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BEGINS IN: MARBLE CANYON, ARIZONA

Hiking Arizona’s Marble Canyon and Vermilion Cliffs: Off-the-Beaten-Path

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Program #6113RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
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
Hikes at 3,500 - 7,000 feet. Those with heart or lung concerns should consult with physician.

Itinerary for Oct 13 — Oct 19, 2013

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Type: Motel

Description: Historic motel at the base of towering red rock cliffs.

Contact info:
US 89A
Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 USA
phone: 928-355-2225
Room amenities: Individually controlled air conditioning, TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant on site, gas station, convenience store, coin op washer-dryer.

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

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Call the Marble Canyon Lodge for rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 13 - Registration/Program Orientation and Introduction...
Afternoon: Participants can check into the Marble Canyon Lodge after 3:00 PM. The NAU Road Scholar program registration will be between 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the dining room adjacent to the lodge store. *** Please see the attached update on the Marble Canyon Lodge facility.

Dinner: Marble Canyon Lodge serves a selection of American classic meals including lime chicken, pot roast and select pasta dishes. For vegetarians there will be vegetarian options available.

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: Marble Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Historic motel at the base of towering red rock cliffs.

Contact info:
US 89A
Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 USA
phone: 928-355-2225
Room amenities: Individually controlled air conditioning, TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant on site, gas station, convenience store, coin op washer-dryer.

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

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Call the Marble Canyon Lodge for rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 14 - Hiking Marble Canyon
Note: A full day of off trail hiking in a wilderness setting. Prepare for scrambling up and down hillsides with uneven footing and loose rocks at times. Helpful hiking skills and tips such as hiking techniques and foot placement through various terrain and pacing will be communicated throughout the week by your knowledgeable guides.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Marble Canyon Lodge restaurant. Hot and cold buffet items will be available.

Morning: After breakfast, depart for a hike along the Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness and the majestic Paria Plateau. Please note: what hikes are done on specific days is dependent on weather and road conditions. CHOCOLATE CLIFFS HIKE: (4- 6 miles and ~700 feet of elevation gain). Hike up the base of the Chocolate Cliffs utilizing abandoned road beds and rocky routes to discover 1000 year old petroglyphs, ancient petrified logs and jaw dropping views of the Vermilion and Echo Cliffs. The majority of this hike will be off trail with potential new discoveries and scenic vistas around every corner. This is a true "off the beaten path" adventure and a favorite of local guides.

Lunch: Lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue our hike through incredible scenery.

Dinner: Dinner at the Marble Canyon Lodge. For vegetarians there will be vegetarian options available.

Evening: Enjoy a select evening program on a regional subject. Topics may include Lee's Ferry and Mormon history, Canyon Country geology or musical entertainment.

Lodging: Marble Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Historic motel at the base of towering red rock cliffs.

Contact info:
US 89A
Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 USA
phone: 928-355-2225
Room amenities: Individually controlled air conditioning, TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant on site, gas station, convenience store, coin op washer-dryer.

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

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Call the Marble Canyon Lodge for rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 15 - Hiking Marble Canyon
Note: A day of hiking over open plains and sandstone hills to access a tributary canyon of the Colorado River. Often called "canyoneering" - hiking in southwest canyons require some scrambling. You will encounter rock obstacles that will require one person at a time to negotiate and will necessitate maneuvering (under the direction of your guide) before the group can proceed. You will also use your hands on occasion. This is not a day of making long miles but rather the challenge of new terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Marble Canyon Lodge restaurant.

Morning: Today will be a day to tailor a hiking adventure to the group's ability and interest. There are numerous interesting and scenic destinations in the immediate Marble Canyon, Lee's ferry area, Navajo Nation and Bureau of Land Management Lands. Destinations may include canyons and mesas at the base of the Vemillion Cliffs or Marble Canyon proper.

Lunch: Trail lunch.

Afternoon: Continue your hiking exploration.

Dinner: Dinner at the Marble Canyon Lodge. For vegetarians there will be vegetarian options available.

Evening: Learn about the challenges and successes of the California Condor reintroduction project, presented by a biologist from the Peregrine Fund - the lead organization for the reintroduction effort.The California Condor reintroduction release site (and holding pens) are located just down the road from Marble Canyon Lodge atop the Vermilion Cliffs and is at the center of this multi-agency recovery effort.

Lodging: Marble Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Historic motel at the base of towering red rock cliffs.

Contact info:
US 89A
Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 USA
phone: 928-355-2225
Room amenities: Individually controlled air conditioning, TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant on site, gas station, convenience store, coin op washer-dryer.

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

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Call the Marble Canyon Lodge for rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 16 - Colorado Raft trip through Glen Canyon
Note: Raft trip on the Colorado River. No whitewater, just motoring and floating through the last 15-mile stretch of beautiful Glen Canyon. Getting on/off rafts requires some strength and agility, assistance available. During the trip there is a short walk along the beach side up to a ancient Anasazi petroglyph panel.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Marble Canyon Lodge restaurant.

Morning: Depart for the Lee's Ferry and the Lonely Dell Ranch Historical area. Learn about the fascinating Mormon pioneer and river running history of this colorful area before embark on the Colorado River. Load onto Colorado River Discovery (CRD) rafts. CRD utilizes inflatable, motorized pontoon rafts comfortably carrying a maximum of 10 passengers and piloted by an experienced guide. Passengers will sit on top of the raft tubes on long flat metal sitting decks that are apart of the boat frame.The rafts navigate about fifteen river miles from Lees Ferry to Petroglyph Beach and back. The time spent on the river is typically about 3.5 hours. At the half way point, the rafts will pull to shore for a restroom break. The restrooms are well maintained vault toilets. Each raft carries emergency communications and safety equipment. Cold water and lemonade will be available at all times. Because this is a smooth water stretch of river (no rapids), the wearing of lifejackets by adults is optional. Weather conditions on the river change throughout the year, so dress for the season. In general, wear layers. Spring and Fall months, we can experience cooler temps and windy days, jackets and long pants are appropriate. During the summer months, shorts and light weight clothing are acceptable. Bring a brimmed hat, sunglasses, and river shoes or tennis shoes with a good sole that can get wet.

Lunch: Box lunch while rafting through the massive cliffs of Glen Canyon.

Afternoon: Continue Raft Trip. While on the river keep an eye out for California Condors, Peregrine Falcons and bighorn sheep. On board narration of natural features and area history will be provided by the boatman guide. Arrive back at Marble Canyon Lodge mid-afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at the Marble Canyon Lodge. For vegetarians there will be vegetarian options available.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Marble Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Historic motel at the base of towering red rock cliffs.

Contact info:
US 89A
Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 USA
phone: 928-355-2225
Room amenities: Individually controlled air conditioning, TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant on site, gas station, convenience store, coin op washer-dryer.

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

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Call the Marble Canyon Lodge for rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 17 - Another day hiking in Marble/Glen Canyons..
Note: Approximately 6 miles total today in an intermittent stream bed/slot canyon. Little elevation change.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Marble Canyon Lodge restaurant..

Morning: This mornings hike is an exploration of a slot canyon know locally as the: LOWER CATHEDRAL WASH HIKE - This hike is not along a defined trail but follows the intermittent stream bed, or wash, inside a narrow canyon with interesting rock formations. This spectacular canyon concludes at a beach along the roaring Colorado River.

Lunch: Trail lunch.

Afternoon: Continue your hiking exploration of the area.

Dinner: Dinner at Marble Canyon Lodge.

Evening: Enjoy a select evening program on a regional subject. Topics may include Lee's Ferry and Mormon history, Canyon Country geology or musical entertainment.

Lodging: Marble Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Historic motel at the base of towering red rock cliffs.

Contact info:
US 89A
Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 USA
phone: 928-355-2225
Room amenities: Individually controlled air conditioning, TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant on site, gas station, convenience store, coin op washer-dryer.

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

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Call the Marble Canyon Lodge for rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, October 18 - Final day of hiking in Marble Canyon
Note: A full day of off trail hiking in a wilderness setting. Prepare for scrambling up and down hillsides with uneven footing and loose rocks at times. Helpful hiking skills and tips such as hiking techniques and foot placement through various terrain and pacing will be communicated throughout the week by your knowledgeable guides.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Marble Canyon Lodge restaurant..

Morning: After breakfast we have our final hike in this beautiful Marble Canyon region. FALL CANYON HIKE - located on the south side of the Colorado River at the base of the Echo Cliffs. We will shuttle by boat to the mouth of Fall Canyon for the start of the hike. This 4-5 mile secluded canyon hike will take you to a spectacular red rock amphitheater formations that you will never forget.

Lunch: Lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hiking. This hike is another one where you will feel privileged to be on a trail that is experienced by few others.

Dinner: Dinner at Marble Canyon Lodge.

Evening: Program wrap up. Share some laughs and highlights as we reflect upon the weeks accomplishments with your new friends..

Lodging: Marble Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, October 19 - Departure Day
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge cafeteria. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.

Morning: Departures after breakfast. The NAU Road Scholar van departs Marble Canyon at 8:00 AM, arriving at the Flagstaff Visitor Center (Amtrak Station) by 10:30 AM. For those looking to return to the Phoenix airport, Van Go Shuttle (866)448-2646 coordinates with the NAU Road Scholar van and will immediately transfer shuttle riders to Phoenix with arrival to the airport approximately 1:00 PM.

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

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