Sunday, June 20:
We will take the direct route back to Salt Lake
City, arriving in early afternoon, with plenty of time to check in and
relax prior to the opening reception on Sunday evening.
Saturday, June 19:
We will spend the morning exploring the back trails
and botanical treasures of
Red Canyon in the Dixie National Forest,
an area rich in endemic plants. After lunch, we will travel to
Zion National Park
, where we will have
the opportunity to visit hanging gardens and lush streamside
communities. We will spend the night in Hurricane, Utah.
Friday, June 18:
We will head south over Boulder Mountain on Utah
Rte. 12, with its breath-taking views of Capitol Reef to the
east, and travel deep into the
Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument,
stopping to explore along the way. We will cap the day with a
leisurely evening stroll along the canyon rim
Bryce Canyon National Park. We
will spend the night in Tropic, Utah.
Thursday, June 17:
We will depart Salt Lake City at 9:00 am, stop for
a picnic lunch at a scenic mountain lake, then spend the afternoon
botanizing in the spectacular slick rock canyons and shady river bottoms
Capitol Reef National Park. We
will spend the night in Torrey, Utah.
The pre-conference field tour aims to provide ample time for botanizing and
exploring in some of the most beautiful places on earth, with bus-riding time
kept to a minimum. The activities are designed to accommodate people of
all ages and fitness levels. We will arrange for bus departure from the downtown
Howard Johnson Express Inn.  If you are arriving from outside Utah, we suggest that you stay there the night before the tour. In the event that there are not enough rooms available, please come to the Howard Johnson Express Inn from your hotel by 8:30 am to get on the bus for the tour.