It’s hard to imagine a better destination than Grand Canyon for the adventurous hiker: big views, amazing rocks, intriguing plants and animals, and a rich American Indian story.
On a private day hike below the North Rim, our staff will share the many wonders of the world’s most famous chasm.
Whether this is your first trip to the North Rim or if you come once a year, delve deeper with the Field Institute.
Join an expert, qualified instructor on an adventure-filled hike. Meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the North Rim's General Store inside the park, you proceed on the Transept Trail--which provides a scenic and gentle warm-up along its 1/2 mile course through delightful stands of aspen and pine trees en route--to the North Kaibab Trail.
The historic North Kaibab Trail is one of the few rim-to-river trails in the entire expanse of the canyon and forms the first leg of the popular rim-to-rim route. This well-maintained trail will take you via a series of switchbacks to the Coconino Overlook. This sandstone ridge is roughly 1 mile down the trail and offers sweeping views of Bright Angel Canyon below. It will serve as an excellent spot to discuss the canyon’s amazing geology and ecology.
An additional 3/4 mile down the trail brings you to your final destination known as the Supai Tunnel. The perfect location to discuss the rich human connection to the canyon landscape--both past and continued. It is also a fine opportunity to photograph some of the best scenery of your vacation!
You’ll conclude your hike at approximately 2:30 p.m. after retracing your steps back to the North Rim General Store for closing words, recommendations on how to spend the remainder of your North Rim visit, and farewells.
Our expert staff of instructors includes professional geologists, biologists, archaeologists, historians, artists, and National Park Service resource specialists who have devoted their lives to the understanding of this amazing landscape, its biotic communities, and the people that have called it home over the centuries. All Instructors are Wilderness First Responder certified.
Price for the class includes:
You are responsible for:
Ideally, children must be 8 years or older.
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Where should you Stay?
> Grand Canyon Lodge
> North Rim Campground
This day-tour includes below the Rim canyon hiking. Participants should come seasonally prepared and be enthusiastic about outdoor exploration.
Or call (866) 471-4435
Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM Arizona MST
Our family’s experience was nothing short of amazing! "Slim" provided a perspective we would have never been able to get on our own and we learned so much. Her passion for the Canyon and what she does came through too, which made our time something we’ll never forget!”
The guides were awesome – so educational and patient!!! Encouraging & helpful in every way. Such an amazing first visit to the canyon – Life changing to have experienced the GC up close & personal… Thank you so much!”
I've brought School groups to the Field Institute for 10 years and the quality of instruction provides them with an understanding of American Indian cultures, diverse ecology, and geologic history. Students leave with a stronger sense of self confidence, an intimate connection to nature, and memories that will last a lifetime.”
Top to bottom, the Institute exceeded all of my expectations .... they ensured we packed wisely for our trip and saved me from lugging around 5 lbs junk I didn't need. Overall, it's packed with value that I don't think commercial outfitters would provide, and delivered a deeply rich experience.”