Grand Canyon Day Hikes/Rim Tours
Our Grand Canyon Day Hikes and Rim Tours offer an excellent introduction to one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders. Enjoy fully-guided, expert-led hiking tours or sightseeing along the South Rim. We take the work out of your Grand Canyon vacation planning. Our local experts will help you discover all the best viewpoints, trails and hidden secrets of this world-renowned destination. We offer highly customizable tours to fit the needs and desires of your group. Call us today to plan your Grand Canyon Tour!
What is included?
Transportation to and from the South Rim via Flagstaff, Williams or Tusayan (we can meet you at the South Rim as well), delicious picnic lunch, trail snacks, bottled water, day packs, trekking poles, and knowledgeable, local guides licensed by Grand Canyon National Park.
What should you bring?
Appropriate clothing for the weather (call us for details if unsure), hiking shoes/boots, waterproof jacket/poncho, hat & sunglasses, camera, sunscreen. During colder weather, warm hats, gloves, and scarves will be desirable.
Executive Rim Tours
This trip offers the best of both worlds….the luxury of being driven to the best views on the South Rim, as well as the opportunity for short hikes that offer outstanding, picturesque views. Highlights include: Desert View Watchtower, Yavapai Observation Point and Geology Museum, Hermits Rest, Cedar Ridge and Coconino Saddle.
South Kaibab to Cedar Ridge or Skeleton Point
This trail gives hikers a taste of how vast the canyon truly is. Views from this popular trail include: Pipe Creek Canyon, O’Neill Butte, Devil’s Corkscrew, Garden Creek, Wotan’s Throne and Vishnu Temple. This can be extended to Skeleton Point for the more adventuresome hiker. From Skelton Point, one can enjoy views of the Colorado River and Bright Angel Campground.
Distance: 2.8 miles round trip (6.3 miles for Skeleton Point)
Elevation loss: 1150ft (2300ft for Skeleton Point)
Bright Angel to Mile-and-a-Half Rest House
This world famous trail is one of the few maintained trails in the park. The trail follows the Bright Angel Fault as it breaks its way throught the canyon’s fascinating geologic layers. This hike offers rock art (pictographs), beautiful vistas, seasonal water, views of Isis Temple, Cheops Pyramid, and Brahma and Zoroaster Temples. A great hike for first time canyon hikers! This hike can be extended to the three mile rest house (six miles round trip).
Distance: 3 miles round trip. (6 if you go to 3 mile rest house)
Elevation loss: 1120ft (2100ft for 3 mile rest house)
The best way to see the canyon without having to experience the vertical challenges of hiking out. The constant change in views make this trail one of the more breathtaking hikes in along the rim of the canyon. Some of the highlights include: Yavapai Point, Hopi House, Maricopa Point, the Abyss, Pima Point, and Hermit’s Rest.
Distance: 7 miles one way (we will take the shuttle back).
Difficulty: easy in short segments, moderate if hiking the entire trail.
Elevation gain/loss: very little
Hermit Trail to Santa Maria Spring
The trail was built by the Santa Fe Railroad in 1912 and abandoned in 1931. The steep, cobblestone trail is abundant with Piñon and Junipers Pines, as well as some of the best fossilized reptile tracks in the park. The spring sits high above Hermit Creek Canyon with a well shaded area covered in wild grapevine. Epic views into the depths of Hermit Canyon!
Distance: 4.6 miles round trip.
Difficulty: moderately strenuous
Elevation loss: 1640ft
Hermit Trail to Dripping Springs
This hike follows the same trail as the Santa Maria Spring before branching west towards a beautiful amphitheater. True to its name, the spring “drips” out of the roof of the sandstone alcove. The alcove provides great shade while surrounded by ferns, thistle and scarlet monkey flowers.
Distance: 6.6 miles round trip.
Difficulty: moderately strenuous
Elevation loss: 1600ft
Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa
This trail, originally built in the late 1800s, follows an ancient Indian route. The well shaded trail offers views of Vishnu Temple, Navajo Mountain (109 miles away), Painted Desert and the Colorado River. After hiking between the beautiful Cottonwood and Hance Canyons, the trail opens up onto a mesa shaped like a horseshoe. Here we will see the historic mining relics left behind by Peter Berry and his Last Chance operations.
Distance: 7 miles round trip.
Elevation loss: 3100ft
To guarantee your reservation we require a 50% deposit. We collect the remaining balance 30 days prior to the hike departing. Any cancellation made more than 15 days prior to departure will receive a full refund less a $30 processing fee. Cancellations made within 15 days will receive a 50% refund and any cancellation made within 72 hours of the hike departing will receive no refunds or credits. There are no refunds for guests who arrive late or depart early from the trip.