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BEGINS IN: PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Desert Hiking: Arizona’s Valley of the Sun and Superstition Mountains

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Program #6117RJ
7 Days | 6 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.
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
Some elevations over 4,000 feet.

Itinerary for Feb 9 — Feb 15, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Twenty five acre resort green landscaped on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale, AZ.

Contact info:
6160 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com

Room amenities: Plush top mattress, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk, wifi, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings, safes in every room, microwaves available in suits or upon request.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Borgata Shopping Center steps away.

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

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Rates vary widely; winter/spring is peak season with rates from $150 - $250/night.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, February 09 - Orientation and Introductions
Afternoon: Check into Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort after 3:00 PM. On site program registration between 4:30 - 5:15 PM.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Cottonwoods Resort. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option. Entree examples include: Chicken w/Provencial Herbs; Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells; Creole Cornbread Catfish Filets; Shaved Italian beef w/au jus on Sourdough. Entrees include soup or salad, steamed seasonal vegetables, assorted rolls & butter, light desert, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Evening: Introductions and orientation in the Resort meeting room following dinner.

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Twenty five acre resort green landscaped on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale, AZ.

Contact info:
6160 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com

Room amenities: Plush top mattress, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk, wifi, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings, safes in every room, microwaves available in suits or upon request.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Borgata Shopping Center steps away.

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

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Rates vary widely; winter/spring is peak season with rates from $150 - $250/night.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, February 10 - Hiking in Arizona's Sonoran Desert in Phoenix's S...
Hiking in Arizona's Sonoran Desert in Phoenix's South Mountain Park/ Preserve.

Note: Hike about 7 miles and 1000 vertical feet.

Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the resort, which varies daily and could include: scrambled eggs, bacon burritos, croissant sandwich, whole fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal, coffee,tea and juice.

Morning: Hike in Phoenix's South Mountain Park/Preserve. At 16000 acres, it is the largest Municipal park in the country, and has over 51 miles of trails. Our first hike will serve as an introduction to the rich and diverse Sonoran Desert. Your naturalist guide will interpret the often iconic plant species including the saguaro cacti, barrel cacti, mesquite, creosote and ocotillos. Animal sightings (if luck is on our side) may include Lizards, beetles, songbirds, desert bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, coyote, fox, desert night lizards, Gilbert's skinks, golden eagles, and several species of hawks.

Lunch: Sack lunches along the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hiking in Phoenix's South Mountain Park/Preserve.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Cottonwoods Resort. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option. Entree examples include: Chicken w/Provencial Herbs; Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells; Creole Cornbread Catfish Filets; Shaved Italian beef w/au jus on Sourdough. Entrees include soup or salad, steamed seasonal vegetables, assorted rolls & butter, light desert, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Evening: Evening program on the Geology, Human History or Natural History of the Superstition Mountains and the surrounding area.

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Twenty five acre resort green landscaped on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale, AZ.

Contact info:
6160 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com

Room amenities: Plush top mattress, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk, wifi, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings, safes in every room, microwaves available in suits or upon request.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Borgata Shopping Center steps away.

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

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Rates vary widely; winter/spring is peak season with rates from $150 - $250/night.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, February 11 - Hike in Scottsdale's Mcdowell Sonoran Preserve.
Note: The Bell Pass Trail climbs about 1500 feet for a round trip hike of about 7 miles.

Breakfast: Wake up to a hearty breakfast buffet.

Morning: Each day's destination is dependent on the current weather and/or road conditions and may change to other days of the week or alternative destinations. Typical hiking distances are 4-8 miles with 600-1500 feet of elevation change. Depart after breakfast for day's hike in Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve on the northwest edge of the metropolitan area. This 17000 acres in the McDowell Mountains is pristine Sonoran Desert. The Bell Pass Trail climbs about 1500 feet for a round trip hike of about 7 miles.

Lunch: Sack lunches along the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hike, returning to Scottsdale Cottonwood Resortin the afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Cottonwoods Resort. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option. Entree examples include: Chicken w/Provencial Herbs; Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells; Creole Cornbread Catfish Filets; Shaved Italian beef w/au jus on Sourdough. Entrees include soup or salad, steamed seasonal vegetables, assorted rolls & butter, light desert, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening.

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Beautiful remote and scenic lodging site overlooking Apache Lake in the heart of Salt River Canyon. Quick and easy access into the adjacent Superstition Mountains.

Contact info:
AZ 88 about 13 miles northeast of Tortilla Flat
Tortilla Flat, AZ 85290 USA
phone: 928-467-2511
web: www.apachelake.com

Room amenities: air conditioning; cable TV.

Facility amenities: Lake swimming; restaurant; full-service marina.

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

Additional nights after: Call for rates
Call for rates and availability, Apache Lake Marina and Resort (928) 467-2511.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Four: Tuesday, February 12 - Hike up Iconic Camelback Mountain in central Scot...
Hike up Iconic Camelback Mountain in central Scottsdale, then travel to the Superstition Mountains.

Note: Hike up 1200 feet and 3 miles round trip.

Breakfast: Wake up to a hearty breakfast buffet.

Morning: Immediately after breakfast, we'll go for a short but steep hike up Central Camelback Mountain. From the Cholla Trailhead hike up 1200 feet and 3 miles RT for spectacular views of the area. We then return to the Resort and check out of our rooms.

Lunch: Lunch at the Scottsdale Cottonwoods resort, followed by departure to Apache Lake.

Afternoon: Depart for the Apache Lake Resort for afternoon check-in hotel for check-in.

Dinner: Dinner at Apache Lake Resort.

Evening: Evening program on the Sonoran Desert, or another program of interest.

Lodging: Apache Lake Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Beautiful remote and scenic lodging site overlooking Apache Lake in the heart of Salt River Canyon. Quick and easy access into the adjacent Superstition Mountains.

Contact info:
AZ 88 about 13 miles northeast of Tortilla Flat
Tortilla Flat, AZ 85290 USA
phone: 928-467-2511
web: www.apachelake.com

Room amenities: air conditioning; cable TV.

Facility amenities: Lake swimming; restaurant; full-service marina.

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

Additional nights after: Call for rates
Call for rates and availability, Apache Lake Marina and Resort (928) 467-2511.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Five: Wednesday, February 13 - Hiking in the High Sonoran Desert in the Fabled S...
Note: Hike about 5.5 miles and 700 feet.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Apache Lake Resort..

Morning: Depart after breakfast for today's hike on the Boulder Canyon Trail,We'll hike about 5.5 miles and 700 feet to a spectacular view of Boulder Canyon; or another hike scheduled according to weather and road conditions.

Lunch: Sack lunches along the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hike, returning to hotel in mid to late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at Apache Lake Resort.

Evening: Evening program on desert wildlife, or another program of interest.

Lodging: Apache Lake Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Beautiful remote and scenic lodging site overlooking Apache Lake in the heart of Salt River Canyon. Quick and easy access into the adjacent Superstition Mountains.

Contact info:
AZ 88 about 13 miles northeast of Tortilla Flat
Tortilla Flat, AZ 85290 USA
phone: 928-467-2511
web: www.apachelake.com

Room amenities: air conditioning; cable TV.

Facility amenities: Lake swimming; restaurant; full-service marina.

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

Additional nights after: Call for rates
Call for rates and availability, Apache Lake Marina and Resort (928) 467-2511.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Six: Thursday, February 14 - Hiking in the Superstition Mountains
Note: Hike 9 miles and 1000 vertical feet.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Apache Lake Resort.

Morning: Depart after breakfast for another all day hike: Today's hike starts with a spectacular view above Apache Lake, It begins its ascent on a moderately graded former road bed through grassy rolling hills towards Castle Dome. The trail is mostly smooth but an occasional Rocky section keeps you on your toes. Turning around at the shoulder of Castle Dome is an easy 9 miles and 1000 vertical feet.

Lunch: Sack lunches along the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hike, returning to hotel in mid to late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at Apache Lake Resort.

Evening: Program wrap-up and farewells.

Lodging: Apache Lake Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Friday, February 15 - Program Farewells
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Apache Lake Resort.

Morning: NAU Road Scholar vans depart from Apache Lake Resort after breakfast with a drop off at the Phoenix Airport by 10:30 AM followed by a stop at the starting hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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

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