Grand Canyon National Park

Half-Day Private Grand Canyon Guided Hiking Tour

Badge of ExcellenceTusayan, United States

From $289.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get away from the crowds on Grand Canyon’s South Rim, and see some real “Wonder of the World” views. Going deep into the canyon, on this private, guided tour, you’ll experience some of the most beautiful hiking in the country, with snacks, gear, and tidbits of history and geology provided along the way. Totally customizable, you can pick the ins and outs of adventure—knowing it’ll be world-class.
  • Hassle-free pickup from your northern Arizona hotel
  • Lunch, backpacks, hiking poles, and park entrance fee included
  • All skill levels can be accommodated, from beginners to expert hikers
  • See the Grand Canyon below the rim, taking in some of the park's best views

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • We have Camelbak backpacks, Mountainsmith trekking poles, headlamps, and all the extras you will need for the day.
  • Private transportation
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Snacks
  • Please wear appropriate footwear such as hiking boots, trail runners, or running shoes with tread. No flat bottom shoes, sandals, or open toes. You are hiking the Grand Canyon.
  • Gratuities are greatly appreciated.
  • Please bring light hiking clothes and not heavy fabrics like denim.

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 10/3/2022 - 4/14/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Pickup details

We will coordinate a proper pickup time for the time of the year your hike falls on. We will call within 48 hours to set up your time and place of pickup. We have free pick up from Williams, Flagstaff, and Grand Canyon in our clean Honda Odysseys. We do NOT pickup in Sedona as that is too far away. The drive from Sedona to GC is about 2 hours.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Operated by Only Grand Canyon Day Hikes

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.

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87 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 87 reviews
Fantastic hike!
Susan_D, Mar 2023
This was our first trip to the GC and we wanted to do a hike BUT knew we would only enjoy with a guide and proper equipment. Our family (kids ages 14 & 11) are novice hikers. Only Grand Canyon Day Hikes did not disappoint! They supplied backpacks with more snacks than we could possibly eat, hiking sticks (a must!) and crampons (definitely needed bc it has been snowing lately). Our guide, Kevin, was fantastic. He showed us the ropes and let us set the pace especially getting back out. Kevin also made us a delicious fresh lunch down at Cedar Point. Cost may seem pricey but it was definitely worth it. Some members of our family were very apprehensive about the hike but Only Grand Canyon Day Hikes really set us up for success and we had a great day. Jon especially was very communicative prior to the hike so we knew what to pack & what to expect. Would highly recommend!
Best way to see the Grand Canyon!
Carrie_E, Mar 2023
We planned our Arizona spring break trip around our hike with Canyon Jon and it did not disappoint! The family is new to hiking so it was a blessing to embark on our half day trip with an experienced guide who had everything we needed and tons of knowledge about the canyon and trails. From when to arrive, to where to park, to what gear to wear, when to wear it, food, water and best picture spots, Jon knows it all. I would absolutely recommend this tour for those looking for an in-depth Grand Canyon experience.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thanks so much for the kind words. I am blessed to have clients like yourself,
Best guided family hiking experience
Steven_S, Mar 2023
This was a great hiking experience for all ages. Kevin was great. He picked us up in Flagstaff and drove us to the Grand Canyon. The views were awesome. Kevin provided snacks and lunch for everyone.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Glad you had a great day in the Canyon! Hope you got some amazing photos and hope to see you again for another adventure!
The best tour company in the area!
NormaJean_Z, Jan 2023
Experienced guides with a wealth of knowledge about the Canyon. Made it fun and safe during a winter hike. Knew how the get the most out of the experience and timed the hike to get the best views! Best lunch and freshly prepared on the hike! Will definitely be back and use this company again!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks so much for the amazing review. We had as much fun as you! Come back and enjoy another adventure with us.
Trip of a lifetime!
Laurie_W, Jan 2023
This was the most amazing experience! Jon was our guide and provided all of the essentials for our snowy trek down! He even made a delicious gluten free meal for us. It was delicious! Honestly…this was an adventure we will never forget!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks for enjoying lunch with us deep below the rim. Enjoy your amazing pictures!
Grand Canyon Hike on New Year’s Eve
Maria_H, Jan 2023
We had an incredible experience hiking with Jon into the Canyon. Even though it was foggy at the top, our hike down got us the view we wanted. Great information about the Canyon, excellent equipment for the conditions and yummy snacks-he provided everything we needed, especially the poles and spikes. I will definitely recommend this tour for anyone wanting a hike that allows you to see the canyon without too much difficulty.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Fortune favors the brave and you guys really got the best views ever. Thanks for coming out. I also had an incredible day,
Highly recommended
Charles_S, Nov 2022
Jon (our tour guide and owner of the tour company) was amazing! Fantastic experience, highly recommended!!!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
You two were a blast to hike with. Not easy keeping up with you! Thanks for coming out, Jon
Amazing hike with unbelievable views
Daria_R, Oct 2022
This was the most amazing hike! The views were unbelievable. Jon was the best tour guide, not only knowledgeable about the Grand Canyon and hiking, but also providing everything you can possibly need for the hike. You bring yourselves and he brings everything else. Backpacks, poles, water, snacks and lunch. He really has thought of everything. He also knew the best spots to take pictures and how to take the best pictures. I highly recommend him and in fact he should charge more for his services! If I ever come back this way, I am calling him!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you Daria, I appreciate your thoughtful and detailed words. Glad you had such an amazing experience in the canyon and happy you loved the photos! Come back anytime, and I can charge you more next time :)
Thanks to our guide Jon...
WilliamM_E, Oct 2022
Thanks to our guide Jon for making it fun, safe, and memorable to our family! One foot in front of the other!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for an enjoyable day, happy to hear it was a great experience for your group. Hope you like your photos!
Hike of a Lifetime
Angie_W, Sep 2022
The sunset hike with Jon is an absolute must! He is knowledgeable, friendly, safety conscious, and FUN! The sights were amazing!!! This was the best way to experience the GC!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks, Angie! Glad you had such a great trip, it was a lot of fun. Hope you like your photos!
Trip of a lifetime
Brad_M, Sep 2022
Jon was awesome! Provided all equipment and items you need, including water, snacks and a he is a great chef too!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thanks for the praise and I know you won't forget this one. Greatly appreciated, Jon
Lady Warriors
Joyce_B, Sep 2022
John was an outstanding guide. This experience exceeded our expectations. He was very knowledgeable, patient and kind. John was also well prepared for contingencies. He is also a great cook!!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thanks so much for coming out and seeing below the rim, Jon
Hiking the Grand Canyon bucket list
John_E, Sep 2022
My wife and I have always wanted to hike the Grand Canyon and we finally checked it off our bucket list September 11, 2022. Jon from Half-Day Private Grand Canyon Guided Hiking Tours was absolutely amazing! He provided everything we needed for the hike including lunch! He was knowledgeable about the canyons history, entertaining, educated us on the proper use of walking sticks (skills that all beginners need to know) and truly cared about his customers having an amazing experience. We would HIGHLY recommend Jon and Half-Day Private Grand Canyon Guided Hiking Tours for anyone - newbie to experienced hikers.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thanks so much for the amazing review. I had as much fun as you, Thanks, Jon
Donna_C, Aug 2022
This was the highlight of our trip! John is an amazing guide. I can not recommend this hike enough. John was patient, knowledgeable and informative. The sunset hike is just amazing with views from inside the Canyon you won’t see elsewhere. This is a must for anyone who wants something off the beaten path. The dinner prepared for us was better than eating out with the most incredible views. Worth every penny, not to be missed
Response from Host, Sep 2022
What a great review. So glad the pictures turned out and you had an amazing time. Thanks again, Jon
We had the best Guide...
Christian_L, Aug 2022
We had the best Guide ever . Thanks Jon , is was the best Day ever . It was a Amazing experience for our family with two Kids 8/17 . Only Watch from Above into the Canyon can do everybody , but hiking with Jon , Deep into the Canyon is wonderfull and the memories and photos are Forever . The Lotz Family from Germany
Response from Host, Aug 2022
I had the best family for a hike. Thanks for coming out!
Worth every penny!
Tracy_Y, Aug 2022
The day of our tour, there were storms expected. We were a little nervous but John reassured us the weather would hold off and it sure did! Ended up being a nice cool hike that we would not have ever done on our own. He was very professional, knowledgeable and patient with our group. The dinner he made for us was delicious and we didn’t need to bring anything but ourselves! Worth every penny.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thanks for seeing the value in a REAL Grand Canyon hike. What a day!
Amazing hike!
Heather_P, Jul 2022
All we can say is that John gave us an amazing experience in the Grand Canyon. From the first communication when John reached out to learn a little about our physical abilities and what we were looking for to answering my numerous calls regarding the weather, I knew we were in great hands. Felt very comfortable the whole hike and John graciously took photos in amazing spots to savor the memories. If you are looking for an experienced guide (and great cook—excellent fresh wrap sandwiches), John is your man.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
That was a real adventure and I know we got amazing pictures. Thanks again, Jon
The most amazing tour ever
Cyndi_M, Jun 2022
This is absolutely the most exhilarating and amazing thing we have ever done! John is not only the best tour guide ever but also a sort of coach, chef, and motivator! I’m so glad we did this tour and did it last as it was that amazing with the most gorgeous views!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
What an amazing review. I had a blast also and greatly appreciate your kind words. So glad you enjoyed dinner and the canyon with me. Thanks, Jon
Outstanding service, can't recommend John enough.
Joey_J, Jun 2022
John is a fantastic guide. He is extremely knowledgeable and his photography skills are outstanding. His preparation is impeccable and you will enjoy great snacks and an amazing South Kaibab Chicken Burrito, made to order. Thanks so much John!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Love to hear you enjoyed the dinner and canyon so much. The pics were amazing and the weather really turned out. Greatly appreciated, Jon
Grand Canyon Sunset hike with John
Joseph_C, Jun 2022
An incredible experience with John Shkolnik, our guide! We did the sunset hike into the Canyon. Was simply amazing. John had everything planned perfectly.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks for the great review and enjoying the sunset with me. That was an amazing day!