Thursday, October 8
Full-day tours will be offered to delegates a la carte—with a modest add-on fee designed to help SATW cover its transportation and meal-related expenses.
Full-Day Tours (Includes Lunch):
- Active $35
- Associate $50
- Alumni $60
- Spouse $60
Questions? Contact Las Vegas Tours Chair David Swanson: firstname.lastname@example.org
FDA-01 Black Canyon Colorado River Raft Trip
Take a scenic, smooth-water float trip on the majestic Colorado River with Black Canyon River Adventures. Our pontoon raft will depart from the base of Hoover Dam, offering an uncommon perspective of this engineering wonder of the world. The float trip itself travels 12 miles downriver and includes a stop on a beach for lunch and brief exploration. River guides will discuss the history, geology, anthropology and wildlife along the way — and keep your eyes peeled for Nevada’s state animal, the big horn sheep, which makes its home along the canyon walls. The trip culminates at Willow Beach Harbor, where a van will pick us up for the return trip to our host hotel.
FDA-02 Boulder City — “It’s That DAM Tour”
Begin your day with breakfast at the newly renovated Hoover Dam Lodge. Formerly known as the Hacienda Hotel, it reflects the pioneering spirit of Nevada with a contemporary rustic feel and showcases a collection of historical photos. We’ll embark on a “Postcard Tour” from the base of the dam, where views of the amazing engineering feat are as impressive as from the top. During a short raft float on the Colorado River into Black Canyon, learn historical facts about the dam, then return for a guided exploration into lesser-known parts of the structure and the Visitor Center. After a late lunch at a restaurant in the Boulder City Historic District, there’s time to explore the Boulder Dam Hotel and Museum and
antique shops before returning to Las Vegas.
FDA-03 Valley of Fire and Lake Mead
This trip explores the history and natural beauty of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It starts with a picturesque drive to Nevada’s oldest state park, Valley of Fire, where the red sand formations seem to emerge from the desert floor like burning embers, then swell into hills. We visit aptly named formations like Beehives and Elephant Rock and follow the scenic Northshore Road along the natural contours of Lake Mead. Enjoy lunch in Boulder City’s Historic District before continuing to El Dorado Canyon for a tour of Techatticup Mine. You’ll instantly recognize this location featured in several movies, including “3000 Miles to Graceland.” This trip includes some walking on trails.
FDA-04 SATW Golf Tournament
Tee off in a scenic setting for the annual SATW Golf Tournament at the Badlands Golf Club in Summerlin, 20 minutes from Downtown Las Vegas. Designed by Johnny Miller and Chi Chi Rodriguez, the course winds through the desert and arroyos of the Red Rock Canyons, providing spectacular views of the entire valley. Golf Digest has twice named it among the top 10 courses in Nevada. The format will be a “best ball” scramble (aka captain’s choice), with teams put together by handicap (or average score). Thanks to generous donations by Associates, winning teams will receive cool prizes, and there will be individual awards for closest to the pin and longest drive. Callaway rental clubs are available for $40.
Lunch and awards party are included in the price of this
outing. Tournament co-chairs Dale Leatherman and
Craig Distl are still accepting prize donations and items
for goodie bags.
FDA-05 Shop and Dine as the Romans Do
Home to painted skies, talking statues and more than 160 distinctive stores, boutiques and restaurants, The Forum Shops at Caesars remains the premier luxury retail destination in Las Vegas. Explore the Roman-themed ambiance, get an up-close look at the Atlantis Show surrounded by a 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, discover the many exclusive brands and retailers and enjoy lunch at the newest restaurant here, the Border Grill. Our day will include a morning coffee meet and greet, guided tour, gift bag and plenty of time for shopping.
FDA-06 A Day in the Canyon: Zion National Park
The epic landscapes of southern Utah are the backdrop for a scenic, 2.5-hour drive to Zion Canyon, a deep chasm formed by petrified sand dunes in richly hued palettes. The canyon is the marquee attraction of Zion National Park, named after the biblical term for refuge, and here we’ll enjoy a choice of morning activities. There’s a modest hike to one of the park’s iconic viewpoints, guided by a member of the Zion Field Institute, or opt for a 2-hour bike rental to navigate the nearly-flat (and car-free) canyon. Alternately, sign up for the narrated 75-minute tram ride — new this year — if you desire a more sedate experience. We’ll enjoy lunch at Zion Lodge, one of America’s classic national park
abodes, and meet with rangers who’ll provide background
on the significance behind the 100th anniversary of the
National Park Service in 2016, before heading back to Las Vegas.
FDA-07 A Day in the Desert: Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, located just across the state line in California, wears excesses like honor badges. With summer temperatures regularly exceeding 120 degrees, it is the hottest, driest place on the planet. You’ll find the bottommost point in the Western Hemisphere — Badwater, 282 feet below sea level — while only 15 miles west is 11,049-foot Telescope Peak, graced by ancient forests of bristlecone pines, among the world’s oldest living organisms. Following a 2-hour drive, we explore the highlights of this 3.4-million-acre park, which is larger than Connecticut. We’ll stop for resplendent views from Zabriskie Point, take Artist’s Drive through a swirl of colorful mud hills, visit the forbidding Devil’s Golf Course
and slink into Badwater Basin. Alternately, fit members
can be dropped at the trailhead for a gentle, 2.7-mile hike
down treeless Gower Gulch to the valley floor. We’ll regroup
for lunch at the Borax Museum near Furnace Creek Inn,
an oasis at the center of the park, and meet with rangers
who’ll tell us about the 100th anniversary of the National Park
Service in 2016, before heading back to Las Vegas.
FDA-08 A Day on the Lake: Houseboating on Lake Mead Sold Out
Only 45 minutes from the bustling Strip, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area provides a perfect spot for a day of relaxation on the water. A Forever Resorts houseboating excursion gives you a comfortable setting to take in — and photograph — the varicolored desert scenery, where red rock cliffs frame the brilliant blue lake waters. As you explore the area, you can try your captain’s skills behind the wheel of the houseboat or just enjoy the top-level sundeck and inside lounging areas. Watch for wildlife making their home here. The lake has more than 550 miles of shoreline and is one of the most visited national park sites. A barbecue lunch is included.
FDA-09 Kayaking Emerald Cave and the Colorado River Sold Out
For water adventurers, this exciting excursion takes you along the scenic Black Canyon National Water Trail, one of the newest of only 18 such aquatic trails managed by the National Park Service. We’ll have a choice of single or double, and both sit-on-top and sit-inside recreational kayaks. After being fitted for life vests and kayaks, we’ll be guided from Willow Beach up the Black Canyon about 3 miles to a beach in the heart of the canyon, gliding beneath high rocky cliffs with sightings of big horn sheep, eagles, osprey and other wildlife possible. The trip back will stop at Emerald Cave and, sunshine permitting, we’ll see the beautiful green glow that makes the cave famous. A picnic lunch will be provided, as well
as water and Gatorade.
Note: Although previous kayaking experience is not required
participants should be moderately fit to do this 6-mile
FDA-10 Las Vegas Museums and Architecture
Beyond its reputation for entertainment, dining and gaming, Las Vegas has a lesser-known side: world-class cultural opportunities. On this excursion, we’ll visit museums and gain a perspective on the design of this city in the desert. Transportation is provided on the Big Bus, a double-decker sightseeing option. Highlights include the Neon Museum, dedicated to preserving and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs; the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, promoting an understanding of global life forms from Nevada to Africa, from prehistoric times to the present; DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, with 26,000 square feet of interactive hands-on exhibits that center on the core educational areas of science and nature, arts and culture and early childhood development; and the Springs Preserve, an award-winning, 180-acre destination that explores green living, desert life and Las Vegas’ history through botanical gardens, interactive science and nature exhibits, and trails offering hiking, biking and train rides. We’ll enjoy lunch at the Divine Café at the Springs Preserve and then visit one of the city’s architectural gems, the Art Deco masterpiece, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, a world-class performing arts center.
FDA-11 Las Vegas Then and Now
Whether you remember Las Vegas of yesteryear or know nothing of its past, this tour takes a special look at this one-of-a-kind destination. Downtown was the center of the Vegas tourism industry from its founding in 1905 until the late 1950s, when it was supplanted by mega resorts along the Strip. But during the last decade and especially the past few years, downtown has undergone significant redevelopment to create a growing residential and business community and a popular tourist destination with numerous restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. We’ll explore how the city got its start as well as its growth today. A walking tour of historic Fremont Street led by Las Vegas Pop Culture Tours will feature stops at landmark sites such as the city’s oldest building, the Golden Gate Hotel; the original site called Glitter Gulch still hosting the world’s most important collection of urban neon; the Golden Nugget that brought together two legends, Steve Wynn and Frank Sinatra; and the monumental electronic canopy known as the Fremont Street Experience. The tour continues into the burgeoning Fremont East area where the city of Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency spurred revitalization. And the group will visit some new venues, including Downtown Container Park, one of many new businesses Downtown Project has invested in over the past few years. Following lunch the group will ride on the Big Bus for open-air sightseeing to view some of the city’s other iconic areas.