Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Dinner: Dinner at the lodge offers healthy choices and great taste. One to two entree choices daily as well as salad bar. Vegetarian choices always available. Main dishes range from chicken to fish to pork, lasagna, meatballs, pot pie with puff pastry and gravy, and more. Side dishes might be cornbread stuffing, green beans, potatoes (roasted or mashed), roasted vegetables, snap peas, sweet potatoes, etc. There are choices for both young and old.Evening: ORIENTATION: After greetings and introductions in the lodge meeting room, we’ll have an informative program orientation. We'll review the updated schedule, answer any questions you may have, and cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, and emergency procedures. Then meet all of your fellow participants as you think about all the great activities over the next five days.
You’re about to embark on a fantastic adventure that starts in Prescott, Arizona, where you’ll learn about pioneers and cowboys, enjoy a chance to kayak, and a ropes course. We move on to America’s favorite national park — the one and only Grand Canyon — where you can meet park rangers, walk the rim, discover hidden viewpoints, or descend into the canyon on one of its trails -- either the fabled Bright Angel Trail or the stunning South Kaibab. With lodging not far from the rim, you can enjoy the amazing sunrise/sunset for lasting, shared memories.Lodging: Chapel Rock LodgeMeals Included: Dinner
We’ll begin at the Sharlot Hall Museum, named for its founder who was one of the West’s most remarkable women: a poet, activist, politician, and historian who collected important Native American and pioneer artifacts. The museum includes compelling exhibits, beautiful gardens, and historic structures such as Arizona's original governor's "mansion" made of rough-hewn logs, built in 1864. Kids especially will have a great experience as we “time travel” from pre-history to frontier America. Discover real historic characters and handle genuine artifacts from Arizona’s past.
We’ll also walk part of famed Courthouse Square in Prescott and infamous "Whiskey Row”— originally a watering hole for Old West cowboys and gunslingers. It won't be hard to imagine what life was like back then.Dinner: Dinner at the lodge offers healthy choices and great taste. One to two entree choices daily as well as salad bar. Vegetarian choices always available. See Dinner Day 1 for possible entrees.Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: Immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of Arizona and learn about the reasons that makes this state so unique. Hear about some of the fascinating plants and animals that call Arizona home and how they live in this environment.Lodging: Chapel Rock LodgeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Upon our return to the lodge, pack up for tomorrow's departure for the Grand Canyon following breakfast. Dream about the next day and, perhaps, your first glimpse of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and one of America's national treasures.Lodging: Chapel Rock LodgeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Check-in to a Grand Canyon Lodge around 4:00pm.Dinner: Dinner is cafeteria style in a Grand Canyon Lodge offering plenty of options for all tastes.Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: This is an iconic national park experience to share with your loved ones.In an amphitheater under the stars — and maybe even with a campfire! — enjoy a presentation by a Grand Canyon National Park Ranger. Topics might be Grand Canyon geology, wildlife such as California Condors, or John Wesley Powell's epic journey down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon.Lodging: Grand Canyon South Rim LodgesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
If you choose the independent route, you could take the Hermit (Red Line) Shuttle past many viewpoints to Hermit's Rest on the west rim; hike into the Grand Canyon on the famed Bright Angel Trail; hike along the rim to dramatic overlooks; or visit the historic South Rim Village with points of interest including the El Tovar Hotel, the Hopi House, Bright Angel Trail, and the cliff-hanging Kolb Studio. You might even see a rare California Condor soar overhead!
As we conclude these adventures, we'll regroup and head out for lunch.Lunch: Lunch in Tusayan adjacent to the IMAX Theater. Tusayan is about two miles south of the south entrance to the Grand Canyon.Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll be wowed by the world-famous IMAX presentation, "Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets." In less than an hour, you’ll discover what would take a lifetime to experience. Follow human habitation from the earliest people who lived in the canyon more than 4,000 years ago to the Anasazi Indians who settled in the canyon more than a 1,000 years ago. Finally, share the thrill of a Grand Canyon white water adventure as Major John Wesley Powell challenges the unexplored Canyon and raging Colorado River in 1869.
We’ll return to Chapel Rock Conference Center in late afternoon.Dinner: Dinner at the lodge offers healthy choices and great taste. One to two entree choices daily as well as a full salad bar. Vegetarian choices always available. See Dinner Day 1 for possible entrees.Evening: EVENING ACTIVITIES: Tonight after dinner we’ll all join around a campfire circle for S'mores with loved ones and new friends. Surrounded by towering pines and massive granite boulders, the campfire circle provides the perfect setting to reflect on your week of adventures. What did you enjoy most and what was most memorable for you?Lodging: Chapel Rock LodgeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The program concludes by approximately 10:30am. Check-out following program conclusion.
We hope you’ve had a great time together and will join us again for other rewarding Road Scholar programs. May all your journeys together be filled with fun and adventure. We hope you made some grand memories together!Meals Included: Breakfast