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CANYON DE CHELLY, ARIZONA

Canyon De Chelly: Enduring Traditions and Modern Challenges

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Program #1053RJ
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.
Elevation Note
5,000 to 7,000 feet. Those with heart/lung conditions should check with their physician before.

Itinerary for Mar 29 — Apr 3, 2015

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Type: Motel

Description: Located on the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle stands at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The canyon is the second largest in the USA. In huge hollows at the base of the canyon's vertical walls, ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people stand well preserved since their construction more than 10 centuries ago. Petroglyphs both in and near the ruins clearly depict events of the canyon's early inhabitants. The remote location deep within the Navajo Nation removes it from the impact of the modern world and retains the canyon's sense of timelessness.

Contact info:
Indian Rt 7
Chinle, AZ 86503 USA
phone: 928-674-5000
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/chinle/chnaz/hoteldetail

Room amenities: AC, coffee/tea makers, remote control cable TV. Free high speed internet access in rooms; bring your own laptop. Limited cell phone service available in Chinle / Canyon de Chelly. Small refrigerator in each room.

Facility amenities: 108 guest rooms. Full service restaurant featuring authentic American Indian cuisine and traditional American fare. Room service available. Gift shop with authentic Native American art and jewelry. Fax service. Seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Guest laundromat. Limited cell phone service available in Canyon de Chelly / Chinle.

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

Additional nights before: Seasonal.
Call the Holiday Inn Chinle directly for the rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 29 - Arrival & Registration/Introductions & Orientatio...
Afternoon: On-site registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Holiday Inn Garcia's Restaurant following the program orientation. Dinner will include a nightly selection of entrees (some with a southwestern flare), a trip through the salad bar and dessert.

Lodging: Canyon de Chelly / Chinle Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located on the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle stands at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The canyon is the second largest in the USA. In huge hollows at the base of the canyon's vertical walls, ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people stand well preserved since their construction more than 10 centuries ago. Petroglyphs both in and near the ruins clearly depict events of the canyon's early inhabitants. The remote location deep within the Navajo Nation removes it from the impact of the modern world and retains the canyon's sense of timelessness.

Contact info:
Indian Rt 7
Chinle, AZ 86503 USA
phone: 928-674-5000
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/chinle/chnaz/hoteldetail

Room amenities: AC, coffee/tea makers, remote control cable TV. Free high speed internet access in rooms; bring your own laptop. Limited cell phone service available in Chinle / Canyon de Chelly. Small refrigerator in each room.

Facility amenities: 108 guest rooms. Full service restaurant featuring authentic American Indian cuisine and traditional American fare. Room service available. Gift shop with authentic Native American art and jewelry. Fax service. Seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Guest laundromat. Limited cell phone service available in Canyon de Chelly / Chinle.

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

Additional nights before: Seasonal.
Call the Holiday Inn Chinle directly for the rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 30 - Canyon de Chelly National Monument: Canyon's Sout...
Canyon de Chelly National Monument: Canyon's South Rim to Spider Rock/The Archaeology of Canyon de Chelly/Navajo Clan System and Ceremonies

Note: South Rim tour makes numerous stops to go to viewpoints up to 1/4 mile away. Trails can be uneven and rocky.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's, the hotel restaurant.The buffet includes, on alternating days: 2 types of eggs; pancakes or biscuits & gravy; corned beef hash or bacon/sausage; cream of wheat, whole/cut fruit, cereal.

Morning: Welcome to Chinle and the Navajo Nation. Visit the Canyon de Chelly National Monument Visitor Center’s excellent exhibits. Then take the guided tour of the canyon's South Rim with stops at overlooks including Spider Rock, a formation which has great symbolism in Navajo cosmology. Hear about the pre-history and life ways of the people who inhabited the Four Corners and Canyon de Chelly region.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Garcia's Restaurant inside the Holiday Inn.

Afternoon: Hear about recent archaeological discoveries and current excavation techniques in Canyon de Chelly with archaeologists from the National Park Service. Echoes of the past exist all around the region. Hear from a National Park archaeologist about the past residents of Canyon de Chelly.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Holiday Inn Garcia's Restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a presentation on Navajo clanship and ceremonies. The clanship system provides the fabric for life on the reservation giving cultural instruction from birth to death on matters of significance. Discuss a few of the ceremonies of most importance and how transformational periods of one's life are addressed within the family and clan.

Lodging: Canyon de Chelly / Chinle Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located on the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle stands at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The canyon is the second largest in the USA. In huge hollows at the base of the canyon's vertical walls, ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people stand well preserved since their construction more than 10 centuries ago. Petroglyphs both in and near the ruins clearly depict events of the canyon's early inhabitants. The remote location deep within the Navajo Nation removes it from the impact of the modern world and retains the canyon's sense of timelessness.

Contact info:
Indian Rt 7
Chinle, AZ 86503 USA
phone: 928-674-5000
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/chinle/chnaz/hoteldetail

Room amenities: AC, coffee/tea makers, remote control cable TV. Free high speed internet access in rooms; bring your own laptop. Limited cell phone service available in Chinle / Canyon de Chelly. Small refrigerator in each room.

Facility amenities: 108 guest rooms. Full service restaurant featuring authentic American Indian cuisine and traditional American fare. Room service available. Gift shop with authentic Native American art and jewelry. Fax service. Seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Guest laundromat. Limited cell phone service available in Canyon de Chelly / Chinle.

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

Additional nights before: Seasonal.
Call the Holiday Inn Chinle directly for the rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 31 - Canyon de Chelly National Monument: Canyon's Nort...
Canyon de Chelly National Monument: Canyon's North Rim and Canyon del Muerto/Long Walk and Code Talkers

Note: North Rim tour makes numerous stops to go to viewpoints up to 1/4 mile away. Trails can be uneven and rocky.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's, the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Board the bus for the morning tour of Canyon de Chelly's starkly beautiful and less-visited North Rim. The viewpoints afford many views into Canyon del Muerto. As we climb up in elevation the landscape changes and the views spread out before us in all miles. A Navajo guide will be with us to interpret this amazing landscape.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Garcia's Restaurant inside the Holiday Inn.

Afternoon: In 1864, in an attempted deportation and ethnic cleansing of the Navajo people by the U.S. Government, Navajos were forced to walk at gunpoint from their reservation in what is now Arizona to eastern New Mexico. Listen to a presentation on this "Long Walk" to Bosque Redondo, the role of Kit Carson, the US governments scorched earth policy, and finally the subsequent reestablishment of the Navajo on their traditional lands. Our second presentation of the morning will discuss the Navajo Code talkers. Enjoy a video and engage in a discussion about their pivotal role to the war efforts during WWII in the Pacific Theatre.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Holiday Inn Garcia's Restaurant.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Canyon de Chelly / Chinle Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located on the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle stands at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The canyon is the second largest in the USA. In huge hollows at the base of the canyon's vertical walls, ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people stand well preserved since their construction more than 10 centuries ago. Petroglyphs both in and near the ruins clearly depict events of the canyon's early inhabitants. The remote location deep within the Navajo Nation removes it from the impact of the modern world and retains the canyon's sense of timelessness.

Contact info:
Indian Rt 7
Chinle, AZ 86503 USA
phone: 928-674-5000
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/chinle/chnaz/hoteldetail

Room amenities: AC, coffee/tea makers, remote control cable TV. Free high speed internet access in rooms; bring your own laptop. Limited cell phone service available in Chinle / Canyon de Chelly. Small refrigerator in each room.

Facility amenities: 108 guest rooms. Full service restaurant featuring authentic American Indian cuisine and traditional American fare. Room service available. Gift shop with authentic Native American art and jewelry. Fax service. Seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Guest laundromat. Limited cell phone service available in Canyon de Chelly / Chinle.

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

Additional nights before: Seasonal.
Call the Holiday Inn Chinle directly for the rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 01 - Navajo Craft Demonstrations/Free Afternoon
Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's, the hotel restaurant.

Morning: This morning will will enjoy two craft demonstrations. We start with a presentation on traditional Navajo weaving. Watch a Navajo weaver as she explains the process to create a Navajo rug. Learn how family "patterns" are passed from generation to generation and the meaning of the intricate designs. Our second demonstration will be on Navajo pottery making. From historical uses as every day essentials for life to today's artistic masterpieces, learn what goes into the process.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Garcia's Restaurant inside the Holiday Inn.

Afternoon: A free afternoon is yours to explore Chinle and the surrounding area including Ganado/Hubbell Trading Post, Monument Valley or Hopi Reservation. Or take a hike on your own into Canyon de Chelly down through the beautifully sculpted de Chelly sandstone to the White House Ruin in the Canyon bottom. For those without cars, a private guide can be hired to go to off the beaten path locations within the Canyon.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Holiday Inn Garcia's Restaurant.

Evening: Hear a presentation on consumer tips for buyers of native crafted jewelry and see a silver smithing demonstration. For many people on the reservation jewelry making is their principal source of income and a great outlet to express their tribal pride.

Lodging: Canyon de Chelly / Chinle Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located on the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle stands at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The canyon is the second largest in the USA. In huge hollows at the base of the canyon's vertical walls, ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people stand well preserved since their construction more than 10 centuries ago. Petroglyphs both in and near the ruins clearly depict events of the canyon's early inhabitants. The remote location deep within the Navajo Nation removes it from the impact of the modern world and retains the canyon's sense of timelessness.

Contact info:
Indian Rt 7
Chinle, AZ 86503 USA
phone: 928-674-5000
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/chinle/chnaz/hoteldetail

Room amenities: AC, coffee/tea makers, remote control cable TV. Free high speed internet access in rooms; bring your own laptop. Limited cell phone service available in Chinle / Canyon de Chelly. Small refrigerator in each room.

Facility amenities: 108 guest rooms. Full service restaurant featuring authentic American Indian cuisine and traditional American fare. Room service available. Gift shop with authentic Native American art and jewelry. Fax service. Seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Guest laundromat. Limited cell phone service available in Canyon de Chelly / Chinle.

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

Additional nights before: Seasonal.
Call the Holiday Inn Chinle directly for the rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 02 - Canyon Archaeology Part II/Explore Canyon de Chel...
Canyon Archaeology Part II/Explore Canyon de Chelly by 4-WD/Navajo Entertainment

Note: The 4x4 excursion into Canyon de Chelly is aboard 4-wheel drive passenger vehicles. The road is dirt and sand throughout and bumpy at times. There are some small creek crossings to navigate. Particpants will get out for short walks to attractions through sandy terrain.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's, the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Learn about another aspect of Canyon de Chelly's archaeology. Topics may include current research projects, comparisons with other Four Corners archaeological sites or an exploration of the Canyon's rock art. The presenter is an archaeologist with the National Park Service.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Garcia's Restaurant inside the Holiday Inn.

Afternoon: After lunch, we take a 4x4 excursion into Canyon de Chelly's depths with certified Navajo guides. Travel into the canyon on this exploration of Canyon de Chelly and Canyon del Muerto's ruins, streaked sandstone cliffs and sinuous canyons, petroglyphs and stunning scenery. A rest stop will be provided half way through our journey where restrooms, refreshments and native jewelry vendors will be available.

Dinner: Hotel restaurant.

Evening: An evening of Navajo entertainment and farewells. Your performer, William Yazzie, has been delighting Road Scholar participants for many many years and loves to share his passion for Navajo music, culture, and dance.

Lodging: Canyon de Chelly / Chinle Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 03 - Navajo Perspective on the Future/Final Farewells
Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's, the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Enjoy a discussion on the inherent challenges of living on the reservation. Learn about some of the common and not so common issues facing the Navajo and current efforts to confront them. Final "Q and A" with your program coordinator before final farewells.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Canyon de Chelly, AZ
General OverviewPoints of Interest in or within two hours of Canyon de Chelly : Anasazi Museum, Cortez, CO; Hopi Cultural Center; Mesa Verde Natl Park, CO; Chaco Canyon Natl Monument; Monument Valley Natl Monument, AZ; Dineh College, Tsaile, AZ; Navajo Natl Mnmt, AZ, Four Corners Natl Mon; Petrified Forest /Painted Desert Natl Mon, AZ; Hubbell Trading Post, AZ; Shiprock, NM Navajo Nation Tribal HQ, Window Rock, AZ.

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
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
1 Performances

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