Travel to Grand Canyon Caverns from Tempe, approximately 4 hours/200 miles. 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. We recommend bringing a water bottle, good walking shoes, sun protection, long sleeves, and perhaps a walking stick.
In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs and omelettes cooked to order, bacon, oatmeal, fruit, toast, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Following breakfast, we will load our luggage up and drive to the Grand Canyon Caverns. Marvel at the change of life zones and scenery as we move from the Sonoran Desert to the Colorado Plateau, an elevation change of 5,000'. 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, the group leader will introduce you to the regional geography and natural history of Arizona.
At the restaurant on the Caverns grounds, the buffet lunch features selections that will appeal to both young and old. Selections may include cold cuts, hot dogs, make your own tacos and always a salad bar. Beverages include water, iced-tea, soft drinks or coffee; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll then 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. Especially for kids: Following the Caverns exploration, we'll gather on the patio for our tie-dye shirt project. Our intergenerational groups have been making these colorful shirts together for over 20 years! Check into the Caverns Inn in late afternoon.
At the hotel restaurant approximately 1 mile from the rooms, which we will reach via program vans, we’ll enjoy a buffet dinner featuring a full salad bar and home-cooked entrees, which will appeal to both young and old. Soft drinks, iced-tea, coffee, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Following dinner, continue with the tie dye project which everyone will enjoy.