Pre and Post Trip Logistics for the 8-10 DAY MOTOR, OR 14-16 DAY FULL CANYON CLASSIC OR PADDLE TRIPS
Pre and Post-Trip Accommodations: Most of our customers choose to stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Flagstaff (928.773.8888) the night before the trip begins and the evening they return to Flagstaff. Staying at the DoubleTree works nicely because this is the location of 1.) the orientation at 7:00 p.m. the night before the trip begins, 2.) the location we pick you up the morning your trip begins, and 3.) the location we drop you off on the last day of your trip. If you would like to stay at the DoubleTree, you need to call directly to make your reservation. Their phone number is 928-773-8888. Refer to the “AzRA” rooming block to receive a preferred room rate, which is reasonable and competitive for the Flagstaff area. The room rate does change yearly, so please refer to your trip logistics document in your detailed information packet or online trip portfolio for current pricing. The AzRA room rate is only guaranteed for the night before your trip departs and the evening of the return. If you need additional nights, you will be charged the going rate. The DoubleTree books up quickly so it is important that you make your reservation well in advance. There are other hotels in the area including the Days Inn (928-774-5221), Comfort Inn (928-774-2225), Howard Johnson Inn (928-774-3381), Ramada (928-773-1111), Travelodge (928-213-5800), Fairfield Inn by Marriott (928-773-1300), and Motel 6 (928-779-3757). If you choose to stay at another hotel, you are responsible for arranging your own transportation to and from the DoubleTree.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Flagstaff is located at 1175 West Route 66 and is near shopping centers and restaurants. If you need to buy beverages, fishing licenses or additional supplies there is a Wal-mart, Target and grocery store within several blocks.
We hold a meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree the night before your trip. It is imperative that you attend this meeting. You will receive one personal gear dry bag and one day dry bag at this time. (Your sleeping unit will already be at Lee’s Ferry). We will review last minute details such as packing your gear, beverages, luggage and vehicle storage arrangements, and answer any last minute questions.
Products from our Red River Sports catalog will be available for purchase at the meeting but NOT the next morning. As you travel to the area, if you realize that your arrival will be delayed for any reason, please call the AzRA office before 4:00 p.m. M.S.T. or leave a message at the DoubleTree front desk (928-773-8888).
Vehicle and Extra Luggage Storage:
You may park a vehicle in the parking lot at the DoubleTree for the duration of your trip. We will also store any extra luggage you have and return it to you at the end of your trip. There is no extra charge for these services. PLEASE limit luggage storage to one piece per person!
The Morning of your trip:
You will meet your orientation hostess at the DoubleTree at 6:00 a.m. A wake-up service is available. Be sure to check out of your room with ample time to avoid delays at the front desk. It is also very important that you allow time for a hearty breakfast. The DoubleTree offers several breakfast options beginning at 6:00 a.m. Contact them directly for breakfast details or inquire upon check-in. The bus will depart at 6:45 a.m. All beverages and personal items must be purchased prior to the morning.
On the Last Day of your Trip:
It is important to stay hydrated all the way through the last day of your trip. You will arrive at Diamond Creek (the take-out location) mid-morning on the last day. It can be a bitter-sweet experience as everyone comes together one last time to unload the boats. It can be hot and there isn’t much shade. Although somewhat hectic, the expedition and team experience continues as your trip begins the clean-up process and loads river gear on the truck.
We will then take you back to the DoubleTree in Flagstaff. The first 19 miles of the trip back to Flagstaff is on Diamond Creek Road. This stretch of road can be quite rough. It is a dirt road that runs down a wash and can be extremely bumpy, dusty and it usually takes about an hour to get to a paved road. However, it is a beautiful drive and can be an adventure in itself! The trip from the river back to Flagstaff takes about 3 hours with lunch provided along the way and one bathroom break. When you arrive at the DoubleTree, we will greet you with your stored luggage. Red River Sports souvenirs will also be available. Arrival time at the DoubleTree is usually between 3-7 p.m. however we cannot guarantee this arrival time. Since we cannot guarantee the return time, we highly recommend staying at the DoubleTree that evening and travel the next day. Many trips gather in Flagstaff for a post-trip celebration dinner the evening of the return.