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Exploring Northern Arizona’s Cultures and Canyons

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Program #1076RJ
7 Days | 6 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 is at 7,000 feet and Peach Springs is at 5,000 feet.

Itinerary for Apr 19 — Apr 25, 2015

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Type: Motel

Description: Located just off the Northern Arizona University campus and two 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

Room amenities: 25" satellite TV, coffee maker, clock radio, telephone with voice mail and dataport.

Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool (seasonal), indoor hot tub, exercise room, guest laundry, internet, and wi-fi in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $75.00 - $150.00
Prices vary widely seasonally. Call hotel for rates which apply to your schedule.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 19 - Registration/Orientation and Introductions
Afternoon: Hotel Check in after 3:00 PM. Rooms may be available earlier based upon demand, call hotel for request.
Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the hotel meeting room. Meet your program coordinator and receive your program folder, name tag, the up to date schedule and other important information we will review during Orientation.
Beginning at 5:30 PM in the hotel meeting room, your coordinator will provide an in-depth program orientation, review the schedule and lead group introductions. Come prepare for an adventurous week of learning and new friends!
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: At leisure. Take the rest of the evening to settle in, relax, and get a good night's sleep for the full day ahead tomorrow.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn and Suites Flagstaff

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located just off the Northern Arizona University campus and two 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

Room amenities: 25" satellite TV, coffee maker, clock radio, telephone with voice mail and dataport.

Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool (seasonal), indoor hot tub, exercise room, guest laundry, internet, and wi-fi in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $75.00 - $150.00
Prices vary widely seasonally. Call hotel for rates which apply to your schedule.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 20 - Museum of Northern Arizona / Walnut Canyon Nation...
Note: The paved, one mile (round trip) Island Trail at Walnut Canyon descends 185 feet by a series of 240 steps into the canyon. This trail affords access to many cliff dwellings and interpretive signs. At an elevation of 6,700 feet, park rangers do urge caution, since climbing the 240 steps back up can tax heart and lungs. The 3/4 mile Rim Trail is a paved and level trail with easy access to great canyon views and to a series of pueblo ruins and interpretive signs.

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

Morning: To begin our adventure and better acquaint ourselves with the native cultures and natural history of the Grand Canyon region we will engage in a docent lead tour of the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA). The MNA has evolved into a regional center of learning with collections, exhibits, educational programs, publications, and research projects. Museum of Northern Arizona is the premier museum dedicated to the cultural and natural history of the Colorado Plateau. Free time to explore the museum on your own will be provided.

Lunch: Lunch at Coco's Restaurant. A nice selection of lunch entrees including soup, salads, pasta, burgers and more.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Sinagua ruins, visitor center and museum at Walnut Canyon National Monument. A hike down into Walnut Canyon (with its 220 steps) will bring you face to face with ancient cliff dwellings. Walnut Canyon is a spectacular scenic attraction in its own right and contains diverse plant and animal communities to be enjoyed from all vantage points. For those that choose not to go into the canyon a lovely rim walk with excellent views and accessible Sinagua Ruins will be offered.

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

Evening: An introduction to the regions geology with an emphasis on the Grand Canyon. Gain a background on the forces that created this world wonder which will then make your next days field trip to the Grand Canyon even more meaningful.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn and Suites Flagstaff

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located just off the Northern Arizona University campus and two 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

Room amenities: 25" satellite TV, coffee maker, clock radio, telephone with voice mail and dataport.

Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool (seasonal), indoor hot tub, exercise room, guest laundry, internet, and wi-fi in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $75.00 - $150.00
Prices vary widely seasonally. Call hotel for rates which apply to your schedule.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 21 - Grand Canyon National Park Day Trip
Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: Depart for an all day field trip to Grand Canyon National Park. En route, visit the southwestern corner of the Navajo Reservation and Cameron, site of the Cameron Trading Post. You will enter Grand Canyon National Park at Desert View overlook. Enjoy sweeping views of the Colorado River, the North Rim and Mary Jane Colter's Watchtower. The Watchtower is an interpretation of a prehistoric "tower kiva" with lavishly painted interior walls by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie. A naturalist will accompany you on your journey, revealing the Grand Canyon's unique geologic, biologic and historic features. We will visit the Grand Canyon Village, where you may tour historic buildings and see Native American arts/crafts and other souvenirs in village shops. You may even see an endangered California condor soaring overhead as you gaze out at the Canyon. This is a big long day - worthy of one the worlds grandest natural wonders!

Lunch: Sack lunches in the field.

Afternoon: During the afternoon enjoy a walk on the Rim Trail and/or walk part way down Bright Angel Trail into the canyon (participants may choose which combination of activities they wish to pursue). Other activities may include exploring various viewpoints, ranger programs and checking out the park visitor center. Return in the evening to Flagstaff hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Rest and Relax!

Lodging: La Quinta Inn and Suites Flagstaff

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located just off the Northern Arizona University campus and two 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

Room amenities: 25" satellite TV, coffee maker, clock radio, telephone with voice mail and dataport.

Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool (seasonal), indoor hot tub, exercise room, guest laundry, internet, and wi-fi in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $75.00 - $150.00
Prices vary widely seasonally. Call hotel for rates which apply to your schedule.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 22 - Meteor Crater and La Posada Hotel
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 (one hour) to Meteor Crater, the Earth's best preserved meteorite impact site. Enjoy a walking tour, lead by an experienced guide, along the rim of the crater (one mile round trip). Along with fantastic crater views, there will be time to explore the adjacent museum with excellent displays and exhibits on discovery, exploration and on going research. This crater has been used by NASA for training of the Apollo Astronauts and by Hollywood. It is also the most heavily studied impact crater, crucial to our modern understanding of the science of impact craters.

Lunch: Lunch at the Turquoise Room, the restaurant in the La Posada Hotel. The Turquoise Room, one of the southwest's unique restaurants, describes itself as Regional Contemporary Southwestern with an occasional tribute to the great days of the Fred Harvey Company. using the finest and freshest ingredients.

Afternoon: Return to Flagstaff by mid afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner in Flagstaff at a local restaurant.

Evening: Evening Program.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn and Suites Flagstaff

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Tribal artwork displayed; some traditional Hualapai cuisine served in restaurant.

Contact info:
Route 66 and Diamond Creek Road
Peach Springs, AZ 86434 USA
phone: 928-769-2230
web: www.grandcanyonresort.com

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning; hair-dryers; coffee-makers

Facility amenities: Exercise room; private courtyard with heated outdoor pool (state-of-the-art non-chlorinated purification system) and spa.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call for rates.
Stayovers not recommended for participants traveling via shuttle due to extremely limited shuttle schedule.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, April 23 - Morning Presentation and Travel to Peach Springs
Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: Enjoy a morning presentation on a topic of regional interest. Load luggage mid-morning and depart for downtown Flagstaff via the campus of Northern Arizona University. Your coordinator will share with the group the local history and sites en route.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in downtown Flagstaff.

Afternoon: Depart Flagstaff for Peach Springs and the Hualapai Nation. Enroute, stop at a classic location of Route 66 nostalgia, Seligman, with its focus on American road touring in the 1950's. After Seligman, check into our hotel by 4:30 PM. The Hualapai Lodge is a modern tribal owned lodge offering comfortable accommodations and access to the more remote and wild western end of the Grand Canyon.

Dinner: Dinner at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant will be served buffet style with salad and a different entree each night.

Evening: Enjoy an evening presentation on a subject of local interest.

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Tribal artwork displayed; some traditional Hualapai cuisine served in restaurant.

Contact info:
Route 66 and Diamond Creek Road
Peach Springs, AZ 86434 USA
phone: 928-769-2230
web: www.grandcanyonresort.com

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning; hair-dryers; coffee-makers

Facility amenities: Exercise room; private courtyard with heated outdoor pool (state-of-the-art non-chlorinated purification system) and spa.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call for rates.
Stayovers not recommended for participants traveling via shuttle due to extremely limited shuttle schedule.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Friday, April 24 - Mojave Desert to Grand Canyon West Airport / Heli...
Mojave Desert to Grand Canyon West Airport / Helicopter to River and Smooth Water Raft Trip on the Colorado River through Western Grand Canyon

Note: See Activity Details and Raft Logistics Above.

Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast at Hualapai Lodge Restaurant

Morning: NOTE: Prepare for a long (yet exhilarating and scenic) travel day. The experiences and memories that you will take home will last a lifetime. After breakfast depart for Grand Canyon West (a Hualapai Nation enterprise). Travel along the Grand Wash Cliffs, the western most edge of the Colorado Plateau and a world class Joshua tree forest en route to Grand Canyon West, and the start of a Colorado River raft trip - total travel time (with scenic stops) of approximately 2.5 hours. 2014 saw the final paving of the approach road to Grand Canyon West.

Lunch: Enjoy a sack lunches on the scenic rim of the Canyon before flying down to river.

Afternoon: Arrive at Grand Canyon West and raft the lower portion of the Colorado River from Grand Canyon West to Lake Mead with HUALAPAI RIVER RUNNER. Access to the boat ramp will be via a short helicopter ride from the rim. The Hualapai River Runners operate inflatable eight-passenger motorized pontoon rafts.The group will be split between multiple rafts. Weather conditions on the river change throughout the year, so dress for the season. In general, wear layers. Spring and Fall months, we can experience cooler temps and windy days, jackets and long pants are appropriate. During the summer months, shorts and light weight clothing are acceptable. Bring a brimmed hat, sunglasses, and river shoes or tennis shoes with a good soles that can get wet. Embarkation on raft trip involves a short steep walk down a series of stairs to the loading dock area (assistance will always be provided). This is a smoothwater stretch of river with no rapids but for added safety, life jackets will be fitted to each person before boarding the rafts. Passengers will sit on top of the raft tubes on long flat metal sitting decks that are apart of the boat frame. The trip covers about 20 river miles through the lower end of the Grand Canyon before "exiting" through the Grand Wash Cliffs then taking out at Pearce Ferry boat ramp. Time spent on the river is typically 2.5 hours. There are porta-johns at the raft loading area. While on the river bathroom breaks will be au natural along the shore upon request. Water and drinks will be available at all times on the rafts. WIND AND SAFETY ADVISORY: Please note the ability to fly helicopters to the Colorado River and the start of the raft trip is dependent on wind conditions on the rim and in the canyon. On extremely windy days, due to safety concerns, helicopters will not be allowed to fly. Although this is always a possibility, it happens very infrequently. Your coordinator will provide an alternative activity in the area if this occurs.

Dinner: Enjoy a well deserved dinner in Kingman at El Palacio Restaurant. A favorite among locals and tourist alike.

Evening: After dinner settle in for an 1 hour ride back to the Hualapai Lodge.

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, April 25 - Farewells and Program Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast in the Hualapai Lodge dining room.

Morning: On the last day of the program the Northern Arizona University Road Scholar van will transport (for free) participants back to the starting hotel in Flagstaff. NOTE: Van Go Shuttle (866-448-2646) offers express service to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport from the Hualapai Lodge on the last day of the trip. Van Go shuttle will take a direct route to Phoenix and arrive at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by 12:00 pm or soon thereafter. Book departing flights from Phoenix after 2:00 pm. Make reservations with Van Go Shuttle and confirm airline departure times with Van Go prior to confirming your airline reservation.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Flagstaff, Ariz.
General OverviewPoints of Interest within two hours of Flagstaff: the Grand Canyon National Park, Walnut Canyon, N.M., Wupatki, N.M., Sunset Crater, N.M., Museum of Northern Arizona, Downtown Flagstaff and old Route 66, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona Red Rocks and the Secret Mountain Wilderness, Montezuma's Castle, N.M., Tuzigoot, N.M., Jerome Ghost Town, Ariz., San Francisco Peaks and the Kachina Wilderness, Hopi & Navajo Reservations, La Posada Hotel/Restaurant at Winslow, Ariz., and Grand Canyon Railroad at Williams, Ariz.
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
16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips

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