Greetings, Class of ’76,
We are currently planning the GRAND CANYON ADVENTURE Mini-Reunion: September 13 – 16, 2018. You don’t want to miss it!
Our on-site host will be classmate Denise Chezek. Denise has been touring national parks for years and wants to help classmates enjoy the beauty and grandeur of these spaces. Denise will be making arrangements for park access, our class dinner, identifying hotels, and organizing other tourism visits, if demand indicates.
Please review the preliminary plans below, and email Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
Please respond directly to Denise by March 1 so she has an idea of interest in this mini-reunion.
TENTATIVE PROGRAM DETAILS:
Sept. 12, Wednesday night (for those who want to have a full day on Thursday) ---lodging for early arrivals will be individual choice for anyone arriving then.
*Once we have an approximate headcount, we will get quotes for both Grand Canyon lodging and the closest town (Tusayan). For planning purposes, you can estimate about $200/night for rooms in the area.
Sept. 13, Thursday: Early arrivals will meet in Sedona or Flagstaff for a day of sightseeing before proceeding to the Grand Canyon area.
Sept. 14 and 15, Friday and Saturday: Grand Canyon. One day will be the South Rim, one day will be the East Rim of the Canyon, where the new overlook area is located. (Please see Tourism notes at the end)
Sept. 15, Saturday night: Class dinner at Canyon Lodge. We may move this dinner to Friday night, depending on availability.
Sept. 16, Sunday: Anyone not having an early flight may want to visit the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert, about 3 hours from the Grand Canyon.
Suggested stops on the way may include the Walnut Canyon National Monument &/or Winslow/Meteor Crater. Stay in Holbrook, AZ or Gallup, NM (or return to Phoenix for Sunday night/Monday flights).
Sept. 17, Monday: Those not heading home can drive to Albuquerque or Santa Fe for several days of sightseeing. Details TBD depending on how many plan on staying and for how long.
Reminder: Anyone staying for the New Mexico portion will need to decide whether to drive back to Phoenix/Flagstaff or pay drop off charges to fly out of Albuquerque.
Admission to Grand Canyon National Park is for seven days. No refunds are given due to inclement weather.
Grand Canyon National Park Vehicle Permit- $30.00 (U.S. Dollars)
Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers. Organized groups are not eligible for the vehicle permit.
** We will coordinate cars, once reservations and travel plans are made.**
Grand Canyon National Park Motorcycle Permit- $25.00 (U.S. Dollars)
Admits one single, private, non-commercial motorcycle and its passenger(s).
Grand Canyon National Park Individual Permit - $15.00/person (U.S. Dollars)
Admits one individual when entering by foot, bicycle, park shuttle bus, Grand Canyon Railway and private rafting trip. Individuals 15 years old and younger are admitted free of charge.
NOTE: There are Senior Passes for $80 ($90 through the mail) that allow you free lifetime entrance to national parks – click here for more details: https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass
Other Park Passes: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm#CP_JUMP_5088578
– Please note that some of the cities on this list are in different states, as are the key attractions. All attractions are accessible from these cities but travel times, lodging, car rentals, etc. may vary.
There is an airport in Flagstaff but it may be more convenient for most to fly into Phoenix and drive. We will coordinate as much as we can. We hope to coordinate cars when everyone has made flight arrangements.
Again, anyone staying for the New Mexico portion will need to decide whether to drive back to Phoenix/Flagstaff or pay drop off charges to fly out of Albuquerque.
Approximate driving times from nearby airports:
Phoenix, AZ to Sedona, AZ or Flagstaff, AZ – 2 hours
Phoenix, AZ to Grand Canyon, AZ – 3-3 ½ hours
Grand Canyon, AZ to Petrified Forest, AZ – 3 hours
Holbrook, AZ to Albuquerque, New Mexico – 3-3 ½ hours
Gallup, NM to Albuquerque, New Mexico – 2 hours
Albuquerque, New Mexico to Santa Fe, New Mexico – 1 hour
Albuquerque, New Mexico to Phoenix, AZ – 6 hours
TOURISM INFO: - https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm Grand Canyon National Park
Details on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon:
- The South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
All visitor services: camping, lodging, and food are available year round.
- A free shuttle bus system operates in the Grand Canyon Village area. Make your visit easier and save fuel by parking your car and using the shuttle to get around.
- The South Rim of Grand Canyon averages 7000 feet/2134 m above sea level.
Visitors with respiratory or heart problems may experience difficulties. Walking at this elevation can be strenuous.