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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA

The Classic Grand Canyon Challenge: Rim to River

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Program #8144RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 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. 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.
Annemiek from Diamond Springs, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/22/14 - 09/27/14
This was a great hike down and up through the ages. The combination of physical challenge and surrounding beauty is a fabulous one and I highly recommend taking on this challenging hike! Our group was great and perfect in size and we learned a lot about geology and nature in general. Go for it! Annemiek

Elaine from Unadilla, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/22/14 - 09/27/14
The program far exceeded my expectations and challenged me in many ways. Both instructors were very knowledgeable and passionate about hiking, nature and the canyons. Hiking in the Catskills in a cool forest setting and my active lifestyle did not prepare me well for the challenges of elevation, endurance, and temperature. Mike W. was especially helpful and encouraging and went above and beyond on my behalf. Our group was cohesive, interesting, encouraging, and warm. I am very grateful that I participated in this program. I would highly recommend this program.

Kathy from Louisville, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/22/14 - 09/27/14
9/22/2014-9/27/2014 Kathy and Doug Louisville, TN As newer hikers we found this to be the most wonderful experience ever. Our guides Mike and Michael were fun and knowledgeable to insure an unforgettable experience and keep us safe. The people in our group became our family along the way, and we hope to get together for future hike. VanGo shuttle service got us from the airport with additional information along the way. One of the top five trips EVER!

Jan from Seaside, CA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/10/14 - 09/15/14
Allan and I really enjoyed this Roads Scholar trip. Our guides were fantastic and it was quite a thrill when we made it to the top.

Jodi from Katy, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/10/14 - 09/15/14
This is a fantastic trip! Our guides, Joanna and Jeff, were professional, helpful, and very knowledgeable regarding all aspects of the Canyon. The scenery is breathtaking and I am so very happy I went!

Donna from Fairburn, SD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/15/14 - 04/20/14
if you want to face a physical challenge in gorgeous surroundings, as well as learn about science and history, this program is for you. If you are willing to put in the time and effort, you just may surprise yourself--I know I did!

Michaelette from Black Hawk, SD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/15/14 - 04/20/14
Had a wonderful experience on hiking the Grand Canyon. Thank you for letting me complete an item on my bucket list.

Kathleen from Spokane, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/15/14 - 04/20/14
Great instructors/leaders, accommodations and meals! Great group of participants! Most amazing adventure of a lifetime!!!. We learned so much! Definitely challenging, but I am so thankful for the opportunity to experience the Grand Canyon in this way!

Nancy from Olathe, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/29/13 - 12/04/13
Road Scholar allowed me to fulfill a life long dream of hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and staying at Phantom Ranch. The program was very well planned and organized. All I had to do was pack up and hike. The instructor provided some good insight into minimizing fatigue in the descent into the canyon which I will apply to future hiking endeavors.

Neal from Fishkill, NY Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 11/29/13 - 12/04/13
My wife and I just completed the Grand Canyon trip to Phantom Ranch. This is a trip that I have wanted to do for many years but also realized that it was difficult to obtain reservations at the Phantom Ranch. I would highly recommend this trip where all of the logistics at the Grand Canyon are taken care of by Road Scholars. Jeff and Lissa were excellent leaders that were able to relate immediately with our group and made the hike fun and enjoyable for all that participated. If you have never been the inner gorge of the canyon you are in for a life time experience that you will probably always remember.

Anthony from Stoke-on-Trent, NA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/17/13 - 11/22/13
A wonderful and inspiring walk down and up the Grand(eur) Canyon. The leaders were excellent and other fellow travellers great company. One needed to have prepared for the hikes as they were challenging but there was always support on hand if struggling at any time. Anthony Osborne Stoke-on-Trent England

Wesley from Lexington, KY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/17/13 - 11/22/13
A very interesting, informative, and challenging program. And worth every minute of training that is required to be prepared for it. If you are able to apply and be accepted for this program, go for it. You will not be disappointed!

Stanley from Moraga, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 04/19/13 - 04/24/13
This program exceeded my already high expectations. The leaders were superb: knowledgeable and welcoming to all. Grand Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world, and all participants were able to enjoy the experience fully. The materials sent in advance of the program, especially those on how to train and what equipment to bring, were helpful and informative. If you choose to hike Grand Canyon, make sure you are IN SHAPE! It's literally a "walk in the park," but 4,600 feet of elevation change makes for a strenuous "walk." But that's the point, isn't it?

James from Bay Village, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/19/13 - 04/24/13
Hiking the Grand Canyon, Rim to River, was the grandest hike we ever undertook. It was physically demanding, mentally rewarding and spiritually stirring. No cell phones, TV's or computers to overload your circuits. . . .just the opportunity to commune with nature at the most primary of levels. The sense of accomplishment for both myself and my wife made our experience a home run for both of us. . . . . a lasting memory

Livia from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 03/02/13 - 03/07/13
This is a wonderful way to explore the Grand Canyon and get to stay at Phantom Ranch. This is no "walk in the park". One needs to be in good shape, and they remind you of that with a pre-trip call to check on your training. No joke. Everyone made it back up within an hour of the fastest person, so clearly everyone heeded the training advice. Besides hiking up and down the Canyon, there were a couple of optional hikes at the bottom. I chose the one to Ribbon Falls-- a beautiful spot not to be missed. We did have to tip-toe across a couple of stream crossing, with mixed results. What fun. This is certainly a trip with taking. However, I caution you that accommodations are quite simple, especially at Phantom Ranch where one stays in dormitory-style rooms. This was not my favorite thing, but the price of overnighting at the bottom. Just come with a good attitude and perhaps some flip-flops for the shower (1 for 10 of us). In sum, a trip worth making. And our guides were superb, as I've found on all by 8 RS trips to date.

Suzanne from Miami, FL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/02/13 - 03/07/13
I enjoyed every moment of this trip. The weather, guides, and RS travel mates were outstanding. It was a tremendously empowering hike for me, one that I will remember forever. Joanna and Michael were just wonderful guides.

David from Savoy, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/02/13 - 03/07/13
Program #8144. The Classio Grand Canyon Challenge: Rim to River. I accepted this challenge March 2-7, 2013. From the rim, the Grand Canyon is beautiful. Actually being down in the grain of the canyon gave me a new sense of time - and of my abilities.

Carol from Round Hill, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/25/13 - 03/02/13
A life enriching experience that will stay with me forever.

Anne from Wake Forest, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/29/12 - 12/04/12
There's a good reason this trip goes to wait list so quickly. Everything about this experience is top rate and has set the bar for all other Road Scholar programs I will attend. The leaders are knowledgeable and fun as they guide the group back through time in an amazing landscape. Phantom Ranch is the icing on the chocolate cake served at dinner along with other fresh foods. Training will make all the difference between just being a good tired to feeling exhausted and sore. Highly recommend the stair climbing with pack as was suggested to me by one of the leaders. I would do this trip again if there wasn't so many other adventures waiting.

Irene from Phoenix, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/29/12 - 12/04/12
Terrific program, great group, awesome guides ... just do it!

Dave from Anthem, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/21/12 - 10/26/12
This trip was on mine and my wife's "Bucket List" and with the assistance of Roads Scholar it surpased our expectations. Hopefully we can continue to fill our bucket with other Road Scholar programs.


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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
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