Additional Trip Information
Arrival and Departures
Day one of your itinerary starts at 8:00 am in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Old Town Scottsdale. After hiking out of the canyon on Day 5, you can expect to reach the rim around 2:00 pm. Your trip ends with a drop-off at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Old Town Scottsdale between 6:00 and 8:00 pm. If you are flying out of Scottsdale on Day 5, please make your reservations for 10:00 pm or later.
Hiking: Intermediate to advanced – up to 10 miles at time. Mileage for the entire trip generally ranges between 20 and 35 miles.
Discovery: Widely considered as one of the world’s most spectacular canyons, the Grand Canyon is one of the “Natural Wonders of the World.” Called Kaibab by the Paiute Indian tribe, meaning “mountain lying down” or “mountain turned upside down,” the creamy white Kaibab Limestone forms the surface on which you’ll stand on while viewing the Canyon. Visit the Native American village of Supai, and learn how the natives have co-existed with nature for generations in such a remote, untouched landscape. Discover why the water in Havasupai shines a pure blue-green color. Listen as your guides describe Havasupai’s numerous waterfalls, some of them created through recent flashfloods. Learn the names of plants specific to the dry country such as barrel cactus, sacred datura, broom snakeweed, and crimson monkeyflower. Take a look at the black night sky as you search for hundreds of constellations in a place where city lights do not exist. Find your way down the twisting narrow caves, steep ladders, iron handholds, and lengthy chains of the 200 foot high limestone cliffs bordering the infamous Mooney Falls. Send your friends or even yourself a postcard via the only packhorse mail system in the United States! Come and visit “The People of the Blue Green Water” in Red RockCountry.
All Arizona Outback Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity answer any questions and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help select the distance that’s right for you.
On this trip, packhorses carry the heavy gear so you can hike unhindered. In this way, we can also provide amenities and food not often found in such remote areas. Activities include day hiking, swimming beneath waterfalls, mild canyoneering, cave exploration and simple R&R. While you may come across other people in the Canyon, our guides know the inside scoop on the Canyon’s secrets – the beautiful spots hidden from all but the most experienced travelers – narrow side canyons, lush fern gardens, underwater grottos, natural showers and awe-inspiring overlooks.
Backcountry gourmet – our guides are experts on how to prepare and present culinary creations. Expect hearty, healthy meals with fresh vegetables, fruits and proteins. If you have any special dietary needs or restrictions, we can easily accommodate – just let us know when you book your adventure. Meals are included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
Included in the Trip Price
- Lodging on Night 1 at Kachina or Thunderbird Lodge (double occupancy).
- Fully equipped base camp with tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and amenities.
- All meals from lunch on Day 1 to Lunch on the last day.
- Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
- Round trip land transportation.
- Grand Canyon National Park entrance fee.
- Packhorses to carry your gear and supplies.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt, luggage tags and AOA gifts.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
- Havasupai reservation & overnight permits, taxes, dining & housekeeping gratuities.
Not Included in the Trip Price
- Gratuities to Austin Adventures/Arizona Outback guides.
- Alcoholic beverages outside of the canyon (alcohol is illegal in Havasupai).
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
- All types of personal insurance.
- Personal expenses.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.