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Backpacking the Grand Canyon and Waterfalls of Havasupai

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Program #21244RJ
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.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Elevation Note
7,000 ft -those with heart or lung conditions need OK from physician before attending.

Equipment Requirements
Framed(external or internal), 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 10 — Sep 16, 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: Tuesday, September 10 - Registration/Introductions/Program Orientation
Afternoon: Check into hotel after 3:00 PM, register for program between 4:30-5:00 PM in hotel meeting room or lobby. Don't buy airline tickets or commit to other travel arrangements before February 5th as program dates may shift a day or two based on group campsite availability at Havasupai. 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 and introductions.

Lodging: La Qunita Inn & Suites

Meals Included: 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 Two: Wednesday, September 11 - Full day hike into the South Rim of the Grand Can...
Full day hike into the South Rim of the Grand Canyon along the South Kaibab Trail.

Note: The Kaibab Trail is a well maintained trail. It averages about 4 - 5 feet in width and has numerous water bars and step pads. The first 1/4 mile will be switchbacks then continues at a gentle incline to Ooh-Aah Pt. before descending a series of switch backs to Cedar Ridge. The trail is generally dry and clear. Trekking poles are recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Travel by van to the canyon rim. Our hike today is to Cedar Ridge (1.5 miles and 1140 feet elevation loss - one way) via Ooh-Aah Point on the the Kaibab Trail. Switchbacks and amazing canyon views at each corner will be the order of the day. This hike is a Grand canyon classic! You will traverse several of the geologic layers of the Canyon including the Coconino Sandstone which contains fossilized reptile tracks. Time to enjoy "inner" canyon views, looking out for California Condor soaring overhead and trail side talks by your guides will be enjoyed at Cedar Ridge.

Lunch: Sack lunch along the trail.

Afternoon: The Cedar Ridge hike continues. Return to Flagstaff in late afternoon.

Dinner: At a local Flagstaff restaurant.

Evening: Tonight we have a meeting to discuss the next days backpack and discuss packing considerations.

Lodging: La Qunita Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: The Havasupai campground has capacity for 150 people. It is located 10 miles from the nearest road and resides in the Grand Canyon on the soverign lands of the Havasupai Indian Reservation. The Havasupai have resided in the Grand Canyon for the last 800 years and are referred to as the "People Of The Blue Green Water" due to the travertine laden waters of the area and the famed waterfalls.

Contact info:
1
Supai, AZ 86435 USA
phone: non-e-
Facility amenities: Campsite has picnic tables and nearby are very nice portable toilets.

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


Day Three: Thursday, September 12 - Backpack into Havasupai Campground
Note: 10 miles descent with 2,300 elevation loss. Trail is well maintained with the majority of the elevation loss in the first two miles.

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

Morning: Check out of the hotel after breakfast and depart for Hualapai Hilltop (75 mile drive). Our food and "kitchen" will be carried to the Havasupai Lodge by pack horse so you will be carrying primarily your personal gear and the days lunch. The hike, starting at Hualapai Hilltop Trailhead, is appoximately 10 miles to the Havasupai campground. The first two miles consists of a switch back trail and the greatest loss of elevation (1,200 feet). The trail continues and follows a normally dry wash for 4 miles at stream gradient. For the last 4 miles into the campsite the trail is on a relatively level dirt path. The entire hike offers world class scenery and allows you to experience the Grand Canyon without the masses of people you might find in the National Park.

Lunch: Sack lunch along the way.

Afternoon: Arrive in campground, set up camp. Rest those weary feet from a challenging day in the cool waters of the creek or in one of the pools that reside at the base of the waterfalls.

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

Evening: After dinner, your trip leaders will review the day and introduce you to the next days options.

Lodging: Havasupai Campground

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: The Havasupai campground has capacity for 150 people. It is located 10 miles from the nearest road and resides in the Grand Canyon on the soverign lands of the Havasupai Indian Reservation. The Havasupai have resided in the Grand Canyon for the last 800 years and are referred to as the "People Of The Blue Green Water" due to the travertine laden waters of the area and the famed waterfalls.

Contact info:
1
Supai, AZ 86435 USA
phone: non-e-
Facility amenities: Campsite has picnic tables and nearby are very nice portable toilets.

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


Day Four: Friday, September 13 - Explore the waterfalls of Havasupai - go swimming...
Breakfast: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Morning: Depart after breakfast for an all-day hiking trip along Havasu Creek to the world famous, photogenic Havasupai waterfalls. This is the reward for all our effort! Revel in the deep blue green water of Havasu Falls as it drops 100 feet to sculpted travertine pools below. Mooney Falls, the highest at nearly 200 feet is equally stunning and dramatic. Your coordinator, well versed in the local flora and fauna and natural history of the area will share valuable information with the group.

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

Afternoon: Continue our exlorations of the waterfalls with some free time to relax. In the late afternoon we will walk the two miles back to the village of Supai to enjoy dinner in their local eatery.

Dinner: Dinner at Havasupai Cafe. The cafe will offer up and introduce you to the famous "Indian Taco" - a light, crispy fry bread loaded with traditional taco toppings. It's a memorable experience! A vegetarian version of this dish will also be available.

Evening: Free time to hang out in camp, review the day and get ready for the next days adventure.

Lodging: Havasupai Campground

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: The Havasupai campground has capacity for 150 people. It is located 10 miles from the nearest road and resides in the Grand Canyon on the soverign lands of the Havasupai Indian Reservation. The Havasupai have resided in the Grand Canyon for the last 800 years and are referred to as the "People Of The Blue Green Water" due to the travertine laden waters of the area and the famed waterfalls.

Contact info:
1
Supai, AZ 86435 USA
phone: non-e-
Facility amenities: Campsite has picnic tables and nearby are very nice portable toilets.

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


Day Five: Saturday, September 14 - Follow Havasu Creek toward the Colorado River unt...
Follow Havasu Creek toward the Colorado River until you reach "Beaver Falls"

Note: 7 miles total with trail crossing creek many times. This is our most "off the beaten path" hike with trail at times including rock hoping and uneven footing.

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

Morning: Today we hike to Beaver Falls. Beaver Falls is the furthest waterfall geographically from the campground. However, the amazing hike along the way is worth the trip. Beaver Falls is a series of cascades at the conflux of Beaver and Havasu Canyons. Beaver Fall's cascading falls making for a fun place to play and go swimming. Approximate waterfall height at Beaver Falls itself is around 60 feet.

Lunch: Lunch at Beaver Falls.

Afternoon: Continue hiking, with return to camp in the afternoon to rest and relax for the next days big hike out of the canyon.

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

Lodging: Havasupai 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: Sunday, September 15 - Hike out of the Canyon/Celebratory dinner
Note: 10 mile of hiking with 2,500 of elevation gain.

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

Morning: After breakfast and early camp break, begin the hike for Hualapai Hilltop. We will retrace our steps and hike 10 miles (with a cumulative elevation gain of 2500 feet) to the trailhead. Hiking out of the canyon is very rewarding with the first 8 miles having a gentle elevation gain.

Lunch: Lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: After finishing the hike we head back to Flagstaff for afternoon check-in into our hotel and a very rewarding shower!

Dinner: Celebratory dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Program wrap-up, laughs, and farewells following dinner.

Lodging: La Qunita Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Monday, September 16 - Departures
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Program concludes after breakfast, hotel check out by 11:00 AM.

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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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
5 Field trips

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