Trip Details

Type: Basecamp hiking, one night lodge

Days: 4 Days

Distance: 25 mi/40 km

Difficulty: Intermediate

Origin: Flagstaff, AZ

Cost: $1250/person

Single Supplement: $85

*All commercial trips in Grand Canyon National Park are subject to a 5% fee required by the National Park Service. This fee is included in the advertised trip cost. 

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 to the Colorado River through a quiet, seldom-visited slot canyon, and the peaceful solitude of remote viewpoints along the forested North Rim. You will spend one night in a lodge and a few nights of deluxe camping beneath the towering pines along the North Rim. Each day brings a new adventure and constantly evolving views. You may also include the option for a half-day float on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon. Each tour can be custom-tailored to fit the desires and abilities of the group. This outstanding adventure is a favorite of our guides and will undoubtedly leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

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 one of the nearby restaurants.
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 in Cathedral Wash, 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 a sandy beach along the river. Then it’s back to the car for the beautiful drive up to the North Rim. Upon arrival, we will visit Bright Angel Point, an incredible viewpoint perched along a narrow ridge offering wonderful canyon panoramas. A quick visit to the North Rim Lodge is followed by a peaceful stroll along the rim back to our comfy campsite in the pine forest. Your guide will set everything up while you kick back and soak in the beautiful surroundings. Enjoy a tasty dinner by the campfire.
Drive Time: 1.5 hours
Distance & Elevation: 6 miles, 350 foot descent/ascent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
Today we head below the rim on the North Kaibab Trail, a well-traveled route offering incredible vistas and optional turn-around points to suit various hiking abilities. A more vigorous adventure leads to the Redwall Bridge, 2000 feet below the rim. For those looking for something less-demanding, a hike to Supai Tunnel is a great option. And this leaves the opportunity to enjoy a few more fun, shorter hikes along the rim. Options include Cape Final, Cliff Springs, and Cape Royal. Wherever the day takes us, there will be no shortage of memorable views and scenic wonders. Return to camp for a hot meal and some rest and relaxation by the campfire.
Drive Time: Up to 1 hour
Distance & Elevation: 7 to 12 miles, up to 2000 foot descent/ascent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
An early start will allow enough time for your guide to pack up camp before heading out for one last scenic hike before the return trip to Flagstaff. The Widforss Trail features gorgeous forests along the rim, lots of fossils, terrific views, and pleasant solitude. The trail contours the rim of Transept Canyon, a deep and stunning tributary canyon, whose floor is nearly 4000 feet below. We will enjoy this beautiful trail through lunchtime before beginning our journey home. Expect to arrive back in Flagstaff around 5pm.
Distance & Elevation: 5 to 8 miles, minimal elevation change
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
  • Lodge accommodations Night 1
  • All necessary gear: day pack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles
  • All necessary cooking/eating gear: bowls, cups, utensils
  • 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 to Grand Canyon
  • Entrance fees and camping permits

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 10-15% 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 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. Checks by mail are fine as well, as are bank transfers ($35 transfer fee). Call our office Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Arizona time. 1-877-272-5032

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. Please visit our Travel Resources page for information on airports, shuttles/rental cars and recommended hotels.

Where do meet our guides?

We will hold a pre-trip orientation at 4:30pm the evening prior to your trip’s departure at the Four Season Outfitters shop in Flagstaff. Departure times and logistics for the following morning will be discussed at the orientation.

Departure times and logistics for the following morning will be discussed at the orientation. Most trips will depart between 4:30am and 7am. *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 Embassy Suites (recommended) or Hampton Inn & Suites can leave their cars at the hotel. These hotels will often store your luggage for you, as well. If not, we are happy to store extra luggage at our shop 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.

2018 Dates

May: 24-27, 28-31

June: 6-9, 25-28   

July: 2-5, 29-Aug 1

August: 6-9, 13-16, 27-30

September: 3-6

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

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