Private Grand Canyon Hiking Tours

Tour Office

Flagstaff, Arizona

Duration

8 Hours

Location

Grand Canyon

Price

From $1200

Private Hiking Tours Along the South Rim

Join us on one of our private Grand Canyon hiking tours and experience the canyon up close and personal! We offer guided hiking tours of the Grand Canyon on several of the best trails along the South Rim, departing from Flagstaff or Grand Canyon in the early morning. Our expert guides will discuss with you your experience and skill level in order to decide which hiking trails would be the best fit for you. Is there a specific trail you have been dying to hike? Great! Our professional guides are here to make sure you have the best experience possible. Because our hiking tours are completely private, your hiking experience is personalized and can be as long or as short as you want. On our Grand Canyon hiking tours, you can opt for a full day of hiking, or we can split the day between hiking and sightseeing. You’ll experience the canyon like never before. When you walk down the canyon, you are walking through geologic time. See the rock layers, and learn about the canyon’s millions of years of geologic history. Enjoy picture-perfect viewpoints along the trail and capture every breathtaking moment.

You’ll be provided lunch, snacks, and water to keep you energized for a full day of activities. We also provide guests with both a small daypack and trekking poles. Our professional guides are medically trained, local, and extremely knowledgeable about the area. Our guided hiking tours are private, personal, and perfect for a small group of three to five guests. Book your Grand Canyon hiking tour today!

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.
We recommend reserving your trip well in advance to ensure availability, as our trips fill up quickly.
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.

Available Trails

SOUTH KAIBAB

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.

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

HERMIT TRAIL

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!

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

BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL

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.

  • 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

TANNER TRAIL

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).

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

GRANDVIEW TRAIL

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.

  • Difficulty: 4/5
  • Views: 3/5
  • Seclusion: 5/5
  • Hike length: 2.5 miles round-trip
  • Elevation gain: 1200 feet
Meeting Location
400 S. Malpais Lane, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Meeting & Drop Off Time
8:00 am- 5:30 pm

Price Includes & Tour Overview

  • Personalized and private hiking experience
  • Option to do a full day of hiking, or a half day of hiking + a half day of sightseeing
  • Family friendly
  • Perfect for small groups of three to seven guests
  • Includes picnic-style lunch catered by La Bellavia Restaurant, drinks, and snacks 

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Small backpack for personal items
  • Gratuity for guide (industry recommendation is 10-20%)

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