We booked the 3pm 3hr guided Bike ride from Hopi Point to Hermits Rest for Early July for our Family of 2 Adults & 2 Children 8 & 10yrs for approx. $176.
I must start with saying this is an awesome way to see the Canyon. The knowledge at the start of the trip from Paul & Tomas was fantastic & much better than sitting or standing in a shuttle bus on the route.
However July-Aug is monsoon season, & hence is the time of year they can experience a lot of afternoon storms. Unfortunately this happened on our trip, with quite bad lightening & due to safety reasons we only managed to get not quite half way, not even leaving the road to get onto the greenway track before the trip was terminated. The next day we were in another part of the Canyon & more dark clouds & lightening came through mid-late afternoon, so my advice would be if you can, do the 10am Bike Ride rather than the 3pm ride during this time of year.
I understand Bright Angel cannot be held accountable for the weather but paying $176 with no offer of part refund or offer to try the ride again on the 10am departure in the morning is an expensive ride for 1 1/2 hrs. Even before we departed the Base I said to my husband I wondered if the ride would go ahead as the wind was picking up, & the area we were heading towards had extremely stormy looking Clouds. This didn't worry us as we live in an area where Late Afternoon Summer Storms with thunder & lightening are a common occurance, & I thought thought Bright Angel would have been aware if the bad weather was in our path of travel which it turned out to be.
Where we live in Australia you can go onto the Bureau of Meteorology website for your area & the radar will show what sort of weather, the severity of the weather & the path it is taking over a period of time. Obviously Bright Angel doesn't have access to this information hence my recommendation for doing the morning departure before those Summer Storms start building in the afternoon.
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