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Best of Northern Arizona Tour

Highlights

  •   North Rim, South Rim & Sedona
  •   Phenomenal views on every hike
  •   Premier lodging & fantastic cuisine
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  •   Stay near the Rims at Grand Canyon
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  •   Memorable outdoor sunset dinner
  •   Amazing natural and cultural history
  •   3 incredible and unique landscapes

Description

Join us and experience the very best hiking and outdoor destinations Northern Arizona has to offer! If you love to hike and want to experience a diversity of scenery, world-class destinations, pristine canyon country landscapes, and truly amazing trekking, look no further.

This trip combines 4 days hiking on the North and South Rims of Grand Canyon National Park with 2 days of hiking in Sedona. We throw in premier lodging, fantastic meals, natural and cultural history, and expert guides to make this an unforgettable 6 days!

We begin this trip with 2 days enjoying the quiet and solitude of Grand Canyon’s North Rim, hiking and relaxing at the North Rim Lodge located just steps from the canyons edge. Next we travel to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for the history, classic hikes, and big canyon views that make this area so popular. At the South Rim we stay just minutes from the canyon to maximize our trail time. As a final treat we make our way to the incredible red rock landscape of Sedona where we enjoy adventurous hand-picked hikes, deluxe accommodations, and charming Southwestern meals.

If you want to indulge in the wonders Northern Arizona has to offer, this trip is for you. Enjoy a thrilling experience of Grand Canyon and Sedona all in one trip while we handle the details for you each step of the way. All you have to do is enjoy the hikes, soak in the views and relax!

Wildland Trekking is a permittee of the USFS, Red Rock Ranger District

Please Note: This tour is available to private groups only through 2020. Group departures will resume in 2021. Read more about all of our current operating procedures.


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Inn-based Hiking Tour
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Flagstaff, AZ
6 days
30+mi / 48+km
$2900 Per Person
$750 Single Supplement

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Travel from Phoenix to Flagstaff

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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

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

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: Historic El Tovar or The Grand Canyon Squire Inn

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 and then head out for a very special dinner at the historic El Tovar Lodge at the very edge of the South Rim.

Day 4
  • Hiking Mileage: 3-6 miles
  • 1-way Elevation Change: 2,500 feet
  • Shuttle to Sedona: 2.5-3 hours
  • Accommodations: Briar Patch Inn

Today we get an early start, check out of our rooms and embark on one of most scenic hikes the Grand Canyon has to offer. We descend the spine of a spectacular ridge that allows for BIG Grand Canyon views as the ridge drops off on both sides and in front of us. 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 our hike one of the most photographed trails in the country and a fantastic day in the canyon.

After our hike we embark on a 2.5 hour scenic drive through the stunning Oak Creek Canyon to the red rock landscape of Sedona. We check into our charming lodge and enjoy dinner at a local eatery hand-picked by your guide.

Day 5
  • Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
  • 1-way Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Accommodations: Briar Patch Inn

We begin our time in Sedona with a classic hike to some of the most iconic features in the area. Starting near two of Sedona's most prominent and beautiful landmarks, Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock, we quickly ascend into layered shelves of red rock sandstone. We'll stop to appreciate and learn about all the different types and uses of desert plants in the area. Half-way into our hike we’ll reach Cathedral Rock, a stunning, nearly 1,000 foot tall sandstone monolith. 

We'll rest in the shade of cottonwood trees lining the banks of Oak Creek, along the northwest side of Cathedral Rock. Your guide will prepare a tasty lunch and share some of the native and indigenous history of the area - this very spot was once a fertile hunting ground. 

After lunch, we'll complete our hike among the towering cliffs, sheer pinnacles and pristine canyons of Sedona. We’ll return to our lodging, relax for an hour or two, and then depart for another wonderful local Sedona dinner.

Day 6
  • Hiking Mileage: 8-9 miles
  • 1-way Elevation Change: 1200 feet
  • Shuttle to Flastaff: 1 hour

After checking out of our lodge we shuttle to another local trailhead for what is sure to be a highlight of our time in Northern Arizona. This hike is one of the best in the area as we walk back in time on old wagon roads (now trails) to a red rock saddle that offers incredible views. This trail, named for the overhanging rock that shelters part of the route from the sun, is a Sedona must-do. It involves exhilarating steps on pure sandstone up Schnebly Hill vistas and panoramic views of the canyons below. This is a great hike to hear the history and story of T.C. Schnebly and his wife Sedona, for whom the town is named. 

After our hike and lunch on the trail we shuttle back to Flagstaff through the scenic Oak Creek Canyon, soaking in more views of towering red and gold cliffs as we go. We’ll say our goodbyes to new friends and make plans to share memories of the hidden gems of Northern Arizona!




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, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 5 nights of lodging: 2 nights at the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim, 1 night at the Grand Hotel or the Squire Inn near the South Rim, 2 nights at the Briar Patch Inn in Sedona (Lodging Details)
  • Dinners including ones at Grand Canyon Lodge, El Tovar and a sunset dinner on the South 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 (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • 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 meals at hand-picked Sedona eateries.

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, 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? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service 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 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.


Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 6 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 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 Northern Arizona

Northern Arizona elevations vary, but average around 4500 feet elevation, which is considered high desert. It tends to be the most comfortable in Spring and Fall, but Summer and Winter are not extreme and are still great times to hike Northern Arizona. 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 in the area:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
     
 
Month
Low
Hi
 
 
January
33°
58°
 
 
February
35°
61°
 
 
March
38°
66°
 
 
April
44°
74°
 
 
May
52°
84°
 
 
June
60°
93°
 
 
July
66°
96°
 
 
August
65°
94°
 
 
September
60°
88°
 
 
October
50°
78°
 
 
November
39°
66°
 
 
December
32°
57°
 

Accommodations

Grand Canyon Lodge

Grand Canyon Lodge

2 nights

Famous and historic Grand Canyon Lodge sits literally at the edge of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, with spectacular picture windows and incredible access to the Canyon. It is a wonderful treat to stay at this stunningly situated lodge.
(views, heat, A/C)

El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon

El Tovar Hotel

0-1 night

This legendary hotel is Grand Canyon's premier lodge. A celebrated, historic hotel right on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, El Tovar first opened in 1905. Staying here offers a unique lodging experience that in many ways takes us back in time.
(views)

Grand Canyon Squire Inn

Grand Canyon Squire Inn

0-1 night

A short drive from the edge of the Canyon, this modern, appealing hotel puts us right in the action where we can make the most of our Grand Canyon adventure! Expect a very comfortable lodging experience with all the modern amenities.
(pool, spa)

Briar Patch Inn

Briar Patch Inn

2 nights

Nestled in the lush vegetation along Oak Creek, this charming boutique lodge offers the perfect jumping off point for a rejuvenating Sedona Red Rock adventure!
(natural beauty, solitude)

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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