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Explore Canyonlands

Bridgewater Explores

Explore Canyonlands

June 24-July 1, 2019

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Join President and Mrs. Bushman and BC Alumni & Friends for an eight-day journey exploring three of our most beautiful National Parks.  This edition of Bridgewater Explores is a Canyonland Tour of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks—each extraordinary and unique.

The Grand Canyon simply dazzles with its painted deserts, sandstone canyons and the majestic Colorado River. Bryce Canyon’s forest of stone, comprised of hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion) is the largest on Earth. Zion National Park’s narrow slot canyon with its massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red is miraculous. As John Wesley Powell wrote, these national landmarks must be experienced in person to truly comprehend their magnificence.

The journey includes:

  • Hearing insider stories about the parks during filmed narratives by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
  • Floating on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon while we hear about the area’s wildlife, geology and plants
  • Cruising and dining on stunning Lake Powell aboard the double-decked yacht Canyon Princess
  • Learning about the geology of the Grand Canyon as we take in its grandeur from its rim
  • Flightseeing over sculpted landscapes to experience Rainbow Bridge
  • Lodging at sought-after lodges in the heart of the parks
  • Dining together for 17 meals

Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Itinerary

Relax in Phoenix

Your Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon tour begins at 5:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. A transfer is included from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Meet your travel companions at the welcome reception and dinner tonight at your luxury desert resort.

Lodging: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Sedona’s Red Rocks to the Grand Canyon

On this first full day of your Southwest and Grand Canyon tour, stop in Sedona – home to famous red-rock formations with whimsical names like the Mittens and the Rabbit Ears, and the backdrop for many western movies and TV shows – and check out this intriguing town shaped by early settlers, cowboys, artists and Hollywood celebrities. Later, wind through Oak Creek Canyon en route to Grand Canyon National Park. Arrive at your inside-the-park lodge on the South Rim of the amazing Grand Canyon, carved over millions of years by the Colorado River, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your choice of restaurants on the canyon’s rim at El Tovar, the Arizona Room or Bright Angel Café.

Lodging: Kachina Lodge

The Grand Canyon and a Lake Powell Cruise

You just might want to take advantage of your lodge’s ideal location on the South Rim by waking early enough to catch one of nature’s grandest shows – a Grand Canyon sunrise! Learn about the geology and wildlife of the region from a local geology expert in a perfect location, right on the rim. And no Grand Canyon tour would be complete without exploring the canyon rim and Canyon Village as you please, witnessing the rugged landscape’s vast grandeur and changing colors as the sun climbs in the sky. Travel through the Navajo Reservation en route to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, for a two-night stay. Tonight, a true highlight – a private Lake Powell dinner cruise aboard the sleek double-decked yacht Canyon Princess.

Lodging: Lake Powell Resort

Flightseeing & Canyon Views at Lake Powell

See remote corners of 186-mile-long Lake Powell – created from the Colorado River by the Glen Canyon Dam in the 1960s – from a variety of perspectives. First take an included early morning, 45-minute flight* to see the unusual red-rock formations reflecting in the lake; see Rainbow Bridge, the world’s largest natural arch. Then take a private boat cruise and guided tour past some of the incredible sandstone slot canyons in the Navajo Nation, among the most beautiful in the Southwest. You also have the possibility today to take an optional four-hour excursion to Monument Valley* in the Navajo Nation (at an additional cost – see Pricing & Availability), made famous as a setting of many westerns by director John Ford; combine aerial sightseeing with a land tour by a Navajo guide through rock buttes and spires – ask at time of booking.

Lodging: Lake Powell Resort

Colorado River Rafting & on to Bryce Canyon

This morning’s float trip on the Colorado River takes you through Glen Canyon; your experienced river adventure guide imparts a wealth of knowledge about the canyon as you glide past colorful walls of Navajo sandstone. Utah’s iconic landscapes have served as ideal locations for movie and TV westerns over the years; view them on an afternoon drive to Bryce Canyon National Park – a wondrous land of pines, pinnacles and oddly sculpted formations known as hoodoos, resembling the towers of fairy-tale castles. Magnificent spires, tinted with shades of pink, orange and red, put on a captivating show as the light changes throughout the day. Keep an eye open for the park’s abundant wildlife, including elk, coyotes, marmots, and prairie dogs, as you explore the park from your sought-after accommodations at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon. Listed on the National Historic Register, The Lodge is nestled in a forest of towering ponderosa pines in the heart of the park.

Lodging: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

Explore Bryce Canyon & Zion National Parks

If you rise early this morning, you’ll be rewarded with an awe-inspiring Bryce Canyon sunrise, as the light of dawn slowly spreads across the hoodoos and other unique geological features steps from your room at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon! Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps venturing out on one of the park’s renowned hiking trails to observe a great variety of bird species, beautiful wildflowers and diverse wildlife. After lunch, travel across southwestern Utah to Zion National Park, where colorful sandstone canyons and 3,000-foot-high palisades tower above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. The park’s shuttle system and network of hiking trails afford access to its key geologic features – thriving vegetation includes cottonwood trees and dry desert plants; wildlife ranges from mule deer to hundreds of bird species. Spend the night at the restored Zion Lodge, the only hotel accommodation inside the park.

Lodging: Zion Lodge

From Zion to a Finale in Las Vegas

The morning is yours to explore Zion National Park’s diverse geological features at leisure; its dramatic peaks and cliffs, odd geologic formations, desert oases featuring abundant pools and waterfalls, and mighty canyons splashed with vivid colors are all equally compelling. The Paiutes believed this place to be the home of their coyote spirit, Sinawava, while early Mormon visitors referred to it as “the natural temples of God.” Highlights include a trio of peaks known as the Three Patriarchs; the Emerald Pools, fed by waterfalls cascading over the canyon walls; and the veil of spring water trickling over Weeping Rock. Depart Zion for a memorable journey across the vast, colorful vistas of the northeastern Mojave Desert. Then get ready for a bit of culture shock as you arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada – a city that truly never sleeps, offering non-stop entertainment and fancifully themed casinos. Accommodations tonight are at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, providing easy access to the famed Strip – and yet the hotel is a welcoming oasis unto itself. Wrap up your Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon tour with a farewell reception and dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, one last chance to share travel memories with new friends.

Lodging: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

Journey Home

Tauck’s comprehensive Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon tour ends in Las Vegas. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Checkout time at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is 12:00 p.m.; allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in at the airport.

Cost and Reservation Details

The total cost (excluding airfare) is $3,890 per person for double occupancy or $4,798 per person for single occupancy, which includes luxury resort accommodations, transportation during the trip, sightseeing tours and 17 meals. This trip has been organized for us by Tauck Travel, the recognized leader in National Park journeys. To reserve your place or for additional trip details please contact Lincoln Travel, our local travel partner, at 540-828-4204 or lincolntravel@comcast.net. Limited spaces are available—simply make a $500 deposit to Lincoln Travel.

All payments are payable to:

Lincoln Travel
102-C South Main St.
Bridgewater, VA 22812
540-828-4204
lincolntravel@comcast.net

Accomodations

Night 1

Photo of Hotel Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Scottsdale, Arizona

In the foothills of Pinnacle Peak high in the Sonora Desert, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is surrounded by spectacular scenery. Guest rooms, located in Southwestern-style casitas, have a private patio or terrace, custom furnishings and handmade Huichol Indian yarn art. A 42-inch LCD TV with a DVD player, an MP3 docking station, a deep soaking tub and separate shower, coffee/tea-making facilities and a gas fireplace are just some of the amenities provided to make guests feel at home. The free-form, bi-level outdoor swimming pool adjusts its water temperature, depending upon the air temperature at any given time. Tennis players will find two courts and golfers enjoy special privileges at both The Pinnacle and the Monument championship courses at Troon North Golf Club. Or, take advantage of the full range of weight-training and cardiovascular equipment in the Fitness Center. Crescent Moon specializes in regional cuisine influenced by the flavors of the Sonora Desert and Mexico while Talavera puts a new spin on the traditional steakhouse with intriguing steak and seafood pairings. The readers of Travel + Leisure have included the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North on their list of America’s best hotels.

Night 2

Photo of Hotel Kachina Lodge
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Situated within Grand Canyon National Park, close to the rim of the Grand Canyon, the modern Kachina Lodge is an excellent staging point for exploration. Comfortable guest rooms have a full bath, a safe, a refrigerator, television, telephone and in-room coffee-making facilities. Its ideal in-the-park location, surrounded by nature’s spectacular masterpiece, makes a stay here memorable.

Nights 3-4

Photo of Hotel Lake Powell Resort
Page, Arizona

Located right on the shores of Lake Powell, Lake Powell Resort puts guests in the midst of all the wonders of this incredible spot. Guest rooms feature TV, coffee maker, refrigerator and a hair dryer. Enjoy the two swimming pools and other resort facilities in between your Lake Powell explorations and adventures.

Night 5

Photo of Hotel The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

The only “in-park” lodging at Bryce Canyon National Park, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon offers a rustic 1920s elegance – down to replicas of the lodge’s original hickory furniture – this beautiful “in-the-park” lodge is on the National Historic Register. Cozy, rustic guest cabins feature a gas log fireplace and a private porch. This quiet and relaxed atmosphere, without televisions, allows the guest to get reacquainted with nature. Dine in the Bryce Canyon Dining Room, surrounded by the majestic Ponderosa Pine forest and the inspiring beauty of the park.

Night 6

Photo of Hotel Zion Lodge
Zion National Park, Utah

Zion Lodge is the only hotel in Zion National Park. Designed in the classic national park lodge style by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood in the 1920s, rebuilt after a fire in the 1960s and beautifully restored to its original rustic glory in the 1990s, Zion Lodge features hotel-style accommodations as well as historic cabins with two double beds, full bath, gas log fireplace and private porch. While there may be no TV to distract one from nature’s beauty, all guest rooms feature air conditioning, phones, radio alarm clocks and hairdryers, as well as a private balcony or porch. Red Rock Grill, Zion Lodge’s restored dining room, boasts spectacular views of the park’s magnificent surroundings.

Night 7

Photo of Hotel Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada

Located at the south end of the Strip steps from Las Vegas’ famous nightlife, entertainment to world-class gaming, the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is a non-gaming oasis of tranquility in the midst of the city’s “glitz, gambling and glamour.” Generously proportioned guest rooms abound with thoughtful Four Seasons touches, such as the signature marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub, separate shower and thick terry bathrobes, and amenities including a 42-inch plasma screen TV, in-room coffee and tea maker, CD player, down duvets and pillows (hypo-allergic pillows are available on request), hair dryer, refrigerated private bar, in-room safe, iron and ironing board. The outdoor pool, with arbors for shade, is inviting after a long day, as is the Health Club with its Workout Room overlooking the pool. Four Seasons guests also have access to the adjacent Mandalay Bay Beach offering a wave pool, a lazy river, three pools and 2,700 tons of real sand. Or perhaps you’ll seek relaxation and rejuvenation at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. The elegant and cozy Verandah Bar and Lounge is the perfect place to end the day with a nightcap.

Area Photos

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Questions? Contact Us!

For questions, reservations and to make your deposit, please contact Lincoln Travel, our local travel partner, at 540-828-4204 or lincolntravel@comcast.net.

For other inquiries contact Ellen Miller at 540-828-8001 or emiller@bridgewater.edu.