Grand Canyon South Rim Hiking Tour

Activity
Hiking
Destination
ArizonaGrand Canyon
Tour Length
3 days, 2 nights
Accommodations
Basecamping
Guide Type
Guided
Difficulty
Moderate

AOA is now a part of the REI Co-op and in 2020 this trip will no longer be available. You can book a similar trip directly through REI. It will still be operated by the same great guides who call the Southwest home.

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Join us on for a guided three day hiking trip to South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park! We’ll spend two nights camping under the stars and three days hiking some of the most famous trails in the country. We’ll head below the rim on the South Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails to get different perspectives on ancient rock layers and expansive vistas. The South Rim is steeped in history and you’ll have a firsthand look at what makes one of America’s most iconic National Parks so special. This trip is perfect for groups of friends, active families, and single travelers. Comfortable camping, access to iconic landmarks, and all logistics taken care of are what makes this the perfect Grand Canyon vacation. With food, permits, and the complex details worked out, you can relax and enjoy the Grand Canyon as it was meant to be.

What's Included

AOA is now a part of the REI Co-op and in 2020 this trip will no longer be available. You can book a similar trip directly through REI. It will still be operated by the same great guides who call the Southwest home.

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Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • Grand Canyon National Park entry and commercial fees

Not Included ​​​​​​​

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Airfare to and from Scottsdale, AZ
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 3
  • Tent (available to rent from AOA)
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)
  • Sleeping pad (available to rent from AOA)
  • Day hiking pack (available to rent from AOA)
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Upgrades + Additions

Gear Rental

  • 4-Person Basecamp Tent ($45 per tent)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad ($25 per pad, sleeping pads add insulation and are required on AOA trips)
  • Sleeping bag and linen set rental ($25 per)
  • 30 to 40 liter daypack ($15 per pack)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)

Optional Additions

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

Rates

2019 Rates

  • TOUR PRICE $ 925 pp 925 pp
  • +Permits & Land Fees $ 45 pp* 45

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

2020 Rates

  • Trip not offered in 2020 $

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

AOA is now a part of the REI Co-op and in 2020 this trip will no longer be available. You can book a similar trip directly through REI. It will still be operated by the same great guides who call the Southwest home.

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Dates

AOA is now a part of the REI Co-op and in 2020 this trip will no longer be available. You can book a similar trip directly through REI. It will still be operated by the same great guides who call the Southwest home.

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Hiking Grand Canyon - great for families

Today we start the adventure with the transfer from Scottsdale up to Grand Canyon National Park. We’ll enter the park through the less-crowded east entrance at the Desert View area. Our first stop in the park will be for a scenic lunch break at the historic Desert View Watchtower, a Mary Coulter-designed attraction that provides expansive views over the canyons wide eastern stretch. We’ll take in the views and tour the Watchtower before transferring over to Grand Canyon Village proper, where we will visit Mather Point – arguably one of the most iconic viewpoints in the entire National Park system! After a walk along the Rim Trail, where every turn offers a different perspective of the canyon, we head to our campsite for the next two nights to settle in. Your guide will prepare the first of many delicious meals while you enjoy good conversation with new friends around the campfire.

Hiking

2-4 miles

Lodging

Mather Campground in Grand Canyon National Park

Meals

Breakfast on your own, Lunch and dinner included

Hiking Grand Canyon - great for families
Overlook view of Grand Canyon trail at sunset

Today, we rise to the smell of fresh coffee and a hearty guide-prepared breakfast to fuel the day. Our goal is to get deep below the rim on the South Kaibab Trail. The younger of the two “corridor trails” on the South Rim, the South Kaibab was built as winter route into the canyon. Much of the trail follows stair-stepped ridgelines that offer stunning views up- and down canyon, starting within a mile from the trailhead. We turn around after a rejuvenating lunch break to head back to the Rim where there will be numerous options for more hiking or simply returning to camp for some relaxation in the cool pines. As evening sets in, we’ll gather for another excellent meal before more campfire time and stargazing take us into the night.

Hiking

3-9 miles

Lodging

Mather Campground in Grand Canyon National Park

Meals

All meals included

Overlook view of Grand Canyon trail at sunset
Hikers climb cliffside trail over Grand Canyon waterfall

We get an early start today so that we can get some quality mileage logged in our hiking boots on the Bright Angel Trail. We get fresh new views on this trail that is steeped in history – and prehistory! The “BA,” as it’s affectionately known to outdoor pro’s, has been built over the remnants of a native American path to the inner canyon; which itself follows a fault line and subsequent breaks in the rock layers. Our views on the BA are more intimate: we pass by fossils and pictographs, historic inscriptions and lizard tracks in the rock, all which contribute a piece of the story of this special place. We return to the rim after this journey through time to lunch at a restaurant in the Village before heading south back to Scottsdale where our Grand Canyon hiking adventure comes to an end.

Hiking

3-9 miles

Lodging

On your own

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Hikers climb cliffside trail over Grand Canyon waterfall