Trip Type: Natural and Cultural History Classes
Date: October 29- November 1, 2018 (3 Days)
Group Size: 10
Price: $750 for members, $775 for nonmembers
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Located in the little-visited western portion of the park, the Toroweap area reveals clues to the geologic history of Grand Canyon, including both the nature and timing of its formation, and that of the western Colorado Plateau.
Additionally, Toroweap Overlook and vicinity occupy parts of the Esplanade—a broad bench in the western canyon formed by the Esplanade Sandstone formation of the Supai Group—with some of the canyon's most dramatic scenery. It has extremely varied ecological diversity, and has attracted people for more than five thousand years.
Meet in Fredonia, AZ, for a short introduction of the class and ourselves, and discuss gear and logistics. We will then drive out to Toroweap Campground.
A thorough exploration of the Toroweap area including: the Tuckup Trail, Toroweap Overlook, and Vulcan's Throne.
Visit the Nampaweap site, an extensive rock art site with over 500 petroglyphs, which is of particular regional importance and illustrates many different types and generations of rock art styles.
Wayne Ranney has been intimately associated with the canyon since 1975, when he worked as a backcountry ranger near Phantom Ranch. He is a professional geologist, writer, river and trail guide, and educator, with a specialty in interpreting the landscape evolution of Grand Canyon and the Colorado Plateau. Notable books by Wayne include Carving Grand Canyon, Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau and Sedona through Time. Wayne has an easygoing leadership style that blends well with his knowledge, experience, and love of Grand Canyon. Participants who attend his classes come away with not only a clearer understanding of how this landscape may have evolved through time but an appreciation for how humans beings have interacted with it and have been shaped by its power and sublime beauty.
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