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Grand Canyon Rim & Raft Tour
August 5 - 8, 2021
Hello Fellow Travelers,
The Starting Point Project (Jay Seegert) and Creation, Evolution & Science Ministries (Russ Miller) are excited about our upcoming Grand Canyon Rim and Raft Tour May 27 - 30, 2021. The tour is coming up really fast, and we've been working hard to make this trip a fun and faith-building time for everyone, regardless of the COVID regulations that may still be in place. We thank you for your patience as we work out all the details and for making this investment in eternity for you and your family.
First, a very exciting development occurred within the past week. We're back on a bus! We're excited to announce that we will not have to use vans. Again, thank you all for sticking with us as we have navigated these unusual times.
We'll see you in a little over a week!
The Starting Point Project
Please RSVP for your lunch choices at the link above.
Rafting Release Form
Please review the raft release form at the link above. You will be required to sign this form before participating in the rafting portion of the tour.
Grand Canyon Rim and Raft Tour Itinerary
Updated: June 2, 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
.A brief overview of the August 5 - 8, 2021, tour as well as a complete itinerary is below. The printable copy of the tentative itinerary is available here
Day 1 (Welcome to Phoenix)
Arrive in Phoenix, Arizona. Check-in at the hotel any time after 3:00 PM. While we have never had a problem with an earlier check-in, it would be at the hotel's discretion. Our first group activity is dinner from 6:00 - 7:00 PM in the Rim & Raft Conference Room (1st floor). Dinner will be followed at 7:00 PM by a brief orientation meeting where you will have an opportunity to meet Jay. At this time, we will go over our itinerary and hand out name-tags. Overnight at Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport.
Hotel: Day 1 & Day 3
Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport
1413 Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, Arizona 85281
Day 2 (Spectacular Rim)
Breakfast at the hotel followed by travel to the Grand Canyon - Desert Viewpoint. Walk the rim with lectures. Dinner at historic Cameron Trading Post. Overnight at Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell
Hotel: Day 2
Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell
1126 North Navajo Dr
Page, Arizona 86040
Day 3 (Raft)
Breakfast at hotel • 17-mile raft trip down the Colorado River (no white water rapids!) • Lunch in historic Lee’s Ferry • Dinner and overnight back at Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport.
Day 4 (Depart)
Breakfast at the hotel and travel home with tons of eye-opening knowledge and great memories!
Please arrive at the bus at least 5 minutes before DEPARTURE times - thanks!
May 27, 2021 (Thursday)
3:00 - 6:00 PM Arrive at the hotel and check-in
6:00 - 7:00 PM Dinner at the hotel
(Rim & Raft Conference Room - 1st floor)
7:00 - 7:30 PM Orientation with Jay Seegert
May 28, 2021 (Friday)
7:00 - 7:15 AM Bring your luggage to the hotel lobby
7:15 – 7:45 AM Breakfast at the hotel
7:45 - 8:00 AM Load bus
8:00 AM Depart for Grand Canyon Rim & Raft Tour
9:40 – 9:55 AM Brief (15-minute) rest stop/pick up – Little America - Flagstaff, AZ
11:00 AM Arrive at Walnut Canyon National Monument
12:00 PM Depart for the Grand Canyon
1:40 PM Arrive at Desert View on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
1:40 – 2:45 PM Free Time
2:45 – 3:30 PM On-the-rim talk (*Meet in front of the tower for short hike)
3:30 – 4:15 PM Free Time on the rim
4:15 PM Load Bus **Walkers meet at bus to begin walk to entry station
4:30 PM Depart Desert View & pick up walkers at entry station
5:15 – 6:30 PM Dinner at Historic Cameron Trading Post – Cameron, AZ
6:30 PM Depart Cameron Trading Post for Page, AZ and hotel
8:15 PM Arrive at Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell Location – Page, AZ (check-in)
May 29, 2021 (Saturday)
6:45 AM Luggage to the lobby
7:00 AM Breakfast at the hotel
7:15 AM Load bus
7:30 AM Depart for raft company
7:15 AM Begin rafting adventure
7:15 – 11:30 AM Raft trip
11:30 AM Land & pull out at Lee’s Ferry (restroom break)
12:00 PM Depart for Tempe/Phoenix
12:15 PM Arrive Poison Rock
12:30 PM Depart Poison Rock, Lunch in route
1:45 – 2:15 PM Dinosaur Tracks
2:15 PM Depart Dinosaur Tracks
2:15 – 2:45 PM Rest stop at Cameron Trading Post – Cameron, AZ (Souvenirs)
2:45 PM Depart Cameron Trading Post – Cameron, AZ
5:55 PM Arrive at Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport location – Phoenix, AZ (check-in)
6:45 – 7:30 PM Dinner – Pizza Party at Hyatt Place & closing remarks
RELAX, SWIM & ENJOY
May 30, 2021 (Sunday)
7:00 – 10:00 AM Breakfast and head to the airport/home as needed.
* This schedule is still tentative and subject to change.
You are responsible for your own transportation to and from Phoenix (the starting & ending point of the tour). Airport transfers are provided at no cost.
Please fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). The hotel transfer will be available from this airport. If you choose to fly in to Mesa/Gateway International Airport, there is NO shuttle available, and you will need to find your own transportation to the hotel.
If you are driving to Phoenix, please plan to arrive at the hotel anytime after 3:00 PM to check-in. Our first gathering is dinner at 6:00 PM.
How do I request the airport transfer?
After you have picked up your luggage, please call Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix location at (480) 804-9544, then "0" to reach the front desk and request the airport transfer. Let them know you are with the Creation Grand Canyon Tour and which terminal you are located at. They will send the shuttle to pick you up and let you know where to meet it.
Do I have to wear a mask?
As a ministry, we will not be requiring masks or enforcing mask requirements on behalf of specific venues. However, we would ask that you be gracious and kind to those who may choose to wear a mask.
Do I have to get a vaccine?
We are not requiring vaccines.
Will we be practicing social distancing?
While we are visiting portions of the canyon rim, we may divide the larger group into several smaller groups to accommodate the COVID regulations addressing group size. Each smaller group will receive the same teaching content. We will not be practicing social distancing at other times or on the bus.
How should I pack?
Please bring your regular overnight suitcase for the hotel and a separate daypack/backpack for daytime touring. Your larger luggage will be unavailable during the day as it will be stored in the bus's cargo bay. There is plenty of room on the bus for your daypack/backpack.
What should I wear?
Our tours tours are casual. The weather conditions can sometimes be iffy, so bring layers of clothing. You can check out the current Weather Conditions at this link. An overview of what you might expect during the time you are on the tour is available at this link.
One interesting thing to note is that the temperatures on the rim are cooler than those on the river.
What else do I need?
Bring your personal toiletries. We also suggest sunscreen and lip balm. You may also want to bring sunglasses and/or a sun hat. Some folks even bring an umbrella to provide some shade. Because the weather is unpredictable, you may also want to bring a cheap poncho for any of those sudden rain showers.
Comfortable walking shoes for touring and clothing/shoes for the raft portion of the tour. During the raft tour, your feet may get wet and sandy. You may also occasionally get sprayed with a light mist while motoring on the river.
Both Hyatt Place locations have pools. If you would like to take advantage of this amenity, you may want to bring a swimsuit.
A water bottle or Camelback you can fill up at the hotel before you board the bus is a nice thing to have. Usually, there are water bottle filling stations at designated points where you can refill the bottle as we are on the rim, and the water is very good. However, the COVID Regulations may make these filling stations unavailable. We will also provide water bottles during the tour.
A camera to take lots of pictures. If you want to take you camera on the raft portion of the tour, we recommend a waterproof container or bag.
1st Contact: Carol Westendorf (262) 422-1918
2nd Contact: Russ Miller (928) 774-8074