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Painted Canyons of the West

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Utah’s five national parks have some of the most captivating scenery in the western United States. Day one arrive in the mile-high city of Denver and meet your fellow travelers at a welcome reception.  Day two travel past the wild and unscarred Rocky Mountains on the drive to Grand Junction. Look out at the romantic scenery as you drive past Glenwood Canyon, a product of the Colorado River, carved more than 3 million years ago. Dine together as guests of our friends, the West family, and enjoy a wine tasting in the midst of Colorado wine country. Day three set out to explore the Colorado National Monument this morning along the Rim Rock Drive. As the iconic Fisher Towers loom over breathtaking mesas, make your way to the Red Cliffs Lodge, nestled along the banks of the Colorado River. Relax tonight at a cowboy BBQ where grilled steak is at the top of the menu. Day four journey through the otherworldly oases of two national parks. Explore and discover the geological nuances of the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches on a hike* at Arches National Park. At the heart of the Colorado Plateau, Canyonlands National Park is a sublime and solitary wilderness of rock; a color wheel of canyons, mesas, buttes, and arches that work together to create Utah’s largest national park. Your journey through these national parks ends today atop the sheer sandstone cliffs of Dead Horse Point State Park. Legend says the point was used as a corral for wild mustangs that roamed the mesa top. Day five travel through the dramatic Utah desert on Utah’s Scenic Byway 24 to Capitol Reef National Park. Named in part for the Navajo Sandstone’s resemblance to the U.S. Capitol building. Marvel at the Castle, an iconic feature in the park. Over Boulder Mountain on Scenic Byway 12, known as the Million Dollar Road, views of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are anything but scarce. The mountain is North America’s highest timbered plateau. Spend the night in Bryce tonight, at the gateway to Bryce Canyon National Park. Day six experience the hoodoos. These red and orange hued rock formations – products of thousands of years of wind and water exposure – dominate the park’s landscape. Perhaps you’ll choose to take a hike* this morning. Consider circuiting the Navajo Loop or Queens Garden trails. Just outside of Zion National Park, Springdale offers views from its main street that are almost equally as grand as the ones inside the park. Day seven there are few places on earth that match the beauty of the red and white sandstone cliffs of Zion. In this ethereal paradise, spend the entire day exploring. On Zion’s open-air tram, wind along the Virgin River through the 2,400 foot deep, half-mile wide Zion Canyon. This afternoon, it’s your choice! You may choose to hike* independently -OR- visit Zion’s Human History Museum. Tonight, enjoy the company of your travel companions at a farewell dinner. Day eight depart Springdale for Las Vegas, Nevada where nature’s spectacle is replaced by a spectacle of lights. Viva Las Vegas! Day nine the tour ends with memories of an unforgettable journey. *Note: While there is opportunity, to hike on this tour, all hiking is elective and should only be undertaken by people who are physically fit and have prior hiking experience, especially at high elevations.
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Class Details

9 Sessions
Weekly - Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

Yosemite Hall Parking Lot, West Campus

Community Education Host 



Please read:  Cancellation waiver insurance, airfare, round trip airport transfers from Modesto, hotel accommodations, hotel transfers, and 11 meals included. $799 deposit per person due upon registration. Deposits are refundable up until October 19, 2020.



Registration Closes On
Sunday, April 18, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
4/18/2021 - 4/26/2021 Weekly -Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 6:00 AM - 11:59 PM Modesto, Yosemite Hall Parking Lot, West Campus  Map, Room: Parking Lot 211 Community Education Host