Driving approximately 210 miles total; about 6 hours drive time: Morning drive is approximately 180 miles from Mesa Verde National Park to Chinle, about 4 hours, with stops; afternoon drive is approximately 30 miles on canyon South Rim; about 2 hours, with numerous stops at scenic overlooks. Walking less than 1 mile total throughout the day; paved paths with some uneven sections.
Local restaurant plated meal.
Once checked out of the lodge, we’ll set out for Chinle, traveling past the towering Ute Mountain and scenic Four Corners country of the Colorado Plateau. En route to the hotel, we will enter the Navajo Reservation and, along the road, see traditional hogans, herds of sheep, goats grazing, mysterious dirt roads, and wild hoodoo rock formations to spark the imagination. We’ll arrive at the hotel in time for lunch.
At the hotel restaurant, we’ll have a buffet lunch featuring a salad bar, entrées, and sides, plus soft drinks, lemonade, coffee, tea, water included. Alcohol is prohibited on the Navajo Reservation.
We’ll then explore Canyon de Chelly's scenic south rim via motorcoach, making scenic stops at White House Ruin Overlook and Spider Rock Overlook as our local Native American leader offers commentary on the many cultural and natural features we’ll encounter throughout the afternoon. We’ll then return to the hotel in Chinle and check in upon arrival.
At the hotel restaurant, we’ll choose from a nightly selection of plated entrees, enjoy the salad bar, and dessert. Soft drinks, lemonade, coffee, tea, water included. Alcohol is prohibited on the Navajo Reservation.
In the hotel meeting room, we’ll settle in for an evening of Navajo entertainment with a local performer who has been delighting Road Scholar participants for many years and loves to share his passion for Navajo music, culture, and dance. Enjoy traditional drum music and come prepared to join in a group Round Dance and hear a traditional Navajo blessing.