A Grand Christmas: Sedona’s Red Rocks & 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
6 days
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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
On Your Feet
Walking up to one-half mile on varied terrain and on steep streets in Jerome; longer walks along rim of Grand Canyon optional. Snowy and slick weather is a possibility this time of year. Negotiating flights of stairs required. Please note that peoples’ bodies often function differently at elevations high above sea level. This program takes place at elevations of 7000 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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Cheryl Brenman
A licensed massage therapist with over 30 years of experience, Cheryl Brenman is a certified yoga and nomadics teacher and a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu self help instructor. While managing a private massage practice, Cheryl also teaches Swedish massage at the Sedona School of Massage, as well as yoga and nomadics at Los Abrigatos Health Spa. She has produced a nomadics DVD specifically for her older students.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Secret Sedona: Sacred Moments in the Landscape
by Larry Lindahl
This book provides an overview of the terrain, ancestral Indian ruins and petroglyphs found in Sedona's wilderness areas. Extraordinary photography from one of the nations most photogenic areas. 80 pages.
Sedona (Images of America Series)
by Heidinger, Lisa Schnebly
Little more than a century ago, when only a handful of families lived in what is now Sedona, in Oak Creek Canyon, none would have dreamed it would become such a popular destination. The matchless combination of bright blue skies and red rocks has inspired artists of every medium to attempt to capture the mystic formations. Fortunately some began almost before the town was named after the wife of early settler T. C. Schnebly, who organized the first post office, at the beginning of the 20th century. From early apple growers to artists, what has united the diverse residents of Sedona over time is the conviction that they have found one of the earth's great treasures. 128pp.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
by Reisner, Marc
The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecologic and economic disaster. In Cadillac Desert Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden--and Eden that may be only a mirage. 608pp
An Introduction to Grand Canyon Ecology
by Houk, Rose
Using illustrations, photographs and illuminating text, this little guide will help you understand the dynamic nature of the Grand Canyon's ecosystems. 56pp
Living at the Edge: Explorers, Exploiters, and Settlers of the Grand Canyon Region
by Anderson, Michael F
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
Grand Canyon Geology
by Beus, Stanley
This second edition of the leading book on Grand Canyon geology contains the most recent discoveries and interpretations of the origin and history of the canyon. It includes two entirely new chapters: one on debris flow in the Canyon and one on the impact of water flow releases from the Glen Canyon Dam. All chapters have been updated where necessary and all photographs have been replaced or re-screened for better resolution. Written by acknowledged experts in stratigraphy, paleontology, structural geology, geomorphology, volcanism and seismology, this book offers a wealth of information for geologists and general readers interested in acquiring an understanding of the geological history of this great natural wonder. 423pp

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