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Custom Grand Canyon Lodge Adventure Trip

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Activity
HikingRoad Cycling
Destination
ArizonaGrand Canyon
Tour Length
3 or 4 days
Accomodations
Lodge-Based
Guide Type
Guided
Difficulty
All Levels

A vacation at Grand Canyon National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The national park is iconic, scenic, remote, historic, and full of opportunities for adventure. Staying in one of Grand Canyon’s historic park lodges is an exclusive experience. These coveted rooms sell out months in advance. Book a custom Grand Canyon lodge trip with AOA and secure your chance to experience the incredible adventures available at the Grand Canyon.

Private tours, iconic destinations, stunning hiking routes, and National Park lodges – all fully guided by professional, local southwest guides who make it their goal to create lasting memories. Customize this very special private departure to Grand Canyon’s amazing South Rim for your friends, family, or small group.

How It Works

Step 1: Choose Your Dates

Choose your dates and length of stay. AOA has a selection of dates available to experience your custom trip staying at the Grand Canyon. Your trip can be either 2 nights or 3 nights in duration. See the Trip Dates tab for all options.

Step 2: Select Your Hikes

Each day, there will be the option for easy, moderate, and difficulty hikes. You can find some examples of these hikes under the Itinerary tab. The beauty of this custom experience is that each hike and activity is suited just to you. Select some extra challenge in the morning then add a light and easy hike to round out the afternoon before dinner. You will not be able to note your preferred hikes during the online booking process. After booking, AOA’s adventure consultants will reach out to you to discuss your desired hikes.

Step 3: Add Some Extra Fun

Grand Canyon National Park offers a variety of activities and options for exploration! We’ve hand picked some of our favorite activities beyond hiking the park so that you can round out your vacation in just the right way for your group. Take a look at our Optional Activities tab to see some of our suggestions for additional activities.

Step 4: Make Your Deposit

Select Book Now and put all the pieces in your cart. When you book online, we collect a $500/person deposit. You will have the option to make some selections for upgrades and activities. Don’t worry, you don’t have to do all the work, just point us in the right direction. AOA’s adventure consultants will be in touch to talk through your selections and offer you an official quote for the trip.

Each step of the way, we will ensure every detail of your trip is thoughtfully planned to meet your specific desires and make this trip an unforgettable vacation of a lifetime at Bryce Canyon.

Step 5: Experience the Grand Canyon!

This is the part you’ve been waiting for. After booking, our staff will work closely with you to ensure you are ready for an incredible trip to the Bryce. When you arrive in Southern Utah, the only thing you need to do is relax, enjoy, and sink into the beauty of Bryce Canyon’s remote landscape.

You can book your private trip to stay at Grand Canyon online. During the online booking process, you get to select the base elements of the trip. After booking, we will help fill in the details.

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Daily hikes led by professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide
  • Roundtrip ground transportation from Las Vegas or Phoenix/Scottsdale
  • National Park entry fees
  • Meals from lunch on first day through lunch on last day
  • Water and snacks
  • Trekking poles (upon request)
  • 2 or 3 nights lodging at one of the lodges within Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim (double occupancy) (up to 3 rooms; additional rooms based on availability)
  • Dining and housekeeping gratuity

Not Included ​​​​​​​

  • Additional tours/services such as helicopter tour, horseback riding tour, Jeep tour, etc.. (we will include these in your final quote.)
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Air transportation to and from Phoenix/Scottsdale
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast Day 1, dinner on last day
  • Day hiking pack
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Upgrades + Additions

Solo Accommodations Upgrade

  • 3-Day Trip: $325pp
  • 4-Day Trip: $490 pp

Gear Rental

  • 30 to 40 liter daypack ($15-25 per pack)

Other Additions

  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 each)
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).

Rates

2019 Rates

  • 3-Day Tour Price $ 1395 pp 1395 pp
  • 4-Day Tour Price $ 1895 pp 1895

Optional upgrades will increase the trip price. AOA’s adventure consultants will provide you a final quote. All prices are quoted as double-occupancy with standard inclusions.

Optional upgrades will increase the trip price. AOA’s adventure consultants will provide you a final quote. All prices are quoted as double-occupancy with standard inclusions.

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Select Month

December 29-January 1
December 30-January 2
February 2-February 5
March 17-March 20
April 5-April 8
April 19-April 22
May 3-May 6
May 17-May 20
May 24-May 27
May 27-May 30
June 6-June 9
June 13-June 16
June 27-June 30
July 4-July 7
July 25-July 28
August 1-August 4
August 9-August 12
September 13-September 16
September 27-September 30
October 17-October 20
October 27-October 30
November 8-November 11
November 27-November 30
December 23-December 26
Christmas!
December 29-January 1
December 30-January 2
Sunset over Grand Canyon as seen on AOA 5-day hiking trip

The Rim Trail

1 to 5 miles hiking along the mostly-flat, mostly-paved Rim Trail which meanders along the canyon’s rim with numerous stops at spectacular viewpoints.

The Yavapai Geology Museum and the Grand Canyon Visitor’s Center

For a more in depth look at the canyon and its human and geologic history. Bright Angel Trail – Hike to the tunnel (0.5 mile roundtrip) or to the 1.5-mile Resthouse and see ancient Indian pictographs while getting a closer look at the vastness of the canyon. The trail is wide, well-maintained, and descends at an average decline of about 18%.

Tusayan Ruins and Desert View Watchtower

Enjoy a walking tour of the ancient ruins near the rim where the Anasazi Indians made their homes centuries ago. These stone structures have worn away to simple foundations over the years, but plenty of artifacts remain to help us understand their way of life. Then travel to nearby Desert View Watchtower, built by inventive architect Mary Jane Coulter at the turn of the century to mimic the building style used by the more modern Hopi Indians who still live just outside the park.

Sunset over Grand Canyon as seen on AOA 5-day hiking trip
Hiking group looks over Grand Canyon behind Ooh Aah Point sign

The Rim Trail

This mostly-paved path winds in and out of the Kaibab Forest, poking out to vast scenic overlooks routinely and visiting some of the best known views in the park. Exploring this path west from the village provides a moderate uphill hike for up to 8 miles one-way. The terminus of this incredibly route is Hermit’s Rest, a welcome architectural beauty with snacks and refreshments inside.

Bright Angel Trail

One of the most famous trails in the park, this ancient route through the many layers of sandstone and limestone proudly displays its history in the form of multiple Indian pictograph panels, a carving from the John Wesley Powell expedition, and numerous Civilian Conservation Corps resthouses. Hike to 3-mile Resthouse, or all the way to Indian Gardens for a fun descent and challenging ascent in the grandest of canyons.

South Kaibab Trail

Widely recognized as the most scenic trail in the canyon, the South Kaibab Trail descends these vast canyon walls in a series of switchbacks that open up to nearly 360-degree panoramic views just 1 mile into the canyon. Hike this exposed, beautiful trail to Cedar Ridge at 1.5 miles one-way, or even all the way to Skeleton Point at 3 miles one-way where we can catch a rare glimpse of the Colorado River from above.

Hiking group looks over Grand Canyon behind Ooh Aah Point sign
Hike to Plateau Point in the Grand Canyon

South Kaibab Trail

Hike the South Kaibab Trail deep into the canyon’s interior and see the Colorado River from the Tip-off. This option is 9 miles roundtrip and involves a descent of 3,460 feet, plus the grueling return hike to the rim. South Kaibab Trail offers vast views but also has very little shade, making this an ideal hike for the cooler months. Hikers will need to carry lots of water too since there is no refill opportunity. This challenge is rewarded with views of the deepest section of the canyon!

Hermit Trail

This less-travelled route from the rim down to Hermit Camp at the river provides a fun descent over cobblestone trails built at the turn of the century and a glimpse into erosional forces such as rock slides that helped shape the canyon. While we won’t hike the full 8.2 miles to the river and back again, we can hike to Santa Maria Springs and Dripping Springs, spotting petrified lizard tracks in ancient sand dunes on our way.

Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point

While Indian Gardens at 4.5 miles and 3,060 feet from the rim is most people’s farthest day hiking goal, very fit adventurers can continue another 1.5 miles over flat terrain to the edge of the incredibly exposed Plateau Point. From here, perched upon the rocks of the Tapeats Narrows, we can look down on the chocolate-milk-waters of the Colorado River and even possibly catch a glimpse of a soaring California Condor.

South Kaibab to Bright Angel Trail

This loop hike is one of the most challenging in the park! We begin by descending 4.5 miles down the South Kaibab Trail, then we link up with the Tonto Trail and head west along the Tonto Platform. This trail winds above the river for over 90 miles, the longest trail in the park! We will only follow it for a very scenic 6 miles before we stroll into the cool shaded pockets of Indian Gardens. Here we’ll refill on water before ascending over 3,000 feet back to the rim. We top out in Grand Canyon Village where a drink, coffee, or ice cream can be our well-deserved rewards for completing this 15-mile loop.

Hike to Plateau Point in the Grand Canyon

Activity Upgrades

AOA’s adventure consultants have put together a shortlist of some of our favorite “extras” to enjoy while staying at the Grand Canyon. Our team will follow up with you and talk about options for how each activity will fit within your itinerary.

Historic Kolb Studio Tour

$480 per group

Private, one-of-a-kind behind the scenes tour of the Kolb Brothers photography studio and residence at the rim of the canyon, led by Grand Canyon experts. Limit 11 per experience.

Helicopter Tour

Starting at $219 pp

30-minute scenic helicopter tour over Grand Canyon’s “Dragon Corridor.” This is a fun and exciting scenic flight that fits well within AOA’s custom trips. If you are interested in a different helicopter flight, ask your adventure consultant for more information.

Fixed Wing Scenic Flight

Starting at $124 pp

45-minute scenic fixed wing airplane tour over Grand Canyon. This is a fun and exciting scenic flight that fits well within AOA’s custom trips. If you are interested in a different fixed wing flight, ask your adventure consultant for more information.

Mule Ride on Grand Canyon South Rim

Starting at $110 pp*

3-hour guided mule ride to the rim of Grand Canyon. This ride does not descend below the Canyon’s rim.

*All levels of riders are welcome but they must weigh less than 225 pounds fully dressed and be at least 4’7” (139 cm) tall.