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Southwest National Parks

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Dates: 6/6/14 to 6/16/14    No. of people registered: 12     Seats available: 28
Cost: $3,695 (per person/double occupancy; land only)
Trip Description: Join us for a spectacular array of natural wonders and incredible scenery in the American Southwest. As you visit some of America's greatest national parks, learn fascinating geological, natural, and cultural secrets of these larger-than-life preserves – including Grand Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park. Enjoy a cruise on Lake Powell, authentic Navajo cookout, 4-wheel drive tour of Monument Valley, wine tasting in Moab, and the Southwestern charm of your accommodations. Most of all, take in breathtaking views that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Program Highlights:
* Stand in awe before the Grand Canyon, enjoy a cruise on Lake Powell, and take a 4-wheel drive tour through Monument Valley alongside a Navajo guide before a cook-out and storytelling.
* Visit Arches National Park to see its towering, 2,000-foot arches, walk between the monolithic hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, and follow the paths of ancient native people and pioneers at Zion National Park.
* Enjoy special inclusions such as a Glen Canyon Rafting Trip down the Colorado River, and a walk through the incredible Antelope Slot Canyon with a Navajo guide.
Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive Las Vegas
Day 2: Las Vegas / Grand Canyon
Day 3: Grand Canyon / Lake Powell
Day 4: Lake Powell
Day 5: Lake Powell / Monument Valley
Day 6: Monument Valley / Moab
Day 7: Moab / Arches National Park
Day 8: Bryce Canyon National Park
Day 9: Bryce Canyon National Park / Zion National Park
Day 10: Zion National Park / Las Vegas
Day 11: Depart Las Vegas
Trip Partners: USC and Boston University
Activity Level: Guests should be able to enjoy a mile of outdoor walking at a moderate pace, be sure-footed on uneven ground, get in and out of a motor coach without assistance, and be able to manage stairs.
Name: Ron Edsforth
Bio: Ron Edsforth is Distinguished Senior Lecturer in History and Chair of Globalization Studies in the Masters in Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program at Dartmouth. Since 1978, he has taught American history first at Michigan State University, Skidmore College, Hamilton College, and MIT before coming to Dartmouth in 1993. Ron has written extensively on the economic development and political culture of the United States since the Civil War. He established his reputation in American history with a series of books about the significance of the automobile and the making of our consumer culture. In the 1990s he was a major contributor to the PBS documentary films America on Wheels and Divided Highways: a History of the Interstate Highways. His book, The New Deal: America’s Response to the Great Depression (Blackwell 2000), has received renewed attention since the financial crisis of 2008

Ron has recently refocused his scholarly work on the historically unprecedented peace movements and nonviolent revolutions that have transformed world politics in our lifetime. He currently is currently writing a global history of non-violent revolutions since the 1970s. On this tour of the national parks of the Southwest Ron will present a series of lectures titled “The Federal Landscape” that will highlight the many ways the federal government has shaped the settlement and land use patterns of the desert regions, and the seemingly contradictory development of a regional culture that celebrates rugged individualism and resistance to “big government.”
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This trip is operated by: Orbridge Destination Specialists