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Hiking in the Desert: Arizona’s Valley of the Sun and Superstition Mountains

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Program #6117RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately 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.
Paul from Saint Paul, MN Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 11/15/14
This was a wonderful trip and the leaders, Mike Young and Michael Masek were fantastic. Each is an expert in the area. In addition, each was extremely considerate and accommodating. Hard to imagine better leadership. A couple of the hikes were relatively easy and a couple had more difficult terrain. I strongly suggest carrying a hiking pole(s). The Wyndham Hotel was often frustrating. Part of the pool was being repaired and unheated as well. Chatting with the staff indicated that this was and likely to remain a long-standing problem. Two of the three wake-calls I requested were botched. We never could figure out how to set the alarm on the room clock. The "sleep number" bed device was faulty. The staff is friendly but often unaware of the current state of repairs. We returned to the hotel for a night after the trip concluded and things went more smoothly and we had time to enjoy the garden at the hotel. The Wyndham is perfect for those coming from the airport because it can be reached by the light rail (Osbourne stop) for only $1 for seniors; the hotel is a short two block walk from the light rail. The resort at Apache Lake is in a glorious setting and the staff is quite friendly. However, we switched rooms because our original one did not have reading lights. To ensure a room with reading lights over the bed, request the motel wing nearer the main building. In addition, try for the upper level so as to get an even better view of the mountains and the lake in the foreground.

Ruth from New Haven, OH Number of programs attended: 33
Date attended: 02/21/13 - 02/27/13
Desert Hiking: Arizona's Valley of the Sun and Superstition Mountains This was a wonderful experience of five days of awesome hiking and gorgeous scenery around the Phoenix area and in the Superstition Mountains. We appreciated the wealth of fascinating knowledge that Mike Young shared with our group about the geology and the diversity of the plant and animal environment of the Sonoran Desert and the Superstition Mountains. Our leaders Mike Young and Amy Calhoun were extraordinary. We enjoyed the beautiful surroundings at the Apache Lake Resort which was hard to leave. Bob and Ruth Brown

Vincent from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/28/13 - 02/03/13
This was a good trip and enjoyable. Mike Young the primary leader did an exemplerary job of flexing the trip to accomodate the various abilities of the participants. I think there should have been some filtration done by Road Scholar before the trip to eliminate those who were not able really to participate. This was especially a factor for the days at Apache Lake where there was not much to do if one did not hike. Mike Masek's evening presentation was very very good. It was one of the things we wanted to see about Road Scholar on this our first experience with them. Unfortunately of the three evening presentations scheduled this was the only one that happened. The hotel in Scottsdale only really got their act together on the third morning for breakfasts. It shouldn't have taken so long and the leaders I think should have been more aggressive about this with them. In the end it was good. The rooms were nice - very good. At Apache Lake the hotel lacked a lot in terms of maintenance and total cleanliness. The staffs made the beds the way a pre-teenager might do their own bed under duress from parents. The food there however, although the dream of a cartiologist looking for work, were really good. Tasty and varied. The breakfasts and lunches ditto. The bar was a real bar which is always interesting. The hikes were well chosen and gave a good range of views and covered different enviroments in the region. The ongoing educational remarks of both Mikes on the trail were a real positive. The unpaved part of the road to Apache Lake was something that needed attention about safety. Also the trip had virtually no opportunity to buy post cards and souvenirs (just at the park office but no one knew that would be the only chance). So we liked the trip and will try Road Scholar again - it was very good.

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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
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