Grand Canyon
North Rim BaseCamp
A Geologist Experience

Trip Details

Type: BaseCamping and Whitewater Rafting

Trip Code:  GCNB

Duration: 5 Days

Distance: 25 mi/46 km

Fitness: 2
Comfort: 2
Solitude: 4

Origin: Flagstaff, AZ

Cost: $1350/person

Trip Description:

The North Rim Grand Canyon BaseCamp tour is a fantastic and wondrous experience that takes you away from the bustle of the South Rim, and into a wonderful world of solitude, remote and contemplative scenery, and fascinating geology.  On the North Rim Grand Canyon BaseCamp tour, we will have the opportunity to hike explore some the of the North Rim's most iconic scenery, including Toroweap Point, Lava Falls, Vulcan's Throne, Point Imperial, and a few trails including Thunder River, Nankoweap, and Bill Hall.  To top it all off, we will take a wild ride on a whitewater raft through thundering rapids, a can't miss Grand Canyon experience!  From our comfortable basecamp, we will eat, drink, explore, and revel in the majesty of the North Rim, while your geologist/guide leads you into this outstanding wilderness! 

  1. Toroweap Point, Grand Canyon
  2. Grand Canyon North Rim
  3. Nankoweap Trail, Grand Canyon
  4. Thunder Falls, Grand Canyon
  5. Toroweap Point, Grand Canyon
  6. Nankoweap Trail, Grand Canyon
  7. Lava Falls, Grand Canyon
  8. Point Imperial, Grand Canyon
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1:

The North Rim Grand Canyon BaseCamp tour begins with a scenic drive to the North Rim, with stops at the famous Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River, Marble Canyon and the Navajo Bridges, and The Lodge at Grand Canyon, the North Rim's world-class lodging option.  We then make our way to our comfortable and private campsite in the Coconino National Forest to setup, after which we head out to Point Imperial, the highest point in Grand Canyon National Park.  Your geologist/guide will prepare a sunset dinner while introducing you to Grand Canyon and all the wonders of the North Rim.
Drive Time: 3.5 hours
Distance & Elevation: 3 miles, no elevation change
Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:

Today’s adventure begins with a hearty breakfast, then hiking a trail selected by your geologist/guide.  Along the way we will check out fossils, epic scenery, and fabulous geology.  There are several excellent trails from the North RIm ranging from developed to rugged, and your geologist/guide will make a great pick!
Distance & Elevation: up to 7 miles, up to a 2500 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

Your third day offers an adventurous trip out to Toroweap Point, a lonely post only reached by a thrilling 4x4 road.  Upon reaching Toroweap, we will marvel at the scenery, explore Vulcan's Throne, and hike down to Lava Falls, one of the Grand Canyon's most famous rapids.
Distance & Elevation: 5 miles, 2000 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

Your fourth day will offer another tremendous hiking adventure chosen by your geologist/guide and the group based on your pre-trip questionnaire.  The suspense is killing us too!
Distance & Elevation: up to 8 miles, up to a 2500 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

Our final day is just as Grand as the days preceding it, as we will finally hit the Colorado River on an exhilirating whitewater rafting adventure!  We will pack up camp relatively early, and make our way back out to Marble Canyon where your whitewater raft chariot awaits.  After a thrilling day on the Colorado River, we will return to Flagstaff.
Distance & Elevation: 1 miles, minimal descent
Breakfast, Lunch
Drive Time: 3.5 hours

*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, degreed, licensed and medically trained geologist/guide
All necessary gear: daypack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles
All cooking/eating gear: bowls, cups, utensils (your geologist/guide will prepare all meals)
All food, including a mix of fresh and pre-made backcountry meals
Roundtrip Transportation from your hotel in Flagstaff to Grand Canyon and all activities/attractions
Entrance fees, camping fees, and backcountry permits

Meals: what to expect
We provide all your meals from a light breakfast on day 1 through lunch the last day. Your geologist/guide will prepare a variety of meals on the trail and in camp that will fit the day's activity. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we're more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. Some specialty diets may require an additional fee.

All meals will consist of one entree, prepared by your geologist/guide.  Fresh options will be available, and meals will be served cafeteria-style on covered tables.  There will be trail snacks that consist of nuts, fruits, chocolate, and other "gorp" style mixes.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

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?
Most basecamping trips in Grand Canyon will accommodate 6 people plus one geologist/guide. On occasion, a group may be as large as 10 people plus 2 guides.

Are there age restrictions?
Children under 12 are generally not permitted on any of Blue Marble's scheduled trips.  This can be negotiable on private tours, please contact us to discuss this policy

How do I sign up?
In order to confirm a reservation , we require an initial deposit of $500 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. Checks by mail are fine as well, 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 5am and 6am.

*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 the host 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
July:  11-15
August: 6-10

2018 Dates
July:  11-15
August: 6-10

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.