2019 Canyons Expedition

Canyons & Deserts of the American Southwest

Informational Meeting at Camp Talooli on Sunday, August 26 from 7-8pm


When: April 13-23, 2019


The Grand Canyon cuts through the southwestern desert and is over a mile deep, 10 miles wide and 100 miles long.  On this expedition we will make a complete trip around the canyon.  We will start at Zion National Park where we will go off-trail with professional guides that will teach us to “canyoneer” including rappelling off sandstone cliffs into slot-canyons.  Then we will play on the 150-foot tall sand dunes of Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park before traveling on to beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park.  Next we drive east to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area where we will spend the day floating on a raft down the Colorado River as we search for ancient Anasazi petroglyphs and endangered California Condors. On our way to the Grand Canyon we will hike in the desert, look for dinosaur tracks and explore a remote slot canyon with a Navajo guide.

Ride, Eat, and Sleep: 

We will be flying to Las Vegas and then traveling by minivans. We will spend 2 nights in log cabins at a buffalo ranch, 2 nights at Maswik Lodge at the Grand Canyon and 3 nights in hotels along the way. We will eat meals at local restaurants and some lunches will be snacks on the trail.

Who can join the expedition?

We are forming a group of 24 students and parents from around CNY. Most of the students will be 14-18 and students under 14 are welcome if accompanied by a parent. On previous trips, most of the participants have been high school students but about one third have been parents, grandparents and younger children. Everyone on this trip will function as part of a team. We will travel, eat and explore together under the leadership of Mr. and Mrs. Peneston. We will complete a half-day service project for the national park. 


Once we have formed our 2019 team, we will begin to invite the members to a series of meetings where we will get to know each other. Starting in September we will meet about every 6 weeks to review the trip handbook, learn about the canyons and to answer every possible question.

Cost: approximately $2400

Cost includes airfare, tours, room, and 2 meals/day.

How do I sign up?

Email Jeff Peneston for more information: 

More Info:

To read more about the 2017 Canyons Expedition and projected itinerary, click HERE.