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The Family Itinerary


A trip to the Grand Canyon becomes a treasure trove of family memories with our “Family Fun” itinerary, combining beautiful sights, fun, adventure, excitement, and educational moments at one of the world’s greatest wonders.

Day One: Junior Ranger Program and Grand Rim Adventure

Kickstart the family adventure by participating in the Junior Ranger Program, where youngsters become protectors of national parks, blending learning about nature and history with fun exploration. To become a Junior Ranger at the South Rim, pick up the Junior Ranger Activity Booklet at various locations. Follow this with a Grand Rim Adventure, a fun-sized learning excursion led by a Field Institute instructor, weaving the canyon’s story on a 3.75-mile guided walk along the flat forested South Rim.

Day Two: Canyon Vista Mule Ride and Trail Exploration

Engage in a Canyon Vista Mule Ride, a three-hour, four-mile adventure led by mule wranglers who share insights into the area’s geology, history, and culture. Explore the family-friendly Rim Trail, a shady and well-defined paved trail offering quiet views of the inner canyon, perfect for those desiring an easy hike. Before hitting the trail, read up on hiking tips to ensure a safe adventure. Conclude the day with a family dinner featuring southwestern flavors at the newly remodeled Yavapai Lodge Restaurant.

Day Three: Railway Express Tour and Cultural Excursions

Embark on a Railway Express Tour after a bus ride to Williams, Arizona, starting with an Old West gunfight recreation at the Williams Train Depot. Return to the Grand Canyon by train, entertained by musicians and cowboys. Explore the Trail of Time, an interpretive walking timeline along the South Rim, pondering the magnitude of geologic time. Visit Hopi House for a blend of retail shopping and museum-quality artifact viewing, showcasing native arts and crafts.

Sunset over the Toroweap Overlook with a vibrant sky and a view of the Colorado River winding through steep red cliffs.

Day Four: Ranger-Guided Programs and Desert Exploration

Participate in a Ranger-Guided Tour or Program, immersing the family in the Grand Canyon’s history, geology, and wildlife. Head to the Desert View area for spectacular views and an all-ages experience combining history, art, architecture, and Native American culture. Marvel at the Desert View Watchtower, modeled after ancestral Puebloan watchtowers, and enjoy a meal at the Desert View Deli, offering healthy, regional-inspired menu items and trail-ready snacks. The journey ends with a treasure trove of family memories from the Grand Canyon.

Four people posing with smiles beside a Grand Canyon National Park entrance sign on a sunny day.
A modern hotel room with two double beds, a desk area, and a tv mounted on the wall, decorated with framed artwork.


Immerse yourself in amenity-rich accommodations near Grand Canyon National Park.

A woman and a young boy looking out the window of a vehicle during a Grand Canyon tour, with sunlight highlighting the natural landscape outside.


Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of the park, where you’ll delve into the fascinating history that has shaped this extraordinary landscape.