Join your fellow conference attendees on fun, educational excursions during the ELLI Annual Conference.

Note: Tuesday and Thursday excursions will take place after presentations have wrapped up for the day. Excursions on each day will take place concurrently, so attendees will only be able to participate in one excursion each day, with the exception of the Pub Crawl on Thursday which will take place after the other excursions have ended.

Tuesday Excursions

Wednesday Excursion: Grand Canyon

Experience one of the 7 wonders of the natural world!

When you see the Grand Canyon on television, in movies and pictures, chances are you’re seeing the South Rim. As the most highly developed Grand Canyon destination. The South Rim features nearly two dozen viewpoints, many of which let you see all the way down to the Canyon floor. If you’ve never visited the Grand Canyon before, the South Rim is the best place to start. It offers the most recognizable views, the most amenities, and the most activities! Have you experienced the South Rim and are now ready for something different? Choose one of the East Rim experiences.

We will be offering 4 different excursions once we get to the Grand Canyon. You can choose an intense hike, or a more moderate or low level adventure!

The cost of this excursion is included with conference registration.

Desert Watchtower, East Rim Drive

Focus: Cultural Anthropology, Mary Coulter
The Watchtower, designed by Mary Colter, offers a 360-degree view of the Grand Canyon. Nearby, you can stroll through the visitors center, gift shop, and trading post. More adventurous folks can take a short walk to Navajo Point, the highest overlook on the South Rim.
Activity Level: Low
Participants need to be able to climb about 70 stairs comfortably. The walk to Navajo point is about a mile roundtrip.
Facilitator: Johnny MacLean and Jayci Bash

Bright Angel Trail, South Rim Village

Focus: Hike below rim
Activity Level: High-Extreme (experienced hikers only)
This is the HIGH activity level hike. Participants should not sign up for this activity unless they are extremely fit and ready to sweat. The hike will be go 1.5 miles into the canyon and then return to South Rim Village.
Facilitator: Melissa Schonauer, NAU Honors

Shoshone Point, East Rim Drive

Focus: Reflection Activity
Guided reflection activity. Light to moderate hike. Writing, hiking and solo time.
Activity Level: Moderate, 2 mile hike on flat ground to rim of canyon
Facilitator: Ted Martinez, NAU Honors College

South Rim Village, South Rim Village

Focus: Place as Text, Mary Coulter
Activity Level: Low

Thursday Excursions