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Program #7704RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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
Lodging elevation: Peach Springs 5,400 feet. Supai 3,200 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Day pack large enough to carry water, lunch and personal gear and outer wear.

Itinerary for Oct 21 — Oct 27, 2013

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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 before: Seasonal - call for rates
Stayovers or early arrivals not recommended for participants traveling via shuttle due to extremely limited shuttle schedule.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, October 21 - Hotel Check in / Program Orientation and Introduc...
Afternoon: Arrive and check in to Hualapai Lodge after 3:00 PM. Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration in hotel meeting room on second floor above the lobby from 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM.

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

Evening: After dinner, your Northern Arizona University Road Scholar coordinator will lead an orientation session. With your fellow participants, you will review the week's itinerary and there will be a question and answer session afterward. The orientation will conclude with participant introductions.

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

Meals Included: 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 before: Seasonal - call for rates
Stayovers or early arrivals not recommended for participants traveling via shuttle due to extremely limited shuttle schedule.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, October 22 - Hualapai / Western Grand Canyon Hike/Evening Prog...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant. Meals are served buffet style and include typical entree selections such as scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, oatmeal, cereals, muffins, yogurt, etc.

Morning: Depart after breakfast for an all-day hike in Grand Canyon (5 - 7 miles) on Hualapai Indian Nation lands. Hikes will be located in the western Grand Canyon in the Peach Springs / Diamond Creek area. Hikes will be in rocky canyon bottoms and open plateaus. Our hike will take us away from the masses in a wilderness location. Intimate inner Grand Canyon experiences and distant rim views will delight and challenge both the moderate and seasoned hiker. Expect uneven footing and varied terrain throughout the week. Maximum of 500 feet elevation gain. DIAMOND CREEK HIKE: Note: On this day we will hike up Diamond Creek Canyon (5 miles round trip). You WILL be walking in ankle deep water on this hike.You will want to wear your hiking boots due to the rocky nature of the stream bed. We will cross the creek dozens of times. The reward is some of the most spectacular inner canyon views imaginable. Don’t worry – your boots will dry out quickly in the low humidity desert air. This hike will continue to the Diamond Creek beach and the mighty Colorado River!

Lunch: Sack lunches along the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hike and return to Hualapai Lodge in late afternoon.

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

Evening: Evening program on Hualapai Indian culture and traditions (presented by a Hualapai tribal member) or a presentation on Arizona Ranching Life.

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

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 before: Seasonal - call for rates
Stayovers or early arrivals not recommended for participants traveling via shuttle due to extremely limited shuttle schedule.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, October 23 - Hualapai / Peach Springs Canyon Hike/Havasupai Hi...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant. Meals are served buffet style and include typical entree selections such as scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, oatmeal, cereals, muffins, yogurt, etc.

Morning: Depart after breakfast for an all-day hike in Grand Canyon (5-7 miles) on Hualapai Indian Nation lands. The hike will be located in the Peach Springs / Diamond Creek area. Today's hike will either be along the Tonto Rim or in Rincon Canyon. Hikes will be in rocky canyon bottoms and open plateaus with uneven footing. Maximum of 500 feet elevation gain.

Lunch: Sack lunches along the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hike and return to Hualapai Lodge in late afternoon.

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

Evening: The group will gather for an orientation and prep talk on hiking down to the village of Supai in the morning. A complete review of packing strategies, hiking tips, distances, clothing and personal gear needed will be discussed. See the "Carrying Your Luggage" below for more information.

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Beautiful and secluded canyon-bottom setting.

Contact info:
Center of town
Supai, AZ 86435 USA
phone: 928-448-2111
web: www.havasupaitribe.com/lodge.html

Facility amenities: Given the location (8 miles from the nearest road) this is a very basic accommodation with no frills.

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


Day Four: Thursday, October 24 - Hike to Supai Village / Havasupai Lodge
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant. Meals are served buffet style and include typical entree selections such as scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, oatmeal, cereals, muffins, yogurt, etc.

Morning: Check out of the Lodge after breakfast and depart for Hualapai Hilltop (75 mile drive). Overnight luggage will be carried to the Havasupai Lodge by pack horse. The hike, starting at Hualapai Hilltop Trailhead, is eight miles to the Havasupai Indian village of Supai. The first two miles consists of a switch back trail and the greatest loss of elevation (1,200 feet). The trail continues and follows a normally dry wash for 4 miles at stream gradient. For the last 2 miles into the village of Supai the trail is on a relatively level dirt path. The entire hike offers world class scenery and allows you to experience the Grand Canyon without the masses of people you might find in the National Park.

Lunch: Sack lunches along the trail.

Afternoon: Arrive in the village of Supai and check into Havasupai Lodge. The lodge provides a simple, yet comfortable place to explore the waterfalls and features of Havasupai Canyon.

Dinner: Dinner at Havasupai Cafe. The cafe will offer up and introduce you to the famous "Indian Taco" - a light, crispy fry bread loaded with traditional taco toppings. It's a memorable experience! A vegetarian version of this dish will also be available.

Evening: After dinner, the group will gather for an informal meeting in the lodge courtyard to recap the days events and prepare for tomorrow's outing to Havasu and Mooney Falls.

Lodging: Havasupai Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Beautiful and secluded canyon-bottom setting.

Contact info:
Center of town
Supai, AZ 86435 USA
phone: 928-448-2111
web: www.havasupaitribe.com/lodge.html

Facility amenities: Given the location (8 miles from the nearest road) this is a very basic accommodation with no frills.

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


Day Five: Friday, October 25 - Hike to Havasupai Waterfalls / Evening Presentati...
Breakfast: Breakfast prepared and served in the Havasupai Lodge courtyard by the Road Scholar staff.

Morning: Depart after breakfast for an all-day hiking trip along Havasu Creek to the world famous, photogenic Havasupai waterfalls. This is the reward for all our effort! Revel in the deep blue green water of Havasu Falls as it drops 100 feet to sculpted travertine pools below. Mooney Falls, the highest at nearly 200 feet is equally stunning and dramatic. Your coordinator, well versed in the local flora and fauna and natural history of the area will share valuable information with the group. Side trips to other area features and free time to explore the village of Supai will be offered.

Lunch: Sack lunches along the trail.

Afternoon: Return to Havasupai Lodge in late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at Havasupai Cafe.

Evening: After dinner a select evening program about the Havasupai people presented by a tribal member will be offered at the Lodge.

Lodging: Havasupai Lodge

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 before: Seasonal - call for rates
Stayovers or early arrivals not recommended for participants traveling via shuttle due to extremely limited shuttle schedule.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, October 26 - Havasupai Hike Out Day / Program Wrap up
Note: AIRWEST Helicopter service information (from the Village of Supai to Hualapai Hilltop Trailhead) listed above.

Breakfast: Breakfast prepared and served in the Havasupai Lodge courtyard by the Road Scholar staff.

Morning: Check out of Havasupai Lodge and depart for Hualapai Hilltop. We will retrace our steps and hike 8 miles (with a cumulative elevation gain of 2500 feet) to the trailhead. Hiking out of the canyon on your own two feet will be the best and most rewarding option – so continue to get into good physical shape and be prepared for the hike out. NOTE: Check the seasonal helicopter schedule below to see if flight service out of the canyon is available and an option on your trip. Helicopter flights (approx. $85) are on a first come first serve basis (hikers fly after tribal members and employees of the tribe though). Reservations are not taken. Havasupai horseback rides are also available for hire and can be arranged in the Supai Village if necessary. AIRWEST HELICOPTER SCHEDULE: (Summer Operation: March 15 - October 15) Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Friday. (Winter Operation: October 16 - March 14) Sunday and Friday

Lunch: Sack lunches along the trail.

Afternoon: Arrive at Hualapai Hilltop trailhead and travel back to Hualapai Lodge, arriving in late afternoon for check-in.

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

Evening: A final evening for reflections and progran wrap up will be offered. Time to celebrate our exploring in exploring off the beaten path Grand Canyon,

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Sunday, October 27 - Departure Day
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant. Meals are served buffet style and include typical entree selections such as scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, oatmeal, cereals, muffins, yogurt, etc.

Morning: Departures after breakfast. Van Go shuttle riders depart for Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by 8:00 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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
2 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips

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