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South Rim Trail: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Phoenix: Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Oak Creek Day Trip

1. From Phoenix: Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Oak Creek Day Trip

Take a trip to one of the 7 wonders of the natural world on this day tour of the Grand Canyon National Park. You will be collected from selected hotels or apartments in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, or Mesa Arizona. The journey north takes you through amazing views of the Saguaro Cactus in the Sonoran Desert. You will travel through the Ponderosa Pine Forests of Flagstaff where the Lowell Observatory is located. Stop among the Red Rocks of Sedona for time to take in the breathtaking scenery and lots of pictures. Travel through Oak Creek Canyon famous the world over for its spectacular scenery. In the afternoon be taken to the Grand Canyon National Park. Stop for pictures of the Red Rocks of Sedona. Make several stops along the South Rim for picture taking and enjoying the incredible views. See the El Tovar Lodge, a former Harvey hotel. Have the afternoon to explore the sublime park and see many of its ecological wonders and natural beauty. Your professional guide will be able to inform you of the history and stories behind this ancient wonder.

Grand Canyon South Rim: Self-Guided Tour

2. Grand Canyon South Rim: Self-Guided Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 45-mile-long tour covers the essentials of Grand Canyon in 2-3 hours. This self-guided driving tour takes you to all the best vistas, hikes, and attractions along Grand Canyon’s South Rim and tells you the secret history behind this famous landscape. Walk the scenic South Rim Trail, catch a sunset at Mather Point, and much more. Welcome to Grand Canyon National Park. The tour of this natural wonder of the world begins just outside the park, near the welcome sign. Before arrival, download the app that will function as your guide, narrator, and map all in one. Then, proceed into the park and start with hearing the early history of this location. Your first stop will be at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, where you’ll find Mather Point, your first good look at the canyon. From there, proceed to Yavapai Point and the Yavapai Geology Museum, where you’ll get insider knowledge on the canyon’s complex geology and how these layers of rock help us see back in time millions of years. Next, head to Grand Canyon Village to optionally purchase snacks and souvenirs. Then, walk along the South Rim Trail. There’s a reason this trail is the most popular spot in the park: the views it offers are unbeatable. As you walk, dive into the peculiar construction of the Hopi House, the enigmatic architect who built it, and the heated feud between galleries along the rim. The next part of the tour takes place aboard the free Grand Canyon Shuttle. Get directions to the shuttle, then head down Hermit Road, which isn’t accessible to cars. Along the way, stop at some incredible vistas including Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss. Arrive at Hermit’s Rest, which features a hiking trail for the avid adventurer, then head back to explore the eastern half of the park. More great views await you at Pipe Creek Vista and the aptly named Grandview Point, which also features a lush hike below the canyon’s rim. Continue toward Moran Point and get acquainted with the Hopi and their traditions, as well as the Ancient Puebloans who preceded them. Finally, you’ll arrive at the impressive, medieval-looking Desert View Watchtower, offering more spectacular views and snacks to purchase. The tour concludes here, having taken you through the entire park.

Las Vegas/Williams/Tusayan/Grand Canyon: One-Way Shuttle

3. Las Vegas/Williams/Tusayan/Grand Canyon: One-Way Shuttle

Ride in comfort and style with reliable and luxurious transportation between Grand Canyon National Park South Rim and Las Vegas. Sit back and let someone else do the driving for you. Explore the Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim, at your own pace with this convenient daily shuttle to and from Las Vegas. Enjoy the beautiful mountainous views and rolling landscapes while your experienced driver ensures your trip unfolds in a comfortable and timely manner. Las Vegas offers the most exciting array of options in the world, with incredible nightlife, dazzling shows, award winning chef restaurants, unique activities and unparalleled resorts. Las Vegas is the jewel of the desert and a perfect place to explore the natural wonders of the Southwest United States.

Grand Canyon & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

4. Grand Canyon & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! This 60+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Grand Canyon and Sedona in 2-3 hours Discover the staggering views of the Grand Canyon and Sedona's impressive buttes as you drive yourself through both sites with the assistance of an audioguide. Download the smartphone app to begin your self-guided tour and make as many stops as you wish to. Your Grand Canyon tour begins by the park’s south entrance, where you'll hear about the early history of this stunning place. Enjoy stops at Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and the Yavapai Geology Museum, full of insider knowledge on the canyon’s complex geology. Visit Grand Canyon Village for some snacks and souvenirs, then walk along the South Rim Trail, the park’s most popular path. Dive into the peculiar construction of the Hopi House and board the free Grand Canyon Shuttle to see Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss, before arriving at Hermit’s Rest. Enjoy some more great views, including the impressive Desert View Watchtower, before your visit is over. Move on to Sedona to begin your tour at the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center. Turn onto the famous Red Rock Scenic Byway and get acquainted with the spiritual history of this town. Enter the Tlaquepaque Arts Shopping Village then drive over to the towering Chapel of the Holy Cross to find the trail for Cathedral Rock, Sedona’s most famous formation. Reach the Courthouse Vista with spectacular views, then arrive in the Village of Oak Creek, full of more shops and restaurants.

Ultimate Arizona Self-Guided Driving & Walking Tours Bundle

5. Ultimate Arizona Self-Guided Driving & Walking Tours Bundle

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: In this bundle, each tour is 30+ mile-long and takes 2-3 hours to complete. Take advantage of your time in Arizona to discover its 3 biggest natural and cultural attractions: the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Horseshoe Bend. Simply download the tour app and guide yourself through exciting driving and walking adventures using the audio narration and your phone's GPS. Once downloaded, your Grand Canyon tour begins near the park’s south welcome sign. Visit Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and the Geology Museum, before heading over to Grand Canyon Village for snacks and souvenirs. Walk along South Rim Trail and hear about the peculiar Hopi House. Board the free Grand Canyon Shuttle and stop at some incredible vistas, including Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss. More great views await you back east at Pipe Creek Vista and Grandview Point, as well as the impressive Desert View Watchtower. The tour concludes here. Your tour of Sedona begins at the Visitor Center. Drive the Red Rock Scenic Byway and learn about the spiritual history of this town. Explore the Tlaquepaque Arts Shopping Village, the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Cathedral Rock, and the Courthouse Vista. End your tour in the Village of Oak Creek. Head on over to the trailhead for Horseshoe Bend to hear about the early days of the Colorado River and how the current formation was created. Arrive at Horseshoe Bend and admire the jaw-dropping views of the landmark. Take a guided driving tour through Page, the town where this site is located.

Grand Canyon's Splendor: Your Self-Guided South Rim Tour

6. Grand Canyon's Splendor: Your Self-Guided South Rim Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 45 miles-long tour covers the essentials of Yellowstone National Park in 2-3 hours. This self-guided driving tour takes you to all the best vistas, hikes, and attractions along Grand Canyon’s South Rim and tells you the secret history behind this famous landscape. Walk the scenic South Rim Trail, catch a sunset at Mather Point, and much more. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Welcome to Grand Canyon National Park. The tour of this natural wonder of the world begins just outside the park, near the welcome sign. Before arrival, download the app that will function as your guide, narrator, and map all in one. Then, proceed into the park and start with hearing the early history of this location. Your first stop will be at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, where you’ll find Mather Point, your first good look at the canyon. From there, proceed to Yavapai Point and the Yavapai Geology Museum, where you’ll get insider knowledge on the canyon’s complex geology and how these layers of rock help us see back in time millions of years. Next, head to Grand Canyon Village to optionally purchase snacks and souvenirs. Then, walk along the South Rim Trail. There’s a reason this trail is the most popular spot in the park: the views it offers are unbeatable. As you walk, dive into the peculiar construction of the Hopi House, the enigmatic architect who built it, and the heated feud between galleries along the rim. The next part of the tour takes place aboard the free Grand Canyon Shuttle. Get directions to the shuttle, then head down Hermit Road, which isn’t accessible to cars. Along the way, stop at some incredible vistas including Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss. Arrive at Hermit’s Rest, which features a hiking trail for the avid adventurer, then head back to explore the eastern half of the park. More great views await you at Pipe Creek Vista and the aptly named Grandview Point, which also features a lush hike below the canyon’s rim. Continue toward Moran Point and get acquainted with the Hopi and their traditions, as well as the Ancient Puebloans who preceded them. Finally, you’ll arrive at the impressive, medieval-looking Desert View Watchtower, offering more spectacular views and snacks to purchase. The tour concludes here, having taken you through the entire park.

Arizona: Grand Canyon National Park Tour with Lunch & Pickup

7. Arizona: Grand Canyon National Park Tour with Lunch & Pickup

Enjoy a day tour of the Grand Canyon South Rim with a guide. Stroll through the Rim Trail in Grand Canyon Village and marvel at the stunning scenery before a delicious lunch. After being picked up from your hotel, drive through the scenic areas and reach early to beat the crowds and long lines. Once you enter the Grand Canyon National Park, spend as much time as possible clicking photos and admiring the views. You will walk part of the Rim Trail in Grand Canyon Village, and historic sites while learning about the history and culture of the place from your guide. Dive deep into Grand Canyon's ecology and hear a thorough explanation of the geologic story of the chasm. Make a stop at one of the delis inside the park to have a scrumptious lunch. Your journey continues, providing you with a breathtaking view of the surroundings. Get a chance to possibly catch a glimpse of wildlife like condors, raptors, bighorn sheep, and more while you follow your guide. Finally, after a memorable experience, you will return to your hotel. 

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Small-Group South Rim Sunset Tour

8. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Small-Group South Rim Sunset Tour

Take a trip to the Grand Canyon National Park, home to the Grand Canyon, famous for its layered bands of red rock. Have breakfast on the way, enjoy photo stops along the route, and take a pleasant stroll to Yavapai Point for a picnic lunch and sunset views. Start with a comfortable hotel pickup from Las Vegas. Stop by Hoover Dam for a photo stop, a rest stop in Kingman, Arizona, a photo stop on Route 66, and arrive at the Grand Canyon. As the driver parks, you can go souvenir shopping. Then, take a leisurely walk on the upper rim trail at the Grand Canyon. The scenery changes every step and your guide will help you take pictures, and explain the geology and formation of the Grand Canyon. Stop for a picnic lunch, and enjoy an easy, 3-hour walk. Set up for the golden hour and watch the sun gracefully slip behind the west rim of the Grand Canyon, seeing the color and glow of light slip to night. Depart from the Grand Canyon and get dropped off upon your return to Las Vegas. It's a long drive and day but completely worth every moment.

Tusayan: Grand Canyon E-bike Rental, Smartphone Guide & Food

9. Tusayan: Grand Canyon E-bike Rental, Smartphone Guide & Food

Embark on a self-guided bike tour of Grand Canyon National Park, where you'll be riding on the Meta 275, a custom made utility E- Bike designed exclusively for touring the Grand Canyon. Your tour comes with access to a "turn by turn" navigation app and boxed lunch. Your lunch will include a sandwich (with toppings), chips, cookies, fruit, and bottled water. Your modified Class 1 e-bike features a 500W High Torqur Motor, hydraulic dusc brakes, 9-speed drivetrain with a 35-40 mile range, Ultra-Bright LED lighting, and a cargo rack to carry a bag or cooler (not included), making them a utilitarian's dream. The Grand Canyon Village is just a 30-minute bike ride away, so you'll be exploring one of the seven natural wonders of the world in no time. Along the way, you'll have miles of beautiful low-traffic paved roads and gorgeous bicycle greenways along the rim of the Grand Canyon to enjoy. Begin on the Grand Canyon Greenway, where you can pedal along with the Canyon on one side and a beautiful, fragrant pine forest on the other. You can stop at all the stunning viewpoints at your own pace and take in the breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon. The self-guided bike tour allows you to explore the Grand Canyon at your own pace, taking in all the beauty and scenery the park has to offer. So come and experience the Grand Canyon National Park like never before on our electric bikes!

Grand Canyon South Rim: Self-Guided GPS Audio Tour

10. Grand Canyon South Rim: Self-Guided GPS Audio Tour

Welcome to Shaka Guide's audio tour app, your gateway to the majestic beauty of the Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey through one of the world's most awe-inspiring natural wonders. As you explore the Grand Canyon South Rim with the Shaka Guide app, prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking vistas that unfold before your eyes. This iconic section of the Grand Canyon offers expansive panoramas, towering cliffs, and an incredible display of layered rock formations, showcasing millions of years of geological history. The app will guide you along the scenic South Rim Drive, providing informative and engaging audio commentary as you venture from viewpoint to viewpoint. Listen to fascinating stories and historical context that unravel the mysteries of this natural masterpiece, while gaining a deeper appreciation for the canyon's immensity and beauty. Experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon South Rim as you walk along the Rim Trail, a scenic path that stretches for miles and offers unobstructed views of the canyon. The app will point out notable landmarks, such as Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and Hermit's Rest, where you can marvel at the sheer magnitude of the canyon and its dramatic colors. For a more immersive experience, embark on one of the hiking trails that lead into the canyon. Whether you choose the popular Bright Angel Trail or the less crowded South Kaibab Trail, the app will provide valuable information about trail options, difficulty levels, and safety tips, ensuring a safe and memorable adventure. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the area as the app introduces you to the Native American tribes that have long revered the Grand Canyon as a sacred place. Learn about early explorers and the conservation efforts that led to the establishment of Grand Canyon National Park, a testament to the enduring legacy of this natural wonder. Things you'll experience on the tour: • Take in the awe-inspiring vistas of the Grand Canyon from various viewpoints along the South Rim. • Explore the Rim Trail, a scenic path that follows the edge of the canyon. • Explore the historic Grand Canyon Village, the heart of the South Rim experience. • Drive along the Desert View Drive, a 25-mile (40 km) route that runs eastward from Grand Canyon Village. • Visit the historic Kolb Studio, perched on the edge of the Grand Canyon. • Take a gander at the first luxury hotel built on the South Rim. • A Kaibab limestone formation that has, according to some, eroded into the shape of a duck. With the Shaka Guide app as your knowledgeable companion, your visit to the Grand Canyon South Rim will be enriched by fascinating facts, geological insights, and engaging stories. So, grab your phone, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Grand Canyon South Rim. -Grandview Point

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What people are saying about South Rim Trail

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4.7 / 5

based on 382 reviews

We had an incredible day at the Grand Canyon and were beyond glad that we used the self-tour. The information was spot on and it was nice to have the stories and history told along the way. We were able to do things at our own pace vs getting in and off tour buses. We even stopped for a picnic and after checking out all the viewpoints, returned to our favorite spot for the sunset. We enjoyed the freedom of our own schedule (and our own car) while still getting all the benefits and inside info of a tour. We used this same app when we toured Kauai and loved using it there. It’s our new go-to when we visit new places.

Amazing to be able to see the Grand Canyon in all it’s glory! Prepare yourself for a long day but absolutely worth it. Hans was brilliant as a guide and happy to help with anything throughout the day. I’d highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting.

We really enjoyed the journey! Our guide (whose name we sadly don't remember) was courteous, helpful, knowledgeable and we very much enjoyed his humour. Thanks for a great trip!

Awesome Guide and trip! Zane was great and van was comfortable. Grand canyon was beautiful. Pick up and drop off was easy and everything worked out smoothly.

Amazing driver cum Educator. Thanks a Lot for the trip.