A vacation at Grand Canyon National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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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.

There are so many ways to explore Grand Canyon and when you stay right in the park, 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. 

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

South Kaibab to Bright Angel Trail – This loop hike is one of the most challenging in the park! 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.

Trip summary

  • Travel style Group departure
  • Departure Phoenix
  • End Grand Canyon
  • Countries
    • USA United States
    • United States
  • City
    • Grand Canyon
  • Theme Unusual trips
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

  • 1
    4-day stay in iconic Grand Canyon Lodges
    Day 1-4 Transfer by car

    Customize your daily program with our choice of hikes and activities, ranging from easy to expert trails, or activities like:

    • Historic Kolb Studio Tour
    • Helicopter Tour
    • Fixed Wing Scenic Flight
    • Mule Ride on Grand Canyon South Rim

    START: We recommend an 8:00am departure from a location of your choice within the Phoenix metro area.

    END: Drop-off at location of your choice within the Phoenix metro area on the last day of your trip by 4:00pm.

    Visited places:
    • Phoenix
    • Grand Canyon
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • 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
    Price does not include
    • 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