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BEGINS IN: PRESCOTT, ARIZONA

Exploring Grand Canyon’s Reach: The South Rim to Western Grand Canyon and a Grand Canyon Raft Trip

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Program #1076RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Prescott is at 5,200 feet, Flagstaff is at 7,000 feet and Peach Springs is at 5,000 feet.

Itinerary for Oct 8 — Oct 14, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Retreat style setting. Beautifully wooded grounds seclude the facility in a flat setting between the hills of historic Prescott AZ, with its ideal mile-high climate. Downtown is only two miles away.

Contact info:
1131 County Club Dr
Prescott, AZ 86303 USA
phone: 877-445-3499
web: www.chapelrock.net

Room amenities: Private bath, private deck or patio for each room, views of forest and nearby rock outcroppings from each room. No TV, radio or in-room phone. In the same building is a central meeting area with a refrigerator, microwave, sink, sitting area and fireplace. Linens and soap in each room; central area has supply of shampoo and some toiletries.

Facility amenities: On site cafeteria, patios, forest views all around, outdoor rock fireplaces, free wireless internet access throughout the facility. Handicapped ramps throughout the facility. Free on-site parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
This facility books groups for seminars and retreats, and is not set up for individual room reservations.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day One: Tuesday, October 08 - Registration/Orientation and Introductions
Afternoon: CHECK-IN: After 3:00 PM. NOTE: The Chapel Rock Lodge is only open for private group functions. Please do not arrive early for check in. Starting at 3:00 PM the Chapel Rock and/or Northern Arizona University Road Scholar coordinator will post signs and direct participants to their lodging building and assigned rooms. The NAU Road Scholar program registration will be between 4:30 and 5:15 PM in the meeting room adjacent to the lodge rooms.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge offers healthy choices and great taste. Main dishes range from chicken to fish to pork, lasagna, meatballs, pot pie with puff pastry and gravy, and more. Side dishes might be cornbread stuffing, green beans, potatoes (roasted or mashed), roasted vegetables, snap peas, sweet potatoes, etc. Vegetarian choices always available.

Evening: Your Northern Arizona University Road Scholar coordinator will conduct a program orientation in the hotel meeting room following dinner. Get to know your fellow participants, review the schedule, and get prepared for the action packed adventure you are about to embark on.

Lodging: Chapel Rock Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Retreat style setting. Beautifully wooded grounds seclude the facility in a flat setting between the hills of historic Prescott AZ, with its ideal mile-high climate. Downtown is only two miles away.

Contact info:
1131 County Club Dr
Prescott, AZ 86303 USA
phone: 877-445-3499
web: www.chapelrock.net

Room amenities: Private bath, private deck or patio for each room, views of forest and nearby rock outcroppings from each room. No TV, radio or in-room phone. In the same building is a central meeting area with a refrigerator, microwave, sink, sitting area and fireplace. Linens and soap in each room; central area has supply of shampoo and some toiletries.

Facility amenities: On site cafeteria, patios, forest views all around, outdoor rock fireplaces, free wireless internet access throughout the facility. Handicapped ramps throughout the facility. Free on-site parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
This facility books groups for seminars and retreats, and is not set up for individual room reservations.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, October 09 - Morning Presentation / Sharlot Hall Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge starts off your day on the right foot. You may have a choice of assorted quiches, whole grain pancakes, special egg scramble with biscuits and gravy, oatmeal, or cheese blintzes with strawberry topping. Breakfast meats, fresh fruit, cereal, granola, plain scrambled eggs, juice and coffee/tea available daily.

Morning: Enjoy a morning of nature walks and presentations by local experts. Nestled in a Ponderosa and Pinyon pine forest, the grounds of the Chapel Rock Lodge are a perfect place for a guided nature walk through the woods to become better acquainted with the local and regional plant and animal communities. An introductory presentation on the Territorial History of Prescott will be presented by a local historian in preparation for a trip into the historic heart of town.

Lunch: Lunch in downtown Prescott at Gurley Street Grill. A favorite with locals and visitors alike.

Afternoon: Enjoy a docent lead walking tour of the Sharlot Hall Museum (many historic structures including Arizona's original governor's "mansion" of rough-hewed logs, built in 1864). Learn about the pioneer characters who settled here in the early days of the Arizona territory and made Prescott the first hub of civility in Northern Arizona. The Sharlot Hall Museum is the largest museum in the central territory of Arizona, and is dedicated to providing educational adventures in human and natural history. Founded by historian and poet Sharlot M. Hall in 1928, the Museum today explores the rich diversity of regional heritage

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge offers healthy choices and great taste. Main dishes range from chicken to fish to pork, lasagna, meatballs, pot pie with puff pastry and gravy, and more. Side dishes might be cornbread stuffing, green beans, potatoes (roasted or mashed), roasted vegetables, snap peas, sweet potatoes, etc. Vegetarian choices always available.

Evening: Enjoy an evening program on a subject of regional significance.

Lodging: Chapel Rock Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located just off the Northern Arizona University campus and two miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.

Contact info:
2015 S Beulah Blvd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 928-556-8666
web: www.lq.com

Room amenities: 25" satellite TV, coffee maker, clock radio, telephone with voice mail and dataport.

Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool (seasonal), indoor hot tub, exercise room, guest laundry, internet, and wi-fi in the lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Thursday, October 10 - Verde Valley Sites / Sedona Highlights / Flagstaf...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge starts off your day on the right foot. You may have a choice of assorted quiches, whole grain pancakes, special egg scramble with biscuits and gravy, oatmeal, or cheese blintzes with strawberry topping. Breakfast meats, fresh fruit, cereal, granola, plain scrambled eggs, juice and coffee/tea available daily.

Morning: After checking out, we will travel to the mountain town of Flagstaff via Verde Valley, Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. Get ready for an exciting day of touring Verde Valley and Sedona sites. Select interesting and scenic stops will be made throughout the day. In the morning enjoy a visit to MONTEZUMA CASTLE NATIONAL MONUMENT. Montezuma Castle is a 5-story, 20-room cliff dwelling nestled in a limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek. It is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America, constructed 600 years ago by the Sinagua Indians.. Next, we will travel through SEDONA and enjoy select scenic stops among the towering red rocks of this world famous location with plenty of time for photographs. Your naturalist guides will add commentary and area history at points of interest.

Lunch: Lunch at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple entrees to choose from including hot and cold sandwiches (vegetarian option daily), 1/2 sandwich and soup, chef or spinach salad, etc.

Afternoon: In the afternoon enjoy a drive through scenic Oak Creek Canyon, arguably one of the most scenic drives in America. A stop at the Oak Creek Canyon Overlook will be a prime geologic vantage point with ample photographic opportunities. Arrive in the historic Flagstaff, AZ. At an elevation of nearly 7,000 feet Flagstaff is located at the base of 13,600 ft Mt Humphreys, and is set amidst the largest stand of Ponderosa pine trees in the world.

Dinner: Dinner at Sizzler Restaurant. Along with a hot entree selection enjoy Sizzler's famous Endless Salad Bar with over 50 fresh items including seasonal and specialty salads, just picked vegetables and fresh fruits, soups, hot appetizers and cool desserts.

Evening: An introduction to the regions geology with an emphasis on the Grand Canyon. Gain a background on the forces that created this world wonder which will then make your next days field trip to the Grand Canyon even more meaningful.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn and Suites Flagstaff

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located just off the Northern Arizona University campus and two miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.

Contact info:
2015 S Beulah Blvd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 928-556-8666
web: www.lq.com

Room amenities: 25" satellite TV, coffee maker, clock radio, telephone with voice mail and dataport.

Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool (seasonal), indoor hot tub, exercise room, guest laundry, internet, and wi-fi in the lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Friday, October 11 - Grand Canyon National Park Day Trip
Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: Depart for an all day field trip to Grand Canyon National Park. En route, visit the southwestern corner of the Navajo Reservation and Cameron, site of the Cameron Trading Post. You will enter Grand Canyon National Park at Desert View overlook. Enjoy sweeping views of the Colorado River, the North Rim and Mary Jane Colter's Watchtower. The Watchtower is an interpretation of a prehistoric "tower kiva" with lavishly painted interior walls by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie. A naturalist will accompany you on your journey, revealing the Grand Canyon's unique geologic, biologic and historic features. We will visit the Grand Canyon Village, where you may tour historic buildings and see Native American arts/crafts and other souvenirs in village shops. You may even see an endangered California condor soaring overhead as you gaze out at the Canyon. This is a big long day - worthy of one the worlds grandest natural wonders!

Lunch: Enjoy a sack lunch in the field on the South Rim.

Afternoon: During the afternoon enjoy a walk on the Rim Trail and/or walk part way down Bright Angel Trail into the canyon (participants may choose which combination of activities they wish to pursue). Other activities may include exploring various viewpoints, ranger programs and checking out the park visitor center. Return in the evening to Flagstaff hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in Flagstaff at a local restaurant.

Evening: Rest and Relax!

Lodging: La Quinta Inn and Suites Flagstaff

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Tribal artwork displayed; some traditional Hualapai cuisine served in restaurant.

Contact info:
Route 66 and Diamond Creek Road
Peach Springs, AZ 86434 USA
phone: 928-769-2230
web: www.grandcanyonresort.com

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning; hair-dryers; coffee-makers

Facility amenities: Exercise room; private courtyard with heated outdoor pool (state-of-the-art non-chlorinated purification system) and spa.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call for rates.
Stayovers not recommended for participants traveling via shuttle due to extremely limited shuttle schedule.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Saturday, October 12 - Field trip to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon and ...
Note: An optional one mile walk to the Colorado River along the Diamond Creek road will be offered. Diamond Creek proper crosses the road multiple times so ankle deep water crossing will be necessary. The surface of the road and the stream are both gravel. Old tennis shoes or river sandals with sturdy soles will work great for this beautiful, exhilarating walk.

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: Depart Flagstaff after breakfast and travel to Peach Springs (100 miles). From Peach Springs enjoy a field trip down Peach Springs Canyon on the Diamond Creek Road to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. Stops will be made along the way at various points of interest. This is a true "journey to the center of the Earth" as the walls of the Grand Canyon rise higher and higher as you drive towards the Colorado River. Pass through hundreds of millions of years of geologic history culminating in the arrival to the 1.8 billion year old rock of the Granite Gorge. An optional one-mile walk along Diamond Creek to the river will be offered.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Colorado River in the bottom of Grand Canyon.

Afternoon: Field trip continues in the bottom of the Grand Canyon after lunch. Interesting history, facts and management issues regarding the Colorado River will be shared on the beach. Return in late afternoon to Hualapai Lodge and check in.

Dinner: Dinner in the Hualapai Lodge dining room.

Evening: Evening program on Hualapai tribal issues or Hualapai culture (presented by tribal members), or Arizona ranching life (presented by a local ranching couple).

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Tribal artwork displayed; some traditional Hualapai cuisine served in restaurant.

Contact info:
Route 66 and Diamond Creek Road
Peach Springs, AZ 86434 USA
phone: 928-769-2230
web: www.grandcanyonresort.com

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning; hair-dryers; coffee-makers

Facility amenities: Exercise room; private courtyard with heated outdoor pool (state-of-the-art non-chlorinated purification system) and spa.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call for rates.
Stayovers not recommended for participants traveling via shuttle due to extremely limited shuttle schedule.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Sunday, October 13 - Mojave Desert to Grand Canyon West Airport / Heli...
Mojave Desert to Grand Canyon West Airport / Helicopter to River and Smooth Water Raft Trip on the Colorado River through Western Grand Canyon

Note: See Activity Details and Raft Logistics Above.

Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast at Hualapai Lodge Restaurant

Morning: After breakfast depart for Quartermaster Point and Grand Canyon West (a Hualapai Nation enterprise). Travel along the Grand Wash Cliffs, the western most edge of the Colorado Plateau and a world class Joshua tree forest en route to Grand Canyon West, and the start of a Colorado River raft trip. Grand Canyon West is an off the beaten path destination and requires total travel time (with scenic stops) of approximately 2.5 hours, much of which is on well maintained dirt roads.

Lunch: Sack lunches on rim or at the Colorado River in the bottom of Grand Canyon (depending on helicopter schedule).

Afternoon: Arrive at Grand Canyon West and raft the lower portion of the Colorado River from Grand Canyon West to Lake Mead with HUALAPAI RIVER RUNNER. Access to the boat ramp will be via a short helicopter ride from the rim. The Hualapai River Runners operate inflatable eight-passenger motorized pontoon rafts.The group will be split between multiple rafts. Weather conditions on the river change throughout the year, so dress for the season. In general, wear layers. Spring and Fall months, we can experience cooler temps and windy days, jackets and long pants are appropriate. During the summer months, shorts and light weight clothing are acceptable. Bring a brimmed hat, sunglasses, and river shoes or tennis shoes with a good soles that can get wet. Embarkation on raft trip involves a short steep walk down a series of stairs to the loading dock area (assistance will always be provided). This is a smoothwater stretch of river with no rapids but for added safety, life jackets will be fitted to each person before boarding the rafts. Passengers will sit on top of the raft tubes on long flat metal sitting decks that are apart of the boat frame. The trip covers about 20 river miles through the lower end of the Grand Canyon before "exiting" through the Grand Wash Cliffs then taking out at Pearce Ferry boat ramp. Time spent on the river is typically 2.5 hours. There are porta-johns at the raft loading area. While on the river bathroom breaks will be au natural along the shore upon request. Water and drinks will be available at all times on the rafts. WIND AND SAFETY ADVISORY: Please note the ability to fly helicopters to the Colorado River and the start of the raft trip is dependent on wind conditions on the rim and in the canyon. On extremely windy days, due to safety concerns, helicopters will not be allowed to fly. Although this is always a possibility, it happens very infrequently. Your coordinator will provide an alternative activity in the area if this occurs.

Dinner: Enjoy a well deserved dinner in Kingman at a local restaurant.

Evening: Late arrival back at the Hualapai Lodge.

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Monday, October 14 - Farewells and Program Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast in the Hualapai Lodge dining room.

Morning: On the last day of the program the Northern Arizona University Road Scholar van will transport (for free) participants back to the starting hotel in Prescott. NOTE: In concert with the NAU Road Scholar van, Van Go Shuttle (866-448-2646) offers Express Service to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. En route to Prescott the NAU Road Scholar van will offer to transfer participants (and luggage) to a Van Go Shuttle van. Van Go shuttle will take a direct route to Phoenix and arrive at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by 12:00 pm or soon thereafter. Make reservations for this service with Van Go Shuttle and confirm Phoenix departure time with the shuttle company prior to confirming your airline reservation.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Prescott (Historic Courthouse Square)
Prescott AreaWithin 70 miles of Prescott: Former mining and ghost town of Jerome, now an arts and entertainment venue, with its 50-mile views of the red rocks of Sycamore Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon and the surrounding peaks and bluffs; Tuzigoot and Montezuma's Castle Sinagua period ruins; Fort Verde State Park; five Sedona vicinity wilderness areas; Sedona red rock formations, Sedona art galleries, boutiques and restaurants; Paolo Soleri's Arcosanti structures at Cordes Junction.
Flagstaff, Ariz.
General OverviewPoints of Interest within two hours of Flagstaff: the Grand Canyon National Park, Walnut Canyon, N.M., Wupatki, N.M., Sunset Crater, N.M., Museum of Northern Arizona, Downtown Flagstaff and old Route 66, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona Red Rocks and the Secret Mountain Wilderness, Montezuma's Castle, N.M., Tuzigoot, N.M., Jerome Ghost Town, Ariz., San Francisco Peaks and the Kachina Wilderness, Hopi & Navajo Reservations, La Posada Hotel/Restaurant at Winslow, Ariz., and Grand Canyon Railroad at Williams, Ariz.
For additional information, visit: www.flagstaffarizona.org

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17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips

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