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Program #21044RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately 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 Jun 5 — Jun 11, 2014

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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: Thursday, June 05 - Program Registration & Introductions/River Compan...
Afternoon: Program registration in the hotel lobby from 4:30 - 5:15 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at Sizzler Restaurant. Along with a hot entree selection enjoy Sizzler's famous endless Salad Bar with over 50 fresh items including seasonal and specialty salads, just picked vegetables and fresh fruits, soups, hot appetizers and cool desserts.

Evening: Introductions and orientation in the hotel meeting room following dinner. Get to know your fellow participants, review the schedule, and get prepared for the action packed adventure you are about to embark on.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn

Meals Included: 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 Two: Friday, June 06 - Full day trip to the South Rim of Grand Canyon Na...
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, we travel to Grand Canyon National Park for an introduction to its geology and natural history. From the South Rim we are able to gain perspective of the Canyons immense size and catch glimpses of the Colorado River below, our home for the next 3 days. Enjoy walks along the rim and an optional walk on the Bright Angel Trail below the rim of the canyon.

Lunch: Sack lunch while hiking in the canyon.

Afternoon: Continue our day of hiking in the Canyon. Participants who want a bigger challenge can descend into the Canyon along the famed Bright Angel trail.

Dinner: Dinner at a local Flagstaff restaurant.

Evening: River orientation. Meet your raft guides and review all the particulars of the trip. Each person will receive one large and one small dry bag to pack their things into. We will review packing suggestions and what to expect on the river. Luggage which you do not want to bring on the river can be stored safely at the hotel until we return. For questions contact the Provider (Northern Arizona University) at (928) 523-2359; or RoadScholarprograms@nau.edu
ADDITIONAL RAFTING INFORMATION
HEAT: Late spring and early summer raft trips on the Colorado River will likely encounter hot weather conditions on the river. Your guides will direct and instruct the group about staying hydrated throughout the day. In addition, be prepared to stay cool using river and stream water on clothes. Emphasis will also be placed on using proper sun protection elements such as broad brim hats, sunscreen and loose cool clothing.
TEAM WORK: This is a rewarding river adventure in a primitive / wilderness setting. Come prepared for a hands on experience where participants pitch in with camp set up and clean-up throughout the trip.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn

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: 928-523-3436 xforinfo
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: Saturday, June 07 - Rafting Lower Granite Gorge Canyon - Incomparable...
Rafting Lower Granite Gorge Canyon - Incomparable Views & Stunning Stops

Note: Rafts are 16 and 18 foot "Oar Frame" pontoon style rafts with an attached metal frame. The boatman pilots and powers the raft using two oars situated in the oar frame. Passengers sit on top of the rubber pontoons or on top of gear boxes. There are strong nylon straps (webbing) to hold onto in the rapids. Be prepared for repeatedly getting on and off the raft and helping to carry gear to set up camp. Camping will be under the stars - with tents, pads and sleeping bags provided.

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, we check out of the hotel and travel through parts of the Hualapai Indian reservation to our launch point. We travel the only road to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the Diamond Creek Road, which is a thrilling experience itself for as we descend into the canyon the red rock walls rise and soon engulf us. Board rafts at the Diamond Creek beach and start your journey down lower Granite Gorge and the final 56 miles of the Grand Canyon and 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 continuing the fascinating story of Grand Canyon's geology and natural history en route to the first evening's campsite. Today we experience many thrilling white water rapids of class 3 size (the Colorado River uses a 1-10 rapid rating scale making our rapid 6 -7's) Expect some splashing and hold on!
CAMP SET UP: Help the crew unload the communal cooking equipment, food and personal gear from the boats. Finding your own site to set up your camp. Under clear skies most participants opt to NOT set up a tent and instead sleep under the stars. Tents will always be available for set up though. Be prepared for camping on sandy beaches. Some beach areas may be small and camping spots will be relatively close together.
Camp will be exposed to the elements. We will hope for and frequently enjoy balmy days but be prepared for shifts in the weather including cold fronts and wind. Once camp is set up, the NAU Outdoors crew will prepare a meal.

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. 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: 928-523-3436 xforinfo
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: Sunday, June 08 - 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: Break camp and help load the raft. Rafting downstream with interpretation of geologic, natural and human history anecdotes en route. More rapids and exploration of side canyons. Highlights will include an optional short hike to Travertine Falls, a beautiful 35 foot cascade surrounded by streamside vegetation and a stop a Separation Canyon. This historically significant spot is where after months of challenges, turmoil and deprivation, three members of the famous 1869 Powell Expedition left the river trip to strike out on their own and try hike out of the canyon rim. The three men were never seen from again. Your guides will tell the rest of the story.

Lunch: River lunch on a beach with coldcuts, 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: 928-523-3436 xforinfo
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: Monday, June 09 - 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. On this day the rafts will float within view of the now famous Grand Canyon Skywalk. Located 3,500 feet above the river, the horseshoe shaped glass walkway juts out over the rim of the canyon giving tourist a thrilling view of the canyon below their feet.

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

Afternoon: After lunch, continue rafting downstream. 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 another scrumptious 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: 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 Six: Tuesday, June 10 - Exploration of the Grand Canyon
Breakfast: By now, you know the drill! "Coffeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!"

Morning: Today, after breaking camp for the last time, we head for our river take out. We will quickly pass the Grand Wash Cliffs and emerge out of lower Granite Gorge and the Grand Canyon. The rapids will now be behind us a we take in the smooth waters that are the farthest reached of Lake Mead.

Lunch: Today we will enjoy lunch in the funky old Route 66 town of Seligman. We will give a little time to explore the many historical sights and shops after lunch, and maybe even enjoy some ice cream at the landmark "Snow Cap" drive-in.

Afternoon: Return to Flagstaff traveling through the Hualapai Reservation and along famed Route 66. Afternoon arrival back to "civilization" and a long, hot shower in your hotel room.

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

Evening: Time to recap our adventure, laugh with our new friends, and plan your next Road Scholar!

Lodging: La Quinta Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Wednesday, June 11 - Departure day
Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: Program ends after breakfast.

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
4 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips

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