Travel with The Planetary Society!
Discover the GRAND CANYON
& see the Annular Solar Eclipse
May 14-21, 2012
Dear Members & Friends:
Come join us as we explore the
spectacular Canyonlands and see the
Annular Solar Eclipse over the Grand
Canyon, May 20, 2012!
With the superb leadership of a geological
expert and naturalist, we will explore the
dramatic wonderlands of Zion National
Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and
the Grand Canyon, including a half-day
float trip on the Colorado River.
Our adventure begins in Las Vegas. We will
then depart for Zion National Park and the
St. George Dinosaur Discovery site where
hundreds of tracks were found in 2000. A land
of exceptional scenic grandeur, Zion includes
an exciting desert plant community and
pinyon-juniper woodland. It is the lowest
in elevation of the three parks we will visit
(at approximately 4,000 feet) and represents a
significant chapter in the geologic story of the Southwest.
From Zion, we will head to Bryce Canyon National
Park, an erosional fantasy of crumbling cliffs, spires,
and pinnacles in rich colors, named after the original
Mormon pioneer settler. A series of erosional amphitheaters
on the southeast edge of a plateau, Bryce
possesses intricate sculptures due to weathering by
wind, running water, and frost. The rim at Bryce is
from 8,000-9,000 feet. At night, the skies are a feast
of stars because of the exceptionally clear skies.
The excitement will build today as we drive southeast
from Bryce to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
We will drive through great forests of lodgepole and
ponderosa pines as you approach the Grand Canyon.
The splashes of color on the landscape en route are
just a teaser of what awaits you! We will explore the
rim and enjoy the fantastic views.
From Page, we will enjoy a half-day float trip from
Glen Canyon Dam along the upper part of the Colorado
River in the Grand Canyon. (This is on gentle water!)
We will travel on a 22-passenger inflatable motorized
river raft for 15 miles down the Colorado River. This
river-level view of the canyon will be a delightful
experience, and will include a short hike to see
We will also explore the geologic and ecologic
significance of the Grand Canyon at the South Rim
with more fantastic views and nature walks.
This trip will culminate with the Annular Solar
Eclipse over the Grand Canyon... a once in a
lifetime opportunity! We invite you to join us!
The Science Guy®
$3,695 plus air.
Brochure (Requires an Adobe pdf reader to view)
Eclipse photos courtesy of Andre Ashley