Spend a thrilling weekend exploring the highlights of Grand Canyon National Park with the added treat of an overnight stay at Phantom Ranch, the only lodging located in the heart of the Grand Canyon. The expertly guided journey to the bottom showcases 1.7 billion years of geologic history, exposed in colorful layers by the down-cutting of the Colorado River. Take in awe-inspiring views of freestanding buttes, sculpted alcoves, and massive cliffs, learn about the unique wildlife, geology and history of this premier World Heritage Site, and unwind with tasty meals.
Experience the best of the Grand Canyon, including Desert View Watchtower and Bright Angel Trail
Hike down to overnight at the iconic Phantom Ranch, the only one inside the park
Dine on delicious meals and enjoy a celebratory dinner at the elegant El Tovar
Meet at 12:30pm at the Holiday Inn Express& Suites in Scottsdale and head north, climbing above the Mogollon Rim onto the Colorado Plateau. (Note: In 2019, there will be one airport pickup at 11:30am, delivering guests to the Holiday Inn at 12:30pm.) Along the way, guides explain the geologic forces that created this massive uplift and why the Grand Canyon formed. Pass through the town of Flagstaff and get the first look at the canyon from the historic Desert View Watchtower, a Mary Jane Colter building perched on the edge of the great chasm. After another 30-minute scenic drive along the rim, arrive at the lodge for a delicious dinner.
After a hearty breakfast, descend 7 miles and 4,780 feet into the grandest of canyons, along the South Kaibab Trail famous for the most awesome panoramic views of any trail in the park. Descend past Ooh Aah Point to Cedar Ridge, for a gourmet lunch before continuing the trek. From here, traverse the Tonto Plateau before dropping into the Inner Gorge. On the last portion, hike along the Colorado River and over a suspension bridge until Phantom Ranch at the trail's end, nestled on the banks of Bright Angel Creek.
In the morning, prepare to conquer the mighty canyon. The exit is via the Bright Angel Trail, a classic Grand Canyon trek. After crossing the Colorado River, the trail snakes its way up out of the inner gorge to the shady oasis of Indian Gardens. Refill with water before tackling the steep ascent up Jacob's Ladder through the Redwall layer. The guides provide helpful hints, strategies, techniques, and their insider knowledge of the keys to a successful ascent. Celebrate your accomplishments with a fine dining experience at El Tovar.
Hike to Trail View Overlook for a Grand Canyon sunrise. Walk back for a delicious breakfast at El Tovar and free time for last-minute photos or awe-inspiring views. Taking a different route back to Flagstaff, enjoy the drive along Highway 180, with spectacular views of the San Francisco Peaks, giant meadows, ponderosa forest, and volcanic cones. Look out for elk, mule deer, and pronghorn. Enjoy lunch in Flagstaff before resuming the journey to Phoenix; hotel or airport drop-offs can be arranged. Please book outbound flights for 7pm or later.
Our expert guides provide travelers with helpful hints, techniques and hiking tips, plus knowledge on local wildlife, geology, and history.
On this exclusive 4-day getaway, experience the Grand Canyon's top attractions, including the Desert View Watchtower and Bright Angel Trail.
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Legendary hikes, paired with vistas of magnificent gorges, massive cliffs and plateaus, giant meadows and creeks, volcanic cones, and wildlife.
Landscape-inspired lodges provide convenience and comfort. Spend a night at Phantom Ranch, the only lodging located in the heart of the Grand Canyon.
Be prepared for anything as the weather varies. Inner-canyon temperatures are generally very mild. South Rim temperatures range from 34 ºF to 62 ºF. Phantom Ranch temperatures range from 55 ºF to 82 ºF.
Spring, fall and winter are excellent times. The temperatures in the inner canyon are warm and comfortable, and on the rim the weather will be refreshing.
You should do significant training and feel confident in your ability to hike uphill for as long as 8 hours. There is a steep elevation loss of 4,800 feet over 7 miles. The hike out ascends 4,300 feet of elevation over 10 miles.
Accommodations are shared same-sex dormitories with ten bunk beds and a restroom with a shower. It is common that there will be other travelers (not in our group) sharing our dorms. Towels and bed linens are provided.
Bottled water is provided for all guests. You will need to keep the bottles we provide and refill them at locations along the trail and at Phantom Ranch. If you have a hydration pack with a water bladder/reservoir, we recommend you bring that and fill it each day.
Please let us know if you have any specific dietary needs or requests. At Phantom Ranch we have a choice of three possible meals: steak, hiker's stew or vegetarian (on some nights only one is available). On the rim, we eat in restaurants where you can order off the menu.
No, and you're not required to tip, however it is customary. The guides expect to meet and even exceed all your expectations. They appreciate gratuities and always divide them equally.
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