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Grand Canyon NP


Tours & Activities

Plane & Helicopter Tours
These tours can be booked in Tusayan, approx. 5 mi south of the South Entrance. Tusayan has an Airport: Grand Canyon Airport

Steam Train Tour with the Grand Canyon Railroad
In Williams, off I-40, a historical, turn-of-the-century steam train departs and heads to the South Rim. Tickets are available at the train depot in Williams, but cost between 50 and 150 Dollars, depending on which class you book. The train runs usually between Memorial Day and September.

Mule Rides
The mule ride down to the Colorado River and back up to the South Rim is a two-day trip. Overnight riders stay and eat at Phantom Ranch in the Inner Canyon. Costs per person: approx. >350 (includes tax, accommodations, breakfast, lunch and steak dinner). Two persons: discount available.
A one-day trip is also offered which goes part way to the river stopping at Plateau Point on the Bright Angel Trail. The seven-hour day trip to Plateau Point costs approx $130 per person and includes tax and a box lunch.
South Rim mule trips are offered year round.
Mule trips may be booked 13 months in advance and fill up early. A waiting list is maintained for cancellations, but chances of obtaining reservations on the waiting list are slim. If you wish to make a trip into the canyon on a mule, plan ahead!
Mule rides from the South Rim can be reserved through Xanterra Parks & Resorts. See our page Data & Facts for Xanterra WebLink.

There are restrictions: mule riders must not weigh more than 200 lbs/91 kg fully dressed, must be at least 4 feet 7 inches/140 cm in height, must be able to speak and understand fluent English, must be in good physical condition, should not be afraid of heights or large animals, and cannot be pregnant.

Horse Rides
One-, two-, and four-hour trail rides and twilight campfire and wagon rides are available. Apache Stables is located outside of Grand Canyon National Park at the north end of Tusayan.


Colorado River


There are no easy trails into or out of the Grand Canyon!
Grand Canyon's Inner Canyon (below the rim) is a place of extremes. Hiking below the rim requires preparation. Each season brings its own hazards, and all trails below the rim are steep and precipitous. Over 250 people are rescued from the Canyon each year. The difference between a great adventure in Grand Canyon and a trip to the hospital (or worse) is up to YOU - follow the rules of smart hiking and - DO NOT attempt to hike from the rim to the river and back in one day, especially during the months of May to September.
  • stay hydrated (drink plenty of water and electrolyte drinks)
  • avoid hiking in the heat of the day (10am to 4pm)
  • eat often (carbohydrates & salty foods)
  • rest often (sit in the shade)
  • get wet (wet your shirt, hat, & wear a wet bandana around your neck)
  • DO NOT attempt to hike down to the river & back in one day

Document Information
Source: National Park Service
Last modified: 20100301
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