Grand Canyon and Sedona

Trip Description

This fantastic Grand Canyon and Sedona hiking tour offers the best way to experience these two phenomenal destinations in a single vacation. Join our team of professional hiking guides and spend three or four days exploring a number of unique trails that best exemplify these stunning Northern Arizona landscapes. We’ll start at the Grand Canyon with 2 full days of hiking below and along the South Rim. Learn about the incredible geologic history of this iconic National Park as you venture into its depths, discovering awe-inspiring views and hidden secrets. Retire in the evening to a comfortable lodge near the rim. We then head to Sedona and its famous Red Rock Country. Enjoy another day or two hiking to lofty summits offering incredible vistas and through high desert canyons with rich cultural history. We also throw in an adventurous off-road jeep tour through the backcountry.

This hiking tour offers the best of both worlds: fun and challenging hikes to incredible places each day and nights spent in great local hotels and lodges, including dining at restaurants showcasing the Southwest’s signature flavors. You’ll never have to worry about a thing as our guides lead you every step of the way and take care of every detail. Join us for a Grand Canyon and Sedona hiking vacation to remember.

Four Season Guides, LLC is a licensed permitee of the USFS, Red Rock Ranger District.

Call or email us with any questions.
877-272-5032
or
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Overview

Trip Details

Type: Lodge-Based Hiking & Jeep Tour

Days: 3 or 4 Days

Distance: 27 miles (4-day itinerary)

Difficulty: Intermediate

Origin: Flagstaff, AZ

Cost: $1650 (3 days) / $2100 (4 days)

Single Supplement: +$400 (3 days) / $525 (4 days)

*All commercial trips in Grand Canyon National Park are subject to a 5% fee required by the National Park Service. This fee will be added when you confirm your reservation and transferred directly to Grand Canyon National Park.

Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day 1:

Depart Flagstaff early for your scenic drive through northern Arizona. Our destination will be the South Rim of Grand Canyon for our first hike. Our trail descends into the depths of the canyon via switchbacks and longer traverses along a rocky ridgeline offering panoramic views that are hard to beat. Our goal is a promontory of limestone offering glimpses of the Colorado River as it meanders along the canyon bottom, still a few thousand feet below us. We return the way we came, all the while learning about the canyon’s geologic history, plants and animals and tales of early explorers. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the trail before returning to the rim. We then head to the Yavapai Observation Point for more incredible canyon views before checking into our hotel. You’ll have a chance to rest and get cleaned up before a delicious dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Drive Time: 1.5 hours to South Rim
Distance & Elevation: ~6 miles, 2000 foot descent/ascent
Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:

After an early breakfast we are off for another day of exploring. We’ll head for a quiet trail to the west of Grand Canyon Village and descend into a peaceful basin of pinyon pine and juniper. Here the trail levels out and winds its way along the head of a deep gorge towards an idyllic spring tucked away in a sandstone alcove. You’ll learn the history of the prospectors and early guides that built these trails and welcomed tourists in the late 19th century. Upon returning to the rim, we will begin our journey to Sedona, passing through the gorgeous Oak Creek Canyon on one of the most scenic roads in Arizona. We’ll check into our hotel, clean up and head out for dinner at one of Sedona’s best local restaurants.
Drive Time: 2 hours from Grand Canyon to Sedona
Distance & Elevation: 5 miles, 1680 foot descent/ascent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

For our Sedona introduction, we’re heading to lofty heights for an unbeatable vantage point of Red Rock Country. Our goal is the summit of Wilson Mountain, 2300 feet above the surrounding high desert. The views are incredible the whole way so there are plenty of reasons to stop, catch your breath and snap some photos. Our goal is the Sedona Overlook, at 7000 feet elevation, where you will be rewarded with views that stretch over hundreds of square miles of scenic canyon country. After a delicious picnic lunch at the summit, we will slowly make our way back down to the trailhead. If time permits after the hike, we can stop in Uptown Sedona to spend some time browsing the shops and art galleries. After a great day, we’ll head to the hotel for showers and then hit the town for dinner together.
Distance & Elevation: 8 miles, 2300-foot ascent/descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

Our final day is action-packed and highlights the magical red rocks of Sedona. We’ll start early this morning with a short drive to the trailhead. Our goal is the summit of Doe Mountain, perched several hundred feet above the surrounding high desert. A scenic trail around the flat mesa-top offers incredible views so there are plenty of reasons to stop, enjoy the surroundings and snap some photos. Eventually we’ll return to the vehicle before heading off for a scenic picnic lunch. After lunch, it’s time to sit back (though maybe not relax) and enjoy the adventure of a red rock jeep tour. Head out into the backcountry for some four-wheel excitement. The jeep guides are pros at negotiating the dirt roads and slickrock and you’ll have a blast holding on and taking in the sights. After a big day of Sedona adventuring, we’ll head back to Flagstaff for farewells, arriving by 5:00pm at the latest.
Drive Time: 1.5 hours total
Distance & Elevation: 3 miles, 400 foot ascent/descent
Breakfast, Lunch

3-Day Option:

For those looking for a slightly shorter trip, we offer a 3-day itinerary that features the same itinerary as above, minus the hike up Wilson Mountain.

*Final itineraries are occasionally subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as park restrictions/closures, weather conditions and/or road closures.

Details

What's Included

  • A professional, licensed and medically trained guide
  • All necessary gear: day pack, trekking poles, traction devices (for icy conditions)
  • Two or three nights lodge accommodations in Grand Canyon and Sedona
  • 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
  • Park Entrance Fees

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?

This tour will accommodate 6 people plus one guide

Are there age restrictions?

Children under the age of 12 are generally not permitted on regularly scheduled trips. 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

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?

Your guide will pick you up at your Flagstaff hotel the morning of your trip’s scheduled departure, at a pre-determined time. Most trips depart between 6am and 8am. We strongly recommend staying at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff the night prior to departure, where we have arranged discounted rates for our guests.

You will receive an orientation email approximately 5 days pror to your trip’s departure with last-minute details and helpful information.

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

2022 Dates

November: 7-10

 

2023 Dates

January: 14-16

February: 13-15

March: 21-24

April: 5-7, 17-20, 26-29

May: 8-11

October: 12-15

November: 7-10

 

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

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

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