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On the Road: Sedona's Red Rock Country and the Grand Canyon

Program Number: 1088RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/6/2014 - 10/12/2014; 10/27/2014 - 11/2/2014; 3/22/2015 - 3/28/2015; 4/14/2015 - 4/20/2015; 5/3/2015 - 5/9/2015; 5/19/2015 - 5/25/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/3/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/17/2015; 10/24/2015 - 10/30/2015; 11/8/2015 - 11/14/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; National Parks; Natural History
Meals: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The escarpment of the Colorado Plateau includes some of our continent’s most beautiful canyons. Explore the geology, ecology and human heritage of two spectacular canyon landscapes: Sedona’s Oak Creek Canyon and the incomparable Grand Canyon. Visit Montezuma Castle National Monument, a five-story cliff dwelling. Hear about Hualapai culture from a tribal member.




Highlights

In Sedona, enjoy a spectacular “Pink” Jeep trip into its stunning red-rock back country, experiencing vistas seldom seen by visitors.
In Peach Springs and western Grand Canyon, go off-the-beaten path on the Hualapai Indian Reservation down the only road to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
At Grand Canyon National Park, explore the South Rim’s dramatic viewpoints and trails with regional experts.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile on paved and dirt surfaces. Optional hikes available in Sedona area, Grand Canyon and at bottom of Grand Canyon near Colorado River. Jeep trip involves climbing in and out of jeep with some jostling during the ride while the jeep navigates dirt roads, sandy canyons, and/or slick rock. Spectacular van trip to bottom of the Grand Canyon on graded gravel road. Elevations up to 7,000 feet.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Sedona, 3 nights; van to Grand Canyon South Rim, 1 night; van to Peach Springs, 2 nights; departure. Return transportation provided to Sedona.



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.



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.



Peach Springs

Home of the Hualapai Nation, or "People of the Tall Pine," Peach Springs is the reservation’s tribal capital, which comprises 1 million acres along the Colorado River and Grand Canyon region.



Accommodations
Sedona: Modern hotel with red-rock views. Grand Canyon South Rim: National Park lodge minutes from the rim. Peach Springs: Modern tribal Indian lodge and gateway to Grand Canyon West.

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

Rich has been director of Northern Arizona University’s highly popular Road Scholar programs since 2001. He previously spent many years in the field as a program coordinator and group leader, where he honed his skills and learned the importance of detailed, pre-trip planning. Before making his home in Arizona’s spectacular red-rock country, Rich spent 10 years in Yosemite National Park and the Santa Cruz mountains as an environmental educator.
 
Garrett Roberts

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

Dennis Sigman's background is a patchwork of arts, science, business and traveling. During his studies in chemistry and biology, Dennis got caught up in the excitement of the 1960s and became a propaganda artist for the peace movement. This led to a career in the arts, with emphasis on painting, sculpting, theater directing and journalism. He has published a monthly arts magazine and is an arts feature writer for Flagstaff’s Daily Sun.
 
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 3 nights
   Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Maswik South
  Grand Canyon - South Rim 1 night
   Hualapai Lodge
  Peach Springs, AZ 2 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

 Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Maswik South
Type: Lodge
  Description: Located in the Grand Canyon National Park, one-quarter mile from the rim in a quiet setting amongst towering ponderosa pine trees. The park’s free shuttle-bus service has a stop directly in front of the lodge that provides access to park viewpoints, Grand Canyon Village and visitor center.
  Ship Information: 10 Main St. Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
  Contact info: 10 Albright (Maswik Front Desk)
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com
  Room amenities: Coffee maker, hairdryer, internet, iron, refrigerator, telephone, television, roll away
  Facility amenities: Off site: bank/ATM, laundry service, medical services, park information, and post office. On-site: bell and concierge services, free shuttle from lodge to historic Grand Canyon Village and scenic rim views.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: For handicap rooms only: wider doors, bars in bathroom

 Hualapai Lodge
Type: Hotel
  Description: Tribal artwork displayed; some traditional Hualapai cuisine served in restaurant.
  Contact info: 900 Highway Route 66
Peach Springs, AZ 86434 USA
phone: 928-769-2230
web: www.hualapaitourism.com/
  Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning; hair-dryers; coffee-makers
  Facility amenities: Exercise room, private courtyard with seasonal outdoor pool (state-of-the-art non-chlorinated purification system) and spa.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Your Northern Arizona University Coordinator will register participants 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the hotel conference room. You will be staying at Sedona Super 8 Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
NAU Road Scholar van will return to Sedona Hotel from Peach Springs by 11:30AM. VanGo (commercial) Shuttle picks up participants after breakfast for express return to Phoenix Sky Harbor by 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Hualapai Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for duration of program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sedona, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Sedona
  Nearest highway: I-17 (to south); I-40 (to north)
  Nearest airport:  Phoenix (100 miles)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departures
Travel Details
 

Sedona,AZ from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, return via Peach springs. For program 1088..

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Round Trip: $150 to Sedona, from Peach Springs. Call for one way price. Does not include gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hrs. to Sedona / 4 hrs. from Peach Springs. 

 

Distance:

 

100 miles to Sedona, 240 from Peach Springs

   

IMPORTANT: When choosing Van Go, best to contact shuttle company for schedule BEFORE booking airline. Best to book airport arrivals by 12:00 PM and departures after 2:00 PM PROGRAM START: PHX airport to Sedona: one departure daily, from all terminals, scheduled by advance reservation. PROGRAM END: Van Go Shuttle is the sole provider of direct shuttle service from Peach Springs area to PHX airport which saves at least 2 hours. Departs Peach Springs at 8:00 AM, arrives PHX airport by 12:00 PM.

 

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 one way to Sedona; price does not include gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

120 miles

   

Scheduled as much as possible to your arrival in Phoenix. Pick up all terminals and nearby airport hotels, drop off at program hotel. RETURN: Scheduled as much as possible to your departure time from your hotel. Drop off at your terminal at Phoenix airport. Reservations required. Note: This shuttle company also provides service from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

 
Driving Directions
  Leaving your car at the starting hotel You may leave your car at the starting hotel for the duration of the program. The NAU van will return to the starting hotel at the end of the program.
  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: Most elevations 4,500 to 5,000. 24 hours at 7,000 feet. Those with heart/lung conditions consult DR.

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


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-In/Welcome & Orientation
(Monday, October 6)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in after 3:00 PM. Program registration between 4:30 - 5:15 PM
 Dinner: Dine at the Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Rotating nightly entrées to include: grilled fish over rice with vegetables; Chicken Marsala; Baked Ham; meat loaf; eggplant or chicken parmesan; portobello mushrooms, vegetarian selections always available.
 Evening: Your Northern Arizona University coordinator will lead Introductions and orientation in the hotel meeting room following dinner. Get to know your fellow participants and get prepared for the action packed adventure you are about to embark on.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Geology or Natural History presentation/Sedona Red Rock Country tour
(Tuesday, October 7)

Note: While on the afternoon field trip of Sedona, optional hiking excursion of over one mile on rocky, dirt trail with 200' elevation change.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Full plated breakfast to include multiple options such as bacon/avocado scrambled eggs, spinach/feta scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
 Morning: Learn about the fascinating geology of the Sedona area and the Grand Canyon through a presentation by a geologist. Learn what makes those rocks so darn red and why the Grand Canyon is called "The greatest open book of earth's history".
 Lunch: Lunch at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple entrees to choose from including hot and cold sandwiches (vegetarian option daily), 1/2 sandwich and soup, chef or spinach salad, etc.
 Afternoon: Our afternoon field trip will take us on a journey to see and visit a few of Sedona's most majestic sights. Visit Airport Mesa for a geographic overview of the region, Travel through Oak Creek Canyon and see other scenic vistas in and around Sedona; Enjoy either an optional visit to the Mexican inspired galleries at Tlaquepaque or to Uptown Sedona; OR a short hike in Sedona's red rock country. Discover why Sedona is referred to as "the most scenic city in America!"
 Dinner: Dine at the Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Rotating nightly entrées to include: grilled fish over rice with vegetables; Chicken Marsala; Baked Ham; meat loaf; eggplant or chicken parmesan; portobello mushrooms, vegetarian selections always available.
 Evening: Enjoy "Western Music and Tales", a journey through the history of western music, by musicians and historians Ken and Lyn Mikell. Or learn about the area's snakes, scorpions, and spiders with live, hands-on specimens.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Montezuma Castle National Monument/ Pink Jeep Tour in the wilds surrounding Sedona
(Wednesday, October 8)

Note: 1/2 mile walk at Montezuma Castle on flat trail/bumpy, 4 wheel drive trip through spectacular scenery with opportunities for short walks.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Full plated breakfast to include multiple options such as bacon/avocado scrambled eggs, spinach/feta scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
 Morning: Depart on a field trip to Montezuma Castle National Monument (cliff dwellings). Montezuma Castle is a 5-story, 20-room cliff dwelling nestled in a limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley. It is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America, constructed 700 years ago by the Sinagua Indians. Enjoy a walk amongst beautiful sycamore trees and spring-fed Beaver Creek, one of only a few perennial streams in Arizona.
 Lunch: Stop at Vintages Grille for lunch with a selection of a Burger, Chicken Sandwich or Portabello Sandwich; OR a Lunch Buffet.
 Afternoon: After lunch we take a "Pink Jeep" 4x4 tour to an off-the-beaten-path location of high scenic value. Pink Jeeps is the largest and most highly regarded jeep company in the southwest. We will not be taking one of their "high adventure" excursions, but do expect some sections where there may be jostling in the vehicle as the driver navigates dirt roads, sandy washes, and/or slick rock. Vehicles are very comfortable, seat up to 7 people, and have grab bars to hold on to with every seat. There will be some walking involved as we visit view points, historic attractions, or archaeological sights.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own, allowing more time to experience the Sedona area on your own terms and at your own pace. Your coordinator will review with the group the dining options.
 Evening: Free Evening: rest up for tomorrow's big day.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8 Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Depart Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon/Lunch on Canyon Rim/Grand Canyon N.P. South Rim
(Thursday, October 9)

Note: Several short walks to Grand Canyon viewpoints and along the rim. Optional longer walks if you choose to view sunset or go to the NPS evening program.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Full plated breakfast to include multiple options such as bacon/avocado scrambled eggs, spinach/feta scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
 Morning: After early breakfast, learn about famous Oak Creek Canyon as you travel Hwy 89A, one of Arizona's most scenic highways, and up the famous switchbacks on a coach trip to the Grand Canyon's South Rim. En route, visit the southwestern corner of the Navajo Reservation and Cameron, site of the Cameron Trading Post. Stop at Desert View with its expansive view of the eastern Grand Canyon; and the Watchtower, designed by renowned architect Mary Jane Colter. A naturalist will accompany you on your journey, revealing the Grand Canyon's unique geologic, biologic and historic features while you have the opportunity to visit the Canyon's rim.
 Lunch: Enjoy your sack lunch of a sandwich, chips, fruit and cookie while devouring incomparable views of Grand Canyon!
 Afternoon: After lunch, you'll stop at a few more amazing view points, have the opportunity to walk along the rim, and visit Grand Canyon Village. Keep your eyes out for the endangered California condor soaring overhead as you gaze into the Canyon's depths below. Afternoon check-in to your south rim Grand Canyon Lodge. Option to ride the park's shuttle to a view point to view a Grand Canyon Sunset.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Canyon Cafe at Grand Canyon National Park. The offerings in this cafeteria-style eatery range from salads to tacos, grilled fish, pasta dishes, and a phyllo-topped chicken pot pie. The dessert selection is plentiful, and includes cakes, pies, a serve-yourself ice cream machine, and fresh fruit and yogurt.
 Evening: Option to watch a National Park Ranger evening program.
   
Accommodations: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Maswik South
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Time to explore Grand Canyon's south rim / Rt 66 nostalgia tour
(Friday, October 10)

Note: Options for more hiking on free time, but can keep it to less a 1/2 mile if that is your preference.



   
 Breakfast: The Canyon Cafe offers a full breakfast, cafeteria-style, with traditional choices such as bacon & eggs, pancakes, toast, potatoes, and fruit, as well as cereal, pastries, and a Mexican breakfast burrito.
 Morning: Before breakfast, option to ride the park's shuttle to a view point to view a Grand Canyon Sunrise. After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and load our vehicles with luggage. Then, spend the morning exploring historic Grand Canyon Village, or, walking rim trails to viewpoints, or walk part way into the canyon on the famous Bright Angel trail. Your trip leaders will lay out the options for your choosing after the vehicles have been loaded. Options will include both guided exploration or opportunities to strike out on your own for self discovery time.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Maswik or Yavapai Cafe includes a wide selection of lunchtime favorites, such as burgers & fries, fresh salads, sandwiches, several hot entrees, and more.
 Afternoon: Depart the Grand Canyon National Park for Peach Springs and the Hualapai Nation. Enroute, stop at a classic location of Route 66 nostalgia, Seligman, with its focus on American road touring in the 1950's. After Seligman, check into our hotel by 4:30 PM. The Hualapai Lodge is a modern tribal run lodge offering comfortable accommodations and access to the more remote and wild western end of the Grand Canyon.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant will be served buffet style with salad and a different entree each night. Vegetarian options will be available.
 Evening: Evening program on Hualapai Indian culture or another program of local interest.
   
Accommodations: Hualapai Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Peach Springs Canyon to Bottom of Grand Canyon/Picnic Lunch Riverside in the Canyon/View Diamond Creek Rapid/Evening Program
(Saturday, October 11)

Note: 20 mile bumpy gravel road to bottom of Grand Canyon. Optional 3/4 mile walk to Colorado River



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant. Meals are served buffet style and include typical entree selections such as scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, oatmeal, cereals, muffins, yogurt, etc
 Morning: Depart after breakfast for a field trip down Peach Springs Canyon on the Diamond Creek Road to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. Stops will be made along the way at various points of interest. This is a true "Journey to the Center of the Earth" as the walls of the Grand Canyon rise higher and higher as you drive towards the Colorado River. Pass through hundreds of millions of years of geologic history culminating in the arrival to the 1.8 billion year old rock of the Granite Gorge. A 3/4-mile walk along Diamond Creek to the river will be offered.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Colorado River in the bottom of Grand Canyon.
 Afternoon: Field trip continues in the bottom of the Grand Canyon after lunch. View Diamond Creek Rapids, look for desert bighorn sheep, and watch for river runners along the shores of the Colorado River. Interesting history, facts and management issues regarding the Colorado River will be shared with the group on the beach. Return in late afternoon to the lodge.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant will be served buffet style with salad and a different entree each night. Vegetarian options will be available.
 Evening: Evening program on Hualapai Indian culture or another program of local interest.
   
Accommodations: Hualapai Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departure Day
(Sunday, October 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant. Meals are served buffet style and include typical entree selections such as scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, oatmeal, cereals, muffins, yogurt, etc
 Morning: Farewells. Departures after breakfast. Road Scholar van will return to Sedona and the starting hotel for no charge. Sedona arrival by 11:30 AM for connection with commercial van to Phoenix airport departing on their schedule. Travel time to Phoenix appx. 2.5 hours; airport arrival appx 2:30- 3:00 PM. Van Go (commercial) Shuttle departs Peach Springs after breakfast for express return to Phoenix Sky Harbor - arrives at Phoenix airport by noon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Sedona, AZ Sedona
Points of interest within two hours of Sedona: In the Flagstaff area, 30 miles north: Sinagua period ruins at Walnut Canyon and Wupatki National Monuments; Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument; the Native American artifacts and collections housed at the Museum of Northern Arizona, which also presents Native American performances and demonstrations; the Kachina Wilderness on the 12,600 ft high San Francisco Peaks; old downtown Flagstaff & old Route 66; Lowell Observatory, which discovered the planet Pluto. In the Oak Creek / Sedona area: Massive sandstone cliffs and riparian beauty of Oak Creek Canyon; Sedona red rock monoliths and the surrounding Secret Mountain Wilderness; Sedona’s fine art and jewelry galleries and its international cuisines; the New Age Sedona vortex offerings; Jerome, AZ a mining ghost town. In other outlying areas: Hopi & Navajo Reservations; the Mary Colter designed La Posada Hotel / Restaurant at Winslow, AZ; Grand Canyon Railroad at Williams, AZ and the Grand Canyon National Park (2.5 hours north.)
  Grand Canyon - South Rim General Overview
Within 2 hours of the Grand Canyon: Kachina Wilderness, Cameron Trading Post, Museum of Northern Arizona, historic downtown Flagstaff, Lowell Observatory, Northern Arizona University, Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki and Walnut Canyon (Sinagua ruins) National Monuments, Northern Arizona University. Within 3 hours: Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona redrocks and wilderness areas, Sedona galleries and restaurants, La Posada railroad hotel and restaurant in Winslow.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


An Introduction to Grand Canyon 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.



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



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



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


Author: Anderson, Michael F


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



Secret Sedona: Sacred Moments in the Landscape


Author: Larry Lindahl


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



We are an Indian Nation: A History of the Hualapai People (First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies)


Author: Shepherd, Jeffrey P.


Description: This book focuses on the historical construction of the Hualapai Nation in the face of modern American colonialism. Shepherd shows that Hualapai nation-building was a complex process shaped by band identities, competing visions of the past, creative reactions to modernity, and resistance to state power. He analyzes how the Hualapais transformed an externally imposed tribal identity through nationalist discourses of protecting aboriginal territory; and he examines how that discourse strengthened the Hualapais’ claim to land and water while simultaneously reifying a politicized version of their own history. Drawing on recent work in American Indian history and Native American studies, Shepherd shows how the Hualapai have strived to reclaim a distinct identity and culture in the face of ongoing colonialism.





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