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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


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


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 Flagstaff (if you're staying in Sedona, you can rendezvous with your guide in 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 Flagstaff hotel (or if you're staying in Sedona, rendezvous in Flagstaff) at a designated time and make our way to the South Rim (1.5+ hours). 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 your group's desires and abilities. 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.

(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 Day Tour
Year Round
10-12 hours
3-6mi / 5-10km
Up to 2040 ft gain/loss

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Grand Canyon Day Hikes Online Booking

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You can also click here to request new dates or book through customer service.
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This all-day tour, which includes transportation from Flagstaff, is booked on a custom basis for your preferred dates. Email us or call us to book your tour today!

Don't see your dates? Call us!
We may be able to add new trip dates.
800-715-HIKE (4453)

Day Hike Rates

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? This hike can be booked online on one of our set dates or through our Adventure Consultant team. Also, if you don't see your desired date, give us a call - it's likely we can still accommodate you!

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
  • Round trip transportation from Flagstaff
  • 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 Flagstaff, or if you're staying in Sedona your guide will rendezvous with you in 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 or rendezvous.

Start Times

7:15-7:30 AM
6:45-7:00 AM
5:45-6:00 AM
4:45-5:00 AM
6:45-7:00 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.


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)
South Rim
Canyon Bottom

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