7704
Arizona
Hiking Granite Gorge and Havasupai
Granite Gorge and Havasupai are some of the best-kept secrets in the Grand Canyon. Come hike these lesser-known wonders as you learn their story, from prehistory to today.
Program No. 7704RJ
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check in, Program Registration, Dinner & Orientation.
Peach Springs, AZ
D
Hualapai Lodge

Afternoon: Check-in: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m. Program Registration: Anytime between 5:00 – 5:30 p.m., come over to the Road Scholar desk, located in the hotel meeting room on second floor above the lobby, to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, other important information we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and place of the session. If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the front desk. Orientation: We will gather in our private meeting room after dinner. where the Group leader will greet you with a warm welcoming and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Travel throughout the week will be in 9 passenger vans. Throughout the program, your naturalist Group Leader will describe and explain aspects such as geology, geography, human, and natural history as we pass though spectacular scenery. 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: Dinner at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant will be served buffet style with salad, an entree, sides and dessert each night. Self serve ice tea and water pitchers will be placed on the tables with coffee available upon request. Note that alcohol is not served or sold on the Hualapai and Havasupai Reservations.

Evening: After dinner, your Northern Arizona University Road Scholar coordinator will lead an orientation session. With your fellow participants, you will review the week's itinerary and there will be a question and answer session afterward. The orientation will conclude with participant introductions.

DAY
2
Western Grand Canyon Hike on Hualapai Reservation.
Peach Springs, AZ
B,L,D
Hualapai Lodge

Activity note: Travel one hour on the 20 mile dirt Diamond Creek Road. The road is well traveled but rough in sections.TONTO RIM HIKE: Hike time approximately 6 hours. Round trip distance: 6 miles. 500 foot ascent to Tonto Plateau then "trail" meanders along the canyon rim. A short but steep (~150 feet) and rocky side canyon will need to be negotiated. Expect uneven footing and varied terrain throughout the week.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant. Meals are served buffet style and include typical entree selections such as scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, oatmeal, cereals, muffins, yogurt, etc.

Morning: Depart after breakfast for an all-day hike in Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Indian Nation lands. Our hike will be located in the western Grand Canyon in the Peach Springs Canyon / Diamond Creek area. Today's hike will be on an open plateau. Our hike will take us away from the masses in a wilderness location. Intimate inner Grand Canyon experiences and distant rim views will delight and challenge both the moderate and seasoned hiker. The Tonto Rim Hike is the planned hike for the day. This hike offers spectacular canyon and Colorado River views. If extreme high temperatures are in the forecast then the Diamond Creek hike will be offered due to very little shade present on the Tonto Rim. DIAMOND CREEK HIKE: Round trip distance: 5 miles. You WILL be walking in ankle deep water. Hiking boots needed due to the rocky nature of the stream bed. We will cross the creek dozens of times. Diamond Creek offers unique riparian habitat and an "inner canyon" experience. Both hikes are equally spectacular, challenging and rewarding.

Lunch: Sack lunches along the trail. Sandwich, chips, cookie, fruit and carrots or grapes. Cold drinks available upon return to vans after hike.

Afternoon: Continue hike. Once we return to the vans we will drive the last 1.5 miles of the Diamond Creek Road to the Colorado River. A perfect time for a photo op and to dip your toe in the cold river. Return to Hualapai Lodge in late afternoon.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the Hualapai Lodge.

Evening: The group will gather for an orientation and prep talk on hiking down to the village of Supai in the morning. A complete review of packing strategies, hiking tips, distances, clothing and personal gear needed will be discussed. NOTE: On the day that the group hikes down to Supai Village we will consolidate personal items into larger duffle bags to be carried to the Havasupai Lodge by horses. We will only be at the Havasupai Lodge for two nights so we will plan on minimizing what we pack down. Bring a small nylon stuff sack or trash bag to put your personal gear in. No hard sided luggage for the horse packs. For the hike down we will use our day packs to carry our lunch, water, personal gear and wet weather outer wear.

DAY
3
8 mile hike to Supai Village. Check in: Havasupai Lodge.
Supai (Havasupai Indian Reservation)
B,L,D
Havasupai Lodge

Activity note: Drive 70 miles (1.5 hours) to Hualapai Hilltop Trailhead (elevation 5200 feet). Total hike time approx. 5 hours. Distance to village of Supai is 8 miles with a total elevation loss of 2,000 feet. First two miles consists of a switch back trail and the greatest loss of elevation (1,200 feet). The trail then follows a normally dry canyon floor for 4 miles at a relatively gentle stream gradient. For the last 2 miles into the village of Supai the trail is on a relatively level dirt path.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant.

Morning: Morning chores will include storing extra luggage in storage room, bringing personal duffles to staging area (overnight luggage will be carried to the Havasupai Lodge by pack horse), and checking out of the Lodge after breakfast. Depart for Hualapai Hilltop (70 mile drive). Begin hike. There will be one hike leader monitoring the middle to front of the line and one hike leader as sweep. The entire hike offers world class scenery and allows you to experience the Grand Canyon without the masses of people you might find in the National Park.

Lunch: Sack lunches along the trail.

Afternoon: Arrive in the village of Supai and check into Havasupai Lodge. After check in, retrieve personal gear from the duffles and settle in. The lodge provides a simple, yet comfortable place from which to explore the waterfalls and features of Havasupai Canyon. A time will be set for the group to meet in the lodge courtyard to depart for dinner.

Dinner: Plated dinner at Havasupai Cafe. The cafe will offer up and introduce you to the famous "Indian Taco" - a light, crispy fry bread loaded with traditional taco toppings. It's a memorable experience! Ice tea, lemonade, juices and sodas will be available. Alcohol is not allowed on the reservation.

Evening: After dinner, the group will gather for an informal meeting in the lodge courtyard to recap the days events and prepare for tomorrow's outing to Havasu and Mooney Falls.

DAY
4
Hike to Havasupai Waterfalls & Evening Meeting.
Supai (Havasupai Indian Reservation)
B,L,D
Havasupai Lodge

Activity note: Havasupai Lodge to Mooney Falls (end of campground): 5 miles round trip on established trails. 400 feet elevation loss and gain. 7 hours in the field.

Breakfast: For the next two mornings breakfast will be prepared and served in the Havasupai Lodge courtyard by the Road Scholar staff. We will offer breakfast burritos, apple sauce and instant oatmeal the first morning and Oatmeal, cereals, pastries, nuts and fruit etc. for the second breakfast. Coffee, hot teas and hot chocolate, will be available. Immediately following breakfast participants will make their own sack lunches from a variety of lunch offerings put out by the staff. Lunch items will include PB+J, salami and cheese, apples, cookies, crackers, granola bars, raisins and stuff.

Morning: Depart after breakfast for an all-day hiking trip along Havasu Creek to the world famous, photogenic Havasupai waterfalls. This is the reward for all our effort! Revel in the deep blue green water of Havasu Falls as it drops 100 feet to sculpted travertine pools below. Mooney Falls, the highest at nearly 200 feet is equally stunning and dramatic. Your coordinator, well versed in the local flora and fauna and natural history of the area will share valuable information with the group. Side trips to other area features and free time to explore the village of Supai will be offered.

Lunch: Sack lunches along the trail.

Afternoon: After lunch your hike leader will offer an excursion to the base of Mooney Falls. This GUIDED activity entails negotiating a series of uneven steps (rock footholds) with chains for handholds. The steps lead to a series of large wooden ladders and the base of the falls and return. Other available activities include lingering and relaxing at Havasu Falls or the newly formed Little Navajo Falls. Relax, take photos and leisurely return to the village and Havasupai Lodge in late afternoon.

Dinner: Plated dinner at Havasupai Cafe.

Evening: In the lobby of the Lodge will be a scheduled talk from a Havasupai tribal member who will share their knowledge and stories with the group.

DAY
5
Havasupai Hike Out Day. Program Wrap up.
Peach Springs, AZ
B,L,D
Hualapai Lodge

Activity note: Retrace steps from Havasupai Lodge to Hualapai Hilltop. 5 + hours hiking time. 8 miles. 2,000 feet elevation gain.

Breakfast: Breakfast prepared and served in the Havasupai Lodge courtyard by the Road Scholar staff. Immediately following breakfast participants will make their own sack lunches from a variety of lunch offerings put out by the staff.

Morning: Check out of Havasupai Lodge by 8 AM and depart for Hualapai Hilltop. We will retrace our steps and hike 8 miles (with a cumulative elevation gain of 2000 feet) to the trailhead. Hiking out of the canyon on your own two feet will be the best and most rewarding option – so continue to get into good physical shape and be prepared for the hike out. NOTE: Check the seasonal helicopter schedule below to see if flight service out of the canyon is available and an option on your trip. Helicopter flights (approx. $85) are on a first come first serve basis (hikers fly after tribal members and employees of the tribe though). Reservations are not taken. Havasupai horseback rides are also available for hire for $100 and can be arranged through your hike leader . AIRWEST HELICOPTER SCHEDULE: (Summer Operation: March 15 - October 15) Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Friday. (Winter Operation: October 16 - March 14) Sunday and Friday

Lunch: Sack lunches along the trail.

Afternoon: Arrive at Hualapai Hilltop trailhead and travel 1.5 hours back to Hualapai Lodge, arriving in late afternoon for check-in. Retrieve personal gear from storage room.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the Hualapai Lodge.

Evening: A final evening get together for a program wrap up and reflections on the week's adventures in hotel meeting room.

DAY
6
Departure Day.
Departures
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Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the Hualapai Lodge.

Morning: Program ends at 8:00 AM. Hotel check out by 11:00 a.m. Van Go shuttle riders depart for Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by 8:00 a.m. 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!






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