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US - Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch Hiking Tour
This is the classic Grand Canyon hiking trip and a perfect introduction to one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. Start in Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim and enjoy famous views, colorful galleries, historic buildings, wildlife, and ponderosa pine forests. Descend the South Kaibab Trail with your professional guide and arrive in Phantom Ranch. Two nights spent here allow for an extra day to explore the depths of the Grand Canyon and see the Colorado River. Ascend the Bright Angel Trail on Day 4 and take in the canyon’s overwhelming scope and beauty as you look back on what you have accomplished.
2017 Dates January 12-15, 19-22; February 2-5, 14-17, 16-19, 28- March 3; 2-5, 14-17, 23-26; April 7-10, April 12-15, 13-16, 20-23, April 28- May 1; May 4-7, 8-11, 11-14; November 16-19, 25-28; December 7-10, 23-26, December 29- January 1

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+ Itinerary

DAY 1: Meet at Grand Canyon National Park for a group orientation

DAY 1: Meet at Grand Canyon National Park for a group orientation

Grand Canyon’s South Rim is the canyon’s most popular destination for sightseeing, hiking along the rim, shopping for unique souvenirs, and visiting museums and galleries that help explain Grand Canyon history. This trip begins in the early evening on day one. Our group will gather today to meet one another and get a rundown of our adventure from the guide. After this introduction the guide will host an optional dinner at one of the rim restaurants before we retire to our rooms to prepare for our big hike tomorrow. Optional hike on you own, ask guide for suggestions. Lodging is on your own, or Lodging Package (one of the South Rim’s lodges, usually Kachina or Thunderbird).

 

Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges

Grand Canyon South Rim

Grand Canyon South Rim LodgesEl Tovar Historic Hotel and Thunderbird, Yavapai, Bright Angle, and Maswik lodges. **El Tovar - a celebrated Historic Hotel located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon first opened its doors in 1905. The hotel was built from local limestone and Oregon pine. It cost $250,000 to build, and many considered it the most elegant hotel west of the Mississippi River. In 1987 the Hotel was designated a National Historic Landmark. **Bright Angel Lodge - designed in 1935 by famed Southwest architect Mary Jane Colter, it has a natural rustic character, and is a Registered National Historic Landmark. This iconic lodge and its surrounding cabins are rich with cultural history. **Yavapai Lodge - Natural beauty meets the magic of convenience. About a mile walk from the canyon's South Rim and steps from the general store, bank and post office, Yavapai Lodge occupies a prime location in the Park. **Maswik Lodge - The Maswik Lodge today is a 250-room lodging complex nestled within several acres of Ponderosa pine forest. It is located just a short walk or quarter-mile from the canyon’s edge. **Thunderbird Lodge - Built in the late 1960’s the lodge sits directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon and many guests choose Thunderbird due to its prominent location in the center of the historic district.

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

DAY 2: Hike down the South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch (Hiking: 7 miles)

DAY 2: Hike down the South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch (Hiking: 7 miles)

Today’s descent is 7 miles and 4,780 feet into the grandest of canyons. Our route takes us down a ridgeline affording jaw-dropping 360-degree views of a labyrinth of amphitheaters, temples and buttes. The trail begins with a series of switchbacks to breathtaking Ooh-Aah Point before we resume our descent another 1,200 feet, traveling back 40 million years in the geologic record to Cedar Ridge. From here we traverse the Tonto Plateau before dropping into the inner gorge. The last part of our hike takes us along the Colorado River and over a suspension bridge until, at trail’s end, we find Phantom Ranch nestled on the banks of Bright Angel Creek just before its confluence with the majestic Colorado River. Phantom Ranch was founded in 1903 as a hunting camp and named by Mary Jane Colter after nearby Phantom Creek, this is our home for the next 2 nights. Lodging in Phantom Ranch for two nights.

Hiking: 7 miles (trailhead is at 7,100 feet – Phantom Ranch is at approximately 2,500 feet – TOTAL elevation loss of nearly 5,000 feet)

Meals: Breakfast on your own, lunch and dinner included  

Phantom Ranch

Grand Canyon

Phantom Ranch Phantom Ranch is a historic oasis nestled at the bottom of Grand Canyon. It is on the north side of the Colorado River tucked in beside Bright Angel Creek. Phantom is the only lodging below the canyon rim, and can only be reached by mule, on foot or by rafting the Colorado River. In the 1920’s, the National Park Service selected the Fred Harvey Company to build a tourist facility within the canyon. The rustic cabins and main lodge are built of wood and native stone blending with the natural beauty of the setting. Dormitories – These accommodations are available to hikers only. There are 2 male dorms and 2 female dorms. Each dorm has 5 bunk beds, a shower and restroom. Bedding and towels are provided for each guest occupying a dorm bed. Children must be at least 6 years old to stay in a dormitory.

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DAY 3: Phantom Ranch (Hiking: 3 - 6 miles)

DAY 3: Phantom Ranch (Hiking: 3 - 6 miles)

Today we plan to hike the beautiful Clear Creek and River Trails. However, many participants choose to use this day for relaxation, cheering on the rafts as they pass by, socializing with other adventurers, or stretching out in the shade with a book and a cold beverage. All our meals will be at the famous Phantom Ranch Canteen. Enjoy the solitude or mix with other intrepid canyon hikers in the very bottom of Grand Canyon as the steep walls block out the rest of the world, affording a feeling of tremendous peace and tranquility. Photographic and bird watching opportunities abound in this lush riparian habitat. Your guides will be available all day to share with you the secrets of one of the world’s most special places. Another night in Phantom Ranch.

Hiking: 3‐6 miles

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Phantom Ranch

Grand Canyon

Phantom Ranch Phantom Ranch is a historic oasis nestled at the bottom of Grand Canyon. It is on the north side of the Colorado River tucked in beside Bright Angel Creek. Phantom is the only lodging below the canyon rim, and can only be reached by mule, on foot or by rafting the Colorado River. In the 1920’s, the National Park Service selected the Fred Harvey Company to build a tourist facility within the canyon. The rustic cabins and main lodge are built of wood and native stone blending with the natural beauty of the setting. Dormitories – These accommodations are available to hikers only. There are 2 male dorms and 2 female dorms. Each dorm has 5 bunk beds, a shower and restroom. Bedding and towels are provided for each guest occupying a dorm bed. Children must be at least 6 years old to stay in a dormitory.

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DAY 4: Ascent the Bright Angel Trail to the Grand Canyon South Rim Village (Hiking: 10 miles, 4,300 ft. elev. gain)

DAY 4: Ascent the Bright Angel Trail to the Grand Canyon South Rim Village (Hiking: 10 miles, 4,300 ft. elev. gain)

The rising sun finds us preparing to conquer the canyon. Our exit is the Bright Angel Trail, a classic Grand Canyon trek. After crossing the Colorado River, the trail snakes its way up out of the inner gorge to the shady oasis of Indian Gardens. Here we will refuel and refill with water before tackling the steep ascent up Jacob’s Ladder through the Redwall layer. While always a tremendous challenge, your guides will provide you with helpful hints, strategies, techniques, and their insider knowledge of the keys to a successful ascent. This afternoon we celebrate our accomplishments at the Bright Angel Trailhead before bidding a farewell to the canyon and the memories we’ve shared. Lodging is on your own or optional Lodging Package.

Hiking: 10 miles (Phantom Ranch is at approximately 2,500 feet –Grand Canyon Village is at 6,800 feet – TOTAL elevation gain of 4,300 feet)

Meals: Breakfast, and lunch included, dinner on your own.  

Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges

Grand Canyon South Rim

Grand Canyon South Rim LodgesEl Tovar Historic Hotel and Thunderbird, Yavapai, Bright Angle, and Maswik lodges. **El Tovar - a celebrated Historic Hotel located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon first opened its doors in 1905. The hotel was built from local limestone and Oregon pine. It cost $250,000 to build, and many considered it the most elegant hotel west of the Mississippi River. In 1987 the Hotel was designated a National Historic Landmark. **Bright Angel Lodge - designed in 1935 by famed Southwest architect Mary Jane Colter, it has a natural rustic character, and is a Registered National Historic Landmark. This iconic lodge and its surrounding cabins are rich with cultural history. **Yavapai Lodge - Natural beauty meets the magic of convenience. About a mile walk from the canyon's South Rim and steps from the general store, bank and post office, Yavapai Lodge occupies a prime location in the Park. **Maswik Lodge - The Maswik Lodge today is a 250-room lodging complex nestled within several acres of Ponderosa pine forest. It is located just a short walk or quarter-mile from the canyon’s edge. **Thunderbird Lodge - Built in the late 1960’s the lodge sits directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon and many guests choose Thunderbird due to its prominent location in the center of the historic district.

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Restaurant
+ Rates

Prices

Grand Canyon Rim to River Guided Loop Hiking Tour

Price Per person, double occupancy, full trip as shown in itinerary:

US$1995/person

Interior Trip Price Only*:

US$1295/person

Single Supplement - very limited availability; book early:

US$TBD - contact us

*Interior trip only: you get yourself to/from the Grand Canyon and manage your own lodging on Nights 1 and 4. This rate includes hiking guides from 5pm on Day 1, all the services described on Days 2&3, and services up to the hike finish on Day 4.

Grand Canyon 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. There are a limited number of single rooms available on each guided trip. An additional charge may apply and will be reflected in the single occupancy price.

+ What's Included?

INCLUSIONS
- Reservations in the Phantom Ranch dorms Nights 2 and 3
- Professional, Wilderness First Responder certified guides
- All permit fees and National - Park entry fees
- Meals (breakfast Day 2 – dinner Day 4)
- Trekking poles complimentary upon request
- Snacks, bottled water and Gatorade

OPTIONAL Service Package:
If you get yourself to/from the Grand Canyon and manage your lodging on nights 1 and 4, we offer an "Interior Trip Only" package that includes:
Reservations in the Phantom Ranch dorms Nights 2 and 3, meals starting lunch Day 2 through lunch Day 4, professional Wilderness First Responder certified guides.


Lodging

Sleeping quarters on the rim of the canyon: Your first night and last night’s lodging will be at one of the National Park lodges. These are the finest accommodations available within Grand Canyon National Park, however travelers need to understand that these are historic National Park lodges and the typical amenities of a luxury resort are not available. Sleeping quarters in‐canyon: We will spend two nights at Phantom Ranch. Phantom Ranch is a comfortable oasis nestled at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and is the only lodging facility below the canyon rim. The Ranch can only be reached by mule, by foot, or by rafting the Colorado River and is a popular stop‐over point for hikers and mule riders traveling to the bottom of the canyon via the famous Bright Angel or Kaibab Trails. On most trips all accommodations are shared same‐sex dormitories with ten bunk beds and a restroom with a shower. It is common that there will be other travelers (not in our group) sharing our dorms. Towels and bed linens are also provided. We will occasionally have a cabin reserved, however please keep in mind that this is the ONLY place to stay and options are very limited. Cabins and dormitories are heated in the winter and cooled during the summer months. For the convenience of guests at Phantom Ranch, meals, beverages, and sundries are available at the Phantom Ranch Canteen. What are bathroom and shower facilities like? Trailside toilet facilities are composting toilets and are located strategically along the trails we hike. Most national park toilets are stocked with toilet paper, but it is always nice to have your own roll in your pack. Ask your guides for helpful hints and etiquette for using these toilets and what to do should you need to go at times when they are unavailable. While at the rim lodges you can expect normal hotel shower accommodations. Phantom Ranch dorms and cabins each have their own ‘in‐room’ hot showers and the provided amenities include soap, towels, washcloths and bed linens. We recommend bringing your own travel‐sized toiletries

+ Tour Highlights

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:

- Guided trek
- Spectacular scenery; unique on Earth
- Unique accommodations

Need to Know:

- Gear rentals available include: trekking poles, daypack rentals, 3L Camelbak bladder purchase
- Lots of uphill trekking on this trip; come prepared with prior training
- Temperatures vary depending on location in Grand Canyon, come prepared for some cool temps and some warm temps

2017 Dates January 12-15, 19-22; February 2-5, 14-17, 16-19, 28- March 3; 2-5, 14-17, 23-26; April 7-10, April 12-15, 13-16, 20-23, April 28- May 1; May 4-7, 8-11, 11-14; November 16-19, 25-28; December 7-10, 23-26, December 29- January 1.
Group Minimum 4 participants; max 12. Singles and couples are welcome to book, these departures bring people together to meet group size minimums/maximums. Please contact us with questions about your group or departure date: Our Contact.

Level 4 the trails are mostly smooth and easily traveled but the elevation changes are significant and temperatures change dramatically. Distances are moderate and on some days can be less than planned; or more as you wish.

Before hiking rim to river in the Grand Canyon you should do significant training to ensure you will have a fun and unforgettable experience. On this guided hiking adventure you should feel confident in your ability to walk uphill for as long as 8 hours. The Grand Loop descends the South Kaibab Trail, a steep elevation loss of 4,800 feet over 7 miles. The hike out ascends the Bright Angel Trail, gaining 4,300 feet of elevation over 10 miles.

Options
- Pre/post tour stays and adventures
- Scottsdale add ons
- Custom tours for groups, more

 

Local Coordinator

Our local partners at AOA has been outfitting 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; (WFR). Together with AOA, we promise 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.

+ Bikes & Gear
 
We included a detailed packing list for each of our guided hiking tours.

Each hiker should be geared up with a hydration pack holding at least 2L, sturdy and worn hiking/trekking shoes/boots; trekking poles, packable rain cover, and other misc items. We send packing list and gear info at least 2 months in advance of your trip date.

Rental Equipment available:

- Day pack rental (30-40L capacity) - $35/pack
- Trekking poles - $20/set
- For Purchase: Camelbak Hydration system bladder, 3L: $35
 
 
 
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US - Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch Hiking Tour

Tour Type: Guided Hiking Level 4
Difficulty:
Distance: Hiking 3-10 miles/day
Duration: 3 Nights/ 4 days
Availability: Specific departure dates in Fall through Spring
Cost: Starting at US$1295





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