Zion and Beyond

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Trip Dates:

September 12, 2015 through September 18, 2015

NPCA Member Price From

$2,995 - $3,495 per person double occupancy; $920 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

Related Parks

Bryce Canyon National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Zion National Park

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Contact ParkScapes at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org

September 12-18, 2015

Experience the beauty and diversity of the southwestern canyon lands. From spring-fed creeks to dry and deep canyons, we see it all on this special tour. Sure to include the iconic park experiences at Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, we will also travel under the regular tourist radar to explore the less-traveled trails, vistas, and cultural sites of these great parklands.

Enjoy the benefit of great guides and good company; this naturalist-led journey features days filled with exploration and adventure. We wind our way into the towers of red, orange, brown, pink, and white to look upon the hoodoos, spires, and arches for which this area is so well known. In between viewing geological formations, we take time to listen for the canyon wren, see a burst of colors as wildflowers paint across the landscape, and simply feel the warmth of the desert sun.

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Tour Highlights

Walking & Hiking

Follow trails through twisting slickrock canyons, under graceful arches, and along colorful cliffs and sun-dappled streams. Every day your boots hit a new trail and your sense of desert ecology deepens.

Unqiue Inns

Bryce Canyon Lodge, with its standard rooms, boasts stunning scenery in the heart of the park. Boulder Mountain Lodge is an oasis of tranquility and comfort in the remote wilds of canyon country. Flanigan’s Inn is simple, peaceful, harmonious, and rustically elegant.

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Tour Details

Arrive/Depart

St. George, UT or Las Vegas, NV (will have to take 2.5 hour shuttle to St. George to meet the group)

Length of Tour

7 days/6 nights

Pace

Moderately active, offering a choice of activities each day to suit different activity levels.

Price Includes

All accommodations, meals as noted (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), ground transportation, entrance fees, professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.

Price Does Not Include

Roundtrip airfare to and from destination, gratuities for naturalist guides, alcoholic beverages, or personal expenses.

Payments/Cancellations

Space is confirmed by calling the NPCA at 800.628.7275. A $500 per person deposit is due at registration. Final payment will be invoiced separately and is due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing and is effective upon date of receipt. Cancellations up to 90 days prior receive a refund, less the $250 per person handling fee. Cancellations 90-61 days prior to departure, 25% of the tour cost is forfeited; 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour cost is forfeited; 30 days or fewer prior to departure result in the loss of 100% of your total cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance. Information on a comprehensive travel insurance coverage plan will be included with trip confirmation packets. 

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Daily Itinerary

September 12: St. George, Utah to Zion National Park

Your guides pick you up this morning to begin the day’s scenic sweep from St. George, to Kolob Canyon in Zion National Park, to Cedar Breaks National Monument (if time and weather allow), to Fairyland Point in Bryce. We’ll do some “guide’s favorite” short hikes along the way. Overnight accommodations at Bryce Canyon Lodge (L, D)

September 13: Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is one of the world’s geologic masterpieces. From the rim of the canyon, the ground falls away to reveal an unrestrained gallery of hoodoos, fins, mazes, and spires, in shades of red, orange, pink, yellow, and cream. Our hikes wind along the rim and down into this striking landscape. Sunset over the canyon will leave an indelible impression. Dinner is on your own this evening. Bryce Canyon Lodge (B,L)

September 14: Kodachrome Basin State Park

If you loved the sunset last night, set your alarm for the optional pre-breakfast sunrise photo opportunity. After breakfast we head toward the fabulous Kodachrome Basin State Park, which is filled with national park quality vistas and natural wonders, including the spectacular sand pipes rock formations and small arches. We take a fairly mellow hike on one of the trails and enjoy a picnic lunch before driving the rest of the way to Boulder. Boulder Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)

September 15: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Today we begin our exploration of the vistas, historic points, and mind-boggling geological features of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which still has the wild feel of terra incognita. We’ll venture deep into this diverse and striking landscape, hiking through the back country and around colorful sandstone pedestals, along sun-dappled streams at the base of 1,000 foot cliffs, and over natural bridges. At day’s end, we return to our comfortable accommodations and relax on the patio, overlooking the pond filled with melodic bird sounds. This evening we feast at the award-winning Hell’s Backbone Grill, featuring local organic produce and delectable entrees. Boulder Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)

September 16: Zion National Park

We drive about three and a half hours this morning to the small town of Springdale, gateway community to Zion National Park. On our first hike this afternoon we’ll walk through a lush canyon, past galleries of cottonwoods, and by a waterfall, looking for birds, wildflowers, and tracks. One of the great highlights of this hike is the remarkable black and reddish brown desert varnish, formed over thousands of years. We stop for photos at the grand vistas and enjoy a picnic lunch on the trail. This evening you can enjoy a swim, a short walk to a labyrinth, or a quick rest at the comfortable inn before dinner. Flanigan’s Inn (B,L,D)

September 17: Zion National Park

Back in Zion this morning, we have the full day to explore. Zion has a remarkable shuttle system that has eliminated the kind of crowded parking lots that mar park views. We take advantage of this efficient transportation, and shuttle into the park to see Zion Canyon from the best possible viewpoint—the trails. Evening finds us back in Springdale for wonderful farewell meal at the fabulous Spotted Dog Café, famous for their unique Southwest dishes with homemade specialty sauces and locally grown vegetables. Flanigan’s Inn (B,L,D)

September 18: Departures Home from St. George or Las Vegas

After breakfast we head back to St. George, then on to Las Vegas. Please schedule flights out of St. George, Utah, for after 1:30 p.m., and flights from Las Vegas, Nevada, after about 4:30 p.m. (B)

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Pricing Details

NPCA Member Price From

$2,995 - $3,495 per person double occupancy; $920 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

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Alternate Departures

Unable to join us for this trip? NPCA’s travel partner, Off the Beaten Path, is offering additional naturalist led journeys to Utah's Canyon Lands. For more information on these alternate departure dates please call us at 800-628-7275 or email us at travel@npca.org

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Special Note

Note: We will be traveling at elevations ranging from 3,800 to 8,000 feet. Expect daytime temperatures in the desert parks to range from the 70s to 80s with cooler evenings. Please plan to fly to Las Vegas or St. George the day prior to be ready for the morning departure from St. George, Utah.

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Travel Partner

Off the Beaten Path

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Lodging Info

Bryce Canyon Lodge

Boulder Mountain Lodge

Flanigan's Inn

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Booking Info

To contact NPCA's ParkScapes program for questions or reservations please call 800-628-7275 or email travel@npca.org. You may also book directly online.

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