Frequently Asked Questions
Listed below are the answers to many of the frequently asked questions we receive. We encourage you to go through them as you are likely to find answers to questions you didn’t even know you had. And of course if your question is not answered here, please feel free to Contact Us for more information.
What are the pick-up times and locations?
Grand Canyon rim tours run Monday-Saturday.
Our Morning and Full-day tour pickup times and locations are as follows:
- Flagstaff 6:00am – Little America Hotel – 2515 East Butler Avenue (Full-Day Tours Only)
- Williams 6:45am – Grand Canyon Railway Hotel Lobby – 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd
- Tusayan 7:45am – The Grand Hotel lobby – 149 State Highway 64
- In-Park 8:00am – Grand Canyon Visitor Center near Mather Point (Meet at the Flagpole in the center of the complex)
Our Sunset Tour pickup locations are the same, but starting time for the Sunset Tour varies seasonally, depending on the time of year and setting sun. Sunset tours begin in the park approximately 4 hours before the sun sets and are as follows:
- Nov-Jan 2:00pm
- Feb-Apr 3:00pm
- May-Jul 4:00pm
- Aug-Oct 3:00pm
Williams pickups are 1 hour 15 minutes before tour start time.
Tusayan pickups are 15 minutes before tour start time.
*Please make note that Arizona is on Mountain Standard Time, but does not observe the Daylight Savings Time change. This means that during the Spring change we are the same as Pacific Time, Fall change brings us back on Mountain Standard Time.
What should I bring?
Please come prepared with sunglasses, sunscreen, and lots of questions!
We will provide bottled water and carry umbrellas in case of rainy weather.
What should I wear?
We suggest wearing good shoes and layers to adjust to the changing conditions. Weather can change quickly and dramatically, even in the summer! Hats are a good idea if you burn easily, or are “blessed” not to need haircuts anymore on top. 🙂
What is the weather like?
The weather at Grand Canyon can change rapidly throughout the day, especially in the Spring and Fall. But don’t underestimate a summer monsoon showers either!
View the current weather forecast here: Grand Canyon Weather Forecast
Is the trip good for children?
Absolutely! Although we would state that the full-day tour can be a long day for some younger ones. The morning or sunset tours are usually the best tours for children.
Is there a lot of walking?
The required walking is very minimal and almost always on fairly level and paved paths which are wheelchair friendly. On many tours there is opportunity to walk/hike as well if you want! It really depends on your comfort level and the group.
Do I need a national park pass?
If you enter the park on the Canyon Ministries bus you will not need a park pass, as we will pay for your entry. If you enter on your own and meet us inside the park at the Visitor Center, you will need to pay the regular per-vehicle entry fee.
Meeting us inside the park is the best solution if you’ll be at the park already on your own, or would like additional time before or after a tour so explore Grand Canyon. It also saves the ministry $8 per person 🙂
What do we do on a rim tour?
Our guide will take you in a comfortable 14 passenger bus to various overlooks of Grand Canyon and help you understand its significance as a powerful testimony to the truth of God’s word including a young earth and a global flood.
Tour stops are subject to change due to weather, time, and park regulations. If you’ve already spent some time in the park prior to the tour, be sure to let your guide know when you meet them. Depending on the group dynamic we may be able to change things up and take you to various places you haven’t seen yet!
What's the difference between the Morning, Sunset, and Full-day tours?
Most of our Half-Day and Sunset tours will focus on the East side of the park, from near the Grand Canyon Visitor Center out to Desert View Watchtower with multiple stops along the way.
The Full-Day tour includes additional overlooks, exploration of the historic people and places at Grand Canyon, time for lunch, and the opportunity to interact with our guides a little longer. The Full-Day tour usually spends time around the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Village areas of the park in the morning, and then out to the East side after lunch to Desert View Watchtower with stops along the way.
Can we tip our guide?
Certainly! We encourage you to show your appreciation for your guide by providing a tip. It lets them know you’ve really enjoyed the experience. As most of our guides are involved in ministries beyond the Grand Canyon, it helps them support their families and other ministry projects they do throughout the year.
What is the cancellation policy?
Tours may be cancelled with no charge 5 days or more before the tour date.
Tours cancelled less than 5 days before tour date but more than 24 hours before the trip will be assessed a 50% cancellation fee.
No refund will be given for no-shows and tours cancelled less than 24 hours before the tour.
We have this policy in place so our guides can plan their schedules accordingly, and we don’t end up with an empty seat that otherwise could have been filled by someone on our tour.