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Day Tours & Basecamp Trips

Meet the Canyon

During a guided tour, a Field Institute instructor will weave the canyon’s story on short hikes, both above and below the rim, to amazing destinations.

  • Dates:

    Monday's and Friday's

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Length: 6 Hours
  • Cost: $180 per person
  • Group size: 2-6 guests

Let our family show yours why they call it Grand Canyon. 

It’s hard to imagine a better destination than Grand Canyon for the adventurous family! On fun-filled walks along and below the rim, our staff will share the many wonders of the world’s most famous chasm. 

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Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the wonders of Grand Canyon from an experienced, expert guide
  • Expect to see sweeping views, ancient rocks, telltale fossils, curious critters, and diverse plants
  • Discuss the Native American connections--both past and present--to a place many call home 
  • See pictographs at the top of Bright Angel Trail
  • Learn about the fascinating ecosystems of Grand Canyon
  • Grab some of the best photos of your vacation


You will hike Bright Angel Trail 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, 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. Bring your lunch for a picnic with the most spectacular view. Once back on the rim, your instructor will introduce you to an array of historic buildings (each with an amazing story to tell) and the sweeping views that are to be found nearby. Your day will end in the late afternoon, much the same way it began; surrounded by compelling views of Grand Canyon.

 Don't forget to bring: 

  • Picnic lunch
  • Comfortable, athletic or hiking shoes with GOOD tread
  • 2 liters of water per person (33 ounces = 1 liter) 
  • Comfortable backpack to hold: snacks, water, and other items (please don't forget SNACKS!) 
  • Sun protection: Sunglasses, Wide-brimmed hats, Sunscreen
  • Rain gear for monsoon season 
  • Please check the gear list in your itinerary for further ideas and information! 

Meeting location: Maswik Lodge - front entrance, 8:30 a.m. 

End time: 2:30 p.m.

What's included

Price for the class includes:

Our expert instructor.

Gear lists.

What's not included

You are responsible for:

All of your gear

Water and food

Transportation to and from the Canyon.

Lodging during your trip.

Guide gratuity (industry recommendation 15-20% of trip cost, read this article to receive more guidance).


Family of 4 standing and smiling for photo on rock edge at Grand Canyon

The Zelkovic Family

“Our day with the Field Institute exceeded all our expectations and we came away with a great respect for the canyon and for the work of the Conservancy. It was such a wonderful experience from beginning to end and hope we can return in the not so distant future to participate in one of your multi-day programs.”

Family of 5 standing and smiling for photo on rock edge at Grand Canyon

The Jankowskis

“Our family’s experience was nothing short of amazing! Slim (our guide) 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!”

Five hikers standing on forest cliff edge overlooking Grand Canyon 2017

Amy Waits

“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!”

Group of hikers standing and smiling in front of canyon from ground level at Grand Canyon

Joe Sweeney

“I've brought many school groups to the Field Institute and the quality of instruction provides them with an understanding of Indigenous 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.”

Field Institute guide educating group of hiker tourists seated on beach with water and canyon in background

Andy M.

“Top to bottom, the Field Institute exceeded all of my expectations .... they ensured we packed wisely for our trip and saved me from lugging around 5 lbs. of 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.”