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Explore The Salt River Canyon In The Superstitions: Geology, Archeology, and Nature

Program Number: 16828RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/2/2014 - 2/7/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Price starting at: $865.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience the geology, human history and scenic vistas of the 2,000-foot-deep Salt River Canyon, sometimes called the "Mini-Grand Canyon." Uncover the history of the Salados, a 14th-century cliff-dwelling people, and of the Apaches who hid in the canyons in the 1800s. Learn about the Salt River as a modern-day border between the San Carlos Apache Reservation and the White Mountain Apaches. View petroglyphs and a pottery demonstration, and enjoy a narrated steamboat voyage on Canyon Lake.




Highlights

• Visit Tonto National Ruins and Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park, home to an ethno-botanical garden and one of the largest single sites of Southwest archaeological collections.
• Examine stars, planets and galaxies in the desert night sky with an astronomer in an observatory housing a 16-inch-diameter Meade scope.
• Enjoy field trips to Roosevelt Dam, the Native American Heard Museum and the Desert Botanical Garden.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a mile a day.




Date Specific Information

2-2-2014

2014 program highlights vary slightly from the 2013 offering. • Visit Tonto National Monument’s prehistoric cliff dwellings and Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park, home to an ethno-botanical garden and one of the largest single sites of ancient Southwestern pottery collections. • Enjoy a field trip to Roosevelt Dam; hear about SRP (Salt River Project) and its series of dams and canals bringing water and power to the greater Phoenix metro area. • Explore Phoenix’ acclaimed Heard Museum, one of the world’s finest destinations for learning about American Indian arts and cultures; marvel at the stately saguaro cactus and rugged volcanic landscape on a cruise around Canyon Lake, one of four reservoirs created on the Salt River.
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Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.




Phoenix

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



Accommodations
Full-service hotel with pool, free parking.
Meals and Lodgings
   Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites
  Scottsdale, AZ 5 nights
 Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites
Type: Resort
  Description: Twenty five acre resort green landscaped on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale, AZ.
  Contact info: 6160 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com
  Room amenities: Plush top mattress, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk, wifi, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings, safes in every room, microwaves available in suits or upon request.
  Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Shopping Center steps away.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Rates vary widely Rates vary widely; winter/spring is peak season with rates from $150 - $250/night.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Rates vary widely Rates vary widely; winter/spring is peak season with rates from $150 - $250/night.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Road Scholar Registration in the Main lobby at 4:30pm. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm followed by orientation. Hotel check-in after 3:00pm. You will be staying at Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. You will be staying at Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Scottsdale, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix, AZ
  Nearest highway: I-10, US 60.
  Nearest airport:  Phoenix Sky Harbor International
  From End of Program
  Location: Scottsdale, AZ
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approx $22 for first rider, $8 each additional.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

12 miles

   

Must have prepaid reservations - by internet at www.supershuttle.com, scroll to Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl Airport, or by phone at 800-258-3826. After you claim your luggage at Sky Harbor Airport, proceed to the outer island marked "Van Service". A uniformed SuperShuttle Guest Service Representative will arrange transportation to your destination. When you pre-pay, ask for your Road Scholar Discount (code "E3BBF").

 
Driving Directions
  Phoenix - Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort from I-10 Eastbound Stay on I-10 through downtown Phoenix. Merge onto Loop 202 toward Tempe / Mesa. Take Loop 101 North toward Scottsdale. Stay on 101 North until the Indian BEND (NOT Indian School) exit and turn left. At the traffic light on Scottsdale Road, turn left and get into the right lane on Scottsdale Road. Just south of Lincoln Dr, the resort will be on your right. You will turn right onto "Rose Lane", follow it left around an immediate bend in the road, and the resort lobby and parking is on your left. Do note that you should leave your luggage in the car as once you check into the hotel and register for the program, you will then drive a short distance to park for walking access to your room.
  Phoenix - Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort from I-10 Westbound Stay on I-10 west to the US 60 and exit east toward Mesa / Globe. Stay on US 60 east about 3 miles to Loop 101 north toward Scottsdale. Continue on Loop 101 North to Indian BEND (NOT Indian School) exit and turn left. At the traffic light on Scottsdale Road, turn left and get into the right lane on Scottsdale Road. Just south of Lincoln Dr, the resort will be on your right. You will turn right onto "Rose Lane", follow it left around an immediate bend in the road, and the resort lobby and parking is on your left. Do note that you should leave your luggage in the car as once you check into the hotel and register for the program, you will then drive a short distance to park for walking access to your room.
  Phoenix - Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort from I-17 Southbound Take the I-17 south to the Loop 101 East exit. Continue on Loop 101 East until the Indian Bend (NOT Indian School) exit and turn right. At the traffic light on Scottsdale Road, turn left and get into the right lane on Scottsdale Road. Just south of Lincoln Road, the resort will be on your right. You will turn right onto "Rose Street", follow it left around an immediate bend in the road, and the resort lobby and parking is on your left. Do note that you should leave your luggage in the car as once you check into the hotel and register for the program, you will then drive a short distance to park for walking access to your room.
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 and Program Registration/Orientation
(Sunday, February 2)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check in after 3:00 pm. Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration to take place between 4:30 - 5:15 pm at the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort lobby. NOTE: the distance from the lobby to rooms requires a short drive OR for people without a vehicle, portage service is always offered by the resort.
 Dinner: Meals unless otherwise indicated may be at the hotel or a local restaurant. Please arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary. Dinner tonight will be at the Cottonwoods Resort. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option. Entrees include salad, assorted rolls & butter, light desert, and a non-alcoholic beverage.
 Evening: After registration your coordinator will conduct a program orientation. This will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions!
   
Accommodations: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Salado People Class/Natural History Class
(Monday, February 3)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the resort, which includes: scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal or cereal, coffee, tea and juice. Be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Uncover the history of the 14th century cliff dwellers - the Salados and the 1800's Apaches who hid in the canyon from the Calvary. Today the Salt River is a border for the San Carlos Apache Reservation to the south and the White Mountain Apaches to the north.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Cottonwoods Resort.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, learn about the natural history of the Sonora Desert and the geology of the Basin and Range province.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the Cottonwoods Resort. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option. Entrees include salad, assorted rolls & butter, light desert, and a non-alcoholic beverage.
 Evening: Enjoy a presentation on the amazing adaptive means of survival employed by the flora and fauna of Arizona's great deserts. "Demystifying Deserts" will give participants a whole new level of appreciation for what can appear at first glance as a god forsaken country.
   
Accommodations: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Roosevelt Dam/ Tonto National Monument and Besh-Ba-Gowah Park and Museum.
(Tuesday, February 4)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the resort, which includes: scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal or cereal, coffee, tea and juice.
 Morning: Visit Roosevelt Dam. Once the world's tallest masonry dam, this structure is named after President Theodore Roosevelt, who was instrumental in approval of the Federal Reclamation Act of 1902, and who dedicated the original dam in March 1911. Roosevelt Dam is unique in the way it was originally constructed. It was the world's largest "cyclopean-masonry" dam, a Greco-Roman style of building that uses huge, irregular blocks. It is now covered by new concrete. Continue on to Tonto National Monument. The monument contains the ruins of two cliff dwellings established by the Salado Indians around 1300 AD. The southeast-facing settlements were built quite high up a steep hillside within well-protected natural caves overlooking the Tonto Basin. The Salt River flowed through the basin which was therefore well irrigated and fertile. As with many other ancient peoples of the Southwest, the Salado appear to have abandoned their villages suddenly, early in the fifteenth century, for reasons which are not known.
 Lunch: Box lunch in the field at Tonto National Monument.
 Afternoon: Continue to Globe Arizona and visit Besh-Ba-Gowah Park and Museum. It has an ethnobotanical garden and is one of the largest single sites of SW archaelogical collections
 Dinner: Free evening to explore the rustic, savory cuisine of Arizona with this dinner on your own. Note: there are a number of dining options within walking distance of the resort.
   
Accommodations: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Morning Presentation / Steamboat voyage on Canyon Lake / Astronomy Experience
(Wednesday, February 5)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the resort, which includes: scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal or cereal, coffee, tea and juice.
 Morning: Mid-morning departure to Apache Lake and boat tour.
 Lunch: Lunch will be on your own at the Lakeside Restaurant before embarking on boat tour. The restaurant has a wide variety of sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads.
 Afternoon: Take a boat trip with a naturalist! Sit back and enjoy the scenery as the Dolly Steamboat cruises the waterways along the canyon walls. Admire the breathtaking native flora and wildlife as your captain recounts tales of legend and lore.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at Rudy's Country Store and BBQ.
 Evening: After dinner enjoy gazing at stars, planets and galaxies in the desert night sky with an astronomer in an observatory housing a 16-inch-diameter Meade scope. Late arrival back at hotel.
   
Accommodations: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Desert botanical Garden / Heard Museum
(Thursday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the resort, which includes: scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal or cereal, coffee, tea and juice.
 Morning: Desert Botanical Gardens, one of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 250,000 visitors each year.
 Lunch: Lunch will either be a delicious meal at the hotel or a savory dish at a favorite local restaurant.
 Afternoon: The internationally acclaimed Heard Museum is one of the best places to experience the myriad of cultures and art of Native Americans of the Southwest. The museum's 10 spacious exhibit galleries and beautiful outdoor courtyards feature outstanding traditional and contemporary Native American art.
 Dinner: Enjoy a festive meal at Macayo's mexican restaurant.
 Evening: Program wrap up and reflections.
   
Accommodations: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap up and Check Out
(Friday, February 7)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the resort, which includes: scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal or cereal, coffee, tea and juice.
 Morning: Class and Wrap Up
   
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 Natural History of the Sonoran Desert


Author: Patricia Wentworth Comus (Editor)


Description: "Once in a generation, a guide to understanding a major North American landscape comes along. This book is such a touchstone, sure to become a classic. The emphasis here is on biodiversity, mutualism, co-evolution, and, especially, ethno-relationships—the long history of connection between desert peoples and their homeland, on both sides of the border.



Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest


Author: Steve Plog


Description: The American Southwest is home to some of the most remarkable monuments of America's prehistoric past, such as Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. Stephen Plog, who has spent decades working in the region, provides the most readable and up-to-date account of the predecessors of the modern Hopi and Pueblo Indian cultures in this well-received account. Chaco Canyon became the center of a thriving Anasazi cultural tradition. It was the hub of a trading network extending over hundreds of miles, whose arteries were a series of extraordinary roads that are still being discovered and mapped. Interweaving the latest archaeological evidence with early first-person accounts, Professor Plog explains the rise and mysterious fall of Southwestern cultures. 224pp.



Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Book of Answers


Author: David Wentworth Lazaroff


Description: What exactly is a desert? How can I attract hummingbirds? Are cactus spines poisonous? Is a javelina a pig? This book provides detailed answers to 42 questions that the staff at the Desert Museum are most often asked. Supplemented with nearly 100 illustrations, this 200 page book is broken down into three sections: getting to know the desert, the desert as one's backyard, and enjoying the desert. Seven useful appendixes cover a range of topics including hummingbird gardening, venomous bites and stings, climate, and additional sources of information about desert life. A fun way to learn how wild and fascinating our deserts really are! 192 pg.



Arizona: A Panoramic History of a Frontier State


Author: Trimble, Marshall


Description: Written by Arizona's state historian, this book looks at the Indian tribes, the Spanish, and the Anglos who have played major roles in the history of Arizona and surveys the state's startling physical contrasts, unusual wildlife, industrial development, and politics



Explorer's Guide Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona & Central Arizona: A Great Destination


Author: Christine Bailey


Description: Imagine all the adventures you’ll have in Arizona— touring the mountains and red deserts, seeing one spectacular natural wonder after another: the Grand Canyon, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument...Discover the art galleries, museums, resorts, and cuisine that help make Phoenix and Scottsdale such hot destinations. Full-color photographs throughout.



Lost Mines and Buried Treasures of Arizona


Author: W. C. Jameson


Description: Arizona's history is liberally seasoned with legends of lost mines, buried treasures, and significant deposits of gold and silver. The famous Lost Dutchman Mine has lured treasure hunters for over a century into the remote, treacherous, and reportedly cursed Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix. Gold and silver bars discovered in Huachuca Canyon by a soldier stationed at nearby Fort Huachuca just before World War II remain inaccessible despite years of laborious attempts at recovery. Selected from hundreds of tales passed down from generation to generation since the days of the gold-seeking Spanish explorers, the tales included here are among the most compelling that Arizona has to offer.



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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