Driving approx. 268 miles total throughout the day, about 5 hours, with stops: about 190 miles to Cameron; 78 miles from Cameron to Page. Minimal walking throughout the day; up to 2 hours on our feet; mostly flat terrain.
At the hotel, enjoy a hearty buffet meal including eggs to order, breakfast meats, cereals, muffins, whole grain breads, and fruit, plus milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
Once checked out of the hotel, we’ll make our way to Page Arizona via Flagstaff and Cameron. We’ll marvel at the change of life zones and scenery as we move from the Sonora Desert to the Colorado Plateau travelling past the San Francisco Peaks Volcanic Field and the site of Arizona’s highest point – Humphreys Peak – which reaches an elevation of 12,633 feet. As we drive, our expert naturalist will introduce us to the regional geography and natural history. We’ll then arrive at Cameron Trading Post, located on the western edge of the Navajo Reservation, in time for lunch. Set on the banks of the Little Colorado River, the Trading Post is a welcome stop.
At the Cameron Trading Post, we’ll order plated meals from a standard lunch menu. You may wish to sample the famous “Navajo Taco” – a light crispy fry bread loaded with traditional taco toppings – plus lemonade, coffee, tea, water. No alcohol is served on the Navajo reservation.
Next, we will have some time to explore the historic 1916 Cameron Trading Post independently. The Trading Post features a beautiful hidden garden, an in-house Navajo rug weaver, and interesting stone architecture. Continuing to Page, Arizona, via the dramatic Vermilion Cliffs, we’ll gaze at the incredible red rock vistas and features at every turn. Upon arrival at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center and Glen Canyon Dam, we will get our geographical bearings by gathering around a large regional map of the area with an expert who will point out significant features and landmarks. Afterwards, there will be time to independently explore the Visitor Center displays, videos, and the views of Glen Canyon Dam at the head of the 275 mile long Lake Powell. Completed in 1963, this engineering marvel was one of the Bureau of Reclamation's crowning achievements. Controversy has never been far behind its completion because the effects of its operation have had adverse effects on the downstream Grand Canyon environment, and on the flooding of the spectacular Glen Canyon upstream. Afterwards, we’ll complete our transfer to Page in the mid-afternoon and check in to the hotel.
In the hotel, we’ll have a catered buffet dinner with beverage choices of coffee, iced tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
We will then be joined in the hotel meeting room by a regional expert for a lively presentation on the history and challenges of Colorado River water management and use.