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Explore The Salt River Canyon In The Superstitions: Geology, Archeology, and Nature

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6 Days | 5 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.
Experience the geology, human history and scenic vistas of the 2,000-foot-deep Salt River Canyon, sometimes called the "Mini-Grand Canyon." Uncover the history of the Salados, a 14th-century cliff-dwelling people, and of the Apaches who hid in the canyons in the 1800s. Learn about the Salt River as a modern-day border between the San Carlos Apache Reservation and the White Mountain Apaches. View petroglyphs and a pottery demonstration, and enjoy a narrated steamboat voyage on Canyon Lake.


• Visit Tonto National Ruins and Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park, home to an ethno-botanical garden and one of the largest single sites of Southwest archaeological collections.
• Examine stars, planets and galaxies in the desert night sky with an astronomer in an observatory housing a 16-inch-diameter Meade scope.
• Enjoy field trips to Roosevelt Dam, the Native American Heard Museum and the Desert Botanical Garden.

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Walking up to a mile a day.

Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
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