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Grand Canyon Odyssey: River Journeys and Canyon Vistas

Program Number: 2805RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/18/2014 - 4/25/2014; 9/21/2015 - 9/28/2015; 10/9/2015 - 10/16/2015; 4/17/2016 - 4/24/2016; 5/1/2016 - 5/8/2016; 5/8/2016 - 5/15/2016; 9/18/2016 - 9/25/2016; 9/25/2016 - 10/2/2016; 10/9/2016 - 10/16/2016;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Price starting at: $1,395.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks; On the Road; Natural History; Water Sports
Meals: 20; 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience the depth and majesty of the Grand Canyon from both rim and river. Take not one but two different yet equally spectacular raft trips on the Colorado River, book-ending the incomparable Grand Canyon. Enjoy a smooth water float beneath the towering cliffs of Glen Canyon, alighting where the Canyon officially begins at Lee’s Ferry. Then explore the Canyon from the heights of Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim with its sweeping panoramas and historic village. The adventure culminates with a thrilling helicopter ride in the mile-deep canyon and either a smooth water float or a thrilling white water raft trip through remote western Grand Canyon — depending on the date chosen.


• Enjoy two raft trips on the mighty Colorado River, lifeblood of the desert Southwest.
• Spend two nights on the South Rim of Grand Canyon with field exploration, stunning viewpoints, star-studded skies, and personal exploration time.
• Travel through the western end of the vast Navajo Nation and visit Peach Springs and Grand Canyon West on the remote Hualapai Reservation.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile on uneven ground. Board and disembark rafts. White water option will get wet. Elevations visited will be between 2,000 and 7,000 feet. On the S. Rim the distance between the lodging and dining area requires up to a 1/4 mile walk. Check for more detailed information (program #2805).

Date Specific Information


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9-21-2015, 10-9-2015, 4-17-2016, 5-1-2016, 9-25-2016, 10-9-2016

Helicopter from the rim at Grand Canyon West to the Colorado River below. Float through the last 20 spectacular miles of Grand Canyon scenery to its end at the Grand Wash Cliffs and Lake Mead.

5-8-2016, 9-18-2016

Experience a 37-mile whitewater adventure on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon’s Granite Gorge on a motorized pontoon raft. Conclude the trip with a dramatic helicopter flight to the rim.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Phoenix, 1 night; coach to Marble Canyon, 2 nights; to Grand Canyon National Park, 2 nights; to Hualapai Lodge, 2 nights; to Phoenix, departure.

Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.


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.


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.

Marble Canyon

Embraced in the Grand Canyon National Park, Marble Canyon sits between the north rim and the south rim of the park. A fly-fishing destination, Marble Canyon has a history stretching back 10,500 years when the first evidence of humans appeared in the area. Indian tribes have been living in the region continuously for the past 4,000 years.

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: Modern hotel with free airport shuttle. Marble Canyon: Lodge at Vermilion Cliffs. Grand Canyon: Lodge near rim. Peach Springs: Hotel on Hualapai Reservation.

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.
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.
Karen Landis

Karen Landis' front door opened up onto Route 66 for 38 years, giving her status as a Route 66 legend in the Seligman stretch of the road. In 1984, a customer at her Route 66 convenience store mustered the gumption to ask her to marry him, and Karen and Mike Landis — a legend himself and known as Arizona's No. 1 cowboy — ranched together for 29 years. Under Mike's tutelage and her indomitable spirit, Karen became a 'cowboy' in her own right and the two of them became one of the best-known ranching couples in northwest Arizona. Karen's independent spirit and ropin' and ridin' skills have opened up new perspectives to countless Road Scholar participants.
Stewart Lasseter

After completing studies in geo-science, natural history and Spanish at the University of Arizona, Stewart Lasseter studied as the protege of a Native American healer, learning from her practices of wholeness, kinesiology, mind-body medicine and dyslexia correction. He has years of experience bringing groups in touch with the natural world, and has completed post-graduate studies in health sciences at Prescott College.
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
   Marble Canyon Lodge
  Marble Canyon 2 nights
   Grand Canyon National Park Lodges
  Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim) 2 nights
   Hualapai Lodge
  Peach Springs, AZ 2 nights
 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
  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: 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

 Marble Canyon Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Historic Lodge, first opened in 1927. All original rock masonry structures are still in use today with additional lodging facility and restaurant area added since. Many walking and hiking possibilities originate right on the lodge property.
  Contact info: Highway 89A at Lees Ferry Junction
Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 USA
phone: 928-355-2225
  Room amenities: Cable TV and air-conditioning.
  Facility amenities: Trading post; gas station; market; post office; guest laundry on site.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Grand Canyon National Park Lodges
Type: Lodge
  Description: Walking distance to canyon rim and other Grand Canyon Village attractions.
  Contact info: various locations
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2625
  Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning
  Facility amenities: Walking paths to canyon rim; full-service cafeteria plus other restaurant options available. Note: we will stay in one of three different facilities under the same management, all pretty much equal in layout and amenities.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hualapai Lodge
Type: Hotel
  Description: Beautiful, modern facility. 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
  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:
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North. Check in after 3:00 PM. On site registration in hotel meeting room from 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North that night.
  End of Program:
Return to Phoenix with drop offs at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by 12:30 PM followed by drop offs at starting hotel by 1:15 PM. You will be staying at Hualapai Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Additional form to complete: The Hualapai Tribe (and its business corporationHual’ba:j Enterprises, Inc. doing business as GrandCanyon Resort Corporation) requires all participants on their Colorado River raft trips to sign an “Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability” form before embarking on the river. Please sign and return this enclosed form to the NAU Road Scholar office at: Northern Arizona University, PO Box 5604, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5604. If you have any questions regarding this release form call the Hualapai River Runners office at 928-769-2210.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free.
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




Hotel Shuttle
phone: 602-306-2323


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


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




5 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).


Hualapai Lodge


To Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
NAU Road Scholar Vehicle
phone: 928-523-2359


Per Person/One Way:


Included in program tuition
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


4.5 hours 




200 miles


At end of program, Northern Arizona University Road Scholar vehicle will take you back to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport or to the program's starting hotel.

Driving Directions
  From the 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: 3,600 feet at Marble Canyon, 7,000 feet at Grand Canyon and 5,000 feet Hualapai Lodge.

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: Check-In / Registration and Orientation
(Friday, April 18)
 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. Enjoy a buffet dinner. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option.
 Evening: Northern Arizona University Road Scholar coordinator will direct a program orientation, review the weekly schedule and lead group introductions after dinner in the meeting room. Get prepared for the exciting adventure lays ahead and meet your fellow participants.
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Travel to Marble Canyon / Navajo Reservation and Historic Navajo Bridge
(Saturday, April 19)
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel that includes eggs, breakfast meat, cereals, muffins, fruit, whole grain breads, coffee, juice and more.
 Morning: Depart for Marble Canyon (260 miles) via Flagstaff and Cameron. En route to Flagstaff via Interstate 17, you will encounter an amazing transition in life zones and topographic features. Witness the heart of the Sonora Desert in Phoenix, transition to high-desert grassland, and then up into the largest Ponderosa pine forest in the world in Flagstaff. Travel through the San Francisco Peaks volcanic field, which contains the highest point in Arizona, Humphreys Peak, elev.12,633 feet, to the historic 1916 Cameron Trading Post, located on the western edge of the Navajo Reservation.
 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: Depart Cameron, cross the Little Colorado River and travel in the shadows of the towering Echo Cliffs and the western edge of the Navajo Indian Reservation en route to Marble Canyon. Explore the 1928 Navajo Bridge that spans 600 feet across the Colorado River and Marble Canyon proper allowing access to the north side of the Grand Canyon. Check into Marble Canyon Lodge at the base of the Vermilion Cliffs. The original Marble Canyon Lodge was built in 1928 (coinciding with the construction of the Navajo Bridge) and continues to be a rest stop and service center for river runners, fishermen and national park travelers.
 Dinner: Marble Canyon Lodge serves a selection of American classic meals including lime chicken, pot roast and select pasta dishes. For vegetarians there will be vegetarian options available.
 Evening: An interesting evening program will be offered. Subjects will include one of the following based on the availability of regional experts: the Vermilion Cliffs California Condor re-introduction project, Colorado River history or regional geology.
Accommodations: Marble Canyon Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Smooth Water Colorado River Raft Trip through Glen Canyon
(Sunday, April 20)

Note: See Activity Details and Raft Logistics Above.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Marble Canyon Lodge restaurant. Hot and cold buffet items will be available.
 Morning: Depart after breakfast for Page, Arizona (1.5 hour drive) and enjoy a self guided tour of Glen Canyon Dam and visitor center, with intimate views of Lake Powell. The massive regional topographic map in the center of the visitor center is a must-see feature. Continue to the Colorado River Discovery Store to check in for our rafting trip. Busses will transport the group through a 2 mile long man-made tunnel to the base of the dam where the group will board rafts. Embark on the Colorado River just before lunchtime. On board narration will be provided by knowledgeable boatman guides. Towering 710 feet above, the base of Glen Canyon Dam is the starting place for our spectacular raft trip. Large motorized pontoon rafts will escort the group on the Colorado River -15 miles through Glen Canyon (no white water) to Lees Ferry. Marvel at cliffs towering 1000 feet overhead. Keep an eye out for California Condors, Peregrine Falcons and bighorn sheep. A restroom break and side trip to view ancient petroglyphs will be offered at the half way mark.
 Lunch: Lunch (sack lunches) will be at your leisure aboard the rafts.
 Afternoon: CRD utilizes inflatable, motorized pontoon rafts comfortably carrying a maximum of 10 passengers and piloted by an experienced guide. Passengers will sit on top of the raft tubes on long flat metal sitting decks that are apart of the boat frame.The time spent on the river is typically about 3.5 hours. At the half way point, the rafts will pull to shore for a restroom break. The restrooms are well maintained vault toilets. Each raft carries emergency communications and safety equipment. Cold water and lemonade will be available at all times. Because this is a smooth water stretch of river (no rapids), the wearing of lifejackets by adults is optional. Weather conditions on the river change throughout the year, so dress for the season. In general, wear layers. Spring and Fall months, we can experience cooler temps and windy days, jackets and long pants are appropriate. During the summer months, shorts and light weight clothing are acceptable. Bring a brimmed hat, sunglasses, and river shoes or tennis shoes with a good sole that can get wet. Arrive back at Marble Canyon Lodge mid-afternoon.
 Dinner: Marble Canyon Lodge serves a selection of American classic meals including lime chicken, pot roast and select pasta dishes. For vegetarians there will be vegetarian options available.
 Evening: Free evening.
Accommodations: Marble Canyon Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Travel to Grand Canyon - Desert View Watchtower, Mather Point and Park Visitor Center
(Monday, April 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Marble Canyon Lodge restaurant. Hot and cold buffet items will be available.
 Morning: Depart for Grand Canyon National Park. We will retrace our steps to Cameron, turn west, then continue up the Coconino Plateau to the eastern entrance of Grand Canyon National Park. At Desert View overlook, enjoy sweeping views of the Colorado River, the North Rim and Mary Jane Colter's Watchtower. The Watchtower is an interpretation of a prehistoric "tower kiva" with lavishly painted interior walls by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie. Continue along the "East Rim Drive" with diverse and unforgettable canyon views.
 Lunch: Sack lunches on the south rim of Grand Canyon.
 Afternoon: Continue west to Mather Point and the Canyon View Information Plaza (Visitor Center). Your guide will point the many interesting and significant canyon features visible including Phantom Ranch, the South Kaibab Trail and numerous named spires buttes and temples. Discussions on geology, Colorado River history and trail history will be presented. Ample time will be allowed for exploring the Visitor Center with its new exhibits and 22 minute introductory video. Late afternoon check-in at a Grand Canyon lodge.
 Dinner: Dinner at your leisure at the Lodge's dining facility. Choices include hot entrees, soups, salads, sandwiches, Mexican specialties, and a variety of tasty desserts.
 Evening: After dinner, a National Park Service ranger program will be offered at the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium. An interesting Grand Canyon topic, which change nightly, will be presented.
Accommodations: Grand Canyon National Park Lodges
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Grand Canyon National Park - Rim Activities and Free Time
(Tuesday, April 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge's dining facility. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.
 Morning: After breakfast the group will depart for a walking tour of the historic Grand Canyon Village. Your guide will discuss the many characters that help develop the rim facilities and point out famous village area 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. An optional one hour walk on the famous Bright Angel Trail will be offered before lunch.
 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. The group will employ the free park shuttle to access various points on the South Rim.
 Dinner: Dinner at your leisure at the Lodge's dining facility. Choices include hot entrees, soups, salads, sandwiches, Mexican specialties, and a variety of tasty desserts.
 Evening: After dinner, a National Park Service ranger program will be offered at the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium. An interesting Grand Canyon topic, which change nightly, will be presented.
Accommodations: Grand Canyon National Park Lodges
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Museum of Northern Arizona / Travel Route 66 to the Hualapai Lodge.
(Wednesday, April 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge's dining facility. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.
 Morning: After breakfast, we will load luggage and check out of our hotel. Travel past the scenic San Francisco peaks to Flagstaff. Once in Flagstaff enjoy a visit to the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA). The MNA has evolved into a regional center of learning with collections, exhibits, educational programs, publications, and research projects. Museum of Northern Arizona is the premier museum dedicated to the cultural and natural history of the Colorado Plateau. Free time to explore the museum on your own will be provided.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Flagstaff.
 Afternoon: Depart Flagstaff and head west for the Hualapai Lodge. The group will travel along one of the longest and arguably best preserved section of historic Route 66 (look for the Burma Shave signs!). Travel through Seligman, Arizona, the birthplace of the Route 66 revival movement. Arrive at Hualapai Lodge for a late afternoon check-in.
 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet dinner at the Hualapai Lodge Restaurant.
 Evening: Evening program on Hualapai culture and issues presented by a tribal member.
Accommodations: Hualapai Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Travel to Grand Canyon West / Helicopter into the Canyon for a Smooth Water Raft Trip on the Colorado River
(Thursday, April 24)

Note: See Activity Notes and Raft Trip Logistics Above.

 Breakfast: Full hot breakfast at the Hualapai Lodge Restaurant.
 Morning: NOTE: Prepare for a long (yet exhilarating and scenic) travel day in the vans, on board a helicopter and rafting the Colorado. The experiences and memories that you will take home will last a lifetime. After breakfast depart for Grand Canyon West (a Hualapai Nation enterprise). Travel along the Grand Wash Cliffs, the western most edge of the Colorado Plateau and the world class Joshua Tree forest en route to Grand Canyon West, and the start of a Colorado River raft trip. Travel time approximately 2.5 hours.
 Lunch: Sack lunches on rim or at the Colorado River in the bottom of Grand Canyon (depending on helicopter schedule).
 Afternoon: Arrive at Grand canyon West and raft the lower portion of the Colorado River from Grand Canyon West to Lake Mead with HUALAPAI RIVER RUNNER. Access to the boat ramp will be via a short helicopter ride from the rim. The Hualapai River Runners operate inflatable eight-passenger motorized pontoon rafts piloted by a Hualapai boatman.The group will be split between multiple rafts. Conditions on the river change throughout the year, so dress for the season. Prepare for hot (we start our raft trip in a desert environment) and possible cool weather conditions. Bring a brimmed hat, sunglasses, and river shoes or tennis shoes with a good sole that can get wet. Embarkation on raft trip involves a short steep walk down a series of stairs to the loading dock area. (assistance will always be provided if needed). This is a smoothwater stretch of river with no rapids but for added safety, life jackets will be fitted to each person before boarding the rafts. Passengers will sit on top of the raft tubes on a long flat metal sitting decks that are apart of the boat frame. The trip covers about 20 river miles through the lower end of the Grand Canyon before "exiting" through the Grand Wash Cliffs then taking out at Pearce Ferry boat ramp. Time spent on the river is typically 2.5 hours. There are porta-johns at the raft loading area. While on the river bathroom breaks will be au natural along the shore upon request. Water and drinks will be available at all times on the rafts. WIND AND SAFETY ADVISORY: Please note the ability to fly helicopters to the Colorado River and the start of the raft trip is dependent on wind conditions on the rim and in the canyon. On extremely windy days, due to safety concerns, helicopters will not be allowed to fly. Although this is always a possibility, it happens very infrequently. Your coordinator will provide an alternative activity in the area if this occurs.
 Dinner: Enjoy a well deserved dinner in Kingman at a local restaurant..
 Evening: After dinner settle in for an 1 3/4 hour ride back to the Hualapai Lodge.
Accommodations: Hualapai Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Return to Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl Airport or Phoenix hotel in Northern Arizona University Road Scholar transportation.
(Friday, April 25)
 Breakfast: Full hot breakfast at the Hualapai Lodge Restaurant.
 Morning: Load luggage. Northern Arizona University Road Scholar will provide return transportation to Phoenix, arriving at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by 12:30 PM; continuing to starting hotel with arrival by approximately 1:15 PM.
 Lunch: "Lunchy" food and snacks en route to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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

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

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

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

Half Broke Horses

Author: Walls, Jeannette

Description: This true life novel unfolds across Northern Arizona from the 1920s to the 1960s. Its heroine, Lily Casey Smith, battled the elements, prejudices, economic conditions and politics of remote frontier Arizona. Many of the locations described - Peach Springs, Seligman, Flagstaff, the Navajo Reservation, the Arizona Strip - are sites visited by NAU Road Scholar programs. Readers of this selection will feel the sense of heritage from this tale of life in our distant corner of America.

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

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.

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