6114
Lake Powell
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.
Program No. 6114RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Lake Powell, AZ
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Page Courtyard by Marriott

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 over to the Road Scholar desk located in the hotel conference room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. 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. There is limited free time in this program so if you would like to explore the area in greater depth on your own, we suggest you arrive prior to your program or stay after to do so. The Group Leader will always 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 full day ahead.

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

Activity note: Today's hikes total approximately 6 - 7 miles in length with 700' of elevation change. Trails will be largely packed dirt and well maintained with some sandy sections. Exploration of the "Toadstools" offers opportunity for some off-trail rock scrambling (use of hands required to navigate the rocks).

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

Morning: Today we will take a few different hikes 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 choice of cold cut or veggie sandwich, fruit, granola bar, chips, and water.

Afternoon: We’ll drive to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Our hike will be about 3.85 miles round trip with a 500' 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. We’ll then return to the hotel with time to freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: Enjoy 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
Page Courtyard by Marriott

Activity note: Today's hike will total approximately 5 - 6 miles. Terrain ranges from rock to sand to scree and will again include some rock scrambling (limited use of hands needed to navigate off-trail exploration). Driving a total of about 45 miles, approx. 1 hour.

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, Jacob's Tank, 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: Continuing our hike, we’ll finish up and return to the hotel in the mid afternoon.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

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

DAY
4
Slot Canyons, Waterholes Canyon, Giant's Pocket
Lake Powell, AZ
B,L,D
Page Courtyard by Marriott

Activity note: Morning: Hiking about 2.5 miles; approx. 3 hours; rocky terrain in narrow slot canyons, sandstone, dirt paths. Afternoon: Hiking 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. Driving a total of approx. 100 miles; about 2 hours. 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: After transferring from the hotel, we’ll set out to explore the twisting confines and marvelous convolutions of Waterholes Canyon. Not far from its more famous cousin, Antelope Canyon, we will be immediately impressed that such a beautiful place exists away from the crowding of others.

Lunch: Sack lunches on the trail.

Afternoon: Then, we’ll travel by van west towards the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument for hikes to Crustacean Alley, Blue Pool Arch and the Giant's Pocket. 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, led by our program Coordinator, we’ll visit the Big Water BLM Visitor Center and 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 Hike, Birthday Arch, Musical Performance
Lake Powell, AZ
B,L,D
Page Courtyard by Marriott

Activity note: Hiking approximately 6 miles over the course of the entire day; minimal elevation change, some sandy washes, some inclines up short, steep rock surfaces. The optional hike up an impressive arch for those who desire is about 1/8 of a mile in distance, but steep and exposed. Driving approx. 40 miles; about 1 hour total.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After transferring from the hotel, we’ll hike through a beautiful wash called Bucktank Draw. 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 & Entrada rock dotted with juniper and other greenery at slightly higher elevations. We’ll climb out and enjoy a rest beneath Birthday Arch.

Lunch: In Bucktank Draw, we’ll enjoy sack lunches where we find comfortable perches on rain-smoothed slickrock or under rustling Fremont cottonwoods.

Afternoon: For those who wish to join in, we’ll climb to the top of Birthday Arch led by our Group Leader. Those who would prefer not to climb to the summit, feel free to relax and enjoy the panoramic vista. We’ll then return to trailhead and the vans the way we came over the colorful slickrock and amazing views. This is an “off the beaten path” hike not found in many hiking books!

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

Evening: At the hotel, enjoy a musical performance of song and guitar by our very talented Program Coordinator. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Departures
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Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!