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My mind and body are on sensory overload. I’ve run the gamut of emotions and been challenged in so many ways. What a wonderful group and everyone you introduced us to along the way only enhanced the experience. I hope I can hold onto this feeling – sometimes magical things aren’t meant to be described, only lived. — Debbie W, NJ
|Arizona, USA||June 3-9, 2018||$2,495|
Canyons are calling you to Arizona on this premier trip which launched Canyon Calling Adventures for Women. Who can pick a highlight when each day is a new and wonderful surprise? Canyon de Chelly is enchanting and you’ll feel the connection between this sacred land and our Navajo storyteller. The famously photographed Upper Antelope slot canyon is mysterious and beautiful. Monument Valley boasts famous rock formations that leaves one awestruck at the stark beauty. The Grand Canyon is much bigger and more breathtaking than we anticipate. After a challenging hike we find ourselves in a lush oasis at Havasu, marveling at the travertine pools and turquoise waterfalls. The stillness and magic of this special corner of the world will touch your soul. Due to the popularity and limited Havasupai access, this trip fills fast every year so we encourage you to reserve early.
Arrive in Sedona by 3pm and your guide will meet you at the shuttle drop-off point and take you to our hotel for check in. Enjoy a tour of Sedona, one of the most beautiful places on earth, including a short hike with a visit to a vortex. Many people visit Sedona to explore its metaphysical dimensions, especially its vortexes. Page Bryant coined the name “vortex” in 1980 for areas in Sedona that have highly concentrated energies conducive to prayer, meditation and healing. Nonetheless, the term “vortex” has taken hold because it helps to explain people’s experiences of well being at the sites. Let’s see if you can feel the energy! We’ll enjoy a delicious welcome dinner at one of the many splendid Sedona restaurants.
Depart Sedona and drive up onto the Colorado Plateau through Flagstaff with a stop at Walnut Canyon for a short hike to view the dwellings sheltered by overhanging cliffs that were home to Walnut Canyon’s only permanent inhabitants more than 800 years ago. Then it’s off to Winslow, Arizona where we’ll stop for photos at “the corner” that the Eagles song made famous! Visit Little Painted Desert State Park, an unbelievable photo opportunity. We’ll have lunch along the way as we cross the plateau to Chinle. All aboard for a fun ride into Canyon de Chelly including a visit to Antelope ruins and to famous White House ruins. Our Navajo guide will tell ancient stories and if we are lucky, he’ll play his Native American flute for us. We head back to Chinle to check into our lodging with time for a swim in the pool before dinner.
In the middle of this unexpected transition in my life, words cannot express what this trip has meant to me. Thanks for the opportunity to grow and explore new worlds. — Patsy R, AL
After breakfast we’ll drive along the rim of the canyon enjoying the great views, stopping for a short walk to enchanting Spider Rock. Navajo legend claims Spider Woman lives between the towers and she taught them to weave. The scenes as we drive towards Monument Valley are breathtaking. Then it’s on to lunch at historic Goulding’s Trading Post. Drive to Page where we’ll pick up lunch and hike to an amazing overlook at Horseshoe Bend. This was carved by the Colorado River snaking it’s way south to the Grand Canyon. Then we’ll hop on an oversized jeep to Upper Antelope Canyon to experience the most photographed slot canyon in the U.S. Over thousands of years, wind and water have formed a narrow crevice in the mesa measuring a quarter mile long and 130 feet deep. Beautiful! Dinner and lodging in Page.
After breakfast it’s off to our Colorado River float trip, which begins with a ride down the two mile long Glen Canyon Dam access tunnel. With the dam soaring 700 feet above us, we will board a motorized pontoon raft for our journey downstream, where we will experience one of the most dramatic stretches of river found in the western US. This is a gentle float trip and while underway, our experienced guide will tell the area’s story of abundant wildlife, former inhabitation by native cultures, exploration by Major John Wesley Powell, and the Colorado River’s modern role in the Southwest’s water and power delivery system. Our trip also includes a stop to view ancient petroglyphs left by Ancestral Puebloan peoples. Lunch in Page and this afternoon will be spent at the Grand Canyon, taking it all in from many viewpoints including Desert View and our favorite, Lipan Point, which has three views of the river. We’ll also visit El Tovar and Hopi House and learn about a famous woman architect who designed these iconic structures. Dinner and lodging on famous Route 66.
I’ve backpacked thousands of miles alone but I treasure this week spent traveling with these amazing women. — Kate L, MA
It’s a very early rise today to make the most of the cool morning air for our hike to Havasu. We’ll drive to the staging area at Hilltop on the western rim of the Grand Canyon, and hike down to the village of Supai. The hike is eight miles and takes approximately four hours. The first hour is downhill and the last three hours are flat and slightly descending. This is a path hike not a rock hike down the Canyon. Although this is manageable there are some challenging areas, and we’ll take frequent stops in the shade. Once down to the village, we’ll have lunch, then check into Havasupai Lodge to change into swimsuits and sandals, and walk another 1.5 miles down to Havasu Falls. On the way we pass new waterfalls created in the last flash flood and on the way we can take a dip in these pools to cool off. Havasu is the most amazing place to swim, as the water is turquoise and clear. These travertine pools are an amazing place to relax. Later we’ll walk another half mile through the campground to the Mooney Falls overlook– another WOW! There’s time for swimming, relaxing and photography at Havasu before we refill our water bottles at the spring and walk back to the lodge for dinner. After this rewarding and memorable day, you’ll find yourself asleep early or sitting outside to appreciate the beautiful starlit night.
We’ll breakfast at the Tribal Café and wait in the village for our turn on the chopper. It’s a thrilling seven-minute helicopter ride back to Hilltop. We’ll stop for lunch as we drive the few hours back to Sedona, a great time to reflect on all the amazing things we’ve seen this week. Check into our Sedona hotel to clean up and relax before our farewell dinner.
It’s only Tuesday and I’m out of adjectives! — Suzanne C, Boston
Enjoy breakfast and the hotel’s amenities before you board your pre-arranged shuttle service back to PHX www.arizonashuttle.com
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