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Arizona

Best of Sedona: Natural & Cultural Landscapes in Red Rock Country

Program No. 1062RJ
Immerse yourself in the story of Sedona as you join local experts to learn about and explore ancient cliff dwellings, iconic Red Rocks, a heritage railway and the majestic Grand Canyon.
Length
6 days
Rating (4.85)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,499

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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Dec 9 - Dec 14, 2022
Starting at
1,499
Itinerary Note

This date stays at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s top resorts. This date will also enjoy the ambiance of the holiday season with a visit to the Sedona Festival of Lights spectacular. Featuring luminarias, entertainment and cider for everyone.

Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Itinerary Note

This date stays at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s top resorts.

Mar 5 - Mar 10, 2023
Starting at
1,699
Itinerary Note

This date stays at The Element Hotel, Marriot's new and top rated Sedona Hotel.

Mar 19 - Mar 24, 2023
Starting at
1,549
Itinerary Note

This date stays at The Element Hotel, Marriot's new and top rated Sedona Hotel.

Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2023
Starting at
1,699
Itinerary Note

This date stays at The Element Hotel, Marriot's new and top rated Sedona Hotel.

May 7 - May 12, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Itinerary Note

This date stays at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s top resorts.

Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Itinerary Note

This date stays at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s top resorts.

Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
Starting at
1,549
Itinerary Note

This date stays at The Element Hotel, Marriot's new and top rated Sedona Hotel.

Oct 8 - Oct 13, 2023
Starting at
1,699
Itinerary Note

This date stays at The Element Hotel, Marriot's new and top rated Sedona Hotel.

Nov 5 - Nov 10, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Itinerary Note

This date stays at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s top resorts.

Dec 8 - Dec 13, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Itinerary Note

This date stays at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s top resorts. This date will also enjoy the ambiance of the holiday season with a visit to the Sedona Festival of Lights spectacular. Featuring luminarias, entertainment and cider for everyone.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Dec 9 - Dec 14, 2022
Starting at
1,979
Itinerary Note

This date stays at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s top resorts. This date will also enjoy the ambiance of the holiday season with a visit to the Sedona Festival of Lights spectacular. Featuring luminarias, entertainment and cider for everyone.

Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2023
Starting at
2,619
Itinerary Note

This date stays at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s top resorts.

Mar 5 - Mar 10, 2023
Starting at
2,089
Itinerary Note

This date stays at The Element Hotel, Marriot's new and top rated Sedona Hotel.

Mar 19 - Mar 24, 2023
Starting at
1,939
Itinerary Note

This date stays at The Element Hotel, Marriot's new and top rated Sedona Hotel.

Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2023
Starting at
2,089
Itinerary Note

This date stays at The Element Hotel, Marriot's new and top rated Sedona Hotel.

May 7 - May 12, 2023
Starting at
2,619
Itinerary Note

This date stays at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s top resorts.

Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
Starting at
2,619
Itinerary Note

This date stays at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s top resorts.

Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
Starting at
1,939
Itinerary Note

This date stays at The Element Hotel, Marriot's new and top rated Sedona Hotel.

Oct 8 - Oct 13, 2023
Starting at
2,089
Itinerary Note

This date stays at The Element Hotel, Marriot's new and top rated Sedona Hotel.

Nov 5 - Nov 10, 2023
Starting at
2,619
Itinerary Note

This date stays at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s top resorts.

Dec 8 - Dec 13, 2023
Starting at
2,619
Itinerary Note

This date stays at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s top resorts. This date will also enjoy the ambiance of the holiday season with a visit to the Sedona Festival of Lights spectacular. Featuring luminarias, entertainment and cider for everyone.

At a Glance

Discover why Sedona and the Grand Canyon are the two most awe-inspiring sites in Arizona. Go beyond the geology to uncover the natural and human histories of these color-splashed landscapes. Enjoy an exploration of Sedona’s best-loved sights and red-rock vistas via an open trolley excursion. Ride the rails along the wild and scenic Verde River and beside its verdant canyon as you scan for wildlife. Explore Grand Canyon National Park on a full day journey to this iconic and quintessential American treasure with time to walk along the rim while soaking in its grandeur.
Activity Level
Varies by date
Walking up to 1/2 mile with longer optional hikes. Elevations up to 7,000 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • See ancient cliff dwellings while uncovering the past of the Sinagua people at Montezuma Castle National Monument.
  • Visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross and Airport Mesa with its magnificent 360-degree views of Sedona.
  • Spend a full day at Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim, complete with interpretive walks accompanied by a local expert.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Featured Expert
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Ken Zoll
Ken is the executive director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. He is a site steward with the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, and a volunteer docent at cultural heritage sites in the Coconino National Forest. He has conducted fieldwork in cultural astronomy of the Southwest and is a certified instructor in cultural astronomy with the Arizona Archaeological Society. Ken is the author of several books on cultural astronomy and rock art in Central Arizona, as well as several cultural astronomy articles in professional publications.

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

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Lisa Kearsley View biography
The author of “The San Juan River Guide,” Lisa Kearsley inherited an appreciation for the Southwest from her father, who was a biology professor. She earned a bachelor’s in zoology from the University of California and a master’s in biology from Northern Arizona University. Lisa has worked at the Grand Canyon as an interpretive park ranger teaching natural history programs and has studied the effects of Glen Canyon Dam on area campsites.
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Ken Mikell View biography
Ken Mikell is part of a music duo with his wife, Lynn. They play a wide range of traditional music, with particular attention to the Celtic roots of cowboy music. Using harp, guitar, recorder, fiddle and harmonica, they animate and illuminate the music that followed the trail west. From old time trail songs to the golden era of the radio and silver screen cowboy, they have an extensive knowledge of the history of Western music and enjoy sharing it with audiences.
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Margaret (Maggie) Mitchell View biography
Maggie Mitchell has spent years leading educational excursions throughout the Sedona area. Her passion lies with the study of Arizona's wild creatures, and she loves sharing her love of reptiles and spiders with students of all ages.
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Bill Krieger View biography
Bill Krieger is a Road Scholar educator who directed some of the earliest learning adventures during the 1970s. He has degrees from Northern Michigan University and the University of Pennsylvania. During his retirement, learning and sharing about the people and the geology of the Southwest have become his focus and his passion. Bill’s passions include biking, hiking, camping, writing, sketching, singing, and having conversations over a cup of coffee.
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Paul Johnson View biography
Paul Johnson is a recent transplant to Sedona after retiring from a career as a CEO of a non-profit focused on community development. He is a lifelong student of history and has traveled extensively in the U.S., Europe, Mexico, and elsewhere. Paul loves to share the history and culture of his adopted state of Arizona and enjoys hiking with his wife and dog, playing golf, and exploring the wonderful red rock paradise of Sedona.
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Kristin Hooten View biography
Kristin Hooten has spent the majority of her life in the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona. She earned a bachelor's degree in Parks and Recreation Management with an emphasis in Outdoor Education and Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Kristin has worked in the outdoor industry in different capacities and enjoys her ongoing education with the surrounding region. When not in the office or field, she is found enjoying the great outdoors either on a paddleboard or in her camper.
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Ken is the executive director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. He is a site steward with the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, and a volunteer docent at cultural heritage sites in the Coconino National Forest. He has conducted fieldwork in cultural astronomy of the Southwest and is a certified instructor in cultural astronomy with the Arizona Archaeological Society. Ken is the author of several books on cultural astronomy and rock art in Central Arizona, as well as several cultural astronomy articles in professional publications.
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Betty Johnson View biography
Betty Johnson has a passion for travel and exploration. While her professional experience is in non-profit management and Human Resources, she enjoys travel, talking about travel, and planning travel with her husband, Paul. They recently spent six weeks in Europe, training from France to Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland. Betty's other pastimes include baking, crafting, and grandparenting. Her crafts include scrapbooking, photography, crochet, and quilting. Betty and Paul's daughter and her three kids all live with them and keep them on their toes!
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Kennard Bork View biography
Kennard Bork is a former university geology professor who has found his bliss in retirement where Sedona’s red rocks and natural beauty provide the setting for great exploration and discovery. Ken is active in OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) and INHIGEO (International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences), both as a speaker and as a participant.
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Janeen Trevillyan View biography
Janeen Trevillyan was born and raised in rural South Dakota. She began her professional career in the commercial interior design field, then moved into corporate real estate and facilities management in Tampa, Florida, where she lived for 19 years. Janeen served three terms on the City of Sedona’s Historic Preservation Commission. She is the co-author of the historical photo book “Images of Sedona” and now volunteers at the Sedona Historical Society and the Sedona Heritage Museum, where she currently serves as President and Historian.
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Clancy Sage View biography
Clancy Sage grew up in Yonkers, New York. She earned her B.S. in anthropology and Secondary Education Certificate at Arizona State University. Her 30-year career was in human resources at IBM and Siemens, the latter of which she retired from in 2008. Clancy moved to Sedona in 2010. She is currently on the board of the Sedona Historical Society and docents at the Sedona Heritage Museum. She has taught the history of Sedona at Yavapai College and regularly gives history presentations to local groups.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest
by Steve Plog
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.
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
Half Broke Horses
by Walls, Jeannette
Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle, wrote this true life novel which unfolds across Northern Arizona from the 1920s to the 1960s. Its heroine, Lily Casey Smith, (Ms. Wall's grandmother) battled the elements, prejudices, economic conditions and politics of remote frontier Arizona. Many of the locations described - Peach Springs, Seligman, Flagstaff, the Navajo Reservation, the Arizona Strip - are sites visited by NAU Road Scholar programs. Readers of this selection will feel the sense of heritage from this tale of life in our distant corner of America.
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West
by Stegner, Wallace
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
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.
Arizona: A Cavalcade of History
by Trimble, Marshall
During America's first 100 years as a nation, pioneers moved ever-westward to new frontiers. When it became too crowded or the soil was mined out, they moved on to virgin land. Those days are gone forever. We have to learn to live with the problems we create. The knowledge gained from studying the mistakes of the past can help provide a better future. Will Rogers said it best: "The Indians never got lost because they were always looking back to see where they'd been." 368pp





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