When: September 16-25, 2021
Where: Grand Canyon National Park (North & South Rims), Glen Canyon National Recreation Area; Page, AZ
Registration Deadline: June 30
Join us on our road trip to the Grand Canyon’s south rim and explore its trails, history, geology, and habitats. Then travel with us to Glen Canyon Recreational Area and Page, Arizona, to visit Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, and more! We’ll end our road trip with a stay at the Grand Canyon’s north rim.
- Group hikes and educational activities
- Rafting trip on the Colorado River to see Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon Dam, Petroglyph Beach, Lees Ferry, and Vermillion Cliffs
- Cruise on Lake Powell to Rainbow Bridge National Monument
This trip is limited to ages 4 and up (due to age requirements of some of the activities/tours).
Group Accommodations (Optional)
Our group accommodations at the Grand Canyon’s south and north rims are optional. They’re limited, first come/first serve, with priority given to families who are doing the entire road trip – South Rim, Glen Canyon/Page, North Rim. You can arrange your own accommodations (hotel, campground, whatever) at either or both rims, if you prefer.
I don’t have group rooms in the Page/Glen Canyon area because there are plenty of options there. Everyone will choose their own for that portion of our road trip. I’ll provide recommendations after I confirm your spots.
Grand Canyon – South Rim Lodge Rooms
Our group rooms on the south side of the canyon are on the rim, just steps from the rim trail. Half are rim-view, while the other half are standard view. All have two queen beds that sleep up to 4, a mini-fridge, TV, coffeemaker, but no AC.
A rim view room for 3 nights is $1216; a standard room is $1001.
Grand Canyon – North Rim Cabins
Our cabins on the north side of the canyon are near the rim, close to the trail, but may not have a rim view. Some are newer (more expensive), with two queen beds that sleep up to 4, a gas fireplace, mini fridge, and front porch with rocking chairs. Others are older (less expensive) and sleep up to 6, with one queen bed, twin bunk beds, one futon, and a mini-fridge. Neither type have a microwave, coffee pot, TV, WiFi, or AC.
The newer cabins (sleep up to 4), are $620 for 2 nights. The older cabins (sleep up to 6), are $398 for 2 nights.
Cost, What’s Included, Cancellations, & Refunds
The cost of this trip is $350 per person.
$100 per person will be charged to your debit/credit card when you submit your registration and is non-refundable for any reason. The remaining $250 per person, plus payment for your group rooms (if you want them), will be due within 7 days of my confirmation of your spots.
Your total includes your registration fee, group hikes and educational activities, Horseshoe Bend rafting trip, and Lake Powell Rainbow Bridge cruise.
It doesn’t include transportation to any sites on our road trip, entry fees to Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, optional group lodging on the South or North Rims, meals, any tours and activities you do on your own, trip insurance, and anything else not listed in the paragraph above.
I accept checks (personal, bank check, BillPay through your bank), and Zelle transfers (if your bank offers this service).
I don’t accept credit or debit cards (other than for the registration fee), money orders, PayPal, Venmo, PopMoney (often described as BillPay at credit unions – choose the “mail a check” option instead), any payment method that requires me to provide my account number to a third party, or any other payment method.
Please make sure you understand and agree with my cancellation and refund policy before you register. Your signed waiver, registration, and payment acknowledges understanding and agreement with my cancellation and refund policy.
- Please read my FAQs below before register for this trip.
- Your $100 per-person registration fee is non-refundable for any reason.
- The remaining $250 per-person fee and payment for group rooms/cabins is refundable only if I have a family on my waiting list to replace yours. Your spots aren’t transferable. No replacements, roster changes, or refunds will be made after June 30, 2021.
- A cell phone capable of receiving text notifications is required for this road trip.
- Children under age 4 won’t be able to join us due to age restrictions for group activities. (Age verification may be required for some activities.)
- Your registration, waiver, and payment acknowledges your understanding and agreement with my cancellation and refund policy.
- If you want group hotels and/or cabins, please note that on your registration. You’ll pay me for them after I confirm your spots.
- Face masks are currently required on NPS-administered lands where physical distancing cannot be maintained, and in all NPS buildings and facilities. This may or may not change by September, so only register if you’re willing to respect and honor the mask and physical distancing requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
What transportation is provided on this trip?
Since this is a road trip, no transportation is provided. Families will drive to each leg of the trip on their own (Grand Canyon South Rim, the Page area, and Grand Canyon North Rim).
What dates are we at the South Rim, in Page, at the North Rim?
We’ll be at the South Rim from September 16-19, in Page from September 19-23, and at the North Rim from September 23-25.
How much hiking will we do?
All hiking is flexible. If we’re hiking and you’re ready to turn back, you can. However, most (maybe all) hikes will be 2 miles or less. (I’ll update this as details are finalized.)
Can we do only part of the trip?
If I have spots available, I can add you for specific legs of the trip. Priority will go to families doing the full road trip. The cost will be the same, regardless of how many legs you do.
Are hotels optional?
You can choose your own accommodations throughout the trip. I’ve reserved group rooms at the South and North Rims because they’re hard to get. Also, the experience is better if you’re inside the park and don’t have to fight traffic into the park each day.
I didn’t reserve group rooms in Page, Arizona, because there are plenty of options there.
We plan to fly in and rent a car. What airport should I fly into?
Phoenix (PHX) is the closest major airport to the South Rim (231 miles), and Las Vegas (LAS) is the next (274 miles). Flagstaff (FLG) is the closest small airport (81 miles), but may be more expensive. Research all of them to see what the best option is for your family.