Grand Canyon: Hiking to Phantom Ranch

Phoenix, Arizona

Starting From


Book Now

Add your business today to reach The Outbound's audience of adventurous travelers.

Spend a thrilling weekend exploring the highlights of Grand Canyon National Park with the added treat of an overnight stay at Phantom Ranch, the only lodging located in the heart of the Grand Canyon. The expertly guided journey to the bottom showcases 1.7 billion years of geologic history, exposed in colorful layers by the down-cutting of the Colorado River. Take in awe-inspiring views of freestanding buttes, sculpted alcoves, and massive cliffs, learn about the unique wildlife, geology and history of this premier World Heritage Site, and unwind with tasty meals.


Duration: 4 Days
Starts in: Phoenix, Arizona
Ends in: Phoenix, Arizona
Group Size: 4-9

Operated by:

MT Sobek

MT Sobek, the originators, innovators and leaders in adventure travel for more than five decades, crafts journeys to the world's most memorable places.


Journey to the Heart of the Grand Canyon

Meet at 12:30pm at the Holiday Inn Express& Suites in Scottsdale and head north, climbing above the Mogollon Rim onto the Colorado Plateau. (Note: In 2019, there will be one airport pickup at 11:30am, delivering guests to the Holiday Inn at 12:30pm.) Along the way, guides explain the geologic forces that created this massive uplift and why the Grand Canyon formed. Pass through the town of Flagstaff and get the first look at the canyon from the historic Desert View Watchtower, a Mary Jane Colter building perched on the edge of the great chasm. After another 30-minute scenic drive along the rim, arrive at the lodge for a delicious dinner.

Hike the South Kaibab Trail

After a hearty breakfast, descend 7 miles and 4,780 feet into the grandest of canyons, along the South Kaibab Trail famous for the most awesome panoramic views of any trail in the park. Descend past Ooh Aah Point to Cedar Ridge, for a gourmet lunch before continuing the trek. From here, traverse the Tonto Plateau before dropping into the Inner Gorge. On the last portion, hike along the Colorado River and over a suspension bridge until Phantom Ranch at the trail's end, nestled on the banks of Bright Angel Creek.

Hike Up Bright Angel Trail

In the morning, prepare to conquer the mighty canyon. The exit is via 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. Refill with water before tackling the steep ascent up Jacob's Ladder through the Redwall layer. The guides provide helpful hints, strategies, techniques, and their insider knowledge of the keys to a successful ascent. Celebrate your accomplishments with a fine dining experience at El Tovar.

Take a Sunrise Hike & Return to Phoenix

Hike to Trail View Overlook for a Grand Canyon sunrise. Walk back for a delicious breakfast at El Tovar and free time for last-minute photos or awe-inspiring views. Taking a different route back to Flagstaff, enjoy the drive along Highway 180, with spectacular views of the San Francisco Peaks, giant meadows, ponderosa forest, and volcanic cones. Look out for elk, mule deer, and pronghorn. Enjoy lunch in Flagstaff before resuming the journey to Phoenix; hotel or airport drop-offs can be arranged. Please book outbound flights for 7pm or later.


Have you done this tour? Be the first to leave a review!

More Tours

Phoenix, Arizona

Sonoran Desert Meditation & Yoga Retreat

$3,995/person - 5 days

Arizona, United States

Grand Canyon Hiking Adventure - 5 Days

$1,425/person - 5 days

Tucson, Arizona

Women's Southwest Rock Climbing

$2,275/person - 8 days


Adventures Nearby

  • Hike Piestewa Peak

    Piestewa Peak, formerly known as Squaw Peak and conveniently located in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area, is a relatively short hike that yields impressive views of the city and is a perfect spot to watch the sunset. Piestewa Peak is a p...

    2.4 miles 1180 ft gain

  • Hike Phoenix Mountain Preserve's Freedom Trail

    As the third longest trail in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, the Freedom Trail provides a great option for those looking for a longer hike, which can also be made even a bit longer by bolting on the Piestewa Summit hike along the way (adds 1.2 mil...

    3.7 miles 1213 ft gain

  • Practice Yoga atop Piestewa Peak

    If you are an avid hiker and also love practicing yoga, then Piestewa Peak has a hidden gem awaiting you! There is a little-known helipad located just off the primary trail to Piestewa Peak's Summit (see photos above for more detailed information)...

    1.8 miles 900 ft gain

  • Hike Mojave Trail #200

    The entrance for the Piestewa Peak area is located at 2701 E. Squaw Peak Drive. The Mojave Picnic Area & Trailhead is the first parking area on the right. This is a very popular trail when the outside temps drop a bit so get there early for su...

    1.2 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike Mojave Connector Trail #202

    The best starting point to access this hike is parking at the Mojave Picnic Area and heading up the Mojave Trail #200. At .4 miles, you will hit the junction and stating point for the Mojave Connector Trail. Head left at the saddle and begin a rap...

    1.1 miles 165 ft gain

  • Hike North Mountain Trail

    Beginning from the start of the trail on 7th Street, this short hike can be a good quick workout that offers great views of the greater Phoenix area.  Be aware that this hike is a fairly steep climb 600 feet to the top.  Once you reach the summit ...

    1.4 miles 600 ft gain

  • Starting From


    Book Now

    Add your business today to reach The Outbound's audience of adventurous travelers.