April 4-9, 2018
Leaving from Cortez, we will travel through Southeast Utah, Monument Valley, and over Marsh Pass, stopping for the night at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn by Tuba City, Arizona. Options include a visit to Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum, a drive through the Bears Ears landscape of Cedar Mesa, and a stop at Goulding’s Trading Post and Navajo National Monument.
After breakfast on your own, we will check out of the Inn and join a Hopi guide for a daytrip into the heartland of Hopi, learning first hand about the thousand-year-old success story of living in this challenging and beautiful landscape. In the evening we will be welcomed into the home of friends in the Second Mesa Village of Shungopavi for a traditional dinner. Our night’s stay will be at the nearby Hopi Cultural Center.
After enjoying an early breakfast (Have you ever tasted Hopi blue corn pancakes?), we will drive towards Williams, Arizona. On the way we’ll stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post, followed by a hike into 13th Century Sinagua settlement at Wupatki National Monument. After another fabulous picnic lunch, we will continue on to the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams. Situated on the historic Route 66, Williams is full of quaint shops and lots of restaurants that celebrate the town’s past and present, so you’ll have a chance to stretch your legs.
All aboard for the train to the Grand Canyon! Swaying along in historic railway cars, we’ll enjoy both scenery and western style entertainment; it’s truly an enjoyable trip. Once at the south rim of the Grand Canyon, you will have a few hours to explore, walk, eat lunch, and experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. No matter how often you see it, it is never the same twice. After returning by train in the afternoon, your evening will be free to relax however you please.
Departing Williams in the morning, we will aim for Flagstaff’s Museum of Northern Arizona, a renown center of history and culture that celebrates ancient and modern traditions. In addition to the experiencing the exhibits, we can opt for a walk on the grounds. After lunch, we’ll continue the journey to Winslow, Arizona, and one of the most celebrated historic hotels in the country, La Posada. Opened in 1930, La Posada was designed by Mary Jane Colter for the Fred Harvey Company, and quickly became a luxury haven for railroad travelers heading from Chicago to Los Angeles. Weather permitting, we will enjoy cocktail hour in the garden with chips and salsa, then celebrate our last night together with dinner in the exceptional Turquoise Room. It’s even possible we may snap a group photo while “Standing on the Corner”.
Time to head home. We’ll meander back to Cortez via some roads less traveled with options to explore the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert, Hubble Trading Post, and possibly Canyon de Chelly National Monument. After a tasty picnic, we’ll take the short cut over Buffalo Pass and come down through Chuska Mountains above the iconic Shiprock formation, arriving in Cortez by late afternoon.
Lodging, transportation, 5 lunches, 2 dinners, water and snacks on the road
Members – $925 / person
Non-members – $965 (includes donation to CCC)
Single supplement $300
Registration Deadline: March 16
Trip Leaders: Holly Tatnall & Victoria Atkins
Maximum Group size: 8
For more information, or to register: contact the Cortez Cultural Center at 970-565-1151, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES: Because these events are extremely popular and reservations are difficult to get, we will not be able to refund funds paid for this trip. Trip insurance is always a good idea to cover unexpected changes.