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LAKE POWELL, ARIZONA

The Colorado River and Lake Powell: Jewels of the American Southwest

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Program #1061RJ
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
4,300 feet. Those with heart or lung concerns should consult a physician before attending.

Itinerary for Oct 13 — Oct 18, 2013

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Type: Resort

Description: Resort on the shores of Lake Powell, within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. (See entrance fee note, below.) Property is a 20 acre green oasis set in spectacular high desert; sunny weather over 90% of the time. Lake Powell is a major body of water surrounded by massive rock faces. It is over 180 miles long and has 2000 miles of shoreline, including many lake filled side canyons, some of which are as long as 15 to 20 miles. (Note: There is a $15.00 per private vehicle fee charged to enter the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, including resort guests - one fee covers 7 days. If arriving to the program on the resort shuttle, the fee is $7.00 per person. Road Scholar participants with annual or senior park passes get in free - be sure to bring your park pass to the program.)

Contact info:
100 Lake Shore Drive
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-1124
web: www.lakepowell.com/accommodations/wahweap-resort-accommodations.aspx

Room amenities: All rooms are non smoking, and every room has a refrigerator, ironing board, coffee maker and cable TV. WiFi is available in the lobby.

Facility amenities: Two seasonally heated outdoor pools, a seasonally heated hot tub, marina, fishing dock, fitness room, 2 miles of walkways with benches to soak in the scenery. On site restaurant, bar and grille, gift shop. Free shuttle from Page airport during the summer - call in advance.

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

Additional nights before: Very wide seasonal variation
If you plan to arrive early or stay additional nights at the end of your program, you will need to make reservations directly with the Lake Powell Resort Group Sales Manager, Robin Marquis, by calling (928) 645-1119. NAU Road Scholar does not set the rates for early arrivals and stay-over nights; they are set by the Resort.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 13 - Arrival & Registration/Orientation & Introduction...
Afternoon: On-site program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM at the hotel. Check hotel lobby notice board to find out our conference room.

Dinner: Dinner to include: small house salad or cup of soup and an entree (varies on each night). Examples of entrees include chicken marsala; meat or vegetable lasagna ; beef or chicken fajitas; basil and orange crusted salmon with parpadelle pasta and vegetable ratatouille; or chicken picatta with asparagus and confetti rice. A vegetarian option will be available all meals

Evening: Introductions and orientation. Review your program itinerary and have any questions you may have answered. Get to know your fellow participants and get excited for your program!

Lodging: Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Resort on the shores of Lake Powell, within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. (See entrance fee note, below.) Property is a 20 acre green oasis set in spectacular high desert; sunny weather over 90% of the time. Lake Powell is a major body of water surrounded by massive rock faces. It is over 180 miles long and has 2000 miles of shoreline, including many lake filled side canyons, some of which are as long as 15 to 20 miles. (Note: There is a $15.00 per private vehicle fee charged to enter the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, including resort guests - one fee covers 7 days. If arriving to the program on the resort shuttle, the fee is $7.00 per person. Road Scholar participants with annual or senior park passes get in free - be sure to bring your park pass to the program.)

Contact info:
100 Lake Shore Drive
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-1124
web: www.lakepowell.com/accommodations/wahweap-resort-accommodations.aspx

Room amenities: All rooms are non smoking, and every room has a refrigerator, ironing board, coffee maker and cable TV. WiFi is available in the lobby.

Facility amenities: Two seasonally heated outdoor pools, a seasonally heated hot tub, marina, fishing dock, fitness room, 2 miles of walkways with benches to soak in the scenery. On site restaurant, bar and grille, gift shop. Free shuttle from Page airport during the summer - call in advance.

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

Additional nights before: Very wide seasonal variation
If you plan to arrive early or stay additional nights at the end of your program, you will need to make reservations directly with the Lake Powell Resort Group Sales Manager, Robin Marquis, by calling (928) 645-1119. NAU Road Scholar does not set the rates for early arrivals and stay-over nights; they are set by the Resort.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 14 - Cultural & Natural History of the Colorado Platea...
Cultural & Natural History of the Colorado Plateau & Lake Powell area // Photography presentation.

Note: In the afternoon we do a short botany walk on the grounds of the resort and to get an orientation to the lake that surrounds us.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet to include: scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, french toast or pancakes, oatmeal or cream of wheat, fresh fruit, toast, juice and coffee.

Morning: The morning presentation will cover the human story of the Colorado Plateau. From the earliest residents well over a thousand years ago, to the rise and fall of the Anasazi, the first European explorations and the arrival of the first American settlers and their contact and conflict with local Native Americans, the people of the Colorado Plateau share common challenges of learning to survive in the high desert and plateaus of canyon country.

Lunch: Lunch to include beverage choice as well as a sandwich or other luncheon entree each day. Possible options may include: roast beef and muenster cheese sandwich; grilled veggie sandwich; grilled chicken sandwich; margarita-marinated chicken Caesar salad; fettuccine pasta and rock shrimp ; or sauteed breast of chicken.

Afternoon: Explore the natural forces which combined to create the incredible landscape of the Colorado Plateau during a walk on the resort grounds. Get up close and personal with some of the native plants of this arid land. ////// Following the outdoor portion of the afternoon, we will head indoors for a presentation on the adaptable and unique wildlife that live in the high desert and its riparian oases.

Dinner: Enjoy an evening meal served by the resort catering team with a vegetarian option when notified in advance.

Evening: Enjoy a presentation from Frank Talbott, a professional photographer for over 30 years. Frank will reveal the beauty and majesty of this area, share a few stories about his "favorite" discoveries and demonstate how best to use your digital camera to capture the stunning beauty that surrounds you.

Lodging: Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Resort on the shores of Lake Powell, within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. (See entrance fee note, below.) Property is a 20 acre green oasis set in spectacular high desert; sunny weather over 90% of the time. Lake Powell is a major body of water surrounded by massive rock faces. It is over 180 miles long and has 2000 miles of shoreline, including many lake filled side canyons, some of which are as long as 15 to 20 miles. (Note: There is a $15.00 per private vehicle fee charged to enter the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, including resort guests - one fee covers 7 days. If arriving to the program on the resort shuttle, the fee is $7.00 per person. Road Scholar participants with annual or senior park passes get in free - be sure to bring your park pass to the program.)

Contact info:
100 Lake Shore Drive
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-1124
web: www.lakepowell.com/accommodations/wahweap-resort-accommodations.aspx

Room amenities: All rooms are non smoking, and every room has a refrigerator, ironing board, coffee maker and cable TV. WiFi is available in the lobby.

Facility amenities: Two seasonally heated outdoor pools, a seasonally heated hot tub, marina, fishing dock, fitness room, 2 miles of walkways with benches to soak in the scenery. On site restaurant, bar and grille, gift shop. Free shuttle from Page airport during the summer - call in advance.

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

Additional nights before: Very wide seasonal variation
If you plan to arrive early or stay additional nights at the end of your program, you will need to make reservations directly with the Lake Powell Resort Group Sales Manager, Robin Marquis, by calling (928) 645-1119. NAU Road Scholar does not set the rates for early arrivals and stay-over nights; they are set by the Resort.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 15 - Glen Canyon Dam/Rafting on the Colorado River
Note: Smooth water raft trip on the Colorado River. No whitewater, just motoring and floating in 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 to an ancient Anasazi petroglyph panel..

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet this morning.

Morning: Board a shuttle to the Glen Canyon Dam. Completed in 1963, this dam created the second-largest artificial lake (Lake Powell) in the United States. Lake Powell is second only to Lake Mead, which rests behind the immense Hoover Dam, also located on the Colorado River. Lake Powell is absolutely massive; it is 186 miles long and holds about 27 million acre feet of water at full capacity and has more shoreline than the west coast of the United States! See the exhibits at the visitor center, with its large scale relief map of the expanse of Lake Powell, and tour the dam. Then shuttle through the long tunnel to the raft departure point at the base of the dam. Board the rafts and embark on your journey on the Colorado River through the last free flowing section of Glen Canyon.

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

Afternoon: The raft trip continues on the Colorado River through the red walls of Glen Canyon, past 800 year old petroglyphs (ancient rock art) etched into the canyon walls hundreds of years ago. You'll take plenty of photos along the way - the deep, rich reds of the rock walls set a memorable contrast against the blue sky and the clear and green river. The rafts will return upstream after stopping at the petroglyph panel and you'll take a return trip through the tunnel and into Page.

Dinner: Enjoy your dinner tonight while you reflect on today's river adventure. A vegetarian option will be available.

Evening: Free evening to rest up from a busy day.

Lodging: Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Resort on the shores of Lake Powell, within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. (See entrance fee note, below.) Property is a 20 acre green oasis set in spectacular high desert; sunny weather over 90% of the time. Lake Powell is a major body of water surrounded by massive rock faces. It is over 180 miles long and has 2000 miles of shoreline, including many lake filled side canyons, some of which are as long as 15 to 20 miles. (Note: There is a $15.00 per private vehicle fee charged to enter the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, including resort guests - one fee covers 7 days. If arriving to the program on the resort shuttle, the fee is $7.00 per person. Road Scholar participants with annual or senior park passes get in free - be sure to bring your park pass to the program.)

Contact info:
100 Lake Shore Drive
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-1124
web: www.lakepowell.com/accommodations/wahweap-resort-accommodations.aspx

Room amenities: All rooms are non smoking, and every room has a refrigerator, ironing board, coffee maker and cable TV. WiFi is available in the lobby.

Facility amenities: Two seasonally heated outdoor pools, a seasonally heated hot tub, marina, fishing dock, fitness room, 2 miles of walkways with benches to soak in the scenery. On site restaurant, bar and grille, gift shop. Free shuttle from Page airport during the summer - call in advance.

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

Additional nights before: Very wide seasonal variation
If you plan to arrive early or stay additional nights at the end of your program, you will need to make reservations directly with the Lake Powell Resort Group Sales Manager, Robin Marquis, by calling (928) 645-1119. NAU Road Scholar does not set the rates for early arrivals and stay-over nights; they are set by the Resort.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 16 - Free morning/Geology and Native Culture Presentat...
Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet which will include eggs, bacon, home fries, fresh fruit/bananas, toast, cereal/oatmeal, orange juice, and coffee.

Morning: Free morning to enjoy as you like. A popular option is to visit Antelope Canyon on a Navajo guided excursion. Your program coordinator will review with participants upon arrival the details on this option and how to book the tour. Other options include enjoying the resort grounds by taking short walks, spending time at the pool (seasonal) or hot tub, or catching up on your journal or sketches. Those with cars can take hikes in the surrounding slick rock trails (or slot canyons), go for a drive in this red rock wonderland, or visit shops and sites or interest in Page.

Lunch: Lunch at the resort.

Afternoon: Learn about the geology of the Lake Powell region. Hear about the formation of these stunning layers of stone -- the marine, desert and swampy environments that now present themselves -- sometimes with a fossil record -- in the rock layers which surround us.

Dinner: Dinner at the resort.

Evening: Enjoy a presentation on the Native American Indian Culture of this area.

Lodging: Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Resort on the shores of Lake Powell, within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. (See entrance fee note, below.) Property is a 20 acre green oasis set in spectacular high desert; sunny weather over 90% of the time. Lake Powell is a major body of water surrounded by massive rock faces. It is over 180 miles long and has 2000 miles of shoreline, including many lake filled side canyons, some of which are as long as 15 to 20 miles. (Note: There is a $15.00 per private vehicle fee charged to enter the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, including resort guests - one fee covers 7 days. If arriving to the program on the resort shuttle, the fee is $7.00 per person. Road Scholar participants with annual or senior park passes get in free - be sure to bring your park pass to the program.)

Contact info:
100 Lake Shore Drive
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-1124
web: www.lakepowell.com/accommodations/wahweap-resort-accommodations.aspx

Room amenities: All rooms are non smoking, and every room has a refrigerator, ironing board, coffee maker and cable TV. WiFi is available in the lobby.

Facility amenities: Two seasonally heated outdoor pools, a seasonally heated hot tub, marina, fishing dock, fitness room, 2 miles of walkways with benches to soak in the scenery. On site restaurant, bar and grille, gift shop. Free shuttle from Page airport during the summer - call in advance.

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

Additional nights before: Very wide seasonal variation
If you plan to arrive early or stay additional nights at the end of your program, you will need to make reservations directly with the Lake Powell Resort Group Sales Manager, Robin Marquis, by calling (928) 645-1119. NAU Road Scholar does not set the rates for early arrivals and stay-over nights; they are set by the Resort.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 17 - Boat Tour on Lake Powell to Rainbow Bridge Nation...
Boat Tour on Lake Powell to Rainbow Bridge National Monument / Musical Entertainment

Note: Short walk to the dock to board boat, but handicap assistance vehicle is available with advance notice. . Optional walk from boat to Rainbow Bridge (between .75 and 2 miles, depending on lake level).

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet to include: scrambled eggs, bacon, home fried potatoes, fresh fruit/bananas, toast, cereal option/oatmeal, orange juice, coffee.

Morning: Boat trip on Lake Powell to Rainbow Bridge National Monument. By far the most popular destination on Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge stands majestically above the clear blue water creating an awe-inspiring sight. Photographs simply cannot capture the size of this monolith. The world's largest natural bridge, Rainbow Bridge is 290 feet tall, spans 275 feet, is 33 feet wide and 42 feet thick. Its deep spiritual significance should be respected and visitors are asked not to walk beyond the viewing area. All tour boats provide complimentary water, lemonade and coffee. All have restrooms. Most boats are handicap accessible, but please give us advanced notice as some are not and the tour boat manager will want to be sure to schedule a boat that has handicap access for your tour. All boats have both interior seating as well as up-top outdoor seating for full viewing and photographic opportunities. These boats do offer railings on the upper decks. You are free to walk around the boat as you like.

Lunch: Box lunch on the lake.

Afternoon: Boat continues to Rainbow Bridge access.A Rainbow Bridge Tour is approximately 5 hours in length and covers 50 lake miles. At Rainbow Bridge, you will have a 90 minute layover. At this time, you may walk, photograph or simply sit in nature's splendor and view this beautiful creation. Be prepared for an approximately 1 mile (one way) hike to the Bridge (2 miles round trip).

Dinner: Enjoy your dinner tonight while you reflect on the journey to Rainbow Bridge. A vegetarian option will be available at all meals.

Evening: After dinner at the hotel, Joanna Joseph will provide beautiful musical entertainment. This program will be a great conclusion to a wonderful day!

Lodging: Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 18 - Morning Presentation/Program Farewells
Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet which will include eggs, bacon, home fries, fresh fruit/bananas, toast, cereal/oatmeal, orange juice, and coffee.

Morning: Hear a presentation about working at Lake Powell in the early days of its formation and the challenges of running a houseboat operation in a remote corner of the Navajo Nation along the San Juan River. Program ends by 10:30 AM with hotel checkout by 11:00 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Lake Powell, AZ
GeneralWithin 2-4 hours of hotel: Zion National Park, N and S Rim of Grand Canyon, Monument Valley National Monument, Paria Wilderness, Marble Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Grand Staircase / Escalante National Monument, Keet Seel ruins at Navajo Mountain.

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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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