The Grand Canyon Lodge Experience
A Grand Experience

Trip Details

Type: Lodge-Based Hiking & Float Adventure

Trip Code:  GCLE

Duration: 5 Days

Distance: 38 mi/61 km

Fitness: 2
Comfort: 5
Solitude: 3

Origin: Flagstaff, AZ

Cost: $2250/person

Trip Description:

The Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim, opened in 1927 and named to the National Historic Register of places in 1987, is among the premier accomodations in the National Park system.  The Grand Canyon itself is likely the premier place in the National Park system, second-to-none in scenery, amenities, backcountry, beauty, and geology.  The Grand Canyon Lodge Experience offers a comfortable and adventurous stay at the North Rim in the Grandest, as we will explore the park's wonderful scenery and geology by day on the many excellent trails, and stay in the comfort of the lodge by night.  The North Rim, sitting nearly 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim, is more isolated, and therefore quite a bit less-crowded.  It's trails are adventurous and rugged, stunningly beautiful, and can be remote.  The North offers a tremendous experience, and one that you won't be forced to share with the masses that flock to the more easily accessible South Rim.  This epic adventure will give you the unique opportunity to explore not only the North Rim, but many of the landmarks and greater Grand Canyon features such as The Painted Desert, Vermillion Cliffs, and Toroweap that may escape the typical canyon visit.  The season for the North Rim lasts from May 15-October 15 before all amenities close for the season.  

**This adventure requires a minimum  6-month prior reservation due to demand and the short season 

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1:

The Grand Canyon Lodge Experience begins at the host hotel in Flagstaff, where we will make final preperations, then hit the road toward the North Rim.  Along the way, we will stop for photo opportunities at Marble Canyon, Navajo Bridge, and Lee's Ferry before we arrive at Grand Canyon Lodge.  After settling into your comfortable accomodations, we will meet at the Canyon Rim for a sunset trip to Point Imperial, the highest point in Grand Canyon National Park, for an introduction to Grand Canyon, its geology, and the history of the North Rim.  We will have dinner at The Lodge, and prepare to begin our wonderful adventure around this national treasure......
Drive Time: 4 hours
Distance & Elevation: 9 miles, 160 foot descent
Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:

Today’s adventure begins with an excellent buffet breakfast at The Lodge, then a short briefing with your geologist/guide that will introduce you to the day's hike on the North Rim.  Your geologist/guide will choose one of the many excellent trails on the North Rim, and for the first day it will be a comforatable break-in that will allow you to fully envelop yourself in the grandeur of Grand Canyon without exhausting your legs for the next few days.  A delicious picnic lunch will be served on the trail, and numerous stops along the trail for photo opportunities and be introduced to the "Grand Canyon Layercake" , our geologic clock that stretches back nearly 2 billion years.  We will return to The Lodge for dinner.
Distance & Elevation: 9 miles, 160 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Drive Time:

Day 3:

Horseback ride, hike, sunset dinner on the rim (weather permitting).....Your third day offers beautiful sandstone walls, freshwater springs and world-class hiking. A short side hike will take you to Wrather Arch, a natural sandstone feature spanning over 200 feet. It is one of the most secluded natural arches in the Southwest. Tonight’s camp will be in the vicinity of Shower Spring.
Distance & Elevation: 9 miles, 350 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

Toroweap, exploring side canyons in GCPNM/Kanab....Today’s hike will see Paria Canyon begin to open up as you leave the narrows and enter its wider downstream reaches. Keep your eyes open for ancient petroglyphs, etchings left in the rocks and boulders by ancient civilizations traveling through the area. In warmer weather, you will find some nice pools to cool off in on your way to camp near Wilson Ranch.
Distance & Elevation: 12 miles, 600 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
Early pack up, Painted Desert, Vermillion Cliffs, white water raft trip in Glen Canyon, arrive back in Flagstaff around 6:30pm..... Our final day on the trail is a relatively short one but offers the great reward of completing a truly wonderful journey. Soak in the scenery of 2500 foot cliffs surrounding the wide open valley of the lower Paria River and the multi-colored rock layers. The trail ends at Lonely Dell Ranch, a historic homestead and lush orchard a short walk from the Colorado River and Lee’s Ferry, the official beginning of Grand Canyon. Your shuttle driver will meet you here and prepare a tasty lunch by the banks of the river before packing up and heading back to Flagstaff.
Distance & Elevation: 5 miles, minimal descent
Breakfast, Lunch
Drive Time: 2 hours

*Final itineraries are occasionally subject to change due to permit/campsite availability, park restrictions/closures, weather conditions and/or road closures.

What’s Included:
A professional, degreed, licensed and medically trained geologist/guide
All necessary gear: daypack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles

All nights of lodging at the Grand Canyon Lodge
All cooking/eating gear: bowls, cups, utensils (your geologist/guide will prepare all meals)
All food, including a mix of front and backcountry meals
Roundtrip Transportation from your hotel in Flagstaff, AZ to the North Rim and all activities/attractions
Entrance fees and backcountry permits

Meals:  what to expect
We provide all your meals from sunset dinner on the first night through lunch the last day. Your geologist/guide will prepare a variety of meals on the trail that will fit the day's acticity. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we're more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. Some specialty diets may require an additional fee.

For dinners, The Grand Canyon Lodge has excellent menu options, as well as a sumptuous buffet.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

What’s Not Included:
Transportation to/from Flagstaff, AZ
Lodging the night before/after the trip
Clothing, raingear, and footwear
Personal toiletries, sunscreen
Water bottles/hydration bladder
Headlamp or flashlight
Guide gratuity (suggested 10-15% of trip cost)
*Upon booking you will receive a detailed trip information packet

How many people are in the group?
Most lodge-based adventures will accomodate up to 6 people plus one geologist/guide.  On occasion, a group may be as large as 10 people plus 2 geologist/guides.

Are there age restrictions?
Children under 12 are generally not permitted on any of Blue Marble's scheduled trips.  This can be negotiable on private tours, please contact us to discuss this policy.

How do I sign up?
In order to confirm a reservation, we require an initial deposit of $600 per person, with the final balance due 90 days prior to the trip’s departure. If you book a trip within 90 days of the trip’s scheduled departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking.  Your deposit is payable over the phone by Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover. Checks by mail are fine as well, as are bank transfers ($35 transfer fee). Call our office Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Arizona time. 1-602-904-2536
Travel Logistics

Where does the trip begin/end?
This trip will begin/end in Flagstaff, AZ and you will need to spend the night prior to your trip’s scheduled departure in Flagstaff. You will want to fly into either Phoenix (2 hour drive) or Flagstaff. Please visit our  Travel Resources  page for information on airports, shuttles/rental cars and recommended hotels.

Where do you meet our guides?
We will hold a pre-trip orientation at 4:30pm the evening prior to your trip’s departure at the host hotel in Flagstaff. Departure times and logistics for the following morning will be discussed at the orientation.  Most trips will depart between 5am and 7am.

*This meeting is not mandatory, but highly recommended, as we will depart early the next morning. If you are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that we can make alternate arrangements.

What do we do with our car and extra stuff?
We will provide all transportation to/from trailheads for the duration of the trip. We will pick you up at the host hotel in Las Vegas and return you there at the trip’s conclusion. Guests staying at the host hotel can leave their cars at the hotel. These hotels will often store your luggage for you, as well. If not, we are happy to store extra luggage at a secure location for the duration of the trip. If you are staying at a different hotel, you will need to check with them as to whether you can leave your car there.

What time will we get back on the last day?
Expect to be back in Flagstaff by 7pm at the latest on the last day of the trip. Some trips will return earlier but we cannot make any guarantees. In general, it is recommended that you do not plan to fly home on the same day your trip finishes. Since each trip has slightly different logistics, feel free to contact us with specific questions related to the expected return time for your trip.

Trip Dates

2017 Dates
June 1-5
September 26-30

2018 Dates
June 1-5
September 26-30

More dates to come soon…
Don’t see your dates? Custom dates may be available!
Call 1-602-904-2536 or email us  for details.