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Grand Canyon and Havasu Falls Tour

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Activity
Hiking
Destination
ArizonaGrand CanyonHavasu Falls
Tour Length
6 days, 5 nights
Accomodations
Camping
Guide Type
Guided
Difficulty
Moderate

This adventurous week-long Grand Canyon and Havasu Falls tour explores the highlights and hidden gems of Grand Canyon National Park and Havasupai. The family friendly itinerary and accommodations include 5 nights camping comfortably in AOA’s oversized tents, all meals, snacks, and logistics planned out for you, and expert wilderness guides leading the way. The recommended minimum age for families to enjoy this trip is 10 years old.

We learned about so many secret falls, areas and history we wouldn't have known without our guides. Do not do this trip without this company!Mojica

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip ground transportation from Phoenix/Scottsdale
  • Tents, double occupancy
  • Sleeping pads
  • Basecamp gear (kitchen equipment, hand washing station, dish washing station, solar shower, camp chairs, etc.)
  • Meals starting lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 6
  • Water and snacks
  • Packhorse support into Havasupai Reservation
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide

Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • Grand Canyon National Park commercial fees
  • 2 nights Grand Canyon camping fees
  • Havasupai commercial use and entry fee
  • 3 nights Havasupai commercial camping fees
  • Havasupai Environmental Fee

Not Included ​​​​​​​

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Air transportation to and from Phoenix/Scottsdale
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 6
  • 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.

Gear Rental

  • Sleeping bag rental – packhorse service included ($55 per bag)
  • 30 to 40 liter daypack ($25 per pack)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)

Optional Additions

  • Packhorse to carry guest-provided sleeping bag roundtrip ($25 per bag)
  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 per)
  • Horseback ride into or out of the canyon, requires experience ($165 per person, one way)*
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).

Rates

2018 Rates

  • TOUR PRICE $ 1945 pp 1945 pp
  • +Permit/Land Use Fees $ 499 pp* 499 pp

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

2019 Rates

  • TOUR PRICE $ 1945 pp 1945 pp
  • +Permit/Land Use Fees $ 516 pp* 516 pp

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

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Dates

Select Month

April 28-May 3
May 18-May 23
June 2-June 7
June 16-June 21
July 13-July 18
July 27-August 1
August 3-August 8
August 25-August 30

AOA is a licensed outfitter on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. All of AOA’s trip departures are subject to approval by, and to the policies and regulations of, the Havasupai tribal council. Changes to regulations for licensed outfitters, and any potential effects to AOA’s scheduled departures, are at the discretion of the tribe.

Our journey begins with being picked up at our host hotel in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and heading north. We progress through a series of different life zones as we climb above the Mogollon Rim onto the Colorado Plateau. Along the way our guides will explain the geologic forces that created this massive uplift and how the Grand Canyon formed. We pass through the town of Flagstaff at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, home to Arizona’s highest mountain, Mt. Humphreys, and surrounded by the world’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest. Past Flagstaff we are treated to the soft pastels and vast panoramas of the Painted Desert as we approach the Grand Canyon. Our first look at the canyon is from the historic Desert View Watchtower, a Mary Jane Colter building perched on the edge of the great chasm. An optional warm-up hike along the Rim Trail gives us some mileage and stunning views. Stops along this mostly-flat trail include the Grand Canyon Visitor’s Center, Yavapai Geology Museum, and Hopi House. Tonight we will settle into our Grand Canyon campground, our base for the next two nights. A delicious dinner awaits, prepared by our guides, after settling in to our tents.

Hiking

3-4 miles

Meals

Breakfast on your own, lunch and dinner included

Lodging

Established campground near the South Rim

Today’s hike takes us down into the canyon along the South Kaibab Trail, famous for the best views of any trail in the park. Built from December 1924 to June 1925 by crews working in both directions, this trail is one of the few in Grand Canyon National Park that follows a ridgeline rather than a fault line or side canyon, resulting in awesome panoramic views up and down the canyon for miles. We descend past Ooh-Aah Point to Cedar Ridge where we enjoy a gourmet lunch before climbing back to the rim. This hike is a great introduction to hiking in the Grand Canyon. We spend the afternoon exploring Grand Canyon Village, relaxing at camp, or hiking Rim Trail West. This section of the Rim Trail has famous viewpoints along its 7.8 miles, including Colter’s Hermit’s Rest, as well as shuttle service to return you to the campground on your schedule. Tonight we enjoy another fine guide prepared meal while recapping our adventures and swapping stories and playing games.

Hiking

5-7 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Established campground near the South Rim

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the trailhead, which is perched on the edge of the canyon. It is called Hualapai Hilltop (pronounced “Walapai”) and is the only land travel access to Havasupai and the world-famous Havasu Falls. Starting at an elevation of 5,200 feet, the trail to Havasupai switchbacks down for 1.5 miles until it reaches a dry streambed and levels out. Learn more about the hike itself in this blog post. After a trailside lunch, the canyon walls seem to grow taller alongside the trail as you descend deeper into the labyrinthine red sandstone of Hualapai Canyon. At mile 8 in our hike the canyon begins to widen and vegetation abounds as you get your first glimpse of Havasu Creek and enter the village of Supai, the most remote village in the U.S. where even the mail still arrives by pack animal. Here at 3,200 feet, after a welcome rest stop, the Cottonwood-lined paths will lead you through the village and into the canyon’s backcountry. A little further down the trail, you hike past 70ft. New Navajo Falls, 35 ft. Rock Falls and 100 ft. Havasu Falls. Soon after, you will arrive in camp. Estimated arrival time is between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. Use the afternoon to explore the Havasupai campground and relax at Havasu Falls while your guides prepare dinner. Sleep under the stars or retire to your spacious tent for a peaceful night of slumber.

Hiking

10 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Established campground in Havasupai

Awaken in camp, nestled beneath the towering cottonwood trees along the banks of Havasu Creek and a short walk from the canyon’s enormous waterfalls. You will find fresh-brewed coffee and a hearty breakfast waiting in the camp kitchen. Every morning and afternoon your guides will lead you on hikes around Havasupai, some of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring treks in the world. Depending on the travelers in each trip, there will be options for kid-friendly activities available such as fossil hunting or catching frogs. Cross tropical blue streams and wade through lush meadows of wild grapevines, clamber up narrow side canyons with red rock walls towering thousands of feet overhead, even take a swim beside a 200 ft. waterfall. Each day you will dine on healthy, hearty meals prepared by your trip leaders. All the guided hikes in Havasupai are optional and you are welcome to choose to instead spend a lazy afternoon or morning reading a book in a hammock by Havasu creek. Remember, it’s your vacation and is designed to be as strenuous or as family-friendly as you wish. We have options from high adventure to peaceful relaxation.

Hiking

4-8 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Established campground in Havasupai

The scenery and magic of Havasupai and its majestic waterfalls will make you never want to leave, but after breakfast it is time to conquer the canyon and leave the blue waters behind! While always challenging, the exhilaration of reaching the rim is an amazing feeling you will never forget. As you ascend the trail from Havasupai the canyon will feel like a familiar old friend. Often, our smallest hikers are our most enthusiastic. If you are traveling with your family, we will discuss each child’s ability levels in advance of the tour, to ensure they are capable of making the hike. Expect to arrive at the rim between 11:00am – 1:00pm. After reaching the Hualapai Hilltop, remember to look back at the magnificence of the canyon and allow a sense of your accomplishment to sink in. We will return to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Old Town Scottsdale between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.

Hiking

10 miles

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Lodging

On your own

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.

Comforts of Home

Cell service: This area has very limited cell phone service, you should expect to be unreachable by phone. There is no electricity available. Bring a portable battery to charge your phone for photos.

Bathrooms/Showers: On day 1 at Grand Canyon NP you will have access to flushing toilets and showers. The Havasupai campground has outhouses that use a unique composting system that keeps them quite clean. However, when wind blows we can sometimes smell them in camp. There are no showers available, so our guides will explain how to use Leave No Trace practices to bathe using water from Havasu Creek.

Van Transports

During the drive to the Grand Canyon National Park, and from Havasupai back to Scottsdale expect to spend 4.5 – 5 hours in the van.

Accommodations & Camp

On night 1 of this trip we camp near the Grand Canyon’s South Rim in a campground that can be quite busy, you may wish to bring ear plugs. During this portion of the trip we will likely experience some crowds in the National Park. You will be asked to help with some light work setting up camp.

Trip Ratings

Challenge | Comfort 2 | Solitude 2.5 | Participation 4