Angel's Gate Tours
Angel's Gate Tours
4.5
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Angel’s Gate Tours is acknowledged as the premier guide service at the Grand Canyon. Although, they specialize in private and customized visits, they also offer small group tours and hiking trips. Their reservationists are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. And their guides are well trained and highly professional. They are true stewards of the canyon. Angel’s Gate is you “go-to” company for your next visit to the Grand Canyon. Call them today at 1-800-957-4557.
Flagstaff, Arizona

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jro3286
Massapequa Park, NY33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
We did the 2.5 hour sightseeing tour and it was definitely worth it! Especially if you're only going to be in Sedona for a short period of time. We did this on our first day. It really helped us get the lay of the land since none of us had been there before. We also got to see the Chapel of the Holy Cross. The bus drove us right to the top and let us out for a few minutes to explore. Then we went to one of the vortexes/overlooks that had an amazing view. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was great with a camera. We got a lot of good family shots that day. This tour was by van not jeep which was nice for my group. It ended up being a hot day so we were able to close the windows and put on the AC.
Written June 14, 2018
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RedRox🏜
Sedona, AZ83,462 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
ANGELSGATETOURS

Our tour began in Flagstaff. Since we are based in Sedona, we were given directions to the rendezvous location at the Hampton Inn where we were met promptly at 8:30 by our driver/guide David. The van is clean and comfortable and we left immediately along with three other passengers via I-40 to Williams and then on up AZ64 to Tusayan where we picked up three additional passengers bringing out total group to eight. The van could have easily accommodated 3 more, but we all had plenty of room. Along the way David gave us information about the local flora and fauna and the beginnings of an extensive geology lesson. His introduction helped us to understand the climate and regional environment. It was a good basis for what we would later learn about the contrast to the extremes in the Grand Canyon. The drive to the park took a little over an hour and David advised us that we would have about five hours inside the park during our all day tour. It actually turned out to be a little bit more than that.
Our first stop inside the park was at the General Store in the GC Village, primarily for a bathroom break and a few minutes to pick up anything that we thought we might need, and to stretch. We really didn’t need to shop for anything, as AngelsGateTours provides plenty of water, and a great lunch. More about that later.
Our next stop was at Yavapai Observation Point for our first look at the Grand Canyon. We found a spot just off the rim path where David set up his high powered spotting scope on its tripod and oriented us to the view. We could see all the way to Phantom Ranch and the foot bridge across the river at the bottom of the canyon. He pointed out Plateau Point and the trail that leads there along with the mules and hikers that were on the trail in the distance; too far away to discern with the naked eye, but easily distinguishable through the scope. He then gave us a brief lecture about the geological history of the GC, how it was formed and how the process came about to expose the rock at the bottom that is measured in age in billions of years, verses the ledges at the rim that are mere millions of years old. We took photos with David’s assistance, so we all got that perfect first picture. There would be many more as the day went on.
Back in the van we headed out the east rim road and our next stop was at Grand View Point. Here again, he oriented us and allowed us to wander a bit while he got busy preparing our luncheon buffet. Twenty minutes later we gathered to a trailside feast that included cold cuts and veggies to make sandwiches, fruit, a variety of chips and cookies and water and soft drinks. The other tourists were a bit envious as they walked by and watched us chowing down on our lunch. The time allowed us to chat and share a bit, and get to know our fellow travelers. When he was sure that we had all consumed enough, David broke down the buffet and packed it up before advising us about our next stop which he pointed to off in the distance at Desert View Tower. Out total time at Grand View was almost an hour.
At Desert View we walked down the path and David took us away from the crowds where he again set up the scope and oriented us to the river and the canyon and then after a short lecture about some of the ancient inhabitants, he turned the scope and zeroed in on a cliff side ruins site in the distance. We were allowed another 20-30 minutes to explore at Desert View and those of us who chose to, climbed up the tower, all the way to the top to take in the awesome 360 degree views from the Painted Desert to the San Francisco Peaks and back to the Grand Canyon and the river below. Back in the van again we drove the short distance back to our next stop at Lipan Point. This is one of my favorite places at the South Rim. We were given another 10-15 minutes to enjoy the views there which included some showers and rain clouds and some smoke from a distant fire.
From Lipan Point we drove back to the west and the Grand Canyon Village where David gave us some options about how to spend our last hour at the GC. Along the way he told us some of the more recent history and lore, including the story of the white man’s first encounters with the canyon, and how John Wesley Powell took his rag tag band of explorers down the river into the unknown for the first time in 1869. When we arrived at the GC Village we got out at the Bright Angel Lodge and some of us took the time to wander along the rim trail to explore the hotels including the Bright Angel and the El Tovar. There was time to see the Kolb Bros Studio, or Hopi House or Lookout Point. The rest of us went with David and we walked down the Bright Angel Path to the first tunnel (about ¼ mile). This way we could say that we had walked on the path. But more interestingly, David once again set up his trusty spotting scope and we spent about 15 minutes observing several pictoglyphs about 50 feet above us on the canyon wall. (I will admit that I have been to the GCNP many times before, and I have walked on the Bright Angel Path, but I was never aware of this particular ancient site.) We spoke to several hikers who were getting close to arriving back at the rim of the canyon, some of whom were completing their rim to rim hikes. We applauded and congratulated them as their achievements are a very special feat. We then began our short ascent back to the rim and the hotels and the van. We all gathered together again while David went to get the van and pulled it back up to fetch us.
As we exited the park we reviewed some of what we had seen and learned. David answered questions and told us more, with bits of information that he might have missed, or that we might not have heard. It was a lot of information to absorb, and of course just being at, and experiencing the Grand Canyon can be overwhelming as it is. We were dropped off safely at the Hampton Inn again just after 5:30. It was a full day indeed.
For visitors who want to enjoy a guided tour of the Grand Canyon National Park, I would highly recommend AngelsGateTours. As I mentioned, I have been to Grand Canyon many times before, and yet I still learned things today that I didn’t know before. Of course, I find that I learn something almost every time I go, but this was an extremely well planned and presented tour. However, my cousin who was with me, and had never seen the GC before, still hasn’t stopped talking about what a wonderful time she had. And as much as I love taking friends and relatives there for their first visits, I could never do as good a job as David did today.
Written September 28, 2008
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beinsrx
York, NE19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
James was right there to give us a ride to the slot canyon ( cathedral tour) and was so helpful in helping us if we needed help. Taught us amazing things to do with our cameras and phone. Told us information as we rode to the canyons and as we walked, he pointed out plants and animals and why the slots canyons are where they are and how they were discovered and how they were formed. He returned us right on time. We had a person wonderful tour with James.
Written March 8, 2018
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gozuna1
Las Vegas, NV1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011
This tour group was horrible to say the least. (They are so bad this will be the first negative review I have ever written for any service). Worst experience ever with any tour company, at any destination at any time in my life. With all the groups that offer the exact same tour take a chance on any of the others. It can not be worse than dealing with this company and their lousy customer service and even worse policies. Story to follow.

We had to meet the van at the hotel at 945-10 in our hotels lobby, at 10:15 (after talking to a driver from the same company that was picking up at our hotel for a different tour) we found out there was a problem with our ride. The concierge from our hotel called to find out what the problem was, now 20 minutes after the posted pick up time. The spokesperson from angels gate tours said the van had a problem and they were waiting for roadside assistance.
We were understanding of that, mechanical things break down, not a problem! No call from the company to let us know they were not going to be on time, not a problem. We figured that we would just cut our losses and start the day without a guided tour since were already 20 minutes late with the tour company and an unknown time for there arrival. All we needed to do was get our money refunded so we could start the day. This is when the problem started. We were told that if we were not at the hotel when they arrived we would be charged for the tour regardless because they required a 24 hour notice to cancel regardless of the reason even if it was their fault.
I asked how much longer it would take for them to show and they said they were waiting for the problem to be fixed but would not give a time for the arrival. After some unpleasant back and forth on the phone we were finally told the van would be at the hotel in about an hour. Around 11 a supervisor from the company called the concierge and asked to talk to me. The supervisor wanted to "make us happy" and offered to only charge us half if we cancelled the tour. At this point, after hanging up on the linear thinking tour agent we angrily agreed to wait for the driver and take the tour since they were determined to keep the money for the tour. About 15 minutes later (after an hour of arguing, a 20 minute delay and total frustration with this company) the supervisor called back and said that they would not charge us for the tour if I signed a form saying that I, nor would anyone I know post a negative review about this company.To little to late. They had just spent an hour and 10 minutes holding us hostage for the morning and had already ruined our schedule. While on the phone with the supervisor the driver showed up to pick us up and apparently he was the roadside assistance for the flat tire.

I will never use this company for any of the tours they offer again, and if asked or if I overhear that someone is going to the grand canyon I will tell this story and try to keep them from booking any tours with this company ( living in Las Vegas that happens quite a bit). They are not exclusive with any of the tours they offer and there are alternate tour companies that are available.
To be fair the driver for the company was a great guy and if their "customer service" for lack of a better term, was not so terrible we would have had a great time.
Written April 25, 2011
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We're sorry that we were late to pick up this customer. But clearly, we must address any safety issues (in this case a flat tire) before continuing on a tour. We appreciate the patience and understanding or our other passengers during this short delay. We were surprised that this customer chose to take the tour after demanding and receiving a full refund. However, we are pleased that they ultimately enjoyed their day at the Grand Canyon with us.
Written April 29, 2011
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WI-travelerMilwaukee
Grand Rapids, MI4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a horrible experience with Angel's Gate Tour company. I had made a reservation prior to our trip and received confirmation from the tour company. After driving to Flagstaff, our pick-up point, from Sedona our tour driver did not show! Angel's Gate said they wanted to reach us the evening before but didn't know our hotel name. They had our cell phone number on file and claim they tried that number, but there was no message or record of an in-coming call. No offer to arrange the use of a different tour company was made.

Fortunately, we were able to arrange a last minute sunset tour with Canyon Dave's. It was awesome! We were the only couple which allowed the tour guide to customize the tour for us. We highly recommend this company for their great service and expert knowledge. Canyon Dave is a geologist while his wife is a park ranger.

Written March 26, 2007
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masonjar
Indianapolis, IN4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The Good: The guides were helpful, and knowledgeable.They provided our lunch, carried water and were pleasant people. Scenery was good but at no time turning the hike did we see the bottom of the canyon.

The Bad: We were charged 735.00 USD (2+3) to what amounted to an out and back commercial mule trail. This heavily traveled trail, with mostly unguided families and several mule trains was not what we expected for the money. Anybody with a little National Park hiking experience would be able to manage this by themselves with little difficulty. A word of caution, we descended in the morning when it was shady and cooler and ascended in the middle of the of the sunny afternoon heat, 100 degrees F plus. A suggestion ,get an early start and bring plenty of water.

The Ugly: Two of my three children got sick and we suspected food poisoning, food sickness. Within hours they were complaining about their tummies. Both had ham and both were sick within 30 minutes of each other, 8 hours after eating lunch and remained sick until the very early hours of the following morning.

I contacted the company and requested a partial refund for our troubles and disappointment. The owner Blake Steward wanted nothing to do with it. He would not accept any responsibility for anything that we experienced.
Written July 24, 2007
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Eileen E
Bucks County, PA142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
It's a long drive from Flagstaff to Monument Valley.
I found Angel's Gate on the internet purely by chance not knowing or even caring what the quality of the tour would be like.We simply wanted to visit Monument Valley and wanted someone else to transport us.Well, we really lucked out!
As arranged, we were promptly picked up at our motel at 7:15 A.M. Our driver and guide James was everything we could have asked for and more.
His narration, which was pretty much continuous during the entire trip there, was informative and detailed.I thoroughly enjoyed the history, the current events and the trivia he shared about the areas we drove through.
Along the way, we made a rest stop at a very large and and interesting trading post.It would have been nice to have spent even more time exploring but we had miles ahead of us remaining. At least 2 of us regretted not having bought more there. James kindly accommodated our special request on the return trip so we could pick up a few more items.
Lunch was included. We stopped at a restaurant which may have been Gouldings Lodge. I ordered the Navajo Taco...an enormous concoction of beans, cheese, lettuce and tomato on fried bread. We also had some time to explore some old John Wayne related movie sets and admire some art.
We then re boarded the bus. We saw numerous vehicles either stuck or having huge problems on the difficult terrain. I was happy that we did not attempt the trip in our rental car.
James, who I believe said that his earlier career had been in geology, shared a wealth of information about the beautiful formations, the rocks, the plants,the people. etc.We even got to enjoy a bit of gossip.
We then had some time to explore The Monument Valley Museum on our own.
This was truly a full and satisfying day trip. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Written June 29, 2015
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Theresa C
Allendale, NJ816 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
First, let me say that our guide Christian deserves 5 stars...he was excellent and has nothing to do with our disappointment on this tour. It has more to do with the tour company having misled us.
We were already staying IN Grand Canyon Village. At the time of booking I asked the agent if this was worth it for us, not really being familiar with the area. She replied yes because we would get lunch and be shown things we couldn't access on our own. So we were told to expect pickup at 10:15 only to find out that the first stop on the tour was 45 minutes free time in the area behind our hotel. Having already seen that, we waited around some more to be driven to the Maswik cafeteria down the road for lunch. After that, we did go to several vistas throughout the park and Christian did go out of his way to keep things fun and interesting, but the places we went, we could have easily accessed on our own with our car or the park's bus system. What we got was really not worth the $400 price we paid for the three of us...I'm sure this is a much better experience for guests who are picked up in Sedona or Flagstaff. I feel the tour company should have been more honest, that this really wasn't the tour for us.
Written August 21, 2014
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Our front desk should not have recommended this tour for you if you were staying right there. We regret the inconvenience, and wanted to point out that we have a value-back guarantee, and if you come back to the area the next tour is on us.
Written December 14, 2015
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martinpaulrice
Knoxville, Tennessee2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I decided to drive across the U.S. from Tennessee to California on Interstate 40 with part of the trip on the famous U.S. Route 66 which I-40 closely parallels.

One of the purposes of the trip was to see many of the country's grand sights, which I have never seen. And high on the list was the Grand Canyon.

Before leaving home I did a lot of research on the Canyon and was a bit worried about the many reports of heavy traffic, difficulty in parking, and limited parking for just one hour at some of the best overlooks. In addition, I realized that there was so much to be seen and so much to learn that I would probably only get a fraction of what a day at the Grand Canyon had to offer.

So I decided to see if I could find a tour company. After doing a lot of searching, I decided to book a tour with Angel's Gate Tours in Flagstaff, AZ where I would be staying.

A brief outline of what they provided is: hotel pickup and delivery, a nice sized van for the tour, many stops at the most interesting points, beverages, lunch, and drop off at the hotel. The tour lasted almost 9 hours! (That time includes the approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes each way to reach the Grand Canyon National Park from Flagstaff.)

What this description gives no indication of, however, is how very satisfying and rewarding the tour was mainly due to our guide, Lisa, who has been guiding tourists at the Grand Canyon for eight years as far as I know.

She is extremely knowledgeable and began sharing her knowledge almost from the moment we started to drive. All along the drive to the park she told us a great number of truly interesting facts about the roads we were on, the flora and fauna, and the geological history of the area.

At the park, she took us to the best viewpoints and explained clearly and informatively exactly what we were looking at, how it was formed, what the geological timeline and makeup of what we were viewing were. I know that I would have learned none of this, of course, had I gone on the tour myself.

She also took us to see many of the architectural sights in the park, the buildings dating back to about 1903, the design significance of the buildings, much about the pioneer architect, Mary Coulter, who had not only to overcome the tremendous practical challenges of building in such an isolated place but also the prejudices of people of that time toward women architects.

We had ample time to explore the museums and bookshops in the park as well.

Practically speaking, after seeing cars parked for a mile along the road at different view points and imagining the long walks from the car to the sight and back, I knew that I would have given up quickly and not seen a fraction of what we did see.

Lisa was extremely accommodating in trying to meet all the tour guests' needs and wishes.

And, I enjoyed all of this for the amazing price of US$109. Not only was the Angel's Gate tour a delightful and informative experience, it was a fantastic value as well.

You can learn more about the tours at the company's website and you can book online.

Written July 31, 2007
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Chip44
Boston1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My first visit to the Grand Canyon was in April, 2006, and not certain what any of the tours offered were like, my friend Nancy and myself picked Angels Gate Tours. We were very impressed by "Drew" with his care and knowledge of exactly what we were seeing when we stopped at each location in the Grand Canyon. It was a very nice trip and I would recommend Angels Gate Tours to other visitors.

Joan - Massachusetts
Written September 5, 2006
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