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FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA

Grand Canyon National Park With Your Grandchild: Colorado River Rafting and a Historic Train Ride

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Program #5831RJ
6 Days | 5 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
Flagstaff's elevation is 7,000 feet. Participants with heart/lung conditions, check with physician.

Itinerary for Jul 13 — Jul 18, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Four floors with 2 elevators, 128 rooms. Conveniently close to shopping. One quarter mile to Northern Arizona University. 2 miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.

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: Free WIFI, dataport phones, premium cable channels, coffee maker, hair dryer, clock.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool and spa, fitness center. Deluxe continental breakfast. Guest coin operated laundry available. Free local calls. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a locked refrigerator that is located in the hotel lobby area. Lobby microwave available to guests 24 hours. Safety deposit box at front desk available to all guests. Roll away beds for $10.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal
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 "6" option, to connect with group sales, which has the information about Road Scholar groups.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 13 - Program Registration/Orientation & Getting Acquai...
Afternoon: On site registration in hotel meeting room from 4:30-5:15 PM

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant with an extensive salad bar and entree choices.

Evening: After dinner, meet your fellow participants, both young and young at heart, and learn about the full slate of fun and educational activities planned for the next five days in Flagstaff and northern Arizona.

Lodging: Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Four floors with 2 elevators, 128 rooms. Conveniently close to shopping. One quarter mile to Northern Arizona University. 2 miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.

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: Free WIFI, dataport phones, premium cable channels, coffee maker, hair dryer, clock.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool and spa, fitness center. Deluxe continental breakfast. Guest coin operated laundry available. Free local calls. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a locked refrigerator that is located in the hotel lobby area. Lobby microwave available to guests 24 hours. Safety deposit box at front desk available to all guests. Roll away beds for $10.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal
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 "6" option, to connect with group sales, which has the information about Road Scholar groups.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 14 - Challenge Course/Outdoor Survival/ California Con...
Note: Walking on mostly paved pathways at Bearizona. Some walking off road over uneven terrain -- no more than 1/4 mile -- for survival activity.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel including waffles, hot and cold cereals, coffee, juice and fruit.

Morning: Shuttle to Northern Arizona University's Challenge Course on south campus for a morning of team building events. Our goal is to build a trusting and cohesive group of grandparents and grandchildren who just met each other the night before. We will start out with on the ground games, move to low and then to high element activities. This will include some of the elements of the static course with activities at heights 25-30 feet off the ground. This progression of activities will challenge the group with increasingly difficult tasks while encouraging cooperation, inspiring confidence and having fun, all within a supportive and safe environment. Grandparents as well as grandchildren are encouraged to participate, but all activities are 'challenge by choice'. (Requires only average strength and coordination). Then travel to Williams, AZ to Bearizona.

Lunch: Sack lunch at Bearizona.

Afternoon: At Bearizona, watch hawks, owls, falcons and other raptors in “free flight” demonstrations while learning about their natural history, conservation and important role in ecosystem health. Visit Fort Bearizona to see black bear cubs and other North American animals in a walk-through setting. Then travel through the Drive Thru Wildlife Park to see large North American mammals including bison, wolves, big horn sheep and black bears. Depart Bearizona for the surrounding ponderosa forest where we’ll learn some basic survival techniques and build an emergency shelter out of natural materials. Return to the hotel in late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at a local Greek restaurant with a variety of entree choices for all ages and palates.

Evening: The evening's kid-focused presentation will be about the efforts to reestablish the once nearly-extinct California Condor, America's largest bird, in northern Arizona. Presented by a wildlife biologist from the Arizona Department of Game and Fish. This topic is timely since condors have been known to frequent the area near Lee's Ferry and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Lodging: Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Four floors with 2 elevators, 128 rooms. Conveniently close to shopping. One quarter mile to Northern Arizona University. 2 miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.

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: Free WIFI, dataport phones, premium cable channels, coffee maker, hair dryer, clock.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool and spa, fitness center. Deluxe continental breakfast. Guest coin operated laundry available. Free local calls. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a locked refrigerator that is located in the hotel lobby area. Lobby microwave available to guests 24 hours. Safety deposit box at front desk available to all guests. Roll away beds for $10.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal
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 "6" option, to connect with group sales, which has the information about Road Scholar groups.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 15 - Navajo Reservation/Lee's Ferry & Navajo Bridge/Ra...
Navajo Reservation/Lee's Ferry & Navajo Bridge/Rafting on the Colorado River

Note: Participants need to be able to climb in and out of a motorized raft, with assistance, for smooth water float trip. Daytime temperatures can be very warm (90F) and the sun quite strong so it is important to stay hydrated and protect ones-self from the sun with a hat, sunscreen and/or long-sleeved shirt and long pants (quick drying). Optional: short 1/4 mile walk to view ancient rock art during smooth water raft trip.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel including waffles, hot and cold cereals, coffee, juice and fruit.

Morning: Depart for Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Nation, and then to on to the town of Page. Visit the Carl Hayden Visitor Center perched high above Glen Canyon Dam. View the giant relief map in the lobby and see photos of the building of the dam in the 1950’s and 60’s. Looking out of the giant picture windows, see Lake Powell stretching into the distance. Lake Powell has more shoreline than the west coast of the United States! Then shift your gaze down and to the rafts moored just below the dam and know that soon you’ll be boarding one for an unforgettable float through Glen Canyon. After checking in with the guiding company, you will descend by bus through the tunnel down to the river and your waiting raft. As you float downstream, watching the walls of the Canyon rise above you, look for fly fishermen casting for rainbow trout. The water is so clear you may see them swimming below you.

Lunch: Enjoy your lunch after boarding the boat for the raft trip.

Afternoon: Enjoy your lunch as you gaze up at the high cliffs searching for golden eagles, California condors -- North America's largest flying bird, hawks and turkey vultures. Stop to see the amazing petroglyphs, perhaps 1000 years old, just a short distance from shore. You may catch sight of a chuckwalla lizard sunning itself nearby. Then dare your friends to jump into the 48 degree water of the Colorado River before reboarding the rafts for the spectacular trip around the Horseshoe Bend -- 1000' above -- and to Lee's Ferry. Remember, Lee’s Ferry is where the Grand Canyon officially begins. You may see river guides readying their rafts for their exciting trips through the Grand Canyon. Time permitting, stop at the wild looking mushroom rocks – just part of the fascinating geology near Lee’s Ferry. Please note: raft trip participation requires signature on a liability waiver.

Dinner: Dinner at the historic Cameron Trading Post. One of your entree choices is an authentic Navajo Taco.

Evening: Return to Flagstaff after dinner.

Lodging: Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Four floors with 2 elevators, 128 rooms. Conveniently close to shopping. One quarter mile to Northern Arizona University. 2 miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.

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: Free WIFI, dataport phones, premium cable channels, coffee maker, hair dryer, clock.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool and spa, fitness center. Deluxe continental breakfast. Guest coin operated laundry available. Free local calls. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a locked refrigerator that is located in the hotel lobby area. Lobby microwave available to guests 24 hours. Safety deposit box at front desk available to all guests. Roll away beds for $10.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal
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 "6" option, to connect with group sales, which has the information about Road Scholar groups.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 16 - Kids Only Activity/Hands On Exploration of Grand ...
Kids Only Activity/Hands On Exploration of Grand Canyon Geology!/Free Afternoon

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel including waffles, hot and cold cereals, coffee, juice and fruit.

Morning: After breakfast is a 'Kids Only' activity. Then, ever wonder how the Grand Canyon was created? Everyone will participate in a hands-on presentation on the mighty earth forces over millions and billions of years that created the Grand Canyon. Which rock layer will you be?!

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant with many choices from an extensive salad and taco bar.

Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy a free afternoon to explore historic Flagstaff and regional attractions on your own or with new friends or enjoy a dip in the hotel's pool. Because of the numerous opportunities for individual exploration you may wish to combine the afternoon and evening free times and go to Sedona, Meteor Crater, Montezuma Castle, Lowell Observatory, or other points of interest.

Dinner: Dinner at a local Mexican restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening.

Lodging: Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Four floors with 2 elevators, 128 rooms. Conveniently close to shopping. One quarter mile to Northern Arizona University. 2 miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.

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: Free WIFI, dataport phones, premium cable channels, coffee maker, hair dryer, clock.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool and spa, fitness center. Deluxe continental breakfast. Guest coin operated laundry available. Free local calls. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a locked refrigerator that is located in the hotel lobby area. Lobby microwave available to guests 24 hours. Safety deposit box at front desk available to all guests. Roll away beds for $10.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal
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 "6" option, to connect with group sales, which has the information about Road Scholar groups.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 17 - All Aboard the Grand Canyon Railway!/Grand Canyon...
All Aboard the Grand Canyon Railway!/Grand Canyon National Park and Bright Angel Trail/Pizza Party!

Note: Walking up to 2 miles on paved pathways on S. Rim of Grand Canyon. Optional hike into Canyon is 2/3 mile round trip on steep, unpaved Bright Angel Trail.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel including waffles, hot and cold cereals, coffee, juice and fruit.

Morning: Board transportation to the Williams train depot, 35 miles west of Flagstaff. Following the Wild West show and shoot out, board the train for the 60 mile trip through forests and high desert ranch land to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Look for prairie dogs near Williams then watch for mule deer in the ponderosa forest and pronghorn antelope and free range cattle in the open range lands.

Lunch: Box lunch to enjoy on the train as you travel through an iconic Arizona ranch landscape with mountains in the distance.

Afternoon: After box lunch on the train, tour Grand Canyon Village and the view points of the Grand Canyon from the S. Rim. Optional hike down the famous Bright Angel Trail. Enjoy a little bit of free time to explore the Canyon on your own or find the fountain for ice cream at the Bright Angel Lodge. Board train to return to the Williams train station -- that is, unless the train robbers get you on the way back!

Dinner: Come back to Flagstaff and enjoy a festive pizza party for our final dinner.

Evening: Enjoy the last evening together with your new friends before packing up. Everyone into the pool!

Lodging: Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 18 - Walnut Canyon National Monument Ancient Cliff Dwe...
Walnut Canyon National Monument Ancient Cliff Dwellings/Program Wrap Up & Farewells

Note: Island Trail descends 185 feet into Walnut Canyon and is .9 miles round trip. There is a paved rim trail for those unable to descend into the Canyon.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel including waffles, hot and cold cereals, coffee, juice and fruit.

Morning: This morning, travel to Walnut Canyon National Monument, to view the 700 year old Anasazi pueblo ruins there. Walk down into the canyon on the Island Trail to visit and, in some cases, step inside these ancient structures. Walk in the footsteps of these early area inhabitants, see how they lived, where they got their food, how they built their homes, while enjoying the spectacular scenery and geology of Walnut Canyon. Hear of the connection that the Hopi people have to this beautiful canyon. Visit the Monument's museum and bookstore. Program review and farewells near the canyon's rim. Program ends with the return to the hotel in time for the 11:00 AM checkout.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZPoints 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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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences

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