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Golden Thunderbird Treks - Summer 2017 Day Excursions

A Midsummer Adventure

Add even more to your Utah Shakespeare Festival experience with A Midsummer Adventure, part of Southern Utah University's Golden Thunderbirds program. This program focuses on active academics, arts, and the outdoors. During our day excursions for Summer 2017, you will discover the hidden treasures of the world renowned landscapes of southern Utah. Your adventure includes an exciting, educational, and enjoyable day of art, hiking, local history, and geology.

2017 Summer Day Excursions will take place on July 19, August 2, and August 9.

Cost: $75/person (includes transportation, guides, snack, drink, and lunch)

Register now as space is limited.


A Midsummer Adventure Schedule

Be prepared for a day of learning and activity as you visit the highlights of our area. Bring a day pack with a water bottle, notebook, camera, and any personal items or medications you may need. More information on clothing and fitness is below.

In addition to our lunch break, there are opportunities for restrooms and water bottle refilling along the way.

At each location, instructors lead an educational conversation, provide information about the history and significance of the area, and provide a hands-on art or education activity. There will be time for your own exploration and photography.

Time Activity
8:30 AM Participants meet at Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), check-in, and orientation
9:00 AM We depart on our day long adventure throughout scenic southern Utah. Our day includes stops in at least three areas of attraction including Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Keep your camera handy during the driving portions of the day so you can capture the stunning scenery and vistas.
12:00 PM Lunch Break at the Cedar Breaks National Monument, Ranger on the Rim

The adventure continues as we explore the unique geology and wildlife of our region. Opportunities for hiking, discussions, creating art are offered throughout the day.
4:00 PM Approximate arrival back in Cedar City

Important Information

Participants will need to be prepared for any type of weather extremes of hot, cold, rain, or snow (yes, even in summer at higher elevations). The best way to be prepared is to layer your clothing and "think like an onion."

Activities will take place in a variety of high elevations, ranging from 5,800 feet (1,768 meters) to over 11,000 feet (3,400 meters). Activities will generally require a mild to moderate level of fitness. If possible, try to acclimate yourself to this higher altitude before the trip. During the trip, make sure to stay hydrated and avoid caffeine.

Trips and activities will not be canceled due to weather since weather changes so often in southern Utah (but may need to be adjusted based on safety needs).

More information will be provided after registration.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Leilani Nautu at 435-865-8031 or

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