Map of Walking in Grand Canyon National Park including United States Of America

See a different side of the magnificent Grand Canyon

Capture the magic of the Grand Canyon on a guided 5-day walking adventure through its highlights and hidden pockets. Kick things off with a hike along the popular South Rim, soaking in spectacular views of the Canyon and Colorado River, then continue to the lesser-visited and awe-inspiring North Rim. Let your local guides show you hidden trails, secret look out points and unusual wildlife, and spend your evenings in a scenic campsite beneath a sky full of stars. Between unbelievably beautiful walking trails to views to take your breath away, you’re sure to have a grand old time.


Start
Flagstaff, United States
Finish
Flagstaff, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Basix
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
SKXG
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 2, Max 6

Why you'll love this trip

  • Discover the lesser-explored but equally beautiful North Rim of the Grand Canyon. With just 10% of the visitors of its southern counterpart, you’ll often feel like you have the whole place to yourself.

  • You’ll also get to see what all the fuss is about and kick the trip off with a hike around the stunning South Rim, taking in epic views of the canyon and Colorado River as you go.

  • Hike with expert guides who will bring the landscape to life, share stories about the region’s history and culture, and help spot fascinating animals and plant life.

  • At the end of each day of walking, you’ll rest your head at your spectacular campsite, totally immersed in the wild surroundings and a world-class spot for stargazing.

  • Take in views that will stop you in your tracks, from a picnic lunch overlooking the depths of the canyon to a barely-known outcrop offering unbeatable panoramic views.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a camping trip, allowing you to really be immersed in your surroundings. Tents, sleeping mats and sleeping bags will be provided, and facilities will be shared.

  • A good fitness level will help you get the most out of the included walks on this itinerary.

  • Grand Canyon boasts warm summers but be prepared for colder evenings and possibly rainy days. Late September and October departures will see a temperature drop (great hiking conditions!). Good clothing and appropriate footwear are a must.

  • We will walk up to 7 miles (11 km) per day, with fair amount of elevation gain. You may wish to bring walking poles with you.

  • On our final day we will reach Flagstaff between 5 pm and 6 pm. This night’s accommodation is not included so please plan your departure accordingly, or pre-book a post-tour night.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Your adventure begins in Flagstaff, Arizona, your gateway to the Grand Canyon. A wonder of the natural world, the Grand Canyon is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable places on our planet, and there’s no better way to explore it than on foot. A welcome meeting will take place at 5pm tonight so you can meet your local leader and fellow travellers and be briefed on the days ahead. If you arrive early, you may like to check out the The Arboretum at Flagstaff to discover the desert plants of the region, or head out to the Wupatki National Monument to learn about the area’s Native American History. This evening, perhaps get to know your group over dinner together in town.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Rise and shine for your first day walking the Grand Canyon. Drive from Flagstaff to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (approximately 4 hours) and be greeted by a view so amazing you’ll never get used to it. Pay a visit to the Desert View Watchtower, a stone structure built to replicate the Native American tower that once stood in the same spot centuries ago. Continue to the Grandview Trail, built by miners in the late 1800s. Hit the trail and hike past epic views of the Colorado River and the canyon it carved out. As you walk, your leader will fill you in on the secrets of the landscape and its history. Once you’ve completed the hike, drive on to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, stopping en route to cross the Old Navajo Bridge suspended 467 feet above the water. Take some time to get to know this side of the canyon before setting up camp for the evening and reminiscing about the day’s discoveries over dinner.
Accommodation
  • Camping (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Grandview Trail of the South Rim
  • Old Navajo Bridge Visit
  • Desert View Watchtower
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walks will cover approximately 3-6 miles with 1200-2500 ft elevation loss/gain.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the peace and quiet of your campsite, then set out for another exciting day. Head to a lesser-explored trail – it’s so beautiful it’s a surprise the trail’s not better known, but that’s good for you, as you’ll likely have the whole thing to yourselves! The remote track winds through pine forests before giving way to a rocky outcrop hanging over the canyon, offering up cinematic views in all directions. Without the crowds, this is the perfect spot to snap some pictures or just take a moment to soak it all in. Depending on the interests of the group, you’ll have the chance to hike for another mile or two into the canyon. After the day’s hikes are done, you’ll enjoy a well-earned outdoor dinner at a truly magical viewpoint – al fresco dining doesn’t get much better than this!
Accommodation
  • Camping (1 night)
Included Activities
  • North Rim off-the beaten track hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walks will cover approximately 7 miles with 500 ft elevation.
Fuel up for the day with a hearty breakfast then make the short drive to today’s trailhead. Hit the trail and weave through the gorgeous pine and aspen trees on the high North Rim, sitting at an elevation of 8000ft. Your leader will point out ancient fossil beds as you pass, while also discussing the fascinating flora and fauna which stands in stark contrast to the surrounding desert landscapes. Be sure to keep an eye out for deer, elk, coyotes, foxes, mountain lions and half-breed wild buffalo, which have all been known to roam these parts. Continue to the edge of the canyon, then venture along the North Rim towards a marvellous viewpoint. Take some time out to enjoy a picnic lunch in a spot where you can really appreciate the sheer scale of the Grand Canyon. Explore further around the rim, then return along the same trail.
Accommodation
  • Camping (1 night)
Included Activities
  • High North Rim hike to the edge of the Canyon
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walks will cover approximately 5 miles with minimal elevation.
It’s time to pack up camp, then go and check out a slightly different style of accommodation – the famous Grand Canyon Lodge. Stop here to admire the view from the lodge’s panoramic windows, then begin the hike down the much-loved North Kaibab Trail, heading towards the Coconino Overlook or the Supai Tunnel, allowing you to walk through the rocks of the canyon. The plant life here is just as interesting as the rock formations – descend from a mixed conifer forest on the rim that gives way to a dry Sonoran desert landscape. Once your hike is over, begin the drive back to Flagstaff (approximately 4.5 hours) and take some time to think back on all you’ve seen and accomplished over the last four days. Your adventure will come to an end upon your arrival in Flagstaff.
Included Activities
  • Grand Canyon - Lodge visit
  • North Kaibab Trail to Coconino Overlook walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s walks will cover approximately 1.5-4 miles with 600-1441 ft elevation loss/gain.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night), Camping (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Grandview Trail of the South Rim
  • Old Navajo Bridge Visit
  • Desert View Watchtower
  • North Rim off-the beaten track hike
  • High North Rim hike to the edge of the Canyon
  • Grand Canyon - Lodge visit
  • North Kaibab Trail to Coconino Overlook walk

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Important notes

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1. FIRST DAY: Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5pm on Day 1. Please see Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.

2. FINAL DAY: You are expected to arrive back into Flagstaff around 5pm and dropped off at the same location as the joining point.
There is no accommodation included on the last day in Flagstaff , however we can request any additional nights should you need them.

3. A single tent is provided to all solo travellers at no extra cost. First night of the trip in Flagstaff hotel is on twin-shared basis, but single supplement is available for that night too and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential trip information

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