Best of Grand Canyon

Flagstaff, AZ
5.0 (33 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • 3 Distinct South Rim Hikes
  • Phenomena Views
  • Dinner at Historic El Tovar
  • Best Museums & Visitor Centers
  • Amazing Natural & Cultural History
  • Accommodations 10 Minutes from the Rim
  • Fascinating Geology

Description

We created this Grand Canyon hiking tour for guests who want to have an adventurous, outdoor experience of the Grand Canyon and the comforts of a hotel each night. Highlights include three challenging day hikes whose locations span over thirty miles of the South Rim, a “sprinkled in” tour of the best Grand Canyon museums and visitor attractions, a memorable dinner at the famous El Tovar Hotel, and cozy lodging at a hotel ten minutes from the edge of the Canyon or, on some departures, at the El Tovar Hotel itself. All fully included in the trip cost!

The day hikes will take you more than half way down into the Canyon, each illustrating the dramatic diversity of this magical landscape. Enjoy BIG Grand Canyon views, fossils, dripping desert oases, mining ruins, Native American history, and geologic phenomena. During the three days we’ll “sprinkle” in a tour of the best museums and visitor attractions before enjoying our evening meals. After dinner we’ll retire to our rooms for much deserved rest and recuperation for the next day’s activities!

3 Days
$1490 Per Person
$235 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

$235 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-9 Guests
Trip Length: 3 Days
Distance: 18MI / 29KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip follows maintained trails that can be moderately rugged in places, mostly due to logs that lead to large steps up or down or erosional sections. We tackle significant elevation gains and losses over moderate distances.
Hiking Distances:

Up to 6 mi
Backpack Weight:

10-15 lbs
Terrain:

Moderately Rugged
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 2.5k ft
Heights Exposure:

Moderate

Physical requirements:

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-15 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on variable, uneven terrain
  • Hiking in 95+ degree fahrenheit temperatures (May-Sept)
  • Hiking with moderate heights exposure

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time while hiking.

WHY WE BASE IN FLAGSTAFF VS. PHOENIX
  • Reduced drive time by 3 hours on first day of hiking
  • Guide support is only an hour away vs. 4-5 hours away in Phoenix.
  • Increased flexibility with unforeseen circumstances
  • Flagstaff is a scenic mountain town with great hiking and restaurants!

GROOME SHUTTLE
Groome Transportation operates an Arizona Shuttle that makes 9 dependable trips daily each direction between Phoenix and Flagstaff. The duration is 2.5-3 hours. They pickup/drop off at Sky Harbor Airport and the Metro Center in Phoenix, and in Flagstaff at the Amtrak Station (near downtown) and the NAU campus.

Note: Groome also offers daily transportation (3 trips in each direction) from Flagstaff to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

CAR RENTAL
Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix has a fantastic car rental facility that is easily accessible and hosts a great variety of companies. We recommend checking Priceline.com as well for especially good deals.

ARIZONA EXECUTIVE TRANSPORT
Arizona Executive Transport offers private, reliable SUV service between Phoenix and Flagstaff. This option is best if you’re traveling in a group of 3 or 4. As Wildland Trekking guests, your one-way cost for up to 4 passengers is only $275. Simply type “Wildland Trekking Company” in the Discount Code Box at the bottom of the online registration page. You can go to http://www.arizonaexecutivellc.com to make your reservations online.

Arizona does not charge sales tax on services, so there is no sales tax for this trip.

All trips in Grand Canyon National Park have a 5% fee required by the National Park Service. This fee is applied when your reservation is made and is passed through directly to the national park.

There are no other taxes or fees associated with this trip. Feel free to give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions!

Private Trips

Traveling in perfect company is a wonderful thing! With our private trip offerings you can book a trip exclusively for your group. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues, private trips are a fun and enriching way to explore the outdoors.

Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.15
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Shuttle to the South Rim: 2-hour drive from Flagstaff
  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • 1-way Elevation Change: 2040 feet
  • Accommodations: Historic El Tovar or The Grand Canyon Squire Inn

On this Grand Canyon hiking tour, we’ll pick you up at your hotel in Flagstaff and drive to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon through the South Entrance, where the initial views are sure to blow you away! We’ll accentuate our drive with stops at some carefully selected viewpoints that make for phenomenal views of the Canyon and exceptional photographs.

The South Kaibab Trail descends the spine of 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 and a great first day for us. Possible sightings of California Condors and truly fascinating geologic history will round out the day.

After our hike we’ll check in to our hotel, then return to the South Rim to cap off the day with a tasty and memorable sunset dinner, prepared by your guide, at a secluded spot on the rim (weather permitting).

Day 2

  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • 1-way Elevation Change: 1700 feet
  • Accommodations: Historic El Tovar or The Grand Canyon Squire Inn

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.

After cleaning up at the hotel, we’ll return to the South Rim and visit the Yavapai Geology Museum, then enjoy a short walk on the Trail of Time, which illustrates the phenomenal geologic history of the Canyon’s rock layers.

Tonight’s dinner is at the famous and hsitoric El Tovar Hotel, overlooking the depths of the Grand Canyon, after which we’ll settle down for some much deserved sleep.

Day 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 3-6 miles
  • 1-way Elevation Change: 1200-2500 feet
  • Shuttle to Flagstaff: 1.5-hour drive from the South Rim

The well-named Grandview Trail takes us down a series of exciting switchbacks with seemingly endless views of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. The trail was built by one of Grand Canyon’s most famous miners, Pete Berry, in the late 1800’s to extract some of the richest copper ore in the world. Eventually when his mine failed, he turned to tourism for a living, taking guests down his amazing, hand-cobbled trail. We’ll descend down through geologic and cultural history, gazing into the depths of the Canyon and discussing the immense beauty and intrigue of this landscape.

We’ll turn east and exit 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.

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 Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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GOING FAST

This trip has 1 or 2 spots remaining and is bookable online! Click on the date to book now or contact us online to book through customer service.

Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 2 nights of lodging at the Grand Hotel or the Squire Inn, 10 minutes from the South Rim
  • Dinner at 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, trekking poles and Microspike crampons during winter months
  • 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
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

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 El Tovar Hotel one evening and a sunset dinner on the Rim (prepared by your guide) as well if weather permits.

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
  • Microspike crampons when necessary
  • 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

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. 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.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red 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.

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.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended 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 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)

MonthSouth RimCanyon Bottom
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Dec-Feb41°18°60°38°
March51°25°71°48°
April60°32°82°56°
May70°39°92°63°
Jun-Aug82°

53°108°75°
September76°47°97°69°
October65°36°84°58°

November
52°27°68°46°

Accommodations

Accommodations

El Tovar Hotel

0-2 nights

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

0-2 nights

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)

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

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (33 reviews)
Gerardo Z
5.0

Attention We Needed!

3 months ago

This company gave my family and I absolutely the attention we needed! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and took care of us all during our trip! In fact Dean (the guide) surprised our family with a cupcake party and candles with the Grand Canyon as a backdrop during our hike. I don’t know how he did it without having any of the cupcakes squished! We will always cherish this time. Thank you!

Natalie Z
5.0

Phenomenal

4 months ago

Our time with Dean and Wildland Trekking was phenomenal. The scenery in the Grand Canyon is magical and unsurpassed but the depth of beauty that we experienced was due to the knowledge and guidance of Dean from Wildland Trekking. This trip was both emotionally and physically fulfilling!

Dave W
5.0

Top notch Company

5 months ago

Wildland Trekking is Awesome!, they made everything effortless, from preparation for the trip and what we might expect (what was needed for the hike, any special dietary needs, etc) then they give you all the necessary tools too (Spikes for your boots/ Trekking Poles, Backpacks, our guide Isaac Avenia-Tapper seriously made the whole trip that much better, not only is he a fantastic guide, super knowledgeable and funny, but he is great with different types of people, adjusting to their hiking abilities and a great trail cook too. I will be back in the near future for another adventure with Wildland Trekking for sure. 100% Top notch Company. 5 Stars!!!!

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