Grand Canyon Rim, River, Rim & Sedona
October 18 - 23, 2020
(6 days, 5 nights; Sun - Fri)Alternate Tour Dates
Includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, van shuttles, leaders, trail maps and narratives. Note that private lodging is not available for our nights at Phantom Ranch.
Timberline van shuttle is included between Flagstaff and Grand Canyon prior to and following tour.
Not included: Airline service to Flagstaff Pulliam Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:30 am
The Grand Canyon is such an unbelievable place and geological phenomenon, and we truly believe that, if you’re a hiker to the core, at some time in your life you need to hike the Grand Canyon from rim-to-river-to-rim. This tour gives us a warm up hike in Sedona, before traveling around to the secluded North Rim. We hike to the bottom on the north side, and back up to the South Rim where a celebration dinner will be in order. With a fall hike, we may encounter snow on the north rim – a stark contrast to the trapped heat we will feel at the bottom. We’ll descend from the ponderosa forests at the rim through the layers of Kaibab limestone, Coconino sandstone and hermit shale to the Colorado at the base of the Canyon. The variety within the Canyon is overwhelming. The land forms, the colors, the spectacular vistas, that first sighting of the Colorado – every switchback along the trail is its own visual and sensual adventure.
|Day 1||Group assembles in Flagstaff, van shuttle to Sedona: hike the loop encircling massive Bell Rock and the Courthouse formation, explore Oak Creek Canyon||7|
|Day 2||Transfer to the North Rim, Hike into Cathedral slot canyon on the way, overnight in Cliff Dwellers Lodge||3.4|
|Day 3||Early morning departure to the North Rim, Descend into the Canyon on the North Kaibab Trail: (6400-foot descent); overnight lodging at Phantom Ranch||14|
|Day 4||Layover Day at Phantom Ranch; optional day hikes, relax and enjoy the Colorado River||3-6|
|Day 5||Hike to the South Rim - Bright Angel Trail; overnight lodging on South Rim||8|
|Day 6||Hike the West Rim Trail and Trail of Time; return to Flagstaff||6|