The Grand Canyon is fascinating from so many different perspectives. Follow this itinerary to see and experience as much of the South Rim as you can, while learning about the ecology, geology, history and culture of the area.
Stop by the Yavapai Lodge® Coffee Shop for a quick cup of coffee in the morning or to grab food to go before you head out on a hike. Fuel up on baked goods like bagels and croissants, or pick up a sandwich, wrap or salad to go.
During this fun-sized learning excursion, a Field Institute instructor will weave the canyon's story on a 3.75 mile (6 km) guided walk on paved trails along the largely flat forested South Rim.
Having recently completed a major renovation, the museum features updated and new exhibits about the fossil record at Grand Canyon and other interpretive displays. Also, its large windows offer a spectacular panorama of the canyon.
This adventure takes you 10.5 miles (a 5.5-hour journey) to Phantom Ranch, a rustic historic oasis nestled deep in the canyon. There, you'll enjoy a hearty meal served family style in the Phantom Ranch Dining Room and spend the night in a cabin. After breakfast the next morning, you return via the South Kaibab Trail, a 7.8-mile, 5-hour ride.
After your stay at Phantom Ranch, have a hearty breakfast and hop back on your trusty mule as you return to the South Rim via the South Kaibab Trail, a 7.8 mile, 5-hour ride.
Featuring a relaxed atmosphere with southwestern flavor, no Grand Canyon trip is complete without dining at Yavapai Lodge®. Whether you want smoked beef brisket, a grilled flat iron steak, or a vegetarian meal, there's something to love at Yavapai Lodge Restaurant. Newly remodeled, and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
After you've satisfied your taste for adventure, stop by for a local brew or a glass of wine. Or grab a drink before or after dinner at Yavapai Lodge Restaurant. If you're in the mood for lighter fare, try brisket sliders, bacon wrapped jalapenos or guacamole and chips.
Hear about the Grand Canyon’s history, geology and wildlife from those who know it best – park rangers. There are programs for adults and kids.
Lookout Studio offers shoppers a unique collection of photography and books related to the Grand Canyon, rock and fossil specimens (none collected inside the park), traditional souvenirs, books and photographic prints.
A visit to Hopi House combines retail shopping with museum quality artifact viewing. Here you will find a large selection of native arts and crafts available for purchase, such as hand-crafted kachinas, Native American jewelry, hand-woven Navajo rugs and authentic Native American pottery. The second-floor gallery, which reopened to the public in 1995, offers a variety of museum-quality items.
The color pallet provided by a Grand Canyon sunset is indescribable - you've got to see it to believe it. This tour ensures you the best possible view of perhaps the most inspiring and magical sunset you'll ever see.
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