3-Day Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hiking Tour

ArizonaGrand CanyonPhantom Ranch
Tour Length
3 days, 2 nights
Guide Type

On this Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hiking tour you will hike from the North rim to the South rim and stay at famous Phantom Ranch, the only lodging at the bottom of the canyon! Our 3-day  Rim to Rim trip begins with a night of comfortable camping before descending along North Kaibab Trail. You’ll carry only a daypack with the clothes you’ll need and your water, tonight we stay at comfortably rustic Phantom Ranch. Experience this Grand Canyon treasure while getting to know fellow hikers over a cold beer and a hot dinner in Phantom Ranch’s canteen. Relax and soak your feet in the Colorado River to prepare yourself for tomorrow’s hike out along the famous Bright Angel Trail.

The Rim to Rim hike is 24 miles of trail magic and breathtaking views over 3 days, and your guide will lead you each step of the way. Hiking across the canyon in the summer requires an extra level of care and our hikes typically begin with an alpine start to get ahead of the heat. Accidental bonus of summer hiking? There’s nothing quite like a sunrise in the canyon. This classic Rim to Rim hiking trip is fun, adventurous, challenging, and sure to create one-of-a-kind lasting memories.

Totally professional experience. Everything was handled exceptionally well! And guides too had exceptional knowledge of the trail, area, history, preparedness to handle worst unexpected situations, etc.Jayes

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip ground transportation from Phoenix/Scottsdale
  • Rim-to-rim luggage shuttle
  • Meals starting lunch Day 1 through dinner Day 3
  • Water and snacks
  • 1 night camping near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, 1 night lodging at Phantom Ranch
  • Tents, double occupancy
  • Sleeping pads
  • Basecamp gear (kitchen equipment, hand washing station, dish washing station, solar shower, camp chairs, etc.)
  • Dining and housekeeping gratuity
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide

Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • Grand Canyon National Park entry and commercial fees

Not Included ​​​​​​​

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Air transportation to and from Phoenix/Scottsdale
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast Day 1
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)
  • Day hiking pack (available to rent from AOA)
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Upgrades + Additions

Solo Accommodations Upgrade – $25 pp

All accommodations are shared occupancy by default. Purchase this upgrade to have a tent to yourself.

Non-Participant Package – $230 pp

*Limited to one non-participant per hiker, only available in partnership with a hiker already booked on a trip.

Package includes:

  • Round-trip transportation from the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Old Town Scottsdale
  • National Park entry fees
  • Transportation from North Rim to South Rim on Day 2
  • Meals: lunch and dinner Day 1, breakfast Day 2, dinner Day 3
  • Shared tent with hiker for Night 1 in North Rim Campground
  • Bottled water and snacks while in AOA vehicle

Does not include:

  • Day 1 breakfast, Day 2 lunch and dinner, Day 3 breakfast and lunch
  • Airfare to and from Phoenix/Scottsdale
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations (we recommend the Holiday Inn Express and have special rates there)
  • Lodging on Day 2
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional AOA Guide gratuities
  • Personal insurance and expenses

Gear Rental

  • Sleeping Bag and sheet set ($25 per set)
  • 30 to 40 liter daypack ($15 per pack)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)

Other Additions

  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 per)
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (8.05%).


2019 Rim to Rim Rates

  • TOUR PRICE $ 1595 pp 1595 pp
  • +Permits & Land Fees $ 74 pp* 74 pp

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

Do you have five minutes to save $25? Use the promo code 25for5 at checkout and get $25 per person off your trip price when you take 5 minutes to complete your guest profile and sign your waiver! Profiles and waivers are due no later than 1 week after booking to cash in on this promotion!

See our Promos & Discounts page for a list of multi-day trip promotions that may apply!



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Hikers descend trail on Grand Canyon Rim to Rim trip

8:00am – Today we shuttle from Scottsdale/Phoenix to the Grand Canyon North Rim with some interesting stops along the way. We break at Cameron Indian Trading Post. Established in 1916, it is a famous showplace for fine Native American and Southwestern art, as well as a perfect lunch spot. Then we’ll explore Navajo Bridge, just downstream from Lee’s Ferry which is the launch point for Grand Canyon rafting trips on the mighty Colorado River. Day’s end will find us setting up camp on the North Rim and enjoying a sunset stroll to stretch the legs before dinner in this spectacular setting.


0‐2 miles


Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included


Established campground near the North Rim

Hikers descend trail on Grand Canyon Rim to Rim trip
Hiking tour group enjoys dinner at Grand Canyon lodge

Get ready for a challenging trek into the heart of the canyon! Today’s descent is 14 miles and 5,700 feet into the grandest of canyons! On today’s trek we traverse through nearly every biological life zone in North America and can experience drastic temperature and weather changes. As we drop from the alpine to the desert, each step takes us thousands of years back in geologic time through ancient oceans, deserts, lakes and swamps. With mind-blowing vistas, fascinating trail design and workmanship, 100-foot tall waterfalls, and green spring-fed oases, the North Kaibab Trail is a national treasure. The end of our hike brings us to Phantom Ranch, nestled on the banks of Bright Angel Creek not far from its confluence with the Colorado River. Phantom Ranch was originally founded in 1903 as a hunting camp and named by Mary Jane Colter after nearby Phantom Creek.

Heat Protocol: Today’s challenging 14 mile descent will begin with an “alpine start.” The exact timing will be at the discretion of the guide, but hikers can expect to eat breakfast and begin hiking well before sunrise. There is a certain allure to these early summer mornings. Grand Canyon’s North Rim is extremely remote which means there is very little light pollution and incredibly dark skies and bright stars! As the morning approaches, you’ll witness the canyon awaken and have the rare treat of experiencing your first canyon sunrise deep within the backcountry. Arriving at Phantom Ranch at an early hour allows for more time to relax in the inner canyon, soaking your feet in the Colorado River or enjoying a cold beer at the Canteen.


14 miles (trailhead is at 8,200 feet – Phantom Ranch is at approximately 2,500 feet – TOTAL elevation loss of 5,700 feet)


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Phantom Ranch same-gender dormitories

Hiking tour group enjoys dinner at Grand Canyon lodge
Hikers climb cliffside trail over Grand Canyon waterfall

Today we are up before the sun and ready to conquer the canyon. We will complete our rim to rim with an ascent up the Bright Angel Trail, a classic Grand Canyon trek! After crossing the Colorado River, the trail snakes its way up and out of the inner gorge to Indian Gardens, a welcome oasis. Here, we refuel and refill with water before tackling the steep ascent up Jacob’s Ladder through the Redwall layer. While always a tremendous challenge, your guides will provide you with helpful hints, strategies, and techniques to keep you excited and energized along the way. With proper preparation, hydration, and diet, the entire group will soon be high-fiving and hugging on the rim. We will celebrate our accomplishment and enjoy some free time to check out the many shops and museums at the South Rim Village. We will make a stop in Flagstaff for dinner, before continuing on to Scottsdale/Phoenix. We will return between 7:00pm‐8:00pm.

Heat Protocol: As on your descent into the canyon, it will be extremely important to begin today before the sun is up. Hiking out of Grand Canyon is extremely challenging so your guide will be very conscientious of your water consumption and exertion as the temperatures rise. The hike along Bright Angel trail boasts the welcome oasis of Indian Garden approximately halfway through your hike. Depending on the day’s temperatures, group fitness and comfort levels, it is possible your guide may require an afternoon siesta at Indian Garden to wait out the hottest part of the day in the shade before continuing on to your destination at the Rim. Here you can relax beneath shady cottonwood trees and soak your feet in Garden Creek. We encourage you to take a load off and appreciate these extra moments beneath the bustle of the Canyon Rim.


10 miles (Phantom Ranch is at approximately 2,500 feet – trailhead is at 6,800 feet ‐ TOTAL elevation gain of 4,300 feet)


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


On your own

Hikers climb cliffside trail over Grand Canyon waterfall

Nitty Gritty

AOA’s adventures might challenge you, but we don’t want them to surprise you, these Nitty Gritty details can help you decide if this the right trip for you.

Hiking & Weather

This trip is very challenging. Hiking into Grand Canyon from the North Rim requires you to hike downhill continuously for 14 miles. Because of Grand Canyon’s climate, you may be required to begin hiking in the wee hours of the morning to avoid heat. The following day you must hike uphill continuously for 10 miles. Weather on this trip can vary wildly from snow on the rims during spring and fall to extreme triple-digit heat in the canyon.


In the canyon we stay in the Phantom Ranch dormitories. These are gender-segregated rooms with comfortable bunks for 12 people. You may wish to bring earplugs for optimal sleep.

Age & Group Size

Minimum Age: 16
Max Group Size: 9

Van Transports

The drive to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim is long, expect to be in the van 6-6.5 hours and about 4-4.5 hours on the return from the South Rim to Scottsdale.

Comforts of Home

Cell service: This area has very limited cell phone service, you should expect to be unreachable by phone. There is electricity available at Phantom Ranch but we recommend bringing a small portable battery to charge your phone for photos.

Trip Ratings

Challenge 4.5 | Comfort 3.5 | Solitude 3 | Participation 2