Itinerary can be customized to fit within your time frame or budgetary needs.

Plate tectonics, geology and erosion processes are just a few of the things you and your family will learn about on this Appleseed Expeditions trip to the Grand Canyon.   You will be able to interact with several of the Native American cultures that are found throughout the region. By exploring the Grand Canyon, Sedona and  Monument Valley, you will discover the geological treasures of the American Southwest.   You will travel on foot to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, where you and your family will learn about the powerful forces that have carved this mile-deep chasm over 200 million years. Enjoy hiking the red canyonlands within a maze of crimson-colored spires, while learning about sedimentation and the earth science behind the formation of these geologic formations. Along the way there are many fossils to be found.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Volunteer at Dream Center after Arrival in Phoenix

The Dream Center will be your first stop after arriving in Phoenix.  The Dream Center’s goal  is to provide shelter and food for homeless families in the area. Your family will join together to help through feeding programs and a variety of other projects such as maintenance tasks.

Day 2 – Hiking in Sedona

Put on your hiking boots.  Today you and your family will head to Sedona and hike the famous Devils Bridge located high in the mountain ridge.  It is a natural arch formed from sandstone.  Later, we will visit a natural water slide that has been eroded out of the sandstone and splash into the water at Slide Rock State Park.  Your journey will be accompanied by a  naturalist, who will teach travelers about geology and erosion patterns in this region.  If time allows, you may also hike Bell Rock.

 Day 3 – Exploring the Wonders of the Grand Canyon

Today you will get to experience the Grand Canyon. Before hiking a short distance into the canyon, you will take time to tour all of the best viewpoints.  Your Grand Canyon geologist from the Canyon Geology Center, will teach travelers about this extraordinary natural wonder and discuss its origin. You will be able to sit and relax from your many travels at the  Famous Grand Canyon IMAX show in the afternoon.  In the evening, you and your family might want to take in a relaxing Wild West dinner.(optional).

Day 4 – Rafting the Colorado and Horseshoe Bend

Today you and your family’s journey begins at the base of Glen Canyon Dam where you will take in an amazing float trip down the Colorado River.  Hang on, you might get wet!  Float through the majestic Horseshoe Bend and other famous canyons northeast of the Grand Canyon.  Antelope Slot Canyon is nearby and will be an interesting optional journey for you and your family.  Photographer Peter Lik took his famous picture here.  After a full day, you will head back to Phoenix.

 Day 5 – Volunteer with the Navajo Nation and Explore Monument Valley

This morning the group will volunteer in Tuba City, AZ at the Navajo Nation.  Here we will serve food, help maintain gardens and aid with other projects that help the needy in this region. In the afternoon the group goes on a journey through Monument Valley. Led by the Navajo Nation, tour guides will give first hand experiences of their culture and customs and teach about amazing formations.

 Day 6 – The Journey Home

After your family has had  breakfast, you will have the chance to finish any last minute shopping before heading back home.

Looking for some more fun?  Add a Day to Take in Monument Valley or Add Two Days to Explore the Painted Desert.  Both are awesome adventures.

Explore the historic Painted Desert and learn about the resident Native Americans.

Itinerary subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including availability with vendors, weather conditions and flight schedules.


  • Hike with a seasoned naturalist thru Sedona’s red spires,red rock monuments, and famous Devil’s Bridge
  • Study the geology of the area and learn about fossils, dinosaurs, and erosion patterns
  • Explore the Grand Canyon on foot and learn about sedimentation
  • Learn about the region’s wildlife and varied vegetation.
  • Float down the Colorado River thru majestic Horseshoe Bend
  • Study Petroglyphs in the canyon walls
  • Volunteer with the Navajo Nation and explore Monument Valley


Qualified trip leader – Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts from naturalists to regional specialists who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. Your guide is with the group 24/7 and also staying with you at the same hotel
Daily reflections lead by your tour leader
Overnight stays are in hotels with private bathrooms rated 4 star or more on Trip Advisor
All Meals are included but please note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
Tour Journal, T-shirt and Luggage tag
Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa.