Orientation Updates

Parents, family, and friends of incoming Prescott College Resident Undergraduate students can receive updates on their new students' experiences on Orientation.  Explore the photo albums below to learn more about how students are connecting to their new home in the Southwest and their new learning community at Prescott College on Wilderness Orientation and Community Based Orientation.  Questions or concerns?  Contact the Orientation Director, Cecil Goodman at cgoodman@prescott.edu or 928-350-2305.

Visit the Resident Undergraduate Orientation page for an introduction on the orientation experience.


Orientation Update: Students in the Field!

January 19, 2018 :

Wilderness Orientation students left for the field early in the morning on FridayJanuary 19th.  They will be backpacking in Grand Canyon National Park until Saturday, January 27th.  They will then travel to The Superstition Mountains of Southern Arizona to resupply with gear and food, and continuing backpack in the Supes until Wednesday, February 7th.  They will not have cell phone or email access until then.  Groups have the gear (tents, layers, fuel) that they need to be in remote backcountry conditions.  Your Orientation student will have great stories to tell!






Sending Mail to Students on Winter Wilderness Orientation for RESUPPLY!

January 16, 2018 :

Resupply packages and letters must be on campus by Wednesday, January 24th in order to reach students in the field for Resupply.  If you want to send your student a small package or note, please address all resupply mail to:

Student c/o Wilderness Orientation
Prescott College
220 Grove Avenue 
Prescott, AZ 86301


Route Information: Winter Wilderness Orientation

January 19, 2018 :

For Winter Wilderness Orientation, groups start in Grand Canyon National Park in north-central Arizona.  After nine days, they head south to the Superstition Mountains southeast of Phoenix, Arizona.

Map of Winter Wilderness Orientation Routes

In the Grand Canyon, Orientation groups will be backing the famous "Escalante Route."  It can be hiked both ways.  Groups will descend into the canyon from either the Grandview or Tanner Trails and traverse along the Colorado River and then climbs up and out of the canyon to the South Rim flip-flopping their entrance and exit trailheads.  Orientation students will be hiking through and interacting with one of the most iconic and important physical and cultural landscapes in the American West. 

Map of Grand Canyon Route - Groups will start at either Grandview Trail or above the Cardenas Butte Route area near Desert View. 

In the Supes, groups will be backpacking in the Superstition Mountain Wilderness Area.  Groups will start on the east at Peralta Trailhead, or on the west at Campaign Creek trailhead, and then hike across the wilderness area to end where their sister group began.  Check out this map of the Supes' trails and routes.  The Supes are a remote desert wilderness mountain range that include saguaro cactus forests and oak and juniper filled canyons at higher elevations.  There is a rich cultural history in the Supes - groups will visit Salado Native American ruins and hike through old mining country, learning about the places and people that shaped this complex cultural landscape.   

Orientation Photo Galleries