We have made special arrangements for a private tour of the Grand Canyon Museum Collection building that houses archaeological artifacts found in the Grand Canyon National Park. This includes prehistoric items such as this image of a Basketmaker period bowl as well as historic items such as John Wesley Powell's watch and diary of his river runs. In addition, there is a separate building housing some of the historic boats used to run the Colorado River from a 1906 Kolb Brothers boat to later day inflatables. Some of these boats were on display until 2003 when they were removed for restoration and preservation. Since then the collection has grown to fill a large warehouse-like building.
The $35 fee includes a donation to the Grand Canyon Museum Collection. The group is limited to 24. Half the group will visit the archaeology section for an hour while the other half will visit the boat section. The groups will then switch so that everyone gets at least one hour in each area. The tour will end by 1:00 pm and you will be free to have lunch and tour the Canyon on your own. We will provide a map with directions to the Museum Collection building.
We will be keeping a WaitList once the 24-person limit is reached in case there are cancellations.
Individuals are responsible for their own transportation and Grand Canyon Park admission fee although all holders of ATB Interagency passes, Golden Passports, Grand Canyon passes and those under 16 years of age are exempt from the payment of fees.
If you plan to make it a day trip it is about a 3-hour drive from Camp Verde or 2-1/2 hours from Sedona. There is construction on Interstate 40 so taking Hwy 180 out of Flagstaff turned out to be a better route. Hotel rates in Tusayan and within the Canyon are high this time of year so Williams might be a better choice for those wanting to stay the night before.
FOR OUR SUMMER TRAVELERS we are planning to do this tour again in mid-October for those interested. Details will come out in early September.