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Travel with us to the National Parks of the Southwest

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Our tour is full and we are taking names for a wait list.  Email us at alumniinfo@otterbein.edu to be added to the list.

These folks have made a reservation, why not join them!

  • Joanne Ditmer '50
  • Carolyn Swartz Royer '60
  • Patti Wood Shahan '60
  • Dean '62 and Judy Fogel '64 Baldwin
  • Connie Hellwarth Leonard '63 and Pete Peterson
  • Pam McIlroy '64 and Dennis '62 Daily
  • Jean Thorndike Gould '65 and Hector Campos
  • Geary '66 and Mary Sue Tiffany
  • Betty Steckman '67
  • Alice Hoskins Takase '68
  • Diane Fisher Abbott '69 and Leslie Niemi
  • Tom '70 and Marilyn Shupe '70 Linkous
  • Kathy Kohler '72 and Alan Patterson
  • Marge Morgan '72 and Rick Doone
  • Keith '73 and Ruth Ruggles '75 Malick
  • Dee and Bill '73 Standish
  • Laura Lamberton English '74 and Ginger Smicklas
  • Kent '75 and Jane Melhorn Witt '75
  • Becky Hill '78 and Rick May
  • Joy Zimmerman '78
  • Dick '79 and Becky Fickel '81 Smith
  • Libby Kehoe '87
  • Lois Szudy '99
  • Mary and Paul Burnam
  • Alison and Dennis Prindle

Proposed Itinerary: May 6-13, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - Lodging at Doubletree Paradise Resort, Scottsdale, AZ.

Our Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon and Monument Valley tour begins with our flight to Phoenix, Arizona. Our first night stay is the beautiful Doubletree Resort Paradise Valley, Scottsdale. Transfer is included from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to our desert resort.  This evening we will meet and welcome fellow travelers at the welcome dinner reception. (Dinner included.)

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - Lodging at Lake Powell Resort, Paige, AZ.

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This morning we depart for the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Carved over millions of years by the Colorado River, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we will enjoy the views as we have lunch on the rim. No Grand Canyon tour would be complete without exploring the canyon rim and Canyon Village as you please, witnessing the rugged landscape's vast beauty. Next, we travel through the Navajo Reservation en route to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, for a three-night stay. Dinner tonight is in the Rainbow Room overlooking the lake. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.) 

Monday, May 8, 2017 - Lodging at Lake Powell Resort

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Today’s excursion is to Monument Valley in the Navajo Nation, made famous as a setting of many westerns by director John Ford. Our exploration by four wheel vehicle will include buttes and  mesas and our native guides will demonstrate their musical heritage.  (Breakfast and dinner included.)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017/May 16, 2017 - Lodging at Lake Powell Resort

Glen Canyon DamThis morning’s float trip on the Colorado River takes you through Glen Canyon. Our experienced river adventure guide imparts a wealth of knowledge about the canyon as we glide past colorful walls of Navajo sandstone. After our experience on the river, we will explore the Glen Canyon Dam and walk the Rainbow Bridge. The dam, completed in 1966,  was built to provide hydroelectricity and  created Lake Powell, the second-largest artificial lake in the country. The dam is named for Glen Canyon, a colorful series of gorges, most of which now lies under the reservoir. Tonight, a true highlight – a private Lake Powell dinner cruise aboard the sleek double-decked yacht Canyon Princess. (Breakfast and dinner cruise included.) 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 -  Lodging at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon.

Today we experience Bryce Canyon National Park, a wondrous land of pines, pinnacles and oddly sculpted formations known as hoodoos, resembling the towers of fairy-tale castles. Magnificent spires, tinted with shades of pink, orange and red, put on a captivating show as the light changes throughout the day. Keep an eye open for the park’s abundant wildlife, including elk, coyotes, marmots, and prairie dogs, as you explore the park. Listed on the National Historic Register, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is nestled in a forest of towering ponderosa pines in the heart of the park. (Breakfast and dinner included.) 

Thursday, May 11, 2017 -  Lodging at The Zion Lodge

ZionIf you rise early this morning, you’ll be rewarded with an awe-inspiring Bryce Canyon sunrise, as the light of dawn slowly spreads across the hoodoos and other unique geological features just steps from your room at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon! Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps venturing out on one of the park’s renowned hiking trails to observe a great variety of bird species, beautiful wildflowers and diverse wildlife. After lunch, we travel across southwestern Utah to Zion National Park, where colorful sandstone canyons and 3,000-foot palisades tower above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. The park’s shuttle system and network of hiking trails afford access to its key geologic features – thriving vegetation includes cottonwood trees and dry desert plants; wildlife ranges from mule deer to hundreds of bird species. Spend the night at the restored Zion Lodge, the only hotel accommodation inside the park. (Breakfast and dinner included.)

Friday, May 12, 2017 - Lodging in Las Vegas, NV, hotel TBD

The morning is yours to explore Zion’s diverse geological features at your leisure.   The dramatic peaks and cliffs, odd geologic formations, desert oases featuring abundant pools and waterfalls, and mighty canyons splashed with vivid colors are all equally compelling. The Paiutes believed this place to be the home of their coyote spirit, Sinawava, while early Mormon visitors referred to it as “the natural temples of God.” Highlights include a trio of peaks known as the Three Patriarchs; the Emerald Pools, fed by waterfalls cascading over the canyon walls; and the veil of spring water trickling over Weeping Rock. We depart Zion National Park for a memorable journey across the vast, colorful vistas of the northeastern Mojave Desert. Then get ready for a bit of culture shock as you arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada – a city that truly never sleeps, offering non-stop entertainment and fancifully themed casinos.(Breakfast and farewell dinner included.) 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

After breakfast, we head to the airport for a restful trip home, or book a few extra nights in Vegas! Just talk to our travel agent, Mark Warther, to extend your stay. (Breakfast included.)

Included in your package:

  • Airfare from Columbus (for other airports, consult Mark Warther, our travel agent)
  • Travel insurance
  • 15 meals
  • All tours, transfers, tips and luggage handling

$2,975 per person, based on double occupancy 
$3,575 for a single room
$2,875 for triple occupancy

A deposit of $250 by Jan. 6, 2017 is required at booking.
Full payment is due by Feb. 1, 2017.

Contact mark@travelwarther.com or call 330-556-4535 to reserve your seat today.

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