Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel,
the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.


Call (800) 454-5768

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET


Create an account                             Forgot your password?

or Log In via Facebook

Log in to see all you can do with your online Road Scholar account.

BEGINS IN: FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA

Life At the Bottom: The Ultimate Grand Canyon Whitewater Adventure

Select a Date

 

SIGN UP

and receive your

FREE E-NEWSLETTER

&

E-Photo Book:



Top 10 Learning Experiences Around the World

Find A Program

Search By:

Location

AZ

Interest

Water Sports

Price Range

over $1500

Start Date

End Date

More Options


Road Scholar
Program #2114RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
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
Flagstaff 7,000 feet; Lee's Ferry 3600 feet; approximately 2000 feet at end of river run.

Itinerary for May 21 — May 30, 2014

Expand all
Type: Motel

Description: Located 1/2 mi NW of the intersection of I-17 & I-40. Near shopping and restaurants; 1/4 mi from Northern Arizona University, 2 miles to Lowell Observatory and historic downtown Flagstaff; 6 mi from Sinagua ruins at Walnut Canyon Natl Mon, 15 mi from Sunset Crater National Monument, 38 mi from the ruins at Wupatki National Monument. 30 miles from the red rocks, galleries and restaurants of Sedona, AZ.

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 w pay movies available, large desk, AM FM clock radio, electronic locks, telephone with voice mail and data port, free local telephone calls, iron and board, hair dryer, coffee maker, internet.

Facility amenities: Courtyard w heated pool, spa and gazebo; fitness center, guest laundry and same day dry cleaning svc, continental breakfast, wi-fi available in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal, approx $100.
Call local La Quinta for the rates available during your stay (928) 556-8666. NOTE: When they get the pre-recorded information they must hit the 0 (zero) option, then ask front desk for special Road Scholar before/after rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, May 21 - Program Registration & Introductions/River Compan...
Afternoon: Program registration in the hotel lobby from 4:00 - 4:15 PM followed immediately by orientation and introductions.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant at 5:15 PM.

Evening: Arizona Rafting Adventures rafting company orientation 7:00 - 8:30 PM where you'll get your dry bags. Final packing of personal gear after meeting.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Unparalleled views of the Grand Canyon, amazing views of the star lit night sky. The Colorado lulls you to sleep.

Contact info:
GC National Park
Closest: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-523-2359
Facility amenities: River tour company provides necessary gear.

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


Day Two: Thursday, May 22 - To Lee's Ferry via Navajo Reservation/ Load Raft ...
To Lee's Ferry via Navajo Reservation/ Load Raft & Launch/Raft Colorado River to 1st Camp/An amazing night sky

Note: Sit on a raft watching the canyon flow past, get on and off raft, help carry gear to set up camp, optional short hike to a scenic wonder.

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: After breakfast, travel through Cameron and along the Painted Desert, Echo Cliffs and Marble Canyon to Lee's Ferry raft launch point. Board rafts start our journey down John Wesley Powell's "Great Unknown".

Lunch: River lunch on a beach with coldcuts and assorted goodies.

Afternoon: Following a beach lunch, Continue traveling down the Colorado River beginning the fascinating story of Grand Canyon's geology and natural history en route to the first evening's campsite.

Dinner: Another sumptuous meal cooked in the open air. Count on at least one night of dutch oven cooking.

Evening: Help the crew unload the boats and get used to the camp set up, finding your own site to set up your camp. Once camp is set up, crew will prepare a meal. Relax in the evening under the stars.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Campsites along river

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Unparalleled views of the Grand Canyon, amazing views of the star lit night sky. The Colorado lulls you to sleep.

Contact info:
GC National Park
Closest: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-523-2359
Facility amenities: River tour company provides necessary gear.

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


Day Three: Friday, May 23 - Rafting Marble Canyon - Incomparable Views & Stun...
Note: Sit on a raft watching the canyon flow past, get on and off raft, help carry gear to set up camp, optional short hike to a scenic wonder.

Breakfast: “Wake up early to the shout of “coffeeeeee!” as your guides prepare tasty fixings to include, depending on the day, scrambled eggs, french toast, fresh fruit, bacon, orange juice, bagels...“

Morning: Break camp and help load the raft. Rafting downstream with interpretation of geologic, natural and human history anecdotes en route.

Lunch: River lunch on a beach with coldcuts and assorted goodies.

Afternoon: After lunch, continue rafting downstream, further into the Grand Canyon, with stops for short side hikes.

Dinner: Freshly prepared meals every night. You may offer to help the crew in prep and clean up. Wonderful fare served up every night in beautiful riverside settings.

Evening: After setting up camp for the evening, enjoy chatting with new friends, take a hike before dinner or wash up in the cold water of the river!

Lodging: Grand Canyon Campsites along river

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Unparalleled views of the Grand Canyon, amazing views of the star lit night sky. The Colorado lulls you to sleep.

Contact info:
GC National Park
Closest: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-523-2359
Facility amenities: River tour company provides necessary gear.

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


Day Four: Saturday, May 24 - Another Day in Paradise...
Note: Sit on a raft watching the canyon flow past, get on and off raft, help carry gear to set up camp, optional short hike to a scenic wonder.

Breakfast: “Wake up early to the shout of “coffeeeeee!” as your guides prepare tasty fixings to include, depending on the day, scrambled eggs, french toast, fresh fruit, bacon, orange juice, bagels...“

Morning: After breakfast by the river, assist in loading raft, climb aboard and float downstream.

Lunch: River lunch on a beach with coldcuts, peanut butter and assorted goodies.

Afternoon: After lunch, raft down the river, deeper into the Grand Canyon, with stops for short side hikes. Continued interpretation by raft guides about passing sights.

Dinner: Find a spot on the beach to enjoy another delicious and filling meal.

Evening: Enjoy the evening chatting with the group, writing in your journal or looking up from your campspot as the stars begin to pop out.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Campsites along river

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Unparalleled views of the Grand Canyon, amazing views of the star lit night sky. The Colorado lulls you to sleep.

Contact info:
GC National Park
Closest: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-523-2359
Facility amenities: River tour company provides necessary gear.

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


Day Five: Sunday, May 25 - Continue Your Journey Following the Rhythm of the...
Continue Your Journey Following the Rhythm of the River/~ Halfway Point on River Odyssey

Note: Sit on a raft watching the canyon flow past, get on and off raft, help carry gear to set up camp, optional short hike to a scenic wonder.

Breakfast: “Wake up early to the shout of “coffeeeeee!” as your guides prepare tasty fixings to include, depending on the day, scrambled eggs, french toast, fresh fruit, bacon, orange juice, bagels...“

Morning: Before breaking camp, breakfast by the river. Then float downstream, running rapids, learning how to read the river and stopping for side hikes.

Lunch: River lunch on a beach with coldcuts, peanut butter and assorted goodies.

Afternoon: After lunch, continue rafting downstream, approaching the halfway point of the river's path through the Grand Canyon. Cool off with a river dunk before reboarding boats after lunch. Exploration of side canyons/hikes at the discretion of river guides.

Dinner: Once the crew has set up facilities for the evening, they will prepare dinner.

Evening: Another evening in a different camp with a different view. Aaah, life doesn't get much better than this!

Lodging: Grand Canyon Campsites along river

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Unparalleled views of the Grand Canyon, amazing views of the star lit night sky. The Colorado lulls you to sleep.

Contact info:
GC National Park
Closest: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-523-2359
Facility amenities: River tour company provides necessary gear.

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


Day Six: Monday, May 26 - Exploration of the Grand Canyon
Note: Sit on a raft watching the canyon flow past, get on and off raft, help carry gear to set up camp, optional short hike to a scenic wonder.

Breakfast: By now, you know the drill! "Coffeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!"

Morning: Gaze in wonder at the Canyon's many geologic sites while scanning the beaches and rocky crags for desert bighorn sheep, mule deer while swallows skitter just above the river's surface in search of rare insects.

Lunch: River lunch on a beach with coldcuts, peanut butter and assorted goodies.

Afternoon: After lunch, more exploration of the Grand Canyon and its side canyons. Engage all your senses - sights, sounds, smells, the sun's heat, the chilling refreshment and power of the river's water - while experiencing the wonders of the Canyon.

Dinner: Sometimes the crew will set out cheese and crackers before the evening meal is prepared.

Evening: After completing the day's rafting, camp will be set up, and dinner prepared.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Campsites along river

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Unparalleled views of the Grand Canyon, amazing views of the star lit night sky. The Colorado lulls you to sleep.

Contact info:
GC National Park
Closest: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-523-2359
Facility amenities: River tour company provides necessary gear.

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


Day Seven: Tuesday, May 27 - Continue Rafting with Hiking & Scenic Stops
Note: Sit on a raft watching the canyon flow past, get on and off raft, help carry gear to set up camp, optional short hike to a scenic wonder.

Breakfast: “Wake up early to the shout of “coffeeeeee!” as your guides prepare tasty fixings to include -- depending on the day -- scrambled eggs, french toast, fresh fruit, bacon, orange juice, bagels...“

Morning: You and the river are now in sync. The camp routine is second nature and you look forward to another day in paradise, another day of new sights, another day with new friends.

Lunch: River lunch on a beach with coldcuts, peanut butter and assorted goodies.

Afternoon: Relish every moment. The journey continues...

Dinner: Find a spot on the beach to enjoy another delicious and filling meal.

Evening: Once camp is set up for the evening, the crew will prepare dinner.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Campsites along river

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Unparalleled views of the Grand Canyon, amazing views of the star lit night sky. The Colorado lulls you to sleep.

Contact info:
GC National Park
Closest: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-523-2359
Facility amenities: River tour company provides necessary gear.

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


Day Eight: Wednesday, May 28 - Side Canyons & River Views
Note: Sit on a raft watching the canyon flow past, get on and off raft, help carry gear to set up camp, optional short hike to a scenic wonder.

Breakfast: “Wake up early to the shout of “coffeeeeee!” as your guides prepare tasty fixings to include, depending on the day, scrambled eggs, french toast, fresh fruit, bacon, orange juice, bagels...“

Morning: After breakfast, break camp, load the boat which has become your home away from home, and embark on the last full day on the river.

Lunch: River lunch on a beach with coldcuts, peanut butter and assorted goodies.

Afternoon: After lunch, rafting and exploration in the lower end of the Grand Canyon. Take note of the awesome power of lava in the preserved lava flows in this part of the Canyon.

Dinner: Find a spot on the beach to enjoy another delicious and filling meal.

Evening: Your last night on the river. As much as you look forward to a shower, now is the time to breathe deeply of the Canyon's essence and preserve in your mind the special place you've had a privilege to experience during the last week. Feel the sand between your toes one last time as you drift off to sleep under a star-filled sky...

Lodging: Grand Canyon Campsites along river

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located 1/2 mi NW of the intersection of I-17 & I-40. Near shopping and restaurants; 1/4 mi from Northern Arizona University, 2 miles to Lowell Observatory and historic downtown Flagstaff; 6 mi from Sinagua ruins at Walnut Canyon Natl Mon, 15 mi from Sunset Crater National Monument, 38 mi from the ruins at Wupatki National Monument. 30 miles from the red rocks, galleries and restaurants of Sedona, AZ.

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 w pay movies available, large desk, AM FM clock radio, electronic locks, telephone with voice mail and data port, free local telephone calls, iron and board, hair dryer, coffee maker, internet.

Facility amenities: Courtyard w heated pool, spa and gazebo; fitness center, guest laundry and same day dry cleaning svc, continental breakfast, wi-fi available in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal, approx $100.
Call local La Quinta for the rates available during your stay (928) 556-8666. NOTE: When they get the pre-recorded information they must hit the 0 (zero) option, then ask front desk for special Road Scholar before/after rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Nine: Thursday, May 29 - Raft to Pick Up Point at Diamond Creek/Historic ...
Raft to Pick Up Point at Diamond Creek/Historic Route 66, Seligman, AZ/Arrive in Flagstaff

Note: Help unload raft.

Breakfast: By now, you know the drill! "Coffeeeeeeee!"

Morning: After breakfast, raft to Diamond Creek on the Hualapai Reservation and the take out. Unpack and load the bus for the trip back to Flagstaff. Please note: The road from Diamond Creek to Seligman includes 20 miles of dirt road and is often bumpy and rutted. Those with back concerns should request sitting in the front of the bus.

Lunch: "River-style" lunch in Seligman. You won't want to miss the Snow Cap Drive-In, a Route 66 Institutiton. Flush toilet at last!

Afternoon: Travel through the Hualapai Reservation to Route 66. Late afternoon arrival back to "civilization" , hotel check in and a long, hot shower in Flagstaff.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow intrepid adventurers!

Evening: Time to recap the trip of a lifetime and plan your next Road Scholar adventure with new friends.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Friday, May 30 - Departure
Breakfast: Program ends after breakfast with independent departures.

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.
Currently selected:Prices Starting At:
May 21 — May 30, 2014 waitlist only  

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
9 nights of accommodations
26 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

Also on these dates ...

Choose a nearby learning adventure to add before or after this program:

Support Lifelong Learning

Our educational adventures are made possible by donors like you

Please support lifelong learning here

Free Catalog | Refer a Friend | Gift Certificates | Press | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Careers | Contact Us

© Elderhostel, Inc. 2014
11 Avenue de Lafayette | Boston MA 02111 | Toll-Free 1-800-454-5768