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Grand Canyon Hiking Tours

Grand Canyon Hiking Tours

Always dreamed of hiking into the Grand Canyon?  Join us on one of our Grand Canyon Hiking Tours and experience the canyon up close and personal!  We offer Grand Canyon guided hiking tours to several of the best trails along the South Rim. Departing from Flagstaff in the early morning, our expert guides will discuss your personal hiking experience and skill level, in order to decide what trail or trails would be the best fit for you. Have a specific trail you have been dying to hike? No worries! Our professional guides on our Grand Canyon hiking tours are here to make sure you have the best experience possible. Your hiking experience is completely personalized and can be as long or short as you want.On our Grand Canyon hiking tours, you can do a full day of hiking, or we can do half day of hiking, and a half day of sightseeing. You’ll experience the canyon like never before. Walking down the canyon you are walking down through geologic time. See the rock layers, and learn about the millions of years of geologic history of the canyon. Enjoy picture perfect viewpoints along the trail and capture every breathtaking moment.

During our Grand Canyon hiking tours you’ll be provided lunch, snacks, and water to keep you energized for a full day of activities. Worried about hiking gear? We provide our guests with both a small daypack and trekking poles. Our professional guides are medically trained, local, and extremely knowledgeable about the area. Leaving the Grand Canyon mid-afternoon, our guide will drop you off at your individual hotel in Flagstaff. See one of the seven natural wonders of the world from a different perspective. Our guided tours are private, personal, and perfect for a small group of three to five guests. Book a Grand Canyon hiking tour with Grand Canyon Adventures!

 

 

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The South Kaibab Trail is unique in that it’s the only trail that doesn’t follow an ancient Native American route or a fault line, nor was it constructed by early prospectors or explorers.  Built by the National Park Service in the 1920s when control of the Bright Angel Trail was in dispute, it was intentionally routed along an open ridgeline, providing exciting vistas along its entire length (This also means that there is very little shade, so don’t forget your hat and sunscreen!).  We will hike down to Cedar Ridge, where we will have lunch (toilets available, but no water), then tackle the big climb back out.

South Kaibab Trail

  • Difficulty: 3/5
  • Views: 5/5
  • Seclusion: 1/5
  • Hike length: 3 miles round-trip
  • Elevation gain: 1150 feet

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Beginning as a horse thief trail, the Hermit Trail has a rich history.  The trail you will walk with your Grand Canyon guide was used and improved in the late 1800s and early 1900s by prospectors seeking gold in the heart of the canyon. In 1910 Ralph Cameron imposed a toll on the Bright Angel Trail and the Santa Fe Railroad moved their river to rail traffic to the Hermit Trail. The Railroad further improved the trail and built Hermit Camp. The remains of this camp, which was decommissioned in 1930, can still be seen today; it predates Phantom Ranch by 10 years and was considered a luxury camp in its heyday. You will see fossilized animal tracks and plenty of Northern Arizona’s wildlife as your Grand Canyon Adventures guide leads you through the rock layers of the Kaibab and Coconino to the Dripping Springs trail junction. The Hermit Trail is a beautiful piece of the Grand Canyon’s legacy and one of the least populated trails of the canyon!

Hermit Trail

  • Difficulty: 4/5
  • Views: 3/5
  • Seclusion: 5/5
  • Hike length: 3.2 miles round-trip
  • Elevation gain: 1400 feet

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Bright Angel is the most popular trail in the canyon, with hundreds of hikers and mule trains trekking along its length daily.  It is wide, relatively smooth, well- maintained, and offers sweeping vistas through the heart of the great gorge.  Like so many others, Bright Angel Trail follows an ancient Native American foot path through a fault-controlled break in the cliffs.  In historic times the Havasupai used the path to access their farms on the Tonto Flats below.  But don’t be fooled by the relaxing scenery, the climb back out will still test your endurance!  We will hike either to Mile-and-a-Half Resthouse (water and restrooms),Three Mile Resthouse (water only), or Indian Gardens (water and restrooms) depending on your group’s preference.

Bright Angel Trail   

  • Difficulty: 2/5
  • Views: 3/5
  • Seclusion: 2/5
  • Hike length: 3 to 10 miles round-trip (depending on your preference)
  • Elevation gain: 1120-2400 feet

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This is the easternmost of our regularly scheduled hikes, and it offers a different perspective from the others, with vast panoramas stretching from the Colorado River far below, up the Palisades of the Desert, to Navajo Mountain, 100 miles away.  The trail follows an ancient Native American route that was improved in the late 19th century by Seth Tanner and Franklin French to reach mining claims deep in the canyon.  Our hike will take us down to 75 Mile Saddle where we’ll have a spectacular view of a “pirate stream”.  After lunch in the shade of giant boulders we’ll head back to the Rim.  Tanner Trail is very steep, which makes this our most difficult hike (but also most secluded).

Tanner Trail

  • Difficulty: 4/5
  • Views: 3/5
  • Seclusion: 5/5
  • Hike length: 4 miles round-trip
  • Elevation gain: 1600 feet

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One hundred years ago the Grandview Trail was the premier hike in the park.  The stage line from Flagstaff brought tourists to the Grandview Hotel, where Pete Berry would lead trips into the canyon.  A century later we are still leading hikes here!  Berry originally built the trail to access his copper mine on Horseshoe Mesa, and the amount of construction that went into it will amaze you.  Grandview is one of the most forested trails on the South Rim, and consequently one of the coolest and shadiest in the summer.

Grandview Trail

  • Difficulty: 5/5
  • Views: 3/5
  • Seclusion: 5/5
  • Hike length: 2.5 miles round-trip
  • Elevation gain: 1200 feet
Pickup location:  Any hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Sedona pickups can be made for parties of 5 or more.

Pickup time: 8:15-8:45

Drop off time: 5:00-5:30

  • Transportation from any hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Professional, knowledgeable tour guide
  • Picnic-style lunch, drinks, and snacks
  • All entrance fees
  • Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Small backpack for personal items
  • Gratuity for guide (industry recommendation is 10-20%)
Do you pickup from Sedona?
-We can provide transportation to and from Sedona for parties of 5 or more. For smaller groups, we can meet you in Flagstaff on the morning of your trip.

Do you pickup from all Flagstaff hotels?
-Yes, with the exception of the Twin Arrows Casino, located approximately 30 minutes east of Flagstaff.

When should I book my trip?
-We recommend reserving your trip well in advance to ensure availability, as our trips fill up quickly.

What is your refund policy?
-All trips are fully refundable up to 7 days before your trip date. If inclement weather is anticipated on your trip date, you have the option to continue with the trip, change your booking date, or receive a full refund.

“Just Amazing!”

…From pick up to drop of it was an amazing adventure… Cannot say enough how great it was. When we make it back, he is our first choice for traveling into the canyon again.

-Krystal L

“What a great guided tour for a first time visitor to the Grand Canyon!”

The tour itself was fantastic. We hit a number of great spots along the south rim of the canyon. Matt was extremely knowledgeable and very deftly handled the varying levels of interest within the group. Lunch was provided and was very good. All in all, the Grand Canyon was awe-inspiring as advertised, and the guided tour with Grand Canyon Adventures was the way to see it.

-TBone0910

We loved it!

We had a great time. Bob was the best. His knowledge of the history, geology and of course whodunit mysteries of the canyon was impressive and fun. No doubt learned from his many years of hiking and exploring. Also he brought a telescope! Nobody else had that.

-Pauline B

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