Stay in Grand Canyon National Park and customize your own adventure!
A vacation at Grand Canyon National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The national park is iconic, scenic, remote, historic, and full of opportunities for adventure. Staying in one of Grand Canyon’s historic park lodges is an exclusive experience. These coveted rooms sell out months in advance. Book a custom Grand Canyon lodge trip with AOA and secure your chance to experience the incredible adventures available at the Grand Canyon.
Private tours, iconic destinations, stunning hiking routes, and National Park lodges – all fully guided by professional, local southwest guides who make it their goal to create lasting memories. Customize this very special private departure to Grand Canyon’s amazing South Rim for your friends, family, or small group.
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How It Works
HOW IT WORKS:
You can book your private trip to stay at Grand Canyon online. During the online booking process, you get to select the base elements of the trip. After booking, we will help fill in the details.
Step 1: Choose your dates and length of stay
AOA has a selection of dates available to experience your custom trip staying at one of Grand Canyon National Park’s lodges. Your trip can be either 2 nights or 3 nights in duration. See the Trip Dates tab for all options.
Step 2: Select your challenge level for each day’s hike
Each day, there will be the option for easy, moderate, and difficulty hikes. You can find some examples of these hikes under the Hikes & Activities tab. The beauty of this custom Grand Canyon experience is that each hike and activity is suited just to you. Select some extra challenge in the morning then add a light and easy hike to round out the afternoon before dinner. You will not be able to note your preferred hikes during the online booking process. After booking, AOA’s adventure consultants will reach out to you to discuss your desired hikes.
Step 3: Add some extra fun
Grand Canyon National Park is a big place and there is plenty to see and do! We’ve hand picked some of our favorite activities beyond hiking the canyon so that you can round out your vacation in just the right way for your group. Take a look at our Upgrades & Optional Activities tab to see some of our suggestions for additional activities.
Step 4: Make your deposit and Fine-tune the experience with the help of our adventure consultants
Select Book Now and put all the pieces in your cart. When you book online, the trip defaults of 4 days and we collect a $500/person deposit. You will have the option to make some selections for upgrades and activities. Don’t worry, you don’t have to do all the work, just point us in the right direction. AOA’s seasoned adventure consultants will soon be in touch to talk through your selections and offer you an official quote for the trip.
We will help turn your trip into an unforgettable vacation of a lifetime at the Grand Canyon. Each step of the way, we ensure every detail of your trip is thoughtfully planned to meet your specific desires.
Step 5: Experience the Grand Canyon!
This is the part you’ve been waiting for. After booking, our staff will work closely with you to ensure you are prepared for an incredible trip to the Grand Canyon. When you arrive at Grand Canyon, the only thing you need to do is relax, enjoy, and experience the magic of the national park.
This trip confirms with 2 guests!
All it takes is a $500/p deposit!
Get the Full Grand Canyon Experience!
Price & Inclusions
Starting at $1395 pp
3 day, 2 night trip with standard inclusions
Starting at $1895 pp
4 day, 3 night trip with standard inclusions
- Get your trip started by making a $500/person deposit online.
- Prices are per person, shared occupancy in all accommodations.
- Optional upgrades will increase the trip price, AOA’s adventure consultants will provide you with a final quote.
This trip is recommended for parties of up to 6; additional participants possible based on room availability.
- Daily hikes led by professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide
- Roundtrip ground transportation from Phoenix/Scottsdale
- National Park entry fees
- Meals from lunch on first day through lunch on last day
- Water and snacks
- Trekking poles complimentary upon request
- 2 or 3 nights lodging at one of the lodges within Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim (double occupancy) (up to 3 rooms; additional rooms based on availability)
- Dining and housekeeping gratuity
- Additional tours/services such as helicopter tour, horseback riding tour, Jeep tour, etc.
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Air transportation to and from Phoenix/Scottsdale
- Pre- or post-trip lodging
- Breakfast Day 1, dinner on last day
- Day hiking pack
- Gratuities to AOA Guides
*Please see the “Upgrades & Additions” tab below for a list of available gear rentals and purchase options.
Where to Meet
START: We recommend an 8:00am departure from a location of your choice within the Phoenix metro area. AOA has secured discounted room rates at the Holiday Inn Express in Old Town Scottsdale and Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North.
END: Drop-off at location of your choice within the Phoenix metro area on the last day of your trip by 4:00pm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When’s the best time to go on this trip?
A: We offer this trip between March and November, before winter hits the South Rim. Since the rim is at over 7,000 feet in elevation, the summer is reasonable. And since we are staying indoors at night, March and November trips are quite pleasant too, although snow is possible. For more complete weather details check out our Grand Canyon Natural History page.
Q: Why should I travel with AOA?
A: Arizona Outback Adventures has been operating guided tours in the Grand Canyon for almost two decades. Our guides know the canyon intimately and are passionate and enthusiastic about this beautiful wilderness, as well as experienced and certified in wilderness first aid. AOA promises to exceed your expectations in 5 key areas: Safety, Comfort, Food, Education, and Exceptional Guides. Our guests return to travel with us again and again. To hear what they have to say, read our Testimonials page.
Q: What are the activities like? Do I need to train for the trip?
A: All activities on this tour are tailored to your small group. We can stroll the rim, or hike deep into the canyon -–it’s up to you. After booking your tour, you will work one-on-one with our custom trip designers to ensure the perfect experience that is tailored to your personal needs, desires, and budget. Training for the canyon is always recommended. Hiking before your trip, breaking in your boots, learning to be a good hydrator, and getting used to trekking poles will all help you be even more comfortable and confident on your adventure.
Q: What sort of accommodations are included on this trip?
A: AOA has already reserved up to 3 rooms in one of Grand Canyon’s South Rim Village hotels. They are modern and comfortable double-occupancy accommodations. When possible, we strive to secure rooms with a partial canyon view. For further information about the accommodations available on your preferred dates of travel, please inquire with AOA’s reservation team.
Hikes & Activities
There are so many ways to explore the Grand Canyon and when you stay right on the canyon’s rim, you have all of those choices at your fingertips. Browse these selected hikes and activities and when you book, we’ll help you configure them into the perfect itinerary for you and your group.
The Rim Trail – 1 to 5 miles hiking along the mostly-flat, mostly-paved Rim Trail which meanders along the canyon’s rim with numerous stops at spectacular viewpoints.
The Yavapai Geology Museum and the Grand Canyon Visitor’s Center for a more in depth look at the canyon and its human and geologic history. Bright Angel Trail – Hike to the tunnel (0.5 mile roundtrip) or to the 1.5-mile Resthouse and see ancient Indian pictographs while getting a closer look at the vastness of the canyon. The trail is wide, well-maintained, and descends at an average decline of about 18%.
Tusayan Ruins and Desert View Watchtower – Enjoy a walking tour of the ancient ruins near the rim where the Anasazi Indians made their homes centuries ago. These stone structures have worn away to simple foundations over the years, but plenty of artifacts remain to help us understand their way of life. Then travel to nearby Desert View Watchtower, built by inventive architect Mary Jane Coulter at the turn of the century to mimic the building style used by the more modern Hopi Indians who still live just outside the park.
The Rim Trail – This mostly-paved path winds in and out of the Kaibab Forest, poking out to vast scenic overlooks routinely and visiting some of the best known views in the park. Exploring this path west from the village provides a moderate uphill hike for up to 8 miles one-way. The terminus of this incredibly route is Hermit’s Rest, a welcome architectural beauty with snacks and refreshments inside.
Bright Angel Trail – One of the most famous trails in the park, this ancient route through the many layers of sandstone and limestone proudly displays its history in the form of multiple Indian pictograph panels, a carving from the John Wesley Powell expedition, and numerous Civilian Conservation Corps resthouses. Hike to 3-mile Resthouse, or all the way to Indian Gardens for a fun descent and challenging ascent in the grandest of canyons.
South Kaibab Trail – Widely recognized as the most scenic trail in the canyon, the South Kaibab Trail descends these vast canyon walls in a series of switchbacks that open up to nearly 360-degree panoramic views just 1 mile into the canyon. Hike this exposed, beautiful trail to Cedar Ridge at 1.5 miles one-way, or even all the way to Skeleton Point at 3 miles one-way where we can catch a rare glimpse of the Colorado River from above.
MORE DIFFICULT OPTIONS
South Kaibab Trail – Hike the South Kaibab Trail deep into the canyon’s interior and see the Colorado River from the Tip-off. This option is 9 miles roundtrip and involves a descent of 3,460 feet, plus the grueling return hike to the rim. South Kaibab Trail offers vast views but also has very little shade, making this an ideal hike for the cooler months. Hikers will need to carry lots of water too since there is no refill opportunity. This challenge is rewarded with views of the deepest section of the canyon!
Hermit Trail – This less-travelled route from the rim down to Hermit Camp at the river provides a fun descent over cobblestone trails built at the turn of the century and a glimpse into erosional forces such as rock slides that helped shape the canyon. While we won’t hike the full 8.2 miles to the river and back again, we can hike to Santa Maria Springs and Dripping Springs, spotting petrified lizard tracks in ancient sand dunes on our way.
Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point – While Indian Gardens at 4.5 miles and 3,060 feet from the rim is most people’s farthest day hiking goal, very fit adventurers can continue another 1.5 miles over flat terrain to the edge of the incredibly exposed Plateau Point. From here, perched upon the rocks of the Tapeats Narrows, we can look down on the chocolate-milk-waters of the Colorado River and even possibly catch a glimpse of a soaring California Condor.
South Kaibab to Bright Angel Trail – This loop hike is one of the most challenging in the park! We begin by descending 4.5 miles down the South Kaibab Trail, then we link up with the Tonto Trail and head west along the Tonto Platform. This trail winds above the river for over 90 miles, the longest trail in the park! We will only follow it for a very scenic 6 miles before we stroll into the cool shaded pockets of Indian Gardens. Here we’ll refill on water before ascending over 3,000 feet back to the rim. We top out in Grand Canyon Village where a drink, coffee, or ice cream can be our well-deserved rewards for completing this 15-mile loop.
Upgrades & Optional Activities
LODGING AND GEAR UPGRADES
SOLO ACCOMMODATIONS UPGRADE:
3-Day Trip: $325 pp
4-Day Trip: $490 pp
$15-$25 per pack
30 to 40 liter daypack, price is dependent on length of trip.
3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder. This item is yours to take home upon purchase.
AOA’s adventure consultants have put together a shortlist of some of our favorite “extras” to enjoy while staying at the Grand Canyon. These extras can be booked when you reserve your trip, and then our team will follow up with you and talk about options for how each activity will fit within your itinerary.
Historic Kolb Studio Tour
– $480 per group
Private, one-of-a-kind behind the scenes tour of the Kolb Brothers photography studio and residence at the rim of the canyon, led by Grand Canyon experts. Limit 11 per experience.
– starting at $219 pp
30-minute scenic helicopter tour over Grand Canyon’s “Dragon Corridor.” This is a fun and exciting scenic flight that fits well within AOA’s custom trips. If you are interested in a different helicopter flight, ask your adventure consultant for more information.
Fixed Wing Scenic Flight
– starting at $124 pp
45-minute scenic fixed wing airplane tour over Grand Canyon. This is a fun and exciting scenic flight that fits well within AOA’s custom trips. If you are interested in a different fixed wing flight, ask your adventure consultant for more information.
Mule Ride on Grand Canyon South Rim
– starting at $110 pp*
3-hour guided mule ride to the rim of Grand Canyon. This ride does not descend below the Canyon’s rim.
*All levels of riders are welcome but they must weigh less than 225 pounds fully dressed and be at least 4’7” (139 cm) tall.
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).
- May 25-28
- June 5-8
- June 15-18
- July 5-8
- July 20-23
- August 3-6
- August 10-13
- August 16-19
- August 30 – September 1
- September 1-4
- September 12-15
- October 18-21
- October 28-31
- November 10-13
- November 21-24
- December 23-26
- December 29- Jan 1
- December 30- Jan 2
- February 2-5
- March 17-20
- April 5-8
- April 19-22
- May 3-6
- May 17-20
- May 24-27
- May 27-30
- June 6-9
- June 13-16
- June 27-30
More dates coming soon!
To see all multi-day guided tours, visit our Adventure Tour Calendar.
Cancellation & Trip Policies
Reservations, Payments and Cancellation
These tours are very popular and advanced planning is often necessary. We recommend making your reservations at least 3 to 5 months in advance. We can accommodate last-minute bookings provided space is available, so please call our office to check. Each trip requires a minimum number of participants for departure.
This trip confirms with 2 guests. Grab a friend and your trip is guaranteed!
For more details please see our comprehensive Trip Policies and Payments page.
Essential Eligibility Requirements
AOA’s goal is to provide challenging and meaningful experiences through guided and self-guided tours to unforgettable destinations. These criteria have been developed to help our guests identify the skills and abilities needed to successfully and fully participate in these tours. If you are unable to meet certain criteria, please contact us; we may be able to assist you with reasonable accommodation(s) unless it would change or otherwise risk the fundamental nature of the tour, would compromise your safety or the safety of other participants or guides, or would place an undue financial or administrative burden on AOA.
We recommend Travel Guard insurance.
STAY AT THE GRAND CANYON
Booking a customizable trip with AOA offers the opportunity to stay at one of Grand Canyon’s comfortable National Park lodges. The lodges we use include Kachina, Thunderbird, or Yavapai Lodges. The specific lodge available is variable by departure date. We generally do not book Bright Angel or Maswik Lodges. We rarely book El Tovar for this itinerary, but can always look at availability if this hotel upgrade is preferred.
Iconic Grand Canyon Lodges
It is always difficult to find a place to stay at Grand Canyon because there are only a few lodges within the national park. Grand Canyon’s South Rim Village is the most visited area within Grand Canyon National Park and this is where many visitors stay within the park.
Find Modern Comforts in Kachina, Thunderbird, and Yavapai
On AOA’s customizable trips we typically stay at Kachina, Thunderbird, or Yavapai lodges. These hotels offer some of the newer and more modern accommodations within the park. Kachina and Thunderbird clearly depict the booming interest in visiting the national parks during the 1960s and 70s. Both of these lodges offer the opportunity to stay right on the canyon’s rim and even have a partial canyon view from your room!
Historic Glamour at El Tovar
El Tovar is Grand Canyon’s most iconic historic lodge. The El Tovar hotel is situated on the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and it was originally opened in 1905. At the time, El Tovar represented the height of luxury and comfort within a remote wilderness far from the nearest town. Most early visitors arrived at El Tovar by train. They included many prestigious people including President Theodore Roosevelt who stayed at the El Tovar twice.
Bright Angel and Maswik Lodges
Both Bright Angel and Maswik Lodges offer a rustic experience in different ways. Bright Angel is rustic largely in style but does not sacrifice any comfort. It is comprised of a series of small cabins built near to the canyon’s edge at the start of the famed Bright Angel Trail and was designed by the architect Mary Jane Colter. Maswik Lodge is set apart from much of the rest of Grand Canyon Village and offers a cozy stay amongst the tall pine trees.
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