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Where Rock Meets Water: The Beauty and Majesty of Canyon Country

Program Number: 6556RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/23/2014 - 4/26/2014; 4/22/2015 - 4/25/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/7/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Lake Powell, Arizona
Price starting at: $639.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks; Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Enjoy two classic Southwestern adventures — a Colorado River raft trip and an expert-led boat cruise on Lake Powell to Antelope Canyon on the Navajo Nation. Raft 15 placid miles through majestic Glen Canyon to Lee’s Ferry, the very beginning of the Grand Canyon. See the beauty of Lake Powell’s sparkling waters juxtaposed against the streaked cliffs of Navajo sandstone where the forces of nature have created a kaleidoscope of colors and shapes.




Highlights

• After visiting Glen Canyon dam, enjoy a flat-water float beneath the towering 1,000-foot-tall cliffs of the last remaining free-flowing section of Glen Canyon, viewing ancient riverside petroglyph rock art.
• Take a boat trip exploring a few of the lake’s many side channels, including the twisting confines of Antelope Canyon.
• Discover the region’s layer-cake geology, high-desert ecology, Mormon history and the explorations of Major John Wesley Powell.



Activity Particulars

Hiking up to one mile, getting in and out of rafts requires agility. Elevations up to 4,300 feet.



Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.




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.



Accommodations
Resort with spa and two outdoor swimming pools on the shores of Lake Powell with breathtaking lake and red-rock views.

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.
 
Frank Talbott

Frank Talbott began his photography career while serving in the U.S. Navy. After running a commercial photography studio in Venice, Calif. for 30 years, Frank and his wife Pat retired to the beautiful red rock country of Lake Powell and the Colorado River. Hardly retired, he now has two jobs — one as a river expert on Colorado River float trips, and the other as a photography instructor at Coconino Community College. He is an avid hiker and volunteer for the Old Spanish Trail Association.
 
Pat Talbott

A resident of the Lake Powell region since 1997, Pat Talbott realized a lifelong dream when she became an Interpretive Park Ranger at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. As a ranger, she conducted wildlife presentations at the Wahweap Campground Amphitheater, and volunteered in a project documenting the authenticity of a historical 1776 inscription in a remote side canyon. Pat is an avid watercolorist, photographer and wildlife watcher, and shares her experiences in a monthly newspaper column.
 
Karlyn Bunting

Karlyn Bunting grew up in Page, Arizona, after the construction of Glen Canyon Dam – at the heart of what is commonly called the Grand Circle. He loves to hike and explore the many natural wonders of the region, and is deeply interested those who traveled this region prior to our modern day — from the Ancestral Puebloans to the Mormon migrations. Karlyn is also an avid photographer and storyteller, and enjoys sharing his unique and multi-faceted perspective of the Colorado Plateau.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap
  Lake Powell, AZ 3 nights
 Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap
Type: Resort
  Description: Resort on the shores of Lake Powell, within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. (See entrance fee note, below.) Property is a 20 acre green oasis set in spectacular high desert; sunny weather over 90% of the time. Lake Powell is a major body of water surrounded by massive rock faces. It is over 180 miles long and has 2000 miles of shoreline, including many lake filled side canyons, some of which are as long as 15 to 20 miles. (Note: There is a $15.00 per private vehicle fee charged to enter the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, including resort guests - one fee covers 7 days. If arriving to the program on the resort shuttle, the fee is $7.00 per person. Road Scholar participants with annual or senior park passes get in free - be sure to bring your park pass to the program.)
  Contact info: 100 Lake Shore Drive
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-1124
web: www.lakepowell.com/accommodations/wahweap-resort-accommodations.aspx
  Room amenities: All rooms are non smoking, and every room has a refrigerator, ironing board, coffee maker and cable TV. WiFi is available in the lobby.
  Facility amenities: Two seasonally heated outdoor pools, a seasonally heated hot tub, marina, fishing dock, fitness room, 2 miles of walkways with benches to soak in the scenery. On site restaurant, bar and grille, gift shop. Free shuttle from Page airport during the summer - call in advance.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Very wide seasonal variation If you plan to arrive early or stay additional nights at the end of your program, you will need to make reservations directly with the Lake Powell Resort Group Sales Manager, Robin Marquis, by calling (928) 645-1119. NAU Road Scholar does not set the rates for early arrivals and stay-over nights; they are set by the Resort.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Very wide seasonal variation If you plan to arrive early or stay additional nights at the end of your program, you will need to make reservations directly with the Lake Powell Resort Group Sales Manager, Robin Marquis, by calling (928) 645-1119. NAU Road Scholar does not set the rates for early arrivals and stay-over nights; they are set by the Resort.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Conference room, 4:30-5:15 PM. You will be staying at Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap that night.
  End of Program:
By 10:30 AM. Due to the limited shuttle access to this location, please CHECK SHUTTLE SCHEDULES PRIOR TO PURCHASING PLANE TICKETS. You will be staying at Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lake Powell, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Page, AZ (pop 8,000)
  Nearest highway: US 89
  Nearest airport:  Commuter - Page, AZ, Intl - Phoenix, AZ
  From End of Program
  Location: Lake Powell, AZ
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Page Airport, Page AZ

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Wahweap Marina and Lodge Shuttle
phone: 928-645-1071 x9286451009
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No shuttle fare; $7.00 entrance fee*
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

Shuttle runs every half hour from May through September, but best to call a day ahead to reserve a seat. From October through April, must call 48 hours in advance for reservation as drivers/vehicles are limited. Only charge is *$7.00 fee per person for admission to Glen Canyon Recreation Area. Valid National Parks pass covers entrance fee.

 

Page Airport to Program Destination

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Destination Services Taxi
phone: 928-645-6664
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $15 to Wahweap/$10 in town
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5-15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2-10 miles

   

Call 928-645-6664 once you have retrieved your luggage at the Page airport. Best to call a day ahead for reservations - the owner uses the same phone number for several of his businesses.

 

Page, AZ to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Great Lakes Airlines
phone: 800-554-5111
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price varies by season and time purchased. Approximate $80.00 non-refundable; $200.00 refundable.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hrs 

 

Distance:

 

280 miles

   

Only commercial airline from and to Phoenix airport. 2 flights daily each way. On-line booking: www.greatlakesav.com. Early booking is encourages as price goes up when plane gets full.

 
Driving Directions
  Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap from US 160 Westbound Take US 160 past Kayenta AZ to junction with AZ 98 to Page, AZ. Right onto AZ 98. Continue to junction with US 89 in the town of Page. Turn right onto US 89, travel over the Glen Canyon Dam. 4/10 of a mile past mile marker 550 turn right into Wahweap South Entrance to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Continue to the entry booth where you will pay to enter the park or show your national park pass. Follow the signs to the Lake Powell Resort.
  Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap from US 89 northbound NOTE: DUE TO A LANDSLIDE AND ROAD COLLAPSE IN EARLY 2013, US HWY 89 IS CLOSED 25 MILES SOUTH OF PAGE. A DETOUR IS REQUIRED. THESE DIRECTIONS ARE FOR THE DETOUR, US 89T, WHICH IS NO LONGER (AND PERHAPS SHORTER) THAN THE ORIGINAL US HWY 89 DIRECTIONS. DETOUR -- 89T. Take I-17 north from Phoenix to the I-40 junction, exit 340, and exit east toward Albuquerque. Continue briefly (6 miles) on I-40 to exit 201, US 89 north toward Page. Continue north on US 89. Following the Detour signs to 89T (past the intersection for US 160) which you will encounter at Gap, AZ. Follow the detour signs to 89T (formerly Navajo Route 20). This will intersect with Highway 98. Follow the signs into Page. Once in Page, turn right (north) onto US 89 (S Lake Powell Blvd.) and travel over the Glen Canyon Bridge. 4/10 of a mile past mile marker 550 turn right into Wahweap South Entrance to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Continue to the entry booth where you will pay to enter the park or show your National Park Pass. Follow the signs to the Lake Powell Resort. The detour for 89T will be approx. 1/2 the time and mileage of the other detour.
  Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap from US 89 southbound Take US 89 past small village of Greenhaven AZ. Before reaching Glen Canyon Dam, turn left at mile marker 554 into Wahweap North Entrance to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Proceed to entry booth where you will pay to enter the park or show your park pass. Follow signs to the Lake Powell Resort.
Elevation Note: 4200 feet. Participants with heart or lung concerns should check with physician before attending.

Equipment Requirements: No special equipment required.
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, Geography overview and Meet Your Fellow Participants
(Wednesday, April 23)
   
 Afternoon: On-site registration (drop in) between 4:30-5:15 PM in hotel meeting room.
 Dinner: Dinner to include: small house salad or cup of soup and an entree (varies on each night). Examples of entrees include chicken marsala; meat or vegetable lasagna ; beef or chicken fajitas; basil and orange crusted salmon with parpadelle pasta and vegetable ratatouille; or chicken picatta with asparagus and confetti rice. A vegetarian option will be available all meals.
 Evening: Introductions and orientation. Review your program itinerary and have any questions you may have answered. Get to know your fellow participants and get excited for your program! We will follow up our orientation with a geography overview of the Colorado Plateau and Lake Powell area. Get your bearings to the landscapes you will encounter
   
Accommodations: Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Human History of Glen Canyon Region/Boat Trip on Lake Powell to Antelope Canyon/Wildlife of the Lake Powell Region/Photography Presentation
(Thursday, April 24)

Note: Short walk to the dock to board boat, but handicap assistance vehicle is available with advance notice.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet, including scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, French toast or pancakes, oatmeal or Cream of Wheat, fresh fruit, toast, juice and coffee.
 Morning: Presentation on the human history of the Colorado Plateau. See how anthropologists determined who were the first people in the area, where they came from and how they survived. The presentation will cover settlement in the area up to the arrival of the early European explorers and settlers.

After a short break, hear about some of the Southwest's pressing water and power issues.
 Lunch: Lunch to include juice, soft drink, coffee and a cookie or brownie as well as one of the following (varies on any particular day): roast beef and muenster cheese sandwich; grilled veggie sandwich; grilled chicken sandwich; margarita-marinated chicken Caesar salad; fettuccine pasta and rock shrimp ; or sautéed breast of chicken
 Afternoon: After lunch we will head to Wahweap Marina to board a boat to explore the lake.We start out by navigating the original path of the mighty Colorado River and explore the mouth of famed Antelope Canyon located on the Navajo Nation. This high-walled Navajo Sandstone side-arm of Lake Powell is famous not only for its coloration, but also for the slot canyons found at its head to the east.

All Tour Boats provide complimentary water, lemonade and coffee and have restrooms. Boats have both interior seating as well as up-top outdoor seating for full viewing and photographic opportunities. These boats do offer railings on the upper decks. You are free to walk around the boat as you like.

After the return from the lake, hear a presentation from Pat Talbott about the region's unique wildlife.
 Dinner: Dinner to include: small house salad or cup of soup and an entree (varies on each night). Examples of entrees include chicken marsala; meat or vegetable lasagna ; beef or chicken fajitas; basil and orange crusted salmon with parpadelle pasta and vegetable ratatouille; or chicken picatta with asparagus and confetti rice. A vegetarian option will be available all meals.
 Evening: Enjoy a presentation from Frank Talbott, a professional photographer for over 30 years. Frank will reveal the beauty and majesty of this area, share a few stories about his "favorite" discoveries and demonstate how best to use your digital camera to capture the stunning beauty that surrounds you.
   
Accommodations: Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Glen Canyon Dam and Carl Hayden Visitor Center -- Colorado River Float Trip to Lee's Ferry/Musical Entertainment with Joanna Joseph
(Friday, April 25)

Note: Raft trip on the Colorado River. No whitewater, just motoring and floating down the last 15-mile stretch of beautiful Glen Canyon. Getting on/off rafts requires some strength and agility, assistance available. During the trip there is a short walk along the beach side up to a ancient Anasazi petroglyph panel.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet, including scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, French toast or pancakes, oatmeal or Cream of Wheat, fresh fruit, toast, juice and coffee.
 Morning: After breakfast, travel to the Glen Canyon Dam Visitor Center. See a large scale relief map of the Lake Powell and Four Corners region. The center houses displays of the dam's construction. With its millions of cubic yards of concrete and tons of rebar, the dam was constructed during the late 1950's and early 1960's in the steep sandstone-walled narrows of the Colorado River. It is the last major dam built on the Colorado River drainage system. Enjoy an opportunity to see the dam's inner workings with a guided tour. Late morning the group will travel to the Colorado River Discovery headquarters for orientation. Then descend through a two-mile long tunnel through the Navajo sandstone to the base of Glen Canyon Dam and the put-in point for the Colorado River raft trip.
 Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch on the rafts while floating downstream.
 Afternoon: Your motorized river raft will launch at the bottom of the dam and float downstream through the deep red 1000' Navajo sandstone walls of Glen Canyon, the only remaining section left unflooded by the waters of Lake Powell. Stop to see ancient petroglyphs on the canyon walls. Hear the story of rainbow trout in the river, the effects of the dam on the riparian (streamside) ecology, hear stories of river runners and perhaps see a hawk or maybe a condor soaring in the clear blue sky above. Return through the rich color of the rock walls to the dock below the dam. DUE TO THE LANDSLIDE AND ROAD COLLAPSE CLOSING HIGHWAY 89 25 MILES SOUTH OF PAGE, the raft trip returns to the original dock rather than continuing to Lee's Ferry. The raft trip still provides 3 hours of touring on the flat water of this stretch of the Colorado River.
 Dinner: Dinner to include: small house salad or cup of soup and an entree (varies on each night). Examples of entrees include chicken marsala; meat or vegetable lasagna ; beef or chicken fajitas; basil and orange crusted salmon with parpadelle pasta and vegetable ratatouille; or chicken picatta with asparagus and confetti rice. A vegetarian option will be available all meals.
 Evening: After dinner at the hotel, Joanna Joseph will provide beautiful musical entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Lake Powell Resort at Wahweap
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Navajo Culture/Program Farewells
(Saturday, April 26)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet, including scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, French toast or pancakes, oatmeal or Cream of Wheat, fresh fruit, toast, juice and coffee.
 Morning: Hear from a Navajo woman about her life and culture. Program farewells by 10:30 a.m. Hotel checkout by 11:00 AM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lake Powell, AZ General Overview
Within 2 driving hours of Page/Lake Powell. Escalante Natl. Mon.; Paria Canyon Wilderness; Antelope Canyon; Vermillion Cliffs Nat. Mon.; Zion National Park, East entrance to Grand Canyon National Park.
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


Arizona: A Cavalcade of History


Author: Trimble, Marshall


Description: During America's first 100 years as a nation, pioneers moved ever-westward to new frontiers. When it became too crowded or the soil was mined out, they moved on to virgin land. Those days are gone forever. We have to learn to live with the problems we create. The knowledge gained from studying the mistakes of the past can help provide a better future. Will Rogers said it best: "The Indians never got lost because they were always looking back to see where they'd been." 368pp



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



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



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



Ghosts of Glen Canyon: History Beneath Lake Powell


Author: Crampton, C Gregory


Description: Drift down the Colorado River through Glen Canyon and explore the people and places that encompass the history of this majestic canyon before it drowned in the rising waters of Lake Powell. Author Gregory Crampton led the historical investigations of Glen and San Juan canyons from 1957 to 1963 under contract with the National Park Service. The objective was to locate and record historical sites that would be lost to the rising waters of the reservoir. This book records that effort.First published in 1986, this edition has been revised to include several new “ghosts” of Glen Canyon and features a never-before published foreword by Edward Abbey. 160pp



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



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



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





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