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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 (4.94)
Program No. 2805RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,099
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
2,099
Program No. 2805 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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May 9 - May 16, 2021
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Sep 12 - Sep 19, 2021
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Sep 19 - Sep 26, 2021
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DATES & starting prices
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May 9 - May 16, 2021
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2,549
Sep 12 - Sep 19, 2021
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2,549
Sep 19 - Sep 26, 2021
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2,549

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 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 at a newly-remodeled lodge.
  • Immerse yourself in Navajo culture as you journey through part of their reservation with a local 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.
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.
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
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
There's This River... Grand Canyon Boatman Stories
by Christa Sadler
An anthology of stories and artwork produced entirely by the river guiding community of Grand Canyon. Often hilarious, sometimes bittersweet and always entertaining, these true tales tell the stories of a landscape, a lifestyle and a unique community.
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.
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.
Grand Canyon: A History of a Natural Wonder and National Park
by Don Lago
The Grand Canyon has long inspired deep emotions and responses. For the Native Americans who lived there, the canyon was home, full of sacred meanings. For the first European settlers to see it, the canyon drove them to great exploration adventures. Yet the canyon held an even deeper importance for America's pioneer conservationists such as Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir, and Aldo Leopold, and it played a central role in the emerging environmental movement. Many vivid characters shaped the canyon's past. It's largest story is one of cultural history and changing American visions of the land. This book is a mixture of great story-telling, unlikely characters, and important ideas. It will appeal to anyone interested in gaining a broader understanding of the canyon.
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
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4.94 Average
(5)

This trip gave me a wonderful way to explore the Grand Canyon, both its natural and human history and to experience it first hand on and below the rim. Our leader, Don Lago, has an extensive knowledge of the Canyon and was eager to share it with our group. Two rafting trips on the Colorado River, a beautiful still water float and an exciting white water adventure (We sure did get wet!) made this trip an experience of a lifetime.

(4)

I enjoyed this educational journey very much. I learned a lot and had fun in the process. Our group leader, Don, was superb.

(5)

This was our first Road Scholar trip, and our first time to Grand Canyon. We had an incredible time. Very different from our ususal vacations. Mush more in depth, rather than here it is, now lets get on to next destination.

(5)

We thoroughly enjoyed the program and will look at other Road Scholar programs as we make travel plans. Seeing the Grand Canyon was on our "bucket list." Doing this with Road Scholar eliminated a lot of planning and hassle. The trip leader and bus driver kept the group organized and informed. The places we stayed all had a comfortable bed in a clean, pleasant room. The activity level on the trip was comfortable for us, reasonably active seniors. There was no pressure to participate in every activity and lecture. Options were offered for those who might have difficulty. We learned much about the diversity of life in Arizona and about how Native Americans use wild plants. I highly recommend this program.

(5)

A trip of a life time. If you care about our planet and specifically about our country, this is an important experience for you.

(5)

This program is quite exciting, interesting and educational. I loved the experience on the river and learned so very much about the culture of Northern Arizona, especially Native American culture. I highly recommend it. Our two guides were wonderful, very knowledgable people who went to considerable lengths to ensure that the needs of all participants were met.

(5)

Outstanding program! I feel like I experienced the Grand Canyon in most every way possible! The final day was awesome!

(5)

This program exceeded my expectations! We had so much fun on both rafting days and learned so much in the process. We covered a lot of area this week, but the trips were comfortable. I enjoyed staying in the Grand Canyon National Park and being able to get around after the introductory tour. Definitely recommend this trip for anyone wanting more than just a quick trip to the Grand Canyon.

(5)

Everything came together so good for this adventure; the participants, the leaders, the weather, accommodations, the timing. It was strenuous in parts, but we all made it w/o a scratch and was well worth the effort!

(5)

Best trip I have been on so far. The smooth water float on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon on Monday, 4/15 was amazing. Met many good friends and beautiful lodges we stayed at were really educational. Hopi House at the south rim held so many beautiful turquois pieces that it was hard to know which one I should buy. The one I really liked the most was $680, which I could not afford. Bruce and Amanda were excellent guides and very knowledgeable about the area we traveled. Karen Landis, Arizona cowboy gave a hour and half lecture on ranching in Arizona. Wish I could have recorded her words. She was excellent. She needs to write a book about that hour and half talk and use graphics to show what she wrote on the blackboard. I took notes, but didn't have time to draw. Will need to pick out another Grand Canyon trip. Maybe one in the fall sometime around Sept/Oct and see what the difference in weather might be. Once I print my photos, I will relive the trip and be more convinced I need to go again. The only thing I lost somewhere along the way was my black jacket liner with pair of gloves in the pockets. Guess it gives me a chance to buy a new coat. Tiny price to pay for such a wonderful trip to the Grand Canyon. Thanks for those memories folks! Grace

(5)

Great program! Hiking, rafting, and a helicopter ride into the Canyon. What a great way to explore the Grand Canyon from the rim to the river. So many unexpected delights along the way!

(5)

This program was absolutely wonderful. The sights, the education, the guides, the whole experience was a life highlight. This trip opens your eyes to the absolute vastness of the Grand Canyon.

(5)

Excellent trip for viewing the Grand Canyon from the east, south and west, and also from the rim to the river. The Helicopter and raft rides were breathtaking and also lots of fun. We enjoyed seeing a great variety of scenery from all different perspectives and our knowledgeable guide made the trip even more meaningful and enjoyable.

(5)

The website is nicely done. It is the member portal that totally sucks

(5)

Road Scholar plans well and makes exploring the world fun and interesting. I love not having to make all the arrangements and decisions and actually spending my time learning and having a good time. Thank you Road Scholar!

(5)

Great trip, value for money. Recommend for anyone who has dreamed of seeing the Grand Canyon from different perspectives (rim, below rim, river, air).

(5)

I thoroughly enjoyed this program and would highly recommend it. It had the right balance of activities and learning experience, as well as some free time built in. All the Road Scholar staff were welcoming and open to questions, and shared their passion for the sights and the local people.






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