UTAH FOSSIL FAMILY ADVENTURE
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Day 1: ARRIVE SALT LAKE CITY
Arrive Salt Lake Airport and meet your Western Leisure Guide; transfer to downtown Salt Lake City and enjoy a tour of the city known as the "Crossroads of the West"; check into your downtown hotel. Overnight Salt Lake City.
Day 2: SALT LAKE CITY - MUSUEM OF ANCIENT LIFE
This morning travel a short distance to Thanksgiving Point and the Museum of Ancient Life which is the worlds largest Dinosaur museum for touring; your pass includes entrance to the museum and an Imax film; return to Salt Lake City with the rest of the afternoon free to explore on your own. Overnight Salt Lake City.
DAY 3: PREHISTORIC MUSEUM - MOAB
Today travel to the town of Price and the College of Eastern Utah; first visit the Prehistoric Museum for touring and an orientation; then enjoy a special guided tour of the College of Eastern Utah's Fossil Lab where you can have some hands on experience with the preparation of actual fossils; then visit Cleveland Lloyd Quarry, one of the most productive dig sights in the west; in the late afternoon travel to Moab, Utah's adventure capitol, for a 3 night stay; arrive at Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge located on the banks of the mighty Colorado River. Overnight Moab
DAY 4: ARCHES ADVENTURE
This morning transfer to Arches National Park for touring and a hike to Delicate Arch; learn of the unique geology of the area which created the highest concentration of natural arches in the world with over 2,000 named arches within the park boundaries; return to Red Cliffs Lodge with the afternoon free to enjoy one lodge activity; lodge activities include - horseback riding, river rafting and a jeep tour; evening free to enjoy the pool, go hiking or just relax and take in the amazing scenery.
DAY 5: RED CLIFFS - MOAB - DEAD HORSE POINT
Today enjoy another lodge activity; in the late afternoon, ride into Moab with some free time to shop and have dinner on own; then drive to Dead Horse Point State Park to view the sunset from one of the west's most scenic locations; You will see the expanse of Canyonlands National Park stretching to the south and the mighty Colorado River 2,000 feet below.
DAY 6: GOBLIN VALLEY - CAPITOL REEF
Depart Moab and travel to Goblin Valley State Park, one of the most unique sights in the west, for hiking; a fantasyland of oddly shaped rock formations that at some points look like an army of goblins; then continue to Capitol Reef National Park for sightseeing and hiking; explore the geology of the Water Pocket Fold; this 100 mile fold in the earths crust is an amazing display of the geologic forces that created the Colorado Plateau; erosion has since carved the spectacular cliffs and rock formations of Capitol Reef; after a picnic lunch, spend the afternoon hiking to some of the famous sites in the park; after a full day, arrive at the hotel in nearby Torrey.
DAY 7: TRILOBITE DIG - SALT LAKE
Today travel to a quarry west of Delta to enjoy a day of digging for Trilobites at U-Dig Fossil; the helpful staff will be happy to provide a brief lesson on digging for fossils and then you can dig on your own for the 250 million year old fossils which are plentiful here; everyone is guaranteed to unearth many fossils and they may take home any they find; a picnic lunch will be provided; in the afternoon return to Salt Lake City and check into the hotel for a final night as this amazing trip to Utah comes to a close.
DAY 8: HOME
Morning transfers to the airport have been arranged.
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