CANYON TREKKERS TO-DO LIST
All in all, we had two tours with great fun and experiences. Those that hiked the inner Canyon have a lifetime memory to cherish. Every day was filled with something to remember well. Glad to have trained hard for a safe and successful hike.
Coach said, "this is serious sh--!" Woman Dies
TWO 10 DAY TOURS:
SEP 16-25 & SEP 28-OCT 7, 2022
$2,195 D/O $2,575 S/O (no roommate)
FEB 21, 2022 Trip opened for assignments.
(NOTE: Trip price is the same per day as 5 years ago!)
NOTE: REAL ID (enhanced driver license required to fly in 2023)
ITINERARY UPDATES: MAY 19 - JUN 27 - JUL 26 - AUG 20
Coach Gunn and Cairn Stone vet Rob Riley admiring the South Rim view.
Morning hike at Buckskin Gulch Slot Canyon and an optional afternoon hike at Squaw Trail.
Afternoon and evening exploring this Western Movie Kodachrome city that was once called Little Hollywood.
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. (WAIVER REQUIRED)
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 for beer and pizza in the evening and for coffee and a breakfast roll in the morning.
[UPDATE: Due to fewer tables (Covid) and reduced staff in the Grand Lodge all dining reservations are taken for 2022]
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.
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 on South Rim. Several great choices for lunch and dinner in Canyon Village.
Breakfast in the South Rim 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 Tusayan Park shuttle should be running by then)
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 (aka Hayden Butte or A Mountain) 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.
A look at what's available in Canyon Village to have an informed visit.
Just to inspire and inform you about the North Rim. Coach has selected the best hikes for our itinerary.
NOT RECOMMENDED BY THE PARK DEPARTMENT. 3 guys train for 4 months and hike North to South Rim in a day hike. Not to promote this but to present the views along the way.
THIS HIKE IS NOT RECOMMENDED BY THE PARK DEPARTMENT. This HikingGuy video is a warning for the underprepared and shows the incredible views available on this hike.
A short video of views in Buckskin Gultch slot canyon near Kanab, Utah.
A below Rim option at the South Rim for a below Rim experience. It's an option to consider while exploring the South Rim.
(Another HikingGuy video)