North Rim Explorer: It's Time to Delve Deeper

Trip Type: Day Hikes & Tours

Hike Level: Moderate

Date: Offered June through the end of August (Daily)

Group Size: 7 max

Price $540 for members, $565 for nonmembers


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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.

Trip Highlights
  • Learn about the wonders of Grand Canyon from an experienced, expert guide during a private day hike on the North Kaibab Trail

  • Marvel at sweeping views, ancient rocks, telltale fossils, curious critters, and diverse plants

  • Learn about the fascinating ecosystems of Grand Canyon and the people who have relied on it over the centuries

  • Experience the jaw-dropping Coconino Overlook and stupendous Supai Tunnel

Photo description: Rock I.D. lesson at Coconino Overlook
Photo description: Hikers taking in the view
Photo description: View from the Coconino Overlook
Photo description: Geology on the Trail


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.

Your Grand Canyon Guide

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.

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 North Rim of Grand Canyon.
  • Lodging during your trip.
  • Gratuity for your instructor.

Additional notes

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.

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