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Grand Canyon for Grandparents and Grandchildren: Exploring and Rafting in Western Grand Canyon

Program Number: 2519RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/18/2013 - 7/23/2013; 6/7/2015 - 6/12/2015; 6/17/2015 - 6/22/2015; 6/27/2015 - 7/2/2015; 7/11/2015 - 7/16/2015; 8/2/2015 - 8/7/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Peach Springs, Arizona
Price starting at: $1,140.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; National Parks; Water Sports; Outdoor Adventures, Misc.
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 12 years of age.

Share with your grandchild the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Colorado River in the depths of the Grand Canyon. With experienced river guides, navigate a number of exhilarating but safe whitewater rapids. Take part in activities and field trips in the region as you learn about the geology, natural history and native peoples of the Grand Canyon. Round out the experience by meeting local ranchers and enjoying a campfire and s'mores.


• Raft 37 wild and scenic miles of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
• Take a spectacular flight by helicopter from the river to the rim of the Grand Canyon.
• Drive the only road to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and picnic and play on a Colorado River beach.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile on uneven and sloped terrain, sometimes in hot conditions. Getting in and out of rafts require agility. Elevations up to 7,000 feet.

Raft trip requires signed liability waiver.

Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.

Peach Springs

Home of the Hualapai Nation, or "People of the Tall Pine," Peach Springs is the reservation’s tribal capital, which comprises 1 million acres along the Colorado River and Grand Canyon region.

Historic Route 66 motel, outdoor pool, underground caverns, walking trails. Quiet property set back from the highway.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Jennifer Beltz

Jennifer Beltz is a former interpretive park ranger at Phantom Ranch, located in Grand Canyon National Park. She has worked as a naturalist and national park ranger throughout the United States, was co-coordinator of a Road Scholar service program that built a health clinic in Brazil, and has worked on many intergenerational programs. Jennifer has lectured in the Department of Geography and Public Planning at Northern Arizona University and has led programs for Road Scholar since 1992.
Mike Young

Mike Young has lived in Arizona for 40 years, and taught math and geology at Yavapai College prior to his work with Road Scholar. To convey the Arizona landscape, Mike uses a broad range of topics including botany, natural history and geomorphology. He has worked as a commercial boatman, designed and constructed his own home, and conducted field exercises throughout the intermountain west. He is an accomplished hike leader who challenges hikers of all skill levels.
Richard Stephens

Rich has been director of Northern Arizona University’s highly popular Road Scholar programs since 2001. He previously spent many years in the field as a program coordinator and group leader, where he honed his skills and learned the importance of detailed, pre-trip planning. Before making his home in Arizona’s spectacular red-rock country, Rich spent 10 years in Yosemite National Park and the Santa Cruz mountains as an environmental educator.
Karen Landis

Karen Landis' front door opened up onto Route 66 for 38 years, giving her status as a Route 66 legend in the Seligman stretch of the road. In 1984, a customer at her Route 66 convenience store mustered the gumption to ask her to marry him, and Karen and Mike Landis — a legend himself and known as Arizona's No. 1 cowboy — ranched together for 29 years. Under Mike's tutelage and her indomitable spirit, Karen became a 'cowboy' in her own right and the two of them became one of the best-known ranching couples in northwest Arizona. Karen's independent spirit and ropin' and ridin' skills have opened up new perspectives to countless Road Scholar participants.
Stewart Lasseter

After completing studies in geo-science, natural history and Spanish at the University of Arizona, Stewart Lasseter studied as the protege of a Native American healer, learning from her practices of wholeness, kinesiology, mind-body medicine and dyslexia correction. He has years of experience bringing groups in touch with the natural world, and has completed post-graduate studies in health sciences at Prescott College.
Matt Turner

Matt Turner has lived in the Southwest since 1982 and currently resides in Prescott, Ariz. He has traveled extensively in the region and has done work in field ecology and cartography. In addition, Matt is an ecological consultant and a professional photographer.
Meals and Lodgings
   Grand Canyon Caverns Inn
  Grand Canyon Caverns/Peach Springs 5 nights
 Grand Canyon Caverns Inn
Type: Motel
  Description: Refurbished historic Route 66 motel. Has landscaped "backyard" area with shaded patio, picnic tables and convenience market adjacent to lobby. Old Route 66 landmark Grand Canyon Caverns. Spectacular night skies.
  Contact info: Route 66, 12 miles east of Peach Springs
Peach Springs, AZ 86434 USA
phone: 928-422-3223
  Room amenities: TV; telephone; alarm clock.
  Facility amenities: Wi-Fi in motel lobby area; outdoor swimming pool (seasonal); meeting room decorated like a 1950's diner, game room; air strip.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call motel for rates Incoming commercial shuttle runs only on program start day. Participants using shuttle cannot arrive early.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call motel for rates Incoming commercial shuttle runs only on program start day. Participants using shuttle cannot arrive early.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM