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Grand Canyon Discovery Day Hike Tour
Grand Canyon Discovery Guided Hike
Grand Canyon Discovery Hiking Tour
Grand Canyon Discovery Day Tour
Grand Canyon Discovery Guided Walk
Grand Canyon Discovery Walking Tour

Grand Canyon Discovery Tour

Highlights

  •   Pickup from Sedona or Flagstaff
  •   Full day tour with hiking
  •   Amazing Canyon views & hiking
  •   Mind-blowing geologic history
  •   Top-shelf backpack & trekking poles
  •   Tasty trail snacks & picnic lunch

Description

Our Grand Canyon Discovery Tour is an opportunity to experience a full day at the South Rim of the Canyon; enjoy a full-service tour with pick-up in Sedona or Flagstaff; challenge yourself on a significant hike into the depths of the Canyon; stop at several amazing viewpoints; and do it all in comfort and in one full, amazing day.

We'll pick you up at your hotel at a designated time and make our way to the South Rim (2+ hours from Sedona, 1.5+ hours from Flagstaff). We'll head straight to our trailhead and begin our descent into the Canyon on the South Kaibab Trail. South Kaibab is an astonishing ribbon of a pathway that runs along an exposed ridge. The trail was originally blasted out of the canyon walls by the National Park Service in the mid 1920's. It offers an array of stunning views and fascinating geology, which we'll soak up as we trek deeper and deeper into the Canyon. This hike is the one must-do hike in the Canyon!

Our turnaround point is either 1.5 miles and 1160 feet down or 3 miles and 2040 feet down, or anywhere in between the two, depending on the group's desires and abilities (if you're not ok turning around based on the group's desires, we recommend booking this as a private tour). We'll enjoy a picnic lunch in the Canyon where we'll relax in the sun or shade (depending on the weather) and soak up absolutely awe-inspiring views as we eat. If we make it all the way to Skeleton Point, we will eat with a phenomenal view down on the Colorado River. Eventually we'll make our way up back to the trailhead and our vehicle.

After our hike we'll continue along the South Rim and stop at several hand-picked viewpoints that will be even more impressive now that you're able to better contextualize the size of the Canyon, having hiked partway into it.

If time allows, we can enjoy a cultural tour of Grand Canyon Village (ice cream is available for purchase!), stop in at one of our recommended museums, or exit through the East Entrance with a stop at the famous Desert View Watchtower. (Again, if you do not wish to go with the desires of a larger group, we recommend booking a private tour.)

We'll have you back at your hotel 12-14 hours after we picked you up, which makes this one long and amazing day!

Please note: the daily departure requires a minimum of 2 guests. If you're traveling alone, you can join a waitlist until other hikers join the trip. Also, last-minute reservations may not be possible.

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

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Private & Group Tours
Difficulty:
Solitude:
Flagstaff or Sedona
Year Round
10-12 hours
3-6mi / 5-10km
Up to 2040 ft gain/loss
$205-$295

See Rate Info


Day Hike Rates

Daily Departure Group Tour:

  • $235 per person
Daily departures are mixed groups with up to 6 guests and 1 guide. Children must be 12 or older to join a daily departure.

*Price does not include a required National Park Service fee (5%) or gratuity for your guide


Private Day Hike Rates:

  • 1 person: $590
  • 2 people: $295 per person
  • 3 people: $265 per person
  • 4-5 people: $235 per person
  • 6-7 people: $205 per person
  • 10 and younger: $145 per person
Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include a required National Park Service fee (5%) or gratuity for your guide


How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Day hike reservations are made through our Adventure Consultant team. You can click here 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 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and make your payment.

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


Hike Details

What's Included

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you'd like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • Use of crampons in the winter

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (3 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What To Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you'd prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

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.

Hike Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

We'll pick you up at your hotel in Sedona or Flagstaff. Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days before your hike to determine your hotel and coordinate the exact time of your pick-up.


Start Times

 
Sedona
Flagstaff
Jan-Mar
6:15-6:30 AM
7:15-7:30 AM
April
6:00-6:15 AM
6:45-7:00 AM
May
5:00-5:15 AM
5:45-6:00 AM
June-Aug
4:00-4:15 AM
4:45-5:00 AM
September
6:00-6:15 AM
6:45-7:00 AM
Oct-Dec
6:30-6:45 AM
7:15-7:30 AM



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 7 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 9 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join daily departures (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval 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°
 

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