Interested in going on a guided tour of Arizona? The UU Church of Tuscon is offering a tour from October 13 - 20, 2012 as a fundraiser for their church. Download the itinerary here or read more below:
Saturday, October 13– Eight A.M. departure from UUCT, drive north through the beautiful Salt River Canyon. Stop at McDonald’s in Globe* or bring your picnic lunch. Tour of Casa Malpais at 2:30 PM. Check into Best Western hotel in Eager at 7000’ – the same altitude as Santa Fe.
Sunday, October 14th, Complimentary buffet breakfast. Drive through the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert, stopping at various sites to explore. Lunch* in the National Park, continuing to Holbrook at 5262’altitude where we stay at the Travelodge.
Monday, October 15th Complimentary Continental Breakfast. Visit Hubbell Trading Post on the way to Canyon de Chelly . Overnight Holiday Inn in Chinle which is 5506’ high. http://www.nps.gov/hutr/historyculture/index.htm
Tuesday October 16th You have 3 choices: 1) Hikers can be dropped off at the beginning of the trail to White House Ruin, which is the only place in the Canyon one is allowed to go without a Navajo guide. They will be picked up at the same spot later, 2) Stay on the bus for an informal photography excursion along both the south rim, from which you can see the awesome Spider Woman Rock and later tour the north rim, with lots of views into the Canyon. If time permits we can visit a trading post and 3) There are Navajo guided jeep tours into Canyon de Chelly which last approximately 3 hours. Four people can go in each open jeep and if all 4 of you agree, you can hire the driver to go even further into the canyon for a supplement to his fee. These tours begin at $50 per person* (not included in group rate) and depart from your hotel. Holiday Inn in Chinle http://www.nps.gov/cach/historyculture/index.htm
Wednesday, October 17th Depart for Monument Valley about 9 A.M. and visit Gouldings Trading Post and Museum, where we will have a private showing of the film “Earth Spirit” before checking in to our hotel in Kayenta at 5564’ altitude. The hotel is 100% nonsmoking, with a fine of $150 if rooms have been smoked in. http://www.gouldings.com/museum/
Thursday, October 18th Complimentary Continental Breakfast. Be ready to head for the park at 8 A.M. as we have a private Deluxe Tour of Monument Valley. Lunch at Gouldings* After the tour we drive south to Flagstaff (elev 6903’) with a rest stop at the Trading Post in Cameron. Little America Hotel for 2 nights. All rooms are non-smoking here.
Friday, October 19th Morning tour of Riordan Mansion, after which you will have time on your own to explore Flagstaff.
Sat, October 20th, Morning departure for the south with a stop at Montezuma’s Castle* where Sinaguan Indians lived for over 400 years (NOT Aztecs). Bring your Golden Age or Senior Passport to the National Parks for free admission.
Price depends on a minimum of 20 passengers and is $1099 per person double occupancy. A private room will be $1359. Not included: meals unless noted, tips to local guides and bus driver, laundry, phone calls or miscellaneous at any hotel, jeep ride in Canyon de Chelly or any notation with an asterisk. Elevation at Tucson airport is 2589’ for comparison purposes. Registration forms are available at the UUCT office, at www.UUCTucson.org and on-line from Julia Mehrer at email@example.com.