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On the Road: Best of Northern Arizona’s Parks and Monuments: Grand Canyon, River Rafting and More!

Program Number: 2803RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/19/2013 - 10/27/2013;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Price starting at: $1,295.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; National Parks
Meals: 24; 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Explore the spectacular scenery of seven of the Southwest’s most-loved National Parks and Monuments. Field trips take you through Sedona’s red rocks, the volcanic landscapes of Sunset Crater, and Wupatki and Navajo National Monuments’ prehistoric cliff dwellings. Conclude your journey at Grand Canyon National Park.




Highlights

• Enjoy a smooth-water rafting adventure on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon.
• Peel back layers of prehistory at Montezuma Castle, Walnut Canyon and Navajo National Monuments.
• Hear from Navajo guides on a 4x4 journey into Monument Valley Tribal Park to discover its fabled buttes and spires.



Activity Particulars

Walk one mile on paved/uneven surfaces. Elevations up to 7,000 feet. Stepping in and out of the raft requires agility.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Scottsdale, Ariz., 1 night; coach to Flagstaff, 2 nights; coach to Lake Powell, 2 nights; coach to Monument Valley, Utah, 1 night; coach to Grand Canyon South Rim, Ariz., 2 nights; coach to Phoenix, departure.



Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.




Scottsdale

An affluent city adjacent to Phoenix, Scottsdale enjoys an annual average of more than 330 days of sunshine, a factor that, along with the area’s wide-open desert landscape, makes the city a haven for golfers. Scottsdale’s vibrant nightlife and busy hotel scene are balanced out by its proximity to mountain areas popular with outdoor enthusiasts.



Flagstaff

Nestled at the foot of the San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona, Flagstaff is a perfect departure point for trips to the Glen and Grand canyons or Sunset Crater National Monument. At 7,000 feet in elevation, this cool mountain city is one of the highest in the nation.



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.



Lake Powell

Resulting from the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam in 1963, Lake Powell is a surrealist’s dream, as houseboat flotillas drift past curvaceous rock formations, hidden coves and red-rock cliffs. Crystal-clear water reflects the lake’s towering buttes.



Monument Valley

Embodying the open spaces of the Great American Southwest, Monument Valley’s vast landscape seems to stretch endlessly in all directions, occasionally interrupted by towering buttes of red and burgundy rock. The few native peoples who live here honor the place by living simply and respecting the natural forces that have shaped the land.



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
Scottsdale: Private casitas at desert resort. Flagstaff and Monument Valley: Modern hotels. Lake Powell: Four-star hotel. Grand Canyon: Lodge at the South Rim.
Meals and Lodgings
   Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites
  Scottsdale, AZ 1 night
   Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites
  Flagstaff, AZ 2 nights
   Courtyard by Marriott
  Lake Powell, AZ 2 nights
   Kayenta Monument Valley Inn
  Monument Valley, UT 1 night
   GC South Rim Lodge
  Grand Canyon Village, South Rim 2 nights
 Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Twenty five acre resort green landscaped on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale, AZ.
  Contact info: 6160 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com
  Room amenities: Plush top mattress, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk, wifi, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings, safes in every room, microwaves available in suits or upon request.
  Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Borgata Shopping Center steps away.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Seasonal Rates vary widely; winter/spring is peak season with rates from $150 - $250/night.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: Four floors with 2 elevators, 128 rooms. Conveniently close to shopping. One quarter mile to Northern Arizona University. 2 miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.
  Contact info: 2015 S Beulah Blvd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 928-556-8666
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ939&propId=939
  Room amenities: Free WIFI, dataport phones, premium cable channels, coffee maker, hair dryer, clock.
  Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool and spa, fitness center. Deluxe continental breakfast. Guest coin operated laundry available. Free local calls. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a locked refrigerator that is located in the hotel lobby area. Lobby microwave available to guests 24 hours. Safety deposit box at front desk available to all guests. Roll away beds for $10.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Courtyard by Marriott
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Courtyard by Marriott overlooks the high desert sandstone walls and the blue waters of Lake Powell, as well as the Lake Powell National Golf Course. The property is situated on a mesa one mile from the lake, with its boating and fishing.
  Contact info: 600 Clubhouse Dr
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-5000
web: www.courtyard.com
  Room amenities: Individually controlled A/C, remote cable TV, alarm radio, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron, voice mail / data port phones.
  Facility amenities: The Courtyard by Marriott features 152 rooms, and on-site restaurant, cocktail lounge, whirlpool, exercise room, on-site laundromat and coffee shop. Fax, copier and printer are available. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a secured unit through the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Kayenta Monument Valley Inn
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Full service, modern facility near Monument Valley
  Contact info: Jct 160-163
Kayenta, AZ 86033 USA
phone: 928-697-3221
web: http://www.kayentamonumentvalleyinn.com/
  Room amenities: Individually controlled air conditioning, cable color TV, PPV movies, coffee maker, ironing board, wireless internet, room service from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
  Facility amenities: A/C Public Areas, Newsstand, Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk, High-Speed wireless Internet Access, on site restaurant with room service, self serve laundry, newsstand, gift shop, seasonal outdoor pool (Mid May - Late Sept.) treadmill, stationary bike, weight machine.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 GC South Rim Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Just a quarter mile from the rim of the Grand Canyon in the heart of Grand Canyon Village. The village is the hub of Canyon activities for visitors from around the globe. In addition to many viewpoints of one of the world's geologic wonders, it provides restaurants, shops, museums, shuttles to other S. Rim viewpoints and trailheads.
  Contact info: Grand Canyon Village, AZ
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com
  Room amenities: TV, phone, clock radio, private bath.
  Facility amenities: On site cafeteria and gift shop. Canyon shuttles pick up at the front of property. Near to coin op laundry and ATM. Refrigerators are available upon request for those participants who need them for medical reasons only.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights after: Seasonal. Check welcome letter for rates. Note that room requests must be made to Lodge management company, Xanterra, in writing to secure the Road Scholar rate for extending your personal stay.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel meeting room: registration at 4:30-5:15 PM. You will be staying at Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Phoenix Airport, 1:00 PM. You will be staying at GC South Rim Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Colorado River Discovery requires assumption of risk form to be signed prior to raft trip.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at the hotel is available for the entire program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Scottsdale, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix, AZ
  Nearest highway: I-10, US 60, I-17
  Nearest airport:  Sky Harbor Intl, Phoenix
  From End of Program
  Location:  Deaprtures
Travel Details
 

Last Program Location

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
NAU Road Scholar

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Included in program
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 hours 

   

On the last morning our motorcoach / van will take participants to each terminal at the Phoenix airport. Next, those who drove to the program will be dropped off at the starting hotel.

 

Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$17
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

12 miles

   

Must have prepaid reservations - by internet at www.supershuttle.com, scroll to Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl Airport, or by phone at 800-258-3826. After you claim your luggage at Sky Harbor Airport, proceed to the outer island marked “Van Service.” A uniformed SuperShuttle Guest Service Representative will arrange transportation to your destination.

 
Driving Directions
  Phoenix - Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort from I-10 Eastbound Stay on I-10 through downtown Phoenix. Merge onto Loop 202 toward Tempe / Mesa. Take Loop 101 North toward Scottsdale. Stay on 101 North until the Indian BEND (NOT Indian School) exit and turn left. At the traffic light on Scottsdale Road, turn left and get into the right lane on Scottsdale Road. Just south of Lincoln Dr, the resort will be on your right. You will turn right onto "Rose Lane", follow it left around an immediate bend in the road, and the resort lobby and parking is on your left. Do note that you should leave your luggage in the car as once you check into the hotel and register for the program, you will then drive a short distance to park for walking access to your room.
  Phoenix - Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort from I-10 Westbound Stay on I-10 west to the US 60 and exit east toward Mesa / Globe. Stay on US 60 east about 3 miles to Loop 101 north toward Scottsdale. Continue on Loop 101 North to Indian BEND (NOT Indian School) exit and turn left. At the traffic light on Scottsdale Road, turn left and get into the right lane on Scottsdale Road. Just south of Lincoln Dr, the resort will be on your right. You will turn right onto "Rose Lane", follow it left around an immediate bend in the road, and the resort lobby and parking is on your left. Do note that you should leave your luggage in the car as once you check into the hotel and register for the program, you will then drive a short distance to park for walking access to your room.
  To Cottonwoods Resort from I-17 Southbound Stay on I-17 south to the Loop 101 East exit. Continue on Loop 101 East until the Indian Bend (NOT Indian School) exit. Turn right (west) onto Indian Bend. At traffic light at Scottsdale Rd, turn left (south) and stay on Scottsdale Rd Just south of Lincold Rd the hotel will be on your right.
Elevation Note: Except Phoenix, all sites 4 - 7,000 ft. Those w heart / lung concerns - check w Dr. before program.

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: Orientation and Introductions
(Saturday, October 19)
   
 Afternoon: On-site registration from 4:30-5:15 PM in the hotel meeting room.
 Dinner: Dinner catered by the Cottonwoods Resort in the Conference Center. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option. Entrees include salad, assorted rolls & butter, light desert, and a non-alcoholic beverage.
 Evening: After dinner, we will have introductions and a program orientation, followed by questions and answers.
   
Accommodations: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Montezuma Castle National Monument/Oak Creek Canyon / Museum of Northern Arizona
(Sunday, October 20)

Note: 1/3 mile walk at Montezuma Castle



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the resort, which includes: scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal or cereal, coffee,tea and juice.
 Morning: Travel north through impressive stands of saguaro cactus as we climb in elevation through Black Canyon to the grassland plateau, then into Verde Valley. Visit the picturesque, wonderfully preserved 5-story, 20-room cliff dwelling built by the Sinagua Indians 700 years ago at Montezuma Castle National Monument.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local Sedona restaurant.
 Afternoon: Drive through Sedona's famed red rock splendor and up Oak Creek Canyon with towering cliffs on either side of rushing Oak Creek. Once in Flagstaff, go on a docent lead tour the Museum of Northern Arizona's collection of anthropology, biology, geology, and fine arts of the Colorado Plateau region. Over its 75-year history in Flagstaff, MNA has evolved into a regional center of learning with collections, exhibits, educational programs, publications, and research projects that serve more than 100,000 people each year. As the only accredited museum within 150 miles of Flagstaff and the only natural history museum within 150 miles, the Museum of Northern Arizona is the premier museum dedicated to the cultural and natural history of the Colorado Plateau. Free time to explore the museum on your own will be provided. Late afternoon check in at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at a Flagstaff restaurant.
 Evening: Evening presentation on a topic of local interest.
   
Accommodations: Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Sinagua Cliff Dwellings/Walnut Canyon National Monument
(Monday, October 21)
   
 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.
 Morning: A geologist will explain the forces which combined, over 1.8 years, to shape and form the Grand Canyon and the greater Colorado Plateau.The participant will come away from this geology presentation with the concepts and tools needed to better appreciate and understand the geologic formations that will be encountered on the remainder of the journey.
 Lunch: Lunch in Flagstaff at Mandarin Buffet Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit the ancient Sinagua cliff dwellings and ruins at Walnut Canyon National Monument. Take a walk into the canyon on the Island Trail and/or walk the rim trail with its impressive overviews into the canyon. The 0.9 mile Island Trail descends 185 feet traveling past 25 cliff dwelling rooms. One of three national monuments in the Flagstaff area, Walnut Canyon National Monument was established in 1915 to preserve numerous Prehistoric archaeological sites which are spectacularly located in cliffs and along the rim of Walnut Canyon. Evidence of human use at Walnut Canyon can be traced back over 2,000 years. Based on ceramic analysis and tree ring dates, most Sinagua sites in the area date from 1100-1225 AD. The progression of cultural change and adaptation of the Sinagua is clearly evident at Walnut Canyon. Time to explore the monument's small museum, bookstore and displays will be offered.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: A discussion of Hopi culture follows dinner, another program of interest, or a free evening.
   
Accommodations: Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cameron Trading Post, Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments, Glen Canyon Dam
(Tuesday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.
 Morning: Board the coach for the trip to Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam. Enroute, stop at Sunset Crater and/or Wupatki National Monuments; and historic Cameron Trading Post, a still-operating post on the Navajo Nation, with its displays of Navajo weavings, Native American pottery and American Indian jewelry. Continue past the Painted Desert and the deep red faces of the Echo Cliffs.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Page, AZ.
 Afternoon: Visit the Glen Canyon Dam at the head of the 275 mile long Lake Powell, with fantastic views, exhibits, bookstore and an optional film. Afternoon check in at the hotel.
 Dinner: Catered dinner at the Marriott.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening of western stories and music by Joanna Joseph.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: John Wesley Powell Museum and Colorado River Rafting.
(Wednesday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet to include: scrambled eggs, bacon, home fried potatoes, fresh fruit/bananas, toast, cereal option/oatmeal, orange juice, coffee.
 Morning: Visit the John Weseley Powell Museum with its excellent displays that trace the exploration, history and development of the Colorado River. Board rafts for a scenic float trip through the last remaining stretch of Glen Canyon below the dam and beneath the towering walls of Navajo Sandstone. Please note: Raft trip participation requires signature on a liability waiver as well as the ability to step in and out of a raft. Raft seating is on benches without back support.
 Lunch: Float along on the smooth water of the river and enjoy your box lunch.
 Afternoon: Continue the Colorado River float trip. Stop for a short walk to a well-preserved petroglyph panel. At the end of the float, drive by historic Lee's Ferry and Marble Canyon, balanced rocks, Vermilion Cliffs and the historic Navajo Bridge en route to Page. Return to Page in late afternoon.
 Dinner: Catered dinner at the Marriott.
 Evening: Enjoy a presentation of local interest such as Floating hogans of Lake Powell or Natural History of the Lake Powell area.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Navajo National Monument & Monument Valley Monoliths
(Thursday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet to include: scrambled eggs, bacon, home fried potatoes, fresh fruit/bananas, toast, cereal option/oatmeal, orange juice, coffee.
 Morning: Depart for Navajo National Monument and Monument Valley. At Navajo National Monument walk to the overlook for the Betatakin Ruins, some of the best preserved ruins in the Southwest. Tour the small museum and view the park's informative video. Continue the spectacular drive through a remote part of the Navajo Reservation with sacred Navajo Mountain in view.
 Lunch: Lunch at Goulding's Lodge.
 Afternoon: Take the Monument Valley tour on Goulding's "jeeps" . Located on the northern edge of the Navajo reservation, Monument Valley is the literal iconic location of canyon country with its whimsical and wierd rock formations. It has been the setting of scores of western movies. The Mittens, the Totem Poles, Yei-bi-chei Pinnacle, and John Ford Point are just a few of the fantastic features that will be viewed on this once in a lifetime trip. On board narration will be provided by Native American guides. A stop at a traditional Navajo hogan with a Navajo rug weaving demonstration will be included. Photo opportunities will abound at frequent stops along the way. Following this afternoon of sensory overload, we have a late afternoon Check-in at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at Kayenta Monument Valley Inn.
 Evening: Kick back and relax - an evening on your own.
   
Accommodations: Kayenta Monument Valley Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Grand Canyon/Cameron Trading Post/Watchtower
(Friday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast from the menu.
 Morning: Load coach for trip from Kayenta past Black Mesa en route to the Grand Canyon. En route visit the historical Cameron Trading Post.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on the rim of the canyon or lunch at Cameron Trading Post.
 Afternoon: Travel to the Canyon's east entrance, stopping at Desert View. Climb the famed Watchtower designed by Mary Jane Colter. Enjoy Canyon views along the South Rim's eastern expanse as you travel to Grand Canyon Village and the lodge. Arrive at Grand Canyon's Visitor Information Plaza for a brief orientation. Walk to the South Rim for your first views of the Canyon. At this point there will be no doubts why they call this one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Time will be allowed to share first impressions and thoughts. Your guide will point out some of the famed spires, altars and features in the canyon and orient the group to the canyon's geography.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.
 Evening: Hear a presentation by a Grand Canyon National Park Service ranger at the Shrine of the Ages.
   
Accommodations: GC South Rim Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Guided Walk Along South Rim/Program wrap up and reflections
(Saturday, October 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Grand Canyon Lodge Cafe. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.
 Morning: Tour the historical Grand Canyon Village, sometimes called "downtown Grand Canyon", the site of much of the human development on the canyon's south rim. Highlights of the village include the Kolb Brothers Photography Studio and the buildings of Santa Fe Railroad designer Mary Jane Colter including the Bright Angel Lodge, Lookout Studio and the Hopi House. Near the east end of the village sits the 100 year old El Tovar Hotel, one of the greatest hotels in the National Park System. Hear discussion of the Village's development. Stop in at Verkamps Curios Park Visitor Center, formerly the only independent Native American Arts store, a Grand Canyon institution for over 100 years. Take in many viewpoints of the Canyon from the village rim walk.
 Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the Grand Canyon on your own. Options may include a return to the Village, taking a free shuttle to view points on the West Rim, a hike on your own along the rim trails or into the canyon, or just find a quiet spot on the rim and take in the splendor of the canyon away from the crowds. A "Free Time Option Sheet" and a copy of the "Park Guide" newspaper will be reviewed by the coordinator to better enhance the understanding of available transportation and activities.
 Dinner: A special celebratory dinner.
 Evening: Program wrap up and reflections. Option to attend the Grand Canyon National Park Service ranger presentation at the Shrine of the Ages.
   
Accommodations: GC South Rim Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Departures at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
(Sunday, October 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Grand Canyon Lodge Cafe. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.
 Morning: Board the coach for the trip to Phoenix and Sky Harbor Airport.
 Lunch: A box lunch en route to Phoenix.
 Afternoon: Participants flying home will be dropped at their departure terminals by 1:00 PM. Those who are driving or who are extending their stays will then be dropped at the starting hotel.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Flagstaff, AZ General Overview
Points of Interest w/in 2 hours of Flagstaff: Walnut Canyon NM, Wupatki NM, Sunset Crater NM, Museum of Northern Arizona, Downtown Flagstaff & old Route 66, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona Red Rocks and the Secret Mountain Wilderness, Montezuma’s Castle NM, Tuzigoot NM, Jerome, AZ Ghost Town, San Francisco Peaks and the Kachina Wilderness, Hopi & Navajo Reservations, La Posada Hotel / Restaurant at Winslow, AZ, Grand Canyon Railroad @ Williams, AZ and the Grand Canyon National Park. For additional information, visit www.flagstaffarizona.com
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


Dine': A History of the Navajos


Author: Iverson, Peter; Roessel, Monty


Description: This comprehensive narrative traces the history of the Navajos from their origins to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Based on extensive archival research, traditional accounts, interviews, historic and contemporary photographs, and firsthand observation, it provides a detailed, up-to-date portrait of the Dine' past and present that will be essential for scholars, students, and interested general readers, both Navajo and non-Navajo.



An Introduction to Grand Canyon Ecology


Author: Houk, Rose


Description: 56pp



Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West


Author: Stegner, Wallace


Description: Here Wallace Stegner, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, gives us a thrilling account of Powell's struggle against western geography and Washington politics. We witness the successes and frustrations of Powell's distinguished career, and appreciate his unparalleled understanding of the West. "Stegner's most exciting work." (San Francisco Chronicle) 496pp



Breaking Into the Current: Boatwomen of the Grand Canyon


Author: Teal, Louise


Description: In 1973, Marilyn Sayre gave up her job as a computer programmer and became the first woman in twenty years to run a commercial boat through the Grand Canyon. Georgie White had been the first, back in the 1950s, but it took time before other women broke into guiding passengers down the Colorado River. This book profiles eleven of the first full-season Grand Canyon boatwomen, weaving together their various experiences in their own words. Breaking Into the Current is a story of romance between women and a place. Each woman tells a part of every Canyon boatwoman's story: when Marilyn Sayre talks about leaving the Canyon, when Ellen Tibbets speaks of crew camaraderie, or when Martha Clark recalls the thrill of white water, each tells how all were involved in the same romance. All the boatwomen have stories to tell of how they first came to the Canyon and why they stayed. Some speak of how they balanced their passion for being in the Canyon against the frustration of working in a traditionally male-oriented occupation, where today women account for about fifteen percent of the Canyon's commercial river guides. As river guides in love with the Canyon and their work, these women have followed their hearts. "I've done a lot," says Becca Lawton, "but there's been nothing like holding those oars in my hands and putting my boat exactly where I wanted it. Nothing." 178pp



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; 2nd edition 2012.



Encounters with the Archdruid


Author: McPhee, John


Description: The narratives in this book are of journeys made in three wildernesses - on a coastal island, in a Western mountain range, and on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The four men portrayed here have different relationships to their environment, and they encounter each other on mountain trails, in forests and rapids, sometimes with reserve, sometimes with friendliness, sometimes fighting hard across a philosophical divide. 256pp



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



Life in Stone: Fossils of the Colorado Plateau


Author: Sadler, Christa


Description: Like pages in a book, the layers of sedimentary rock that are exposed on the Colorado Plateau tell us much about the diversity of environments that have come and gone over a period of hundreds of millions of years. This region is recognized as one of the finest earth-science laboratories in the world. Analysis of the fossil record and new discoveries across the plateau are answering questions, solving mysteries, and making connections that help us understand the history of life worldwide. "Life In Stone" tells the story of past environments and current discoveries with numerous illustrations and lively text written for a general audience. 72pp



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



The Man Who Walked Through Time: The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon


Author: Fletcher, Colin


Description: The remarkable classic of nature writing by the first man ever to have walked the entire length of the Grand Canyon. 256pp



The Southwest


Author: Lavender, David


Description: A historical and cultural overview, including discussions of present-day racial, conservation, and economic problems. Easy reading, fascinating history. 364pp



Warriors: Navajo Code Talkers


Author: Kawano, Kenji


Description: The American offensive in the Pacific during World War II [was] hampered by the Japanese ability to crack the most secret U.S. Codes. Navajo was virtually unknown outside the reservations, ... and [their] code proved uncrackable. Kenji Kawano's striking photographs capture the quiet dignity of the surviving veterans as they recall their actions --Los Angeles Times 128 pp





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