Grand Canyon Complete Tour
When you want to see the best of what Northern Arizona has to offer, do it with our full-day Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff.
Start off with a scenic and historic ride from the Red Rocks of Sedona, through Oak Creek Canyon (one of the top 10 scenic drives in America) and towering Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff.
After meeting our Flagstaff guests, we'll head up to Sunset Crater National Monument, the Colorado Plateau's youngest volcano. Here, you will be able to stroll amongst the dormant volcanoes and pristine lava fields as you learn about the history and geology of the area. While nearly a millennia old, these lava fields look as though they were created just last week. It appears to be such a lunar landscape, all of the Apollo Astronauts practiced their Rover missions here.
Next, we head to Wupatki National Monument, where we visit the well-preserved ruin site of this Sinagua Indian trading village that was still being inhabited when the eruption at Sunset Crater took place. Based on the artifacts that have been found, we believe the people that traded here came from as far away as South America and may have included the Mayans. Learn all about the Anasazi ("Ancient Ones") and the Sinagua ("People Without Water") and find out what really happened to the people once thought to have "mysteriously disappeared".
As we make our way across the Navajo (Diné) Reservation and the western portion of the Painted Desert, we'll stop at the Historic Trading Post in Cameron, originally built in 1916. This is one of the finest places to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs. You may also visit The Gallery, home of many breathtaking pieces of fine and historic Indian Arts and Crafts.
We'll have lunch at the restaurant at the Trading Post, where you will be able to order right off of the special menu they have put together for us. As always, we recommend you try their Navajo Tacos.
After departing the Trading Post, we make our final leg to the Grand Canyon National Park with a scenic drive along the Little Colorado River Gorge and climb to an altitude of approximately 7,500 feet.
Upon entering the National Park (entrance fees are included), you'll get your first views of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River at Desert View. You will be able to gaze over 10 miles across the Grand Canyon to the North Rim, look down at the Colorado River nearly a mile below you, and get a glimpse of Navajo Mountain in Page, Arizona, over 90 miles away!
Climb up to the top of the Watchtower Observatory, one of the crowning achievements of Mary Colter, surely the finest architect the Southwest has ever seen.
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As we make our way along the rim of the Grand Canyon, we'll stops at some of the most scenic and historic points between the South and East Rims of the Grand Canyon.
Next, take a leisurely, ½ to 1-½ mile walk along the South Rim where you'll take in the breadth of the Grand Canyon as you gaze 14 miles across to the North Rim. We''ll visit the only point where you can see both Phantom Ranch as well as the Kaibab Suspension Bridge and you'll be able to view over ¼ of the Grand Canyon from this one point.
The last stop on our tour is at the Grand Canyon Village, where you'll have time to visit and shop at the many historic buildings and museums; such as the Hopi House, the rustic El Tovar Lodge, the Grand Canyon Railway Station as well as Lookout and Kolb Studios. You can also take in some wondrous views of the Grand Canyon looking down onto the Bright Angel trail and Indian Gardens. You may even get a glimpse of the mules heading out of the Grand Canyon or the incredible California Condors!
Throughout your journey with us, you'll enjoy interesting, informative, and entertaining narration from your guide. Our favorite way to see it all in one day!
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