Meet the Canyon: Family Hiking Adventure

Trip Type: Day Hikes & Tours

Hike Level: Moderate

Date: Offered Year Round (Daily)

Group Size: 7

Price Mar-Oct $540 for members, $565 for nonmembers


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It’s hard to imagine a better destination than Grand Canyon for the adventurous family: big views, amazing rocks, intriguing plants and animals, and a rich American Indian story. On fun-filled short walks along and below the rim, our staff will share the many wonders of the world’s most famous chasm.

Ideally, children must be 8 years or older. Adults without children are welcome to participate too!

Trip Highlights
  • Learn about the wonders of Grand Canyon from an experienced, expert guide while hiking the Bright Angel -- one of the world's most iconic trails

  • Expect to see sweeping views, ancient rocks, telltale fossils, curious critters, and diverse plants

  • Discuss the American Indian connections--both past and present--to a place many call home

  • Visit the historic Kolb Studio, built just beneath the rim in 1905, and learn about pioneer history while exploring this renovated home

  • Learn about the fascinating ecosystems of Grand Canyon

  • Grab some of the best photos of your vacation

Photo description: Late summer rainbow on the Rim
Photo description: The Bright Angel Trail awaits
Photo description: Photo op on the South Kaibab Trail
Photo description: Year-round fun on the Bright Angel Trail


Let our family show yours why they call it Grand Canyon. During a private guided tour, a Field Institute instructor will weave the canyon’s story on short hikes, both above and below the rim, to amazing destinations.

Typically meeting at Maswik Lodge at 8:30 a.m., you proceed to the nearby Bright Angel Trail (we're experts on the South Kaibab, Hermit, and Grandview trails too) after a brief introduction and safety talk. This historic rim-to-river trail has a great deal to offer the inquisitive hiker. Ancient rocks and fossils, prehistoric American Indian inscriptions, amazing plants and animals, and some of the most breathtaking views in North America will be yours to enjoy. How far you descend will be determined by the group’s hiking strength, interests, and the prevailing weather conditions.

Once back on the rim, your instructor will share with you the pioneer beginnings of Grand Canyon Village and introduce you to an array of historic buildings, including a behind the scenes look at the Kolb Brothers' Studio.

Your day will end in the late afternoon, much the same way it began; surrounded by compelling views of the world’s most famous chasm.

What's Included

Price for the class includes:

  • Our expert instructor.
  • Gear lists.
  • Park entrance fee waiver.

What's not included

You are responsible for:

  • All of your preferred day-hiking equipment.
  • Picnic lunch, snacks, and, most importantly, WATER.
  • Transportation to and from the Canyon.
  • Lodging during your trip.
  • Gratuity for your instructor.

Additional notes

Ideally, children must be 8 years or older.

Looking to hike a different trail? Rim Trail, South Kaibab Trail, Hermit Trail, or Grandview Trail? We can do that too!

Where should you Stay?
>Xanterra Parks & Resorts
>Yavapai Lodge

This day-tour includes optional inner-canyon hiking. Participants should come seasonally prepared and be enthusiastic about outdoor exploration. > Weather Forecast

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