Southwest Orion Correlation Expedition
Join Robert Bauval and Clifford Mahooty for a unique exploratory and multi-experiential journey through part of the majestic American desert Southwest as they share with us how new science is shedding light on the validity of cosmologies created at least tens of thousands of years ago. As we visit some of the most magnificent ancient sites in northeast Arizona, Robert and Clifford will transport you to another world and a new understanding of the ancient mysteries of our world.
Day 1 / May 31
Meet at Eurodeli Sedona Parking at 7:00am this morning as we begin our journey. Bus leaves promptly at 7:30am. Stop at Indian Gardens Café and Market in Oak Creek Canyon. Breakfast on your own. Our travel today will include stops at Wupatki National Monument and Grand Canyon.
NOTE: Eurodeli Sedona Parking Address: 3190 West Hwy 89-A, Sedona, AZ 86336. If you are driving, you may leave your car here or make arrangements to be dropped off here. This will also be the drop off point at the end of the tour on the evening of June 6th.
Wupatki National Monument: Nestled between the Painted Desert and ponderosa highlands of northern Arizona, Wupatki is a landscape of legacies. Ancient pueblos dot red-rock outcroppings across miles of prairie. Where food and water seem impossible to find, the Anasazi and Sinagua built pueblos, farmed and traded. This monument preserves many pueblos, field houses, rock art, pottery, baskets and tools.
The backcountry of Wupatki hosts a trove of previously undocumented rock art, including more than 1,500 petroglyphs. An archaeologist confirmed prehistoric calendar has been marking the seasons here for more than 700 years with a striking “shadow dagger” that travels across its sandstone face. The documented petroglyph “Panel 50” shows that its creators had an intimate knowledge of the equinoxes and the solstices, and how the light of those days fell upon that particular site.
Grand Canyon National Park: Grand Canyon is a national treasure, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a World Heritage Site, and an international symbol of nature’s grandeur. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size and there are no words to adequately describe its majesty and magnificence.
Box lunch provided. Dinner on your own at Cameron Trading Post. Overnight in Page.
Day 2 / June 1
Breakfast on your own. Early morning bus departure for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.
Antelope Canyon: Located just outside of Page, Arizona, in the heart of Navajo Country, Antelope Canyon is the most photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest and may be one of the most enchanting places you will ever visit. It is an unimaginable blend of glowing pastel colors made brilliant by cascading beams of sunlight that illuminate the artful collection of sculpted sandstone.
The magnificent light beams in Antelope Canyon are what makes this place so unforgettable. They only occur at certain times of the day and only last for a short while but when they shine through the openings from above, it’s truly a sight to see.
Antelope Slot Canyon is sacred to the Navajo people. According to the Navajo Nation, elder Navajos deem the Canyon a sacred and spiritual place, and treat it much like entering a cathedral.
We will break between site visits for lunch in Page on your own.
Horseshoe Bend: A short ¾ mile well marked trail will lead you from the parking lot to the overlook.Loose desert sand on the trail gives way to sandstone rocks that date back to the early Jurassic period. Over millions of years, wind and water have eroded these rocks to create bizarre, but awe inspiring shapes and patterns. The magnificence of the landscape at the overlook is simply breathtaking. The overlook is at the top of a steep orange colored cliff several hundreds of feet high; down below, an emerald green Colorado River makes a horseshoe shaped bend before rushing towards the Grand Canyon.
We will overnight in Page. Dinner on your own.
Day 3 / June 2
Breakfast on your own. Early morning bus departure for Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, one of the most majestic, and most photographed, points on earth. This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet. The angle of the sun accents these graceful formations, providing scenery that is simply spellbinding.
Monument Valley is a special and sacred place to the Navajo People; it is considered the heart of the earth. The Navajo mean everything to these lands and these lands mean everything to the Navajo.
The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size. The fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs, trees and windblown sand, all comprising the striking colors of the valley. All of this harmoniously combines to make Monument Valley a truly wondrous experience.
Lunch on your own at The View Restaurant located in the visitor center, after which we will follow the 17 mile scenic drive with frequent stops.
The monuments in the park have descriptive names. Some are based on one’s imagination and were created by the early settlers of Monument Valley. Other names portray a certain meaning to the Navajo people. The park consists of mesas, buttes and spire rock structures.
Late afternoon departure and continue on to Chinle, where we will spend the next 2 nights. Dinner on your own.
Day 4 / June 3
Breakfast on your own. We will depart early for a Navajo guided jeep excursion into Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Spend the day exploring this site, unique in that although it is a National Monument, it is comprised entirely of Navajo Tribal Trust Land that remains home to the canyon community. Site stops will include White House Ruin, Antelope House Ruin, the 800 foot high monolith Spider Rock, Kokopelli Cave and Petroglyph Rock.
Canyon de Chelly was established in 1931 as a National Monument encompassing three major canyons. The steep and stained walls preserve ancient ruins of the once thriving Anasazi Indians. There are over 2700 archaeological sites with over 700 standing ruins, petroglyphs and cliff dwellings from the prehistoric Anasazi and historic Navajo periods, reflecting one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America. According to Navajo legend, Canyon de Chelly was designed as an earthly place of divine connection at the time when supernaturals still walked the earth.
The cultural resources of Canyon de Chelly, including distinctive architecture, artifacts, and rock imagery, exhibit remarkable preservation integrity.
Canyon de Chelly also sustains a living community of Navajo people, who are connected to a landscape of great historical and spiritual significance, a landscape composed of places infused with collective memory.
Box lunches provided. Overnight in Chinle. Dinner on your own.
Day 5 / June 4
Breakfast on your own. After breakfast, we pass Keams Canyon as we travel to the Three Mesas including a visit to the Hopi Cultural Center.
Dominating the local landscape, First Mesa is home to four traditional Hopi villages: Polacca, Walpi, Sichomovi and Tewa, all known for their internationally acclaimed artisans, who still practice their stunning pottery, coiled basketry, wicker basketry, Katsina doll carving and silversmithing skills to this day.
Arguably one of the most spectacular of these traditional villages is Walpi, perched 6,000 feet above sea level. Looking out over an expansive view of the surrounding landscape, atop a narrow finger of First Mesa, Walpi is one of the older, continuously inhabited sites in the U.S. for more than 1100 years. About half a dozen residents remain here and live in its sturdy, 2 story buildings, without modern conveniences such as running water and electricity. The sandstone and earth walls, beams, brush and clay roofs represent traditional Hopi architecture and identity, making Walpi a significant Native American site in the Southwest.
The Hopi Cultural Center is located on the Second Mesa, along with the villages Shungopavi, Sipaulvi and Mishongnovi. Second Mesa villages are noted for coiled baskets and Katsina dolls.
The Hopi Cultural Center offers keen insight to Hopi Land through the generations. The Hopi people have inhabited this area continuously from ancient times. Present-day Arizona is where they have always lived, with roots back in time for some one hundred generations. Their culture is one of the first on the continent. You will have the opportunity to discover the unique beauty of Hopi art and craftsmanship. Enjoy lunch on your own at the on-site restaurant.
In the villages of the Third Mesa, the women specialize in weaving plaques and baskets of multicolored wicker. These have ceremonial uses, and are also made for the craft market. Rarely is a Hopi craft merely an attractive design executed in a particular style; all depict something considered important to the maker.
Late afternoon departure for Winslow where we will spend the next two nights. Check into your hotel. Dinner on your own.
Day 6 / June 5
Breakfast on your own. After breakfast, bus departure for Rock Art Ranch and Chevelon Canyon. Rock Art Ranch is privately owned with pioneer, cowboy and Anasazi museum collections. You can see hundreds of artifacts which were found on the property.
The Chevelon Creek canyon is wooded and has a stream that runs through it with Anasazi petroglyphs found on the walls.
The drawings that line the walls of the canyon are believed to be at least four thousand years old. There are geometric designs, unknown animal species and human forms that can be seen all over the canyon.
Rock Art Canyon Ranch has buildings that were once part of an Indian campsite. The remaining buildings include a stone corral, sweat lodge and other buildings made of stone and mud which were claimed by the Hopi and Apache Indians at one time. Buffalo can even be seen wandering around the ranch.
A boxed lunch will be provided on site. Overnight in Winslow. Dinner on your own.
Day 7 / June 6
Breakfast on your own. After breakfast, we return to Rock Art Ranch for the morning. Lunch on your own in Winslow.
After lunch we begin our drive back to Sedona; on the way visit Meteor Crater, the best preserved meteorite impact site on earth. Meteor Crater is the breath-taking result of a collision between an asteroid traveling 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth approximately 50,000 years ago.
Stop in Flagstaff for a farewell group dinner (included). Return to Sedona drop off point mid-evening.
(NOTE: If you wish to have lodging arranged in Sedona for the night of May 30th, June 6th, or both, please let us know and we will confirm those arrangements on your behalf. Please contact us for rate information.)