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LAKE POWELL, ARIZONA

Hiking the Slick Rock, Slot Canyons and Red Rocks of Lake Powell

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Program #6114RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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
4300 feet. Those with heart or lung concerns should consult physician before attending.

Itinerary for Mar 9 — Mar 14, 2014

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Type: Resort

Description: The Page Courtyard overlooks the high desert sandstone walls and the beautiful scenery of the Glen Canyon Recreation Area, and is on the beautiful Page National Golf Course. This property is 1.6 miles from Lake Powell, with its boating, water skiing and fishing. Native American arts and crafts are on sale nearby. Wilderness hiking locations surround the Lake Powell Recreation Area. Within 3 hours driving time are Zion and Bryce National Parks, the North and South Rims of Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley , Escalante and Canyonlands National Monuments.

Contact info:
600 Clubhouse Dr
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-5000
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pgacy-courtyard-page/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, clock radio, refrigerator, voice mail/ data port phones, coffee maker and hair dryer. Microwaves are available upon request.

Facility amenities: The Marriott features 152 rooms, an on-site restaurant, cocktail lounge, outdoor pool (seasonal - usually from mid Apr to mid October) and whirlpool, exercise room, on-site laundromat and coffee shop. Fax, copy and printer service available. Complimentary WiFi.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies with season
Please make reservations directly with the Courtyard by Marriott Page by calling (928) 645-5000. Ask for the front desk and let them know you are with a Road Scholar program. If the front desk is unaware, ask for group sales. You must speak with someone locally in Page in order to inquire about a special rate. NAU Road Scholar does not set the rates for early arrivals and stay-over nights. They are set by the hotels.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 09 - Registration / Orientation
Afternoon: On-site registration with your program coordinator anytime between 4:30-5:15 PM.

Dinner: Dinner catered by Pepper's Restaurant on the Courtyard by Marriott site. Meals vary nightly and are generally served buffet-style. Salad and dessert nightly. A vegetarian option is available with advanced notice.

Evening: Following dinner your program coordinator will discuss the week's hikes and activities in an overview/orientation and you'll meet your fellow participants during introductions.

Lodging: Page Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Page Courtyard overlooks the high desert sandstone walls and the beautiful scenery of the Glen Canyon Recreation Area, and is on the beautiful Page National Golf Course. This property is 1.6 miles from Lake Powell, with its boating, water skiing and fishing. Native American arts and crafts are on sale nearby. Wilderness hiking locations surround the Lake Powell Recreation Area. Within 3 hours driving time are Zion and Bryce National Parks, the North and South Rims of Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley , Escalante and Canyonlands National Monuments.

Contact info:
600 Clubhouse Dr
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-5000
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pgacy-courtyard-page/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, clock radio, refrigerator, voice mail/ data port phones, coffee maker and hair dryer. Microwaves are available upon request.

Facility amenities: The Marriott features 152 rooms, an on-site restaurant, cocktail lounge, outdoor pool (seasonal - usually from mid Apr to mid October) and whirlpool, exercise room, on-site laundromat and coffee shop. Fax, copy and printer service available. Complimentary WiFi.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies with season
Please make reservations directly with the Courtyard by Marriott Page by calling (928) 645-5000. Ask for the front desk and let them know you are with a Road Scholar program. If the front desk is unaware, ask for group sales. You must speak with someone locally in Page in order to inquire about a special rate. NAU Road Scholar does not set the rates for early arrivals and stay-over nights. They are set by the hotels.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 10 - Hanging Garden / Horseshoe Bend / Toadstool Valle...
Note: Today's hikes total approximately 6 - 7 miles in length with 700' of elevation change. Trails will be largely packed dirt and well maintained with some sandy sections.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet to include: scrambled eggs, bacon, home fried potatoes, fresh fruit/bananas, toast, cereal option/oatmeal, orange juice, coffee.

Morning: Today we will take a number of hikes to get a taste of the amazing country that surrounds us. Start with a hike along the "Hanging Garden" trail which acquaints us with local landmarks, plants, slickrock hiking techniques, and the desert phenomenon called "hanging gardens. Next we go to "Horseshoe Bend" with its famous 1000 foot drop and overlook to the Colorado River below, These few hikes will provide untrammeled vistas and expose hikers to the terrain and variety of landscapes in this spectacular region -- a sampler of things to come!

Lunch: Healthy sack lunch in the field.

Afternoon: After lunch we drive to the Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat'l Monument. Our hike is 3.85 mi. RT, 500' elevation change, and displays fantastic hoodoos called The Toadstools.

Dinner: Dinner catered by Pepper's Restaurant. Meals vary nightly and are generally served buffet-style. Salad and dessert nightly. A vegetarian option is available with advanced notice.

Evening: Hear a presentation on the amazing wildlife in the high desert of the Glen Canyon region.

Lodging: Page Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Page Courtyard overlooks the high desert sandstone walls and the beautiful scenery of the Glen Canyon Recreation Area, and is on the beautiful Page National Golf Course. This property is 1.6 miles from Lake Powell, with its boating, water skiing and fishing. Native American arts and crafts are on sale nearby. Wilderness hiking locations surround the Lake Powell Recreation Area. Within 3 hours driving time are Zion and Bryce National Parks, the North and South Rims of Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley , Escalante and Canyonlands National Monuments.

Contact info:
600 Clubhouse Dr
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-5000
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pgacy-courtyard-page/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, clock radio, refrigerator, voice mail/ data port phones, coffee maker and hair dryer. Microwaves are available upon request.

Facility amenities: The Marriott features 152 rooms, an on-site restaurant, cocktail lounge, outdoor pool (seasonal - usually from mid Apr to mid October) and whirlpool, exercise room, on-site laundromat and coffee shop. Fax, copy and printer service available. Complimentary WiFi.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies with season
Please make reservations directly with the Courtyard by Marriott Page by calling (928) 645-5000. Ask for the front desk and let them know you are with a Road Scholar program. If the front desk is unaware, ask for group sales. You must speak with someone locally in Page in order to inquire about a special rate. NAU Road Scholar does not set the rates for early arrivals and stay-over nights. They are set by the hotels.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 11 - Hiking in the Lake Powell area.
Note: Today's hikes totals approximately 5 - 6 miles.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet to include: scrambled eggs, bacon, home fried potatoes, fresh fruit/bananas, toast, cereal option/oatmeal, orange juice, coffee.

Morning: Today's hike will be 'coordinator's choice' based on the abilities of the group, weather conditions and the latest information. Hikes on this day in the past have included Lost Pete Canyon and the Twin Pinnacles. It will be another opportunity to stretch yourself while exploring this wondrous landscape of rock and sky.

Lunch: Enjoy a trail lunch.

Afternoon: Continue our hike, returning to the hotel around 4:00PM

Dinner: Catered dinner by Pepper's, the hotel's restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a presentation on the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition of 1776 which passed through this area. The two Franciscan priests were trying to establish an overland route between Santa Fe (in present-day New Mexico) and Monterey, California.

Lodging: Page Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Page Courtyard overlooks the high desert sandstone walls and the beautiful scenery of the Glen Canyon Recreation Area, and is on the beautiful Page National Golf Course. This property is 1.6 miles from Lake Powell, with its boating, water skiing and fishing. Native American arts and crafts are on sale nearby. Wilderness hiking locations surround the Lake Powell Recreation Area. Within 3 hours driving time are Zion and Bryce National Parks, the North and South Rims of Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley , Escalante and Canyonlands National Monuments.

Contact info:
600 Clubhouse Dr
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-5000
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pgacy-courtyard-page/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, clock radio, refrigerator, voice mail/ data port phones, coffee maker and hair dryer. Microwaves are available upon request.

Facility amenities: The Marriott features 152 rooms, an on-site restaurant, cocktail lounge, outdoor pool (seasonal - usually from mid Apr to mid October) and whirlpool, exercise room, on-site laundromat and coffee shop. Fax, copy and printer service available. Complimentary WiFi.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies with season
Please make reservations directly with the Courtyard by Marriott Page by calling (928) 645-5000. Ask for the front desk and let them know you are with a Road Scholar program. If the front desk is unaware, ask for group sales. You must speak with someone locally in Page in order to inquire about a special rate. NAU Road Scholar does not set the rates for early arrivals and stay-over nights. They are set by the hotels.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 12 - Slot canyons! Waterholes Canyon & Giant's Pocket
Note: Today we play in slot canyons, so wear your roughest clothes--long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. First one is Waterholes Canyon on the Navajo Reservation, where we spent 2.5-3 hrs. exploring the marvelous convolutions of this slot canyon. After lunch we go to one not even "on the map," but near Big Water, UT. We walk a short way through a sandy wash, then spend about an hour using feet, hands, shoulders, and butts to negotiate our way to the Giant's Pocket. We leave feeling like happy kids!

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet to include: scrambled eggs, bacon, home fried potatoes, fresh fruit/bananas, toast, cereal option/oatmeal, orange juice, coffee.

Morning: This mornings hike we explore the twisting confines of "Waterholes" canyon. Located not far from its more famous cousin "Antelope Canyon", you will be be immediately impressed that such a beautiful place exists away from the crowding of others.

Lunch: Lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Travel west towards the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument with possible hikes to Crustacean Alley, Blue Pool Arch and/or the Giant's Pocket. Visit the Big Water BLM Visitor Center with exhibits on recent dinosaur discoveries in the rich geologic strata.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at Pepper's Restaurant.

Evening: Spend an evening on your own. Your local coordinator will assist you with options available to maximize free time.

Lodging: Page Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Page Courtyard overlooks the high desert sandstone walls and the beautiful scenery of the Glen Canyon Recreation Area, and is on the beautiful Page National Golf Course. This property is 1.6 miles from Lake Powell, with its boating, water skiing and fishing. Native American arts and crafts are on sale nearby. Wilderness hiking locations surround the Lake Powell Recreation Area. Within 3 hours driving time are Zion and Bryce National Parks, the North and South Rims of Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley , Escalante and Canyonlands National Monuments.

Contact info:
600 Clubhouse Dr
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-5000
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pgacy-courtyard-page/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, clock radio, refrigerator, voice mail/ data port phones, coffee maker and hair dryer. Microwaves are available upon request.

Facility amenities: The Marriott features 152 rooms, an on-site restaurant, cocktail lounge, outdoor pool (seasonal - usually from mid Apr to mid October) and whirlpool, exercise room, on-site laundromat and coffee shop. Fax, copy and printer service available. Complimentary WiFi.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies with season
Please make reservations directly with the Courtyard by Marriott Page by calling (928) 645-5000. Ask for the front desk and let them know you are with a Road Scholar program. If the front desk is unaware, ask for group sales. You must speak with someone locally in Page in order to inquire about a special rate. NAU Road Scholar does not set the rates for early arrivals and stay-over nights. They are set by the hotels.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 13 - Bucktank Draw / Musical Performance
Note: Today's hike is approximately 6 miles in length with little elevation change but some hiking in sandy washes. Optional hike up an impressive arch for those who desire.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet to include: scrambled eggs, bacon, home fried potatoes, fresh fruit/bananas, toast, cereal option/oatmeal, orange juice, coffee.

Morning: This morning we hike through a beautiful wash called Bucktank Draw. The trail is impressive from the start with the full array of the red sandstone strata that you are now becoming familiar with. Some of the trail is sandy, some of it a broad expanse of Carmel & Entrada rock, dotted with juniper and other greenery now that we're in slightly higher elevation. We climb out and lunch beneath Birthday Arch.

Lunch: Box lunch in Bucktank Draw where we find comfortable perches on rain-smoothed slickrock or under rustling Fremont cottonwoods to stretch out, rest and repast.

Afternoon: After lunch we have the optional activity of climbing to the top of Birthday Arch--or you can just relax and enjoy the panoramic vista. Return to trailhead the way we came over the colorful slickrock and amazing views. This is an off-the-beaten path hike you won't find in any hiking books!

Dinner: Dinner will be at Pepper's Restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a musical performance by your very talented Program Coordinator Joanna Joseph.

Lodging: Page Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 14 - Carl Hayden Visitor Center / Departure Day
Note: We wrap up the week with a visit to Carl Hayden Visitor Center, recapping the week with a map talk by Joanna at the relief model map, followed by a guided tour of Glen Canyon Dam & Power Plant.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet to include: scrambled eggs, bacon, home fried potatoes, fresh fruit/bananas, toast, cereal option/oatmeal, orange juice, coffee.

Morning: Visit the Carl Hayden Visitor Center at the Glen Canyon Dam with views to Lake Powell in one direction and the Colorado River, 700' below, in the other. Tour the dam (optional) and the Visitor Center with its spectacular centerpiece, the detailed relief map of the Glen Canyon region. Return to the hotel to check out. Program ends by 11:00 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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