Grand Canyon Flightseeing & Guided Hike
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience with a one-day scenic flight from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon and back! AOA’s partnership with Westwind Air Services makes your visit to Arizona’s natural wonder of the world possible in just one day. Head north on a narrated flight past the famous red rocks of Sedona, fly by the 12,000 ft tall San Francisco Peaks, and enjoy a truly unique flight over Grand Canyon itself. Our flight lands just outside Grand Canyon National Park to embark on a guided hike into the canyon itself. Enjoy a picnic lunch and learn all about the history and secrets of Grand Canyon from one of AOA’s professional guides. After a rewarding day in the canyon, enjoy the return flight to Phoenix as you reflect on your truly Arizona Adventure.
3-7 people: $667 pp, 3 person minimum
Advance reservations are required.
- Tours can be arranged for any day of the week.
- Total duration: 8:00 am – 4:00pm, 7:30am airport check-in
- Moderate to Difficult. Hiking Tour location is determined by interests and fitness level of guests.
- Roundtrip airfare from Deer Valley Airport to the Grand Canyon Airport
- Van transportation from Grand Canyon Airport to Grand Canyon National Park
- Bottled water, snacks, and picnic lunch.
- Professional safety-certified guide to escort you throughout your tour.
- 1:7 guide to guest ratio.
- Applicable taxes, permit fees, and insurance.
- Hotel/Residence Pick Up: $95 per group – inquire over the phone
- 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 per)
What to Bring
Clothing – Comfortable, weather appropriate athletic clothing – shorts and a t-shirt, long sleeves are recommended on cooler days, temperatures at the Grand Canyon are quite a bit cooler than in the Phoenix area.
Shoes – Close-toed athletic shoes (sneakers). Guests who have brought hiking specific footwear are encouraged to wear it.
Miscellaneous – Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, lip balm, medications, hat, etc.
- 30 to 40 liter daypack ($15 per pack)
- Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)
What to Expect
Once You’ve Booked a Tour…
You will receive a booking confirmation email with details on the time and date of your tour, where to meet, the cancellation policy, a receipt of your tour purchase, and requests from us if we need additional information.
On the Day of Your Tour…
Meet at our office in North Scottsdale a few minutes before your scheduled tour. You can expect to be with another group on your tour unless you have booked a private tour. Our guides plan accordingly for varied skill levels and choose routes that fit the needs of everyone in the group.
Fly and Hike!
Staying in Scottsdale or the greater Phoenix area and wish there time for a visit to the Grand Canyon? Try AOA’s exciting Grand Canyon “Fly N’ Hike!” Combine the unique experience of a Westwind Air Service Flight and Air Tour over the Grand Canyon with a guided hiking tour led by Arizona Outback Adventures. On Westwind’s Cessna aircraft every seat is a window seat. Your flight to the Grand Canyon will be expertly narrated as you fly over the Tonto National Forest, the Red Rocks of Sedona, past the San Francisco Peaks and Arizona’s highest point, Mt. Humphreys. Upon reaching the Canyon, your air tour continues with a 30 minute flight over the widest and deepest part of the Canyon, flying as low as 1,000 feet above the rim – this rare opportunity is only authorized to three companies. The flight lands at Grand Canyon Airport where you will travel by van into Grand Canyon National Park for the afternoon hiking tour.
Your guided hike into the Grand Canyon begins with a series of switchbacks before arriving at Ooo‐Ahh Point. At this aptly named lookout point, the landscape opens up to afford 360‐degree breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon. Next, we will continue on to the picnic area at Cedar Ridge, dropping almost 1,200 feet in elevation and descending through more than 40 million years of geological history. This scenic trail traverses gradually along a canyon ridge allowing for unobstructed views and excellent photography opportunities. As we descend through the layers of rock strata, our expert hiking guides will educate you on the Grand Canyon’s rich history, ecosystems and geology. After a break for a delicious picnic lunch, we will explore Cedar Ridge before beginning our ascent to the rim and the Yaki Point overlook. From there, we return to the Grand Canyon airport for the chartered flight back to Phoenix.
The Grand Canyon
Some say you haven’t lived until you have hiked in the Grand Canyon. A guided trek through the heart of the canyon and will leave you with a sense of accomplishment, awe, appreciation, and love of the grandest place on earth.
The Grand Canyon is a complex and mysterious place that continues to evolve daily. As the canyon itself is constantly changing, so too are the hypotheses as to how it was formed. New questions and discoveries are nearly as plentiful as the visitors who come to gaze into the vast chasm. Geologists, archaeologists, and adventurers alike have been canvassing the canyon for decades trying to come to some sort of understanding of the place. The canyon is still very much a wild frontier.
How old is the Colorado River? What sort of creature created this fossil? How is it that rocks only 500 million years old are found at the same altitude as those that are nearly a billion years old? Why is a type of rock found in one area of the canyon and not another?
Geologists are able to date the ages of the rock layers with accuracy. We know that the oldest rock layer, the Vishnu Schist, lies deepest within the canyon and is the layer through which the Colorado river currently flows- it is approximately 1.7 billion years old. The ages of the rock layers and the means by which they were formed is generally something scientists agree upon, it is the age of the canyon itself that is debated. Some say the river began cutting into the canyon only a mere 6 million years ago, other claim it was as long ago as 70 million. By as recently as 1.2 million years ago, Grand Canyon had come to look much the same as it does today. The beautiful and complex rock layers that have been exposed offer a glimpse into the incredible tectonic forces that have impacted this part of the world over a span of nearly two billion years.
For more information on Grand Canyon flora and fauna, geology, and weather visit the Natural History Page.
Advance reservations are required and can only be confirmed with receipt of guest contact information and a valid credit card. Additionally, we require each participant’s weight. Final payment is due in advance of the tour.
Guide gratuities are optional, but are appreciated.
There is no charge for cancellations made more than 48 hours before departure time. Cancellations made less than 48 hours from departure time will be charged in full.
Photos of the Grand Canyon Fly & Hike tour
Planning for your Trip
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