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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA

Grand Canyon: Hiking Along and Below the South Rim

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Program #6112RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately 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.
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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
7,000 feet elevation. Those with heart or lung concerns should consult physician before.

Equipment Requirements
Backpack (daypack), hiking boots with good traction. Water bottles or water bladder system holding at least 2 liters. Hiking poles are optional. Rain gear.

Itinerary for Apr 28 — May 3, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Located in the Grand Canyon National Park, one-half 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.

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

Room amenities: Telephone, TV, alarm clock, private bath.

Facility amenities: Bank/ATM, bell and concierge services, guest laundry facilities, medical services, park information, post office, safe deposit boxes, 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.

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

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 28 - Registration/Program Orientation and Introduction...
Afternoon: Northern Arizona University Road Scholar Registration in lodge lobby/dining area from 4:30 - 5:15 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the "Maswik Cafe, adjacent to the lodge. Multiple buffet entree options to choose from with soups, salads, sandwiches, Mexican specialties, and a variety of tasty desserts.

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

Lodging: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Yavapai West

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in the Grand Canyon National Park, one-half 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.

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

Room amenities: Telephone, TV, alarm clock, private bath.

Facility amenities: Bank/ATM, bell and concierge services, guest laundry facilities, medical services, park information, post office, safe deposit boxes, 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.

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

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 29 - West Rim / Historic Grand Canyon Village
Note: The morning Rim Trail Hike is on a mix of dirt and paved surfaces. Prepare for variable weather. The afternoon Bright Angel Trail Hike is on a well maintained, wide trail with good footing when dry. Depending on the season and in case of icy conditions we will employ "Ice Walkers" (in-step cleats that strap onto hiking boots). Trekking poles are recommended. As an introductory, inner canyon warm up hike, a typical hike distance is about 3/4 mile (one way) with a 700 foot loss of elevation.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge. Full buffet options including scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more. Participants are given meal coupons for the week so they can eat at the time of their choosing.

Morning: After breakfast, pre-hike planning and geographic orientation to the Grand Canyon Region. Depart for rim hike from Mohave Point to the West Rim interchange. Group will walk between spectacular viewpoints as guides interpret natural and historic features in the canyon and along the trail. Excellent views of the Colorado River are a highlight on this 3 mile mostly level hike.

Lunch: Lunch at the South Rim Lodge.

Afternoon: Following lunch at the Lodge, the group will take a short hike down the Bright Angel Trail to get a feel for hiking on an inner canyon trail below the rim.

Dinner: Dinner at the Lodge. Multiple buffet entree options to choose from with soups, salads, sandwiches, Mexican specialties, and a variety of tasty desserts. .

Evening: Shuttle to Mather Point for a Grand Canyon sunset. Mather Point will offer late evening shadows and light in the canyon and great North Rim vistas.

Lodging: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Yavapai West

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in the Grand Canyon National Park, one-half 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.

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

Room amenities: Telephone, TV, alarm clock, private bath.

Facility amenities: Bank/ATM, bell and concierge services, guest laundry facilities, medical services, park information, post office, safe deposit boxes, 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.

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

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 30 - Desert View / Palisades Hike
Note: This is an in and out the same way hike. The first 2/3 of the Palisades Hike follows an old road bed. The terrain is generally level for the first 1/2 mile then descends 700 feet to the Palisades Rim. The road bed is generally rocky but with good traction. The hike continues off-trail through a pinyon and juniper stand. Some side-hill contour hiking and minor elevation changes over varied terrain leads the group to a spectacular canyon viewpoint. Retrace route and return to rim.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge. Full buffet options including scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.

Morning: After breakfast and pre-hike planning, the group departs for the Palisades hike in the eastern Desert View area of the park. This is a true "off the beaten path" hike so you won't find this hike in any of the guide books. This hike begins on an abandoned rocky road bed and ends up on a massive escarpment of the Grand Canyon known as the Palisades of the Desert. There is a 700 foot elevation loss and then gain on this six mile round trip hike. Hike highlights include; remote, quiet hiking locations, colorful views of the Painted Desert, frequent wildlife sightings and striking views of the eastern portion of the Grand Canyon.

Lunch: Trail lunch.

Afternoon: After completing the hike - the group will have an opportunity to explore Desert View and the well-known Watchtower designed by Mary Jane Colter at the Park's east entrance. Sweeping views of the Colorado River and distant views of the Painted Desert are among the attractions

Dinner: Dinner at the Lodge. Multiple buffet entree options to choose from with 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 South Rim Lodges - Yavapai West

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in the Grand Canyon National Park, one-half 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.

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

Room amenities: Telephone, TV, alarm clock, private bath.

Facility amenities: Bank/ATM, bell and concierge services, guest laundry facilities, medical services, park information, post office, safe deposit boxes, 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.

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

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 01 - Red Mountain Volcano or Red Butte Hike
Note: The Red Mountain Hike is a hidden gem and well received. The trail is well established. The trail surface is generally on fine volcanic cinder material with good footing in all weather conditions. The trail has a gentle incline over the 1.5 mile (one way) hike to the cinder cone. Opportunities to do a bit of scrambling in the cinder cone will be offered.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge. Full buffet options including scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.

Morning: Following breakfast at the lodge and a pre-hike meeting, the group departs for the Red Mountain (mostly level, 3 miles round trip), NOTE: this hike is located outside the park boundary and offers a great scenic and geologic rewards. Due to the forces of erosion Red Mountain Volcano has been cut in half and eroded into a geologic fairyland of spires, pinnacles and "hoodoos".

Lunch: Lunch at the South Rim Lodge.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to enjoy and explore the canyon on your own. A discussion of "free time options" will be provided by your guide to better help participants maximize their time. Activities may including riding the West Rim shuttle to various viewpoints and Hermit's Rest, exploring the many interesting buildings in the historic Grand Canyon Village, rim walks or other activities of your choosing.

Dinner: Dinner on your own at one of the national park's 5 dining venues. The available eating establishments at Grand Canyon are: El Tovar (reservations required for dinner: 928-638-2631), Arizona Room, Bright Angel Restaurant, Market Plaza Deli, Yavapai Canyon Café (open seasonally) and Maswik Cafeteria.Your coordinator will discuss restaurant options and reservation information with the group.

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 South Rim Lodges - Yavapai West

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in the Grand Canyon National Park, one-half 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.

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

Room amenities: Telephone, TV, alarm clock, private bath.

Facility amenities: Bank/ATM, bell and concierge services, guest laundry facilities, medical services, park information, post office, safe deposit boxes, 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.

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

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 02 - Cedar Ridge / Yaki Point
Note: The Kaibab Trail is a well maintained trail. It averages about 4 - 5 feet in width and has numerous water bars and step pads. The first 1/4 mile will be switchbacks then continues at a gentle incline to Ooh-Aah Pt. before descending a series of switch backs to Cedar Ridge. The trail is generally dry and clear but depending on the season patches of mud may exist. In case of icy conditions we will employ "Ice Walkers" (in-step cleats that strap onto hiking boots). Trekking poles are recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge. Full buffet options including scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.

Morning: After breakfast in the lodge and a pre-hike meeting, hike to Cedar Ridge (1.5 miles and 1140 feet elevation loss one way) via Ooh-Aah Point on the the Kaibab Trail. Switchbacks and amazing canyon views at each corner will be the order of the day. This hike is to be counted among the highlights of the week! You will traverse several of the geologic layers of the Canyon including the Coconino Sandstone which contains fossilized reptile tracks. Time to enjoy "inner" canyon views, looking out for California Condor soaring overhead and trail side talks by your guides will be enjoyed at Cedar Ridge.

Lunch: Box lunch.

Afternoon: The Cedar Ridge hike continues. Weather permitting an option to hike lower into the canyon to Skeleton Point (an additional 1.5 miles and 1000 feet loss of elevation one way) will be offered for those who want a more strenuous hike. For those that do not choose to go further into the canyon they will return to the rim at their own pace. Once the rim is reached a leisurely hike to Yaki Point will be offered.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the Squire Inn, located just outside the park boundary, 7 miles from the lodge. The Squire Inn serves delicious entrées to choose from including slow roasted herb chicken, a south of the border combo plate, spinach pasta with artichokes, or broiled salmon.

Evening: Return to lodge after dinner.

Lodging: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Yavapai West

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 03 - Short hike for program wrap-up on the rim.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge. Full buffet options including scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.

Morning: This level hike will lead the group along the rim to canyon vistas where the group will reflect on the weeks events and adventures. After a program wrap up and farewells the group will return to the lodge for departures. Program ends by 10:00 AM. Hotel check out is 11:00 AM. For those taking the Northern Arizona University Road Scholar shuttle back to Flagstaff, departure will be at 10:15 AM from the lodge.

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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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips

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