Northern Arizona Highlights:
Prescott, Grand Canyon, Sedona
(lodge-based walking/hiking tour)
Visit: Prescott, Grand Canyon, Sedona
Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Hike Rating: Moderate
Blessed with an ideal climate and supreme natural beauty, Northern Arizona is an ideal hiking destination for spring and fall trips. It's also our home state, where we spend most of our year, and we're excited to share the beauty of our home area, the high desert plateau of Northern Arizona.
After arriving in Phoenix, an easy 2 hour shuttle delivers you to Prescott, to our comfortable downtown hotel. Prescott, once the capital of Arizona, is a pleasant and walkable small town with a rich history, surrounded by ponderosa pine forests and towering granite peaks. We'll spend 2 nights here before transfering to Williams, where we'll catch the vintage Grand Canyon Railway train to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. After 2 nights at a comfortable lodge at the South Rim, we'll finish with 2 nights in Sedona, America's best kept secret, where striking red canyon walls and lush, riparian areas create an unforgettable landscape. We'll have guided hikes each day, as well as plenty of opportunity for free time to explore the towns, museums and archeological sites along the way.
Our days will start with a full breakfast at our hotel - your choice of eggs, pancakes, cereal, fruit, coffee, juice - which gives us the energy needed for the day ahead. Then we'll be out on the trail, exploring the wonderful landscapes Arizona has to offer. Each morning, you'll be handed a lunch to carry, and at a mid-point along the way we'll choose a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy our picnic. We get a lot of compliments on our imaginative lunches - making them something to look forward to as well!
We should finish our hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax at the hotel, or perhaps do a bit of sightseeing on your own. Later, we'll enjoy delicious dinners together at our hotel or another local restaurant. There are many great restaurants to choose from, and our dinners will all feature fabulous food.
How does this tour differ from our summer Arizona Red Rocks tours? On our Northern Arizona Highlights tours, we include the Grand Canyon train from Williams to the Grand Canyon and we spend a little more time at each destination, allowing for longer hikes. The cooler spring and fall temperatures make this a great way to see the region.
Actual hikes vary from trip to trip, but our itinerary will go something like this:
Day 1 The Northern Arizona Highlights tour starts with arrival at the Phoenix airport, where you can transfer by shuttle to our meeting point in Prescott. Prescott is a charming small town tucked at the base of the Bradshaw mountains. Wander by Victorian homes and Old West bars in the quaint downtown shopping district. We'll have a welcome dinner and introduction to Prescott before settling in to our lovely downtown hotel. (Springhill Suites)
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329 S. Montezuma
Prescott, AZ 86303