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Program #2113RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 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
8,000 ft -those with heart or lung conditions need OK from physician before attending.

Equipment Requirements
Framed, fitted backpack; ultralight (UL) sleeping bag, closed cell or self-inflating foam pad, UL tent, ground cloth; sturdy hiking boots with ankle support and good tread; water bottles or hydration bladders min of 3L; 2 collapsible hiking sticks; more under packing list below.

Itinerary for Sep 23 — Sep 29, 2013

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Type: Motel

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: 25" satellite TV, AM FM clock radio, electronic locks, telephone with voice mail and data port, free local telephone calls, iron and board, coffee maker, internet.

Facility amenities: Outdoor pool, Jacuzzi; exercise room, guest laundry, wi-fi available in lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, September 23 - Registration/Introductions/Program Orientation
Afternoon: Check into hotel after 3:00 PM, register for program between 4:00 -4:15 pm in hotel meeting room or lobby. Introductions and program orientation follows beginning at 4:15 PM. Don't buy airline tickets or commit to other travel arrangements before the final dates of the program are known! Program dates may shift a day or weeks based on group campsite availability at GC National Park. Final dates will not be known until 4 months before the program. Hike direction (north to south or south to north) is also determined by group campsite availability. The Provider(Northern Arizona University) can be contacted at (928)523-2359; RoadScholarPrograms@nau.edu; and www.nau.edu/RoadScholar.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner Program Orientation continues.

Lodging: La Qunita Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Other

Contact info:
In the Grand Canyon
Closest: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: NA -00---
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: camp toilets w/i campgrounds


Day Two: Tuesday, September 24 - Scenic drive to North Rim Grand Canyon/hike North...
Scenic drive to North Rim Grand Canyon/hike North Kaibab Trail, Camp at Cottonwood Campground

Note: 6.9 miles 4240 vertical feet with packs.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Get up early. Travel by van to the canyon rim, driving past the San Francisco Peaks, the Vermillion Cliff, part of the Painted Desert, and the Kaibab Plaetau. Stretch, review hiking plan, Put on the packs and begin the journey. Hike down The North Kaibab Trail Trail through 500 million years of rock layers, 4240 vertical feet and 6.9 miles. The North Kaibab Trail is one of the most spectacular trails into the Grand Canyon. Begin discussions about Grand Canyon Geology. Arrive at Cottonwood Campground with its shady Cottonwood and Live Oak Trees.

Lunch: Sack lunch along the trail.

Afternoon: Arrive at Cottonwood campground. Set up camp. Begin to absorb the beauty and wonders of the Canyon.

Dinner: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Evening: After a trail prepared dinner, kick back and relax under the stars.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Campground

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Contact info:
In the Grand Canyon
Closest: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: NA -00---
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: camp toilets w/i campgrounds


Day Three: Wednesday, September 25 - Hike to Bright Angel Campground/Canyon Geology & ...
Hike to Bright Angel Campground/Canyon Geology & Biology Presentation/NPS Ranger Presentation

Note: 8 miles 1600 vertical feet hike

Breakfast: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Morning: Following breakfast, break camp, put on packs and continue hiking down the North Kaibab Trail; Stopping at Ribbon Falls, sacred to the Zuni Indians; through the Box composed of 1.8 billion year old Schist and Granite.We then hike to Bright Angel Campground. We hike about 7.6 miles and 1600 vertical feet down.

Lunch: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Afternoon: Arrive in campground, set up camp. Free time to explore the Bright Angel Creek/ Phantom Ranch area. Continued discussions on Canyon geology and biology.

Dinner: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Evening: After dinner, a presentation by NPS ranger. Optional trip to the canteen at Phantom Ranch.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Campground

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Contact info:
In the Grand Canyon
Closest: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: NA -00---
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: camp toilets w/i campgrounds


Day Four: Thursday, September 26 - Layover Day
Breakfast: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Morning: Layover day. Short easy hike with fanny pack on bridge loop about 2-3 miles, and ~200 vertical feet. Discuss river ecology and the effects of the dams on the Grand Canyon.

Lunch: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Afternoon: Free time to hang out in camp, sit with your feet dangling in Bright Angel Creek, hike up the Clear Creek Trail, explore Phantom Canyon, go to the afternoon ranger program, and/or visit the Phantom Ranch Canteen for its ice cold lemonade and beer.

Dinner: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Evening: Free time to hang out in camp, go to the evening ranger program, and/or visit the Phantom Ranch Canteen.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Campground

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Contact info:
In the Grand Canyon
Closest: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: NA -00---
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: camp toilets w/i campgrounds


Day Five: Friday, September 27 - Hike to Indian Garden Campground/Hike along the R...
Hike to Indian Garden Campground/Hike along the River Trail, ascend the Devil's Corkscrew, Tapeats Narrows, optional hike out to Plateau Point

Note: 4.7 miles 1400 vertical feet hike, with an optional 3 mile hike to Plateau Point.

Breakfast: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Morning: Break camp after breakfast and begin the ascent, rising 1400 ft over 4.7miles. We hike along the River Trail up the Devil's Corkscrew and into the Tapeats Narrows, where we can see the Great Unconformity, a 1.2 billion year gap in the Geologic record.

Lunch: Lunch on the trail, or in camp at Indian Gardens.

Afternoon: Enjoy an Optional 3 mile round trip hike out to Plateau Point, with views straight down to the Colorado River.

Dinner: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Campground

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

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: 25" satellite TV, AM FM clock radio, electronic locks, telephone with voice mail and data port, free local telephone calls, iron and board, coffee maker, internet.

Facility amenities: Outdoor pool, Jacuzzi; exercise room, guest laundry, wi-fi available in lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, September 28 - Hike to S Rim/Scenic ride through Grand Canyon ba...
Note: 4.7 mile 3060 vertical feet hike.

Breakfast: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Morning: After breakfast and early camp break, begin the final climb to the S Rim. It is only 4.7 miles and 3060 vertical feet and you are ready for it.

Lunch: Lunch on the trail or on the rim.

Afternoon: Enjoy the scenic drive back to Flagstaff and a well deserved shower.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: After a hot shower in the hotel, dinner at the restaurant, program wrap-up and farewells.

Lodging: La Qunita Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Sunday, September 29 - Departures
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Check out.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff AreaPoints 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.
For additional information, visit: www.flagstaffarizona.org

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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