Drive is about 190 miles to Cameron; 78 miles from Cameron to Page.
At the hotel, enjoy a hearty meal including eggs to order, breakfast meats, cereals, muffins, whole grain breads, and fruit, plus coffee, tea, juices, water.
Our day begins by checking out of the hotel and departing for Page Arizona via Flagstaff and Cameron. Marvel at the change of life zones and scenery as we move from the Sonora Desert Colorado Plateau. Travel past the San Francisco Peaks Volcanic Field and the site of Arizona’s highest point – Humphreys Peak reaching an elevation of 12,633 feet. As we drive, our expert naturalist will introduce us to the regional geography and natural history. Arrive at Cameron Trading Post, located on the western edge of the Navajo Reservation, in the late morning with some time to explore and stretch your legs. Set on the banks of the seasonally drive Little Colorado River, the Trading Post has a beautiful hidden garden, an in-house Navajo rug weaver, and interesting stone architecture drawing from the various influences of the region.
At a local restaurant, order from a standard lunch menu or sample the famous “Navajo Taco” – a light crispy fry bread loaded with traditional taco toppings – plus coffee, tea, lemonade, water. No alcohol is served on the Navajo reservation.
Continue to Page, Arizona via the dramatic Vermilion Cliffs “cut” - incredible red rock vistas and features will be enjoyed at every turn. We will arrive at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center and Glen Canyon Dam. We’ll take time to explore the displays, a regional topographic map and take in 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 as the effects of its operation have adverse effects on the downstream Grand Canyon environment and the flooding of the spectacular Glen Canyon upstream. Mid-afternoon check in to hotel.
In the hotel, we’ll have a catered dinner with beverage choices of coffee and iced tea; other beverages available for purchase at the bar.
In the evening we will be joined by a regional expert for a presentation on a topic related to the region, its ecology, or history. Among the topics we may discuss are the California Condor reintroduction project, wildlife, or the nature and history of the Colorado River.