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Program #1088RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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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.
Alison from Bishop, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/24/14 - 03/30/14
Extraordinary value, and thoroughly enjoyable. The geology lecture by Dr Beus was excellent - completely understandable without being "dumbed down". The leader, Garrett Roberts, was interesting and knowledgeable about the geology, Indian culture, and natural history as were his two assistant guides, Dennis and Bill. Garrett was also unfailingly cheerful and good humored as well as entertaining. We traveled hassle-free to several different places each with its unique character and formations. Food in Sedona surpassed all our expectations and the picnic beside the Colorado river was a delightful finale.

Sister Rose from Green Bay, WI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/24/14 - 03/30/14
This was a wonderful program! We learned a lot of geology as well about the plant and animal life in the area. The scenery in Sedona and the Grand Canyon was spectacular! Our leader was excellent and kept us informed of what was happening.

Pat from Champlin, MN Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 03/24/14 - 03/30/14
This program explores some of the most beautiful and unique geology in the American Southwest. It is a bargain!

Kerry from Greensboro, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/21/13
Our first Road Scholar trip and we loved it! The leaders were excellent and every program was very interesting and we learned so much about the area. We highly recommend this program if you want to learn about the Sedona area and grand canyon. We went out a couple days early and took the Pink Jeep Tour, that was a super experience, so much fun, a must do if you are in the Sedona area. Lodging was nice and the food was excellent in Sedona and very good in all the other places we visited. We look forward to our next Road Scholar trip!

Lila from Auburn, AL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/18/13 - 10/24/13
Program is not as physically challenging as it might appear. Recommend arriving a day early and/or staying a day later to see Sedona, shop flea market, do any hiking, jeep tour, etc. because no good opportunity for this.

Marian from Saint Louis, MO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/21/13
GREAT TRIP TO GRAND CANYON. THE STAFF DID AN EXCELLENT JOB. HOPE TO DO ANOTHER ROAD SCHOLAR TRIP SOON. EXCELLENT SPEAKERS.

Marge from Lincoln, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/17/13 - 05/23/13
Margie, Lincoln. CA Number of programs attended: 2 Date: 05/17/13 to 05/23/13 Fantastic experience plus education. Three very knowledgeable, wonderful instructors and tour guides. This program I would recommend to anyone wanting to visit Sadona, The Grand Canyon, Peach Springs and seeing the Colorado River, plus walking into the river. I can't say enough about the people and the adventure this program provided. Thank you.

Sharon from St John, VI Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 05/17/13 - 05/23/13
From beginning to end, from Sedona to the Grand Canyon to the Hualapai Indian Reservation and back, this program was outstanding.

Garret, Bill and Dennis, our leaders, had the knowledge, the personalities... and the chemistry among themselves to make the experience not only educational, but also completely enjoyable and entertaining.

The presentation by Dr. Stan Beaus on the geology of the area and the evolution of the continents was incredibly informative and extremely well done.

The Grand Canyon was even more spectacular than imaged... One must personally experience its grandeur to fully appreciate it.

The speakers at the Hualapai Reservation, Sylvia Jackson and Earlene Havatone, were wonderful and the stories they told were both informative and very moving.

Adding to this was the group itself… 24 individuals who were a pleasure to be around.

But, what set this program apart from other Road Scholar trips we’ve taken is the complete attention to detail, every step of the way. For example, on our twenty-two mile van ride to the bottom of the Grand Canyon—and our picnic beside the rushing waters of the Colorado River that was awaiting us, we were able to hike along the gravel road for the last mile. However, the vans were ‘staged’ strategically so you weren’t required to hike the full distance if you were not up to it. Convenient and terribly thoughtful, assuring that everyone could enjoy the experience to the fullest.

To experience this beauty reminds us to step back and appreciate what “The Creator” has left for us… as Sylvia reminded us all!

Bruce & Sharon


Noreene from Orangevale, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/17/13 - 05/23/13
I was extremly impressed by the program I attended. It was well planned and the tour leaders were well informed and imparted their knowledge of the different sites to the participants well. They group we traveled with were very personable and friendly. The trip met my expectations and exceeded them. I had a wonderful time and will look forward to another trip with Road Scholars.

Etty from Groveland, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/17/13 - 05/23/13
I was totally surprised and delighted with the quality of the program and the professionalism of the leaders. I learned so much and had a great time doing it. Everyone was pleasant and positve. It was a pleasure to share interests with like minded people.

Lynn from Little Rock, AR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/27/13 - 05/03/13
This was a delightful trip! I enjoyed seeing a part of the country I had never seen and thought it was amazing! The people I traveled with were pleasant and it was fun to hear about their lives in different parts of the country. The Grand Canyon is spectacular and I thought the Road Scholar program took us to great places to see it well! I look forward to another trip with Road Scholar!!!

Sally from Anacortes, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/27/13 - 05/03/13
In Sedona, at the beginning of the trip, I thought they were showing us the best part first. Then as we were leaving the Grand Canyon, I thought, "Oh, the best part is in the middle of the week." But, when we arrived at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and had our picnic by the Colorado River, I thought, "Oh! They saved the best for last!" The trip just seemed to get better and better every day.

David from Middleton, WI Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/13/13
A well-organized trip, with a chance to experiences parts of northern Arizona that aren't accessible to most travelers in the area. High points were the train ride in the Verde River Canyon, the dirt road trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai reservation, and seeing the sunset over the Canyon from the Bright Angel Trail. The cultural presentations from our representatives from the Hopi and Hualapai tribes were highly personal--unexpectedly so--and I felt that these sessions were a real privilege. Food and accommodations were adequate, with the Hualapai Lodge being a pleasant surprise. I'd go back there for a frybread taco! Most of the leadership was done by David and Mary Best, who were outstandingly organized, approachable, and made the group feel welcome at all times.

Annie from Cleveland, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/15/13 - 03/21/13
This was my first experience on tour with Road Scholar. Your first expression is lasting and my experience was everything I expected. The guide was knowledgeable and 25yrs of experience. This will not be my last tour and has highly recommended Road Scholar tours to friends and family.

Rosemary from Toronto, ON Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 03/15/13 - 03/21/13
An exceptional experience, extremely well run and led by a very good Co-Ordinator. An outstanding introduction to the Grand Canyon, surrounding area, and the Sedona area. I cannot imagine anyone not being totally enthralled with the experience

Tracy from Shaker Heights, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/15/13 - 03/21/13
Road Scholar Program is an exceptional Educational Program for vacation! Although I went with my mom who is a Senior, I find it enlightening for young families who want to explore and learn scientifically, about the places they have on their Bucket List for life's journey's...I am hooked on Road Scholar, I will be BACK :)

Elizabeth from Ames, IA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/10/12 - 10/16/12
The On the road Sedona Redrock and Grand Canyon program was one of the most enjoyable of our Elderhostle, Road Scholar trips. It was always fun, full of exciting and breathtaking scenery and events. The individual parts of the trip were well planned and informative. What can I say, the trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon was the highlight of the trip. Walking the last mile to the river was awe inspiring. Riding over the back wheels on the trip back up was an "uplifting experience". I would encourage anyone to thke this unique trip.

Jacquie from Baldwinsville, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/10/12 - 10/16/12
This was not my first and I have to say that Road Scholar does a wonderful job with meals, transportation and people!

Courtney from East Syracuse, NY Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/10/12 - 09/16/12
This was an excellent program and we are glad we attended. Our leaders, Dennis and Paul, were a wealth of knowledge about the various places that we attended. The scenery is spectacular. As noted by others who have attended this program in the past, the accommodations for the last two nights were not satisfactory. The Grand Canyon Caverns Inn is just not acceptable. I do not think it meets Road Scholar standards. While this is a 1950's motel on old Route 66, it has not been maintained. The phones in the rooms did not work and there was virtually no cell phone coverage. When I spoke to the person at the motel office, she said, "these phones have not worked all summer." When we awoke on the first morning, there was a water line break, so no one could take a shower or use the bathrooms. The water line was repaired by evening. Several of our group were attending a RS program for the first time and this is not the way to have a favorable impression about the type of accommodations used by RS. Please view the motel photos that I have posted. One of our evening programs was cancelled because the speaker did not show. No specific explanation was given by Dennis. This was the program entitled Hualapai Cultures and Traditions. Naturally, we were disappointed.

Road Scholar's response:
We apologize that you were disappointed with your stay at the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn, Courtney. Beginning in 2013, this program will no longer be using this facility and instead will be staying the final two nights at the Hualapai Lodge, a modern facility located on the Hualapai Nation in Peach Springs.
Michael from Winchester, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/10/12 - 09/16/12
The two speakers and the two guides greatly enhanced my learning and enjoyment. Would do that type of program again in a heartbeat. The first accomodation (Sedona) was accetable, the second (Maswik Lodge Grand Canyon) likewise, the third (Cavern Inn near Peach Springs) was completely unacceptable.

Road Scholar's response:
We apologize that you were disappointed with your stay at the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn, Michael. Beginning in 2013, this program will no longer be using this facility and instead will be staying the final two nights at the Hualapai Lodge, a modern facility located on the Hualapai Nation in Peach Springs.
Nancy from Dahlonega, GA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/21/12 - 05/27/12
Everything was super except the stay at the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn. This is an old motel that has not been kept up and is nasty. The food served is dumped out of a can. RS needs to find a better place to stay for this part of the trip.

Anna from Gastonia, NC Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 05/21/12 - 05/27/12
Sedona is beautiful and the Grand Canyon is awe inspiring. But the Crand Canyon Caverns Inn in Peach Springs is a 50's type roadside motel, has not been improved much. Carpet in my room was dirty, ceiling was patched. I hope RS changes that part of the program, perhaps spending more time at the Grand Canyon.

Brenda from Burke, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/09/12 - 04/15/12
My husband and I had a wonderful time on the Sedona/Grand Canyon trip. This part of the country is very different and very beautiful. The Grand Canyon is awesome!

Frances from Sanborn, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/09/12 - 04/15/12
For those unable to hike the Angel Brights trail this program is very good. The scenery is beautiful and the educational programs are excellent.


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"Two baby elk by the railroad tracks near the south rim of the Grand Canyon just before sunset. April 10, 2013" Uploaded By: Joanne
"Two baby elk by the railroad tracks near the south rim of the Grand Canyon just before sunset. April 10, 2013" Uploaded By: Joanne

"Bluebird feeding in the Canyon" Uploaded By: Michael

"Colorado Chocolate Milk, anyone?" Uploaded By: Michael

"Anybody home? Burros in the Canyon." Uploaded By: Michael

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"Cooling our feet in the Colorado river" Uploaded By: Elizabeth Attended: 05/09/11 - 05/15/11

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"The caravan drivers" Uploaded By: Elizabeth Attended: 05/09/11 - 05/15/11

"The flowers were as magificent as the view" Uploaded By: Elizabeth Attended: 05/09/11 - 05/15/11

"Stopping on the way into the Canyon" Uploaded By: Elizabeth Attended: 05/09/11 - 05/15/11

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"One of the fun spots on Rt 66" Uploaded By: Elizabeth Attended: 05/09/11 - 05/15/11

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"Dennis walking us thru the map and schedule" Uploaded By: Elizabeth Attended: 05/09/11 - 05/15/11

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