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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA

Grand Canyon: Hiking Along and Below the South Rim

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Program #6112RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
Robert from Enumclaw, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
Robert (Tom) and Diane from Seattle, WA
Number of programs attended:2
Date attended: 03/02/14-03/07/14

Our 6 day trip was very well described up front. Each day’s hike was clearly explained in terms of mileage, elevation gain or loss, and degree of difficulty. Our leaders, Bruce Banker and Mike Masek, were very knowledgeable about the geology of the canyon, the exploration history, and the wildlife, birds, trees and flowers. As first time visitors and canyon hikers, we learned a lot from them over the course of our visit. They were excellent at organizing the “troops” i.e. the Road Scholar hikers, and guiding them on the trails in an organized but tolerant way. The leaders were flexible in their planning and hiking expectations, so that on any given day participants could chose not to hike at all, or cut off after a brief hike while others could complete the day trip as laid out. No ruffled feathers here that we could see. The day trips varied in terms of physical difficulty and what each trip showed us in terms of the geological features of the Grand Canyon and the area surrounding the park. We enjoyed meeting the other participants in this small group adventure. We are definitely looking forward to our next Road Scholar trip.

Susie from New Marshfield, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
It was a lovely little vacation with reasonable hikes. One could turn around at anytime and not feel pressured to do anything uncomfortable. I recommend reading the books suggested and rereading after the trip. Bruce and Mike were wonderful guides, the food was PLENTIFUL and good. We will do other things with NAU Road Scholars.

Kay from Sterling, CO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
Excellent leaders and program. Interesting hikes. Modest but perfectly satisfactory accommodations and meals. I learned a lot about geology and plants.

Norm from Saratoga Springs, NY Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
Truly one of our best vacations! Great leaders and remarkedly cohesive group. We saw the Canyon from views few tourists can see! Also I had opportunity to do things on my own.

Natalie from Saratoga Springs, NY Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
This is a wonderful program. The leaders were extremely knowledgeble. The description of this program was accurate in that it stressed hiking and geology. The views seen were spectacular.

Mary from Guelph, ON Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 03/03/13 - 03/08/13
This is a terrific program, with history, geology, good hiking and fabulous photo opportunities. Everyone who is able should experience the Grand Canyon this way.

Barbara from Candiac, QC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/28/12 - 11/02/12
I had a wonderful time! The program was well organized and executed. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and careful to ensure that we took the proper precautions when hiking. The Grand Canyon, of course, was awesome - in the true sense of the word. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the hikes. As for the factors that can't be controlled: the weather was perfect, and my hiking buddies were just amazing -intelligent, interesting and fun to be around. I feel I really 'lucked out'.

Paul from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/28/12 - 11/02/12
This Program is a wonderful experience which I would strongly recommend. The scenery is magnificent and the hiking exhilarating. You also learn a great deal about the geology and history of the Canyon. The Program is well thought out. For example, the hikes start easy but grow more vigorous, permitting participants to acclimate to the altitude and gain confidence. The motel where you stay is centrally located in the Park, allowing easy access to many places of interest. Finally, you visit different types of environments during the week. No day was repetitious. I always felt well cared for during this trip. Our guide, Lisa, in addition to being both friendly and very knowledgable, understood just how much information we could easily absorb at any one time. She also knew when to let the surroundings speak for themselves. I would note that the food is not necessarily gourmet, but it is plentiful and you always have multiple choices. This is a great way to visit and explore the Grand Canyon.

Susan from Bloomington, MN Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/28/12 - 11/02/12
What a wonderful way to see and experience the Grand Canyon. I came away from this program with a great appreciation for the geology of this one of our national treasurers.

Gene from Reno, NV Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/23/12 - 09/28/12
On this trip you will experience the Grand Canyon in ways that most visitors do not.

Terry from Benson, AZ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/13/08 - 04/18/08
Terry Wangsness, Benson, AZ. This was my first Road Scholar Trip. Glad it didn't deter me from taking a second trip with RS. The last three were wonderful. I went on this trip in April 2008, I was not happy with our tour leader...by now you may have replaced him. He was unfriendly and not a good leader. A few of us were disappointed that there was more geology discussion then hiking, we wanted to hike. I have hiked with a friend in the Grand Canyon many times. My friend passed away and I didn't want to hike alone so went with the tour. A tour guide can make or break a trip.


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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
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