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A Grand Canyon Odyssey: River Journeys and Canyon Vistas

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Program #2805RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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
3,600 feet at Marble Canyon, 7,000 feet at Grand Canyon and 5,000 feet Hualapai Lodge.

Itinerary for Mar 31 — Apr 6, 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 suites 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, Scottsdale Fashion Square, largest mall in the Southwest, two miles south.

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: Sunday, March 31 - Check-In / Registration and Orientation
Afternoon: On site Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the hotel meeting room.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Cottonwoods Resort. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option. Entrees include salad, assorted rolls & butter, light desert, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

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

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Historic Lodge, first opened in 1927. All original rock masonry structures are still in use today with additional lodging facility and restaurant area added since. Many walking and hiking possibilities originate right on the lodge property.

Contact info:
Highway 89A at Lees Ferry Junction
Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 USA
phone: 928-355-2225
Room amenities: Cable TV and air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: Trading post; gas station; market; post office; guest laundry on site.

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


Day Two: Monday, April 01 - Travel to Marble Canyon / Navajo Reservation and ...
Travel to Marble Canyon / Navajo Reservation and Historic Navajo Bridge

Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the resort, which includes: scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal or cereal, coffee,tea and juice.

Morning: Depart for Marble Canyon (260 miles) via Flagstaff and Cameron. En route to Flagstaff via Interstate 17, you will encounter an amazing transition in life zones and topographic features. Witness the heart of the Sonoran Desert in Phoenix, transition to high-desert grassland, and then up into the largest Ponderosa pine forest in the world in Flagstaff. Travel through the San Francisco Peaks volcanic field, which contains the highest point in Arizona, Humphreys Peak, elev.12,633 feet, to the historic 1916 Cameron Trading Post, located on the western edge of the Navajo Reservation.

Lunch: Lunch at Cameron Trading Post. In addition to standard lunch menu selections we will offer up and introduce you to the famous "Navajo Taco" - a light, crispy fry bread loaded with traditional taco toppings. It's a memorable experience!

Afternoon: Depart Cameron, cross the Little Colorado River and travel in the shadows of the towering Echo Cliffs and the western edge of the Navajo Indian Reservation en route to Marble Canyon. Explore the 1928 Navajo Bridge that spans 600 feet across the Colorado River and Marble Canyon proper allowing access to the north side of the Grand Canyon. Check into Marble Canyon Lodge at the base of the Vermilion Cliffs. The original Marble Canyon Lodge was built in 1928 (coinciding with the construction of the Navajo Bridge) and continues to be a rest stop and service center for river runners, fishermen and national park travelers.

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: An interesting evening program will be offered. Subjects will include one of the following based on the availability of regional experts: the Vermilion Cliffs California Condor re-introduction project, Colorado River history or regional geology.

Lodging: Marble Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Historic Lodge, first opened in 1927. All original rock masonry structures are still in use today with additional lodging facility and restaurant area added since. Many walking and hiking possibilities originate right on the lodge property.

Contact info:
Highway 89A at Lees Ferry Junction
Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 USA
phone: 928-355-2225
Room amenities: Cable TV and air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: Trading post; gas station; market; post office; guest laundry on site.

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


Day Three: Tuesday, April 02 - Smooth Water Colorado River Raft Trip through Gle...
Smooth Water Colorado River Raft Trip through Glen Canyon to Lee's Ferry

Note: See Activity Details and Raft Logistics Above.

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

Morning: Depart after breakfast for Page, Arizona and enjoy a self guided tour of Glen Canyon Dam and visitor center, with views of Lake Powell. The massive regional topographic map in the center of the visitor center is a must-see feature. Continue to the Colorado River Discovery Store to check in for our rafting trip. Busses will transport the group through a 2 mile long man-made tunnel to the base of the dam where the group will board rafts. Embark on the Colorado River just before lunchtime. On board narration will be provided by knowledgeable boatman guides. 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: Lunch (sack lunches) will be at your leisure aboard the rafts.

Afternoon: The base of 710 foot high Glen Canyon Dam is the starting place for our spectacular raft trip. Colorado River Discovey utilizes inflatable, motorized pontoon rafts comfortably carrying a maximum of 22 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 fifteen river miles between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry. 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 smoothwater stretch of river (no rapids), the wearing of lifejackets by adults is optional 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: 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: Free evening.

Lodging: Marble Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Walking distance to canyon rim and other Grand Canyon Village attractions.

Contact info:
various locations
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2625
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com/static/64.htm

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning

Facility amenities: Walking paths to canyon rim; full-service cafeteria plus other restaurant options available. Note: we will stay in one of three different facilities under the same management, all pretty much equal in layout and amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, April 03 - Travel to Grand Canyon National Park/Desert View ...
Travel to Grand Canyon National Park/Desert View Watchtower and East Rim Viewpoints

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

Morning: Depart for Grand Canyon National Park. We will retrace our steps to Cameron, turn west, then continue up the Coconino Plateau to the eastern entrance of Grand Canyon National Park. At Desert View overlook, enjoy sweeping views of the Colorado River, the North Rim and Mary Jane Colter's Watchtower. The Watchtower is an interpretation of a prehistoric "tower kiva" with lavishly painted interior walls by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie. Continue along the "East Rim Drive" with diverse and unforgettable canyon views.

Lunch: Sack lunches on the south rim of Grand Canyon.

Afternoon: As you drive along the "East Rim Drive" the group will pass several vista points leading to Grand Canyon Village, your guide will point out significant canyon features. Arrive at the historic Grand Canyon Village. Your guide will orient the group to the many interesting historic buildings, sites and viewpoints in the area. Late afternoon check-in at a Grand Canyon lodge.

Dinner: Dinner at your leisure at the Lodge Cafeteria. Choices include hot entrees, 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 National Park Lodges

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful, modern facility. Tribal artwork displayed; some traditional Hualapai cuisine served in restaurant.

Contact info:
900 Highway Route 66
Peach Springs, AZ 86434 USA
phone: 928-769-2230
web: www.hualapaitourism.com/

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning; hair-dryers; coffee-makers

Facility amenities: Exercise room, private courtyard with seasonal outdoor pool (state-of-the-art non-chlorinated purification system) and spa.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, April 04 - Morning Exploration of Grand Canyon / Travel Rout...
Morning Exploration of Grand Canyon / Travel Route 66 to the Hualapai Lodge.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge cafeteria. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.

Morning: After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and load our vehicles with luggage before heading out for Grand Canyon activities. Enjoy the morning exploring historic Grand Canyon Village, walking rim trails to viewpoints, or walking a short way down the famous Bright Angel Trail. Your trip leaders will inform you of activity options that will include both guided exploration and opportunities to strike out on your own.

Lunch: Lunch at either the Maswik Cafe or Canyon Cafe.

Afternoon: We will depart Grand Canyon Village after lunch and head for the Hualapai Lodge. The group will travel along one of the longest and arguably best preserved section of historic Route 66 (look for the Burma Shave signs!). Travel through Seligman, Arizona, the birthplace of the Route 66 revival movement. Arrive at Hualapai Lodge for a late afternoon check-in.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet dinner at the Hualapai Lodge Restaurant.

Evening: Evening program on Hualapai tribal issues, Hualapai culture (presented by tribal members), or Arizona ranching life (presented by a local ranching expert).

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful, modern facility. Tribal artwork displayed; some traditional Hualapai cuisine served in restaurant.

Contact info:
900 Highway Route 66
Peach Springs, AZ 86434 USA
phone: 928-769-2230
web: www.hualapaitourism.com/

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning; hair-dryers; coffee-makers

Facility amenities: Exercise room, private courtyard with seasonal outdoor pool (state-of-the-art non-chlorinated purification system) and spa.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Friday, April 05 - Mojave Desert to Grand Can. West Airport. Helicop...
Mojave Desert to Grand Can. West Airport. Helicopter to River and Smooth Water Raft Trip on the Colorado River through Western Grand Canyon

Note: See Activity Notes and Raft Trip Logistics Above.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hualapai Lodge Restaurant.

Morning: After breakfast depart for Quartermaster Point and Grand Canyon West (a Hualapai Nation enterprise). Travel along the Grand Wash Cliffs, the western most edge of the Colorado Plateau and the world class Joshua Tree forest en route to Grand Canyon West, and the start of a Colorado River raft trip. Travel time approximately 2.5 hours.

Lunch: Sack lunches on rim or at the Colorado River in the bottom of Grand Canyon (depending on helicopter schedule).

Afternoon: Arrive at Grand canyon West and raft the lower portion of the Colorado River from Grand Canyon West to Lake Mead with HUALAPAI RIVER RUNNER. Access to the boat ramp will be via a short helicopter ride from the rim. The Hualapai River Runners operate inflatable eight-passenger motorized pontoon rafts piloted by a Hualapai boatman.The group will be split between multiple rafts. Conditions on the river change throughout the year, so dress for the season. Prepare for hot (we start our raft trip in a desert environment) and possible cool weather conditions. Bring a brimmed hat, sunglasses, and river shoes or tennis shoes with a good sole that can get wet. Embarkation on raft trip involves a short steep walk down a series of stairs to the loading dock area. (assistance will always be provided if needed). This is a smoothwater stretch of river with no rapids but for added safety, life jackets will be fitted to each person before boarding the rafts. Passengers will sit on top of the raft tubes on a long flat metal sitting decks that are apart of the boat frame. The trip covers about 20 river miles through the lower end of the Grand Canyon before "exiting" through the Grand Wash Cliffs then taking out at Pearce Ferry boat ramp. Time spent on the river is typically 2.5 hours. There are porta-johns at the raft loading area. While on the river bathroom breaks will be au natural along the shore upon request. Water and drinks will be available at all times on the rafts. WIND AND SAFETY ADVISORY: Please note the ability to fly helicopters to the Colorado River and the start of the raft trip is dependent on wind conditions on the rim and in the canyon. On extremely windy days, due to safety concerns, helicopters will not be allowed to fly. Although this is always a possibility, it happens very infrequently. Your coordinator will provide an alternative activity in the area if this occurs.

Dinner: Enjoy a well deserved dinner at a local restaurant in Kingman before returning to the Hualapai Lodge.

Evening: Late return to the Hualapai Lodge.

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, April 06 - Travel back to Phoenix airport or Scottsdale hote...
Travel back to Phoenix airport or Scottsdale hotel in Northern Arizona University Road Scholar coach or van.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Hualapai Lodge Restaurant.

Morning: Load luggage. The Northern Arizona University Road Scholar coach or van will provide return transportation to Phoenix, arriving at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by 12:30 PM; continuing to starting hotel with arrival by approximately 1:15 PM.

Lunch: "Lunchy" food and snacks en route to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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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18 meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips

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