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From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

1. From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

Embark on a journey to Grand Canyon National Park. Admire the incredible views and geological wonders of Northern Arizona. Enjoy a tour fully narrated by some of the most experienced guides in the Southwest. After pickup from your hotel in Sedona, ascend the Colorado Plateau and continue through the photogenic Oak Creek Canyon. Take winding roads as you leave the red rocks behind, then stop at the tall Ponderosa Pines. Next, arrive at Flagstaff, where other travelers will join the tour. Pass by the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, before heading to the Grand Canyon South Entrance. Once at Grand Canyon National Park, explore historic buildings, see majestic views at Grand Canyon Village, and enjoy lunch on your own. See some of the widest and deepest scenic views of the Grand Canyon and the mighty Colorado River. Get to experience the magnificent South Rim scenery first-hand. From the South Rim, gaze 14 miles across to the North Rim. Visit the only point where you can see both Phantom Ranch, as well as the Kaibab Suspension Bridge. Your guide knows the best vistas to stop at and will make sure you get the most gorgeous, least crowded viewpoints. At Desert View, you are free to climb the Watchtower Observatory for amazing views that will leave you breathless. On your way back from the Grand Canyon, experience a view of the western edge of the Painted Desert, the Little Colorado River Gorge, and the Colorado River Gorge. Before you return, make a brief stop at the Navajo Reservation. Here you will have a chance to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs at the historical Cameron Trading Post.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim Full-Day Tour

2. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim Full-Day Tour

Visit Grand Canyon National Park where you can relax, hike the trails, explore the beautiful surroundings, and take in breathtaking views from the South Rim. You’ll have a full 3 hours at the Park. When you arrive at the Visitor's Center you’ll have the option of walking along the 2.5 mile paved trail leading to Mather Point and Grand Canyon Village. From these locations you can enjoy panoramic views of the Canyon, the Phantom Ranch, and the Colorado River. Along the trail you’ll enjoy the breezes that pass through the pinion and juniper pines. You can walk out to the railed rim and view the majestic beauty of one of the 7 Wonders of the World. If you like, you can continue hiking along the rim, finishing up at either Grand Canyon Village or Yavapai Point. Another option is to simply hop on the shuttle bus and head back to Grand Canyon Village! Your tour includes a nutritious breakfast and bottled water, in addition to a box lunch to enjoy at your leisure. The picnic-style box lunch includes a choice of a roast beef, ham, turkey, or vegetarian sandwich.

Perfect Grand Canyon Tour: Local Guides & Skip The Lines

3. Perfect Grand Canyon Tour: Local Guides & Skip The Lines

We stop, in Flagstaff, at Kickstand Kafe to stretch your legs, use the restroom, and grab a to-go lunch which will later be enjoyed while overlooking The Grand Canyon. From Sedona via Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive (Rte. 89A) is a 24-mile drive between Flagstaff and Sedona. The breathtaking road descends 4,500 feet from the top of the Mogollon Rim, winding through sandstone canyons and rock formations around every curve. 15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free Grand Canyon National Park (Pass By) We drive the 90 minutes from Flagstaffs Kickstand Cafe to the Grand Canyon. Natural wonder is unlike anything on earth. 2 Hopi House Modeled after the 1000 year old pueblo dwellings of the Hopi Village in Old Orabi. Hopi House was built by the Fred Harvey Company as a market for Native American crafts, made by artisans on the site. Bright Angel Lodge, Hermit’s Rest, Lookout Studio, Phantom Ranch, Desert View Watchtower, Colter Hall and Victor Hall, (the latter two being employee dormitories). At first glance, Kolb Studio appears to be just an old house perched on the rim of the canyon. However, if you step inside, or see it from Bright Angel Trail on your hike out of the canyon, you get the sense it is much more than that. This is the Victorian home of the Kolb Brothers who created a lasting legacy of adventure, exploration, family love, and amazing Grand jaw dropping view! For many visitors coming to the South Rim, Mather Point offers the first glimpse of a world wonder. A short walk from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and parking lots 1-4, Mather Point offers an expansive view of the canyon. On a clear day you can see 30+ miles (48 km) to the east and 60+ miles (96 km) to the west. Looking down into the canyon you can see a few small samples of the Colorado River, Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon, and numerous trails crisscrossing the landscape. Constructed in 1932, the Desert View Watchtower was designed by Mary Colter, who is often referred to as “The Architect of the Southwest.” Near the eastern edge of Grand Canyon National Park, where the Colorado River begins to turn north and the Painted Desert stretches toward the Navajo and Hopi Reservations, a 70-foot-tall circular stone structure perched on the South Rim draws visitors’ attention. Panoramic view point along the South Rim with exceptional views of canyon ridges & the Colorado River. Perched right on the very edge of the canyon rim at Yavapai Point, Yavapai Geology Museum offers one of the best vantage points for an overview of Grand Canyon geology Moran Point is a popular spot on the south rim for gazing into the canyon. A great place for group photos! Along with Desert View, Grandview and Yaki, Moran is one of the most visited points on the east rim drive, and offers far reaching views along a wide section of the Grand Canyon. Now it's your chance to relax for the 2h 20min trip back to Sedona.

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What people are saying about Phantom Ranch

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4.6 / 5

based on 154 reviews

The tour was great, our guide took us to places we never would have known about on our own. Highly recommend this tour, the Grand Canyon was magnificent. We were a party of 7 and the van was roomy and very comfortable. Lots of stops to use the restroom and take plenty of pictures. We had an extra bonus and got snow!

Brian is an exceptional guide. He provided us with so much information about the area. He really made our tour complete.

Brian was an amazing tour guide, great sense of humor and knew his stuff. Appreciated the fun facts :)

What a fantastic way to see the Canyon if you only have a day... Our guide was absolutely phenomenal!

Mark was so informative. The best guide we’ve ever had!