Grand Canyon National Park Lodges and Grand Canyon Field Institute Team Up to Offer Learning & Lodging Adventures

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, June 30, 2014 – Grand Canyon National Park Lodges and the non-profit Grand Canyon Field Institute together offer a two-day adventure that is a great choice for travelers seeking an immersive Grand Canyon experience.

The Grand Canyon Learning & Lodging package includes two days of guided educational hiking and touring, two nights of lodging, two breakfasts, two box lunches, one dinner and gift shop coupons. The year-round program begins on Sundays (excluding major holidays) and ends on Tuesdays. Children must be eight years or older. Rates begin at $390 per person plus taxes and gratuities.

“Learning about the Grand Canyon through the eyes of a naturalist makes a Grand Canyon trip more memorable, and these family-friendly programs are a great option for dedicated learners of all ages,” said Bruce Brossman, regional director of sales and marketing for concessioner Xanterra South Rim, operator of lodges, restaurants and other concessions in the park. “We are privileged to work with the professional staff of the Grand Canyon Field Institute, and we have been pleased to see the popularity of this two-day program expand since it was first offered a few years ago.”

By day, participants learn about the human history, geology and wildlife of the canyon while hiking the popular Bright Angel Trail or to Shoshone Point, offering one of the best views of the Canyon. Participants also explore the Grand Canyon Village Rim Trail and walk near the Tusayan Ruins and Desert View Watchtower. By night, guests relax at the Maswik or Yavapai Lodge, both which are located within a short walk of the rim of the canyon and near the Grand Canyon Village and its hotels, restaurants, shops and canyon viewpoints. Meal coupons can be redeemed at the Maswik Food Court or Yavapai Cafeteria. One night is open, so guests can enjoy on their own one of the Grand Canyon’s other top restaurants including El Tovar Dining Room and the Arizona Room.

Daily hikes are rated “level two,” with hikes up to three miles in distance and typical elevation changes of up to 1,000 feet per day. Grand Canyon Field Institute recommends participants be in good physical condition and have some hiking experience.

For more information or to reserve a spot on a Learning & Lodging trip, travelers should call 1-866-471-4435 or 1-928-638-2485 or visit www.grandcanyon.org/fieldinstitute. You can learn more about the park by visiting www.nps.gov/grca. Travelers can also follow Xanterra South Rim on Facebook or Twitter.