Zion And Grand Canyon Tour Hiking & Sightseeing
|Sep. 26, 2020
| Trip Coordinator (TC):
| Arlen Isham
|Sep. 30, 2020
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| Fri, Jun. 26, 2020
||$150 per person
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Two nights at Springdale, Zion National Park, hiking and scenic views
Scenic drive - Zion National Canyon
One night at the Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge
Scenic drive to Point Imperial and Cape Royal on the North Rim
Scenic drive to the south rim Grand Canyon including many view stops.
One night at the Maswik, Grand Canyon South Rim
Rt. 66 & Hoover Dam on the return to Las Vegas
Optional extra time at Las Vegas
Zion National Park
WHY CHOOSE THIS TRIP?
My wife and I first went to the Grand Canyon in 1969. About 15 years later, we visited Zion and both the North and South rims with our children. That started a long association with the Grand Canyon, where I organized 14 adventure trips with almost 400 people over the next 30 years. Many SCSA members have been on those Rim to Rim hiking adventures.
This is your chance to join me on a trip with Space City next September 2020. Travel with me as I show you the best way to maximize your experience on this scenic trip with the chance to hike on two of the top ten adventure hikes of the world. If you are not a hiker, you will still be able to see and enjoy these two great National Parks. There will be lots of opportunities to stop and gawk at amazing sights
Zion National Park
WHAT IS THE PLAN?
We fly to Las Vegas on an early Saturday morning flight via Southwest Airlines flight; but you can choose your own airline with an early arrival to Las Vegas. We will pick up our three 15 passenger vans with 10 people in each van. The drive to Springdale is only about 170 miles, so we will arrive in time for an afternoon visit to Zion to hike or sight see. You can join me as I lead a hike up into the famous Zion Narrows for a short distance on the next afternoon as one of the several options.
Grand Canyon Mt Hayden
After our two nights at Zion, we leave Zion on Monday through the east side with more view stops. A stop at Kanab will acquaint you with that area of lower Utah on our drive to the North Rim.
The North Rim has spectacular views and is surrounded with forest of Ponderosa Pines. It averages 1,000 to 1,500 feet higher than the South Rim! It is isolated from the crowds of the South Rim and provides for a great laid back and relaxing afternoon and evening. We will eat dinner at the famous North Rim Lodge and also enjoy what many people say is one of the best Bloody Mary’s in the world. An optional afternoon drive to Point Imperial is often considered the greatest viewpoint on the North Rim. We will continue on to Cape Royal, featured in one of the best pictures done by Ansel Adams.
Grand Canyon View From Cape Royal
On Tuesday, our 3rd day, we will drive around to the South Rim with several stops, including down at the Colorado River to dip your hands into the 55 degree water coming out of Glen Canyon Dam, and maybe see raft companies launching trips down the 270 mile trip through the Canyon. The stop at Marble Canyon over the Colorado River may include sights of Condors under the bridge. The drive along the south rim of the Grand Canyon will take in the incredible views with stops for pictures.
Grand Canyon South Rim
Our arrival to Grand Canyon Village on Tuesday will be early in the afternoon giving everyone a chance to wander the south rim area, including possibly walking down a little bit of one of the two rim to rim corridor trails, Bright Angel or South Kaibab. I will be leading a 1.8 mile round trip hike down the South Kaibab to Ooh-Aah point! Remember, down is optional, and up is mandatory. For those that want to see much of the south rim without walking much, take the Hermits Trail shuttle out and back. Most people never get the chance to do that.
On Wednesday morning, you may want to get up early and see the sunrise over the Canyon, then head back for breakfast at the Maswik or even Breakfast at the El Tovar. However, we will be leaving at 7:30 AM for one last great view of the Canyon at Yavapai point.
Our trip back to Vegas will include stops briefly in Williams, then a quirky stop at Grand Canyon Caverns. We probably won’t have time to actually go in the Cavern, but you can find out about it.
Finally, we will do a drive though of Hoover Dam and brief stop to see the Dam and Lake Mead.
Our lodging at Zion will be the La Quinta at Springdale, which is less than 1.5 miles from the Park front entrance. From April through October, access into Zion Canyon is by shuttle bus only right outside the La Quinta. The shuttle will take you to 1 of 9 stops on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, depending on which hike you’ll be conquering for the day or just to stop and stroll along the Virgin River. The La Quinta is in great walking distance to all of the eateries and shopping in Springdale.
Our lodging at the North Rim will be in the rustic Frontier Cabins. These are conveniently located close to the North Rim Grand Canyon lodge and the amazing views at the Lodge. Plan on relaxing on the back patio looking out to the south rim.
The Lodging at the South Rm will be at the Maswik Lodge, only about ¼ mile from the Bright Angel trail and close to the other major “On Rim” locations to sight see and have dinner. The south rim shuttle provides ease of exploration to the over rim sights near Grand Canyon Village.
The guest rooms are accessed from outside walkways and stairwells (there are no elevators). Rooms feature in-room Keurig coffee maker, refrigerator, air conditioning, safe, satellite TV, telephone, hair dryer and two queen-sized beds or one king-sized bed.
We return to Las Vegas about 3:00 PM for our return home or perhaps some of the group will decided to do an extension in Las Vegas (Lost Wages).
This trip will fill quickly, possibly in a couple days. Don’t miss out. Click HERE to download a PDF file with a detailed schedule, more pictures, and maps.
All photos courtesy Arlen Isham
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