From: April 22 to April 29, 2018

Destination: Phoenix, Arizona

  • Sedona and the Grand Canyon

    Arizona's canyon country is justly famous. From the cliff side dwellings of an ancient pueblo people, to the colorful chasm known as the Grand Canyon, to the red rocks of Sedona, it is a never ending feast for the eyes. The best way to see it is on foot, and we'll combine lots of hiking with time to relax and absorb the beauty of the area as we explore these three very different areas. If you have been wanting a more intimate view of the area than most people ever get, please join us for seven days of hiking, eating, relaxing and laughing. Maximum group size: 12


  • Sunday, April 22, 2018
    We begin our day at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, where we'll all meet by 3:00 pm. After packing our gear we'll head north, about 2.5 hours, to Flagstaff Arizona, taking in glimpses of saguaro cactus, prickly pear, and Humphreys Peak along the way. We'll settle into our lodging and then get our first taste of Flagstaff as we head downtown for dinner in this wholly unique 1900s era university town, surrounded by ponderosa pine forests. After dinner we'll gather back at our lodge to review our upcoming trip and get to know one another a bit better. (D)

    Monday, April 23, 2018
    We begin our day by hiking down the Island Trail of Walnut Canyon National Monument. This was once a vital pueblo community, home to an ancient people archeologists call Sinagua. Along the trail we can imagine life within Walnut Canyon as we pass 25 cliff dwelling rooms along the trail. Only a 1 mile round-trip hike, we'll descend 185 vertical feet into the canyon and return the same way. We'll then spend the day hiking along the western side of the largest contiguous Ponderosa Pine forest in the continental United States exploring Fisher Point via Sandy's Canyon Trail (6 miles with an elevation change of 200 feet). Fisher Point offers good 360 views, and a shady cave for a break. If we're up for it, there's another cave a bit further on. After finishing the hike we head back for another memorable dinner in this quirky town where we'll discuss our upcoming adventure in the Grand Canyon. (B,L,D)

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    Getting an early start, we head to the Grand Canyon this morning, about 1 hour and 40 minutes north of Flagstaff. Today we'll delve into the mining history of the Grand Canyon as we explore the Grandview Trail. This trail was originally constructed by a prospector by the name of Peter Berry. Berry operated a copper mine called the "Last Chance Mine" at the end of the trail, out on Horseshoe Mesa, until he realized tourism paid better than mining. On Horseshoe Mesa we'll consider just how isolated his life was, as we look at what remains of the mine workings, as well as the ruins of a stone house and sleeping shanty. Depending on how far we go, this is a 6-8 mile round trip with an elevation gain of approximately 2500 feet. Tonight we check into Maswik Lodge, home for the next two nights. (B,L,D)

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018
    Today we'll head to the other end of the South Rim. Today's excursion will take us from Hermits Trail Head to Santa Maria Spring. The small hut at Santa Maria springs offers us a seat in the shade before we head back. Similar to the Grandview Trail, this is one of the best hikes on the south rim if you like to avoid the crowds - but ironically, that's not why the Hermit Trail was built. It was built to move people, pork chops, and bottles of Porto to Hermit Camp, a luxury campsite for tourists that predated Phantom Ranch by 10 years. In its heyday, the camp featured a tramway and a chef, among other amenities before shutting down in 1930. In late afternoon we'll head to Mary Colter's Desert View Watchtower, an ideal location for watching the sunset. Our hike today is 5 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of 1760 feet. (B,L,D)

    Thursday, April 26, 2018
    After the last 3 days of hiking, we'll be glad to have some free time this morning to explore some of the other options the Canyon offers. Depending on your interests, you might choose to hike along the rim, attend one of the daily Ranger programs, visit the Visitor's Center and/or Yavapai Geology Musuem, or perhaps just gaze at the canyon. After reconvening we'll load up the van and head for Sedona, about a 2 hour drive. Here we'll have time to settle into our lodging and enjoy our first night in Sedona. If the weather is with us, after dinner tonight we'll take a moonlit hike in the Red Rock State Park. (B,L,D)

    Friday, April 27, 2018
    Sedona, surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls, and pine forests is noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community. Today we'll explore Red Rock country from the Brins Mesa trail. The trail begins right at the edge of Sedona and is as picturesque as it is convenient. This trail leads us right out into the open where we can enjoy unobstructed views of the spectacular red rock formations for which the Sedona area and Oak Creek Canyon are famous. While the route we'll be following, including Soldier's Pass, is five miles, our guide has been known to add side excursions that will make this hike 7 miles with an elevation change of 600 feet. (B,L,D)

    Saturday, April 28, 2018
    Today is a free day to explore Sedona. For those interested in more hiking, we'll start the day on Doe Mountain trail, a moderate hike that climbs switchbacks to the top of Doe mountain with 360-degree views. After or instead of hiking, we can take full advantage of everything Sedona has to offer, from spa treatments, to shopping, or visiting a famed Sedona energy vortex. Sedona is known for the variety of spa treatments on offer, and that plus some shopping might be just the way to relax after all the hiking you've done. Whatever you choose, we will meet for a delicious final dinner together. Overnight Sedona. (B,D)

    Sunday, April 29, 2018
    After breakfast we sadly bid good-bye to canyon country as we drive back to Phoenix. The drive back to Phoenix is about a million miles and 2.5 hours away, and we will have you to the airport by 11pm. If you can tear yourself away, you can fly out any time after 12:30pm. (B)
  • $2695 (see this page for discounts)  $300 deposit. Two single supplements are available for an additional $750 (only necessary if you want to be assured of your own room)

    Trip Includes

    • Experienced guides
    • Seven nights double occupancy lodging
    • All meals from dinner Sunday to breakfast the following Sunday, except one lunch
    • Transportation during the trip, starting in Phoenix
    • All entry fees and permits
    Not included: travel to and from Phoenix, alcoholic beverages, one lunch, guide gratuities
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  • Common Questions

    If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.

    How do I pay for my trip?

    You can make the deposit by submitting a secure form with your credit card information after filling out the registration form or calling us with your card information. We will send you an invoice for the balance due with your Predeparture Information 4 months before an International trip and 3 months before a domestic trip. You can get a 3% discount for paying the balance by check.

    What if I’m coming alone?

    The majority of women who travel with us come by themselves. If you want to pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room, or if you want to share a room with someone with whom you are traveling, you can indicate that on the registration form. Otherwise we randomly assign roommates and rotate every time we change lodging – it’s a great way to get to know different women on the trip.

    Can you accommodate special diets?

    We can always accommodate vegetarian, gluten-free, and omnivore diets. On most trips we can also accommodate lactose-free, vegan, and other restricted diets, although in some locations the availability of special food may be limited. If in doubt about your specific dietary needs, please give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email.

    What if I have to cancel my trip?

    The amount of your refund depends on how close to the trip you cancel and whether it is a domestic or an international trip. You can read our cancellation policies here. We highly recommend travel insurance because cancellations are always unexpected; we will send you additional information about insurance when you register.

    Will my family be able to get in touch with me in case of an emergency?

    Yes, we always send out emergency contact information. On a few trips, because of limitations in communication, the best approach is to give them the office number and let us make the contact.

    What other information will you send me?

    When you register, we’ll send you a Trip Summary that includes the itinerary, travel information, and a packing list. Three to four months before your trip we’ll send you Pre-Departure information that includes detailed information on how to get to the trip starting point, pre- or post-trip lodging suggestions, suggested books and websites etc. Four to six weeks before the trip, we’ll send you a list of everyone who is registered along with their travel plans; and a Pre-Trip letter with the name of your guide(s) and how to contact them if your arrival is delayed as well as any other important updates.

    Do you help with pre-trip and/or post-trip hotel reservations?

    For international trips, if you want to stay at the hotel where we’re staying the first night before the trip, or at the hotel we’re staying the last night after the trip, we’re happy to make a reservation for you. Otherwise our PreDeparture Information will have hotel suggestions. Our travel agent is also happy to help you with this.

    How does the waitlist process work and how often do people cancel?

    If you are interested in a trip that is full, you should sign up here. If there is a cancellation, we send out an email to everyone who has expressed interest and ask them to respond within 24 hours. If more than one person is interested, we give the space to the person who has traveled with us before or in the order of being put on the waitlist. Frequently, even when we have a long wait list, it is the last person to sign up who is still available to go. Whether or not there will be a cancellation is completely unpredictable, although not uncommon.

    What is the role of the guide(s)?

    On every trip, the primary roles of the guide(s) are to ensure your safety and to make sure that, to the extent possible, you are having the trip you want. The guide(s) will also make sure that you know what is happening each day and what you need to bring to be prepared. On domestic trips the guide(s) will also likely be driving, preparing picnic lunches and sometimes other meals, providing skills instruction, and giving you information about the natural history of the area. On any trip where we partner with another company (which is most international trips and some trips that require special equipment), the AGC guide will work with the local guide to make sure that the trip is conducted in accordance with the AGC philosophy.

    What if I have more questions?

    Give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email. A Program Manager is assigned to each trip. Once you have registered, she will send you a registration confirmation letter that includes her name and email, and she will be your primary contact. Her job is to make sure that you get all your questions answered and that you feel completely prepared for your adventure.

    What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape/only single woman/only mom on the trip?

    You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.

Trip highlights

  • Explore the unique geological colors and formations of the Grand Canyon, revealing rock that is over a billion years old
  • Hike on a variety of spectacular trails
  • Take in magnificent views from the Desert View Watchtower designed by Mary Colter, architect of the Southwest
  • Visit the cliff side dwellings of an ancient pueblo society
  • Explore Sedona's red rock canyon country
  • Hike, eat, relax, repeat

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