8718
Arizona/Utah
On the Road: Absolute Southwest — A Canyonlands Adventure
This one has it all – three iconic National Parks, two National Monuments, a raft trip on the Colorado, a Jeep trip in Monument Valley and quintessential S.W. landscapes throughout!
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Program No. 8718RJ
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12 days
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Diane
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I found this trip to be quite incredible. One of the reason the trip was incredible was due to our trip leader, Dave Hall. His depth of knowledge on geology, particularly the Southwest, was obvious. But he made the learning experience powerful in that he could judge his audience in regard to our level of knowledge. Thus, he explained things in terms that all of us could understand. His love for this part of our country was clear. But what was really a winner was that he was funny and personable. He also worked very well with our bus driver, George, who was not just a bus driver. He was always on top of all needed details. What was also special was that he was always personable and a great guitar player and singer which we heard one night. 3/4ths the way through our trip, Joanna Joseph joined the trip who was similar to Dave- knowledgeable and personable as well as a great folk singer. The trip worked well because all three worked well together. I also loved the fact that when we were in Monument Valley and going down the Colorado river near Glen Canyon that we had Navajo guides. Their love of the land and willingness to share personal cultural and spiritual stories made the trip so special. I truly gained a much better sense of the Navajo culture than i had before. I thought the hotels were all good especially the one we stayed in when we were in Sedona and Zion National Park. The others were more than adequate. That was true of the food as well. One thing that I would recommend is that less printed marketing materials are sent out. Many of us are also environmentalists and getting this level of marketing seems wasteful. I think you should give people the option to receive marketing material electronically. The scale of the marketing is the one thing that seems inconsistant with Road Scholars non-for-profit status. But overall, i plan on doing more Road Scholar tours and have recommended this particular one to several friends.
David
(5)
I'd rate this trip an 11 out of 10!
William
(5)
Great Trip! Got a lot of bang for the buck, very informative and scenic
David
(5)
This trip provided the perfect opportunity to share an experience with like minded people who appreciate Nature and this country's beautiful Southwest. We had visited the places we visited on this trip on our own but this time we shared it with others and acquired knowledge and information from our group leader and others we never would have acquired on our own
Doug
(5)
This was a fantastic trip and a great value. Matt, Joanna and Alex (our driver) were all excellent. I would recommend this trip to all of my friends and I can’t wait to book another journey with Road Scholar.
Constantine
(5)
This trip is accurately listed as a best value! If you haven't seen these sites, I don't know of a better way to do it unless walking a mile or so on an excursion has become an impossible achievement. The sights are truly amazing even if you have to do it at a slower pace as I did. The staff was very accommodating to encourage participation.
Mary Jo
(5)
The Southwest Canyonlands experience was a wonderful way to see some of our country's best features! Overall great experience.
Margaret
(5)
This was the trip of a lifetime, every day was better than the day before, yet every day was the best day! Landscape, history, culture, geology, accommodations, transportation (Mike), leadership (Jeff), friendships made, all exceptional. I'll definitely be doing another RS program.
Matthew
(5)
The trip was wonderful. It exceeded my expectations. I will do another soon.
Ivy
(5)
This Canyonland trip exceeded my expectations I will definitely recommend it to my friends.
SING Y.
(5)
The Absolute Southwest A Canyonlands Adventure tour, that we recently went on, is definitely one of the best trips we have ever experienced. We could never have packed in so many wonderful attractions for the price we paid, if we had to plan the trip ourselves. Sing Chung
Paula
(5)
Just returned from the Absolute Southwest-A Canyonlands Adventure. It was a wonderful program packed with awesome places to visit, and a wealth of information about the beautiful Southwest part of this country. I would highly recommend this program to anyone.
Susan
(5)
This was my third Road Scholar program, and the best yet! Can't beat the itinerary: the grandeur and beauty of the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Sedona, and Antelope Canyon, plus extras like an all-day jeep exploration of Monument Valley and lesser-known but even more interesting Mystery Valley, and a peaceful raft ride through spectacular Glen Canyon. Any single day would have made this a worthwhile trip; to have day after day of incredible experiences was amazing. Group leader Jeff Strang from Northern Arizona University was exceptional: knowledgeable and personable, he made sure we learned a lot but we had fun doing it, and as usual, we enjoyed the company of our fellow Road Scholars. Trip of a lifetime that exceeded my high expectations!
Grace
(5)
What an adventure! A busload of folks equipped with curiosity, eagerness and gumption, we made our way from Phoenix north, through sites of astounding geology and ancient human habitation. Matt, our learned geologist guide, and Alex, our skilled and kind driver, kept us informed and comfortable. We did have some challenges! Weather, for one. A downpour while rafting on the Colorado River. A thunder storm, power outage and snow in Grand Canyon. Then a bus breakdown near Bryce. All handled with the common sense of experience. and a large dose of patience and good humor. My photos memorialize the sites, but the camaraderie will make me smile for years to come. A splendid trip. Road Scholar does it again!
Charles
(5)
Finally got to see all these magnificent sights in the Southwest USA, and learned quite a bit about them as a bonus!
Jane
(5)
A wonderful experience visiting some of the most memorable and magical locations in the natural world.
Steve
(5)
This was a wonderful, informative trip with astoundingly beautiful scenery.
Sue
(5)
This trip was an AMAZING opportunity to see Southwestern area of the US. It far exceeded my expectations!!! The expertise/knowledge shared, number and beauty of sights seen, and the opportunity to interact with and learn from Native Americans was a blessing that I will always cherish!!! Many thanks to Northern Arizona University for partnering with Road Scholar to provide this unforgettable experience!!!!
Paulette
(5)
Wonderful experience
Brian
(5)
The Canyonlands area is unique to the USA and should be on the agenda of anyone visiting the USA. The progamme not only shows the fabulous geography of this area, but also the social history, and present status, of the original, pre-European, inhabitants. Note that during "March Break" the parks will be crowded. If possible, you may want to take the tour during September or Ocotober.
Cindy
(5)
If the Grand Canyon is on your "bucket list", I strongly recommend this program!
Sylvia
(5)
A great experience with lots of variety, including a raft trip on the Colorado and Navajo-led jeep tours through the reservation canyons. A highlight of the trip was staying at Gouldings Ledge in Monument Valley.
Margaret
(5)
Programme delivered as advertised. Grand Canyon and others were very busy due to March Break. Might be better to take the programme in September or October.
Elmer
(5)
The group leader, Jeff, was friendly, helpful, approachable and knowledgeable.
Linda
(5)
This program exceeded our expections! We really wanted to return to the Grand Canyon but mainly see Bryce and Zion National Parks. Well, we were in for a surprise at how much we enjoyed Monument Valley and the Page area. Everyday was something new, beautiful, and exciting. Our stay at Gouldings was especially nice. Jeff Strang, our leader, really made the trip. He was very knowledgeable, organized and had a great sense of humor. The hikes were great and not too difficult. We were blessed with perfect weather every day! I would recommend this trip to anyone who enjoyed and appreciates the outdoors.
John
(5)
This was a great program. As a geology student, I had to memorize the stratigraphy of the Grand Canyon 50 years ago. Getting to see it finally was a bucket list experience. I only regret that my poor knees did not allow a hike down to the bottom.
Marilyn
(5)
This program provides a sampling of some of the most extraordinary and beautiful landscapes our country has to offer. It was natural beauty on steroids!
Thomas
(5)
This program was just perfect, very educational and enjoyable. A great value and excellent way to see the Canyonlands area of the southwest and to learn about its geology, history and indigenous occupants.
David
(5)
The south west Canyon trip exceeded all exceptions. We saw breath taking beautiful mountains, had great educational sessions on geology, native tribes, plants, and animals. Our guide shared stories of local history and events of the area. We will be going on more Road Scholar trips.
Beth
(5)
We loved this trip! Road Scholar far exceeded our expectations. The program was thoughtfully planned with a good balance of activities and "down" time. Our guide, Matt Turner, enriched the experience with his depth of knowledge, sense of humor and superb organizational skills! We look forward to our next Road Scholar tour!
Sarah
(5)
We just completed On The Road: Absolute Southwest- A Canyonlands Adventure (#8718OB). It was a fabulous trip with an incredible, knowledgeable and well organized leader. We saw some incredible scenery and learned so much about the history and geology of the area. I would recommend this trip to everyone.
Marjorie
(5)
Covers a lot of ground, but comfortably, in an organized fashion.
Faye
(5)
Program exceeded my expectations. Road Scholar was recommended to me by relatives and I would highly recommend the Canyonlands Tour. Things I liked: variety of experiences, educational value, participants were always on time and interested in the subject presented. It was as if we had a common goal which we did essentially. Knowledge of tour guides. I would never have had the experiences on my own and in the time frame and for the price that RS provided.
Susan
(5)
Looking for a trip of a lifetime?? This is it!! A perfect combination of sightseeing, history, geology, amazing side trips and hidden gems! All perfectly planned for you so that you can relax and enjoy!!
Marc
(5)
This trip was phenomenal and exceeding my already high expectations from reading the itinerary. Highly recommended!
Kathryn
(5)
This trip provided a wonderful introduction to this fascinating part of the US. Even those in the group who had visited here before found something new. I hope I will have the opportunity to experience this area in greater depth on the future Road Scholar trips.
Bill
(5)
The Canyonlands adventure is an incredible value for the money. If you've ever wanted to see the Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion with well-qualified and engaging tour guides, this is for you.
Deborah
(5)
I recently returned from a Road Scholar trip to the Southwest (an 11 day trip through Canyonland) and it was a tremendous experience. Everything about the program is top-notched; its tour guide(s) bus line and driver, hotels, and incredible destinations. It was educational, inspiring, and ultimately a life-changing experience for me. I loved every minute of it!
Earl
(5)
This trip is a great overview of the American Southwest. Amazing scenery, unique rock formations, interesting historical sites, and beautiful wilderness areas.
Kathy
(5)
You gotta put this on your bucket list!! Overall content - excellent. The informational content was simply fantastic. Lots of geology with the right mix of fauna, flora, and human interest perspectives (current and historical). The organization and execution of the trip exceeded my highest expectations. The hotel accommodations were very good. This is a very rounded program. Highly recommended.
Lancet
(5)
Easy to use with iPad
Barbara
(5)
A dream come true vacation where I learned so much and had adventures of a lifetime! Dave Hall was informative, fun and a great teacher and host. Thank you Northern AZ University and Road Scholar!!
Robert
(5)
this was a wonderful experience, educational, fun and great photo locations. Dave Hall, our leader, was wonderful
Karen
(5)
This was one of the best USA trips I've ever taken, that fulfilled many places on my bucket list. Because I love the old TCM movies, I especially enjoyed staying at the historic Goulding Lodge at Monument Valley where many of these westerns were shot. And you can't beat staying at a lodge right in the Grand Canyon, a 10 minute walk from the canyon's rim. Matt's knowledge was superb and made the places we visited come alive.
Irwin
(5)
This program was a great introduction to the Southwest, some hiking at the various sites, a great 4 wheel vehicle trip in Monument Valley and a pontoon ride on the Colorado River and some marvelous views throughout. And the leaders, Matt and Amy, could not have been better.
Kerry
(5)
Our experience was more than we expected. Exceeded our expectations. Matt Turner, our leader, was the best we have experienced world wide.
Mary Ann
(5)
We recently completed, On the Road: Absolute Southwest-A Canyonlands Adventure. The trip is well explained in the Road Scholar materials-but it must be experienced. Matt Turner's expertise and teaching style condense a wide range of information into interesting stories and experiences. This is one of Road Scholar's longest trips filled with experiences like a 4 wheel drive tour into the desert, a pontoon trip on the Colorado River in Glen Canyon and great hikes while learning about geology and local plant life. If your interests are similar you will love being, "on the road" doing these activities with accomplished people who become friends.
Justin
(5)
We just finished our first Road Scholar Adventure and were amazed at the quality of everything involved from the organization and knowledge of the leaders, to the accommodations and the meals. All were above our expectations. We are looking forward to our next adventure. Thank you Road Scholar for a memorable trip.





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