Plateau Point Private Day Hike Tour
South Rim Village, AZ5.0 (2 reviews)
- Views of the Colorado River
- Profound Canyon Viewpoint
- Challenging Adventure
- Historic Bright Angel Trail
- Desert Oasis
- Fascinating Interpretation
Please Note: Bright Angel Trail, which leads to Plateau Point, is closed between October 12, 2023 and April 14, 2024. During this time period, please select a different day hike. We strongly recommend the South Kaibab Trail as an excellent alternative.
This very special day hike offers the incredible opportunity to descend to the top of the Inner Gorge and look down directly onto the Colorado River. Plateau Point is the most famous backcountry viewpoint in Grand Canyon National Park, and justifiably so. It offers 360 degree views to the Colorado River below, soaring temples and buttes above, west of the Corridor down canyon, and east of the Corridor up canyon. We can also look down on a famous section of the Bright Angel Trail called the “Devil’s Corkscrew,” which is a series of switchbacks leading hikers up from the River.
This hike descends the historic Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking path. It offers stunning views for the duration of the hike, but amazingly none of them equal the profound vistas from Plateau Point, which we reach after passing the shady desert oasis of Havasupai Garden. We will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch at Plateau Point (or possibly at Havasupai Garden, depending on the temperature) before turning back and tackling the grueling hike back to the South Rim.
Important: This day hike is the most strenuous we offer in the Grand Canyon and is specifically designed for very fit guests who want to embark on a full-day adventure. 12 miles in the Grand Canyon will feel like 18-20 miles at many other destinations. Due to summer and shoulder season heat in the Canyon, this trip is available from October 1 through April 30.
$250-$650 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
This day hike is the most strenuous we offer in the Grand Canyon and is specifically designed for very fit guests who want to embark on a full-day adventure. 12 miles in the Grand Canyon will feel like 18-20 miles at many other destinations. Other than distance and elevation gain/loss, all other aspects of this hike are moderate.
Up to 12 mi
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PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP
- Hiking uphill and downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 9-12 hours
- Maintaining balance and footing on variable, uneven terrain
- Hiking with occasional heights exposure
SOLITUDE LEVEL 1
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this Grand Canyon hike a solitude 1 because it follows the most popular trail in the Canyon. You can expect to be around other hikers most of the time.