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

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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 !

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...

Ann Winget Mar 05, 2014 at 05:27 PM

I am arriving in Phoenix on April 5 for the April 6 program. Anyone else arriving early and want to meet for lunch?
Ann Winget Mar 05, 2014 at 05:36 PM

Sorry, meant supper.

Ellie Knesper Oct 31, 2013 at 08:54 PM

My husband and I took part in this program on October 13 - 19, 2013. I have added entries for this trip to my blog at

Thanks to everyone for your patience and flexibility as we make contingency plans for the program beginning October 13 should the government shutdown still be in effect. We're currently drafting an email which you will receive today with more details about our alternate plans. Mike Young, your program coordinator, will take you to some great places that are still accessible for hiking. Stay tuned and look for the email from us with a subject line of:
NAU Road Scholar: update on program 6113 beginning October 13, 2013
Ellie Knesper Oct 09, 2013 at 02:48 PM

Many, many thanks to both NAU and Road Scholar for trying so hard to give us fantastic trips, despite all that is going on politically. This must be both time consuming and expensive for your organizations, and we are very appreciative!

Judy O'Shea Sep 17, 2013 at 03:36 PM

We wonder whether the flooding on the upper Colorado will impact this trip, whether the hikes or the rafting. Thoughts?

Ellie Knesper Aug 01, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Does anyone know if the fire at Marble Canyon Lodge will affect the trip?

Neil Shapiro Apr 15, 2013 at 04:12 PM

Looking forward to the hikes and scenery...I hope the program will allot some time for photography...any other serious photography enthusiast's attending? I look forward to meeting you! (My website:

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