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- All Lodging (5 nights)
- All Meals except 1 b'fast, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
- 2 Fit 4 Adventure Guides
- National Park Entrance Fees
- Luggage Transport by Mule (in the canyon)
- Private Van & Fuel
Trip Dates: May 4-9, 2022
Hiking Mileage: 18-24 miles total
A classic rim-to-river-to-rim hiking adventure with two nights at the historic Phantom Ranch including comfortable lodging amenities and full-service dining.
How do you visit our most popular national park and avoid the crowds? By going in deep. The Grand Canyon is a stunning scene from the rim, and people flock here from around the world to see it. Few hike in beyond a half mile.
On our Grand Canyon adventure, we will be exploring the depths, all the way down to the great Colorado River. We’ll also take advantage of “shoulder-season” solitude, and more comfortable hiking conditions, by going in early May. Locals know that this is a great time to visit the Canyon, while the masses wait for summer months.
PRICE: $2,349 per person
Not Included: Airfare; Private Rooms; Meals not on Itinerary; Sedona Sightseeing or Spa.
You are responsible for booking your own flight to Phoenix. Plan to arrive on the 4th around 10 am. Then plan to depart Phoenix on the 9th around 2:30 in the afternoon.
PAYMENTS: A $225 per person deposit will be due when you submit a reservation. Payment in full will be due March 15, 2022. You’ll receive a reminder email when these are due.
CANCELLATIONS: Your deposit is non-refundable after February 4, 2022. Your final payment is non-refundable. If the trip cancels unexpectedly, we'll apply any payments you've made to a future trip.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: The cancellation policy above will be strictly adhered to. Travel insurance is always a good idea to prevent loss of funds in case of an unexpected cancellation or even injury while on the trip. The easiest way to get insurance is to purchase along with your flight purchase. You may consider purchasing insurance from World Nomads.
"This trip is my new favorite trip of all time. Mind-blowing destination and fun people and outstanding organizers. Great job, Diane and Joe! This would have been a hard trip to organize even if the weather had been guaranteed to be perfect. You both did a helluva job adjusting on the fly and holding everything together. It's no wonder I've done fourteen trips with Golden Adventures and Fit 4 Adventure. Yes, you heard that right. FOURTEEN trips! I'm looking forward to filling my passport."
Mark Neumann - Frisco, TX
"I appreciate very much how welcome you all made me feel on this trip. Taking this trip was way, way, way outside of my comfort zone on a couple of different levels and your generous spirits and open hearts will give me confidence to move outside of my comfort zone more often in the future. I also appreciate Diane and Joe’s efforts to make this trip fun, organized and exceptional. I truly won’t forget this experience."
Kris A. - Austin, TX
This exclusive itinerary is packed with hard-core adventure, yet offers plenty of soft touches too. Phantom Ranch is a rustic but welcome outpost at the bottom of the canyon. Once we descend the long and rugged trails from the canyon rim, we rest and refuel while enjoying such comforts as bedding, bathrooms and showers, and a world-renowned dining experience. Mules do the heavy lifting on this trip, carrying provisions – into and/or out of the canyon.
Your canyon excursion is book-ended by a pre-trip stay at the South Rim Village (a historic, activity-filled destination perched on the canyon rim) and a post-trip stay in Sedona (a relaxing, upscale desert retreat nestled in a red rock amphitheater).
Day 1 - May 4
Fly to Phoenix, AZ and ride our private Fit 4 Adventure van to the South Rim of the Canyon. We will stop on the way to pick up any last minute hiking gear at the REI in Flagstaff before we continue on to our destination at the South Rim. We will have a Welcome Dinner in the South Rim Village this night to toast to a great trip! Overnight at the Thunderbird Lodge on the South Rim.
Day 2 - May 5
Start descent into canyon on Bright Angel Trail, 10.5 miles to Colorado River. Your guides will provide lunch. Dinner provided at Phantom Ranch Canteen. Overnight at our own group bunkhouse at Phantom Ranch.
Day 3 - May 6
Day hiking along the river’s edge and into spectacular side canyons. Breakfast and sack lunch provided. Dinner provided at Phantom Ranch dining room. Overnight at our own group bunkhouse.
Day 4 - May 7
Hike back to the South Rim on the South Kaibab Trail, 7.8 Miles. Breakfast and sack lunch provided. Exit canyon mid-afternoon and ride Fit 4 Adventure van to Sedona, AZ (2 hours and 15 min drive). Explore Sedona or make a spa reservation. Overnight at Sedona Orchards Inn. You will have time to relax in the hot tub or take a nap after a long day of hiking.
Day 5 - May 8
Today you have the day to explore Sedona in all its beauty. There are optional pink jeep tours, spa treatments, and a hike all within walking distance of the downtown area that we are staying in. We will have our final celebration dinner tonight to celebrate our accomplishment of hiking the Grand Canyon.
Day 6 - May 9
Following breakfast, we will ride the Fit 4 Adventure van back to Phoenix for afternoon departures.
F4A GC friends, Thank You! Our GC cairn of rough stones built as a memorial or landmark that we were there 2/2/16. We each contributed a stone to the structure, on our lunch break, on the North Kaibab Trail, GC. Thank you, Diane Golden and Joe Dann for your leadership! Fellow hikers, I feel blessed to have shared the experience with each and every one of you. We laughed, at times wanted to cry, challenged our limits but best of all we bonded and worked as a unit! I loved rekindling old and forging new friendships. Hugs to all!
I say it after every trip but this time I believe it truly is my favorite group from one of Diane’s trips. Everyone was so welcoming, accepting and encouraging. To learn we were part of a milestone year celebration for Diane made it even more special. Until the next adventure. My best to you always.
I want to state how grateful I was to be a part of this trip. It has been a long time in planning this trip, for me to do what I needed to do and I did it with a wonderful cast of new friends. To see and experience what we did was truly breath taking, we are 1%'s how cool is is that. Thank you Joe and Diane for a great time.
This trip is my new favorite trip of all time. Mind-blowing destination and fun people and outstanding organizers. Great job, Diane and Joe! This would have been a hard trip to organize even if the weather had been guaranteed to be perfect. You both did a helluva job adjusting on the fly and holding everything together. It's no wonder I've done fourteen trips with Golden Adventures and Fit 4 Adventure. Yes, you heard that right. FOURTEEN trips! I'm looking forward to filling my passport.
I appreciate very much how welcome you all made me feel on this trip. Taking this trip was way, way, way outside of my comfort zone on a couple of different levels and your generous spirits and open hearts will give me confidence to move outside of my comfort zone more often in the future. I also appreciate Diane and Joe’s efforts to make this trip fun, organized and exceptional. I truly won’t forget this experience.
I wanted to let you know the trip was phenomenal! Great itinerary, wonderful folks to go with, the Grand Canyon at its best! Your guides, Eric & Ali, were awesome! You got some keepers there. Eric, always so polite and conscientious and always so well prepared. Ali, always so nice, great hike leader, so positive. They definitely were a great team and a big reason why we all had such a good trip!
Only about 1% of the visitors to the Canyon actually hike to the bottom. It was great to be a part of that number. Our guides, Ali Evers and Eric Peters were amazing (to say the least). I highly recommend this travel company. There were 8 of us total (including Eric and Ali) and I feel like I've made lifelong friends with the people in our little team. We hiked about 8 miles down into the canyon to Phantom Ranch and back up the Bright Angel trail 2 days later which was a 10 mile trek! When we got to the top, it was a major celebration BUT we also were in the midst of a winter storm! Luckily, our amazing guide, Eric, drove us successfully to Sedona, even through treacherous icy road conditions! At Sedona, we were treated to an outstanding celebratory dinner and a well-deserved rest at the Orchard Inn in Sedona.
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