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Exploring Northern Arizona’s Cultures and Canyons

Program Number: 1076RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/28/2014 - 10/4/2014; 10/12/2014 - 10/18/2014; 4/19/2015 - 4/25/2015; 5/17/2015 - 5/23/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/26/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/10/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Prescott, Arizona
Price starting at: $1,145.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks; On the Road
Meals: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Experience the iconic landscapes of Northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon by land, water and air! Relive the old west in Prescott before traveling through Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. At Grand Canyon National Park marvel at the many scenes of nature’s geologic wonderland from the viewpoints along the South Rim. Then prepare for a thrilling helicopter ride into the canyon to the Colorado River for a raft trip through the Grand Canyon.




Highlights

• At Grand Canyon National Park, visit the famous Desert View Watchtower and South Rim sites; in remote western Grand Canyon, drive into the canyon's depths to the river on the Hualapai Reservation.
• Visit a five-story, 800-year-old Sinagua cliff dwelling at Montezuma Castle National Monument before exploring the red rocks of Sedona.
• Take a helicopter ride to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and float down the Colorado River on a raft.



Activity Particulars

Walk one mile on paved, rocky, sandy trails; some sloped uneven terrain. Getting in/out of rafts. Elevations 7,500 feet.



In 2015 this program spends four nights in Flagstaff and two in Peach Springs. It will not visit Prescott, Sedona or Diamond Creek Road. Grand Canyon National Park and the Colorado River raft trip are still included. Additional sites visited are the Museum of Northern Arizona, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Meteor Crater, and the historic La Posada Hotel in Winslow.



Itinerary Summary

2014: Arrival Prescott, 2 nights; travel to Flagstaff, 2 nights; travel to Peach Springs, 2 nights; return to Prescott for departures. 2015: Arrival Flagstaff, 4 nights; travel to Peach Springs, 2 nights; return to Flagstaff for departures OR optional shuttle direct to Phoenix (extra charge)



Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.




Flagstaff

Nestled at the foot of the San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona, Flagstaff is a perfect departure point for trips to the Glen and Grand canyons or Sunset Crater National Monument. At 7,000 feet in elevation, this cool mountain city is one of the highest in the nation.



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.



Grand Canyon West

Land of the Hualapai Nation, Grand Canyon West is also where intrepid visitors can walk on The Grand Canyon Skywalk — a transparent horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge 4,000 feet above the canyon floor.



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.



Prescott

Mile-high Prescott is nestled in a scenic valley at the edge of the Bradshaw Mountains. In addition to archaeological digs and a wealth of pioneer history, the city boasts a premier flight training center and an annual gathering of cowboy poets.



Accommodations
Prescott: Private conference center lodge. Flagstaff: Modern hotel. Peach Springs: Hualapai tribal lodge.

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

Melissa is a member of an Arizona pioneer family who arrived in the Arizona Territory in 1867 and left a rich and colorful legacy. In 2003, Melissa received the Sharlot Hall Award for her contributions to the awareness of Arizona history, and was honored with the Arizona Culture Keeper designation. She has authored three books on Arizona history, and as official storyteller for the Arizona Jamboree and later the Arizona Revue, Melissa performed for over a decade at Prescott’s Elks Opera House.
 
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 has opened up onto Route 66 for the past 38 years, giving her status as a Route 66 legend in the Seligman stretch of the road. Some 25 years ago, a customer at her convenience store mustered the gumption to ask her to marry him, and Karen and Mike Landis - a legend himself known as Arizona's No. 1 cowboy - have been ranching together ever since. Karen's independent spirit and ropin' and ridin' skills have opened a new world to Road Scholar adventurers year after year.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   La Quinta Inn and Suites Flagstaff
  Flagstaff, Ariz. 4 nights
   Hualapai Lodge
  Peach Springs 2 nights
 La Quinta Inn and Suites Flagstaff
Type: Motel
  Description: Located just off the Northern Arizona University campus and two miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.
  Contact info: 2015 S Beulah Blvd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 928-556-8666
web: www.lq.com
  Room amenities: 25" satellite TV, coffee maker, clock radio, telephone with voice mail and dataport.
  Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool (seasonal), indoor hot tub, exercise room, guest laundry, internet, and wi-fi in the lobby.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $75.00 - $150.00 Prices vary widely seasonally. Call hotel for rates which apply to your schedule.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Hualapai Lodge
Type: Hotel
  Description: Tribal artwork displayed; some traditional Hualapai cuisine served in restaurant.
  Contact info: Route 66 and Diamond Creek Road
Peach Springs, AZ 86434 USA
phone: 928-769-2230
web: www.grandcanyonresort.com
  Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning; hair-dryers; coffee-makers
  Facility amenities: Exercise room; private courtyard with heated outdoor pool (state-of-the-art non-chlorinated purification system) and spa.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Call for rates. Stayovers not recommended for participants traveling via shuttle due to extremely limited shuttle schedule.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in after 3:00 PM. On-site registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM in hotel meeting room. You will be staying at La Quinta Inn and Suites Flagstaff that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast the NAU Road Scholar van will provide a shuttle back to starting hotel in Flagstaff by 10:00 AM. OR Van Go Shuttle will offer express service to Phoenix airport from Hualapai Lodge. You will be staying at Hualapai Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety 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
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Flagstaff, Ariz.
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix, AZ
  Nearest highway: I-17, I-40, US 89 and US 89A
  Nearest airport:  International: Phoenix Sky Harbor; Commuter: Flagstaff.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departures
Travel Details
 

Flagstaff, AZ from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (FIRST DAY OF PROGRAM)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45 one way. Does not include gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approx. 3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

150 Miles

   

Van Go works exclusively with Road Scholar and times shuttles to arrive in conjunction with program start/end times. Best to arrive into Phoenix airport by 12:00 PM and book departures after 2:00 PM. Call shuttle company PRIOR to booking flights. Van Go picks up from all terminals and drops off at program hotel (Flagstaff La Quinta). Note: Van Go offers a return shuttle from Hualapai Lodge to Phoenix Airport immediately upon conclusion of program (see below for "Last Day of Program" details).

 

Hualapai Lodge to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport(LAST DAY OF PROGRAM)

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$100, price does not include gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

210 miles Peach Springs to Phoenix.

   

Direct service to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport: After breakfast on the last day of the program, Van Go Shuttle will depart the Hualapai Lodge and take a direct route to Phoenix Airport and arrive by approximately 12:00 PM. Book departing flights after 2:00 PM. Contact Van Go Shuttle and confirm Phoenix departure times prior to confirming your airline reservation. Note: There are no commercial shuttles available from Hualapai Lodge to Las Vegas.

 

Hualapai Lodge to Flagstaff(LAST DAY OF THE PROGRAM)

 

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Northern Arizona University Road Scholar Van
phone: 928-523-2359

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Included in program
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

115 miles

   

After breakfast Northern Arizona University Road Scholar will offer transportation back to Flagstaff. Arriving by 10:15 AM. Drop offs at starting hotel (La Quinta) and Flagstaff Visitor Center / Amtrak for those that may have reservations with Arizona Shuttle.

 

Flagstaff, AZ to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Arizona Shuttle
phone: 877-226-8060
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx. $45.00 one way ($41.00 Internet Reservation); $5.00 each way drop off/pickup at La Quinta
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approx 3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

150 Miles

   

Check AZ Shuttle for departure times PRIOR to booking flights. Advanced reservations required. 10+ shuttles daily from/to Phoenix airport. Upon arrival, check-in at shuttle desk in baggage claim area 15 minutes before shuttle departs. Drop off/pick up at Flagstaff La Quinta by advanced reservation only – must call before 6 PM night prior (~$5.00 extra charge each way for hotel drop/pick up for Road Scholar); otherwise, drop/pick up is at Flagstaff Visitor Center/Amtrak; taxi extra charge.

 
Driving Directions
  Flagstaff La Quinta From I-40 Take the I-40 to Flagstaff, AZ and exit at 195 north for Flagstaff and Grand Canyon. This puts you northbound on Milton Road. At the first stoplight, Forest Meadows, turn left. Continue west on Forest Meadows for a quarter block to the next light at Beulah Blvd. Turn right on Beulah and continue for a quarter block. La Quinta is on the left, 2015 S. Beulah.
  Flagstaff La Quinta from I-17 Travel north on 1-17 until it ends, becoming Milton Road in Flagstaff, AZ. Turn left at the first stop light on Forest Meadows. Continue for quarter block to the next light on Beulah Blvd. Turn right on Beulah and drive for a quarter block. La Quinta is on the left, 2015 S. Beulah.
Elevation Note: Flagstaff is at 7,000 feet and Peach Springs is at 5,000 feet.

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


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Orientation and Introductions
(Sunday, May 17)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel Check in after 3:00 PM. Rooms may be available earlier based upon demand, call hotel for request.
Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the hotel meeting room. Meet your program coordinator and receive your program folder, name tag, the up to date schedule and other important information we will review during Orientation.
Beginning at 5:30 PM in the hotel meeting room, your coordinator will provide an in-depth program orientation, review the schedule and lead group introductions. Come prepare for an adventurous week of learning and new friends!
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Afternoon: 6:45 pm - Dinner at Sizzler Restaurant. Along with a hot entree selection enjoy Sizzler's famous endless Salad Bar with over 50 fresh items including seasonal and specialty salads, just picked vegetables and fresh fruits, soups, hot appetizers and cool desserts.
 Dinner: At leisure. Take the rest of the evening to settle in, relax, and get a good night's sleep for the full day ahead tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: La Quinta Inn and Suites Flagstaff
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Museum of Northern Arizona / Walnut Canyon National Monument
(Monday, May 18)

Note: The paved, one mile (round trip) Island Trail at Walnut Canyon descends 185 feet by a series of 240 steps into the canyon. This trail affords access to many cliff dwellings and interpretive signs. At an elevation of 6,700 feet, park rangers do urge caution, since climbing the 240 steps back up can tax heart and lungs. The 3/4 mile Rim Trail is a paved and level trail with easy access to great canyon views and to a series of pueblo ruins and interpretive signs.



   
 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.
 Morning: To begin our adventure and better acquaint ourselves with the native cultures and natural history of the Grand Canyon region we will engage in a docent lead tour of 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 Coco's Restaurant. A nice selection of lunch entrees including soup, salads, pasta, burgers and more.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Sinagua ruins, visitor center and museum at Walnut Canyon National Monument. A hike down into Walnut Canyon (with its 220 steps) will bring you face to face with ancient cliff dwellings. Walnut Canyon is a spectacular scenic attraction in its own right and contains diverse plant and animal communities to be enjoyed from all vantage points. For those that choose not to go into the canyon a lovely rim walk with excellent views and accessible Sinagua Ruins will be offered.
 Dinner: Dinner at a festive local Greek restaurant with a variety of entree choices for all palates.
 Evening: An introduction to the regions geology with an emphasis on the Grand Canyon. Gain a background on the forces that created this world wonder which will then make your next days field trip to the Grand Canyon even more meaningful.
   
Accommodations: La Quinta Inn and Suites Flagstaff
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park Day Trip
(Tuesday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.
 Morning: Depart for an all day field trip to Grand Canyon National Park. En route, visit the southwestern corner of the Navajo Reservation and Cameron, site of the Cameron Trading Post. You will enter 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. A naturalist will accompany you on your journey, revealing the Grand Canyon's unique geologic, biologic and historic features. We will visit the Grand Canyon Village, where you may tour historic buildings and see Native American arts/crafts and other souvenirs in village shops. You may even see an endangered California condor soaring overhead as you gaze out at the Canyon. This is a big long day - worthy of one the worlds grandest natural wonders!
 Lunch: Sack lunches in the field.
 Afternoon: During the afternoon enjoy a walk on the Rim Trail and/or walk part way down Bright Angel Trail into the canyon (participants may choose which combination of activities they wish to pursue). Other activities may include exploring various viewpoints, ranger programs and checking out the park visitor center. Return in the evening to Flagstaff hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Rest and Relax!
   
Accommodations: La Quinta Inn and Suites Flagstaff
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Meteor Crater and La Posada Hotel
(Wednesday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.
 Morning: After breakfast, travel (one hour) to Meteor Crater, the Earth's best preserved meteorite impact site. Enjoy a walking tour, lead by an experienced guide, along the rim of the crater (one mile round trip). Along with fantastic crater views, there will be time to explore the adjacent museum with excellent displays and exhibits on discovery, exploration and on going research. This crater has been used by NASA for training of the Apollo Astronauts and by Hollywood. It is also the most heavily studied impact crater, crucial to our modern understanding of the science of impact craters.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Turquoise Room, the restaurant in the La Posada Hotel. The Turquoise Room, one of the southwest's unique restaurants, describes itself as Regional Contemporary Southwestern with an occasional tribute to the great days of the Fred Harvey Company. using the finest and freshest ingredients.
 Afternoon: Return to Flagstaff by mid afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner in Flagstaff at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Evening Program.
   
Accommodations: La Quinta Inn and Suites Flagstaff
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning Presentation and Travel to Peach Springs
(Thursday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.
 Morning: Enjoy a morning presentation on a topic of regional interest. Load luggage mid-morning and depart for downtown Flagstaff via the campus of Northern Arizona University. Your coordinator will share with the group the local history and sites en route.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in downtown Flagstaff.
 Afternoon: Depart Flagstaff 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 owned 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.
 Evening: Evening program on Hualapai tribal issues or Hualapai culture (presented by Hualapai tribal member).
   
Accommodations: Hualapai Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Mojave Desert to Grand Canyon West Airport / Helicopter to River and Smooth Water Raft Trip on the Colorado River through Western Grand Canyon
(Friday, May 22)

Note: See Activity Details and Raft Logistics Above.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast at 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 a world class Joshua tree forest en route to Grand Canyon West, and the start of a Colorado River raft trip. Grand Canyon West is an off the beaten path destination and requires total travel time (with scenic stops) of approximately 2.5 hours, much of which is on well maintained dirt roads.
 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.The group will be split between multiple rafts. 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 soles 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). 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 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 El Palacio Restaurant. A favorite among locals and tourist alike.
 Evening: After dinner settle in for an 1 hour ride back to the Hualapai Lodge.
   
Accommodations: Hualapai Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Farewells and Program Departures
(Saturday, May 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Hualapai Lodge dining room.
 Morning: On the last day of the program the Northern Arizona University Road Scholar van will transport (for free) participants back to the starting hotel in Flagstaff. NOTE: Van Go Shuttle (866-448-2646) offers express service to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport from the Hualapai Lodge on the last day of the trip. Van Go shuttle will take a direct route to Phoenix and arrive at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by 12:00 pm or soon thereafter. Book departing flights from Phoenix after 2:00 pm. Make reservations with Van Go Shuttle and confirm airline departure times with Van Go prior to confirming your airline reservation.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Prescott (Historic Courthouse Square) Prescott Area
Within 70 miles of Prescott: Former mining and ghost town of Jerome, now an arts and entertainment venue, with its 50-mile views of the red rocks of Sycamore Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon and the surrounding peaks and bluffs; Tuzigoot and Montezuma's Castle Sinagua period ruins; Fort Verde State Park; five Sedona vicinity wilderness areas; Sedona red rock formations, Sedona art galleries, boutiques and restaurants; Paolo Soleri's Arcosanti structures at Cordes Junction.
  Flagstaff, Ariz. General Overview
Points of Interest within two hours of Flagstaff: the Grand Canyon National Park, Walnut Canyon, N.M., Wupatki, N.M., Sunset Crater, N.M., Museum of Northern Arizona, Downtown Flagstaff and old Route 66, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona Red Rocks and the Secret Mountain Wilderness, Montezuma's Castle, N.M., Tuzigoot, N.M., Jerome Ghost Town, Ariz., San Francisco Peaks and the Kachina Wilderness, Hopi & Navajo Reservations, La Posada Hotel/Restaurant at Winslow, Ariz., and Grand Canyon Railroad at Williams, Ariz. For additional information, visit www.flagstaffarizona.org
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



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



Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West


Author: Stegner, Wallace


Description: Here Wallace Stegner, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, gives us a thrilling account of Powell's struggle against western geography and Washington politics. We witness the successes and frustrations of Powell's distinguished career, and appreciate his unparalleled understanding of the West. "Stegner's most exciting work." (San Francisco Chronicle) 496pp



Carving Grand Canyon: Evidence, Theories, and Mystery


Author: Ranney, Wayne


Description: Ranney explains how rivers in general can physically carve canyons, looks chronologically at the numerous theories that have been presented by successive generations of geologists regarding the Grand Canyon's formation, and describes a plausible sequence of geologic events that could create such a landscape. Numerous color photographs, detailed illustrations, and maps are provided. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR 160pp; 2nd edition 2012.



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



Roadside Geology of Arizona


Author: Chronic, Halka


Description: The 18th printing of this book in the Roadside Geology Series offers a mini-course in geology, focusing on what can be seen from Arizona highways. Although written especially for those with little or no geologic training, there's plenty here for the professional geologist as well--a great introduction to Arizona and its past. Geologic terms are defined where first used and again in the glossary. Inside the front cover is a legend to geological symbols and abbreviations commonly used by geologists. 321pp



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.



Volcanoes of Northern Arizona - Sleeping Giants of the Grand Canyon Region


Author: Duffield, Wendell A


Description: Just south of the Grand Canyon lies a range of volcanic mountain including Mt. Humphreys, the highest point in Arizona. These mountains encompassing Sunset Crater and the San Francisco Peaks, collectively make up the San Francisco Volcanic Field. This book provides, for the first time, a popular look at the fiery origin of these volcanic features. With magnificent aerial photographs, original geologic illustrations, and detailed road logs to many of the key features, this book is an indispensable tool for the traveler, the educator, and all that are interested in the remarkable landscape of northern Arizona. 68pp



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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