35
If you want to arrive early or stay over following the program you can arrange to stay with us for $35 per room per night. Please call (435) 634-2050 at least one week in advance during regular business hours to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, September 09 - Field trips and walks in Snow Canyon State Park w...
Field trips and walks in Snow Canyon State Park where you discover formations of red rock/Welcome to Utah's Dixie excursion to restored pioneer buildings and homes

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: 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: 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 Red Rock Cafe. Choose between food stations to include fresh salad bar, sandwich bar, home "cookin", 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: 5:30-6:30 PM - Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: 7:00 PM - 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.

Lodging: College Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Zion Park Inn has the towering red rock cliffs of Zion National Park as a backdrop and offers spectacular views from rooms and the restaurant windows. This premier lodging choice offers stunning scenery along with excellent amenities and comfortable rooms. The Zion Park Inn is the largest facility within Zion National Park area. The comfortable guest rooms have been designed to echo the natural elegance of Zion National Park. Natural furnishings complement the creature comforts and amenities you would expect in the heart of Zion National Park lodging. Guests can relax in the "Great Room" with its soaring ceiling and roaring fireplace, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or soak in the hot tub. Whatever you choose, you'll enjoy the charm and beauty of the meticulously landscaped grounds.

Contact info:
1215 Zion Park Blvd
Springdale, UT 84767 USA
phone: 435-772-3200
web: www.zionparkinn.com

Room amenities: In room coffee Satellite television Alarm clock Individual heating & air Desk/work area Free wireless internet access Free local telephone calls and long distance access Non-smoking & smoking rooms available

Facility amenities: Convenient on site amenities include Switchback Grille, restaurant, & patio deli In-room coffee Heated outdoor pool (seasonal) Hot tub (year-round) Free wireless internet access Basketball and volleyball Badminton & horseshoe pits Putting Green Meeting/banquet facilities Catering and Conference services Safe deposit box Baggage hold Gift shop Liquor Store 24-hour front desk Elevator Ice machine Complimentary shuttle to city center & National Park.(seasonal)

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Wednesday, September 10 - Zion National Park! Hiking and geology/Birds of P...
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. -Upper Emerald Pools is a 3 mile round trip on groomed trail with 350 ft elevation change. -For those participants opting to get into the river and hike further up the narrows, a good pair of sturdy hiking shoes/boots and 2 walking poles are highly recommended. Total day hike miles will be 4-7 miles.

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. Instructor and group leader go with you as you walk among the rock canyons and formations. Incredible scenery of red rock cliffs and raparian areas. Hike Emerald Pools Loop. We'll hike to lower Emerald Pools, underneath a small waterfall and continue onto Middle Emerald Pools then to Upper 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. Depending on weather, the more adventurous participants may venture into the Virgin River and hike up into the narrows.

Dinner: 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Dinner at Switchback Grille with a choice of Honey Pecan Utah Mountain Trout or Spit-Roasted Chicken with assorted side dishes of potatoes, rice, and vegetables.

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".

Lodging: Zion Park Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Zion Park Inn has the towering red rock cliffs of Zion National Park as a backdrop and offers spectacular views from rooms and the restaurant windows. This premier lodging choice offers stunning scenery along with excellent amenities and comfortable rooms. The Zion Park Inn is the largest facility within Zion National Park area. The comfortable guest rooms have been designed to echo the natural elegance of Zion National Park. Natural furnishings complement the creature comforts and amenities you would expect in the heart of Zion National Park lodging. Guests can relax in the "Great Room" with its soaring ceiling and roaring fireplace, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or soak in the hot tub. Whatever you choose, you'll enjoy the charm and beauty of the meticulously landscaped grounds.

Contact info:
1215 Zion Park Blvd
Springdale, UT 84767 USA
phone: 435-772-3200
web: www.zionparkinn.com

Room amenities: In room coffee Satellite television Alarm clock Individual heating & air Desk/work area Free wireless internet access Free local telephone calls and long distance access Non-smoking & smoking rooms available

Facility amenities: Convenient on site amenities include Switchback Grille, restaurant, & patio deli In-room coffee Heated outdoor pool (seasonal) Hot tub (year-round) Free wireless internet access Basketball and volleyball Badminton & horseshoe pits Putting Green Meeting/banquet facilities Catering and Conference services Safe deposit box Baggage hold Gift shop Liquor Store 24-hour front desk Elevator Ice machine Complimentary shuttle to city center & National Park.(seasonal)

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Thursday, September 11 - Hike Zion's Echo Canyon
Note: -Observation Point is a 8 mile roundtrip hike with over a 2,000 ft elevation change. -Echo Canyon is the halfway point on the Observation Point Trail, a 4 mile roundtrip on groomed trail with 1,000 ft elevation change. -Hidden Canyon is a spur trail off to your right as you hike up to Echo Canyon. It's a 2.2 mile roundtrip from the bottom with a 1,000 ft elevation change. Total day hike miles will be 4-8 miles.

Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Breakfast at Switchback Grille's Canyon Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh baked goods, bagels, cereal,waffles, eggs, omeletes, french toast, pancakes, smoked bacon, jumbo sausage, breakfast potatoes, Starbuck's coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: 8:15 AM - Depart for Observation Point Hike. Spend a few hours trudging up a steep mountainside to one of the best viewpoints offered by the list of Zion's classic trails. This challenging path is complete with dizzying drop offs and eye popping scenery looking down into Zion Canyon. The maintained path zigzags its way up the steep mountainside beside familiar reddish Navajo sandstone before venturing through Echo Canyon, a deep gorge filled with water gnawed sandstone pockets. Near the top of the trek you will see white rock; this layer is known as the Temple Cap formation. Beyond Echo Canyon walls drop sharply, giving way to spectacular views. At the trails end, looking down into the canyon is a spectacular display of stone sculptures contrasted by the bluest of skies. This trail is the oldest trail out of Zion Canyon. In the late 1890's, Utah pioneer John Winder reworked the existing Paiute foot trail to drive cattle up to the rim. The trail was improved and the Observation Point Trail cut into the side of the mountain in 1925.

Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hiking Observation Point Trail. Participants may opt to turn around at Echo Canyon and return to the trailhead or explore Hidden Canyon on the way down.

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.

Lodging: Zion Park Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Inn

Description: 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.

Contact info:
1000 South Highway 63
Bryce, UT 84764 USA
phone: 866-866-6616
web: www.rubysinn.com

Room amenities: Non-Smoking Rooms • Color Satellite TV • Air Conditioning • Direct Dial Phone • In-room coffee/tea maker • Hair dryer, iron and ironing board • High Speed WiFi internet access

Facility amenities: Indoor swimming pool & spa, large general store,WiFi internet access, eight internet kiosks, laundromat, ATM machines, and one hour photo.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Friday, September 12 - Hike Bryce Canyon National Park
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: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Breakfast at Switchback Grille's Canyon Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh baked goods, bagels, cereal,waffles, eggs, omeletes, french toast, pancakes, smoked bacon, jumbo sausage, breakfast potatoes, Starbuck's coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: Bryce Canyon National Park has prominent view points and amazing hiking trails. 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: 6:00 - 7:00 pm - 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

Lodging: Ruby's Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The College Inn is located in the heart of the historic district in St. George, six blocks from Dixie State University's campus. The historic district offers restored pioneer homes and buildings. This facility is used specifically for Road Scholar and other educational groups it is not used as housing for college students. St. George has beautiful red rock cliff and lava rock mesa as back drop with larger mountains and rock formations that can be seen in the distance. A lounge area with couches, DirecTV, a refrigerator, soda pop machine, guest laundry and microwave are available for your use. We also have a beautiful heated pool and hot tub for your enjoyment. The rooms do not have phones or televisions, but a public phone is available at the front desk.

Contact info:
123 East 100 South
St. George, UT 84770 USA
phone: 435-634-2050
web: www.dixie.edu/roadscholar/Location.html

Room amenities: Each room has two full size beds, private bath, free WiFi wireless Internet, hairdryer, soap & shampoo and individual heating and air-conditioning unit.

Facility amenities: A lounge area with couches, DirecTV in lounge, free WiFi wireless Internet, a refrigerator, soda pop machine, guest laundry and microwave are available for your use. We also have a beautiful heated pool and hot tub for your enjoyment.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $35
If you want to arrive early or stay over following the program you can arrange to stay with us for $35 per room per night. Please call (435) 634-2050 at least one week in advance during regular business hours to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, September 13 - Continue hiking Bryce Canyon National Park/Closin...
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.

Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - 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: 8:15 am - 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: 5:30-6:30 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: Free Time

Lodging: College Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Sunday, September 14 - Independent departures
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: Independent departures following breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


St. George, UT
General Information**Please note: The amount of free time varies with each program. The free time options noted here may require spending additional time on your own to experience them. Check your program schedule to determine what is possible in the time available. ~~Art Galleries, ~~Golf, Our golf courses have been described as "golfer's paradise," Ten public courses, one semi-private and one private golf club provides an incredible variety of course. ~~Hiking, for more information go to www.stgeorgechamber.com/Outdoor%20Activities/Hiking.htm ~~Historic Sites, there are 27 nearby Historic Sites, restored pioneer buildings and homes for more information go to www.stgeorgechamber.com/historic_downtown.htm ~~Museums ~~Music Performances for more information go to www.stgeorgechamber.com/Culture%20&%20Arts.htm ~~Spa for more information go to **Red Mountain Spa! 435-673-4905 www.redmountainspa.com or **Green Valley Spa 435-628-8060 www.greenvalleyspa.com ~~Theater for more information go to www.stgeorgechamber.com/Culture%20&%20Arts.htm or www.tuacahn.org
For additional information, visit: www.utahsdixie.com
Zion National Park
General Information about Zion National Park~~~Zion Canyon IMAX for more information visit the website www.zioncanyontheatre.com
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/zion
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park free time optionsThe 2013 Bryce Canyon Shuttle runs May 5th through October 6th. The shuttle begins operation at 8 a.m.; the last bus stops at Bryce Point at approximately 7:20 p.m. and leaves from the Visitor Center at 7:40 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time). Route duration is about 50 minutes, not including stops at facilities and overlooks.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/brca

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16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips

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