Grand Rim Adventure: Explore With Us

You have arrived at the South Rim of Grand Canyon and it certainly is big! If you don’t know where to start, let us take you on a guided tour along the Rim Trail. Learn about the wildlife, geology, history and Native American heritage from a Grand Canyon Conservancy tour guide as you take in breathtaking views of the grandest of canyons. A short walk from Yavapai Lodge, the paved Rim Trail is relatively flat for walking and is accessible for all visitors. Well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome to tag along on the tour.

three girls looking out into the grand canyon

Overview

Trip Type: Day Hikes & Tours

Hiking Level: Easy

Availability: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Maximum Group Size: 12

Price: $55 per person (plus tax)


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What to Expect

  • Marvel at cultural history, ancient rocks, telltale fossils, curious critters and diverse plants in addition to breathtaking landscape views.
  • Learn about the wonders of Grand Canyon with an expert guide from Grand Canyon Conservancy Field Institute.
  • Visit the Trail of Time, an interpretive walking timeline on the Rim Trail.
  • Delve into fascinating ecosystems of Grand Canyon and people who have relied on them over the centuries.
  • Enjoy a small group experience on an easy walking tour with tips to make the most of your Grand Canyon visit.
  • Come prepared for an outdoor experience with water, snacks, extra clothing layers/rain jacket and a hat, sunscreen and sturdy hiking shoes.
  • Lodging and transportation are not included and a gratuity for the guide is appreciated.
three girls and an instructor at the Trail of Time

Itinerary

Let us show you why it's called Grand Canyon. During this fun-filled learning excursion, a Grand Canyon Conservancy Field Institute instructor shares the story of this marvelous canyon on a 3.75 mile (6 km) guided walk on paved and relatively flat trails along the South Rim.
After meeting in the Yavapai Lodge lobby at 8:00 am for a brief introduction and safety talk, the tour guide leads the group on a short walk to the South Rim for an initial viewing "wow" moment. From a shaded location, your expert guide shares overview information about Grand Canyon before continuing along the Rim Trail.
The next tour stop is Grandeur Point with commanding views across, up, and down the canyon. This stop, along with another stop at the historic Yavapai Geology Museum, are ideal locations to delve deeper into the geology of Grand Canyon and the historic and ongoing processes of its carving.
After a glimpse of the Colorado River miles below the museum, Mather Point is the next tour stop 0.5 mile (1 km) away. This world-famous viewpoint provides an excellent springboard into discussion of 12,000 years of human history at Grand Canyon as well as a chance to see the endangered California condor, one of the largest and rarest birds on the planet.
Leave the crowds behind as the tour continues on the Rim Trail to the East, allowing for a more intimate connection to the canyon before turning back towards Yavapai Lodge. The last mile (1.5 km) of the tour winds through South Rim Ponderosa Pine forest with a sampling of 1700 native plant species and perhaps an encounter with elk, ravens, coyotes or other wildlife of Grand Canyon National Park.
Arrive back at Yavapai Lodge by 12:00 pm, just in time for lunch, leaving the rest of the day for other experiences at your own pace.

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