The Grand Canyon is one of the most visited attractions in Arizona….and for good reason! Being one of the seven wonders of the world and containing so much history and beauty, the Grand Canyon is a must-do for every Arizona visitor and resident alike.
Driving to the Grand Canyon
The majority of our guests make the Grand Canyon a day trip and drive in their own vehicle. If you have the time, we suggest you “do the loop” and drive up one route then come back on different route to the one you went up on. We can provide you with all the maps, directions and suggestions that you need. Grand Canyon: Plan Your Visit would be another good resource as far as other things to expect for your journey to the Canyon.
It is a 2 hour drive on The Fast Route (I-40 W to AZ-64 N):
- Take State Route 179 away from the hotel and get onto I-17. If you stay on 1-17 it becomes the main street of Flagstaff and when you go under the railway line, the first traffic light is the left turn that becomes Hwy 180. Take 180 until Hwy 64, then 64 to the south entrance for the Grand Canyon.
- If you came in at the south entrance you can drive yourself to the overlooks on the East Rim and walk around the main area of the South Rim where you will see the historic El Tovar Lodge, the Hopi House, Kolb Studio and the Bright Angel trail that goes down in to the Canyon. They offer free shuttles which run every 15 minutes and take you to the overlooks out to the west.
- This route takes about two and a fifteen minutes and is the most direct.
For a route that has a few more stops along the way:
- Take State Route 179 away from the hotel and get onto I-17 until you reach Flagstaff, then take I-40 East to 89 North and proceed towards the eastern entrance of the Grand Canyon at the Desert View Watchtower along AZ-64 W.
- Along the way you can stop and visit Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, the Wupatki National Monument, and the Historic Cameron Trading Post, specializing in Native American crafts since 1916.
- It will cost $30 per vehicle to enter the canyon and once you are there, it is easy to get around to the various overlooks and other interesting sights.
As far as dining at the canyon goes, El Tovar is the best restaurant at the canyon. Bright Angel Lodge is casual and the ideal place for a quick meal. If you take your own food, there are lots of places to enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the Canyon.
Grand Canyon Tours
Pink Jeep will pick you up at L’Auberge and drive you to the Grand Canyon. Please note this is not a private tour. The tours leave L’Auberge around 8:00 am and get back around 6:30pm.
Pink Jeep Tours
- Grand Canyon Experience: Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon in luxurious comfort. Travel in comfort in our luxurious, customized Mercedes Sprinter vehicle or Tour Trekker. On-board amenities include plush leather captain’s chairs, a flat screen DVD player, and large windows for your viewing pleasure. Your professional tour guide will narrate your journey and impart his knowledge of the flora, fauna, geology and history of this remarkable landmark. Cost: Adults $155 plus tax; children 3 to 15 years $140 plus tax.
- Pink Jeep Tours Grand Canyon Experience includes a boxed lunch from Butterfly Garden Inn at no additional charge. Please pre-order your choice of BLT, chicken breast, ham, peanut butter and jelly, turkey, or veggie.
Private Grand Canyon Tours
Zeus M Tours will provide a private tour to the Grand Canyon with transportation from L’Auberge de Sedona. The tour can be personalized to the experience that you are looking to have and the activities that interest your group. Tours can range in number of guests from 2 – 28, depending on the size of your group. Once you reach the Grand Canyon, explore the trails on your own or enjoy a guided tour from guides with over 2,000 miles of hiking in the canyon. Tours guarantee an action-packed itinerary, while delivering a truly knowledgeable and authentic travel experience.
Silver Spur Tours
- VIP Grand Canyon Loop Tour– 8am to 6pm; $845 for the first 4, +$100 each extra, up to 9 people (no charge for ninth guest); all-inclusive rate; lunch orders from Wildflower Bread Company can be ordered after receiving confirmation email. Lunches are taken with and enjoyed anytime on the tour. *Prices do not include gratuity.
- Grand Canyon Sunset Tour– 12:30pm to 3 hours after sunset; $945 for the first 4, +$100 each extra, up to 9 people (no charge for ninth guest); all-inclusive rate; lunch orders from Wildflower Bread Company can be ordered after receiving confirmation email. Lunches are taken with and enjoyed anytime on the tour. *Prices do not include gratuity.
Red Rock Treks
- Grand Canyon South Rim Scenic Drive Tour: $175/adult, $25/children; tour price includes hotel pick-up, a picnic lunch, and all entrance fees. Vehicle accommodation: Toyota Sienna
- Grand Canyon Hiking Day Tour: $185/adult, $75/children; supplies include all necessary hiking gear, a delicious lunch in the Canyon, entrance fees, and a professional Grand Canyon. hiking guide. Vehicle accommodation: Toyota Sienna.
- Grand Canyon Scenic Stroll Tour: $175/adult, $25/children; includes a 3-mile walk with a friendly, knowledgeable Grand Canyon guide, hotel pick-up, all entrance fees, a visit to the Grand Canyon Geology Museum, Hopi House, Kolb Studios, El Tovar, and enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic location. Vehicle accommodation: Toyota Sienna.
Tours within the Grand Canyon
Once you are at the Grand Canyon you can drive yourself to all the overlooks or if you prefer, plan a tour with Pink Jeep Tours ahead of time. All tours pick up from the Imax Theatre complex in Tusayan, just outside the South Entrance:
- The Grand Entrance: approx. 2 hrs; $79/Adult – Explore the South Rim
- The Grand Deluxe: approx. 3 hrs; $95/Adult – Explore the South and East Rim
- The Grand Finale: approx. 2 hrs; $85/Adult – Sunset tour exploring the South Rim
- The Grand Finale Deluxe: approx. 3 hrs; $99/Adult – Sunset tour exploring the South and East Rim
Hiking at the Grand Canyon
Hiking along The Rim Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is easy to do without much guidance—the Pocket Map: South Rim Guide and Services is an extremely useful resource for understanding the Grand Canyon and planning your day. There is also a free shuttle system running at 15-minute intervals between sunrise and sunset (30-miute intervals an hour before sunrise and after sunset) that spans most of the park, allowing access to the area surrounding the visitor center and the western portion of the park.
There are four main trails of descent into the canyon—from east to west they are Hermit Trail, Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail, and Grand View Trail. Advanced planning, plenty, of water, and willingness to endure elevation changes and the accompanying exercise are all necessary for taking day hikes into the canyon. For information and guidance concerning the Grand Canyon including trail options, please review background information provided by a local expert.
If a guided hiking experience is preferred, then following are some options:
- The Grand Trail: approx. 3 hrs; $82/Adult – This is a guided and narrated pavement-based tour along the South Rim.
- The Wildland Trekking Company (800) 715-4453: They offer custom or day hikes ranging from 4 to 10 hours for five different trail options with prices ranging from $115-$215 per person.
- Pygmy Guides (877) 279-4697: They offer day tours, starting at $129 per person and $490 for private options, and five hikes, ranging from 3 to 7 miles. They offer 10% off for groups of four or more.
Biking at the Grand Canyon
The roadways at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon are bicycle friendly. There are two “greenway” sections, one at the west end and the other at the east end of the park where bikers are permitted to ride on paved sections along the rim. Otherwise, biking along The Rim Trail is not permitted. Nonetheless, biking can be an excellent way to make your way around the canyon to the various lookouts points.
For rental and touring purposes,
- Bright Angel Bicycles (928) 679-0992 is a great resource conveniently located near the Visitor Center.
Please visit the Grand Canyon National Park website for more bicycling information related to visiting the South Rim.
Grand Canyon By Air
- This is a great option if you like to drive up to the Grand Canyon and take a helicopter tour from the Grand Canyon Airport (in the little town of Tusayan)
- “Canyon Dancer” ($269) 30-minute flight
- “Canyon Spirit” ($299) 45-minute flight
- “North Canyon Tour” ($199) 30 minute flight on a smaller helicopter or ($239) 50 minute flight on a larger Eco-Star helicopter, including all taxes and fees.
- “Imperial Tour” ($294) 50 minute flight, including all taxes and fees.
Sedona Air Tours
- Grand Canyon Tour: From Sedona, we fly up Oak Creek, past the San Francisco Peaks to the Little Colorado River. See the Painted Desert with all of the pastel colors that create it’s beauty. Get a panoramic view of the East end of the Grand Canyon, and all of it’s splendor from high above, south of the South Rim. With this flight, you will have memories that will last you forever.
- Air tour $229 per person plus fees.
Grand Canyon by Train
Grand Canyon Railway
“All aboard to Grand Canyon National Park!”
- Coach Class: Adults $79; Children $47 – Access to the Café Car where you can purchase snacks and soft drinks.
- First Class: Adults $152; Children $118 – Snacks and soft drinks provided. Alcoholic beverages available for purchase.
- Observation Dome: Adults (16+) Only $181; Children $147 – Fresh fruit, pastries, coffee and juice provided in the AM; snacks available with sparkling white wine toast on your return.
- Luxury Dome Class: Adults (16+) Only $219 – full bar and entertainment center; fresh fruit, pastries, coffee and juice; snacks with sparkling white wine toast.
- Luxury Parlor Class: Adults (16+) Only: $219 – private bar and access to an open-air rear platform; same refreshments as Lux. Dome Class plus alcoholic beverages available for purchase.
Schedule of Events
- 9:00 am: Western Shoot Out
- 9:30 am: Depart Williams
- 11:45 am: Arrive at Grand Canyon
- 3:30 pm: Depart Grand Canyon
- 5:45 pm: Arrive at Williams
Tour/ attraction descriptions, schedules and pricing are subject to change.