Viator Exclusive: Grand Canyon South Rim Overnight Trip with Mule Ride from Flagstaff

Viator Exclusive: Grand Canyon South Rim Overnight Trip with Mule Ride from Flagstaff information and booking

2 days/1 night
Departs from
Pickup is available from select Flagstaff hotels
Returns to
Returns to original departure point at approximately 7:30pm
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Tour description provided by Viator

Marvel at the majesty of the Grand Canyon on this overnight trip from Flagstaff, Arizona, a Viator Exclusive that can't be booked elsewhere. See the popular South Rim viewpoints at your own pace, enjoy dinner at the El Tovar Dining Room, and stay at a lodge near the rim of the canyon. Admire incredible canyon views during a 3-hour morning mule ride, take a tour along East Rim Drive and enjoy an optional helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon.

What's included

  • Professional guide
  • Overnight accommodations (3 star)
  • Mule ride
  • Lunch and dinner (day 1)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Helicopter tour (optional)
  • Food and drink unless otherwise mentioned


Day 1: Flagstaff – Grand Canyon South Rim (L, D)
After morning pickup by custom touring van or coach from your Flagstaff hotel, travel 87 miles (140 km) to the Grand Canyon. On the way, learn about the history and geology of the Grand Canyon from your guide and enjoy a boxed lunch. Once you reach the South Rim, receive directions and suggestions from your guide to help plan your independent exploration. Use free shuttles to check out the South Rim's numerous spectacular lookout points, including Mather, Hopi, Grandview and Desert View. Admire the vibrant colors and rugged contours of the canyon, which ranges up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) deep. Have dinner at the historic El Tovar Dining Room, which has hosted guests including President Teddy Roosevelt, President Bill Clinton and Sir Paul McCartney. Savor your meal among sweeping canyon views and murals depicting American Indian life. Afterward, settle in for the night at a national park lodge in the forest near the Grand Canyon's rim. Overnight: Accommodation at either Maswick or Yavapai Lodge (subject to availability)
Day 2: Grand Canyon South Rim – Flagstaff
Following breakfast (own expense), join your small group for a 3-hour mule ride. After a short safety briefing, ride along a trail on the inside of the canyon, stopping for photo and rest breaks. Relish mind-blowing views of the widest and deepest part of the canyon and the Colorado River winding along its floor. After your mule ride, make your trip even more memorable by adding on a 45-minute helicopter ride over the canyon. Enjoy lunch (own expense) before meeting your group and guide for the trip back to Flagstaff. On your way, take the East Rim Drive for more vibrant canyon vistas, and stop at Cameron Trading Post to browse for American Indian crafts. Your overnight tour of the Grand Canyon wraps up with evening drop-off at your Flagstaff hotel.