Grand Canyon Discovery Private Tour

Flagstaff, AZ
5.0 (13 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Transportation From Flagstaff
  • Quintessential Canyon Views
  • Full Day Tour
  • Tasty Trail Snacks & Picnic Lunch
  • Top-shelf Backpack & Trekking Poles
  • Mind-blowing Geologic History

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 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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10-12 Hours
$235-$620 Per Person
Season: Year Round

Season: Year Round

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-9 Guests
Trip Length: 10-12 Hours
Distance: 3-6MI / 5-10KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

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

This hike is on a well maintained, well traveled trail. Logs across the trail make for high steps up and down, which adds to the difficulty. We are hiking near cliff edges, but are able to stay several feet away most of the time.
Hiking Distance:

Up to 6 mi
Backpack Weight:

10-15 lbs
Terrain:

Lightly Rugged
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 2k ft
Heights Exposure:

Moderate

Physical requirements:

  • Hiking uphill and downhill with a 10-15 lb backpack for 5-7 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

We rate this Grand Canyon hike a solitude 2 because it follows one of the more popular trails in the Canyon. You can expect to be around other hikers most of the time.

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Rates

Rates

  • 1 person: $620
  • 2 people: $325 per person
  • 3 people: $295 per person
  • 4-5 people: $265 per person
  • 6-9 people: $235 per person
  • 10 and younger: $175 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

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

This tour includes transportation from Flagstaff and is booked on a custom basis for private groups. This is why it does not have set dates. Requested dates are almost available. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to schedule your hike!

Don't see your dates? Call us! We may be able to add new trip dates.

800-715-HIKE (4453)

Trip Details

Trip 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

  • Clothing and personal items
  • Water (3 liters capacity)
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

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.

Trip Logistics

Trip 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

Jan-Mar7:15-7:30 AM
April6:45-7:00 AM
May5:45-6:00 AM
June-Aug4:45-5:00 AM
September6:45-7:00 AM
Oct-Dec7:15-7:30 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 maximum group size on this hiking tour is 9 guests. 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:

  • 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)

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°
November52°27°68°46°

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (13 reviews)
Tanyella E.
5.0

Memorable Day

1 year ago

Brian was very friendly and knowledgeable and made our first trip to the Grand Canyon really memorable. You're in good hands with Wild Land Trekking.

Kitty B.
5.0

Best Tour Guide Ever!

11 months ago

Cameron was our honeymoon Grand Canyon tour guide of our DREAMS. The amount of information we learned throughout the day was incredible. Not only was Cameron extremely intelligent and knowledgeable of every single thing we saw and passed and touched etc, he was so humble of his incredible and (wow so impressive!!) life. His stories filled our day with laughter and awe. Oh and the Grand Canyon was awesome too. Cameron set the bar so high, I don’t know how we will ever enjoy another tour guide ever again. We got so lucky with Cameron, and plan on doing whatever it takes to get him to take us on a river trip through the canyon on our anniversary. Oh and the sandwiches he made were so dang good. And he packed us great snacks. Thank you Wildland Trekking!

Ann-Marie S.
5.0

very well planned and executed tour

3 years ago

Very well planned and executed guided tour. Our guide, Ryan, was friendly, personable, and very well-informed about the area. He made sure we stayed hydrated and cool in the hot June weather, and matched the hike to our capabilities without compromising on the sceneries and experience. The backpacks and trekking poles were great quality; and, the food was healthy, fresh, and ample. We really appreciated that Ryan brought snacks which included a variety of granola bars, fresh fruit, and juices, and not sodas and chips as we've experienced on some other tours. We highly recommend this company's services.

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