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8 Days | 7 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Judy from Indianapolis, IN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/04/15
Fabulous program! Top experiences: Ravis Henry, NPS Ranger, 'The Long Walk' Talk, the story of endurance, courage, survival, never giving up, engaging, 'heart-felt', touching, especially the ending "and so my great, great grandma survived so that I could be born" - The invitation by William Yazzie to participate in the traditional "round dance ceremony" which ended our glimpses into the Navajo Way shared through history storytelling, song and dance - Riding along the floor of Canyon de Chelly in a jeep listening to our guide talk about ancient ruins and lifestyles, as well as his own experiences growing up in the Canyon, such a different perspective than from 'up-top' - Mesa Verde, views of the world of the Ancestral Pueblo People, oh, so many places and things: Spruce Tree House, Cliff House from the distance, Long House, fifty mile (or even more) vistas, kivas, pottery, baskets, ravens, coyotes, and even modern Ute horses grazing on National Park land - Viewing and photographing the spectacular rock formations in Monument Valley from the open air jeep with the wind and even sand blowing in your face, my favorite was the one that looked like a Native American Stonehenge - wonderful, wonderful experience!

Mary from Crest Hill, IL Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/04/15
I have been wanting to take this trip for several years. Now that I am retired,I was able to take it. I was NOT disappointed! Matt, our guide was outstanding. The scenery and history filled me with wonder. I highly recommend this tour.

Kathy from West Yarmouth, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/04/15
Go to the four corners! More beautiful and educational then I expected.

Constance from Ashland, OR Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/04/15
An outstanding program -- the scenic beauty was amazing. The high mesas, the winding canyon walls, sunset over the silent high mesas at night, learning more about Navajo history and culture, all filled me with awe and gratitude. I developed a new, deep love for the Southwest.

Virginia from Lititz, PA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/20/15 - 09/27/15
A most interesting and educational program. Learned so much about the Southwest. Really appreciated the input from our driver, Ray, A Hopi who spoke to us one evening about his culture and traditions. Also heard from a Navajo woman about their culture, traditions, clans. It was great to have a coordinator, Stewart Lasseter, however, much of what he presented was "over my head." A geology major I am not!

Carol from Centennial, CO Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/20/15 - 09/27/15
Learning the history of the sites and the Indians who resided and still reside at the sites was extremely interesting. I highly recommend you don't take this program if the leader is Stewart Lasseter. He is knowledgeable, but not personable. He detracted from my overall satisfaction with this program. The driver, Ray, was a gem. Hotels and food were very good.

Road Scholar's response:
We are happy to see that you were pleased with the many components of the program! Your feedback is means a lot to us and is currently under review. We will do all we can to improve this program going forward.
Therese from Alfred Station, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/03/15 - 05/10/15
This, my first (but not last) ROAD SCHOLAR adventure, far exceeded my expectations. The knowledgeable instructors provided an in depth picture of this area in a pleasant, understandable manner. I learned, had exercise, enjoyed fellow travelers, gained greater appreciation for our country and its history and people, and had fun! The program description was spot on. Therese from New York State

Susan from El Paso, TX Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 04/26/15 - 05/03/15
This was a great trip: lots of history (Pre-Colombian and otherwise) and geology, beautiful southwest scenery, good leaders, good accommodations, and an interesting group of fellow travelers.

Paula from Pennsauken, NJ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/26/15 - 05/03/15
This was my second Road Scholar tour. It was a wonderful experience; our guides Matt and Ray were extremely knowledgeable about the Four Corners region and conveyed their expertise in a very professional manner; for me the highlights of the trip were the optional hike down Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley and the song demonstration given by the Navajo presenter. The food was fresh and adequate.

Although it was clear to me that tips were NOT necessary and already included in the cost of the program, I still PERSONALLY CHOOSE to tip various people for a job well done.

Bill from El Paso, TX Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 04/26/15 - 05/03/15
This was our 9th RS tour. We had never expected to be constantly dunned for tips. At the end of the tour even our tour leader and assistant had their hands out. Also, the vehicle tour into Canyon De Chelly is way too crowded with not enough SUVs used. Finally, RS participants generally expect decent but basic food. The food was a little below average and the various food venues were hard pressed to service RS sized groups (33 participants).

Suzanne from Brick, NJ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/28/14
Saw a lot of amazing things on this trip. Matt, our leader, was very knowledgeable and helpful. My 3rd RS trip and our fellow travelers on these trips have been fun and interesting too. Another check on my bucket list--the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde. Loved the Jeep tour through Monument Valley.

Garland from Vancouver, WA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/28/14
The views were very good. Leader known his stuff.

Bonita from Upper Montclair, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/28/14
My first trip with Road scholars was Four Corners Canyon Country and it was great! Matt Turner, our very capable leader made it very special.His knowledge of the area and it's geology was fascinating. The group was fun and like a big moving classroom. Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley are incredible places. Go on this adventure!

Linda from Wantagh, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/05/14
This was my first Road Scholar trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Climbing the ladders to the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde was probably the highlight of my trip. I learned so much about the Ancestral Pueblo, Navajo and Hopi. The sights at Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley were amazing. Our group was fun and friendly. Matt, our guide, and Ray. the bus driver were terrific. You need to be in good shape to take advantage of all that is offered.

Carol from Harrisburg, PA Number of programs attended: 30
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/05/14
This is one of the top trips of all my Road Scholar programs. The scenery was magnificent, but what I liked most was being able to interact with some of the Navahos on their reservation. Our leader Matt was well-organized & very knowledgable. An added bonus was our bus driver Ray, who is a Road Scholar coordinator as well. Being a Hopi himself, we learned of that culture as well as that of the Navajo plus tons of geology.

Nancy from Elora, ON Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/05/14
The Four Corners Canyon Country trip exceeded my expectations in every way. It was a great program with knowledgeable, friendly leaders and interesting welcoming fellow travellers.

Charles from Arlington, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/05/14
Do you need to reorient your life or just get a change of scenery? This program is for you. A week in the desert Southwest immersed in the culture of the ancestral Puebloans and their world, and the fabulous scenery that surrounded them, is the path. This trip encompasses modern-day Albuquerque and Santa Fe (and great art in both places), the Pueblo ruins in Mesa Verde and the history and contemporary Navajo experience in Canyon de Chelly.

Millicent from Bloomfield, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/28/14
This RS program provides a wonderful overview of the geological and cultural history of the Four Corners region. Our personable tour leader, Matt Turner, shared in depth knowledge of the area and his passion for it is evident and quite contagious. From canyon hikes and tours led by expert guides, to presentations by talented Navajo artisans, we were educated and entertained with a variety of activities that satisfied a wide range of interests and abilities. Take this trip! Enjoy the beauty of the land and learn about the people who have held it dear for centuries.

Brenda from Little Rock, AR Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/28/14
What a wonderful adventure! We covered history, anthropology, geology, and more! Our leader Matt was incredibly knowledgeable, George our driver was always helpful and cheerful. The scenery was over the top! I would highly recommend this trip.

Mary from Saint Louis, MO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/28/14
This trip is an incredible week’s journey into the history, culture, and geology of the Four Corners area. It will delight your senses, stretch your mind, and stir your imagination. It is impossible to miss how passionate and knowledgeable Matt Turner is about the subjects he teaches on this trip, and he will patiently answer all your questions. Our bus driver, George, was personable and professional at all times. While it was sad to clean the red dust of the Southwest off my hiking shoes today, I couldn't stop smiling. All I had to do was think back over a week of great adventures that I shared with a group of really amazing people. I agree with Diane W.—TAKE THIS TRIP!

Diane W from Midland, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/28/14
This was my first RS trip, and I'm looking forward to doing more. Matt Turner shared his dry humor and endless knowledge of the areas we visited, the scenery was spectacular, and other travelers all good people who were easy to spend time with. George drove all those miles with a smile. Although I didn't read any of the suggested books or articles beforehand (true confession), I'm finding that I'm much more interested now that I've seen all those fascinating places on the itinerary. If you are at all interested in the Southwest, TAKE THIS TRIP.

Mary from Rockwall, TX Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/28/14
As always, this program fulfilled my mission to occasionally do something different/learn something new. Matt Turner was a walking compendium of information and a tireless presenter. We were fortunate to have his expertise. My fellow participants were delightful. This is the second trip I have taken by provider Northern Arizona University. Both have been wonderful.

Marie from Georgetown, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/11/14
I enjoyed learning about the Navaho. The demonstration of rug weaving was fascinating. The young Navaho woman raises her own sheep, sheers them and spins the wool into thread. The set-up of the loom and the weaving technique is quite complex. Her last words of admonishment were "take care of your sheep". An interesting Navaho man lectured on clans and songs. I enjoyed two lectures about the ancient Pueblans given by two expert women. The scenery was stunning especially Canyon De Chelly. Matt, our tour guide, grew up in the area and his knowledge was invaluable.

Joel from Palm Bay, FL Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/11/14
Always wanted to vist Canyon De Chelly, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, etc. And definitely not disappointed by the trip, traveling companions, and especially our guide, Matt Turner, and his on board guides. Matt is one of the rare breed that brings so much to the experiences we were after. His broad knowledge of the region is impressive, and he left few questions unanswered.

John from Lakewood, OH Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/11/14
One of the best Road Scholar programs we have attended. A great educational experience. Wondrous sights and adventures. Great speakers. Our guide, Matt Turner, was exceptional. Could not have asked for more. Not to be missed if you have an interest in history of the south west, native cultures or just enjoy seeing amazing sights.

Gunnar from Lake Oswego, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/11/14
An exceptionally informative and enjoyable experience under the leadership of a eminently qualified regional expert — Matt Turner. Highly recommended for those who are curious about Native American history and culture.

Charles from Georgetown, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/11/14
Just remember the walks on this program are at a high altitude and down into canyons which can be challenging on the return trip.

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