Events / Grand Canyon Tour - Welcome Travelers
Tour Dates - August 23 - 26, 2018
Hello Fellow Travelers,
Thank you for registering for our upcoming Jay Seegert (The Starting Point Project) / Russ Miller (Creation, Evolution & Science Ministries) Grand Canyon Rim & Raft Tour August 23 - 26, 2018. We're excited you can join us for this inspiring, faith-building tour.
The trip is still a few weeks out, but we wanted to get you some much-needed information regarding the tour and what to expect. Carefully review the details below which answer some frequently asked questions about the tour including information regarding arrival, hotels, packing lists, etc. An itinerary is also below along with a link for a printable copy. Finally, please RSVP with lunch choices for you and all those in your group.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Carol at (262) 422-1918.
Arrival & Lodging
Where should I meet the group if I'm driving?
If you are driving into Phoenix, safe travels! We'll meet you at the hotel.
What if I'm flying?
Please fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). This is where the hotel shuttle will pick you up. If you fly into Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, there is NO shuttle, and you will have to make other arrangements to get to the hotel.
Where are we staying in Phoenix/Tempe?
The tour includes lodging for three nights. The first and last night we will be staying near the Phoenix airport in Tempe, AZ, at:
Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport
1413 W Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281
The phone number is (480) 804-9544.
When should we arrive?
Check-in time at the hotel is 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. However, we've never had a problem if you need to check-in a little early or check-out a little late. Please try to arrive
before 5:00 PM. Dinner at the hotel will be provided with a $15.00 voucher to be used in the hotel restaurant. You will receive the voucher when you check-in.
How do I call the hotel shuttle?
Once you arrive at the airport and have collected your baggage, call the hotel and request the free shuttle. The phone number to call is (480) 804-9544. Let them know your arrival terminal. They will give you instructions regarding where to meet them and come pick you up in their van.
What time is the first scheduled event?
We will have a brief orientation meeting at 7:15 PM in one of the hotel's conference rooms. Jay and Russ will talk briefly, hand-out information and name tags, and have a meet-and-greet time.
Where are we staying the second night?
The second night we are staying in Page, AZ, at the new Sleep Inn & Suites. The address is:
Sleep Inn & Suites
673 Scenic View Rd, Page, AZ 86040.
The phone number is (928) 645-2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear?
Our trips are very casual. The weather can be variable, so pack layers of clothing.
What can I bring on the bus?
There is plenty of room on the bus for snacks, books, backpacks, cameras, jackets, etc. Your larger luggage will go below the bus and will be inaccessible during the day.
What are the temperatures like?
Phoenix/Tempe and Page, AZ will be warm. Summer temperatures during the day can be 90 - 110 degrees. Both Hyatt Place Phoenix/Tempe, AZ and the Sleep Inn & Suites in Page, AZ, have pools. Bring your swimsuits. The Grand Canyon Rim is usually slightly cooler.
What should I wear on the Rim hike?
We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes for our hike along the Rim. The Rim hike does not go down into the Canyon. It goes along the rim from Mather Point Amphitheater and Mather Point to Bright Angel Lodge. It is a handicap accessible hike. We encourage everyone to take the hike as there is lots of information given. We take the 2.5-mile hike very slowly (about 1.5 to 2 hours).
What should I wear on the raft tour?
On river raft day, we suggest you wear a very old t-shirt and shorts or longer pants. You will not get wet except for an occasional splash.
Suggested Packing List
Rim & Raft Tour Itinerary
* Please arrive at the bus 5 minutes before DEPARTURE times - thanks!
Thursday - August 23, 2018
Arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) - Phoenix, AZ or at the hotel
Once you have your bags, call the Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix, AZ at (480) 804-9544 to have their free shuttle pick you up.
Address: 1413 W Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281
5:30 - 7:00 PM
7:15 - 7:45 PM
Dinner at the Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport location
Orientation meeting with Jay Seegert & Russ Miller
Friday - August 24, 2016
6:00 - 6:30 AM
9:10 - 9:25 AM
11:20 AM - 12:14 PM
** 1:00 PM
3:30 - 3:59 PM
4:00 - 4:30 PM
Breakfast at the hotel
Load your luggage and get seated
Depart for the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Brief (15-minute) rest stop - Flagstaff, AZ
Lunch & free time at Mather Point Amphitheater
Creation Rock & Coconino Talks (Mather Point)
Hikers depart for Bright Angel Lodge
Non-hikers and bus depart for Bright Angel Lodge
Depart for Desert View (behind Bright Angel Lodge)
Free time at Desert View
On-the-Rim Talk & Early Flood Layers
Depart Grand Canyon for Cameron Trading Post, Cameron, AZ
Dinner at Cameron Trading Post, Post, AZ
Depart Cameron Trading Post for Page, AZ, and hotel
Arrive at Sleep Inn & Suites in Page, AZ - check-in
Saturday - August 25, 2018
7:00 - 11:00 AM
11:!5 - 11:30 AM
5:30 - 6:45 PM
Breakfast and luggage to the bus
Depart for raft company
Depart for river rafts
Restroom break at Lee's Ferry
Depart for Tempe/Phoenix, AZ - Poison Rock - lunch & resource sales in route
Rest stop (25-minute) - Flagstaff, AZ
Arrive at Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix
Dinner at the hotel
Relax, swim & enjoy
Sunday - August 26, 2018
7:00 - 10:00 AM
Breakfast and head to the airport as needed
Meals / Water
Please review the lunch menus below and fill out the Menu RSVP form with your party's lunch choices by August 9, 2018.
What if I have food allergies?
We try to be accommodating with food choices, but if you have food allergies, we suggest you bring the food you need.
Are there gluten free or vegetarian options?
We do have vegetarian and gluten free options on the lunch menus. Everything else you will choose for yourself.
We recommend bringing a refillable water bottle. There are fill up stations at the canyon and the water is very good!
- Please review the menus for Day One and Day Two below and then RSVP for each traveler in your party.
Day One - Menu
All condiments are on the side
***All sandwiches below come with
kettle chips, fruit cup & cookie
Roast Beef & Gorgonzola on Sourdough***
rare roast beef, Gorgonzola, roasted red peppers, romaine, tomato & herb mayo on sourdough
Turkey Breast & Brie on Herb Bread***
oven-roasted turkey breast, imported brie, roasted red peppers, romaine, tomato & grain mustard on Herb Bread
organic field greens, tomato, carrots, celery, jicama, red peppers, scallions, sunflower seeds & lavender with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
*GLUTEN FREE - Served with gluten free chips & 2 fruit cups
Day Two - Menu
Mustard, mayonnaise, oil & vinegar
are on the side (packets)
All lunches include chips, apple slices, & cookies.
Turkey & Provolone Cheese on Italian Herb Bread
turkey, provolone cheese, lettuce, & tomato on Italian Herb Bread
Ham & American Cheese on Wheat Bread
ham, American cheese, lettuce & tomato on wheat bread
lettuce, tomato, cucumber & black olives - oil & vinegar on the side (Optional: add grilled chicken)
* GLUTEN FREE
There are four lunch RSVP forms below. Please complete & submit one form for each traveler in your party. If there are more than four in your party, simply exit and then re-enter the site to add additional travelers.