Hiking in the Grand Canyon: North & South Rims

Hiking in the Grand Canyon: North & South Rims

5 Days



Hiking in the Grand Canyon: North & South Rims

5 Days Starting and ending in Flagstaff

Visiting: Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon National Park to Flagstaff

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 9

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Age range:

12-99 years



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Tour Overview

Discover the Grand Canyon in all its glory on a 5-day hiking adventure brimming with epic views and unforgettable moments. Jump into Arizona and get acquainted with one of the wonders of the natural world. Explore the trails of the little-visited but massively beautiful North Rim accompanied by the wild animals that call this place home, then head down to the South Rim for big views and big stories. With a local leader by your side, you’ll unearth millions of years of history.


  • Explore the lesser visited but hugely beautiful North Rim of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, tackling the North Kaibab Trail and taking in cinematic views at the Coconino Overlook.

  • Cross the historic Old Navajo bridge and head to the popular South Rim of the canyon where you’ll undertake the spectacular Grandview Trail and Hermit Trail.

  • You won’t just be joined by local leaders and fellow travellers on this adventure – prepare to share your hiking trail with all manner of wild animals, including condors, deer and buffalos.

  • With all meals included along the way, you’ll spend less time worrying about where to get your next meal from and more time relishing in magnificent views.


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Day 1: Flagstaff To Grand Canyon National Park
Location: Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

This morning you will be picked up from Little America Hotel in Flagstaff to begin your journey to the North Rim of the magnificent Grand Canyon – this may be one of the world’s most iconic landmarks, but the North Rim of the canyon receives just 10% of the visitors as the South Rim, meaning you’ll often feel like you have the place to yourself. With an altitude of 8000 ft, the North Rim also enjoys a cooler climate that’s ideal for hiking. En route we’ll cross the Colorado River near Lee’s Ferry, where the Old Navajo Bridge (built in the 1920’s) is suspended 467 feet above the water where you'll have the chance to walk across. On arrival at the North Rim, check into your lodge then head into the Grand Canyon National Park. Fuel up over lunch, then hit the spectacular North Kaibab Trail. This challenging but rewarding hike will lead you through a diverse range of ecosystems – your leaders will point out fascinating plant life along the way. The trail leads to the Coconino Overlook, where you’ll come upon a truly remarkable view of the canyon. Return to your lodge post-hike to freshen up and enjoy the evening as you please.

Included Activities:
-North Rim - North Kaibab to Coconino Overlook Hike
-Grand Canyon NP - Old Navajo Bridge Visit

Day 2: Grand Canyon National Park
Location: Grand Canyon National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Today is all about seeing the best of the North Rim. We'll drive to Angel’s Window and Point Imperial stopping along the way for several shorter hikes, with some of the most incredible views the Grand Canyon has to offer. If the group wants to add some distance, we may have the opportunity to hike one of the beautiful trails that winds its way through the coniferous forest along the rim.

Included Activities:
-North Rim - Highlights Hikes

Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park
Location: Grand Canyon National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

There’s still so much of the Grand Canyon to explore, so say goodbye to the North Rim and drive on to the South Rim (approximately 4-5 hours). Upon re-entering Grand Canyon National Park on the east side, stop off at the famous Desert View Watchtower, built to resemble the Native American tower that once stood in its place centuries ago. The Desert View Drive then provides some jaw-dropping scenes as you make your way to the jumping off point for today’s hike along the Grandview Trail. The trail didn’t get its name by accident – on a clear day you can see for more than 100 miles from the top. First carved out by the native peoples of the Grand Canyon, the trail was expanded upon by miners in the 1890s, and relics of the mining days can still be seen today. Once today’s walk is done and dusted, take some time to put your feet up at your hotel, then head out to dinner at a historic restaurant perched along the canyon’s South Rim.

Included Activities:
-South Rim - Grandview Trail Hike
-Grand Canyon NP- Desert View Watchtower Stop

Day 4: Grand Canyon National Park
Location: Grand Canyon National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

This morning we'll head out on the Bright Angel trail which offers a meandering descent into the Grand Canyon with amazing views along the way, not to mention some welcome amenities like water, bathrooms and shade available intermittently.  As you descend, your guide will explain the geological and ecological phenomena that surround you. There are two potential turn-around points which can make the hike 3 miles or 6 miles round trip. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch with a view better than any 5-star restaurant before starting our return hike to the rim. Tonight we'll am to catch the sunset on a short hike along the rim either before or after our meal.

Included Activities:
-Grand Canyon - Bright Angel Trail Hike

Day 5: Grand Canyon National Park To Flagstaff
Location: Grand Canyon National Park to Flagstaff
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Rise bright and early for your final day exploring the Grand Canyon, checking out of your accommodation before travelling to the beginning of the South Kaibab Trail. Descend along the spine of the spectacular Cedar Ridge and come upon sweeping panoramic views of the Grand Canyon – perhaps the best in the whole park. Be sure to look up as well as down as California Condors are often spotted around these parts. After your hike, it’s time to return to where it all began, Flagstaff. You can expect to arrive at around 5pm, at which point your adventure will come to an end. If you’d like to extend your stay here, just get in touch ahead of time and we can arrange additional accommodation (subject to availability).

Included Activities:
-South Rim - South Kaibab Trail Hike

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    Hotel (4 nights)

  • Meals
    5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

  • North Rim - North Kaibab to Coconino Overlook Hike

  • North Rim - Traverse Hike

  • North Rim - Point Imperial Outdoor Dinner

  • South Rim - Grandview Trail Hike

  • Grand Canyon NP - Old Navajo Bridge Visit

  • Grand Canyon NP- Desert View Watchtower Stop

  • South Rim - Hermit Trailhead Hike

  • South Rim - South Kaibab Trail Hike

  • North Rim - Highlights Hikes

  • Grand Canyon - Bright Angel Trail Hike


  • We recommend taxis and rideshare services like Lyft and Uber when traveling to and from hotels in the USA and Canada. These services are widely available across North America, offering convenient and accessible transportation options. Private transfers in North America incur high costs and present an increased risk of missed connections due to their fixed schedules. In contrast, taxis and rideshares offer both cost-effectiveness and flexibility, ensuring a smoother journey. With transparent pricing, GPS tracking, and on-demand availability, we believe that taxis and rideshare apps not only offer a reliable alternative to private transfers but also provide a secure, trustworthy, and budget-friendly transportation option for our customers.


  • Experience some of America’s best national parks in style on an inn based tour with cosy accommodation and restaurant meals to look forward to each night. Inn based tours include transportation, lodging, meals, park entrance fees, and a professional hiking guide.

Important Information

  • 1. Please note this trip requires a minimum number of booked customers to guarantee the departure. Your Booking Agent will advise at time of booking if the departure has met minimum numbers. If minimum numbers are not met, you will be advised no later than 30 days out from departure. We recommend arranging flights and related travel services once your departure is guaranteed. In the event that your departure is cancelled due to minimum numbers not being met, a full refund will be provided of monies paid.
  • 2. A completed registration form is required to join these trips. You will not be confirmed for the trip until your form has been received and reviewed. We may ask for a medical release signed by your physician for medical conditions or circumstances which could possibly compromise your safety or the safety of others on this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
  • 3. A signed disclaimer (Acknowledgement of Risks Form) is required at the time of booking for this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
  • 4. To help ensure this trip is right for you, this trip is subject to additional ‘Essential Eligibility Requirements’ – see the ‘Itinerary Disclaimer’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details.
  • 5.This trip is operated and run by Wildland Trekking, an Intrepid company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Wildland Trekking customers and Intrepid customers.
  • 6. FIRST DAY: Please note, pre-trip orientation meeting will take place at 5:00 PM day before trip starts at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff. Early on the morning of day 1, you will be picked up from that hotel and we also recommend you book a pre tour night there.
  • 7. FINAL DAY: You are expected to arrive back into Flagstaff around 5pm and dropped off at the same location as the joining point. There is no accommodation included on the last day in Flagstaff, however we can request any additional nights should you need them.
  • 8. A single supplement is available. The single supplement applies to all nights of the trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Check out our Q&As

  • Is this trip right for you

    This is a hiking trip; a good fitness level will help you enjoy all included hikes and activities.

    This trip involves hiking from 1.5 to 6 miles (2.5 to 10 km) per day with a total trip distance of 28 miles (45 km). The maximum daily elevation gain/loss is 2500 feet (762 m). Please check the trip itinerary for more details.

    On this trip, you’ll be required to carry a daypack weighing approximately 8-12 lb (3.5- 5.5 kg).

    There is some driving included in this trip, up to 3 hours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?


  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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    Intrepid Travel requires a minimum deposit of 400 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 56 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of intrepid travel charges.

    Up to 56 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • COVID Protection

    Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
    From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

    However, we continue to strongly recommend that all travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and other Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

    This policy excludes all Polar trips and select adventure cruises, where testing and vaccination remains a requirement. Please refer to the Essential Trip Information of your chosen tour for more details.

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