This Grand Canyon tour begins with a hotel pickup in the town of Tusayan, AZ. Travel to Grand Canyon National Park and stop at the National Geographic Visitor Center’s IMAX Theater to watch the 34-minute film entitled, “Grand Canyon: the Movie,” an entertainment experience unlike any other. Being here, inside the movie, is as good as being there, in the Grand Canyon, on a screen that’s over six stories tall with 12,000 watts of earth-shaking, digital surround sound power.
The featured film is a 34-minute journey over, around and through the Grand Canyon. Explore all 277 miles with the mysterious Anasazi tribe, ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians, who inhabited the canyon 4,000 years ago, and John Wesley Powell, famous for his exploration of the canyon and the raging Colorado River in 1869. Then fly like an eagle over the rim and swoop into the depths of the canyon, complete with a whitewater rafting trip down the raging Colorado River below.
Following the movie, choose from three different Jeep tours — a daytime adventure and two sunset options. The daytime tour runs from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., providing plenty of scheduling flexibility. The sunset tours are 2- and 3-hour excursions, departing at 5 and 6 p.m. respectively.
On the daytime tour, ride from the East Rim to the South Rim and soak up the scenery at various lookout points, including the Desert View Watchtower, a 70-foot-high stone building that serves as the highest point on the South Rim. On a clear day, see more than 100 miles into the distance. Along the way, learn about the history of the Grand Canyon and the geologic forces that helped to create it. Also, find out about the various people that inhabited and explored the canyon, as far back as 4,000 years ago.
On the sunset tour, enjoy the same style of travel and sightseeing as the daytime tour, with the added bonus of an incredible Grand Canyon sunset to top off the day. Choose from two departure times for a 2- or 3-hour tour, each highlighted by a breathtaking sunset — an exhilarating palette of colors exploding across the canyon's giant rock cliffs. Look on in amazement as the shadows cover the gorges and canyon walls in rich orange, rust and red colors.
The tour ends with a return trip to the town of Tusayan for a hotel drop-off.