- 6 days, 5 nights of self-guided hiking
- This tour is appropriate for intermediate to advanced hikers with good fitness
- Includes daily gear transport, Ready Camp Kitchen gear and setup, water and firewood
- Trip starts and ends in Flagstaff, AZ
- Total group size limited to (12) per trip
- Cost: $595 per person
- May 6th – May 11th
- September 9th – September 14th
TOUR DESCRIPTION (Passage Map)
Follow the historic stagecoach line from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon during this adventure. Over six days you’ll see terrain as diverse as anywhere in northern Arizona, from the big sky country across the Babbitt Ranch to the pinon-juniper forests that lead right up to the South Rim of Grand Canyon – one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Even if you have spent time a lot of time in northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon, this adventure will completely transform what you know about the Colorado Plateau. The elevation of this trip ranges from 6,100 – 7,500 feet, so be prepared for thinner air than you may be accustomed to.
We created this trip for those who don’t want a guide, don’t want to be supported during the week and generally just want their own self-serve adventure with a bit of logistical assistance. Each day we relocate a very deluxe camp setup (provided by Ready Camp) of (2) 10×10 canopies, full kitchen, dry firewood, camp chairs, fresh water, coolers of food and beverages (you purchase prior to trip) and all your personal gear like tents, bags and clothing. You can go as cheap or deluxe as you want on food, beverages and amenities!!
Our meeting point for this trip is the Days Inn Flagstaff, West Route 66 in Flagstaff, AZ. We will be leaving for our night’s camp near the North Rim at 2pm, so your shopping needs to be done by then. There is a Safeway grocery store very close to the hotel. We will arrive at 10am with any coolers needed for your groceries and beverages.
The day begins along remote dirt roads of the CO Bar Ranch, one of the ranches owned by Babbitt Ranches – one of the most respected ranching families in the West that welcomes AZT users to this remote and beautiful corner of Arizona. Today’s route is relatively flat and allows for much contemplation and solitude as you follow in the footsteps of many generations of people that have traveled from Flagstaff toward Grand Canyon. The views in all directions are absolutely unforgettable. The day finishes at the Upper Lockwood Tank. Hike length is about 16 miles.
With heavy legs from the previous day’s effort you’ll enjoy today’s moderate distance and varied terrain. Hiking through the Kaibab National Forest on singletrack and roads, you’ll reach Moqui Stage Station, one of the historic stagecoach stops where visitors would rest their weary bones and probably begin to question if there really was a “grand canyon” out here in the middle of nowhere. Other than an old stone well, there isn’t much left of the station. Hike length is about 8 miles.
North of Moqui, the trail begins its gradual ascent up the Coconino Plateau. You’ll gain 800 feet over 8 miles and watch the forest begin to change beneath your feet. The terrain will start changing from a high desert and grassland feel to larger and more prolific pine tree growth. The day ends at a lovely campsite near Forest Road 309. Hike length is about 10 miles.
It’s Grandview day! From camp, run along the Coconino Rim along a beautiful path through the forest. You’ll gain elevation very gradually over the first 10 miles, topping out near 7,500 ft. at the Grandview Lookout Tower. If you have the legs for you, climb the metal stairs to the top of the tower and catch one of the most incredible views in this part of the world – looking over the tall pine forest lies the Grand Canyon in the distance. Climb gingerly back down, then continue over to your camp for the night. Today’s hike is about 8 miles.
From here the route descends about 800 feet over 11 miles to just outside the town of Tusayan. You’ll be paralleling the Grand Canyon the entire day, but alas, it will not be in view til the end of day tomorrow. Enjoy the solitude of the large stands of ponderosa pine and the gently descending slope. Hike length is about 11 miles today.
You’ll emerge from the forest into the community of Tusayan, the gateway to the South Rim of Grand Canyon where the final day of this adventure will take you along the Greenway Trail from downtown Tusayan to the South Rim of Grand Canyon. Once you arrive at the South Rim there are unlimited options for miles along the rim or down into the canyon on the South Kaibab or Bright Angel Trails. If your legs are whooped and you’d rather see the canyon’s edge by bicycle, rentals are available from Bright Angel Bicycles. After soaking in all of the grandeur the Grand Canyon has to offer, we’ll return to Flagstaff in time for dinner. Hike length is about 9 miles.
- Shuttle Van and driver
- Luggage, gear and cooler/food relocation
- Ready Camp kitchen and general gear
- Alcoholic Beverages – we can haul and keep them cold though!
- Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
- Weather Control – Mother Nature has a mind of her own
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and then a shuttle to Flagstaff, AZ. We recommend arizonashuttle.com