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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA

The Classic Grand Canyon Challenge: Rim to River

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Program #8144RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 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
7000 ft to 2500 ft and back up, w/ backpack weighing 20 lbs - requires excellent physical condition.

Equipment Requirements
A well padded backpack, with comfortable padded waistbelt and shoulder straps with a sternum strap, and with at least 2200 - 3100 cubic inch capacity; broken in hiking boots; at least 2 liters of water; 2 hiking sticks, small headlamp/flashlight, rain gear (hiking poncho or rainsuit), appropriate clothing for the weather(see packing list).

Itinerary for Nov 15 — Nov 20, 2014

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Type: Lodge

Description: Located in the Grand Canyon National Park, one-quarter mile from the rim in a quiet setting amongst towering ponderosa pine trees. The park’s free shuttle-bus service has a stop directly in front of the lodge that provides access to park viewpoints, Grand Canyon Village and visitor center.

Ship Information: 10 Main St. Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Contact info:
10 Albright (Maswik Front Desk)
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, hairdryer, internet, iron, refrigerator, telephone, television, roll away

Facility amenities: Off site: bank/ATM, laundry service, medical services, park information, and post office. On-site: bell and concierge services, free shuttle from lodge to historic Grand Canyon Village and scenic rim views.

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

Bathroom: For handicap rooms only: wider doors, bars in bathroom

Additional nights before: Varies
Reservations are made by calling (888) 29PARKS (297-2757).

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, November 15 - Orientation and Introductions
Afternoon: Registration from 4:30 to 5:15 PM.

Dinner: Dinner in the cafeteria with the group.

Evening: After dinner, we will have an orientation session and everyone will introduce themselves.

Lodging: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Maswik South

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in the Grand Canyon National Park, one-quarter mile from the rim in a quiet setting amongst towering ponderosa pine trees. The park’s free shuttle-bus service has a stop directly in front of the lodge that provides access to park viewpoints, Grand Canyon Village and visitor center.

Ship Information: 10 Main St. Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Contact info:
10 Albright (Maswik Front Desk)
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, hairdryer, internet, iron, refrigerator, telephone, television, roll away

Facility amenities: Off site: bank/ATM, laundry service, medical services, park information, and post office. On-site: bell and concierge services, free shuttle from lodge to historic Grand Canyon Village and scenic rim views.

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

Bathroom: For handicap rooms only: wider doors, bars in bathroom

Additional nights before: Varies
Reservations are made by calling (888) 29PARKS (297-2757).

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, November 16 - Practice Hike
Note: Two hikes, in the morning a stroll along the rim; in the afternoon, 2 mile RT and 1000 vertical feet down and up, with packs.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Cafeteria.

Morning: After breakfast, the group will have a short presentation on the Grand Canyon, and a question and answer session covering packing gear and "Leave no trace" ethics and hiking safety. We will also hike along the rim to acclimate to the elevation and prepare for the hike into the Canyon, with a discussion of Geology along the way.

Lunch: Lunch at a Grand Canyon Lodge Cafe, with a coupon provided.

Afternoon: Following lunch on your own, the group will do a practice hike with full packs, one and a half miles and over a 1000 feet down into the Canyon Along the Bright Angel Trail, and back to the rim. Along the way we will see the Historic Kolb Studio, Several Geologic Layers, and continue our discussion of both Human and Natural History at the Grand Canyon.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: After dinner there is an optional National Park Service Ranger presentation at the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium, or go to bed early for the big hike down tomorrow.

Lodging: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Maswik South

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Cabin

Description: Phantom Ranch offers lodging in a 10 bed co-ed group cabin and more beds in single sex dorms. You select your lodging preference on the health form. While we try to accommodate your lodging choice, you should be prepared to accept any available cabin space.

Contact info:
Colorado River
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2709
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com/lodging-704.html

Room amenities: Bunk beds. Ear plugs recommended for light sleepers.

Facility amenities: Restaurant (family style meals), cantina, convenience store.

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

Bathroom: In shared cabin, 1 toilet for 10 people. Shower in bath house. Shared toilets in same sex dorm as well, but shower is in the same building.


Day Three: Monday, November 17 - Hike to Phantom Ranch
Note: 7.5 miles and 4600 vertical feet down with packs.

Breakfast: Early breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: After an early breakfast, shuttle to the South Kaibab trailhead. Begin the days long, 7.6 mile, 4,600 ft descent to Phantom Ranch. First stop is Ooh-Aah Point, you'll know why they call it that when you get there. At Cedar Ridge, while someone guards your pack from the marauding squirrels, follow the path to the fossil exhibit, originally built by the CCC and recently restored. Continue down past Skeleton Point and the switchbacks in the Redwall to lunch at the Tonto Trail Junction. We will stop along the way for Photo OPs, to discuss Geology and other aspects of natural history, and rest.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the South Kaibab Trail.

Afternoon: After lunch on the trail, we hike past the Tipoff and into the Inner Gorge to Panorama Point and the Black Bridge across the Colorado River to Phantom Ranch and check into cabins/dorms.

Dinner: Dinner at Phantom Ranch.

Evening: Optional ranger program (seasonally available) or star gazing or optional visit to the Phantom Ranch Canteen.

Lodging: Phantom Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Phantom Ranch offers lodging in a 10 bed co-ed group cabin and more beds in single sex dorms. You select your lodging preference on the health form. While we try to accommodate your lodging choice, you should be prepared to accept any available cabin space.

Contact info:
Colorado River
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2709
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com/lodging-704.html

Room amenities: Bunk beds. Ear plugs recommended for light sleepers.

Facility amenities: Restaurant (family style meals), cantina, convenience store.

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

Bathroom: In shared cabin, 1 toilet for 10 people. Shower in bath house. Shared toilets in same sex dorm as well, but shower is in the same building.


Day Four: Tuesday, November 18 - Layover Day
Note: Two optional hikes, 2-3 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Phantom Ranch.

Morning: A layover day begins after breakfast. A optional guided hike is offered on the bridge to bridge loop, but also plan to absorb being at the bottom of the Grand Canyon by sitting by the creek, walking down to the Colorado River, taking photographs and relaxing.

Lunch: Sack lunch for your free afternoon.

Afternoon: After lunch, it's more layover day activities noted above. You can hike up the Clear Creek Trail to Phantom Overlook or beyond; hike part way up the North Kaibab Trail, or kick back and look at one of the world's true wonders. Also plan to absorb being at the bottom of the Grand Canyon by sitting by the creek, walking down to the Colorado River, taking photographs and relaxing.

Dinner: Dinner at Phantom Ranch.

Evening: After dinner at the lodge, there will be an optional National Park Service evening presentation (seasonally available), stargazing, or an early turn in before the next day's hike out.

Lodging: Phantom Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in the Grand Canyon National Park, one-quarter mile from the rim in a quiet setting amongst towering ponderosa pine trees. The park’s free shuttle-bus service has a stop directly in front of the lodge that provides access to park viewpoints, Grand Canyon Village and visitor center.

Ship Information: 10 Main St. Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Contact info:
10 Albright (Maswik Front Desk)
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, hairdryer, internet, iron, refrigerator, telephone, television, roll away

Facility amenities: Off site: bank/ATM, laundry service, medical services, park information, and post office. On-site: bell and concierge services, free shuttle from lodge to historic Grand Canyon Village and scenic rim views.

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

Bathroom: For handicap rooms only: wider doors, bars in bathroom

Additional nights before: Varies
Reservations are made by calling (888) 29PARKS (297-2757).

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Wednesday, November 19 - Big Climb To The Rim/Celebratory Dinner
Note: 9.5 miles and 4600 vertical feet up with packs.

Breakfast: Early continental breakfast at Phantom Ranch.

Morning: After early breakfast, begin the big climb to the rim. The hike will last throughout the day and will rise 4,600 feet over 10.3 miles. We start by crossing the Silver Bridge and hiking on the River Trail built by the CCC. At the mouth of Pipe Creek we startup the Bright Angel Trail. After we enjoy the improved Devil's Corkscrew (it is not nearly as steep as it used to be), we enter the Tapeats Narrow and pass the Great Unconformity.

Lunch: Sack lunch at Indian Gardens along the Bright Angel trail.

Afternoon: Following an early trail lunch at Indian Gardens, everyone has a chance to hike by themselves for the final push up 3060 feet to the rim. Travel across the Tonto Platform and up Jacob's Ladder to the top of the Redwall and the 3 mile Resthouse. Don't forget to glance up at the sky occasionally for a possible condor sighting, and back towards the Inner Gorge for a perspective on how far we have come. As we get closer to the rim, you sense of accomplishment grows with each step. Finally you are at the rim and you head to you room for individual check in and and a well deserved shower!

Dinner: Enjoy a celebratory dinner to reflect on your accomplishments.

Lodging: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Maswik South

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Thursday, November 20 - Program Wrap Up
Breakfast: Breakfast in the Grand Canyon Lodge Cafe.

Morning: After breakfast there will be a final group gathering and program wrap. The program will end by 9:00 AM. If your taking the NAU Shuttle back to Flagstaff it will depart at 9:00AM so people can meet the 11:00AM AZ Shuttle back to Phoenix Airport with 2:10 arrival.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Grand Canyon - South Rim
General OverviewWithin 2 hours of the Grand Canyon: Kachina Wilderness, Cameron Trading Post, Museum of Northern Arizona, historic downtown Flagstaff, Lowell Observatory, Northern Arizona University, Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki and Walnut Canyon (Sinagua ruins) National Monuments, Northern Arizona University. Within 3 hours: Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona redrocks and wilderness areas, Sedona galleries and restaurants, La Posada railroad hotel and restaurant in Winslow.

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
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips

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