Top three reasons to hike the Grand Canyon
One of the most iconic hiking destinations in the world
Breathtaking 360° panoramic views over 277 miles of the canyon
Dozens of trail options, from short overlooks to ultra-length excursions
Grand Canyon National Park has so much to offer! At 18 miles long and more than 6,000 feet deep, it exhibits 2 billion years of geology. It is home to five of the seven life zones in the world and three of the four types of deserts in North America! Hike one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and follow the ancient and spectacular trails that wind through the park delivering plentiful rewards. Let your local guide take you on a luxurious adventure including everything from ultra-comfortable transportation to a gourmet picnic lunch accompanied by spectacular views of the canyon. Along the way, visit Grand Canyon Village, Tusayan Ruins, Yavapai Point, and many more spectacular locations the Grand Canyon offers. Find out why the Grand Canyon is one of the best hiking destinations from Maggie Slepian, backpacker, trail runner, climber, and mountain biker.
March through September
Flagstaff, AZ is a 90-minute drive away
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
These are some of the most popular trails in the Grand Canyon. All tours are customized per guest’s requests. There is no set itinerary with the exception of pick up time and location.
Beginner: Rim Trail
The Rim Trail extends for a phenomenal 13 miles, from the village area to Hermits Rest, offering excellent walking and stunning views into and across the canyon with guardrails along the way. This is an opportunity to see different kinds of geology, colors of rock, and layers upon layers of rocks as you learn about the Grand Canyon from your guide. This trail is great for beginners and families with kids because it’s relatively flat and is a cool way to learn about the geology of the park. See for yourself why the Grand Canyon is considered one of the natural wonders!
Beginner: South Kaibab Trail
Begin your adventure south of Yaki Point on Yaki Point Road and hike up to 6 miles (round trip). This is a steep but shortest and fastest way to get deep into the canyon — all on wide, well-maintained trails. South Kaibab Trail offers some of the finest views of the Grand Canyon such as the “Ooh Ahh Point,” which provides spectacular views of the canyon. The trail cuts across the canyon in a northerly direction through 8 major geologic formations until it ends in the Vishnu schist of the inner gorge of the Grand Canyon. Join your guide for a day of luxurious hiking and enjoy 360º views of the canyon.
Intermediate: Bright Angel Trail
The Bright Angel Trail begins just west of Bright Angel Lodge and offers day hikes that range in distance up to 12 miles (round trip). It is a steep hike perfect for intermediate to advanced hikers and one of the most iconic hiking destinations in the park, if not the country! Enjoy a startlingly lush oasis of cottonwoods, willows, and grasses that are a stark contrast to the grand towers of red desert rock canyon is famous for. Admire the views of the colossal cliffs and the expansive panoramas of the canyon and surrounding rock that are so much more up-close-and-personal when you walk into the canyon.
Intermediate: Hermit Trail
A bit tougher than the Bright Angel and South Kaibab, the Hermit Trail offers steep but beautiful hikes to Santa Maria Spring, just 2.5 miles away (5 miles round trip), and Dripping Springs 3.5 miles away (7 miles round trip). The trail features a river, beautiful scenery, many fossils and amazing historical sites. The Hermit Trail has a real “Off the Beaten Path” feel. Get away from the crowds with your expert guide, and experience the true solitude of the Grand Canyon!
Advanced: Grandview Trail
The Grandview Trail follows a historic copper mining route. The trail offers hikes to Coconino Saddle (2.2 miles round trip), and Horseshoe Mesa (6.4 miles round trip). It also boasts an incredible cave system that can be explored! Several side hikes are available once campsites are reached, including a large cave system called “The Cave of the Domes”. Horseshoe Mesa camp is positioned in a location that is optimal for an amazing view of the Grand Canyon sunset.This trail feels lightly traveled and genuine, but is most suitable for avid hikers with excellent fitness abilities. Join your guide on a day of luxurious fun in the canyon!
Meet your guide
All-Star Grand Canyon Tours
All-Star Grand Canyon Tours
Such an awesome experience! We have been out with them a few times now and it’s always perfect. Ben is such a great tour guide. The lunch that they set up is beautiful and delicious with a great view and the sunset spot with wine/charcuterie was unbelievable.
Cory was great at showing us all the interesting sites at the Grand Canyon. He showed us things I would have never thought of. It was a great trip and I would highly recommend it.
The all day tour with Molly was the highlight of our vacation. Her enthusiasm, knowledge, and passion for what she does made the day. The hike to Ooh-Ahh point was perfect for our family and 11 and 12 year old daughters…challenging, but not too hard. Molly brought in an amazing lunch which we enjoyed overlooking the canyon. She does an amazing job of layering in information on the drive up, during the hike, at each scenic stop of the tour, and on the way back to town as to not overwhelm you with too many facts at one time. We couldn’t have asked for anything more and met every expectation we could have had. When we go back we will definitely use this company and specifically ask for Molly as a guide.
We had the *perfect* day with All Star Grand Canyon tours. I know we would’ve been lost and not seen hardly anything if it weren’t for our tour. Ben was wonderful, from customizing our day to suit our needs to all his knowledge! We have a 1 year old and was nervous about doing the tour with him, but they had everything 100% from the car seat to baby snacks! We started our day with a hike, had a beautiful picnic lunch, then he took my husband on a more advanced hike while the baby and I napped, then he picked us up at our lodge and finished the day with some easy hikes thru the woods to spectacular viewpoints, and ended with a beautiful spot to watch the sunset accompanied by cheese & meats and wine! They provide all sorts of snacks and drinks on the van – you truly just need to show up and let them make it the best day for you! On top of all this, Ben took the best pictures for us all day long! We hope to be back and will definitely do another tour day with them, I truly wouldn’t do the GC without them. Highly, highly recommend-you will not be disappointed!
Things to know
Covid measures in the Grand Canyon
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Grand Canyon please refer to the Arizona Office of Tourism.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Up to 10 hours of fully-guided hiking
- Amazing sunset viewing with complimentary meat and cheese board, sparkling, red or white wine or local brew or sparkling juice during sunset
- Pickup and drop-off from Flagstaff, Williams, Tusayan, or Grand Canyon Village and Sedona
- Door-to-door ultra-comfortable transportation in a safe ADOT-certified leather-bound touring van or SUV
- Customizable non-alcoholic beverage coolers
- Customizable energy sustaining snack menu
- Delicious Picnic Lunch prepared by a local organic caterer from a fully customizable picnic menu
- All necessary high quality gear (backpacks, trekking poles, etc.)
- Permits and entrance fees
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Arizona
Lunch includes a selection of delicious sandwiches and salads such as an organic roasted turkey breast on artisan bread with creamy pesto aioli and olive tapenade accompanied by organic currant & broccoli salad. Beverages include water, energy drinks, sodas & organic ice teas with special requests welcome. Snacks can include gourmet meats & cheeses, organic crisps, sweets, energy bars, seasonal organic fruits and more.
During the picnic, the guide will provide linen tablecloths & napkins, ceramic plates & silver, not only in an effort to lighten the impact on the environment, but to also make it a more pleasurable experience.
Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten-free lunch options are available upon request. Please contact us to make arrangements.
How fit do I need to be?
There are day hikes in the Grand Canyon to suit all skill and fitness levels, so even if you’re not an experienced hiker, there’s a hike for you.
- For beginner hikes, if you can walk for three to six miles with little elevation gain while carrying a daypack, you are good to go!
- Intermediate hikes will see more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles while carrying a full daypack.
- Advanced hikes are full-day treks with steep descents and challenging switchbacks. Keep in mind, the weather in the summer can be very hot in the Grand Canyon and you’ll also be carrying a full daypack, so expect a challenging day even for the most avid hikers.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The usual client to guide ratio for day-hiking in the Grand Canyon is 4:1, but larger groups can be accommodated with additional guides.
- Pricing is per group. Costs per person will decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Min. age requirements:
- Anyone over the age of 12 can join these day-hiking tours
- Children between the ages of 5 and 12 may join these day-hiking tours, but only on a case-by-case basis
If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 12, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
Most people fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which is a two-hour drive from Flagstaff, AZ, where most people stay. Flagstaff is only a 90-minute scenic drive away from the Grand Canyon.
Your pick-up location will be based on your accommodation in Flagstaff, Williams, Tusayan, or Grand Canyon Village and Sedona. Drive in a safe ADOT certified leather-bound touring van or SUV to the trailhead. Pick-up time will be based on your pick-up location.