There are several excellent hikes you can do in a day, including South Kaibab to Cedar Ridge, Hermit Trail to Dripping Springs and Bright Angel to Two-Mile Corner. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to find out what you need to bring, when to visit and more.
There are many different reasons people choose a guided day hike when they come to the Grand Canyon. Your guide is a safety net to make you feel comfortable in a beautiful, but sometimes harsh and rugged landscape. A guided Grand Canyon hike takes away the hassles of planning, and has lunch ready for you on the trail. With a knowledgeable guide, you're sure not to miss those little things that make a trip below the South Rim special.
The best reason to do a guided trip, however, is the benefit of a Grand Canyon education. A knowledgeable guide provides a totally different Grand Canyon experience. Without someone who has intimate knowledge of the Canyon, you're just hiking in the dark!
South Kaibab to Cedar Ridge
Built by the National Park Service for its expansive vistas, the South Kaibab Trail is Hydros Adventure's top pick for a Grand Canyon day hike. Sightings of California Condors, 1.7 billion years of geologic history, and the elusive Grand Canyon mule are all part of the day. If this is your first South Rim hike, the Kaibab Trail will reveal images of the Grand Canyon engrained in your psyche since childhood.
- Round-trip distance: 3 mi/4.8 km
- Elevation change: 1140 ft/341 m
- Difficulty: 5 on scale of 1 to 10
Grandview Trail to Coconino Saddle
This rugged trail was built by miners who sought the rich copper deposits found below Horseshoe Mesa. From Grandview Point this steep trail provides amazing panoramas, and great views of the Colorado River, while the Grandview Fault not only reveals interesting geology, but also helped to produce the many caves that dot this area.
- Round-trip: 3mi/4.8 km
- Elevation change: 1,120 ft/341m
- Difficulty: 6 on a scale of 1 to 10
Hermit Trail to Dripping Springs
If you're looking for a longer hike away from the canyon crowds, this is a great trail. Once the hub of inner canyon travel, this now quiet historic trail leads you by fossil beds and archeological sites to the small riparian oasis of Dripping Springs. Take a guided day hike to a different side of the Grand Canyon.
- Round-trip Distance: 7 mi/11 km
- Elevation change: 1700 ft/519 m
- Difficulty: 6 on a scale of 1 to 10
Tanner Trail to 75-mile Saddle
The Tanner trail starts near Lipan Point, one of the most spectacular view of the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Eventually making its way to Tanner Rapids and other Canyon trails. A guided hike typically goes to 75-mile saddle on this one day adventure. This is a steep and rugged trail for experienced hikers only, but the rewards are well worth the work.
- Round-trip distance: 4mi/6km
- Elevation Change: 1860ft/576m
- Difficulty: 8 on a scale of 1 to 10
Bright Angel to Two-Mile Corner
The best known Grand Canyon Trail, the BA is a great option for those of you who are looking for an easier, more social trail. Used by ancestral Puebloans, miners and modern day hikers, this is a trail with history. Ancient pictographs and awesome views are some of the highlights of this Grand Canyon classic.
- Round-trip distance: 4 mi/6 km
- Elevation change: 1531 ft/465 m
- Difficulty: 4 on a scale of 1 to 10
What qualifications will my guide have?
Professional guides have a vast knowledge of all aspects of the Grand Canyon, Medical Training, and a passion for what they do.
Are there any age or physical fitness requirements?
Age and physical fitness depend on both the trip, and the individual going on the trip. Even within a specific destination, trip length, time of year, weather, and means of transportation have a large impact. The Canyon has many different options, so almost anyone can find an adventure that's safe and enjoyable for them and their group.
What facilities will be available?
Pit toilets/spring water on some trails.
When is the best time of year to book a trip?
Spring and Fall
How soon should I book my trip?
Although trips can be booked at any time from a days to two years in advance, at least five months' notice is advised.
Are there any limits on group size?
Maximum group size is 9 due to NPS regulations.
What should I bring?
Click on our checklist to see what you need to bring.
Pricing (Per Person)
$149 - $249