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.
At the restaurant on-site, the breakfast buffet features a wide assortment of hot and cold choices including granola, yogurt, fresh fruit, eggs, breakfast meats and breads, plus juice, coffee, tea, milk, water.
Beginning at the restaurant on the Caverns property (740 acres; mixed grassland and pinon juniper woodland, unique desert plants, animals and geology), we’ll set out on a nature walk with our naturalist Group Leaders. Along our walk, we’ll learn about some of the common plants of this high desert area, how they have adapted to limited rainfall, and how the prehistoric peoples of the region utilized them in their daily lives. We may also venture off trail at times to explore further and we may also sit on the ground for short periods.
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.