6114
Arizona

Hiking the Slick Rock, Slot Canyons and Red Rocks of Lake Powell

The unique geology and stunning landscapes of Lake Powell are best explored by foot. Join experts to hike and learn about this region, discovering what’s so hot about the high desert.
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Program No. 6114RJ
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Lake Powell, AZ
D
Courtyard Page at Lake Powell

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the meeting room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions in our private meeting room. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions. Transportation will be provided primarily by passenger vans, unless otherwise specified. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may be changed due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At Pepper’s Restaurant in the hotel, we’ll enjoy delicious plated entrees that will vary nightly and always include salad and dessert. Coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Hanging Garden, Toadstool Valley Hikes
Lake Powell, AZ
B,L,D
Courtyard Page at Lake Powell

Activity note: Driving approx. 40 miles roundtrip; about 1 hour. Hiking a total of approx. 7 miles throughout the day; mostly maintained trails of packed dirt, some sandy sections; about 700 feet in elevation change. Exploration of the "Toadstools" offers opportunity for some off-trail rock scrambling (use of hands required to navigate the rocks).

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a hot buffet with choices including an egg dish, breakfast meats, potatoes, fresh fruit, toast, and a variety of hot and cold cereals, plus juice, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Throughout the day we will take a few different hikes with our Group Leader to get a taste of the amazing country that surrounds us. We’ll reach the trailheads by passenger van and, starting with a hike along the Hanging Garden Trail, we’ll get acquainted us with local landmarks, plants, slickrock hiking techniques, and the desert vegetation phenomenon known as "hanging gardens.”

Lunch: In the field, we’ll have healthy sack lunches including a choice of cold cut or veggie sandwich, fruit, granola bar, chips, and water.

Afternoon: We’ll then drive to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Our hike will be about 3.85 miles roundtrip with a 500-foot elevation change as it showcases fantastic hoodoos called The Toadstools. Hoodoos are unique geological formations produced by drainage resulting in tall spindly towers of rock. At the conclusion of our hike, we’ll then return to the hotel with time to freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: In the hotel conference room, we’ll be joined by a local expert for a presentation on the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition of 1776, which passed through this area. The two Franciscan priests were trying to establish an overland route between Santa Fe (in present-day New Mexico) and Monterey, California.

DAY
3
Hiking Lake Powell Area, Carl Hayden V.C.
Lake Powell, AZ
B,L,D
Courtyard Page at Lake Powell

Activity note: Driving approx. 45 miles roundtrip, about 1 hour. Hiking a total of approx. 6 miles throughout the day; terrain includes rock, sand, and scree, plus some rock scrambling to navigate off-trail exploration.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Our hike today will be the coordinator's choice based on the abilities of the group, weather conditions and the latest information regarding local circumstances. In the past, hikes on this day have included Twin Pinnacles, Lost Pete Canyon or the Lee's Ferry area. Regardless of which trail we take, it will be another opportunity to stretch our legs and explore this wondrous landscape of rock and sky.

Lunch: Sack lunches on the trail.

Afternoon: After finishing up our hike in the mid-afternoon, we will take the opportunity to visit The Carl Hayden Visitor Center residing on top of the Glen Canyon Dam. This stop will provide a great opportunity for us to learn about the challenges of storing and providing reliable water to the citizens of the southwest, as well as provide a fantastic geologic overview. After seeing some of the exhibits with our Group Leader, who will offer enlightening commentary, we will then have some time for independent exploration. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: In the hotel conference room, we’ll attend an expert-led presentation on Navajo culture.

DAY
4
Jacob's Tank, Giant's Pocket
Lake Powell, AZ
B,L,D
Courtyard Page at Lake Powell

Activity note: Driving approx. 45 miles roundtrip; about 1.5 hours total. Morning hike is about 2.5 miles; approx. 3 hours; rocky terrain in narrow slot canyons, sandstone, dirt paths. Afternoon hike is about 3 miles; approx. 2.5 hours; some sandy and gravelly terrain, use of feet, hands, shoulders, etc. to navigate narrow passages to Giant’s Pocket. Be sure to wear your roughest clothes—long pants and long-sleeved shirt—because we will be in narrow spaces and they will minimize discomfort.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Today we explore more of the jaw dropping scenery that surrounds with two different hikes. We start with a hike into the "Jacob's Tank" area.The trail is impressive from the start with the full array of the red sandstone strata that we will be getting familiar with by now. Some of the trail is sandy, some of it a broad expanse of Carmel and Entrada rock dotted with juniper and other greenery at slightly higher elevations.

Lunch: Sack lunches on the trail.

Afternoon: Then, we’ll travel a short distance by van to the Giant's Pocket area. Near Big Water, Utah, we’ll venture into an off-the-beaten-path slot canyon and negotiate our way through these unique rock formations. With so much adventure, we’ll depart feeling like happy kids! After the hike, we’ll visit the Big Water BLM Visitor Center led by our Group Leader and see its exhibits on recent dinosaur discoveries in the rich geologic strata.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy festive Mexican plated meals from a select menu plus chips and salsa while we discuss the hikes. Coffee, tea and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. You may wish to explore the local area on your own or simply relax at the hotel. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

DAY
5
Bucktank Draw, Birthday Arch, Musical Performance
Lake Powell, AZ
B,L,D
Courtyard Page at Lake Powell

Activity note: Driving approx. 40 miles; about 1 hour total. Hiking approx. 6 miles throughout the day; minimal elevation change, some sandy washes, some inclines up short, steep rock surfaces.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After transferring from the hotel, we’ll hike the "Bucktank Draw" area. More sandy trails, a little red rock scrambling, and a sandstone arch to explore from above and below. Then, we will explore a short box canyon located on the opposite side of the canyon which is fairly easy to spot from the arch. It is worth the cross-country trek to see this very narrow, short slot canyon..

Lunch: Sack lunches on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue the morning explorations with getting back to the van around 3:30 p.m. We’ll then return to the trail head and go back to our hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy tasty plated meals and standard beverages for our farewell dinner. Share some of your favorite experiences and achievements from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a musical performance of song and guitar by our very talented Group Leader. The remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes, Independent Departures
Lake Powell, AZ
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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