Flagstaff, AZ is a 90-minute drive away
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Explore stunning trails and incredible vistas in the Grand Canyon
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. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, follow the ancient and spectacular trails that wind through the park delivering plentiful rewards — the Colorado River, Phantom Ranch, and Bright Angel Trail and the North and South Rim are all worth the effort. Let a local, professional guide take you on an adventure you will never forget!
Most Popular Itineraries
Beginner Day Hike: The Rim Trail
If you want to experience the Grand Canyon’s most stunning views, this is the trail for you. Hiking along the West Rim, you’ll experience breathtaking panoramas, catching glimpses of the Colorado River as it winds its way through the canyon below. This hiking tour is beginner-friendly, and you’ll be shuttled back to the starting point after completing this one-way trek.
Family-Friendly Day Hike: South Kaibab Trail
If you’re visiting the Grand Canyon for the first time and wish to experience all the best sightseeing spots, this hike takes the cake. You can choose between a shorter, 3-mile round-trip hike to Cedar Ridge — ideal for families with kids and beginners — or the 6-mile-long round-trip hike to the Skeleton Point.
Intermediate Day Hike: Hermit Trail
Escape the crowds and enjoy the solitude of a trail first built by the Santa Fe Railroad in 1912.
You’ll be rewarded with some of the best fossilized reptile tracks in the park as you make your way down a rather steep descent heading towards Dripping Springs for a seven-mile round-trip or choosing the five-mile round-trip to Santa Maria Spring. You’ll be rewarded with incredible, panoramic views of the canyon and walk on original cobblestone paths.
Grandview Trail Hiking Tour
Looking for something more challenging? Follow an ancient Native American route rebuilt in 1892 to access the Last Chance Copper Mine and get a taste of both the mining and cultural history of the park. Experience incredible views of the Vishnu Temple, Painted Desert, and the Colorado River. This steep trail might be for the more adventurous, but offers spectacular views with the option to hike to the edge of Horseshoe Mesa or a visit to the Cave of Domes.
Things you need 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!
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
Why should I go hiking?
When visiting the Grand Canyon, most people rarely dare to step away from the tourist bustle and see what truly makes it the stuff of legend. But you haven’t really seen the Grand Canyon until you’ve set foot in it. Those who do take up this adventure are rewarded with a life-changing journey into the heart of the park, with the diverse wealth of flora and fauna leading you through the striking, ever-changing terrain. Without a doubt, hiking is the best way to experience this tremendous natural wonder of the world.
What you get on this adventure:
- A professional, local guide licensed by Grand Canyon National Park
- Transportation to and from trailhead
- Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
- Trekking poles and a daypack
- Permits and entrance fees
- First-aid kit
What can I expect from hiking with a guide?
Hiring a local guide gives you the opportunity to experience the Grand Canyon in all its glory. Local guides will show you the hidden gems the area has to offer, explain the history and geology of the site, and will customize your day to the desires of your group. Because there is so much to see and experience in Grand Canyon National Park, this is one location where it really pays to have a guide by your side to make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 35L bag) — daypacks are available to use if you don’t have your own
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2-3L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots, shoes or “canyoneering“ sandals
- Spare clothes for layering
- Sunhat and raingear
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
What’s the itinerary?
It all depends on the hike you choose! Your exact itinerary will be determined after booking, but in most cases you meet you in the park. Transportation to and from your accommodations can also be arranged.
Day hikes are between four and seven hours depending on trail choice and the skill level and speed of your group. Your adventure begins first thing in the morning but the exact time will be arranged with you upon booking dependent on time of the year.
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 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 is the minimum age requirement?
- 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.
What about group sizes and pricing?
The max client to guide ratio for day-hiking in the Grand Canyon is 7:1, but larger groups can be accommodated with additional guides. Pricing is per person, and costs decrease as your group grows, making it the perfect opportunity to hike with family or friends
If you’re a solo hiker or your hiking party is larger than seven people, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What about bad weather?
Tours are scheduled to fit with the Grand Canyon’s ideal hiking season and will run in most weather conditions. As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation,” so make sure you bring the right gear. Inclement weather can always pose a challenge, but your guide will be prepared for anything and will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your hiking tour to a more favorable day.
If it is not possible to hike on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
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 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.