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Pueblo Heritage: The Anasazi, Hopi, Navajo and Chaco Canyon

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7 Days | 6 Nights
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Elevation Note
Elevation over 7000 ft; those w heart / lung concerns should consult physician before attending.

Itinerary for Oct 4 — Oct 10, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Four floors with 2 elevators, 128 rooms. Conveniently close to shopping. One quarter mile to Northern Arizona University. 2 miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.

Contact info:
2015 S Beulah Blvd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 928-556-8666
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ939&propId=939

Room amenities: Free WIFI, dataport phones, premium cable channels, coffee maker, hair dryer, clock.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool and spa, fitness center. Deluxe continental breakfast. Guest coin operated laundry available. Free local calls. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a locked refrigerator that is located in the hotel lobby area. Lobby microwave available to guests 24 hours. Safety deposit box at front desk available to all guests. Roll away beds for $10.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Call local La Quinta for the rates available during your stay (928) 556-8666. NOTE: When they get the pre-recorded information they must hit the "6" option, to connect with group sales, which has the information about Road Scholar groups.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 04 - Registration/Orientation & Introductions
Afternoon: Hotel Check in after 3:00 PM. Rooms may be available earlier based upon demand, call hotel for request.
Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the hotel meeting room. Meet your program coordinator and receive your program folder, name tag, the up to date schedule and other important information we will review during Orientation.
Beginning at 5:30 PM in the hotel meeting room, your coordinator will provide an in-depth program orientation, review the schedule and lead group introductions. Come prepare for an adventurous week of learning and new friends!
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: 6:45 pm - Dinner at Sizzler Restaurant. Along with a hot entree selection enjoy Sizzler's famous endless Salad Bar with over 50 fresh items including seasonal and specialty salads, just picked vegetables and fresh fruits, soups, hot appetizers and cool desserts.

Evening: At leisure. Take the rest of the evening to settle in, relax, and get a good night's sleep for the full day ahead tomorrow.

Lodging: Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Four floors with 2 elevators, 128 rooms. Conveniently close to shopping. One quarter mile to Northern Arizona University. 2 miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.

Contact info:
2015 S Beulah Blvd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 928-556-8666
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ939&propId=939

Room amenities: Free WIFI, dataport phones, premium cable channels, coffee maker, hair dryer, clock.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool and spa, fitness center. Deluxe continental breakfast. Guest coin operated laundry available. Free local calls. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a locked refrigerator that is located in the hotel lobby area. Lobby microwave available to guests 24 hours. Safety deposit box at front desk available to all guests. Roll away beds for $10.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Call local La Quinta for the rates available during your stay (928) 556-8666. NOTE: When they get the pre-recorded information they must hit the "6" option, to connect with group sales, which has the information about Road Scholar groups.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 05 - Introduction to the Pre-History of the Colorado P...
Introduction to the Pre-History of the Colorado Plateau/Sinagua Ruins and Visitor Center at Walnut Canyon National Monument

Note: The paved, one mile (round trip) Island Trail at Walnut Canyon descends 185 feet by a series of 240 steps into the canyon. This trail affords access to many cliff dwellings and interpretive signs. At an elevation of 6,700 feet, park rangers do urge caution, since climbing the 240 steps back up can tax heart and lungs. The 3/4 mile Rim Trail is a paved and level trail with easy access to great canyon views and to a series of pueblo ruins and interpretive signs.

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: To facilitate a better understanding of the "Chaco Phenomenon" and the pre-historic cultural development of the Southwest - enjoy a morning presentation by a local expert. This fascinating presentation will give you the geographic and cultural background to maximize your program experience as well as leave you excited to "hit the road"!

Lunch: Lunch at Coco's Restaurant. A nice selection of lunch entrees including soup, salads, pasta, burgers and more.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Sinagua ruins, visitor center and museum at Walnut Canyon National Monument. A hike down into Walnut Canyon (with its 220 steps) will bring you face to face with ancient cliff dwellings. Walnut Canyon is a spectacular scenic attraction in its own right and contains diverse plant and animal communities to be enjoyed from all vantage points. For those that choose not to go into the canyon a lovely rim walk with excellent views and accessible Sinagua Ruins will be offered.

Dinner: Dinner at a festive local Greek restaurant with a variety of entree choices for all palates.

Evening: After dinner the NAU Road Scholar coordinator will conduct a meeting discussing the logistics of tomorrow's travel day. An introduction to the Hopi Reservation and Canyon de Chelly will be offered. NOTE: If you plan to drive to Gallup from Flagstaff in your own vehicle due to future travel plans, inform the leader at registration so that he/she can make group travel arrangements.

Lodging: Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites

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.


Day Three: Tuesday, October 06 - Hopi Cultural Center / Hopi Village / Arrive Chin...
Hopi Cultural Center / Hopi Village / Arrive Chinle and Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: Depart Flagstaff for the Hopi mesas and the Cultural Center (2 hours). The Hopi trace their history in the Southwest to long before the Spanish arrived in 1540 and many villages have been occupied since the 1100s A.D. Enjoy a fascinating native arts demonstration (pottery making or katchina carving or other) presented by a Hopi tribal member and artisan upon arrival. Time to explore the exhibits and photographs in the Hopi Tribal Museum and time to check out the native arts and jewelry shops will be offered.

Lunch: Lunch at the Hopi Cultural Center.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, we will tour the ancient Hopi village of Old Oraibi. A Hopi guide will provide the group with insights into the rich cultural history and practices that connects the modern day Hopi people to their ancient puebloan ancestors. Mid-afternoon, drive through the Hopi and Navajo Nations to Chinle, the gateway to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Check into Chinle Holiday Inn.

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

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.


Day Four: Wednesday, October 07 - Canyon de Chelly Rim Tour and Four Wheel Drive C...
Note: The optional White House Ruin Trail hike follows a well established trail. The trail is generally wide with no major drop-offs but does have some uneven terrain. The upper part of the trail is built on a sandstone surface so caution must be taken but footing is good overall. The lower part of the trail becomes more sandy as the grade decreases. The trail ends at the White House Ruin canyon viewpoint. NOTE: The entire group will return to this point on the afternoon 4 - wheel drive tour.

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: Depart after breakfast for explorations in the national monument. Options will include a van tour along Canyon de Chelly's South Rim; viewpoints include White House Ruin Overlook and Spider Rock Overlook or a 2.5 mile (600 foot elevation loss/gain) hike on the White House Ruin Trail. A visit to the Canyon de Chelly National Monument Visitor Center will give additional valuable information to this national treasure and Navajo people.

Lunch: Lunch at Garcia's Restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, prepare for the excursion into Canyon de Chelly. Board 4-wheel drive vehicles for a scenic trip into Canyon de Chelly with certified Navajo guides. The afternoon tour will include two canyons - Canyon de Chelly and Canyon del Muerto. During the tour there will be stops at cliff dwellings, homesteads and petroglyph sites for pictures and shared stories of the "Ancient Ones" by knowledgeable Navajo guides. There will be Native American craft and jewelry vendors at two rest stops during the tour.

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

Evening: Evening program related to Navajo culture will be offered.

Lodging: Canyon de Chelly / Chinle Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Smoke-free facility near the Navajo Nation, convenient to Chaco Culture Historic Park, El Morro National Monument and the Pueblo of Zuni.

Contact info:
1440 W Maloney Ave
Gallup, NM 87301 USA
phone: 505-726-2700
web: www.comfortinn.com/hotel-gallup-new_mexico-NM180

Room amenities: Mini fridge, microwave, cable 32 inch flat screen TV, free local, toll-free calls, AM/FM alarm clock radio, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron and board. Roll away beds available for single rooms.

Facility amenities: Three story hotel with elevator and indoor heated pool and spa, free wi-fi or ethernet, on site coin-operated laundry, free outdoor parking with room for RVs, business center with computer, fax and printer. Buffet breakfast includes breakfast meat selection, scrambled eggs, two flavors of make your own waffles.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Seasonal, $99.00 - $130.00
Call hotel for rates in effect during your stay.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Five: Thursday, October 08 - Hubble Trading Post / Window Rock and Gallup Arri...
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: Following breakfast at the hotel, load vans and travel to Gallup, New Mexico. Our first stop will be at the Hubble Trading Post National Historic Site. We will step back in time to recount the important and influential trading post era on the Navajo reservation. Enjoy an informative guided tour of the Lorenzo Hubble house and time to explore the still active historic trading post. Continue to Window Rock, the capital of the Navajo Nation and the Window Rock Veterans Memorial Park. Highlights include the "Window Rock" geologic formation and the touching memorial tribute to the World War II Navajo Code Talkers. For fans of Tony Hillerman mystery novels, Window Rock is the heart of "Hillerman Country".

Lunch: Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Window Rock Quality Inn - a favorite meeting place of the local population.

Afternoon: Early afternoon check in at our Gallup hotel. Enjoy free time relaxing at hotel or take advantage of an optional shuttle to downtown Gallup to explore museums, the Gallup Cultural Center, famous pawn shops and Route 66 sites.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: An evening presentation on Chaco Canyon will supply you with information in preparation for your next day's trip to Chaco Canyon.

Lodging: Comfort Inn Gallup

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Smoke-free facility near the Navajo Nation, convenient to Chaco Culture Historic Park, El Morro National Monument and the Pueblo of Zuni.

Contact info:
1440 W Maloney Ave
Gallup, NM 87301 USA
phone: 505-726-2700
web: www.comfortinn.com/hotel-gallup-new_mexico-NM180

Room amenities: Mini fridge, microwave, cable 32 inch flat screen TV, free local, toll-free calls, AM/FM alarm clock radio, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron and board. Roll away beds available for single rooms.

Facility amenities: Three story hotel with elevator and indoor heated pool and spa, free wi-fi or ethernet, on site coin-operated laundry, free outdoor parking with room for RVs, business center with computer, fax and printer. Buffet breakfast includes breakfast meat selection, scrambled eggs, two flavors of make your own waffles.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Seasonal, $99.00 - $130.00
Call hotel for rates in effect during your stay.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Friday, October 09 - Chaco Canyon/Chetro Ketl & Casa Rinconada
Note: Access to the Great House ruins at Chaco Canyon is by gravel paths with only minor elevation changes. Prepare to be out in the elements and on your feet for one to two hours at a time as the group explores the myriad features and highlights of the Chaco Great Houses.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: After an early breakfast, embark on a full day field trip to Chaco Canyon. Chaco Culture National Historical Park preserves one of America's most significant and fascinating cultural and historic areas. Chaco Canyon was a major center of ancestral Puebloan culture between AD 850 and 1150. It was a hub of ceremony, trade, and administration for the prehistoric Four Corners area - unlike anything before or since. Please note that this will be a very full day with an early departure and late return. At Chaco Canyon your knowledgeable field guide will conduct a walking tour of Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl, two of the parks "Great Houses". Pueblo Bonito represents the zenith of "Anasazi" culture and is the largest and most famous ruin in Chaco Canyon. Pueblo Bonito reached five stories in height along its back wall and may have contained as many as 800 rooms. Pueblo Bonito stood as the largest structure in North America until the 1800's. There will also be the opportunity to explore the Petroglyph Trail with its many fascinating and often whimsical rock art images. IMPORTANT NOTE: Access to Chaco Canyon is by a 21 mile dirt road and weather permitted. In the event of heavy rains the road will become completely impassable. In this rare instance we will substitute Chaco Canyon with another interesting destination.

Lunch: Enjoy a sack lunch on the grounds of the Visitor Center. Bathrooms and drinking water are available.

Afternoon: After lunch we will visit the ruins of Chetro Ketl - one of the largest pueblos in Chaco Canyon. This pueblo contained over 500 rooms and 12 kivas including a Great Kiva within the central plaza.The walls of Chetro Ketl are embedded with ancient wooden vigas, or beams - which had to be carried from distant forests by hand and prepared with stone tools. It is estimated that over 5,000 trees were cut for Chetro Ketl alone. Chacoan "banded masonry", the meso-american influenced "colonnade", painted room plaster and "key hole" kivas are just a few of the architectural gems contained in Chetro Ketl. The afternoon tour continues with a stop at Casa Rinconada, which stands as the largest "Great Kiva" in the southwest! Casa Rinconada is believed to be the impressive venue for ceremonial activities of old. A visit to the park visitor center museum, bookstore and exhibits will be planned.

Dinner: After returning to motel around 5:30 pm, we will have a later dinner at a popular, local Mexican restaurant. Enjoy time to relax and reflect on the weeks events with your new found friends.

Evening: After dinner we will gather for a program wrap-up, impressions from the week and final reflections.

Lodging: Comfort Inn Gallup

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, October 10 - Travel to Flagstaff/Departure
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of hotel. Load vans, depart Gallup for return trip to Flagstaff (185 miles and approximately 3.5 hours). Drop offs in Flagstaff will be made at the starting hotel, the Flagstaff Amtrak / Visitor Center and the Flagstaff Airport (Pulliam Field). The program ends in Flagstaff. IMPORTANT NOTE: Vans will arrive Flagstaff by 10:45 AM in time to connect with the Arizona Shuttle to Phoenix.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Chinle, AZ
Hiking in Canyon de Chelly: The White House Ruins TrailThis unforgettable hiking opportunity is not to be missed for those active people who want to see the canyon from top to bottom. The hike provides breathtaking views of the massive red cliffs with their caves and hollows and an amazing tree tunnel at the bottom near the ruin. The trail (1.5-miles each way) drops some 600 feet from the trailhead to the ruin. This is a well maintained and "manicured" trail. The trip down is more of an easy walk. The return is strenuous but there are adequate rest stops, with benches.
Horseback RidingRide horseback accompanied by a Native America Guide onto the floor of Canyon de Chelly. Approximate cost is $20 per hour per person plus $20 per guide per group; cost will depend on number of participants. 2 hour minimum. Justin’s Horse Rental (928) 674-5678.
For additional information, visit: www.totsoniiranch.com
Flagstaff, AZ
General OverviewPoints of Interest w/in 2 hours of Flagstaff: Walnut Canyon NM, Wupatki NM, Sunset Crater NM, Museum of Northern Arizona, Downtown Flagstaff & old Route 66, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona Red Rocks and the Secret Mountain Wilderness, Montezuma’s Castle NM, Tuzigoot NM, Jerome, AZ Ghost Town, San Francisco Peaks and the Kachina Wilderness, Hopi & Navajo Reservations, La Posada Hotel / Restaurant at Winslow, AZ, Grand Canyon Railroad @ Williams, AZ and the Grand Canyon National Park.

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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17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
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