Advanced Grand Canyon Day Hike
Duration: Full Day
* No online booking. CALL OR EMAIL to book!
* Two person minimum. Single guests may pay for two.
Prices include lunch, entrance fees, gear, and taxes!
Our advanced Grand Canyon day hike is available from Flagstaff, Williams, Tusayan, and Grand Canyon Village and includes round-trip transportation from your stay place. This hike is for the more physically fit and experienced hiker. We ask that you please give us a call at the number below to discuss your hiking options.
The Advanced Day Hike is for guests who want to get deep into the Canyon and experience vistas and terrain that 98% of Grand Canyon visitors miss.
What to Bring on Your Hiking Tour
Our tour is all-inclusive and we strive to provide you everything you need to have a great day hiking. This includes lunch, snacks, water & beverages, and gear such as hiking poles, backpacks, and crampons (for icy conditions). However there are some things you will want to bring:
- Sturdy shoes (make sure they are broken in), any type of shoe with a good tread will work. ie: Hiking boots, tennis shoes, hiking shoes. Please no high heeled shoes, dress shoes or flat soled shoes such as Vans.
- Wide Brimmed Hat
- Sun block SPF 30+ (no large bottles)
- Money for souvenirs
- Lip balm with SPF
Warm Season Clothing
- Light colored T-shirt, cotton or synthetic will work.
- Shorts or comfortable pants (jeans are not recommended).
- Light colored long sleeved shirt, to cover your skin from the sun.
Cool Season Clothing
- Warm hat
- Synthetic Clothing (polypro, fleece).
- Thermal underwear.
- Long pants and shirt.
- Rain jacket / waterproof shell.
- Rain pants / wind pants.
How to Prepare for Your Hike
Grand Canyon is home to spectacular biological diversity, but it is unmistakably a desert once you are in it. Hikers who venture into the interior of the Canyon from May through September can expect daytime temperatures to regularly exceed 100°F (38°C). In fact, it is not uncommon for temperatures to climb above 120°F (49°C) during the hottest days in the summer. Such conditions will challenge even strong and fit individuals, so be ready.
Below the Rims of Grand Canyon, hikers will find cliffs and steeply sloped terraces, and very little else. Almost any hike into Grand Canyon will require visitors to descend steeply down the trail, and your lower body and joints will work very hard to keep you balanced and keep your downhill momentum under control.
Since what goes down must come back up again, any elevation loss will be regained sooner or later. Grand Canyon trails are steep and rugged, but the important unique factor to consider when exiting the Canyon is the elevation of the Rims. As you ascend toward the end of a trip, you must achieve elevations of up to 7,400 feet (2,250m) back up to the South Rim. These elevations are higher than most people are accustomed to, and oxygen is more scarce. Uphill progress and breathing will typically become more difficult.
Training prior to trip
We believe it is important to be as physically prepared for your Grand Canyon hike as possible. Proper training will generally make your hike more safe, pleasant, and enjoyable. It may be important for you to visit with your primary health care provider (HCP) prior to a Grand Canyon hike, and even before you make any significant additions or changes to your regular exercise routine. This is especially important if you have known chronic health conditions. Conditions of the heart, lungs, or otherwise may put you at high risk as you prepare for the physical challenges of such a trip.
OutdoorsThe best training for hiking is … hiking. Make time to go on regular “prep” hikes, preferably once a week or more. Start with a hike that is a comfortable distance for your level of ability. Work your way up gradually to a distance that is comparable to the distance you plan to do on your hike with us. Incorporate as much elevation change as possible into your hikes. Steep hikes with significant elevation gain and loss will be more comparable to Grand Canyon conditions, and will prepare you better for your trip.
When you are unable to get on the trail for training, stadium bleachers and stairways in tall buildings are certainly useful. However, the majority of the training that most of our guests will do regularly will happen at the gym or health club. For your regular daily workouts, focus on five main categories: cardiovascular and pulmonary stamina, core strength, mid and lower body stability, overall strength, and flexibility.
- A no-nonsense extended-day hike on a selected Grand Canyon South Rim trail (guide’s discretion, according to our hiking principles: “Safety, Fun, and Learning”).
- Hikes can be over 6 miles (9.7 km) and over 3,000 vertical feet (914 m) one way. Typical duration of the hike is 8 hours or more.
- Professional Medically Trained guide.
- Picnic style lunch on the trail provided by Brandy's Restaurant featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-In's & Dives.
- Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten-free Lunch options available upon request.
- Bottled spring water, beverages, and trail-friendly snacks served throughout the tour.
- Backpacks and trekking poles provided (as well as ice cleats in the winter).
- Vehicles are safe & ADOT certified.
The Advanced Day Hike is a long day of fast-paced "below the Rim" Canyon hiking within the National Park. Please have a look at our trail description page for a more in depth look at which trails are available.
These hikes are intended for experienced guests age 16 or older who are ready for long mileage, exposure, off-trail travel, or all of the above. Guests hit the trail with their guide early for a fully-narrated day in the Canyon. Guides maintain a steady pace, while sharing their intimate knowledge of local geology, flora and fauna, biology, natural and cultural history.
Advanced Day Hike Pricing:
* Under 16 at our discretion, please call.
Prices include lunch, entrance fees, gear, and taxes!
Book Now! Call us at (928) 814-8887
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Not quite what you were looking for? Maybe you want to have more control over your day? Are you staying in Phoenix or Las Vegas? We also offer the following options:
- Customized Private Grand Canyon Day Tour from Flagstaff, Sedona, Williams, Tusayan, & Grand Canyon Village
- Day Hike with Rim Tour including transportation from Flagstaff, Williams, Tusayan, and Grand Canyon Village
- A full day on the trail including transportation from Flagstaff, Williams, Tusayan, and Grand Canyon Village
- Customized Private Grand Canyon Day Hike from Flagstaff, Sedona, Williams, Tusayan, & Grand Canyon Village
- VIP Tour from Phoenix
- VIP Tour from Vegas
- Grand Canyon Backpacking Tours
- Multi-day Private Tours