Coach Gunn and Cairn Stone vet Rob Riley admiring the view.
DEPARTURE: Bus from Niles, MI to Chicago, fly to Las Vegas. In-n-Out burgers stop. Hike at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park on our way to Kanab, Utah (one time Western movie capital).
Hike at Buckskin Gulch Slot Canyon.
Optional hike at Squaw Trail.
Afternoon and evening exploring this Western Movie Kodachrome city.
NOTE: The button below will take you to information and photos of the Gulch by a tour company (not the one we are using). The descriptions and photos are for your inspiration.
Travel to North Rim Village. Lunch in Grand Lodge, Deli or General Store. Hikes: Bright Angel Point and/or Transept Trail. Dinner in the Grand Lodge. Check out the Roughrider Saloon while you wait for your reservation in the Grand Lodge.
Note: The Roughrider Saloon is a great coffee & breakfast bar in the morning.
HIKES: Widforss Trail or Uncle Jim's Trail. Lunch on the trail. Enjoy another evening and meal in the Grand Lodge.
Depart for South Rim Village with a rest stop at Navaho Bridge where we cross the Colorado River at Marble Canyon. HIKES: Bright Angel to Trailview Overlook. Lodging in Tusayan (just 6 miles from the park). Evening exploring and enjoying a fine meal in Tusayan.
South Rim breakfast; Suggest at the El Tovar. HIKES: South Rim Half Marathon (Hermet's Rest to South Kaibab Trailhead). Free Park shuttles to the start and from the finish. See Coach for other hike options. Trail lunch or in South Rim village. Several great choices for dinner in the village.
Breakfast in the SR village; Suggest at the Yavapai Lodge. Great shopping at the nearby General Store. HIKES: West Rim Trail to South Kaibab Trailhead down to Ooh Aah Point or Cedar Ridge. Rehydrate in the village or in Tusayan. (the Park-Tusayan shuttle should be running by then)
Breakfast in Tusayan. Depart to Tempe, Arizona. Lunch stop in famous Mill Avenue District. HIKE: Sonora Preserve Tom's Thumb hike to the lookout. Evening exploring the Mill Avenue District full of great shops, brewpubs and restaurants.
VICTORY BREAKFAST in Sun Devil Room in our hotel. HIKE: Piestewa Peak Summit Trail. Trail lunch. OPTIONAL: Desert Botanical Garden and Chihuly in the Desert exhibition and very cool restaurant. OR enjoy the Mill Avenue District, hike up Tempe Butte or stroll down to Tempe Town Lake.
Breakfast in our hotel or nearby. 9:15am departure to Phoenix airport to fly back to Chicago. Arrive back to Niles, Michigan at 10:30pm.