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Highlights

  • Hike 5+ trails covering a variety of views and features on both rims
  • Learn about the amazing natural and cultural history of the Canyon
  • Soak up phenomenal views on every hike and in between
  • Return to the rims each evening for showers, relaxation and comfortable sleeping (at the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim and at a hotel 10 minutes from the Canyon at the South Rim)
  • Enjoy a dinner by the picture windows at Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim
  • Eat dinner at the historic El Tovar Hotel on the South Rim
  • Enjoy an outdoor sunset dinner at the edge of the Canyon on the South Rim (weather permitting)
  • Visit the best museums and visitor centers of both rims


Description

This tour is an opportunity to experience the Grand Canyon from both rims, see Lee's Ferry (the official beginning of the Grand Canyon), go on a variety of adventurous hikes and relax in style each evening! We take care of everything - reservations, fees, meals and transportation - while you get to relax and enjoy a fantastic hiking experience at one of the most beautiful places in the world!

Your guide will lead you on two hikes off the North Rim and three hikes off the South Rim - the challenge of the treks will vary to allow for recovery and relaxation in between. We've hand-picked the hikes specifically for their uniqueness, adventure and scenic beauty. Some of the highlights include breathtaking views, incredible natural and cultural history, views of the Colorado River, stunning conifer forests, ancient fossils, and dripping desert oases.

Each night you'll return to your hotel in the cool pine forests of the rims. You'll finish each day with a hot shower, tasty dinners (restaurant and outdoor meals on the Rims) and relaxing evening. Your guide will also lead moon-lit walks along the edge of the Canyon for those interested. Don't miss this overall experience of the Grand Canyon - give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more!


 

Photos of this Trip

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to the North Rim: 4-hour drive from Flagstaff
Hiking Mileage: 1.5-4.0 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 600-1441 feet

Accommodations: Grand Canyon Lodge (or equivalent based on availability)

On this Grand Canyon hiking tour, we'll pick you up at your hotel in Flagstaff and begin our drive to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. En route we'll cross the Little Colorado River and then the Colorado River near Lee's Ferry, where the Old Navajo Bridge (built in the 1920's) is suspended 467 feet above the water. Your guide will drop you off so you can walk across the historic bridge and snap pictures of this amazing spot, which marks the beginning of the Grand Canyon. Occasionally we see California Condors perched on the rafters beneath the bridge.

After eating breakfast at the Old Navajo Bridge, we'll continue on our journey to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and the famous Grand Canyon Lodge. We'll check in to our rooms, then enjoy the lodge and its massive picture windows before hiking to Bright Angel Point, one of the most impressive views in the Canyon. After a hearty lunch we'll hike down the famous North Kaibab Trail to Coconino Overlook, another one of the most impressive overlooks in the Canyon.

Once the hiking is done we'll continue back to the Grand Canyon Lodge, where we'll shower and meet up for a wonderful dinner overlooking the depths of the Grand Canyon from the Lodge restaurant's spectacular picture windows.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 2-6 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 1,200 - 2,500 feet

Accommodations: Grand Canyon Lodge (or equivalent based on availability)

After a big breakfast we'll drive a short distance to our trailhead. Today's hike is on a beautiful trail that winds through the pine trees and aspen of the high North Rim (8,000 feet) past ancient fossil beds to the edge of the Canyon. Elk, deer, coyotes, fox, mountain lions, and even half-breed wild buffalo roam these forests and meadows regularly. The plant life is rich and lush, which is an amazing contrast to the desert ecosystems we'll be gazing down at inside the Canyon (and later walking through off the South Rim). Once we reach the edge of the Canyon, we'll traverse the North Rim to a stunning viewpoint. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the depths of the Canyon, explore this incredible area by extending our hike along the Rim, and then return on the same trail.

We’ll have a nice sunset dinner this evening cooked by your guide at a spectacular view point called Point Imperial.


Day 3

Shuttle to the South Rim: 4-hour drive from the North Rim
Hiking Mileage: 3-6 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 1,200 - 2,500 feet

Accommodations: Grand Hotel or Squire Inn, 10-minute drive from the South Rim

We'll check out of our rooms and drive again over the Colorado River at Lee's Ferry. We'll turn west and enter the Park from the East Entrance this time, where we'll stop at the famous Desert View Watchtower. This amazing structure is a replica of a Native American tower found in the same location by early explorers centuries ago.

After driving along the famous Desert View Drive, we'll reach the jumping off point for our amazing hike on the Grandview Trail! As the name implies, phenomenal views abound on this hike! You can see for more than 100 miles on a clear Grand Canyon day from the top. Originally used by native peoples of the Grand Canyon, the Grandview Trail as we know it today was built as access to the Last Chance Mine when copper was discovered on Horseshoe Mesa in 1890. Along with prehistoric sites, much of the old mining operation remains, including the original miner's cabin walls and fireplace.

After our hike we'll check in to our hotel, have another hearty dinner at one of the South Rim's historic rim-side restaurants, enjoy showers, and relish in some much-deserved relaxation time.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 2,040 feet

Accommodations: Grand Hotel or Squire Inn, 10-minute drive from the South Rim

After breakfast we’ll make our way to the Hermit Trailhead. Built by the Santa Fe Railroad as a route to Hermit Camp, the Hermit Trail leads us through fossil beds in the limestone and sandstone formations to Waldron Basin. From the high desert valley of Waldron, we will continue hiking along the top of the Red Wall with incredible views into a deep, seemingly bottomless canyon. One of the great highlights of this hike are the 260+ million year old reptile prints, complete with the swish of the creature's tail, permanently etched in a slab of sandstone next to the trail. Our hike's turnaround point is Dripping Springs, a desert spring that drips from the ceiling of a sandstone alcove, nourishing the desert with water.

Tonight's meal is a celebratory sunset dinner prepared by your guide at a remote spot on the South Rim (weather permitting). We'll enjoy a short walk along the Rim either before or after our meal as the sun dips behind distant ridgelines and the Canyon's shadows grow long across the landscape. The outdoor dinners on this tour tend to be long-remembered by our guests.


Day 5

Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 1,700 feet

Shuttle to Flagstaff: 1.5 hours

On our final morning we'll get an early start, check out and head to the South Kaibab Trail, which descends the spine of the spectacular Cedar Ridge and allows for BIG Grand Canyon views as the ridge drops off on both sides and in front of you. It is the trail to do if you’re looking for some of the best panoramas in the Grand Canyon. These panoramas and the moderate nature of the hiking make the South Kaibab Trail one of the most photographed trails in the country. Possible sightings of California Condors and truly fascinating geologic history will round out the day.

It's a relatively short shuttle drive back to Flagstaff after today's hike, during which time you can relax and reminisce over the last 5 amazing days.


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 4 nights of lodging: 2 nights at the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim, 2 nights at the Grand Hotel or the Squire Inn near the South Rim
  • Dinners including ones at Grand Canyon Lodge, El Tovar and a sunset dinner on the Rim (weather permitting)
  • Breakfasts, picnic lunches prepared by your guide, and trail snacks
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Grand Canyon hiking guide
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour originating and concluding in Flagstaff
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This tour features a combination of restaurant meals and meals prepared by your guide. We'll have dinner at the famous and historic Grand Canyon Lodge and El Tovar Hotel, as well as a sunset dinner on the Rim (prepared by your guide) if weather permits, plus one more additional at a local restaurant.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are three 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

Unless we tell you otherwise, you will meet your guide and group at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff (use this reservation page for a 10-60% discount at Little America) for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. We're happy to give you a ride to this meeting if you're not staying at Little America, but staying at one of our other recommended hotels. Your guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead. For Private Grand Canyon Tours your guide will meet you at your hotel in Flagstaff at an agreed upon time.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 4 and 7 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in the Grand Canyon

The weather in the Grand Canyon varies tremendously from the rim to the canyon floor, with as much as a 30 degree Fahrenheit difference. For this reason, the Canyon is truly a year-round hiking destination. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures at the South Rim and the Canyon bottom:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
         
 
Month
South Rim
Canyon Bottom
 
 
hi
low
hi
low
 
 
Dec-Feb
41°
18°
60°
38°
 
 
March
51°
25°
71°
48°
 
 
April
60°
32°
82°
56°
 
 
May
70°
39°
92°
63°
 
 
Jun-Aug
82°
53°
108°
75°
 
 
September
76°
47°
97°
69°
 
 
October
65°
36°
84°
58°
 
 
November
52°
27°
68°
46°