Grand Canyon Explorer

Trip Description

Most Grand Canyon visitors only see the world famous attraction from the South Rim. Our Grand Canyon Explorer tour offers you the opportunity to see it from many different perspectives: the South Rim, North Rim, and beautiful Marble Canyon, the true origin of Grand Canyon. Enjoy an array of different day hikes in each part of the park: the classic vistas from the famous South Rim, a hike through a narrow ‘slot canyon’ near the Colorado River, and the peaceful solitude of remote viewpoints along the forested North Rim. You will spend one night in a lodge near Marble Canyon and two nights in the cabins at the renowned Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim. Each day brings a new adventure and constantly evolving views. This outstanding adventure is a favorite of our guides and will undoubtedly leave you with memories to last a lifetime.


Trip Details

Type: Lodge-Based Hiking

Days: 4 Days

Distance: 25 miles

Difficulty: Intermediate

Origin: Flagstaff, AZ

Cost: $2075/person

Single Supplement: $450


Trip Itinerary

Day 1:

This fantastic Grand Canyon hiking tour begins at the South Rim. We kick things off with a hike on one of the South Rim’s best trails. The Hermit Trail offers a chance to hike below the South Rim while avoiding the crowds on the busier trails. Stunning views and tranquil solitude make this an excellent beginning to your Grand Canyon exploration. After a picnic lunch along the trail, we return to the rim and begin making our way east to Desert View for its spectacular and unique views of the canyon and the distant Painted Desert. We then exit the park and drive through the Painted Desert to our cozy lodge in Marble Canyon. After some well-deserved showers, we will head out for a delicious dinner at the on-site restaurant.
Drive Time: 1.5 hours to South Rim, then 1.5 hours to Marble Canyon
Distance & Elevation: ~6 miles, 1500-foot descent/ascent
Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:

After an early breakfast we are off for a full day of exploring. We will take a quick drive to the trailhead for our first hike of the day, an exciting narrow canyon that leads to the banks of the Colorado River in Marble Canyon. This fun hike involves a bit of scrambling over boulders and along rock ledges as it meanders through towering limestone cliffs on its way to the river. Then it’s back to the car for the beautiful drive up to the North Rim. Upon arrival, we will have a quick check-in at the Grand Canyon Lodge followed by a hike out to Bright Angel Point, an incredible viewpoint perched along a narrow ridge offering wonderful canyon panoramas. Dinner tonight is at the spectacular North Rim Lodge dining room.
Drive Time: 1.5 hours
Distance & Elevation: 6 miles, 350-foot descent/ascent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

Today we head out for a gorgeous hike through the North Rim’s ancient forests of firs, pines, and aspens. The Widforss Trail features terrific views, lots of fossils, relatively level hiking, and pleasant solitude. The trail contours the rim of Transept Canyon, a deep and stunning tributary canyon, whose floor is nearly 4000 feet below. Upon arrival at spectactular Widforss Point, we will enjoy a picnic lunch and savor the views before making our way back to the lodge. Enjoy some free time around the lodge before dinner: kick back and a rocking chair on the beautiful patio, peruse the book store and Visitor Center, shop for souvenirs, or stroll along the rim.
Drive Time: 10 minutes
Distance & Elevation: 10 miles, minimal elevation change
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

An early start will allow enough time for breakfast and checking out of lodge before heading out for one last scenic hike before the return trip to Flagstaff. Two great options present themselves: a hike below the Rim on the North Kaibab Trail to the stunning Coconino Overlook or Cape Final to a quiet and unique viewpoint offering views across the Painted Desert and Marble Plateau, and all the way to Navajo Mountain in southern Utah. We will explore through lunchtime before beginning our journey home. Expect to arrive back in Flagstaff around 5pm.
Distance & Elevation: 3 to 5 miles, up to 800-foot descent/ascent
Breakfast, Lunch
Drive Time: 3.5 hours

*Final itineraries are occasionally subject to change due to permit/campsite availability, park restrictions/closures, weather conditions and/or road closures.


What's Included

  • A professional, licensed and medically trained guide
  • 3 nights lodge accommodations
  • Use of day pack and trekking poles
  • All meals from a light breakfast on Day 1 through lunch on the last day + trail snacks
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Flagstaff, AZ
  • All park entrance fees
  • 5% National Park Service Commercial Fee (a required fee that passes through to Grand Canyon National Park)

What's Not Included:

  • Transportation to/from Flagstaff, AZ
  • Lodging the night before/after the trip
  • Clothing, raingear, and footwear
  • Personal toiletries, sunscreen
  • Water bottles/hydration bladder
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (suggested 10-20% of trip cost)

*Upon booking you will receive a detailed trip information packet

How many people are in the group?

Most backpacking trips in Grand Canyon will accommodate 5 people plus one guide. On occasion, a group may be as large as 9 people plus 2 guides.

Are there age restrictions?

Children under the age of 12 are generally not permitted on regularly scheduled tours. This restriction may be negotiable on private tours. Please contact us with any questions regarding this policy.

How do I sign up?

In order to confirm a reservation, we require an initial non-refundable deposit of $250 per person, with the final balance due 90 days prior to the trip’s departure. If you book a trip within 90 days of the trip’s scheduled departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking.

Your deposit is payable over the phone by Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover. You can also pay by personal check or PayPal (PayPal incurs a 1.5% surcharge). Call our office Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Arizona time. 1-877-272-5032

Travel Logistics

Where does the trip begin/end?

This trip will begin/end in Flagstaff, AZ and you will need to spend the night prior to your trip’s scheduled departure in Flagstaff. You will want to fly into either Phoenix (2 hour drive) or Flagstaff.

Where do meet our guides?

We will hold a pre-trip orientation at 4:00pm the evening prior to your trip’s departure at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff. Departure times and logistics for the following morning will be discussed at the orientation.

Most trips will depart between 4:30am and 6:30am. *This meeting is not mandatory, but highly recommended, as we will depart early the next morning. If you are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that we can make alternate arrangements.

What do we do with our car and extra stuff?

We will provide all transportation to/from trailheads for the duration of the trip. We will pick you up at your hotel in Flagstaff and return you there at the trip’s conclusion. Guests staying at the Little America Hotel (recommended) can leave their cars at the hotel. The hotels will often store your luggage for you, as well. If not, we are happy to store extra luggage at our warehouse for the duration of the trip. If you are staying at a different hotel, you will need to check with them as to whether you can leave your car there.

What time will we get back on the last day?

Expect to be back in Flagstaff by 5pm at the latest on the last day of the trip. Many trips will return earlier but we cannot make any guarantees. In general, it is recommended that you do not plan to fly home on the same day your trip finishes. Since each trip has slightly different logistics, feel free to contact us with specific questions related to the expected return time for your trip.

Trip Dates

2024 Dates

June: 10-13, 17-20

July: 15-18, 29-August 1

August: 26-29

September: 9-12, 16-19, 30-October 3

October: 7-10

Don’t see your dates? Custom dates may be available!

Call 1-877-272-5032 or email us for details.

Guest Testimonials

Guest Testimonials

“We wanted to hike and explore Grand Canyon but were not excited about camping. Dave, the owner, was an excellent help in recommneding the perfect trip for us. Since we were visiting in July, he recommended the Grand Canyon Explorer so that we could enjoy a variety of hikes and not suffer from the extreme heat that is so common in the bottom of the canyon at that time of year. We hiked on the South Kaibab Trail (incredible views!) and variety of “guide’s choice” hikes on the North Rim. Our guide Bob was incredible…friendly, fun, knowledgable, and so accommodating. He made us delicious lunches on the trail each day and made sure we were comfortable, safe, and having fun. The lodge accommodations were excellent…rustic, comfortable, and in the most beautiful places. And the itinerary was so well thought out. Every aspect was well-planned and expertly executed. We have already booked our next trip with Four Seasons!” – Mary C.

“The Grand Explorer trip was AWESOME! Perfect for my family and an excellent choice for exploring Grand Canyon in the summer. The North Rim cabins were simple but comfy and the setting can’t be beat…steps away from the canyon rim. We woke up early enjoyed coffee on the rim with practically no one else around. The guides were fantastic and the hikes offered great variety and incredible views. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. We will be back!” Jude S.

“FANTASTIC!!! We did the 4 day/3 night lodge-based hiking trip to the Grand Canyon. Everything was executed with perfection! Karne was the most fun and best guide. She was very knowledgeable and prepared us amazing lunches on the trail. Loved working with Four Season Guides on this trip and can’t wait to book another one!” – Beth G.