10414
Arizona
A Grand Christmas: Sedona’s Red Rocks and the Majesty of the Grand Canyon
Celebrate the holidays in Sedona and the Grand Canyon, where you’ll attend a candlelight service, explore festively decorated Sedona and enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner.
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Program No. 10414RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,295
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At a Glance

Wake up on Christmas morning and experience the sunrise over one of the world’s natural wonders – the Grand Canyon! The snow dusted monuments of the Canyon, contrasted with its multi-hued layers and sheer enormity, are a sight to behold. While in Sedona enjoy live western music with a holiday twist. Finally, enjoy a field trip to historic Jerome, once Arizona’s largest copper mining town and now a thriving artist colony.
Activity Level
Moderate
Walking up to one-half mile on varied terrain; longer hikes optional. Elevations up to 7,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • En route to the Grand Canyon, travel through scenic Oak Creek Canyon and up its famed switchbacks to Arizona’s high country.
  • On Christmas Eve, experience sunset over the Grand Canyon, then revel in a special holiday dinner before attending an optional candlelight service at the Canyon’s “Shrine of the Ages.”
  • In Sedona, walk through the Mexican-inspired art village of Tlaquepaque; at Jerome State Historic Park, see its impressive mountain-side setting and displays of its unique mining history.

General Notes

Max of 80 participants, divided into smaller groups for activities.
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Ray Coin
A member of the Hopi tribe, Ray Coin is from the Third Mesa village of Bacavi on the Hopi Reservation in northeast Arizona. His father worked at the Museum of Northern Arizona, and while growing up, Ray and his siblings rubbed elbows with the geologists, archaeologists, ecologists and palaeontologists doing field work at the museum during the summer months. Ray has been sharing his Hopi culture with Road Scholar participants since 1993.
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