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Explore The Salt River Canyon In The Superstitions: Geology, Archeology, and Nature

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Program #16828RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.

Itinerary for Feb 2 — Feb 7, 2014

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Type: Resort

Description: Twenty five acre resort green landscaped on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale, AZ.

Contact info:
6160 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com

Room amenities: Plush top mattress, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk, wifi, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings, safes in every room, microwaves available in suits or upon request.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Shopping Center steps away.

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

Additional nights before: Rates vary widely
Rates vary widely; winter/spring is peak season with rates from $150 - $250/night.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 02 - Check-In and Program Registration/Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel check in after 3:00 pm. Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration to take place between 4:30 - 5:15 pm at the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort lobby. NOTE: the distance from the lobby to rooms requires a short drive OR for people without a vehicle, portage service is always offered by the resort.

Dinner: Meals unless otherwise indicated may be at the hotel or a local restaurant. Please arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary. Dinner tonight will be at the Cottonwoods Resort. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option. Entrees include salad, assorted rolls & butter, light desert, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Evening: After registration your coordinator will conduct a program orientation. This will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions!

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Twenty five acre resort green landscaped on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale, AZ.

Contact info:
6160 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com

Room amenities: Plush top mattress, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk, wifi, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings, safes in every room, microwaves available in suits or upon request.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Shopping Center steps away.

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

Additional nights before: Rates vary widely
Rates vary widely; winter/spring is peak season with rates from $150 - $250/night.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 03 - Salado People Class/Natural History Class
Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the resort, which includes: scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal or cereal, coffee, tea and juice. Be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: Uncover the history of the 14th century cliff dwellers - the Salados and the 1800's Apaches who hid in the canyon from the Calvary. Today the Salt River is a border for the San Carlos Apache Reservation to the south and the White Mountain Apaches to the north.

Lunch: Lunch at the Cottonwoods Resort.

Afternoon: This afternoon, learn about the natural history of the Sonora Desert and the geology of the Basin and Range province.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Cottonwoods Resort. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option. Entrees include salad, assorted rolls & butter, light desert, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Evening: Enjoy a presentation on the amazing adaptive means of survival employed by the flora and fauna of Arizona's great deserts. "Demystifying Deserts" will give participants a whole new level of appreciation for what can appear at first glance as a god forsaken country.

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Twenty five acre resort green landscaped on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale, AZ.

Contact info:
6160 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com

Room amenities: Plush top mattress, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk, wifi, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings, safes in every room, microwaves available in suits or upon request.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Shopping Center steps away.

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

Additional nights before: Rates vary widely
Rates vary widely; winter/spring is peak season with rates from $150 - $250/night.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 04 - Roosevelt Dam/ Tonto National Monument and Besh-B...
Roosevelt Dam/ Tonto National Monument and Besh-Ba-Gowah Park and Museum.

Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the resort, which includes: scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal or cereal, coffee, tea and juice.

Morning: Visit Roosevelt Dam. Once the world's tallest masonry dam, this structure is named after President Theodore Roosevelt, who was instrumental in approval of the Federal Reclamation Act of 1902, and who dedicated the original dam in March 1911. Roosevelt Dam is unique in the way it was originally constructed. It was the world's largest "cyclopean-masonry" dam, a Greco-Roman style of building that uses huge, irregular blocks. It is now covered by new concrete. Continue on to Tonto National Monument. The monument contains the ruins of two cliff dwellings established by the Salado Indians around 1300 AD. The southeast-facing settlements were built quite high up a steep hillside within well-protected natural caves overlooking the Tonto Basin. The Salt River flowed through the basin which was therefore well irrigated and fertile. As with many other ancient peoples of the Southwest, the Salado appear to have abandoned their villages suddenly, early in the fifteenth century, for reasons which are not known.

Lunch: Box lunch in the field at Tonto National Monument.

Afternoon: Continue to Globe Arizona and visit Besh-Ba-Gowah Park and Museum. It has an ethnobotanical garden and is one of the largest single sites of SW archaelogical collections

Dinner: Free evening to explore the rustic, savory cuisine of Arizona with this dinner on your own. Note: there are a number of dining options within walking distance of the resort.

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Resort

Description: Twenty five acre resort green landscaped on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale, AZ.

Contact info:
6160 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com

Room amenities: Plush top mattress, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk, wifi, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings, safes in every room, microwaves available in suits or upon request.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Shopping Center steps away.

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

Additional nights before: Rates vary widely
Rates vary widely; winter/spring is peak season with rates from $150 - $250/night.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 05 - Morning Presentation / Steamboat voyage on Canyon...
Morning Presentation / Steamboat voyage on Canyon Lake / Astronomy Experience

Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the resort, which includes: scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal or cereal, coffee, tea and juice.

Morning: Mid-morning departure to Apache Lake and boat tour.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own at the Lakeside Restaurant before embarking on boat tour. The restaurant has a wide variety of sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads.

Afternoon: Take a boat trip with a naturalist! Sit back and enjoy the scenery as the Dolly Steamboat cruises the waterways along the canyon walls. Admire the breathtaking native flora and wildlife as your captain recounts tales of legend and lore.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at Rudy's Country Store and BBQ.

Evening: After dinner enjoy gazing at stars, planets and galaxies in the desert night sky with an astronomer in an observatory housing a 16-inch-diameter Meade scope. Late arrival back at hotel.

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Twenty five acre resort green landscaped on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale, AZ.

Contact info:
6160 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com

Room amenities: Plush top mattress, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk, wifi, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings, safes in every room, microwaves available in suits or upon request.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Shopping Center steps away.

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

Additional nights before: Rates vary widely
Rates vary widely; winter/spring is peak season with rates from $150 - $250/night.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 06 - Desert botanical Garden / Heard Museum
Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the resort, which includes: scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal or cereal, coffee, tea and juice.

Morning: Desert Botanical Gardens, one of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 250,000 visitors each year.

Lunch: Lunch will either be a delicious meal at the hotel or a savory dish at a favorite local restaurant.

Afternoon: The internationally acclaimed Heard Museum is one of the best places to experience the myriad of cultures and art of Native Americans of the Southwest. The museum's 10 spacious exhibit galleries and beautiful outdoor courtyards feature outstanding traditional and contemporary Native American art.

Dinner: Enjoy a festive meal at Macayo's mexican restaurant.

Evening: Program wrap up and reflections.

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 07 - Wrap up and Check Out
Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the resort, which includes: scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal or cereal, coffee, tea and juice.

Morning: Class and Wrap Up

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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5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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