Grand Canyon Tours from Sedona
Sedona offers gorgeous red rock landscapes that attract thousands of visitors each and every year. On top of that, however, Sedona also offers ready access to the Grand Canyon. That’s right, from Sedona, that wonder of the natural world is a mere two hours away by road or 30 minutes by helicopter or plane. So pick a tour, and get ready for a marvelous day of sightseeing in northern Arizona!
The most cost-efficient way of getting from Sedona to the Grand Canyon is with a ground tour. Seated on an air-conditioned motor coach, you’ll make the relatively short journey, and along the way, pass through Oak Creek Canyon. This is arguably the most beautiful drive in the country, with its hairpin turns, sandstone formations, and towering pine trees. Nevertheless, it’s a mere warm-up when compared to the sights you’ll see at the Grand Canyon!
Ground tours from Sedona generally head to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, and then proceed along the Desert View Drive, which spans the distance from the Grand Canyon Village to the Desert View Watchtower. On that route, you’ll stop at about a half-dozen panoramic vistas and find yourself reaching for your camera time and time again, as you attempt to capture as much of the sprawling canyon as possible on (digital) film. Depending on the tour, you may also get a chance to walk or hike along the South Rim’s several trailheads, from the smooth and easy Rim Trail, to the famous yet more demanding South Kaibab Trail.
Now, if you want to travel by ground, but are hoping for something just a little bit different, think about making your way from Sedona to Williams. There, you can catch a ride up to the Grand Canyon by way of train! This classic ride lasts two hours and 15 minutes, and covers 65 glorious miles. Plus, you’ve got the added bonus of in-flight—or is it “in-track?”—entertainment; performers dressed as Wild West characters stroll around the train cars, playing songs that date back to the days of cowboys and Indians.
The Grand Canyon Railway also takes visitors to the South Rim, and specifically, to the Grand Canyon Village. There, you’ve got the day to yourself, whether you want to frequent the stores and museums in the village itself, go for a 12-mile day hike on the Bright Angel Trail, or simply stop and stare out at the mile upon mile of rugged terrain that makes up the Grand Canyon.
Finally, in addition to the ground options already mentioned, you can easily catch a flight to the Grand Canyon from Sedona. These air tours are the fastest way to get from point A to point B, and have the added benefit of taking you directly over and even into the canyon! That’s right, certain helicopter tours actually land on the canyon floor—either atop a mesa a couple hundred feet above the Colorado River, or down to the river for a brief pontoon ride. It’s the experience of a lifetime, and something everyone should do before leaving God’s green Earth.
As you can see, there are loads of tour options from Sedona to the Grand Canyon, and what you’ll see up there is well worth the day-trip. So come see an iconic slice of the southwest, and you’re sure to arrive at a new appreciation for Mother Nature’s creative abilities.