Grand Canyon XL
  1. Sunrise on the South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park
  2. Day Hiking in Grand Canyon
  3. Yaki Point, Grand Canyon
  4. The Escalante Ridge
  5. Relax, I got this....
  6. Winter on the South Rim
  7. Grand Canyon Memories
  8. Grandview Point
  9. Unexplored
  10. Tanner Panorama
  11. Winter at South Rim Grand Canyon
An Ultimate Experience
Trip Details

Type: Luxury Experience

Trip Code: GCXL

Duration: 6 Days

Hiking Distance: 38 mi/61 km

Fitness: 4
Comfort: 3
Solitude: 3
Challenge Ratings Overview

Host City: Flagstaff, AZ

Cost: $4000/person

Trip Description:

The Grand Canyon is at the top of many outdoor enthusiast's to-do list, and for good reason.  Dramatic, sweeping vistas, ever-changing colors and viewpoints, cultural history, and nearly confrontational geology.  To be in the Grand Canyon is to be in continual awe of the power of water, wind, and time.  Grand Canyon XL takes Grand Canyon exploration to the next level, as we hit some of the park's greatest features by day, then live a luxurious life by night.  You will marvel at the views and the impeccable, outstanding service provided as we dine, drink, and sleep in absolute swank.  You will start the day with a full breakfast, be packed an outstanding lunch and have access to delicious snacks on the trail, then return to camp to dine on your nightly 4-course, wine-paired meals prepared by a professional chef.  A masseuse is on call at our camp to work out the knots of the day's epic adventures, and your sleep accomodations, complete with Tempurpedic Brand pillows, top-of-the-line down sleeping bags, and oversized queen air mattresses  will far exceed expectations you may have for even a reputable resort.  This is truly Grand Glamping.  The exploration side of things will take us away from the crowds, on a helicopter, on horseback, into a whitewater raft, and onto the trails, where you will encounter scenery that most people only see on postcards and in their dreams. 

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1:

Grand Canyon XL begins on the premier day hike in The Canyon from Hermit's Rest to Dripping Springs, a wonderful jaunt to a scenic groundwater seep at the top of the Redwall Limestone.  After a delicious spread for lunch, we will head back to our transport and settle into our comfortable campsite in the Coconino National Forest just south of the National Park.  Your geologist/guide and associates will set up camp with a roaring fire, luxurious drinks, and a 5-star meal worthy of a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Drive Time: 2 hours
Distance & Elevation: 6.25 miles, 1500 foot descent, 1500 foot ascent
Light Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner

Day 2:

Today’s adventure starts with a filling breakfast followed by an easy stroll along the Canyon rim for outstanding photo opportunities, and a trip to the Desert View Watchtower, built by renowned architect Mary Coulter in 1932.  After lunch in the world-famous El Tovar Dining Room, we embark on one of the The Canyon's most outstanding experiences; a bird's-eye view from a charter airplane.  We will then return to our campsite for dinner, drinks, and star-gazing, which on a clear night can be some of the most spectacular in the world.
Drive Time: 1.5 hours
Distance & Elevation: 1 mile, no elevation gain or loss
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

Your third day offers a bucket-list descent into one of Grand Canyon's best-kept secrets; a slot canyon.  Soaring walls, trickling water, solitude, and an intimate experience await on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 
Drive Time:
Distance & Elevation: 9 miles, 350 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

Today’s adventure will take you directly into the heart of the Old West; on horseback.  Trot around on your trusty steed while gazing upon the stately land that surrounds our National Treasure. hike will see Paria Canyon begin to open up as you leave the narrows and enter its wider downstream reaches. Keep your eyes open for ancient petroglyphs, etchings left in the rocks and boulders by ancient civilizations traveling through the area. In warmer weather, you will find some nice pools to cool off in on your way to camp near Wilson Ranch.
Distance & Elevation: 12 miles, 600 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

Had enough?  We thought not.  Gear up and get ready to ride the rapids, checking off yet another bucket list adventure on a full day whitewater rafting trip from Glen Canyon to Lees Ferry through wonderful Marble Canyon. l day on the trail is a relatively short one but offers the great reward of completing a truly wonderful journey. Soak in the scenery of 2500 foot cliffs surrounding the wide open valley of the lower Paria River and the multi-colored rock layers. The trail ends at Lonely Dell Ranch, a historic homestead and lush orchard a short walk from the Colorado River and Lee’s Ferry, the official beginning of Grand Canyon. Your shuttle driver will meet you here and prepare a tasty lunch by the banks of the river before packing up and heading back to Flagstaff.
Drive Time:
Distance & Elevation: 5 miles, minimal descent
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: 

Our final day at Grand Canyon will bid farewell with a hike down the Tanner Trail to the Seventyfive Mile Canyon overlook, a three-mile out-and-back that showcases the sweeping views and unparalleled geology we viewed from the Desert Watchtower.  This often lonely trail beckons the more adventurous Canyoneer, as we continue to explore Grand Canyon while striving to avoid the crowds.  After we bid adeiu, we will load up and travel back to Flagstaff, where we will drop you at the host hotel.  Bon Voyage!
Drive Time: 3 hours
Distance & Elevation: 3 miles, 1000 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch

*Final itineraries are occasionally subject to change due to permit/campsite availability, park restrictions/closures, weather conditions and/or road closures.

What’s Included:
A professional, licensed, degreed, and medically trained geologist/guide
All necessary gear: daypack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
All cooking/eating gear: tables, bowls, cups, utensils (your guide will prepare all meals)
All meals from a light breakfast on Day 1 through lunch on the last day + trail snacks
Roundtrip Transportation from your hotel in Flagstaff, AZ to Grand Canyon
Entrance fees, attraction fees, camping fees and backcountry permits

Meals:  what to expect

What’s Not Included:
Transportation to/from Flagstaff, AZ
Lodging the night before/after the trip
Clothing, raingear, and footwear
Personal toiletries, sunscreen
Water bottles/hydration bladder
Headlamp or flashlight
Guide gratuity (suggested 10-15% of trip cost)
*Upon booking you will receive a detailed trip information packet

How many people are in the group?
Grand Canyon XL trips will accommodate up to 5 people plus one geologist/guide and camp associates.

Are there age restrictions?
Grand Canyon XL adventures are strictly 21 and over due to the nature of the service, adventures, and camp atmosphere.  This restriction may be negotiable on private tours. Please contact us with any questions regarding this policy.

How do I sign up?
In order to confirm a reservation, we require an initial deposit of $1000 per person, with the final balance due 90 days prior to the trip’s departure. If you book a trip within 90 days of the trip’s scheduled departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking.
Your deposit is payable over the phone by Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover. Cashier's checks by mail are accepted with two forms of ID, as are bank transfers ($35 transfer fee). Call our office Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Arizona time. 1-602-904-2536
Travel Logistics

Where does the trip begin/end?
This trip will begin/end in Flagstaff, AZ and you will need to spend the night prior to your trip’s scheduled departure in Flagstaff. You will want to fly into either Phoenix (2 hour drive) or Flagstaff. Please visit our  Travel Resources  page for information on airports, shuttles/rental cars and recommended hotels.

Where do you meet our guides?
We will hold a pre-trip orientation at 4:30pm the evening prior to your trip’s departure at the host hotel in Flagstaff. Departure times and logistics for the following morning will be discussed at the orientation.
Most trips will depart between 6am and 7am. *This meeting is not mandatory, but highly recommended, as we will depart early the next morning. If you are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that we can make alternate arrangements.

What do we do with our car and extra stuff?
We will provide all transportation to/from trailheads for the duration of the trip. We will pick you up at your hotel in Flagstaff and return you there at the trip’s conclusion. Guests staying at the host hotel can leave their cars at the hotel. These hotels will often store your luggage for you, as well. If not, we are happy to store extra luggage at a secure location for the duration of the trip. If you are staying at a different hotel, you will need to check with them as to whether you can leave your car there.

What time will we get back on the last day?
Expect to be back in Flagstaff by 5pm at the latest on the last day of the trip. Some trips will return earlier but we cannot make any guarantees. In general, it is recommended that you do not plan to fly home on the same day your trip finishes. Since each trip has slightly different logistics, feel free to contact us with specific questions related to the expected return time for your trip.

Trip Dates

2017 Dates
May: 8-14
September: 8-14

2018 Dates
May:  8-14
September:  8-14

More dates to come soon…
Don’t see your dates? Custom dates may be available!
Call 1-602-904-2536 or email us  for details.