Hiking Day Tours in the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon | Arizona
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Top three reasons to hike the Grand Canyon

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    Breathtaking expansive panoramas of the canyon and surrounding rock

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    At 18 miles long and more than 6,000 feet deep, it exhibits 2 billion years of geology

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    Home to five of the seven life zones in the world and three of the four types of deserts in North America

Whether you are an avid hiker or a first-time visitor, Grand Canyon National Park has so much to offer! Witness the power of nature and enjoy 360-degree panoramic views over 277 miles of the canyon. 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 — the Colorado River, Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Trail, and the North and South Rim are all worth the effort. Even if you are not a first-time visitor, every visit is different as the colors of the rock change with each passing day. Enjoy the Grand Canyon, one of the most iconic landmarks in the States, on hiking tours you’ll never forget! Find out more about the 5 Grand Canyon trails that will take your breath away from Liz Thomas, a professional hiker and guidebook author.

Season

Year-round

Nearest city

Flagstaff, AZ is a 90-minute drive away

Duration

1 day

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

Choose how you spend your day

Grand Canyon South Rim Hiking Standard Tours

Full-day

The majesty of the Grand Canyon is best experienced through guided hikes. The trails here range from 3 to 6 miles and offer plenty of photo opportunities that will leave you in awe. Stop for a wholesome and delicious lunch and enjoy the view over the Canyon. If you wish to experience all the best sightseeing spots, join an expert guide that will plan out a safe day of hiking and take you to the most amazing places in the area. All you’ll need to do is put on your hiking boots, and enjoy one of the best hiking tours in the Grand Canyon!

Grand Canyon South Rim Stroll Standard Tours

Full-day

If you’re in the mood for a milder experience, try out the walking tours along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Follow a paved, level trail with breathtaking views every step of the way. Learn about the plants, animals, and cultural history of the Canyon from a friendly, experienced guide. This 3-mile round trip includes the Grand Canyon geology museum, Kolb Studios, El Tovar, and Hopi House. Stroll, take a break for a picnic lunch, and eat at a breathtaking viewpoint before continuing with your adventure!

Beginner: South Kaibab Trail Private Tour

Full-day

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 Private Tour

Full-day

The Bright Angel Trail begins just west of Bright Angel Lodge and offers hikes that range in distance up to 12 miles (round trip). It is a steep day hike perfect for intermediate to advanced hikers, and one of the most iconic hiking tours in Grand Canyon, 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 Private Tour

Full-day

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 Private Tour

Full-day

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!

Reviews

Reviews (4)

Elise Naramore about Red Rock Treks on 57hours

From start to finish, we had a terrific time. Andy was friendly, knowledgeable, interested, and anticipated our needs. He took lots of candid shots for us, made sure we rested adequately, and made conversation. It was a long, rewarding day and I definitely want to do a longer hike with him next time.

Could we do it ourselves? Probably. But it wouldn’t have been as interesting and we might have pushed ourselves past safety without our guide’s advice. The trail was terrific, and the views… well, it’s the Grand Canyon so of course it’s stunning. Well worth the money. We never felt rushed or cheated. It was great to have someone else drive and make decisions about where to get food and how long to rest. Was an absolute great day!

Donna Dokken Bauer about Red Rock Treks on Facebook

Andy took us to Bell Rock to experience the vortex. He was a great guide and the hike was catered to us! Loved it and thank you Beth for loving your customers!

Linda Bauer about Red Rock Treks on Facebook

Tracy is so knowledgeable, she makes each event special. My daughter and I have taken the Grand Canyon Stroll, the Vortex tour and a trip to the cliff dwellings, the well and to the ranch. I have taken two other friends to her Grand Canyon Stroll. So worth it! So all in all I have “trekked” with Tracy each of my 3 recent trips to Sedona!

Leo about Red Rock Treks on Facebook

I highly recommend Red Rock Treks as Tracy is a wonderful guide and good company. We hiked the Grand Canyon and had an amazing day.
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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’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

  • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • A full day of guided hiking
  • Transportation from your accommodation
  • Sunset viewing with complimentary drinks, as well as a meat and cheese board (private tours only)
  • Non-alcoholic beverage coolers (private tours only)
  • Customizable energy-sustaining snack menu (private tours only)
  • Deluxe picnic lunch prepared by a local caterer and selected from a menu (private tours only)
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • All necessary high-quality gear (backpacks, trekking poles, etc.)
  • Permits and entrance fees

What’s not included:

  • Transportation
  • Accommodations

How fit do I need to be?

There are hiking and backpacking tours in the Grand Canyon to suit all skill and fitness levels, so even if you’re not an experienced hiker, there’s a trail for you. Your guides will help you choose the optimal terrain, and have the best possible hiking experience in the Grand Canyon.

    • 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 that the weather in the summer can be very hot in the Grand Canyon and you’ll also be carrying a full daypack for your hiking trips, 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:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
    • Hiking poles — optional
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • Waterproof rain jacket
    • Sunhat
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Sunglasses
    • 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:

    • For standard tours, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 6:1, but larger groups can be accommodated with additional guides. Pricing is per person, and cost does not decrease as your group grows.
    • For the private tours, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1, but larger groups can be accommodated with additional guides. Costs per person will decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike 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.

For the standard tours, your meeting location will be based on the hike you choose, but you’re likely to meet your guide outside The Grand Canyon Association Park Store at the Visitor Center at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Depending on the hike, you will then shuttle or follow in your own car to the trailhead. You can also arrange to be picked up from your hotel in Flagstaff, Williams, Tusayan, or in the Grand Canyon Village.

For the private tours, 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. The pick-up time will be based on your location.

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