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EXPERIENCE THE HEART OF THE CANYON
BRAND NEW FOR 2019!

CANYON MINISTRIES GUIDED HIKES

 

Experience the inner heart of the Grand Canyon,
or see the ever-changing views along the rim!

Join our Grand Canyon hiking tours for one of the greatest ways to see and experience this natural wonder of the world. 

All of our hiking tours are led by trained and certified hiking guides who will not only guide you safely at the canyon, but will entertain and enlighten you with great science, stories, and spiritual lessons throughout the experience.

Most importantly, along the trail we will also stop at various places to talk about the biblical message of the Grand Canyon and its relationship to the Creation and Flood accounts found in the book of Genesis, giving purpose and meaning to all we see and experience throughout the day.

WE OFFER 2 DIFFERENT HIKING OPTIONS:

Rim Trail (4.5 Miles – 5-6 Hour)
South Kaibab Trail (3.1 Miles – 5-6 Hour)


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RIM TRAIL  •  Mather Point to Powell Point

4.5 Miles  •  5-6 Hour Experience
Spectacular West Side Views and Open Spaces!

Experience the changing Grand Canyon vistas as you trek along the canyon’s South Rim.  This one-way Rim Trail hike is 4.5 miles in total length.  Along the trail you will experience ever-unfolding views of the canyon, including glimpses of the mighty Colorado River and stunning geological features.  This hike also includes views of Phantom Ranch and the Kaibab Suspension Bridge, a stop at the Yavapai Geology Museum, a walk through the famous Grand Canyon Village, and fossil finds and along the trail. 

RIM TRAIL ITINERARY

Our tour will start at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center flagpole.  From there we will walk up to the rim of the canyon near Mather Point for an introduction to Grand Canyon geology and  get familiar with some of the rock layers and features the canyon presents. Then we head west along the rim to the Yavapai Geology Museum where you will see some great park maps, a 3D relief of the canyon and our trail route, and various hands-on displays.  We will also see Phantom Ranch and the Kaibab Suspension Bridge far below, with a possibility of seeing boats parked along the river.

Leaving the geology museum it’s on we go for nearly 2 miles toward the iconic Grand Canyon Village for a few history highlights. Near the village we will have lunch together.  (See information on lunch below.)  After lunch we will leave the village area and continue west, stopping to discuss on fossil formation from Noah’s Flood, as well as a “scavenger hunt” looking for fossils and taking pictures in a special area known to few visitors of the park.

Trailview Overlook Grand CanyonSoon we will be at the top of the Bright Angel fault and will have great views looking back to see the village, as well at the Bright Angel Trail below us, from the appropriately named Trailview Overlook.  As we travel along the trail through airy forests of Pinon Pines and Utah Junipers we will talk about the various plants and animals, and might even spot a few of our canyon critters.  The biblical message of the Grand Canyon and its relationship to the Creation and Flood accounts found in the book of Genesis will be key to our conversation as we explore all of these various aspects of the canyon.

As we continue along the Rim Trail (also known as the Greenway Trail in some places) we will discover even more history of the canyon’s bygone eras, including the only uranium mine that was in operation in the Grand Canyon National Park after the park was established.  Our final stop will be Powell Point, where we will visit the monument dedicated to the daring adventurer, John Wesley Powell, and his brave men who first boated through the canyon back in 1869.  The legacy of Powell and this grand adventure can still be heard echoing through the canyon depths, much like the legacy of the Flood which permeates throughout its rock layers.

At this point our hiking adventure must come to an end.  We will board the park shuttle bus and return to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center for the conclusion of our tour.  Throughout our experience together you will see the power of the Creator on display, as we learn from God’s Word about Creation, the Flood, and many other wonderful insights which use both science and Scripture to convey the biblical message of the Grand Canyon.  Join us for a unique hiking experience that truly provides a different view.

Grand Canyon Rim Trail Guided Hike

RIM TRAIL HIKE FAQ

How long is the hike? Typical total time for the hike is 5-6 hours, depending on the group’s abilities.  Some of this time will include discussing the biblical significance of the canyon, as well as exploring various museums and historic sites.

How difficult is the hike? The rim trail features some hills and slopes on mostly paved or well-packed dirt paths.  Although not as challenging as the South Kaibab Trail, the entire length of this hike is longer and can still be somewhat tiring.  

What is the cost? Instead of having a minimum number of people, we start with a minimum tour cost of $375 which covers up to 3 guests.  Each additional person $125.  We give an automatic 10% total discount for groups of 5 or more.

Is there a minimum age?  No 🙂  As this trail is on a paved path the entire time, there is no age limit to this particular hike.  Kids in a stroller or carrying harness are free.

Is the trail handicap accessible?  Unfortunately, no.  The trail portion from Mather Point to the Village is handicap accessible, but the portion from the Village to Powell Point is too steep of a grade for wheelchair use.

Are there restrooms along the trail? There are restrooms available at Yavapai Geology Museum and at the Grand Canyon Village.

What do I need to bring?  Each person should carry at least a 2-3 liters of water as dehydration is common in this dry climate.  You will also need comfortable and broken in hiking shoes/boots, hat & sunglasses, camera, and sunscreen.  Lightweight breathable rain coat/gear is recommended July through September which is our rainy monsoon season, or if weather forcast calls for precipitation.  During winter months we also advise possibly bringing a warm hat, gloves, or even a scarf as temperatures can be cold and there may be snow on the ground.  In cool weather, we recommend you layer your clothing so you can add/remove as necessary to stay comfortable.

Will Canyon Ministries provide lunch?  No.  Our guides carry extra water, electrolytes, and some snacks, but due to varying dietary preferences and restrictions it’s nearly impossible for us to plan and pack everyone’s easily.  For this reason we ask that you please bring your own lunch with you, packed in your lightweight backpack, or the drawstring bag you will be given at the start of the tour.

Rim Trail to Powell Point

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SOUTH KAIBAB TRAIL  •  Down to Cedar Ridge

COMING SOON!

3.1 Miles  •  5-6 Hour Experience
A Hiker Favorite into the Heart of the Canyon!

Descend into the Grand Canyon on one of the most scenic trails at the South Rim.  Get face-to-face with some of the canyon’s most beautiful rock layers.  See fossils and majestic viewpoints, as you learn about the biblical message of the Grand Canyon.

South Kaibab Trail Ridge LineLed by our guides who are highly trained with Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, and are authorized by the National Park Service, this inner-canyon hiking tour descends into the Grand Canyon via the South Kaibab Trail.  The historic ridge-line trail offers one of the best panoramic views of the canyon, and is a favorite of many hikers traversing the canyon from one side to the other. 

SOUTH KAIBAB ITINERARY

Meeting at the Grand Canyon visitor center flagpole, we will take a short park shuttle bus ride to Yaki Point so we can overlook the canyon and our course below.  Before we start down the trail we will provide an introduction to Grand Canyon geology to get you familiar with the features and rock layers of the canyon, which we are about to descend into.  Then we will start down the South Kaibab Trail for an adventure of GRAND proportions! 

Traveling down the trail we will stop to observe and talk about the changing rock layers, as we meander our way down through layers of limestone, sandstone, and shale.  At Ooh Aah Point you will have your first real panoramic view of the canyon from the trail, and like the name suggests have your own “OOOH, AAAAAH!” moment.

As we continue down through the Coconino Sandstone and through a series of switchbacks, we will pause to discuss the geology we see.  You will see and learn how the observable science appears to indicate a fast-moving water mechanism was at work to deposit the sedimentary rock, rather than a dry desert dune environment as has been widely assumed for many years.  In other words…evidence for a global flood of water. 

 South Kaibab Trail Guided Hike

Continuing along the path our destination is Cedar Ridge, which is just over a mile and a half down the trail from where we started.  Along the journey we will stop at various places to point out things like rocks, fossils, plants, and much more, including discussion on the geology of the Grand Canyon and how it relates to the Creation and Flood events found in the book of Genesis.

South Kaibab Cedar RidgeWe will eat lunch at Cedar Ridge, while resting among the iron-rich layers of the Hermit Shale and Supai Group, along with a few twisted old Utah junipers, which look similar to cedars and are the namesake of this ridge.  You will be given ample time to kick back, relax, and take in the views.  There are also primitive toilets located at Cedar Ridge.  There are also “rustic” park service pit toilets located at Cedar Ridge.

As we say around here, “What goes down, must come up!”  After our time at Cedar Ridge, we will continue the adventure as we start the journey back up the trail to the top.  As we climb, we will progress through an elevation gain of 1,177 feet, stopping along the way for rest and additional teaching times.

SOUTH KAIBAB HIKE FAQ

How long is the hike? Typical total time for the hike is 5-6 hours, depending on the group’s abilities.  Don’t worry, we’ve never left anyone behind yet. 😉

How difficult is the hike?  This is no “walk in the park.”  It is a moderate to difficult hike for most people, providing a level of challenge for all.  Much of that is influenced by your own physical fitness level, but can also vary depending on how well you are acclimated to elevations 7,000 ft above sea level, weather, and daily temperature fluctuations.

What is the cost?  Instead of having a minimum number of people, we start with a minimum tour cost of $375 which covers up to 3 guests.  Each additional person $125.  We give an automatic 10% total discount for groups of 5 or more.

Is there a minimum age?  We LOVE kids, but due to the level of difficulty this trail can provide, we require all participants to be at least 12 years of age.  This is not only for the safety of children on the hike, but also for the consideration of the entire group of guests we have, as younger children may create an extra delay and difficulty in this particular hike.  If you would like to do a Canyon Ministries guided hike with kids under 12, we recommend our Rim Trail Hike, which has no age limit.

Is the trail handicap accessible?  Unfortunately no.  This is a dirt trail with multiple obstacles, making it impossible for wheelchair use.  If you would like to experience the Grand Canyon trails with a wheelchair, we recommend the Rim Trail from Mather Point to Yavapai Geology museum (.75 mile), or from Yavapai to the Village (about 2 miles).  The entirety of the Rim Trail in these locations is paved and features minimum short uphill sections.

What do I need to bring?  Each person should carry at least a 2-3 liters of water as dehydration is common in this dry climate.  You will also need comfortable and broken in hiking shoes/boots, hat & sunglasses, camera, and sunscreen.  Lightweight breathable rain coat/gear is recommended July through September which is our rainy monsoon season, or if weather forcast calls for precipitation.  During winter months we also advise possibly bringing a warm hat, gloves, or even a scarf as temperatures can be cold and there may be snow on the ground.  In cool weather, we recommend you layer your clothing so you can add/remove as necessary to stay comfortable. While not required, some folks enjoy using hiking poles for extra stability and support.

Will Canyon Ministries provide lunch?  No.  Our guides carry extra water, electrolytes, and some snacks, but due to varying dietary preferences and restrictions it’s nearly impossible for us to plan and pack everyone’s easily.  For this reason we ask that you please bring your own lunch with you, packed in your lightweight backpack, or the drawstring bag you will be given at the start of the tour.

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ADDITIONAL HIKES IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

SUNSET HIKE  •  Yavapai Point to Yaki Point
3 Miles  •  4 Hour Experience
Easy Hike Along the Rim with Sunset Conclusion

TRAIL OF HISTORY  •  Mather Point to Pulpit Rock
3.5 Miles  •  5-6 Hour Experience
A Wild West History Lover’s Dream!

WAY OUT WEST  •  Village to Hermit’s Rest
7.8 Miles  •  5-6 Hour Experience
Spectacular West Side Views and Open Spaces!