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Intergenerational Adventure: Exploring Sedona's Red Rock Country and Grand Canyon River Rafting

Program Number: 2520RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/23/2013 - 6/28/2013; 6/7/2015 - 6/12/2015; 6/21/2015 - 6/26/2015; 7/12/2015 - 7/17/2015; 7/19/2015 - 7/24/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Price starting at: $1,096.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; National Parks; Water Sports
Intergenerational
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

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

Share a week with your grandchildren you'll never forget at the spectacular red rock cliffs of Sedona and the majestic Grand Canyon. Enjoy two full days of activities in Sedona. Venture into the beauty and serenity of Oak Creek Canyon and red rock country, and enjoy program activities revolving around natural history, arts and crafts, and music. Then experience the Grand Canyon: a day visiting the South Rim; a trip to the bottom of the canyon on a virtually unknown Hualapai Indian road; an exciting 37-mile whitewater adventure in motorized pontoon rafts on the Colorado River; and a helicopter flight to the rim as a finale! Explore the incredible vastness of the Canyon, along with natural history and geology activities. The program spends a large part of every day outdoors (all day for the raft trip). Cooler morning hours visit spectacular red rock and canyon scenery, with creek wading and swimming. The heat of the day is spent at indoor activities or in the swimming pool.




Highlights

• Walk along Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim and drive a Hualapai Indian road to the bottom of the canyon.
• Experience a 37-mile whitewater adventure in the Grand Canyon on a motorized pontoon raft. Conclude the trip with a dramatic helicopter flight to the rim.
• In Sedona, see Montezuma Well National Monument's ancient ruins, play in Oak Creek as you gaze at towering red rocks, and touch local desert critters during a wildlife presentation.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile on multiple trail surfaces, some uneven, sloped terrain. Elevation up to 7,000 feet. Getting in and out of rafts requires agility.




Date Specific Information

6-7-2015

Explore Sedona’s red rock country by jeep to see off-the-beaten-path sights in place of visiting Montezuma Well National Monument



6-21-2015

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7-12-2015

Explore Sedona’s red rock country by jeep to see off-the-beaten-path sights in place of visiting Montezuma Well National Monument.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Sedona, 3 nights; van to Peach Springs, 2 nights; departure.



Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.




Sedona

Sedona was historically a rural ranching community in Oak Creek Canyon. Today, the sunny city attracts visitors to its red-rock cliffs and lush evergreens, international film festival, and lively art scene.



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.



Grand Canyon National Park

Within the borders of its 1.2 million acres, this World Heritage Site offers bikers, hikers, rafters and campers everything from breathtaking vistas to high adventure. Its 277 miles of raw rock and water continue to amaze generations of visitors.



Accommodations
Sedona: motel lodging with outdoor pool. Peach Springs: Lodge with outdoor pool, spa.

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

From the historical to the cinematic to the dust-on-your-brow trail, Garrett Roberts knows the American West. His lectures invoke intrigue and humor to dispel the myths created by Hollywood’s western genre. Garrett replicates museum-quality 19th century leather equipment for theater, is an avid hiker, and enjoys singing jazz. He has also worked for Emmy award-winning wardrobe designer Michael Boyd and was the key costume designer for Stephen Spielberg’s “Into the West.”
 
Ken Mikell

Ken and Lynne Mikell play a wide range of traditional music, with particular attention to the Celtic roots of cowboy music. Using harp, guitar, recorder, fiddle, and harmonica, they animate and illuminate the music that followed the trail west. From old time trail songs to the golden era of the radio and silver screen cowboy, they have an extensive knowledge of the history of Western music and enjoy sharing it with audiences.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Sedona Super 8 Motel
  Sedona/Verde Valley 3 nights
   Hualapai Lodge
  Peach Springs 2 nights
 Sedona Super 8 Motel
Type: Motel
  Description: Private and quiet off-highway location; red rock views
  Contact info: 2545 West Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336 USA
phone: 928-282-1533
web: www.sedonasuper8.com
  Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning
  Facility amenities: Private patio area with heated outdoor pool; meeting room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call motel for prices Participants wishing to arrive early contact the motel directly.
  Check in time: 5:00 PM

 Hualapai Lodge
Type: Hotel
  Description: Tribal artwork displayed; some traditional Hualapai cuisine served in restaurant.
  Contact info: Route 66 and Diamond Creek Road
Peach Springs, AZ 86434 USA
phone: 928-769-2230
web: www.grandcanyonresort.com
  Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning; hair-dryers; coffee-makers
  Facility amenities: Exercise room; private courtyard with heated outdoor pool (state-of-the-art non-chlorinated purification system) and spa.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Call lodge for prices Stayovers not recommended for Participants traveling via shuttle due to extremely limited shuttle schedule.
  Check out time: 9:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in between 3 and 5 PM; onsite registration from 4:30-5:15 PM You will be staying at Sedona Super 8 Motel that night.
  End of Program:
In Sedona at 12:30 PM, or optional to Phoenix Arpt by ~2PM. Due to the limited shuttle access to this location, please CHECK SHUTTLE SCHEDULES PRIOR TO PURCHASING PLANE TICKETS. You will be staying at Hualapai Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. River running company requires signature on assumption of risk forms prior to river trip.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sedona/Verde Valley
  Nearest city or town:  Sedona
  Nearest highway: I-17 (to south); I-40 (to north)
  Nearest airport:  Phoenix (120 miles)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Peach Springs
  Nearest city or town:  Peach Springs
  Nearest highway: Route 66 (I-40 east is 38 miles; west is 50 miles)
  Nearest airport:  Phoenix (210 miles); Las Vegas (150 miles)
Travel Details
 

Sedona, AZ to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Ace XPress Shuttle Co
phone: 928-639-3357
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60, price does not include gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

120 miles

   

Scheduled as much as possible to your arrival in Phoenix. Pick up all terminals and nearby airport hotels, drop off at program hotel. RETURN: Scheduled as much as possible to your departure time from your hotel. Drop off at your terminal at Phoenix airport. Reservations required.

 

Sedona, AZ to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sedona-Phoenix Shuttle Co
phone: 928-282-2066
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $45, price does not include gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 

 

Distance:

 

120 miles

   

Many shuttles daily from Phoenix International Airport to Sedona. Pick up shuttle just outside the terminal's baggage claim. RETURN: pick up at your hotel, drop off at your terminal at Phoenix airport. www.sedona-phoenix-shuttle.com. For ease of travel transfers, it is recommended that participants check shuttle schedules PRIOR to booking airfare.

 

Sedona,AZ from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, return via Peach Springs. For program 2520.

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Van Go Shuttle
phone: 866-448-2646
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Estimated $80 (as this is a commercial shuttle service, price does not include gratuity for driver).
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 from Sedona / 4.5 from Peach Springs. Provides quickest return to Phoenix 

 

Distance:

 

100 miles to Sedona, 240 from Peach Springs

   

IMPORTANT: If choosing Van Go, best to contact shuttle company for schedule BEFORE booking airline. Best to book airport arrivals by 12:00 PM and departures after 4:00 PM. PROGRAM START: PHX airport to Sedona: one departure daily, from all terminals, by advance reservation ONLY. PROGRAM END: Van Go Shuttle is the sole provider of direct shuttle service from Peach Springs to PHX airport which saves at least 2 hours. Departs Peach Springs at 10:30 AM, arrives PHX airport by 2:00 PM.

 
Driving Directions
  Sedona Super 8 from I-40 Take I-40 to I-17 junction, exit 195, in Flagstaff, AZ. Exit onto I-17 south in Flagstaff and travel south for 3 miles to exit 337 for Highway 89A and Flagstaff airport. Turn right and immediately left at the stop sign to 89A south to Sedona. Follow 89A 27 miles down the twisting switchbacks and along the creek through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona. Go half way around the traffic circle junction with Highway 179 to continue west on Hwy 89A. Note your mileage at the traffic circle - in about 2 miles you'll see a Circle K convenience store on the right. A little before you reach it, the Super 8 is on the left.
  Sedona Super 8 from Phoenix Take I-10 to the junction with I-17. Get on I-17 north toward Flagstaff. Take exit 287 for Cottonwood. Turn west onto AZ Hwy 260, and continue about 12 miles to Cottonwood, AZ. In Cottonwood, take the US 89A junction right (north) and stay on that highway about 21 miles to the Sedona Super 8, on your right and slightly back from the highway.
Elevation Note: Lodging most activity at 4,500 to 5,000 feet or below. Highest travel elevation is 7,000 feet.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Check-In/Introductions & Orientation
(Sunday, June 23)
   
 Afternoon: Motel check-in after 3:00pm. Program registration between 4:30 - 5:15pm.
 Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Participants will have multiple entrees to choose from with typical rotating selections to include Chicken Marsala, fish, prime rib, meat loaf, pastas, vegetarian options, etc.
 Evening: Introductions and orientation in the motel meeting room following dinner. Get to know your fellow participants and get prepared for your upcoming week of exciting activities.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Motel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Montezuma Well National Monument/Art and Swim Time/Desert Animals
(Monday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including bacon and eggs, french toast and sausage, fruit bowl and yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
 Morning: Travel to nearby Montezuma Well National Monument to view the mysterious sink hole 'well' and prehistoric ruins constructed 600 years ago by the Sinagua Indians. Learn about the pithouse dwelling structure adjacent to the well. The "Well" is a natural limestone sinkhole with perennial water where the Sinagua constructed irrigation canals and dwellings. Explore the Well and natural history of the region with your guide.
 Lunch: Sack or picnic lunch at Montezuma Well.
 Afternoon: Native American craft project creating leather "medicine bags" in the motel meeting room; followed by swim time in the motel pool.
 Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Participants will have multiple entrees to choose from with typical rotating selections to include Chicken Marsala, fish, prime rib, meat loaf, pastas, vegetarian options, etc.
 Evening: Evening program on desert critters (with live snakes lizards, etc.) in meeting room. See, touch and have your picture taken with our desert friends and learn about the ways they adapt and thrive in this harsh environment.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Red Rock Crossing on Beautiful Oak Creek/Finish Craft Projects and Kids Only Activity/Evening Entertainment
(Tuesday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including bacon and eggs, french toast and sausage, fruit bowl and yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
 Morning: Take a field trip to fabled Red Rock Crossing. With Cathedral Rock as a backdrop, wade or swim in the water. Take a nature hike and enjoy a picnic lunch along Oak Creek. Participants who are unable to walk/hike at the pace of the children will be be able to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this world famous scene.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at Crescent Moon Ranch, Red Rock Crossing.
 Afternoon: Return to motel from Red Rock Crossing in mid afternoon for conclusion of our prior day's craft project. Kids Only project in late afternoon. Begin packing for tomorrow's departure. Resting or swim time in the motel pool.
 Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Participants will have multiple entrees to choose from with typical rotating selections to include Chicken Marsala, fish, prime rib, meat loaf, pastas, vegetarian options, etc.
 Evening: After dinner, enjoy an evening of regional cowboy and folk music, songs, stories, dancing and fun with local entertainers Ken and Lynne Mikell.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Grand Canyon National Park South Rim & Bright Angel Trail/More Grand Canyon Exploration/Old Route 66/River Trip Orientation
(Wednesday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including bacon and eggs, french toast and sausage, fruit bowl and yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
 Morning: Check out of motel after breakfast and travel to Grand Canyon National Park. Learn about famous Oak Creek Canyon as you travel Hwy 89A, one of Arizona's most scenic highways, and up the hairpin switchbacks, in view of the San Francisco Peaks to the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Once at Grand Canyon National Park, enjoy sweeping views of the Canyon with glimpses of the Colorado River below and the North Rim across the Canyon. Your guide will point out significant canyon features and introduce you to the canyon's story -- geology, natural and human history. There will be time for hikes both along the rim or, for those who desire, a short hike into the canyon on the famed "Bright Angel Trail".
 Lunch: Sack lunches on the South Rim of Grand Canyon.
 Afternoon: Visit historic Grand Canyon Village and enjoy some free time to explore on your own. Don't forget to ask your program coordinator about the fountain in the Bright Angel Lodge where you can get ice cream! Depart South Rim in late afternoon for the trip along part of old Route 66 to Peach Springs on the Hualapai Indian Reservation. Make a quick stop in Williams, AZ, the last town along Old Route 66 to be bypassed by Interstate 40.
 Dinner: Enjoy a dinner at the Pine Country Restaurant in Williams. The Pine Country offers good home-cooked "comfort food" and out-of-this-world cookies for dessert.
 Evening: We travel to Peach Springs following dinner for check in at the Hualapai Lodge. After getting settled in your rooms, gather with your coordinator for an orientation on the next day's rafting trip on the Colorado River .
   
Accommodations: Hualapai Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: River Trip through Grand Canyon/ Waterfall Hike/Helicopter Trip from River to Canyon Rim/Trip through Mojave Desert to Hualapai Lodge
(Thursday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Hualapai Lodge dining room.
 Morning: Depart lodge and travel down to the bottom of the Canyon on Diamond Creek Road, the only road to the bottom of the Canyon. Once at the beach, the Hualapai river guides give us a safety orientation and life vest fitting. Then we load the boats and head downstream on the Mighty Colorado! The "Diamond Creek Down" Colorado River trip is about 37 miles in length. The first 16 miles you will encounter about 10 whitewater rapids. Some of these are large (5, 6 and 7 's on a 1 to 10 scale). You will get wet! The air temperature in summer at the bottom of the canyon will likely be around 100 degrees so the splashing is welcome relief and keeps everyone cool. The rafts pull over at a couple of attractions (including the beautiful and hidden Travertine Falls where you'll have an opportunity to climb on the rocks and splash in the water) and at a lunch spot. After 16 miles the rapids flatten out, but the scenery remains "Grand" in all regards.
 Lunch: Lunch on a Colorado River beach.
 Afternoon: Continue down Colorado River after lunch to Quartermaster Landing (37 miles downriver from Diamond Creek). When you're called, get buckled into a helicopter for a short but spectacular ride from the river to the rim at Quartermaster Point at Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Reservation. Don't forget your camera for this once in a lifetime experience! Travel via bus through the starkly beautiful Joshua Tree forest and basin and range topography of the Mohave Desert back to Hualapai Lodge after a fun-filled day.
 Dinner: Late dinner at the Hualapai Lodge dining room.
 Evening: After dinner, spend a final night with your new friends and maybe do some packing!
   
Accommodations: Hualapai Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hualapai Culture, Songs and Dance/Program Farewells/Shuttles to Sedona and Phoenix
(Friday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Hualapai Lodge dining room with farewells and program departure following morning presentation. Van Go shuttle passengers will depart for Phoenix airport at 10am., arriving there approximately 2:00pm. Road Scholar van will return to Sedona, arriving there approximately 12:30pm.
 Morning: Enjoy a morning program on Hualapai culture/dancing or another regional topic. Program farewells.Van Go shuttle passengers will depart for Phoenix airport immediately following morning activities.
 Lunch: Sack lunch to go provided for those who request it.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


An Introduction to Grand Canyon Ecology


Author: Houk, Rose


Description: 56pp



An Introduction to Grand Canyon Prehistory


Author: Coder, Christopher M.


Description: People have inhabited Grand Canyon for the past twelve thousand years. Evidence of their lives exists throughout the canyon; but it is up to their ancestors and archaeologists to interpret those remains for us. This book provides a popular look at the architecture, art, and tools of prehistoric Puebloan peoples, as well as information about modern-day Native American tribes. With illustrations and color photographs.



Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water


Author: Reisner, Marc


Description: The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecologic and economic disaster. In Cadillac Desert Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West. Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden--and Eden that may be only a mirage. 608pp



Carving Grand Canyon: Evidence, Theories, and Mystery


Author: Ranney, Wayne


Description: Ranney explains how rivers in general can physically carve canyons, looks chronologically at the numerous theories that have been presented by successive generations of geologists regarding the Grand Canyon's formation, and describes a plausible sequence of geologic events that could create such a landscape. Numerous color photographs, detailed illustrations, and maps are provided. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR 160pp



Field Guide to the Grand Canyon


Author: Whitney, Stephen R


Description: This book describes and illustrates the area's plants and animals, and offers fascinating in-depth information on the natural history and geology of this dramatic region. 272pp



Grand Canyon: Time Below the Rim


Author: Craig Childs and Gary Ladd


Description: Prepared by the Book Division of Arizona Highways magazine, this book is written and photographed by 2 of the leading authorities on the subject matter. There's no place on earth like the Grand Canyon, and there's no book about the Canyon like this one. "Grand Canyon: Time Below the Rim" connects you with remote sections of the Canyon most people will never see: the waterfalls, the streams, the thousands of side canyons, the prehistoric rock formations, the rock art and other remains of an ancient civilization, and the entire course of the Colorado River through the Canyon.



Half Broke Horses


Author: Walls, Jeannette


Description: Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle, wrote this true life novel which unfolds across Northern Arizona from the 1920s to the 1960s. Its heroine, Lily Casey Smith, (Ms. Wall's grandmother) battled the elements, prejudices, economic conditions and politics of remote frontier Arizona. Many of the locations described - Peach Springs, Seligman, Flagstaff, the Navajo Reservation, the Arizona Strip - are sites visited by NAU Road Scholar programs. Readers of this selection will feel the sense of heritage from this tale of life in our distant corner of America.



Living at the Edge: Explorers, Exploiters, and Settlers of the Grand Canyon Region


Author: Anderson, Michael F


Description: A comprehensive look at the pioneer history of the Grand Canyon Region, from its earliest residents to the creation of the national park at the end of the pioneer era (circa 1920). Included are close to two hundred historic photographs, many never published before, and 12 custom maps of the region. 184pp



Secret Sedona: Sacred Moments in the Landscape


Author: Larry Lindahl


Description: This book provides an overview of the terrain, ancestral Indian ruins and petroglyphs found in Sedona's wilderness areas. Extraordinary photography from one of the nations most photogenic areas. 80 pages.



The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons


Author: Powell, John Wesley


Description: Full text of Powell's 1,000-mile expedition down the fabled Colorado in 1869. Superb account of terrain, geology, vegetation, Indians, famine, mutiny, treacherous rapids, mighty canyons. 240 illustrations. 432pp



Volcanoes of Northern Arizona - Sleeping Giants of the Grand Canyon Region


Author: Duffield, Wendell A


Description: Just south of the Grand Canyon lies a range of volcanic mountain including Mt. Humphreys, the highest point in Arizona. These mountains encompassing Sunset Crater and the San Francisco Peaks, collectively make up the San Francisco Volcanic Field. This book provides, for the first time, a popular look at the fiery origin of these volcanic features. With magnificent aerial photographs, original geologic illustrations, and detailed road logs to many of the key features, this book is an indispensable tool for the traveler, the educator, and all that are interested in the remarkable landscape of northern Arizona. 68pp





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