Hiking between 4 and 6 miles at Chocolate Cliffs; approx. 7 hours total; about 700 feet of elevation gain; off-trail terrain in a wilderness setting; scrambling up/down hillsides, uneven footing and loose rocks at times. Minimal driving for the day.
At the lodge restaurant, we’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet featuring hot and cold items including eggs, potatoes, meat, pancakes, oatmeal, fruit, and yogurt, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Setting out from the lodge, we’ll transfer to the Chocolate Cliffs for a hike up to the base of the cliffs by using abandoned road beds and rocky routes. As we reach the wall, we’ll discover 1,000 year old petroglyphs, ancient petrified logs, and jaw dropping views of the Vermilion and Echo Cliffs. The majority of this hike will be off-trail with potential for new discoveries and scenic vistas around every corner. This is a true "off the beaten path" adventure and a favorite of local experts.
Along the trail, we’ll stop at a pleasant spot to enjoy our sack lunches. Meal items such as sandwiches, chips, fruit, and cookie will rotate throughout the week.
We’ll continue our hike through incredible scenery until making our way back to the vans and returning to the lodge.
Lodge plated meal.
In the meeting room adjacent to the restaurant, we’ll then learn about the challenges and successes of the California condor reintroduction project, as presented by a biologist from the Peregrine Fund, the lead organization for the reintroduction effort. The California condor reintroduction release site and holding pens are located just down the road from Marble Canyon Lodge atop the Vermilion Cliffs and is at the center of this multi-agency recovery effort.