Driving approx. 200 miles to Grand Canyon Caverns from Tempe; about 4 hours. Walking about 2 miles throughout the day; uneven and sometimes rocky ground; paved and sloped surfaces with stairs in Grand Canyon Caverns. Participants may choose to walk to/from the restaurant 1 mile from the motel; transportation always provided. Water bottle, good walking shoes, sun protection, long sleeves, and perhaps a walking stick recommended.
In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs and omelets cooked to order, breakfast meats, oatmeal, fruit, and toast, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Following breakfast, we will check out of the hotel, load our luggage, and drive to the Grand Canyon Caverns. As we travel from the Sonoran Desert to the Colorado Plateau, an elevation change of 5,000 feet, we’ll observe the change of habitat and scenery. We’ll see the landscape change as we leave the desert with its iconic saguaro cactus and travel into higher elevation ranch lands with sweeping vistas. En route, our Group Leader will introduce us to the regional geography and natural history of Arizona.
At the restaurant on the Grand Canyon Caverns grounds, we’ll enjoy a buffet lunch featuring selections that will appeal to both young and young at heart. Selections will vary daily and always include a salad bar. Soft drinks, coffee, iced tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Afterwards, we’ll walk to the other side of the building and the caverns entrance to set out on a walk through the Grand Canyon Caverns (210 feet underground with elevator access), a famous Route 66 landmark, with a Grand Canyon Caverns expert staff member who will share the Cavern's geology and its lore. Following our exploration of the Caverns, we’ll take a short transfer down to the inn for our mid-afternoon check-in before gathering on the patio for our tie-dye shirt project. Our intergenerational groups have been making these colorful shirts together for over 20 years!
At the hotel restaurant approximately 1 mile from the rooms, which we will reach via program vans or on foot depending on personal preference, we’ll enjoy a buffet dinner featuring a full salad bar and home-cooked entrees. Soft drinks, coffee, iced tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll then join our Group Leader for a ‘walkabout’ on the Grand Canyon Caverns property, which begins just outside the restaurant. We’ll learn a little bit more about this western Arizona ecosystem and about each other. Afterwards, we’ll make our way back to the inn.