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About Canyon Ministries


OverGrand Canyon Nations to Christ the past 22 years while in operation at the Grand Canyon, we’ve created unforgettable life-changing experiences for tens of thousands of people who come from all over the globe. 

For some, it’s watching the perfect sunset over the canyon from the rim, while closing out the day with the One who made it.  For others its the thrill of whitewater rapids during the day, paired with the vast array of starry skies overhead at night.  Whatever it is…it’s always GRAND.  Our favorite saying around here is “What happens in the canyon, stays with you for a lifetime!”  That couldn’t be more true.

But we are so much more than a tour company operating in a National Park.  We are a team committed to Christ, and enthusiastic about sharing the gospel through the biblical message of the Grand Canyon to all who will listen. 

We acknowledge both the judgment and redemptive plan of God is exemplified in the very rocks beneath our feet, and believe the gospel becomes abundantly clear when our world is regarded through a Biblical perspective.  Because of this, we have a few guiding principles:

Our tours and river trips are deliberate to establish the opportunity for us to love people and serve their heart and mind. 

Our Grand Canyon guides are skilled to serve as shepherds, not just physically, but spiritually as well. 

Our ambition is for our guests to walk away feeling they have been loved in a fresh way. 

Our information we present is encouraging and equipping, but the people will always supersede the technical jargon.


By providing tours along the rim of the canyon, hikes into the depths of the canyon, and rafting trips through the canyon, we are able to showcase the glory of God in an all-encompassing manner, while catering to all levels of experience and adventure.  There are few places where you can witness such variety of majesty, and nothing quite like the 277 miles of the Grand Canyon.

We work diligently to provide a 5-star outdoor education experience, while focusing on issues concerning the truth of God’s Word made evident in our earth.  What truly makes Canyon Ministries special and dynamic is the people God has assembled.  To learn more about our team and the heartbeat of this ministry, click here.

From our humble start in 1997, God has taken this ministry and our reach to heights unimaginable.  As the only daily operating Christian tour company in the National Parks providing a biblical creation message, annually we now serve over 2,000 people through hundreds of tour each year.  Even with all that, we can honestly say that no two days are ever the same.  Whether it’s seeing the Grand Canyon from the rim above, or the river below – your first time, or your fifteenth – we want each and every experience to be new and fresh. 

The history and legacy of Canyon Ministries was born out of the transformed heart of our founder, Tom Vail.  Christ gave Tom new life and a new perspective on the canyon he loves.  We continue in that passion to see God use the Grand Canyon to transform lives of this generation and generations to come.