ICOM 8 participants have the opportunity to visit local attractions on Wednesday, August 5, which has no scheduled conference activities. Optional field trips have been organized that highlight the region’s culture, peoples, and history. Participants and their guests are invited to register for the field trips listed below, which will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. Fee-based field trips are not included in your registration and are available for an additional cost.
Flagstaff walking tour
In 1882, the arrival of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in Flagstaff helped to launch the development of what today is the historic downtown area. Experience the city’s history through its buildings and learn about the characters that populated the city’s past during a one-hour walking tour of downtown Flagstaff with an experienced guide from the Pioneer Museum. Cost: Free
Grand Canyon railway trip
Enjoy an unforgettable ride on the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, Arizona, to Grand Canyon National Park. You will ride the rails in lovingly restored train cars and hear folklore and tales. Characters and musicians in period costumes will bring the Old West to life before your eyes. The trip to and from the park by train is a little more than 2 hours each way; this full-day adventure include a 3-hour stay at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, where you can enjoy the views and lunch on your own. Price includes coach-class train trip, taxes, gratuity, park entrance fee, and transportation to and from Williams, Arizona. Cost: $100/person
Meteor Crater and Hopi Second Mesa tour
Meteor Crater, also known as Barringer Crater, is a bowl-shaped depression produced by a large meteorite in the rolling plain of the Canyon Diablo region, and it is the first stop on this field trip. Meteor Crater is the site that scientists first definitively proved an extraterrestrial impact on the Earth’s surface. Guests will take a personalized tour of the crater, which is about 3,900 ft (1,200 m) in diameter and some 570 ft (170 m) deep, and enjoy a box lunch near the crater. Following lunch, guests will travel to the Hopi Second Mesa and begin touring with a Hopi anthropologist/archaeologist who will offer a unique perspective on Hopi relationships to the ancestral places and traditions of the Hisat’sinom, the ancient ancestors. The cost of this all-day field trip includes transportation, entrance fees, box lunch, bottled water, and professional guide services by All-Star Grand Canyon Tours. Cost: US $150/person