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Sedona: Hiking in Red Rock Splendor

Program Number: 2117RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/29/2014 - 10/4/2014; 3/15/2015 - 3/20/2015; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015; 4/27/2015 - 5/2/2015; 10/5/2015 - 10/10/2015; 10/19/2015 - 10/24/2015; 11/2/2015 - 11/7/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Price starting at: $798.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking; Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

In Sedona’s spectacular red-rock country, travel pathways in multi-hued canyons with field-based instruction bringing you face-to-face with the majesty of this world-renowned hiking destination. Explore hidden ruins and unparalleled red rock landscapes.




Highlights

• Spend five days hiking in Sedona’s red-rock country.
• Discover plant life unique to the Sedona area.
• Experts discuss the region's archaeology, ethnobotany and Colorado Plateau geology.



Activity Particulars

Daily hikes of 4-8 miles over sometimes rocky terrain and elevation changes of up to 1,000 feet. Hikes will be on both established trails and off-trail with uneven terrain, high steps, desert vegetation and rocky areas. Hikes are usually conducted as one group with a hike leader and a sweep, but for our most challenging hike we will have an extra leader to facilitate varying hiking speeds.



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.



Accommodations
Modern hotel in Sedona with red-rock views, seasonal swimming pool, walking trails nearby.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
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.
 
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.
 
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 Hotel
  Sedona, AZ 5 nights
 Sedona Super 8 Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Private and quiet off-highway location; red rock views
  Contact info: 2545 W Hwy 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336 USA
phone: 928-282-1533
web: www.sedonasuper8.com
  Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air conditioning, mini refrigerator, cable TV, coffee/tea maker.
  Facility amenities: Private patio area with heated (seasonal - about mid April to early October) outdoor pool; meeting room; airport shuttle; laundry facility with irons and ironing boards; free WiFi; 24 hour microwave available in lobby.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Seasonal Call hotel for rates in effect during your stay.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Seasonal Call hotel for rates in effect during your stay.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check into hotel after 3:00 PM. On site registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM in conference room. You will be staying at Sedona Super 8 Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends in time for hotel checkout, 11:00 AM. You will be staying at Sedona Super 8 Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Provided free at the hotel during the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sedona, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix, AZ, 120 miles S.
  Nearest highway: US 89A, AZ 179
  Nearest airport:  Phoenix Intl
  From End of Program
  Location:  Deaprtures
Travel Details
 

Sedona, AZ to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

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

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours (from Phoenix). 

 

Distance:

 

120

   

Van Go times shuttles to arrive in conjunction with program start/end times. Best to arrive into Phoenix Sky Harbor airport by 12:30 PM and book departures from PHX after 3:00 PM. Call shuttle company PRIOR to booking flights to aid in ease of travel transfers as Van Go offers just one shuttle departure time. Van Go picks up from all terminals at Phoenix airport and nearby airport hotels, and drops off at program hotel. Return shuttle departs immediately upon conclusion of program.

 

Sedona, AZ to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Arizona Shuttle
phone: 800-448-7988
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $49; $47 (if internet reservation), price does not include driver 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 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 $68, price does not include gratuity. Call for special pricing.
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. Note: This shuttle company also provides service from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

 
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. Continue approximately 2 miles to the Andante Drive traffic light and turn left. This is the entrance to the Super 8 parking lot.
  Sedona Super 8 from Phoenix Take I-10 to the junction with I-17. Proceed on I-17 north toward Flagstaff. Take exit 287 for Cottonwood. Turn west onto AZ Highway 260 and continue about 12 miles to Cottonwood, AZ. In Cottonwood, turn right at the US 89A junction and proceed about 21 miles to Sedona and the Andante Drive traffic light. Turn right into the parking lot of the Super 8.
Elevation Note: 4,500 to 6000 feet. Those with heart/lung conditions should check with a physician before attending.

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/Introductions & Orientation
(Monday, September 29)
   
 Afternoon: Brief registration with Program coordinator between 4:30-5:15 PM.
 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 your Northern Arizona University Coordinator will lead an orientation session followed by participant introductions. NOTE: This Program is Activity Level "Moderately Challenging", but on some days we will offer options for more challenging hikes.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Long Canyon Trail
(Tuesday, September 30)

Note: Five to Seven mile hike



   
 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: After breakfast, participants proceed by van to the nearby Long Canyon Trailhead - the venue for our Long Canyon Hike variations: Hikes here can range from an approximate 5.5 to 7 mile hike. Hikes starts by following a usually dry streambed lined with riparian vegetation including Arizona Cypress. Providing a scenic setting for this unique habitat are a sampling of the picturesque buttes and cliffs for which the Sedona area is so famous. Steamboat Rock, Wilson Mountain, Maroon Mountain, and a number of unnamed cliffs, spires, windows and arches are visible from this trail. NOTE: Day's destination is dependent on abilities of the group and current weather/road conditions, and may change to other day of the week or alternative destination.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on trail.
 Afternoon: After lunch, the hike continues.
 Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel.
 Evening: A hands on presentation on Desert Critters in the local area.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Soldiers Pass/Brins Mesa Area
(Wednesday, October 1)

Note: Six mile hike with an option to extend to 8 miles



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant.
 Morning: Following breakfast, the group shuttles to the Soldier Pass Trailhead for an all-day, hike on the Soldier's Pass and Brins Mesa Trails. We will start with a 6 mile hike including a trip to Ancestral Puebloan Ruins. Optional extensions to either Soldier's Pass Arch or Norm's Notch adds to this hike for a total of 8 miles. There are many dramatic destinations and scenic vista points which this route offers, including the Devil's Kitchen sink hole, the Seven Sacred Pools, and a visit to a remote archaeological site. NOTE: Day's destination is dependent on abilities of the group and current weather/road conditions, and may change to other day of the week or alternative destination.
 Lunch: Again, a sack lunch will be carried by each participant for al fresco dining.
 Afternoon: After lunch, the hike continues.
 Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Doe Mountain hike/Free afternoon
(Thursday, October 2)

Note: Three mile hike and a free afternoon



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant.
 Morning: After breakfast, the group will travel by van to Doe Mountain for a short but pleasant hike. As you climb Doe Mountain, you'll want to take time out to enjoy the excellent views of the surrounding countryside. A layer of erosion resistant cap rock has given Doe Mountain its classic mesa shape and provides hikers with a great platform from which enjoy the panoramic view. From this 400 foot high perspective, you can see a number of the Sedona Red Rocks Country's more prominent landmarks. You'll see Bear, Maroon and Wilson mountains, Loy, Boynton and Secret canyons, Chimney Rock, and the Cockscomb to name a few. 3 miles. NOTE: Day's destination is dependent on abilities of the group and current weather/road conditions, and may change to other day of the week or alternative destination.
 Lunch: Sack lunch during the field trip
 Afternoon: After lunch, a free afternoon is scheduled.
 Dinner: Dinner is left unscheduled to enjoy Sedona on your own. Your coordinator will provide you with a list of nearby restaurants
 Evening: After dinner, it's a free evening. Rest them weary bones or explore Sedona.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Bear Wallow Canyon and Mitten Ridge
(Friday, October 3)

Note: Five to 8 mile hike



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant.
 Morning: After breakfast, we head for the Bear Wallow Canyon/Mitten Ridge Area for an all-day exploration through varied terrain. One option includes Mund's Wagon Road and the Cowpies up to Mitten Ridge, while the more challenging option includes the Hangover Trail around the back side of Mitten Ridge and the Cow Pies. Both provide panoramic views in all directions. Hikes is approximately 5.5-7.5 miles in length. NOTE: Day's destination is dependent on abilities of the group and current weather/road conditions, and may change to other day of the week or alternative destination.
 Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: After lunch, more hiking.
 Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel.
 Evening: After dinner, Songs and History of Western Music .
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hike Schuerman Mountain OR Boynton Vista
(Saturday, October 4)

Note: One to three mile morning hike



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant.
 Morning: For our final hike of the week we will explore either Pyramid Hike on Schuerman Mountain OR Boynton Vista. Schuerman Mountain Trail, climbs a basalt lava flow from the old volcano for amazing panoramic views all around. Total mileage of 2-3 miles and elevation gain of 300’. Boynton Vista hike is about 1 miles and 200 feet elevation. The hike ends about 10:30 AM We will return to the hotel by 10:45 AM for program conclusion, hotel check-out and independent departures.
   
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


A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona


Author: Epple, Anne


Description: Excellent source for anyone interested in the plants of Arizona.



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



Roadside Geology of Arizona


Author: Chronic, Halka


Description: The 18th printing of this book in the Roadside Geology Series offers a mini-course in geology, focusing on what can be seen from Arizona highways. Although written especially for those with little or no geologic training, there's plenty here for the professional geologist as well--a great introduction to Arizona and its past. Geologic terms are defined where first used and again in the glossary. Inside the front cover is a legend to geological symbols and abbreviations commonly used by geologists. 321pp



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.



Sedona (Images of America Series)


Author: Heidinger, Lisa Schnebly


Description: Little more than a century ago, when only a handful of families lived in what is now Sedona, in Oak Creek Canyon, none would have dreamed it would become such a popular destination. The matchless combination of bright blue skies and red rocks has inspired artists of every medium to attempt to capture the mystic formations. Fortunately some began almost before the town was named after the wife of early settler T. C. Schnebly, who organized the first post office, at the beginning of the 20th century. From early apple growers to artists, what has united the diverse residents of Sedona over time is the conviction that they have found one of the earth's great treasures. 128pp.



Sedona Hikes: 135 Day Hikes and 5 Vortex Sites around Sedona, Arizona


Author: Richard K. Mangum and Sherry G. Mangum


Description: The best Sedona hiking guide! First released in 1992, the authors have worked constantly to keep this guide updated and current through this new, revised 6th edition. Each hike is shown on two facing pages with complete directions to the trailhead, description of the hike, interesting historical information and a map. Each hike also has an elevation change graph, season-to-hike graph, difficulty and mileage graph and a how-crowded graph. There is a beautiful eight-page section of color photos in the middle of the book.



Sedona through time: Geology of the Red Rocks


Author: Ranney, Wayne


Description: Visitors to the towering red rock cliffs near Sedona seldom realize that the area was once a broad river floodplain that lay beyond the Ancestral Rocky Mountains. Or that this same place was later buried in a vast, Sahara-like desert, still later to lie beneath the waters of a warm tropical sea filled with ancient life forms. Sedona Through Time is an eminently readable story of the evolution of this fantastic landscape through the eons of geologic time.





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