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

Program Number: 16828RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/16/2014 - 2/21/2014;
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

2-16-2014

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
   Embassy Suites
  Phoenix 5 nights
 Embassy Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: Services include complimentary parking, weekday USA Today, on-site National/Alamo car rental desk, gift shop, room service and guest valet/laundry services. Also complimentary 24-hour BusinessLink business center with wireless high-speed internet access computer, printing and copying services. Including complimentary manager reception and make to order breakfast.
  Contact info: 2577 West Greenway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85023 USA
phone: 602-375-1777
web: www.phoenixnorth.embassysuites.com
  Room amenities: Enjoy the convenience of two flat screen television, two telephone lines, refigerator, coffeemaker, microwave, iron with ironing board, hair dryer, and well-lit work area. Complimentary High-speed Wi-Fi access available including PrinterOn, allowing you to print from your laptop.
  Facility amenities: Kick back under the cloudless desert sky before taking a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool or relax in the hot tub. Work-out in the fully-equipped fitness center or just soothe tired muscles in the whirlpool while sipping a drink from the Cabana pool bar. Savor delicious Cajun specialties at LaFitte’s restaurant, the perfect place to catch up with friends and colleagues.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: AAA/AARP rate Be sure to request the AAA/AARP rate for additional nights.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: AAA/AARP rate Be sure to request the AAA/AARP rate for additional nights.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Road Scholar Registration in the Main lobby at 4:30pm. Dinner begins at 6:00pm followed by orientation. Hotel check-in anytime after 3:00pm. You will be staying at Embassy Suites that night.
  End of Program:
After Wrap-Up (by 11:00 am) You will be staying at Embassy 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:  Phoenix
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix
  Nearest highway: I-17 North-South, Loop 101
  Nearest airport:  Phoenix Sky Harbor International
  From End of Program
  Location: Phoenix
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Fiesta Inn Resort Shuttle
phone: 480-967-1441
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free - Suggested gratuity
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 Min. 

 

Distance:

 

6 Miles

   

Hotel Transportation Fiesta Resort Shuttle - The hotel has 24 hour hotel shuttle service. They will pick you up from Sky Harbor Airport. Pickup your luggage then call the hotel (480) 967-1441. Please indicate the terminal and they will pick you up there. The night before you check out of the hotel let the front desk know you will be needing the shuttle trans. There is no charge for this service but you might want to give a gratuity.

 
Driving Directions
  Anywhere www.google.com/maps
  From Sky Harbor International Airport to Embassy Suites Phoenix - North I-10 West to I-17 North. Exit # 211 Greenway Road. The Hotel is on the southeast corner of Greenway Road.
  From the North to Embassy Suites I-17 South. Exit #211 Greenway Road. The Hotel is on the southeast corner of Greenway Road.
  From the South to Embassy Suites I-10 West to I-17 North. Exit # 211 Greenway Road. The Hotel is on the southeast corner of Greenway Road.
  From the West to Embassy Suites I-10 East to I-17 North. Exit # 211 Greenway Road. The Hotel is on the southeast corner of Greenway Road.
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 16)
   
 Afternoon: Please arrive at the hotel to register at 4:30pm. Check into your room at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. You will then have until 6:00 PM to settle into your room.
 Dinner: Meals unless otherwise indicated may be at the hotel or a local restaurant. Please arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.
 Evening: After registration we will have 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: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Salado People Class/Pottery Demonstration/Geology Class
(Monday, February 17)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental. Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just 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 river is a border for the San Carlos Apache Reservation to the South and the White Mountain Apaches to the North
 Lunch: Explore the rustic, savory cusine of Arizona with this dinner on your own.
 Afternoon: Pottery Demonstration with Matt Thomas Geology Class with Jeff Wiles
 Dinner: Meals unless otherwise indicated may be at the hotel or a local restaurant.
 Evening: Geology Class with Jeff Wiles
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Petroglyphs/Roosevelt Dam/Besh-Ba-Gowah
(Tuesday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental. Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Visit Roosevelt Dam with an expert. 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.
 Morning: View Petroglyphs at "A" Mountain.
 Lunch: Box Lunch
 Afternoon: Visit Besh-Ba-Gowah Park and Museum in Globe AZ. It has an ethnobotanical garden and is one of the largest single sites of SW archaelogical collections
 Dinner: Explore the rustic, savory cusine of Arizona with this dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Tonto National Park/Desert Botanical Gardens/Steamboat Voyage
(Wednesday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental. Come down by the time indicated on the intinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 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.
 Morning: Situated within rugged terrain in the northeastern part of the Sonoran Desert, these well-preserved cliff dwellings were occupied during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries.Take a field trip to Tonto National Park, learn when, where and how to gather and process common desert plants. Taste foods prepared with plants such as ocotillo, prickly pear, saguaro, mesquite and other native vegetation.
 Lunch: Lunch will either be a delicious meal at the hotel or a savory dish at a favorite local restaurant.
 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: Meals unless otherwise indicated. They may be at the hotel or out at a local restaurant. Please arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Heard Museum/Astronomy Experience
(Thursday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental. Come down by the time indicated on the intinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: 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.
 Lunch: Lunch will either be a delicious meal at the hotel or a savory dish at a favorite local restaurant.
 Dinner: Meals unless otherwise indicated may be at the hotel or a local restaurant.
 Evening: Examine stars, planets and galaxies in the desert night sky with an astronomer in an observatory housing a 16-inch-diameter Meade scope.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap up and Check Out
(Friday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental. Come down by the time indicated on the intinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Class and Wrap Up
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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