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Hiking Arizona’s Marble Canyon and Vermilion Cliffs: Off-the-Beaten-Path

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Linda Paxton Nov 23, 2015 at 04:00 PM

Would anyone in the group be interested in going to The Wave, either before or after the trip? It requires permits, and I could take care of getting them. We would need transporation - it requires a 46 miles drive.
Jodi Abbott Nov 24, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Which trip are you going on?

Jodi Abbott Sep 21, 2015 at 07:24 PM

By any chance are we going to Buckskin Gulch? I didn't see it mentioned in the itinerary, and was hoping....I'm going on this trip in March of next year.
Gayle Sheets Sep 22, 2015 at 09:12 AM

Hi Jodi, I've been on the Marble Canyon trip twice and we've never gone to Buckskin Gulch. So, I tracked down an outfitter in Kanab who takes small groups in: www.kanabwesternadventures.com The owner is Mike Henrie and he is a terrific guide. I'm from Florida, so when I go west, I try to get in as much adventuring as possible. White Pockets in the Vermilion Cliffs area is another hike you might want to consider. We've done that with Mike also. Good luck!
Gayle Sheets Sep 22, 2015 at 09:25 AM

Jodi, be sure to take binoculars with you too. Spring is the time to watch for California Condors hanging around Navajo Bridge right where you will be staying. Last March we saw 7 flying. This is a bird whose hayday was the Pleistocene, and it almost became extinct in the 1980s. Just adds to the excitement!
Jodi Abbott Sep 25, 2015 at 08:15 AM

Thanks, Gayle.

Liz Loring Feb 25, 2015 at 07:51 AM

It is wierdly funny that I am mostly posting to myself but just in case someone is reading my posts, I decided to go ahead and come in to Phoenix. I finally found the right airline connections to meet the Van!! Yipee!
Margaret Smith Aug 10, 2015 at 02:16 PM

So, how did you like the trip? I plan to go next year in March

Liz Loring Feb 24, 2015 at 08:54 PM

I hope to fly in to Flagstaff and hopefully this can be checked out?? before I make a reservation.Thx

Liz Loring Feb 15, 2015 at 04:13 PM

I am enrolled in the 4/12-18 program and I would like to know where to fly in. I thought it made sense to come into Flagstaff..Im going to call Monday to see what the shuttle operator says!? I'll let others know what I find out.

karin grobe Jan 28, 2015 at 12:05 PM

We are enrolled in the April 12-18, 2015 program. We can fly into/out of either Flagstaff or Phoenix. Is anyone able to offer carshare or advice on which airport is the best? Flagstaff is closer but the shuttle operator is really negative about picking us up there, and wants us to fly into Phoenix.
Gayle Sheets Jan 28, 2015 at 12:17 PM

Did you book your reservations thru Road Scholar? If so, it may be that most of the group is flying into Phoenix and your flying there too will make the pickup process easier.

Rose M Jan 20, 2015 at 11:00 PM

Hello to my future friends on the March 8,2015 trip. I am Rose of Washington state. I'll be flying into Phoenix. My main question - at this point - is whether you are all in good enough shape to carry me - should I prove not equal to the rigors of the trail ?!!!
Here's Hoping !
Tom Brogan Mar 04, 2015 at 03:28 PM

Hello Rose, I am Tom. 1st time on a RS Western hiking trip. Because of our winter I haven’t laced-up my hiking boots in 2 months. I don’t count wearing them shoving snow off my drive! I’m looking for warm weather. See you next week
Rose M Mar 06, 2015 at 03:15 AM

Nice to "meet" you, Tom. Not to worry.... If we fade before the finish - we can hail a Taxi !!!!

Gayle Sheets Sep 03, 2014 at 02:00 PM

I'll be taking part in the Sept 28 tour. I'm so looking forward to this adventure and meeting everyone. For anyone interested in condors, on Sept 27 there will be an event quite close to Marble Canyon. I plan to be there. Here are the details:
Come join us at the 18th Annual Public Condor Release and celebrate National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 27, 2014. Activities, will begin around 10am and we'll open the doors of the Condor Cliffs Holding Pen atop the Paria Plateau at 11am. Spread the word...
We will have spotting scopes, binoculars and Project Personell to answer questions and give some background on the program.
Driving Directions:
From Flagstaff to the Condor Viewing Site (36.771027, -112.056501)
Follow US-89 N to US-89A N in Bitter Springs 110 mi / 1h 47 min.
Follow US-89A N to House Rock Rd 44.4 mi / 57 min.
Turn right (north) onto House Rock Rd (BLM 1065) 2.8 mi.
Destination is on the right...

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