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A Grand Canyon Odyssey: River Journeys and Canyon Vistas

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Program #2805RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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
3,600 feet at Marble Canyon, 7,000 feet at Grand Canyon and 5,000 feet Hualapai Lodge.

Itinerary for Apr 18 — Apr 25, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Discover contemporary conveniences at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this hotel is convenient to freeways, light rail transportation and downtown Phoenix.

Contact info:
3838 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-phoenix-airport-north-PHXANGI/index.html

Room amenities: The Garden Sleep SystemT, Feather Pillows Non Allergenic, Complimentary WiFi access, LCD Flat Panel TV, TV-Premium HBO,CNN,ESPN, Safe, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator, air conditioners.

Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle. 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access, Photo Copying Service and Printer. Fitness center and outdoor pool, 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market, Baggage Storage, Lounge, Coin Laundry, Elevators.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rates.
Hotel is offering a discount off the best available rate for our clients. In order to get this discount you must contact the group sales manager, Crystal Peters, direct. Her contact info: Phone: 602-293-0338; email: crystal.peters@hilton.com. Do note that this hotel sells out regularly during March - April period so if you are staying during that time period make your bookings well in advance.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Friday, April 18 - Check-In / Registration and Orientation
Afternoon: On site Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the hotel meeting room.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Hilton Garden Inn. Enjoy a buffet dinner. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option.

Evening: Northern Arizona University Road Scholar coordinator will direct a program orientation, review the weekly schedule and lead group introductions after dinner in the meeting room. Get prepared for the exciting adventure lays ahead and meet your fellow participants.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Historic Lodge, first opened in 1927. All original rock masonry structures are still in use today with additional lodging facility and restaurant area added since. Many walking and hiking possibilities originate right on the lodge property.

Contact info:
Highway 89A at Lees Ferry Junction
Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 USA
phone: 928-355-2225
Room amenities: Cable TV and air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: Trading post; gas station; market; post office; guest laundry on site.

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


Day Two: Saturday, April 19 - Travel to Marble Canyon / Navajo Reservation and ...
Travel to Marble Canyon / Navajo Reservation and Historic Navajo Bridge

Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel that includes eggs, breakfast meat, cereals, muffins, fruit, whole grain breads, coffee, juice and more.

Morning: Depart for Marble Canyon (260 miles) via Flagstaff and Cameron. En route to Flagstaff via Interstate 17, you will encounter an amazing transition in life zones and topographic features. Witness the heart of the Sonora Desert in Phoenix, transition to high-desert grassland, and then up into the largest Ponderosa pine forest in the world in Flagstaff. Travel through the San Francisco Peaks volcanic field, which contains the highest point in Arizona, Humphreys Peak, elev.12,633 feet, to the historic 1916 Cameron Trading Post, located on the western edge of the Navajo Reservation.

Lunch: Lunch at Cameron Trading Post. In addition to standard lunch menu selections we will offer up and introduce you to the famous "Navajo Taco" - a light, crispy fry bread loaded with traditional taco toppings. It's a memorable experience!

Afternoon: Depart Cameron, cross the Little Colorado River and travel in the shadows of the towering Echo Cliffs and the western edge of the Navajo Indian Reservation en route to Marble Canyon. Explore the 1928 Navajo Bridge that spans 600 feet across the Colorado River and Marble Canyon proper allowing access to the north side of the Grand Canyon. Check into Marble Canyon Lodge at the base of the Vermilion Cliffs. The original Marble Canyon Lodge was built in 1928 (coinciding with the construction of the Navajo Bridge) and continues to be a rest stop and service center for river runners, fishermen and national park travelers.

Dinner: Marble Canyon Lodge serves a selection of American classic meals including lime chicken, pot roast and select pasta dishes. For vegetarians there will be vegetarian options available.

Evening: An interesting evening program will be offered. Subjects will include one of the following based on the availability of regional experts: the Vermilion Cliffs California Condor re-introduction project, Colorado River history or regional geology.

Lodging: Marble Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Historic Lodge, first opened in 1927. All original rock masonry structures are still in use today with additional lodging facility and restaurant area added since. Many walking and hiking possibilities originate right on the lodge property.

Contact info:
Highway 89A at Lees Ferry Junction
Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 USA
phone: 928-355-2225
Room amenities: Cable TV and air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: Trading post; gas station; market; post office; guest laundry on site.

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


Day Three: Sunday, April 20 - Smooth Water Colorado River Raft Trip through Gle...
Note: See Activity Details and Raft Logistics Above.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Marble Canyon Lodge restaurant. Hot and cold buffet items will be available.

Morning: Depart after breakfast for Page, Arizona (1.5 hour drive) and enjoy a self guided tour of Glen Canyon Dam and visitor center, with intimate views of Lake Powell. The massive regional topographic map in the center of the visitor center is a must-see feature. Continue to the Colorado River Discovery Store to check in for our rafting trip. Busses will transport the group through a 2 mile long man-made tunnel to the base of the dam where the group will board rafts. Embark on the Colorado River just before lunchtime. On board narration will be provided by knowledgeable boatman guides. Towering 710 feet above, the base of Glen Canyon Dam is the starting place for our spectacular raft trip. Large motorized pontoon rafts will escort the group on the Colorado River -15 miles through Glen Canyon (no white water) to Lees Ferry. Marvel at cliffs towering 1000 feet overhead. Keep an eye out for California Condors, Peregrine Falcons and bighorn sheep. A restroom break and side trip to view ancient petroglyphs will be offered at the half way mark.

Lunch: Lunch (sack lunches) will be at your leisure aboard the rafts.

Afternoon: CRD utilizes inflatable, motorized pontoon rafts comfortably carrying a maximum of 10 passengers and piloted by an experienced guide. Passengers will sit on top of the raft tubes on long flat metal sitting decks that are apart of the boat frame.The time spent on the river is typically about 3.5 hours. At the half way point, the rafts will pull to shore for a restroom break. The restrooms are well maintained vault toilets. Each raft carries emergency communications and safety equipment. Cold water and lemonade will be available at all times. Because this is a smooth water stretch of river (no rapids), the wearing of lifejackets by adults is optional. 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 sole that can get wet. Arrive back at Marble Canyon Lodge mid-afternoon.

Dinner: Marble Canyon Lodge serves a selection of American classic meals including lime chicken, pot roast and select pasta dishes. For vegetarians there will be vegetarian options available.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Marble Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Walking distance to canyon rim and other Grand Canyon Village attractions.

Contact info:
various locations
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2625
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com/static/64.htm

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning

Facility amenities: Walking paths to canyon rim; full-service cafeteria plus other restaurant options available. Note: we will stay in one of three different facilities under the same management, all pretty much equal in layout and amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Monday, April 21 - Travel to Grand Canyon - Desert View Watchtower, ...
Travel to Grand Canyon - Desert View Watchtower, Mather Point and Park Visitor Center

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Marble Canyon Lodge restaurant. Hot and cold buffet items will be available.

Morning: Depart for Grand Canyon National Park. We will retrace our steps to Cameron, turn west, then continue up the Coconino Plateau to the eastern entrance of 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. Continue along the "East Rim Drive" with diverse and unforgettable canyon views.

Lunch: Sack lunches on the south rim of Grand Canyon.

Afternoon: Continue west to Mather Point and the Canyon View Information Plaza (Visitor Center). Your guide will point the many interesting and significant canyon features visible including Phantom Ranch, the South Kaibab Trail and numerous named spires buttes and temples. Discussions on geology, Colorado River history and trail history will be presented. Ample time will be allowed for exploring the Visitor Center with its new exhibits and 22 minute introductory video. Late afternoon check-in at a Grand Canyon lodge.

Dinner: Dinner at your leisure at the Lodge's dining facility. Choices include hot entrees, soups, salads, sandwiches, Mexican specialties, and a variety of tasty desserts.

Evening: After dinner, a National Park Service ranger program will be offered at the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium. An interesting Grand Canyon topic, which change nightly, will be presented.

Lodging: Grand Canyon National Park Lodges

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Walking distance to canyon rim and other Grand Canyon Village attractions.

Contact info:
various locations
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2625
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com/static/64.htm

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning

Facility amenities: Walking paths to canyon rim; full-service cafeteria plus other restaurant options available. Note: we will stay in one of three different facilities under the same management, all pretty much equal in layout and amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Tuesday, April 22 - Grand Canyon National Park - Rim Activities and F...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge's dining facility. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.

Morning: After breakfast the group will depart for a walking tour of the historic Grand Canyon Village. Your guide will discuss the many characters that help develop the rim facilities and point out famous village area landmarks including the Kolb Brothers Photo Studio and the buildings of Fred Harvey designer Mary Jane Colter - including the Bright Angel Lodge, Lookout Studio and the Hopi House. To the east, visit the El Tovar Hotel, one of the great lodges in the National Park system. A discussion and a handout on free time options and activities for the upcoming afternoon will be included. An optional one hour walk on the famous Bright Angel Trail will be offered before lunch.

Lunch: Enjoy either a lunch or dinner on your own allowing more time to experience the Canyon on your own terms and at your own pace. Your coordinator will review with the group all of the dining options at the canyon. If you are interested in eating at the El Tovar Lodge for dinner then reservations are required. Call 928-638-2631 and ask for El Tovar dining room. No reservations needed for breakfast or lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch, the afternoon is free to explore the South Rim and environs. Along with the park "Guide" newspaper and map, and a "free time options" handout participants can choose from a variety of activities and viewpoints.The historic Grand Canyon Village, Hermit's Rest West Rim shuttle, Yavapai Point, and rim walks are all popular activities. The group will employ the free park shuttle to access various points on the South Rim.

Dinner: Dinner at your leisure at the Lodge's dining facility. Choices include hot entrees, soups, salads, sandwiches, Mexican specialties, and a variety of tasty desserts.

Evening: After dinner, a National Park Service ranger program will be offered at the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium. An interesting Grand Canyon topic, which change nightly, will be presented.

Lodging: Grand Canyon National Park Lodges

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful, modern facility. Tribal artwork displayed; some traditional Hualapai cuisine served in restaurant.

Contact info:
900 Highway Route 66
Peach Springs, AZ 86434 USA
phone: 928-769-2230
web: www.hualapaitourism.com/

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

Facility amenities: Exercise room, private courtyard with seasonal 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

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Wednesday, April 23 - Museum of Northern Arizona / Travel Route 66 to t...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge's dining facility. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.

Morning: After breakfast, we will load luggage and check out of our hotel. Travel past the scenic San Francisco peaks to Flagstaff. Once in Flagstaff enjoy a visit to the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA). The MNA has evolved into a regional center of learning with collections, exhibits, educational programs, publications, and research projects. Museum of Northern Arizona is the premier museum dedicated to the cultural and natural history of the Colorado Plateau. Free time to explore the museum on your own will be provided.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Flagstaff.

Afternoon: Depart Flagstaff and head west for the Hualapai Lodge. The group will travel along one of the longest and arguably best preserved section of historic Route 66 (look for the Burma Shave signs!). Travel through Seligman, Arizona, the birthplace of the Route 66 revival movement. Arrive at Hualapai Lodge for a late afternoon check-in.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet dinner at the Hualapai Lodge Restaurant.

Evening: Evening program on Hualapai culture and issues presented by a tribal member.

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful, modern facility. Tribal artwork displayed; some traditional Hualapai cuisine served in restaurant.

Contact info:
900 Highway Route 66
Peach Springs, AZ 86434 USA
phone: 928-769-2230
web: www.hualapaitourism.com/

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

Facility amenities: Exercise room, private courtyard with seasonal 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

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Seven: Thursday, April 24 - Travel to Grand Canyon West / Helicopter into th...
Travel to Grand Canyon West / Helicopter into the Canyon for a Smooth Water Raft Trip on the Colorado River

Note: See Activity Notes and Raft Trip Logistics Above.

Breakfast: Full hot breakfast at the Hualapai Lodge Restaurant.

Morning: NOTE: Prepare for a long (yet exhilarating and scenic) travel day in the vans, on board a helicopter and rafting the Colorado. The experiences and memories that you will take home will last a lifetime. After breakfast depart for Grand Canyon West (a Hualapai Nation enterprise). Travel along the Grand Wash Cliffs, the western most edge of the Colorado Plateau and the world class Joshua Tree forest en route to Grand Canyon West, and the start of a Colorado River raft trip. Travel time approximately 2.5 hours.

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 piloted by a Hualapai boatman.The group will be split between multiple rafts. Conditions on the river change throughout the year, so dress for the season. Prepare for hot (we start our raft trip in a desert environment) and possible cool weather conditions. Bring a brimmed hat, sunglasses, and river shoes or tennis shoes with a good sole 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 if needed). 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 a 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: After dinner settle in for an 1 3/4 hour ride back to the Hualapai Lodge.

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Friday, April 25 - Return to Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl Airport or Phoe...
Return to Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl Airport or Phoenix hotel in Northern Arizona University Road Scholar transportation.

Breakfast: Full hot breakfast at the Hualapai Lodge Restaurant.

Morning: Load luggage. Northern Arizona University Road Scholar will provide return transportation to Phoenix, arriving at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by 12:30 PM; continuing to starting hotel with arrival by approximately 1:15 PM.

Lunch: "Lunchy" food and snacks en route to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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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20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips

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