Geologic Guided Tours of Southern Utah
(Grand Canyon, Bryce & Zion National Parks)
UtahGeology.com offers guided geologic tours of Southern Utah for those who would like to both be guided to the amazing sites of the area, and receive insightful instruction on how these vistas were formed.
The day will start with a pick up from your hotel, place of lodging, or a predetermined location. Actual meeting time and location will be decided per group. After meeting your professional guide, we’ll drive to one of the various area attractions or parks. Throughout the day, your guide will explain the geologic history and ecology of the area.
Visited sights can include:
- Snow Canyon State Park
- The Zion National Park Area
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Many of the areas less known attractions in Southern Utah’s backcountry.
- Grand Canyon National Park or Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Area
- Cedar Breaks National Monument
- Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
- Guided hikes through Kanarraville Canyon or other Slot Canyons in the area
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Many types of commercial guiding services in Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park are prohibited. If you’d like to be guided on an outing to Zion National Park or the Grand Canyon, you can join our UtahGeology Club. As a member we can plan a club event within the park. However, group size limits must remain small, and we’ll try and take care of most of the interpretive “guiding” activities before we go into the park. Club events can be a lot of fun, and a great way to learn the geology of these parks.
In order to respect Park Resources, we do not do club events on Angel’s Landing, Gateway to the Narrows, or Back-country slot canyons in Zion National Park. The same holds for some of the more busy trails in Grand Canyon National Park.
Guided outings start at $240 per person per day for up to four people.
Tours include guiding, transportation from your hotel or place of lodging, binoculars, and some types of hiking equipment if needed.
Most guests choose to fly into Las Vegas or St George Airports. Guiding sessions can be custom made to fit the scenery and locations you wish most to visit. The default Grand Staircase Package includes up to three main destinations which cover the breadth of Southern Utah’s Geologic Record.
Destination 1. Toroweap Viewpoint of the Grand Canyon. From Torweap visitors can hike to the Colorado River and experience each layer of the Paleozoic sequence to the Grand Staircase. For Zion National Park visitors who are pressed for time, the same layers can be seen by a short excursion through the Virgin River Gorge south of St. George.
Destination 2. Zion National Park area. Zion’s geologic units pick up where the Grand Canyon ends, showcasing the Early Mesozoic Layers of the Grand Canyon.
Destination 3. Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon and the Paunsaugunt Plateau showcases the upper Mesozoic and Early Cenozoic layers of the Grand Staircase.
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