GRAND CANYON SITES and GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION
Let TourTheSouthwest.com custom tailor your perfect Grand Canyon Dream Tour to all the best sites at the most optimum viewing times. Since we have been visiting and exploring the Grand Canyon for over 55 years, we have lived through a lot of it's history and have a lot of personal experiences to share. We can put together the ultimate Grand Canyon Tour to any area of the canyon, from top to bottom, North to South, or East to West. A client said: "There is really no way to place a value on a tour with a particularly superlative guide who knows and shares information that has taken a lifetime to acquire. Our Grand Canyon tour guides can make a significant difference in the quality of your visit. They will be sure you do not miss those places that are often overlooked due to a lack of information or time, helping you to enjoy the best that the Grand Canyon has to offer.
At the small Grand Canyon Village your guide will first do a drive-by and point out all the best places to visit. He will help you locate the more interesting places in the Village Historic District. He will also show you some good places for a snack or meal. You will have at least two or three hours of free time to walk to some the recommended locations. Our guide will happily accompany you on this part of your walking tour. You can stroll along the South Rim trails and visit historic buildings and museums.
You may also have the choice of going to the Visitors' Center, accessible only by way of the free shuttle buses. The Center displays information and provides information regarding the history and geology of the Canyon, day hikes, viewpoints, and daily ranger programs. A short walk from the Center is one of the most popular overlooks, Mather Point.
If you were to plan a night at the Canyon, we would divide the tour into two days. The extra time would allow you to visit other recommended locations and take other excursions. One such excursion is the western bus route to Hermits Rest. This bus route stops at eight canyon overlooks and takes most people a minimum of three hours. If you do not get off the bus, the round trip is 90 minutes.
Three of the tours stop at the Grandview Point and Desert View overlook. Our regular stop at Desert View overlook is on the edge of the eastern entry to Grand Canyon National Park. The Watchtower at this location has a winding staircase inside the stone tower that takes you past traditional Indian paintings and windows through winch you can view the Canyon. At the top you will appreciate vistas of the Painted Desert, the eastern entry the Colorado River into the Grand Canyon, and the surrounding forested hillsides.
Another stop for one of our tours is the Tusayan Ruin and Museum, which provides an opportunity to look into the past of Pueblo Indian life some 800 years ago.
Two of our Grand Canyon tours also follow a route through portions of the Painted Desert and the Navajo Indian Reservation. We usually stop at one of the Little Colorado overlooks and Native Indian Outdoor Markets. At the Little Colorado River Gorge overlook, Native American artisans display a variety of crafts including rugs, pottery, and jewelry. They will gladly pose for photographs along with their works. The view into the Little Colorado Gorge is particularly spectacular and unusual. The Gorge itself will literally take your breath away as you look hundreds of feet down to the river winding its way along the bottom of the steep, narrow canyon.
Continuing on, you will relish the serenity, open spaces, and ever-changing colors of the Colorado Plateau.
We can also stop for breakfast or dinner at the Cameron Trading Post and Museum. The dining room features a view of the Little Colorado River Gorge and displays fine Indian arts and crafts. After dining, you will want to browse this historic and authentic trading post to see or purchase quality Southwest Indian art.
We teach as we travel between each of these viewpoints and sites, conducting an educational type tour. We thoroughly enjoy sharing with you our extensive knowledge of the history, archeology, geology, floral and fauna at the GRAND CANYON. We find that each group or family has special interests and we always try to accommodate those interests by making special recommendations as to where you could go. We also concentrate on those interests as were share our knowledge with the group.
Some of our "Custom Private Tour" benefits:
- The tour can begin and end on your schedule
- You are allow to spend as much time as you like at any one location
- No other guests are allowed without your permission
- Transportation is in comfortable roomy first class new model vehicles
- Snacks and drinks of your choice are always available
- We provide resources such as magazines, books and maps
- We can customize this tour itinerary to your specifications and personal desires
- Click here to see a long list of our "Custom Tour Benefits"
On most of our Grand Canyon Tours you may select from the following options:
- Red Mountain Volcanic Geologic Site.
- A helicopter or airplane flight over the Grand Canyon
- Art Galleries and Craft shops
- A viewing of the world famous Grand Canyon Imax film
- Tusayan Indian Ruins & Museum
- The Museum of Northern Arizona
- Visitor's Center with displays on the history and geology of the Grand Canyon