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Arizona: Grand Canyon and Sedona Trails

7 Days & 6 Nights
  • Hike amongst towering sandstone formations in Sedona
  • Revel in the views of the towering granite peaks outside of Prescott
  • Enjoy peaceful aspen groves and tranquil mountain meadows bordering Flagstaff
  • Learn about the fascinating geological history of the area
  • Visit the Grand Canyon, one of the natural wonders of the world
Explore the stunning natural highlights of Northern Arizona and visit several picturesque adventure towns on this seven day drive and hike. Revel in the incredible views of the iconic Grand Canyon as you walk along the rim and into the depths of the canyon itself, and learn about the fascinating geology and history of the area. Hike through the gorgeous red rock desert and juniper trees of Sedona, and explore the peaceful aspen groves just outside of Flagstaff on the flanks of Arizona's tallest mountain, Humphrey's Peak. Stroll through the downtown area of the quaint town of Prescott before venturing below the craggy face of aptly named Granite Mountain, the town's iconic landmark. From deep canyons, to soaring mountains, to modern towns, and everything in between, this week-long road trip truly offers the best of this Southwestern state.

What To Expect

This tour is graded moderate, with daily hikes averaging around 6-9 miles. This tour is perfect for those who want to explore the expanse of Nothern Arizona by foot and with the flexibility of their own car. Hikers should expect longer treks along dirt trails and varied terrain, and exposed heights. Trails are well-signed, maintained and traveled frequently. Enjoy staying at charming National Park lodges and hotels each night.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Drive & Hike | Enjoy the best of a large region by car and on foot. Day hikes in the best places. Itinerary usually inn to inn, with mapping provided. No bag transfer. Car hire offered as an option or included.

This trip is suitable for:

Families, Mixed Abilities, Avid Adventurers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 5 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Spiritual Journeys
  • National Parks & Trails

Inspiration:

  • New
  • Classic

Activity Level & Terrain

This tour is graded moderate, with five days of hiking and a maximum distance of 12.5 miles. Daily hikes average around 6-9 miles (4-7 hours) along well-signed and well-traveled trails, regularly monitored and maintained by National Park rangers and staff. The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. 

Please note in the Grand Canyon, while we provide route information for the walk to Plateau Point, this trail is considered strenuous so please only go as far down the trail as you are comfortable to hike back out. 

Navigation

Navigating is easy using the Macs Adventure Navigation App. Your daily hikes will be mapped in the app with GPX tracks, route notes and turn-by-turn directions. All of these resources are available to download for offline use, which is recommended as cell service can at times be spotty within the National Park.

You will be provided with trip specific contact information in addition to 24/7 telephone support from Macs Adventure should you require assistance.

Experience & Fitness

As weather patterns in the mountains are often unpredictable and can change suddenly, hikers should be prepared for hiking in the rain. 

As a rule of thumb, it is best to get an early start for each hike to avoid exposure to the heat in the afternoon. 

Accommodations

We specifically hand-picked your accommodations in comfortable lodges and hotels to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay while exploring Arizona. Additionally, each offers individual character and welcoming hospitality.

Single Rooms & Solo Travelers

This trip is based on two people sharing a room. If you’d like separate rooms, a single supplement is required. If you would like to request a twin room (same room with two separate beds), please notify us during booking so we can request this option

This trip is also available to solo hikers (a solo supplement is required).

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning of this trip except the Grand Canyon Lodges. If you are confirmed in one of the Grand Canyon Lodges, breakfast can be purchased locally at the lodge or a nearby marketplace. 

Lunches and dinners are not included in this trip. For lunches, you can find markets, cafés, or restaurants located within each town for dining out or to purchase a packed lunch to take with you on hikes. For dinner, you can dine at local restaurants. 

Included
  • 6 Nights at hand-selected lodges and hotels
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • Turn-by-turn route notes and driving directions
  • Macs Adventure Navigation App for mobile phone
  • 24/7 telephone support
Excluded
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks, and snacks
  • Car Rental
  • National Parks Pass
  • Travel to / from the start and end of the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Additional nights before, during, or after the trip
  • Breakfast while staying at the Grand Canyon Lodges
Extras
  • Room Upgrades (only where applicable)
  • Additional nights along the route

When To Go

We offer this trip any time of year but the best time to visit is in the fall or spring months. The Summer months between June - August are very hot so if you do travel during those times you need to be sure you are on the trails early to avoid the peak heat of the day around 3 pm-4 pm. As these locations are year-round tourist destinations, we suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalized to ensure availability for specific dates.

Getting to the Start

By Air

Phoenix International Airport has flights from international and national destinations.

Upon arrival to the airport, follow signs pointing you in the direction of the rental car agency to pick-up your rental car. Budget, Enterprise and Hertz are some of the many rental car agencies available to rent from Phoenix. Driving to Prescott from the airport in Phoenix takes about 2 hours. 

Getting Around

For additional transportation services outside the provided itinerary, such as a taxi to a specific restaurant or location, the host at your evening’s accommodation can help assist you in making the necessary arrangements.

General Information

National Park Entrance Fees

While hiking within the Grand Canyon National Park, a parking pass will have to be purchased upon arrival at one of the entrance station. We recommend purchasing a week pass for this trip (7-day park pass, $35 via cash or credit card, not included). Or you can purchase an annual park pass at $80 (which includes entrance at any US National Park for a full year). For more information or to purchase a National Park pass online prior to trip departure click this link and visit the national park pass section found within the pre-departure information pack.

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a packing list on what to bring. This includes warm and cold hiking gear, hiking boots, rain gear and lots of other specifics.

Please be prepared by packing all the necessary items for a comfortable trip. If you have any questions about what to take, we'd be happy to share our own top tips and advice. 

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance helps protect your travel investment, your belongings and most importantly you, from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip. For more information, please visit our travel insurance page by clicking this link.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Prescott and overnight Day 2: Hike Granite Mountain 7 miles / 11 km Day 3: Drive to the Grand Canyon, walk the Rim Trail 3 miles / 5 km Day 4: Hike to Plateau Point 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 5: Drive to Sedona, Hike Lockett Meadows 5 miles / 8 km Day 6: Hike Brin's Mesa and Soldier Pass loop 4 miles / 6.5 km Day 7: Onward Travel

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