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Hiking — 5 Hours

Deep in the Canyon: An Adventure Trek

Naturalist-led, moderate hike with historical and geological interpretations from the rim into the Canyon.

Itinerary Description

This excursion is more active and should be of great appeal to people in good physical health who want to work their legs as well as their minds on this enriching and stunningly beautiful hike below the rim of the Grand Canyon. Your naturalist trip leader will guide you through geologic time and offer an abundance of interesting information about the canyon as you traverse one of a few potential trails. (Trail will vary depending upon weather, seasonality, crowds, and trip leader discretion the day of the tour.)

Interpretation of the natural, geological, and historical character of the canyon will be the focus of your descent. With multiple stops, we will learn about the canyon and the unique attributes that make it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. After experiencing the tranquil beauty of the Canyon and a light snack at your turnaround point, your guide will lead you through a moderate hike back to the rim, with multiple breaks for interpretation and resting to assure your comfort. Though hikes will range from three to six miles depending on the group's ability and interest, they usually cover roughly 1,000 vertical feet down into the canyon, which makes for a more strenuous ascent back to the canyon rim. Exertion level overall is classified as just below a Somewhat Hard rating on the Borg Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) scale.

Group size is limited to no more than 6 people per trip leader to allow for more direct, personal contact with your guide and to maximize overall participant comfort and experience. Appropriate footwear for hiking along uneven ground is required, as is appropriate clothing including sun-dampening, ventilated headgear. Your trip leader will have some water available but guests are required to bring their own water to accommodate their particular hydration needs. Snack food to replenish the energy used is also strongly recommended.

Please note that the excursion price includes free admission to the Grand Canyon IMAX movie.

Departs from the National Geographic Visitor Center at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Time: 8:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. daily (Times vary seasonally and will be confirmed at the time of booking)
Approximate Distance: 3 to 6 miles
Elevation Change: 1,100-2,000 feet
Maximum Group Size: 12 people (6 persons per trip leader)
Cost per person:
$95 Adults
  Child (12 years and under): $45
  Excursion price includes free admission to the Grand Canyon
  IMAX movie.