Red Rocks & Rafting: Sedona and Grand Canyon With Your Grandchild
Alongside your grandchild, find adventure in Sedona’s Red Rocks and the Grand Canyon as you whitewater raft, explore hidden water falls and ride a helicopter for awe-inspiring views!
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Program No. 2520RJ
6 days
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5 nights
15 meals
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Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Sedona/Verde Valley
Andante Inn

Afternoon: Hotel check-in after 3:00 p.m. Program registration between 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM at the Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Participants will have multiple entrees to choose from with typical rotating selections to include Chicken Marsala, fish, prime rib, meat loaf, pastas, vegetarian options, etc.

Evening: Following dinner, introductions and orientation in the meeting room. Meet your fellow travelers and and hear about the upcoming week of exciting activities as you explore Sedona and the Grand Canyon region.

Sedona Jeep Adventure, Grand Canyon Geology, Desert Animals
Sedona/Verde Valley
Andante Inn

Activity note: Climbing in and out of jeep. Assistance available. Some bumps while in the open air jeeps, but not throughout the entire trip. Seat belts are required. Some short walks away from the jeeps over packed dirt and rocky terrain as we look at attractions or views.

Breakfast: Buffet at the Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to hotel. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including bacon and eggs, french toast and sausage, fruit bowl and yogurt, oatmeal, etc.

Morning: Learn about the geography of this region and what makes Sedona and the Grand Canyon such special places in Arizona Then let the fun begin! We head off on our guided open-air "Pink Jeep" 4x4 tour to an off-the-beaten-path location in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona. Expect some sections of road where there may be jostling in the vehicle as the driver navigates dirt roads, sandy washes, and/or slick rock. Vehicles are very comfortable, seat up to 7 people, and have grab bars to hold on to with every seat. There will be some short walks away from the jeeps as we visit view points, historic attractions, or archaeological sights.

Lunch: Plated lunch at the Golden Goose.

Afternoon: Hear about the region's layer cake geology and learn how to "read the rocks" in an interactive hands-on presentation. This will help prepare you for your visit to one of the greatest geologic wonders of the world -- the Grand Canyon. Follow this presentation with a Native American craft project creating leather "medicine bags" in the hotel meeting room. Time permitting, take an afternoon dip in the hotel's pool.

Dinner: Plated at restaurant adjacent to hotel.

Evening: Evening program on desert critters (with live snakes lizards, etc.) in meeting room. See, touch and have your picture taken with our desert friends and learn about the ways they adapt and thrive in this harsh environment.

Red Rock Crossing on Oak Creek, Kids Only Craft Projects
Sedona/Verde Valley
Andante Inn

Activity note: Walking of approximately 1 mile on some paved and some non-paved sandy and rocky trails to creek-side location for swimming option.

Breakfast: Buffet at restaurant adjacent to hotel.

Morning: Finish up the medicine bag project. Then take a field trip to fabled Red Rock Crossing. With Cathedral Rock as a backdrop, wade or swim in the water. Take a nature hike and enjoy a picnic lunch along Oak Creek. Participants who are unable to walk/hike at the pace of the children will be be able to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this world famous scene.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Crescent Moon Ranch, Red Rock Crossing.

Afternoon: Return to hotel from Red Rock Crossing in late afternoon. A "Kids Only" project in late afternoon gives the adults a bit of a breather! Begin packing for tomorrow's departure. Resting or swim time in the motel pool.

Dinner: Plated at restaurant adjacent to hotel.

Evening: After dinner, enjoy an evening of regional cowboy and folk music, songs, stories, dancing and fun with local entertainers Ken and Lynne Mikell.

South Rim & Bright Angel Trail, Route 66, River Trip Orien.
Peach Springs
Hualapai Lodge

Activity note: Walking along Canyon rim at 7000' elevation on mostly paved trail with gradual up and down for approximately 1 mile. Optional hike into Canyon on rocky, uneven trail less than 1 mile RT or less with up to 150' elevation change.

Breakfast: Buffet at restaurant adjacent to hotel.

Morning: Check out of hotel after breakfast and travel to Grand Canyon National Park. Learn about famous Oak Creek Canyon as you travel Hwy 89A, one of Arizona's most scenic highways, and up the hairpin switchbacks, in view of the San Francisco Peaks to the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Once at Grand Canyon National Park, enjoy sweeping views of the Canyon with glimpses of the Colorado River below and the North Rim across the Canyon. Your guide will point out significant canyon features and introduce you to the canyon's story -- geology, natural and human history. There will be time for hikes both along the rim or, for those who desire, a short hike into the canyon on the famed "Bright Angel Trail".

Lunch: Sack lunches on the South Rim of Grand Canyon.

Afternoon: Visit historic Grand Canyon Village and enjoy some free time to explore on your own. Don't forget to ask your program coordinator about the fountain in the Bright Angel Lodge where you can get ice cream! Depart South Rim in late afternoon for the trip along part of old Route 66 to Peach Springs on the Hualapai Indian Reservation. Make a quick stop in Williams, AZ, the last town along Old Route 66 to be bypassed by Interstate 40. Then make your way to Peach Springs on the Hualapai Reservation.

Dinner: Buffet at the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Following dinner, gather with your coordinator for an orientation on the next day's raft adventure on the Colorado River.

Grand Canyon River Trip, Waterfall Hike, Helicopter Trip
Peach Springs
Hualapai Lodge

Activity note: Climbing in and out of rafts requires some upper body strength and agility. Cold, but invigorating, drenching during rapids. Short hike -- less than 1/4 mile -- to waterfall over sometimes slippery rocks and through sand. Optional climb using ropes and ladders to another hidden waterfall.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel restaurant. .

Morning: Depart lodge and travel down to the bottom of the Canyon on Diamond Creek Road, the only road to the bottom of the Canyon. Once at the beach, the Hualapai river guides give us a safety orientation and life vest fitting. Then we load the boats and head downstream on the Mighty Colorado! The "Diamond Creek Down" Colorado River trip is about 37 miles in length. The first 16 miles you will encounter about 10 whitewater rapids. Some of these are large (5, 6 and 7 's on a 1 to 10 scale). You will get wet! The air temperature in summer at the bottom of the canyon will likely be around 100 degrees so the splashing is welcome relief and keeps everyone cool. The rafts pull over at a couple of attractions (including the beautiful and hidden Travertine Falls where you'll have an opportunity to climb on the rocks and splash in the water) and at a lunch spot. After 16 miles the rapids flatten out, but the scenery remains "Grand" in all regards.

Lunch: Lunch on a Colorado River beach.

Afternoon: Continue down Colorado River after lunch to Quartermaster Landing (37 miles downriver from Diamond Creek). When you're called, get buckled into a helicopter for a short but spectacular ride from the river to the rim at Quartermaster Point at Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Reservation. Don't forget your camera for this once in a lifetime experience! Travel via bus through the starkly beautiful Joshua Tree forest and basin and range topography of the Mohave Desert back to Hualapai Lodge after a fun-filled day. WIND AND SAFETY ADVISORY: PLEASE NOTE THE ABILITY TO FLY HELICOPTERS FROM THE COLORADO RIVER AT THE END OF THE RAFT TRIP IS DEPENDENT ON WIND AND/OR HEAT CONDITIONS ON THE RIM AND IN THE CANYON. ON EXTREMELY WINDY OR HOT DAYS, DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS, HELICOPTERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO FLY. ALTHOUGH THIS IS ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY, IT HAPPENS VERY INFREQUENTLY. WHEN THIS OCCURS THE RAFT TRIP IS EXTENDED ON THE RIVER TO A LOCATION WHERE BUSES ARE ABLE TO REACH THE PARTICIPANTS FOR TRANSPORT BACK TO THE HOTEL.

Dinner: Late buffet dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Evening: After dinner, spend a final night with your new friends and maybe do some packing!

Program Concludes, Return to Sedona
Peach Springs

Breakfast: Buffet at Lodge.

Morning: Enjoy a program wrap up to recap the week's adventures and Sedona/Grand Canyon memories. Say good bye to new friends. Program ends by 9 a.m. in Peach Springs. NAU van shuttle will depart for Sedona immediately following morning activities, arriving into Sedona by 12:00 p.m.

Lunch: Sack lunch to go provided for those who request it.

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