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Grand Canyon Odyssey: River Journeys and Canyon Vistas

Within the Grand Canyon’s mile-high walls lies a wealth of natural history and culture. Explore the Canyon's 277 mile length and rim via raft trips, excursions and a helicopter ride.
Rating (5)
Program No. 2805RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
1,859
Arizona

Grand Canyon Odyssey: River Journeys and Canyon Vistas

Within the Grand Canyon’s mile-high walls lies a wealth of natural history and culture. Explore the Canyon's 277 mile length and rim via raft trips, excursions and a helicopter ride.
Length
8 days
Starts at
1,859
Length
8 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,859
Program No. 2805RJ

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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 16 - Oct 23, 2022
Starting at
1,859
Itinerary Note

This weeks offering will have a flat water raft trip on day 7 in place of the whitewater trip. Helicopter from rim at Grand Canyon West to Colorado River below on motorized pontoon rafts. Scenic float trip of 20 miles.

Apr 16 - Apr 23, 2023
Starting at
2,249
Itinerary Note

This weeks offering will have a flat water raft trip on day 7 in place of the whitewater trip. Helicopter from rim at Grand Canyon West to Colorado River below on motorized pontoon rafts. Scenic float trip of 20 miles.

Apr 23 - Apr 30, 2023
Starting at
2,399
Apr 30 - May 7, 2023
Starting at
2,399
Sep 17 - Sep 24, 2023
Starting at
2,399
Oct 1 - Oct 8, 2023
Starting at
2,249
Itinerary Note

This week's offering will have a flat water raft trip on day 7 in place of the whitewater trip. Helicopter from rim at Grand Canyon West to Colorado River below on motorized pontoon rafts. Scenic float trip of 20 miles.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 16 - Oct 23, 2022
Starting at
2,349
Itinerary Note

This weeks offering will have a flat water raft trip on day 7 in place of the whitewater trip. Helicopter from rim at Grand Canyon West to Colorado River below on motorized pontoon rafts. Scenic float trip of 20 miles.

Apr 16 - Apr 23, 2023
Starting at
2,789
Itinerary Note

This weeks offering will have a flat water raft trip on day 7 in place of the whitewater trip. Helicopter from rim at Grand Canyon West to Colorado River below on motorized pontoon rafts. Scenic float trip of 20 miles.

Apr 23 - Apr 30, 2023
Starting at
2,789
Apr 30 - May 7, 2023
Starting at
2,789
Sep 17 - Sep 24, 2023
Starting at
2,789
Oct 1 - Oct 8, 2023
Starting at
2,789
Itinerary Note

This week's offering will have a flat water raft trip on day 7 in place of the whitewater trip. Helicopter from rim at Grand Canyon West to Colorado River below on motorized pontoon rafts. Scenic float trip of 20 miles.

At a Glance

Experience the depth and majesty of Grand Canyon from both rim and river. Take not one but two different yet equally spectacular raft trips on the Colorado River, book-ending the incomparable Grand Canyon. Enjoy a smooth water float beneath the towering cliffs of Glen Canyon, alighting where the Canyon officially begins at Lee’s Ferry. Then explore the Canyon from the heights of Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim with its sweeping panoramas and historic village. The adventure culminates with a thrilling helicopter ride in the mile-deep canyon and a white water raft trip (or flat water on select dates) through remote western Grand Canyon.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Daily walking of up to a mile, primary flat and on well maintained trails, longer excursions available during independent time. 37-mile whitewater adventure on motorized pontoon raft (you will get wet!) followed by helicopter ride to Grand Canyon rim. Elevations up to 7,000 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Enjoy two rafting adventures on the mighty Colorado River, and a helicopter ride between the rim and canyon floor.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the local geology while spending two nights inside the Grand Canyon's South Rim.
  • Experience Southwestern landscapes and Native American lifeways along the vast Navajo and Hualapai Reservations.
Featured Expert
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Matt Turner
Since he decided to attend high school in Southwest Colorado, Matt Turner has been in love with the natural wonders of the Four Corners region prompting him to obtain a degree in Natural History from Prescott College. In addition to working as a field biologist and ecological consultant, he is an avid photographer, leads trips throughout the Southwest, across rivers and in the backcountry. As a naturalist, he hopes to impart a unique perspective of the region's natural environment in all of its visitors.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Since he decided to attend high school in Southwest Colorado, Matt Turner has been in love with the natural wonders of the Four Corners region prompting him to obtain a degree in Natural History from Prescott College. In addition to working as a field biologist and ecological consultant, he is an avid photographer, leads trips throughout the Southwest, across rivers and in the backcountry. As a naturalist, he hopes to impart a unique perspective of the region's natural environment in all of its visitors.
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Karlyn Bunting grew up in Page, Arizona, after the construction of Glen Canyon Dam – at the heart of what is commonly called the Grand Circle. He loves to hike and explore the many natural wonders of the region, and is deeply interested those who traveled this region prior to our modern day — from the Ancestral Puebloans to the Mormon migrations. Karlyn is also an avid photographer and storyteller, and enjoys sharing his unique and multi-faceted perspective of the Colorado Plateau.
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Carrie Calisay Cannon is a member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma and also is of Oglala Lakota descent. She has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Resource Management. She is currently employed as an Ethnobotanist for the Hualapai Department of Cultural Resources. She administers a number of department projects and programs which promote the intergenerational teaching of Hualapai ethnobotanical knowledge. She works towards ensuring tribal ethnobotanical knowledge persists as a living practice and tradition.
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A native of the Deep South, Tracy Kee grew up primarily in Tennessee. During her time living in Italy and teaching English, she met her full-blood Navajo husband, Eric, while he was teaching English to Italians. In 2007, after marrying, Tracy moved to the Navajo reservation. Tracy teaches part-time business and computer classes at Diné College in Tuba City, Ariz., where they currently reside. They have three children and enjoy a variety of outdoor recreational activities in northern Arizona.
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Eric Kee was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in Tuba, City, Ariz. In addition to sharing his Navajo culture, Eric enjoys spending his spare time building Native American flutes, working with silver and enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping with his family. He met his wife in Florence, Italy during his three years teaching English and working Italian camps for kids. He, along with his wife and three children, currently reside in Tuba City, Arizona.
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Kristin Hooten has spent the majority of her life in the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona. She earned a bachelor's degree in Parks and Recreation Management with an emphasis in Outdoor Education and Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Kristin has worked in the outdoor industry in different capacities and enjoys her ongoing education with the surrounding region. When not in the office or field, she is found enjoying the great outdoors either on a paddleboard or in her camper.
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Christopher Eaves has called the Southwest home for the past two decades, exploring the wild lands and rivers of the region. After teaching middle school math and science for 15 years, he joined Road Scholar to continue his ongoing passion for promoting learning. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Western University of Colorado and a master’s in Education from Northern Arizona University. Chris's hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, and traveling the globe with his spouse and children.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis
by Glennon, Robert
In the middle of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas casinos use billions of gallons of water for fountains, pirate lagoons, wave machines, and indoor canals. Meanwhile, the town of Orme, Tennessee, must truck in water from Alabama because it has literally run out. Robert Glennon captures the irony—and tragedy—of America’s water crisis in a book that is both frightening and wickedly comical. Unquenchable reveals the heady extravagances and everyday inefficiencies that are sucking the nation dry.
Living at the Edge: Explorers, Exploiters, and Settlers of the Grand Canyon Region
by Anderson, Michael F
A comprehensive look at the pioneer history of the Grand Canyon Region, from its earliest residents to the creation of the national park at the end of the pioneer era (circa 1920). Included are close to two hundred historic photographs, many never published before, and 12 custom maps of the region. 184pp
Half Broke Horses
by Walls, Jeannette
This true life novel unfolds across Northern Arizona from the 1920s to the 1960s. Its heroine, Lily Casey Smith, battled the elements, prejudices, economic conditions and politics of remote frontier Arizona. Many of the locations described - Peach Springs, Seligman, Flagstaff, the Navajo Reservation, the Arizona Strip - are sites visited by NAU Road Scholar programs. Readers of this selection will feel the sense of heritage from this tale of life in our distant corner of America.
The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons
by Powell, John Wesley
Full text of Powell's 1,000-mile expedition down the fabled Colorado in 1869. Superb account of terrain, geology, vegetation, Indians, famine, mutiny, treacherous rapids, mighty canyons. 240 illustrations. 432pp
Introduction to Grand Canyon Geology
by Price, L Greer
This overview of Grand Canyon geology is perfect for the first-time visitor or the seasoned Grand Canyon traveler. Chapters cover the basic priciples of geology, the history of geological exploration at Grand Canyon, the canyon's structural features, and the Colorado River. Includes over 70 photos and illustrations, an index, and glossary. 63pp
Breaking Into the Current: Boatwomen of the Grand Canyon
by Teal, Louise
This book profiles eleven of the first full-season Grand Canyon boatwomen, weaving together their various experiences in their own words. Breaking Into the Current is a story of romance between women and a place. Each woman tells a part of every Canyon boatwoman's story: when Marilyn Sayre talks about leaving the Canyon, when Ellen Tibbets speaks of crew camaraderie, or when Martha Clark recalls the thrill of white water, each tells how all were involved in the same romance. All the boatwomen have stories to tell of how they first came to the Canyon and why they stayed. As river guides in love with the Canyon and their work, these women have followed their hearts. 178pp





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