1062
Arizona
The Best of Sedona: Natural and Cultural Landscapes in Red Rock Country
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.
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Program No. 1062RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Sedona, AZ
D
Andante Inn

Activity note: Check-in after 3:00 PM. Early arrivals may be arranged ahead of time.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the conference room by the pool to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the restaurant adjacent to the hotel, we will have a plated meal with an entrée that varies each night, plus a choice of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: 7:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. All field trips will be led by our Group Leader, a seasoned and experienced naturalist, unless specified otherwise. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow participants, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Geology, Sedona's Best Loved Sites, Desert Critters
Sedona, AZ
B,L,D
Andante Inn

Activity note: Minimal walking with stops in Sedona.

Breakfast: At the restaurant adjacent to the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, French toast, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: At the hotel, we will be joined by a Grand Canyon geologist and Professor Emeritus of Geology at Northern Arizona University for a presentation on the geologic story of Sedona and the surrounding area.

Lunch: At the restaurant adjacent to the hotel, we will have a plated meal with a choice of entrée, plus coffee, tea, or water.

Afternoon: Set out for a riding exploration of Sedona with our Group Leader, seeing some of the towns most beloved sites including a stop at the famous Chapel of the Holy Cross. During our exploration, learn about the history, geology, climate, flora, and fauna of the area. As we explore, we will have photo opportunities at some scenic vistas.

Dinner: Plated meal from restaurant adjacent to hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a hands-on presentation about some of the Southwest's most infamous critters led by a local expert.

DAY
3
Montezuma Castle & Verde Canyon Railroad
Sedona, AZ
B,L,D
Andante Inn

Activity note: The drive to Montezuma Castle National Monument is approximately 30 miles and 45 minutes. Walking about 1 mile; flat, paved trails. The Verde Canyon Railroad travels 40 miles, approximately 4 hours.

Breakfast: Buffet from restaurant adjacent to hotel.

Morning: We’ll depart on a field trip to Montezuma Castle National Monument. This 5-story, 20-room cliff dwelling is nestled in a limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley. It is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America, constructed approximately 600 years ago by the Sinagua Indians.

Lunch: At a BBQ restaurant in Rimrock, we’ll have a buffet with iced tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Take a leisurely afternoon ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad as the 40 mile route follows the Verde River with commentary. Ride in comfort in renovated passenger and open air cars as we journey at a slow pace mostly near the canyon bottom. Along the route, we will pass red rock pinnacles, crossing bridges, passing Indian ruins, and riding through a 680-foot man-made tunnel. Keep your eyes out for native plants and animals including the over 30 eagles that winter in this scenic area.

Dinner: At a Chinese restaurant in Cottonwood, we will have a buffet including soup, salad, entrées, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Return to the hotel in Sedona in the late evening to enjoy some rest after your full day.

DAY
4
Regional Topic Presentation, Western Ballads & Tales
Sedona, AZ
B,D
Andante Inn

Breakfast: Buffet from restaurant adjacent to hotel.

Morning: At the hotel, we will hear a presentation that will expand our knowledge on the area that may cover a diverse array of topics from an archaeologist providing information on the prehistoric peoples of the Sedona region, a local artist or historian, or information about Sedona's film history.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Sedona has many options to offer visitors from fascinating art galleries, hiking the thrilling red rock trails, or taking a “Pink Jeep” out and explore Sedona’s back country and archaeological sites. The Group Leader will be happy to offer additional suggestions.

Dinner: Plated meal from restaurant adjacent to hotel.

Evening: At the hotel, we will be joined by local musicians who will perform their western ballads and tales. Our performers are frequent guests at Southwest cowboy poet festivals and have been delighting Road Scholar participants for more than a decade. Then prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
5
Full-Day Field Trip to Grand Canyon National Park
Sedona, AZ
B,L,D
Andante Inn

Activity note: Drive is about 115 miles, taking approximately 2.5 hours each way. Walking approximately 1 mile on mostly flat, paved or dirt paths.

Breakfast: Buffet from restaurant adjacent to hotel.

Morning: Depart the hotel and travel Hwy 89A, one of Arizona's most scenic byways, through Oak Creek Canyon, and up its famous switchbacks en route to the Grand Canyon's South Rim. A naturalist will accompany us on our journey, revealing the Grand Canyon's unique geologic, biologic and historic features while you have the opportunity to walk along the Canyon's rim. We’ll see Grand Canyon Village, where many of the most impressive structures in the historic village were designed by Mary Jane Colter, a renowned architect and designer for the Fred Harvey Company and Santa Fe Railroad. We may even see an endangered California condor soaring overhead as you gaze into the Canyon's depths below.

Lunch: At the Grand Canyon, we will have a sack lunch including a sandwich, chips, and fruit.

Afternoon: At the end of our field trip, we will begin our return journey to Sedona. Don't forget to take one last look across to the Canyon's North Rim, 10 miles away as the raven flies, before settling into your seat and recapping the 1.8 billion year layer cake of earth's history you've just seen in person!

Dinner: At the restaurant adjacent to the hotel, we’ll have our farewell dinner.

Evening: With our Group Leader, we will have a program wrap-up and reflect on our experiences. Share your favorite memories from the program with new Road Scholar friends. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Sedona, AZ
B

Activity note: Check-out by 11:00 AM.

Breakfast: Buffet from restaurant adjacent to hotel.

Morning: The program concludes with breakfast. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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