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Block Break Away: Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks


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Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks
Southwest Utah
May 7-13, 2017

In the heart of southwestern Utah are two of the most awe-inspiring places on the planet: Bryce and Zion National Parks. Yes, you have heard of them and for good reason.

Bryce Canyon National Park is known for its crimson-colored hoodoos, or spire-shaped rock formations. The park’s main road leads past the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, a hoodoo-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path. It has overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. Hikes along the rim and down in the amphitheater will provide for prime viewing and photography of the park.

Zion National Park, also in the southwest part of Utah, is recognized for its steep red cliffs, monoliths of Navajo sandstone, lush forests along the rivers, and narrow slot canyons.  Zion Canyon cuts through the park’s main section, offering various hiking trails along the Virgin River and trails above the river on cliffs and monoliths. 

In addition to these two national parks we will have time to visit and hike in Cedar Breaks National Monument. The addition of this “spectrum of colors” day will make this program a triad to remember. 

Using St. George, Utah, as our start and finish point for the program we will spend two active hiking days in each of the two parks (one in Cedar Breaks).  Join other Colorado College alums, parents of alums and parents of current students (current students are also welcome!) in a program exploring Zion and Bryce National Parks via selected and guided hikes. 

Activity Notes
Expect hikes of 3-8 miles daily with elevation gains/losses of 500-2,000 feet. Elevations of 4,000’ to 8,300’ will be encountered on this program. This program is considered an easy to moderate hiking program for active hikers. We can accommodate various ability levels of hiking by our unique two-guide approach to leading this program.

*Hike amid Bryce's hoodoos and spires on one of the top 10 hikes in the U.S., as listed by National Geographic. 
*Learn about the Bryce Canyon’s geologic evolution and how hoodoos form.
*Learn about the flora and fauna of Bryce and Zion National Parks.
*Discover how the rocks have left a record dating back more than 240 million years in Zion National Park
*Hike to colorful Spectra Point in Cedar Breaks National Monument
*Hike through the flash flood carved canyons as well as the steep trails that wind up the monoliths of Navajo Sandstone in Zion National Park
*Enjoy the company of other Colorado College alumni during a beautiful time of the year in Southwestern Utah.

The Hiking program includes:
A welcome orientation, social, and first night’s dinner in St. George, Utah
All dinners (total of 6) 
All breakfasts (total of 6)
All lunches (total of 5)
Total of 7 days with 5 active days of hiking in two world famous national parks and one national monument
Total of 6 nights of lodging: 2 nights in St. George, Utah (first and last night); 2 nights in Springdale, Utah (Zion NP); and 2 nights in Bryce Canyon, Utah. 
Pools, spas and free wi-fi access at the hotels
All gratuities and tips at dinners and at the hotels
Hikes led by expert guides who know the areas and subjects (the leader of this trip is a geologist and CC alum)
All ground transportation once in St George, Utah, via two 12-passenger vans

Price: $2,750 per person based on double occupancy
$600 single supplement

Nonrefundable deposit of $300 due upon reservation. Full payment of balance will be due March 6, 2017. Travel insurance is recommended. Space is limited. Individuals, couples, and families are welcome. Alumni (and their partners/spouses), parents of current students, current students, and parents of past alumni are welcome. 

To register, please select the "Registration" button at the top of the page. For more information, please call Peter McCarville ’84 at (970) 921-3867 or email The program is in association with Mountains and Plains Institute for Lifelong Learning and Service (