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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately 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. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
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.
Pedal your way through rock monuments created in eons past on this incredible bicycle journey. Descend from the scenic La Sal Mountains into the deserts and canyonlands while learning about the natural forces that shaped these markers of time from before the era of dinosaurs. Hike up to the arches and mesas of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and ride past spectacular unnamed formations. Enjoy the vista from Grandview Overlook, and return to Moab, east-central Utah’s outdoor adventure gateway and preferred backdrop of many Western films.


• Witness the stunning Island in the Sky and Needles districts of Canyonlands National Park and learn about flora and fauna adapted to the harsh climate.
• Experience the view and thrilling, all-day descent from the peaks of the La Sal Mountains into Moab.
• Learn from experts about the volcanic activity and erosion that created the “painted” rocks and arches.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

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Quality 24-speed hybrid-style bicycles are provided including back rack and small pack. Bring bicycle helmets, water bottles, optional panniers, bicycle clothing and wind-rain-sun protection. Participants may bring own bicycles if approved in advance. Participants may also bring own seats and/or pedals if desired. Bicycling 10-30 miles daily at elevations from 5000' - 7000'. (increased mileage opportunities available). Rolling hills, easy to moderate climbs, some steep, on paved national and state park roads/highways with moderate traffic. Hikes up to 4 miles to arches and special features compliment the rides. Must demonstrate good biking ability; proficiency/safety test is conducted.

Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.

Our Value Promise To You

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at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
10 meals: 5 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences


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