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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. 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 Oct 5 — Oct 11, 2015

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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: Monday, October 05 - Check-in, Registration, Orientaion, Welcome Dinne...
Afternoon: On site program registration between 4:30 - 5:15 PM adjacent to the hotel lobby. Hotel rooms available after 3:00 PM, early arrivals will only be able to get rooms if they call ahead and pre-arrange.
Starting at 5:30 PM in the hotel conference room we will have a brief program overview talk as well as introductions.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant, walking distance from the hotel.

Evening: Following dinner, back at the hotel, we will meet a staff person from our river crew and have our river orientation. 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

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: Tuesday, October 06 - Rafting Lower Granite Gorge Canyon, Incomparable ...
Note: Hikes along the rim and into the canyon of approximately 2 - 4 miles.

Breakfast: 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 to immerse ourselves into its well known landscape. From the South Rim we are able to gain perspective of the Canyons immense size and catch glimpses of the Colorado River below, 140 miles upriver from where we will be rafting. Get and introduction to the Canyon's geology and enjoy hikes along the rim and into it's depth marveling at the spectacle that encompass you.

Lunch: Lunch at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Afternoon: Continue our day of exploration in the Canyon.

Dinner: Dinner at a Flagstaff restaurant.

Evening: Tonight is left unscheduled after our full day. Pack your river bags and get ready for an early departure the next morning.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: Incredible scenery; wild rushing river; millions of stars. Camps will be on beaches on the banks of the Colorado River. Participants will set up a sleeping pad and sleeping bag in their sleeping area. We carry tents in case of rain, high winds or cold temperatures. Tents will always be available but are rarely set up in good weather as everyone typically enjoys sleeping under the stars and often consider this as one of the highlights of the trip. NOTE: Sleeping bags are laundered by the program provider before every trip.

Contact info:
NAU Road Scholar
Flagstaff, AZ 86011 USA
phone: 928-523-2359
Room amenities: Camps will be on beaches on the banks of the Colorado River.

Facility amenities: Soft sand; fresh air.

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

Bathroom: A group toilet system will be set up at camp each evening. A thorough orientation to the system and hygiene will be covered. During the day, female and male areas will be identified along the shoreline and bushes. Correct procedures will be discussed.


Day Three: Wednesday, October 07 - Another Day in Paradise
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: Today we will have breakfast on the road as we head to our early rendezvous with the rafts and river crew in Granite Gorge.

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, we will stop at Travertine Grotto for a quick hike. Then, continue traveling down the Colorado River expanding on 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! 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.

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 river side settings.

Evening: After setting up camp for the evening, enjoy chatting with new friends. Relax in the evening under the stars.

Lodging: Colorado River Campsite

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: Incredible scenery; wild rushing river; millions of stars. Camps will be on beaches on the banks of the Colorado River. Participants will set up a sleeping pad and sleeping bag in their sleeping area. We carry tents in case of rain, high winds or cold temperatures. Tents will always be available but are rarely set up in good weather as everyone typically enjoys sleeping under the stars and often consider this as one of the highlights of the trip. NOTE: Sleeping bags are laundered by the program provider before every trip.

Contact info:
NAU Road Scholar
Flagstaff, AZ 86011 USA
phone: 928-523-2359
Room amenities: Camps will be on beaches on the banks of the Colorado River.

Facility amenities: Soft sand; fresh air.

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

Bathroom: A group toilet system will be set up at camp each evening. A thorough orientation to the system and hygiene will be covered. During the day, female and male areas will be identified along the shoreline and bushes. Correct procedures will be discussed.


Day Four: Thursday, October 08 - Following the Rhythm of the River, Halfway Point
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, etc. May be a hot breakfast or a cold breakfast depending on our itinerary and timing.

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 including an optional hike in Bridge Canyon.

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 camp spot as the stars begin to pop out.

Lodging: Colorado River Campsite

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: Incredible scenery; wild rushing river; millions of stars. Camps will be on beaches on the banks of the Colorado River. Participants will set up a sleeping pad and sleeping bag in their sleeping area. We carry tents in case of rain, high winds or cold temperatures. Tents will always be available but are rarely set up in good weather as everyone typically enjoys sleeping under the stars and often consider this as one of the highlights of the trip. NOTE: Sleeping bags are laundered by the program provider before every trip.

Contact info:
NAU Road Scholar
Flagstaff, AZ 86011 USA
phone: 928-523-2359
Room amenities: Camps will be on beaches on the banks of the Colorado River.

Facility amenities: Soft sand; fresh air.

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

Bathroom: A group toilet system will be set up at camp each evening. A thorough orientation to the system and hygiene will be covered. During the day, female and male areas will be identified along the shoreline and bushes. Correct procedures will be discussed.


Day Five: Friday, October 09 - More rafting and short hikes in Granite Gorge.
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: 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: Lunch riverside at out take out location.

Afternoon: After lunch, continue rafting downstream. Cool off with a river dunk before reboarding boats.

Take a short hike to 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. 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: Colorado River Campsite

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: Saturday, October 10 - South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park
Note: Final day on river, breaking camp requires the carrying of gear to boats and if time allows we will get one more short hike in,

Breakfast: “Wake up early to the shout of “coffeeeeee!” .... Our final river breakfast on the banks of the mighty Colorado.

Morning: Today, after breaking camp for the last time, 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 as we take in the smooth waters that are the farthest reaches of Lake Mead. River take out approximately 2:30 PM.

Lunch: River lunch at river take out prior to our drive home, with coldcuts and assorted goodies.

Afternoon: After lunch we will get in our program van and head back to our Flagstaff hotel. Travel distance of approximately 4 hours.

Dinner: Tonight's dinner will be our celebratory dinner and program wrap-up, reflecting on our shared experiences of the last 5 days.

Evening: Free evening after our late dinner and program wrap-up.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Sunday, October 11 - Program Concludes
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Program ends after breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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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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17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
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