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Grand Canyon National Park: Exploring the North and South Rims

Program Number: 2804RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/6/2014 - 9/12/2014; 10/7/2014 - 10/13/2014; 5/24/2015 - 5/30/2015; 5/29/2015 - 6/4/2015; 6/2/2015 - 6/8/2015; 8/15/2015 - 8/21/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Price starting at: $1,325.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks; On the Road; Natural History
Meals: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience the distinctive character of the Grand Canyon’s vibrant South Rim and remote North Rim. Journey to the geological beginning of the Grand Canyon at Lee’s Ferry on the Colorado River. Gaze into the mile-deep chasm with multi-hued, 2 billion-year-old rocks that preserve ancient landscapes and life forms.




Highlights

• Fly over both Grand Canyon rims and the Colorado River aboard a fixed-wing aircraft.
• Experience two days at the North Rim for one-of-a-kind views and enjoy a Condor talk at the lodge.
• Between the rims, experience Marble Canyon, the Vermilion Cliffs and Lee’s Ferry, walk over the historic Navajo Bridge and dip your toes in the Colorado River.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day on paved and uneven surfaces, optional longer hikes available. Elevations from 7,000 feet on the S. Rim and 8,000 feet on N. Rim. On the South Rim the distance between the lodging and dining area requires up to a 1/4 mile walk.



2015 departures: Participants will have the option (option 1) to choose a scenic overflight of both Grand Canyon rims and the Colorado River aboard a fixed-wing aircraft.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Phoenix, 1 night; coach to Grand Canyon South Rim, 2 nights; coach to Grand Canyon North Rim, 2 nights; coach to Phoenix, 1 night; departure.



Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.




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.



Phoenix

Phoenix is a thriving metropolis surrounded by majestic mountains. Along with the visual beauty of the land, the city has a rich heritage of Native American and Hispanic cultures. Native American and western expansion influences are seen in the art and architecture of Phoenix, and an abundance of museums and art galleries showcase the culture.



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.



Mesa

The Hohokam Indians settled what is now Mesa 2,000 years ago, constructing a canal system that exists to this day. Apaches, Spanish explorers and Mormon pioneers followed in the footsteps of the Hohokam. Currently, Mesa is the third-largest city in Arizona, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States.



Accommodations
Phoenix: Modern hotel with free airport shuttle. Grand Canyon South Rim: Park lodging near the rim. North Rim: Historic Union Pacific cabins near the rim.

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

Bruce Banker is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, where he studied natural sciences and geology. He lives in Flagstaff and has worked for the National Park Service as a naturalist on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon National Historic Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Bruce also serves as an outdoor educator for the Grand Canyon Field Institute. Bruce has taken students to many of the far-flung corners of the Southwest and has a few good stories to share.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Jeff Strang

Jeff Strang's knowledge of the environment stems from over 35 years of hiking, paddling, and photography in the outdoors, his extensive experience as a naturalist, as well as from his education at the University of Oregon and Lewis and Clark Law School. In 1987, Jeff filed a precedent-setting lawsuit against Oregon polluters under the Clean Water Act. Jeff has been leading Road Scholar programs since 2002. In his free time, Jeff enjoys biking to work, hiking, kayaking, outdoor photography and studying geology.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
  Phoenix & The Valley of the Sun 1 night
   South Rim Lodge
  South Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona 2 nights
   North Rim Lodge
  North Rim, Grand Canyon 2 nights
   Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
  Phoenix & The Valley of the Sun 1 night
 Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
Type: Hotel
  Description: Discover contemporary conveniences at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this hotel is convenient to freeways, light rail transportation and downtown Phoenix.
  Contact info: 3838 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-phoenix-airport-north-PHXANGI/index.html
  Room amenities: The Garden Sleep SystemT, Feather Pillows Non Allergenic, Complimentary WiFi access, LCD Flat Panel TV, TV-Premium HBO,CNN,ESPN, Safe, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator, air conditioners.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle. 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access, Photo Copying Service and Printer. Fitness center and outdoor pool, 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market, Baggage Storage, Lounge, Coin Laundry, Elevators.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for rates. Hotel is offering a discount off the best available rate for our clients. In order to get this discount you must contact the group sales manager, Crystal Peters, direct. Her contact info: Phone: 602-293-0338; email: crystal.peters@hilton.com. Do note that this hotel sells out regularly during March - April period so if you are staying during that time period make your bookings well in advance.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for rates. Hotel is offering a discount off the best available rate for our clients. In order to get this discount you must contact the group sales manager, Crystal Peters, direct. Her contact info: Phone: 602-293-0338; email: crystal.peters@hilton.com. Do note that this hotel sells out regularly during March - April period so if you are staying during that time period make your bookings well in advance.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 South Rim Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: The South Rim lodge (Maswik or Yavapai) was built within a quarter mile of the S. Rim. The lodge is convenient to all the shops, museums and restaurants within Grand Canyon Village. Free shuttle buses stop at the lodge.
  Contact info: S. Rim Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
  Room amenities: Television, phone, bath. Refrigerators available upon request for medications.
  Smoking allowed: No

 North Rim Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: The only lodging available on the North Rim, this old lodge of rough hewn logs and rocks is chiseled into the limestone of the rim itself, offering broad views of the Grand Canyon, Bright Angel Canyon, the South Rim, and the San Francisco Peaks nearly 100 miles south. Rooms are in nearby cabins on the same grounds, within walking distance of the lodge. These historic cabins are both rustic and romantic.
  Contact info: North Rim
Grand Canyon, AZ 86052 USA
phone: 928-638-2611
web: www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/north-rim/lodging.htm
  Room amenities: Be prepared to step into the past in these quaint rustic historic cabins that have basic necessities including electricity, hot and cold running water, shower, hair dryer, ice bucket, heat, a telephone and screened windows that open up to let in fresh mountain air.
  Facility amenities: Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room has magnificent views of the Grand Canyon through its huge picture windows. Lodge Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, Deli in the Pines for fast service dining, espresso coffee bar with fresh baked goods, Rough Rider Saloon, gift shop, camper store, self serve guest laundry facilities. Immediate access to Rim views and hiking trails from the lodge.
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in after 3:00 pm. On-site Road Scholar registration in hotel meeting room from 4:30 - 5:15 PM. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Check out by 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at hotel for the duration of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Phoenix & The Valley of the Sun
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix
  Nearest highway: I-10. I-17, US 60
  Nearest airport:  Phoenix Intl Airport (Sky Harbor)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departures
Travel Details
 

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 602-306-2323

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Travel time from airport and hotel upon shuttle pick up is 12 minutes. 

 

Distance:

 

3 miles

   

Upon arrival - Call Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North once you have retrieved your luggage in the baggage claim area. Return shuttles from the hotel to the airport run every hour and half hour (24 hours a day).

 
Driving Directions
  From the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to Hilton Garden Airport North Take East Airport exit to 44th Street north to Van Buren. Left on Van Buren to hotel.
  Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North From West From the I-10, head east into Phoenix and take exit 147A for the AZ-202 Loop East. Take exit 2 for 40th St and go right (south). Take the 3rd right onto E Van Buren St. and the hotel is .2 miles ahead on your left.
  Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North from the North Heading south on I - 17 into Phoenix, take the I-10 East exit. Keep right to take AZ-202-LOOP E via EXIT 147A. Take the 40th St exit, EXIT 2, and go right toward 44th St. After .5 miles you will see Van Buren ST and take a right. The hotel is on your right after 2 miles
Elevation Note: Elevation 7,000 - 8,000 feet. Those with heart/lung concerns should consult a physician before

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: Registration/Program Orientation and introductions
(Saturday, September 6)
   
 Afternoon: On site Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the hotel meeting room.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the Hilton Garden Inn. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option for those that enrolled as such.
 Evening: Introductions and orientation in the hotel meeting room following dinner. Get to know your fellow participants, review the schedule, and get prepared for the action packed adventure you are about to embark on.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Travel to Grand Canyon National Park / Afternoon Exploration in Park
(Sunday, September 7)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel that includes eggs, breakfast meat, cereals, muffins, fruit, whole grain breads, coffee, juice and more.
 Morning: After breakfast the bus departs for Flagstaff en route to Grand Canyon. Marvel at the change of life zones and scenery as we move from the Sonora Desert to the high Colorado Plateau. Travel past the San Francisco Peaks Volcanic Field and the site of Arizona's highest point, Humphreys Peak, elev. 12,633 feet. Regional geography and natural history commentary will be provided on the bus by your naturalist guide.
 Lunch: Lunch in Tusayan just outside Grand Canyon National Park.
 Afternoon: After lunch the group arrives at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and on to the brink of the world famous chasm. Participants will receive an introduction and overview of the canyon at selected viewpoints, with additional time allotted to take in the grandeur and immensity of this natural wonder. Hotel check in between 4:00 and 5:00 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner at your leisure at the lodge's dining facility. Many entree choices to choose from as well as soups, salads, sandwiches, Mexican specialties, and a variety of tasty desserts.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: South Rim Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park - Scenic Flight Over Canyon, Rim Exploration and Free Time
(Monday, September 8)

Note: Today's 45 minute scenic flight over the Grand Canyon will employ a dual engine "Vistaliner" aircraft. The aircraft can comfortably carry 19 passengers. For more information regarding the Vistaliner and a complete listing of the aircraft's safety features and amenities, check out Grand Canyon Airlines equipment page at: www.grandcanyonairlines.com/equipment/vistaliner



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge's dining facility. Many options to choose from including scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, fresh fruit, yogurt, juice,and coffee.
 Morning: After breakfast the group will depart for the Grand Canyon airport for a narrated 45 minute scenic (fixed wing aircraft) flight over the canyon. The many hued spires, buttes and temples and the Colorado River will be spread out below you in dramatic fashion. The flight will make a broad loop that will include a swing past the forested North Rim.
Back on the rim your guide will direct you to the many famous Grand Canyon Village landmarks including the Kolb Brothers Photo Studio and the buildings of Fred Harvey designer Mary Jane Colter - including the Bright Angel Lodge, Lookout Studio and the Hopi House. To the east, visit the El Tovar Hotel, one of the great lodges in the National Park system. A discussion and a handout on free time options and activities for the upcoming afternoon will be included.
 Lunch: Enjoy either a lunch or dinner on your own allowing more time to experience the Canyon on your own terms and at your own pace. Your coordinator will review with the group all of the dining options at the canyon. If you are interested in eating at the El Tovar Lodge for dinner then reservations are required. Call 928-638-2631 and ask for El Tovar dining room. No reservations needed for breakfast or lunch.
 Afternoon: After lunch, the afternoon is free to explore the South Rim and environs. Along with the park "Guide" newspaper and map, and a "free time options" handout participants can choose from a variety of activities and viewpoints.The historic Grand Canyon Village, Hermit's Rest West Rim shuttle, Yavapai Point, and rim walks are all popular activities. At your disposal will be the free park shuttle to access various points on the South Rim.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge's dining facility. Choices include hot and cold sandwiches, salads, hot entrees, pasta dishes, and desserts.
 Evening: Shuttle to Mather Point for a Grand Canyon sunset! Mather Point will offer late evening shadows and light in the canyon and sweeping rim views.
   
Accommodations: South Rim Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Grand Canyon East Rim / Marble Canyon / Lee's Ferry / North Rim Lodge/Kaibab Plateau and Grand Canyon North Rim
(Tuesday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge's dining facility.
 Morning: Board the bus after breakfast and begin an epic day filled with surreal landscapes and other worldly views en route to the North Rim. The journey begins along the Grand Canyon's "East Rim". The first stop will be at the Desert View overlook. Desert View has the best views of the Colorado River, and is the location of the famous Mary Jane Colter's Watchtower. After exiting the park we will enter the western edge of the Navajo Reservation and travel through the Painted Desert. We will cross the Colorado River at Marble Canyon. Lunch will be enjoyed at the base of the towering Vermilion Cliffs.
 Lunch: Lunch at Marble Canyon Lodge. Make-your-own sandwich bar, with choices of meats, cheeses, salad and condiments.
 Afternoon: After lunch travel to historic Lee's Ferry and the banks of the Colorado River where you will have the opportunity to dip a toe into the cold water, watch the rigging of boats preparing to go through the Grand Canyon, and join in discussions of western water issues. Continue along the base of the Vermilion Cliffs and rise onto the cool, verdant Kaibab Plateau, with its spruce, fir and aspen forest. Arrive and check in at the North Rim Lodge in the late afternoon. Accommodation Note: The Frontier Cabins on the North Rim are historic log cabins built in the 1930s. They enhance the rustic ambiance of the North Rim. Please be aware that the cabins are much smaller and more cozy than modern day lodgings.
 Dinner: Dinner in the majestic dining room of North Rim, with magnificent views through huge picture windows. Entree choices include Roasted chicken, Prime Rib, Roasted Salmon Filet with Cilantro Drizzle or Whole Wheat Mushroom Pasta with bay spinach and Oven Roasted Tomatoes.
 Evening: The Grand Canyon Lodge sits right on the rim of the canyon and is an easy walk from the cabins. Relax on one of the lodge patios. After dinner there is an optional National Park Service ranger presentation in the lodge auditorium. Topics are Grand Canyon related and change nightly.
   
Accommodations: North Rim Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Grand Canyon National Park - North Rim Viewpoints and Activities
(Wednesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the Lodge, includes fresh fruit, hot items, such as French toast, eggs, hash browns, and bacon, granola, yogurt, breakfast pastires, coffe and juice.
 Morning: Watch sunrise over the Grand Canyon if you'd like. After breakfast, the group will be offered a "Nature Walk" or other optional activities. Mid-morning the depart for Point Imperial, the highest viewpoint in the park at 8803 feet. This quintessential Grand Canyon view will tax the capabilities of your camera to capture it all. You naturalist guide will point out Grand Canyon and regional landmarks (some up to 100 miles away). Discussions may include regional geography, canyon trails, and fire ecology to name a few. Picnic lunch on site.
 Lunch: Box lunch inclucdes a deli-style sandwich, chips, fresh fruit and cookie or granola bar.
 Afternoon: Bus back to the North Rim Lodge. An optional hike walk down North Kaibab Trail (with a 600 foot elevation loss and a distance of 3/4 miles one way) will be offered, or enjoy free time on the North Rim. Park ranger programs will also be available in the afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner in the majestic dining room of North Rim, with magnificent views through huge picture windows. Entree choices include Roasted chicken, Prime Rib, Roasted Salmon Filet or Whole Wheat Mushroom Pasta with bay spinach and Oven Roasted Tomatoes.
 Evening: After dinner enjoy an optional National Park Service ranger presentation in the lodge auditorium.
   
Accommodations: North Rim Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Depart Grand Canyon / Cameron Trading Post / Scottsdale
(Thursday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the Lodge.
 Morning: After breakfast, depart Grand Canyon and re-trace our steps with a stop at the historic Navajo Bridge. During our stop at the Navajo Bridge participants will be able to take a thrilling stroll across this now pedestrian bridge and marvel at the 500' chasm below and the muddy waters of the Colorado. Continue to the historic 1916 Cameron Trading Post. Native American arts and crafts galore will be available at Cameron Trading Post. Lunch on site.
 Lunch: Lunch at Cameron Trading Post. In addition to standard lunch menu selections we will offer up and introduce you to the famous "Navajo Taco" - a light, crispy fry bread loaded with traditional taco toppings. It's a memorable experience!
 Afternoon: After lunch in Cameron, travel to Flagstaff, through the Verde Valley, Cordes Junction and on to our Phoenix hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the Hilton Garden Inn. Enjoy a buffet dinner. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option.
 Evening: Dinner will be followed by a program wrap-up session, including reflections and farewells.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Program Conclusion
(Friday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel that includes eggs to order, breakfast meat, cereals, muffins, fruit, whole grain breads, coffee, juice and more.
 Morning: Departures after breakfast. Airport shuttle provided by hotel.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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


Introduction to Grand Canyon Geology


Author: Price, L Greer


Description: This overview of Grand Canyon geology is perfect for the first-time visitor or the seasoned Grand Canyon traveler. Chapters cover the basic priciples of geology, the history of geological exploration at Grand Canyon, the canyon's structural features, and the Colorado River. Includes over 70 photos and illustrations, an index, and glossary. 63pp



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.



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



Breaking Into the Current: Boatwomen of the Grand Canyon


Author: Teal, Louise


Description: 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. As river guides in love with the Canyon and their work, these women have followed their hearts. 178pp



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



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.



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 Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing


Author: Alvord, Lori


Description: The first Navajo woman surgeon combines western medicine and traditional healing. A spellbinding journey between two worlds, this remarkable book describes surgeon Lori Arviso Alvord's struggles to bring modern medicine to the Navajo reservation in Gallup, New Mexico—and to bring the values of her people to a medical care system in danger of losing its heart. 204 pp



Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis


Author: Glennon, Robert


Description: In the middle of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas casinos use billions of gallons of water for fountains, pirate lagoons, wave machines, and indoor canals. Meanwhile, the town of Orme, Tennessee, must truck in water from Alabama because it has literally run out. Robert Glennon captures the irony—and tragedy—of America’s water crisis in a book that is both frightening and wickedly comical. Unquenchable reveals the heady extravagances and everyday inefficiencies that are sucking the nation dry.



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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