Grand Canyon National Park

3 Hour Back-Road Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate By-Pass at 9:30 am

Grand Canyon Village, United States

From $120.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience spectacular views of the Grand Canyon South Rim without the crowds. With this tour, you'll take the road less traveled to reach the natural wonder, driving along scenic back roads in a comfortable 4WD safari vehicle and avoiding the busy south entrance gate. On arrival, follow your guide on a walking tour along the South Rim and take in the views from Yavapai Point, Lookout Studio, and Bright Angel Trailhead.
  • Explore the Grand Canyon South Rim on a 1.5-hour walking tour
  • Back-road forest permits allow you to dodge the traffic and long lines
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off in downtown Tusayan
  • Personalized small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people

What's Included

  • Bottled Water

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • 400 AZ-64
      400 AZ-64, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA

      The parking lot in front of the Tusayan Fire Department, located in Tusayan, Arizona. South of the IMAX Theater, between the Wendy's and IMAX.

    Start time

    09:30 AM

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Grand Canyon South Rim

    3 hours Admission Ticket Included

    Yavapai Point

    45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Traveler Tips

    This company has special access to the park through the forest so you do not need to wait in line at the entrance gate.
    186 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
    Reviews by Viator travelers.
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    Grand Canyon Tour
    Paula_M, Mar 2023
    Beautiful and majestic sights. Our tour guide Shelia was awesome. She was very knowledgeable of the Grand Canyon history and sites. Got to see mule deers a bobcat and wild horses while on scenic tour.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    We agree, Sheila is an awesome guide. We are thrilled that you enjoyed her tour and we look forward to seeing you next time you visit the Grand Canyon.
    History , geology & stunning views.
    Bethany_M, Mar 2023
    We were fortunate to have a private tour with Werner. The jeep was comfortable, Werner was extremely knowledgeable. He even changed up the tour. Little and shared a couple of hidden gems. We loved the tour and tour guide!!
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Thank you for your five star review. Like all of our guides, Werner loves to show the all the best points of the Grand Canyon to visitors. Thank you!
    Alex_L, Mar 2023
    Although everything about our experience was special, learning about the beauty in nature as well as it's dangers was the most memorable. For those who have never been to the Grand Canyon will enjoy this tour guide. Werner (Our wonderful tour guide) was able to not only guide us to amazing scenic views, but also explained and pointed out many trails and landmarks. I rate this tour and our guide Werner a 5 out of 5. Highly recommended.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Hi Alex. Your superb review of Werner and Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris is truly appreciated. Werner will be elated to hear your complimentary words. Thank you!
    Hats off to Sheila!!
    steve_h, Mar 2023
    We had a group of seven including 3 brothers, 1 sister and 2 of our wives. Everyone really enjoyed our time with Sheila , who was very informative as well as amusing! Due to the snow conditions and road closures at the time of our trip ,she had to change things up a bit, but she squeezed in some extra stops in other places and her knowledge of the area , kept us all extremely engaged .
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Hello Steve. I will be sure to pass your complimentary words along to Sheila. We are happy yo enjoyed your tour with Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris!
    Grand & Majestic
    Virginia_B, Oct 2022
    We had such a fantastic time exploring The Grand Canyon with our guide. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He shared some personal photos with us and had some pretty neat stories to share with us which we enjoyed. The Grand Canyon was most definitely grand and so beautiful! We were in awe of the majesty and wonder of the landscape. It was breathtaking! I took so many photos of the Grand Canyon but you just cannot capture the grandness of this place...I sure tried though.
    Response from Host, Oct 2022
    Hello Virginia. Thank you for your awesome review of our Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk tour. Your kind words are much appreciated!
    Magnificent Views
    Nancy_C, Oct 2022
    We were very happy with this Jeep tour. It was front-facing as opposed to the pink jeep yours. Our guide was very knowledgeable and even threw in an extra stop on our way back. I highly recommend this tour!
    Response from Host, Oct 2022
    Thank you for your stellar review. We are the longest running (since 1993), family owned tour at the Grand Canyon. Over the years we have developed a custom tour vehicle that has stadium style forward facing bucket seats for the best viewing of the Kaibab Forest and Grand Canyon. Your positive feedback is much appreciated!
    Shelia was a great guide...
    Willie_S, Sep 2022
    Shelia was a great guide knowledgeable and fun very helpful and caring person she loves her job and it shows
    Response from Host, Oct 2022
    Sheila is an outstanding guide for Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris. Thank you for your review!
    Werner is Awesome!
    Michelle_P, Sep 2022
    Our jeep excursion with Werner was fantastic! The guide on a trip like this can make or break it and we were so fortunate to have him as our guide and a beautiful sunny day. Werner customized our excursion because we were the only guests for that trip and we appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed his enthusiasm and knowledge of Grand Canyon, history of the park, wildlife and personal stories/experience of his years as a guide.
    Response from Host, Sep 2022
    Hi Michelle. Thank you for your five star review of Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris and your guide Werner. Happy Trails!
    Fabulous tour! We would do it again!
    Lisa_R, Aug 2022
    This was such an AMAZING trip! Sheila was an exception guide and very knowledgeable! She sprinkled in some fun humor along with details about life living in area! No plumbed running water! WHAT? The tour was the perfect length and made us want to start planning our next trip!! Thank you Shelia!!! The Richardson’s
    Response from Host, Aug 2022
    Thank you for your five star review of our Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk tour and your guide Sheila. We would be happy to take on tour again next time you come to the Grand Canyon!
    Unforgettable Grand Canyon experience
    Douglas_K, Aug 2022
    This tour made our Grand Canyon visit worthwhile. A friend told me, “My hot take on the GC is it’s amazing for 15 minutes and then you’re done.” Not when you take this tour. We saw parts of the area we would never have found on our own and learned so much. We also got to bypass the wait at the gate, the only tour company allowed to do that. Our guide, Werner, was both polished and personal, sharing relevant stories of his life there and even multiple pictures that showed us what life was like there now and in the past. He also knew the best spots for pictures and took some for us. The vehicle was roomy and comfortable and we were given blankets when it got a bit chilly. You may look at the cost and say it’s too much money, but if you’re going out of your way to visit the Grand Canyon, take the extra time and money to get a full, memorable experience through this tour! And at three hours in length, you’ll still have enough time to explore on your own.
    Response from Host, Aug 2022
    Hello Douglas. Wow - you summarized what we do perfectly. Thank you for letting other visitors know about your wonderful experience with Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris!
    We have been to the Grand...
    Ronald_T, Aug 2022
    We have been to the Grand Canyon several times but never on a guided tour. Our guide Colleen did an exceptional job of the history of the Canyon. It was like we were seeing it for the first time and understanding. She definitely had an enormous amount of knowledge o share.
    Response from Host, Aug 2022
    Hi Ronald. All of our guides are locals who live here at the Grand Canyon and Colleen has lived hear the longest. I am pleased that you enjoyed your Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk Tour and your experience with Colleen!
    Three hours well spent
    Christopher_D, Aug 2022
    The trip was quite enjoyable. Our guide, Werner, was totally invested in ensuring that all of us enjoyed the trip. He was quite knowledgeable about the Grand Canyon. He shared that knowledge with us throughout the three-hour journey. He had many stories and pointed out points of interest and shared photos to illustrate many of the stories. I feel he went over and above what you might expect of a guide on this type of journey. He brought everything to life making it a most enjoyable experience.
    Response from Host, Aug 2022
    Thank you for your stellar review of our Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk Tour. Next time you visit the Grand Canyon please look us up again!
    Best Tour Ever!
    Beverly_B, Jul 2022
    Werner was an excellent tour guide and was knowledgeable, caring and funny! We enjoyed his stories and the tour through the woods ! We had a number of wonderful animal sightings including elk, mule deer and wild horses! The views were spectacular and Werner took great pictures for our memorial of this great wonder!
    Response from Host, Jul 2022
    Hello Beverly. Your kind words are much appreciated. Werner will be thrilled to hear the you had a wonderful excursion with him!
    Excellent and informative introduction to the Grand Canyon
    suzanne_h, Jul 2022
    Our tour guide gave a wonderful and informative tour. We learnt more about the history and formation of the Grand Canyon than we would have on a self guided trip, and enjoyed his captivating stories of personal hiking and camping adventures.
    Response from Host, Jul 2022
    Thank you for your 5 star review. It is our goal at Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris to perform informative and fun tours through the Kaibab Forest and to to the edge of the Grand Canyon. We hope to see you again soon!
    Awesome guided tour!
    Cyndi_M, Jul 2022
    Cara was an awesome guide. She is so knowledgeable about the Grand Canyon! The tour was so enjoyable! Highly recommend!
    Response from Host, Jul 2022
    Thank you for reviewing your Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk Tour with Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris with your guide Cara. We are pleased that you had a great adventure!
    Great was to see the Grand Canyon in a short time.
    FernK_W, Jun 2022
    Our guide Werner did an excellent job with our tour. He asked the group what things were important to them. He was very accommodating.
    Response from Host, Jun 2022
    Hello FernK. Our guides communicate with our guests to see what their interests are and then we custom tailor our tours to their meet their requests. Thank you for touring with Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris!
    Great trip!
    Michelle_L, Jun 2022
    Seeing the beautiful views up close with lots of interesting information from our guide! Our guide let us decide what we wanted to do and had lots of ideas for other sights to see.
    Response from Host, Jun 2022
    We are pleased that you enjoyed your tour and your guide at Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris. Thank you!
    Knowledge guide, great views
    Donna_B, Jun 2022
    The ride in the jeep was fun, very bumpy at times. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly, and was able to answer all of our questions. Took us to some beautiful lookouts along the south rim. Great if you don’t want to do too much walking.
    Response from Host, Jun 2022
    Hello Donna. Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again soon at the Grand Canyon!
    Summer vacay
    Jennifer_D, Jun 2022
    Tour guide was very friendly and very knowledgeable! We definitely learned a lot saw a lot and we're very satisfied.
    Response from Host, Jun 2022
    We love satisfied customers. Thank you for your great review!
    Amazing tour with Cara!
    Robert_M, Jun 2022
    The whole 3 hour tour was fabulous! Cara was a wonderful tour guide, very informative and kept us laughing! We went through the park first looking for wildlife, the park is beautiful! Then on to the south rim! This is a definite must do tour. We would never had seen so much on our own or learned about the park and canyon! Our favorite tour!
    Response from Host, Jun 2022
    We love that you think of our tour as your favorite! Thank you so much!