Grand Canyon to Sedona Multisport Adventure

About the Experience

It is all too easy to lose our perspective in today’s world…to get lost in the distractions of modern life. It can be easy to forget where we fit in and what our place is, in the universe.

But here…standing at the edge of it all, with the glorious abyss of the canyon at your feet — your breath catches. You feel your heart pounding between your ribs, a steady drumbeat: You. Are. HERE. “Grand” feels like such a tiny word for the wild, glorious scene spooling out endlessly before you. The desert’s beauty may be stark, but the world around you is filled with a vibrancy that feels like the opposite of emptiness.

Here, you are enveloped in the deep sound of silence, humbled by the stillness of the vast canyon. You are mesmerized by the otherworldly swirls of light and shadow in Antelope Canyon. You ease your kayak through Lake Powell, gliding your fingertips through cool, crystalline water. You descend into the layers of the Grand Canyon as you hike the infamous hike South Kaibab trail. You sit astride a horse, watching its mane shift in the breeze as you trot your way through Monument Valley.

Here, you are wild as a cowgirl and as free as the eagles dipping through the shocking blue sky. From where you stand here, you can lasso the world.

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Grand Canyon to Sedona Multisport Adventure

About the Experience

It is all too easy to lose our perspective in today’s world…to get lost in the distractions of modern life. It can be easy to forget where we fit in and what our place is, in the universe.

But here…standing at the edge of it all, with the glorious abyss of the canyon at your feet — your breath catches. You feel your heart pounding between your ribs, a steady drumbeat: You. Are. HERE. “Grand” feels like such a tiny word for the wild, glorious scene spooling out endlessly before you. The desert’s beauty may be stark, but the world around you is filled with a vibrancy that feels like the opposite of emptiness.

Here, you are enveloped in the deep sound of silence, humbled by the stillness of the vast canyon. You are mesmerized by the otherworldly swirls of light and shadow in Antelope Canyon. You ease your kayak through Lake Powell, gliding your fingertips through cool, crystalline water. You descend into the layers of the Grand Canyon as you hike the infamous hike South Kaibab trail. You sit astride a horse, watching its mane shift in the breeze as you trot your way through Monument Valley.

Here, you are wild as a cowgirl and as free as the eagles dipping through the shocking blue sky. From where you stand here, you can lasso the world.

DAY ONE: FLOAT THE SALT RIVER

Meet your guides and fellow Wild Women in the lobby of our host hotel at 8:00 am and prepare for a grand adventure! We start with a scenic rafting float down the Lower Salt River and discover a relaxing desert oasis just outside Phoenix. Swim or relax on the river and soak in the scenery. The Salt River attracts a variety of wildlife, making it common for us to enjoy close encounters with animals in their natural habitat.

Then after a tasty lunch, we’ll turn our attention northward and journey from the Sonoran Desert to the verdant ponderosa pine forest of the Grand Canyon South Rim. Here we’ll have dinner and spend our first evening together in our first lodge.

  • Meals: L,D
  • Activity: ½ Day Gentle Rafting
  • Elevation: None
  • Vehicle Transfer: 240 miles / 4 hrs

 

DAY TWO: SOUTH KAIBAB TRAIL

Today we will enjoy a full day of exploring the world-renowned Grand Canyon. We hike down into the canyon along the South Kaibab Trail, famous for the best views of any trail in the park. Built from December 1924 to June 1925 by crews working in both directions, this trail is one of the few in Grand Canyon National Park that follows a ridgeline rather than a fault line or side canyon, resulting in awesome panoramic views up and down the canyon for miles.  We descend past Ooh Aah Point and Cedar Ridge where we enjoy a delicious lunch before continuing our trek back up to the rim.

Afterwards, we will have some free time to explore the shops and geology museum in the Grand Canyon Village before dinner at El Tovar, the finest restaurant on the South Rim. Return to the lodge to relax and rest up for tomorrow’s adventures.

  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Activity: Hiking 6 miles
  • Elevation: +/-2,060 ft elevation change
  • Vehicle Transfer: None

 

DAY THREE: SOUTH RIM & HORSESHOE BEND

After breakfast, we explore another of the Grand Canyon’s iconic South Rim trails, the Bright Angel Trail. Following one of the major fault lines bisecting the canyon, the Bright Angel Fault for centuries has provided access for animals and humans into and out of the canyon.  Ancient hunter-gatherers used this general pathway for their hunting excursions; later the trail was used for mining operations and then tourism.

After we have finished exploring the South Rim, we drive to Page, AZ with a stop at the majestic Horseshoe Bend. A short ¼ mile hike brings us to the overlook for amazing photographs. Dinner and overnight at lodge-style accommodations.

  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Activity: Hiking 3 miles
  • Elevation: +/-1,120 ft elevation change
  • Vehicle Transfer: 140 miles / 2.5 hrs

 

DAY FOUR: LAKE POWELL & ANTELOPE CANYON

This morning we trade our hiking boots for water shoes and discover the waters of Lake Powell from the seat of a kayak. Check outside canyons off the lake, perhaps a little exploring on foot, splash, and swim, and enjoy the Arizona sunshine.

The afternoon holds another special treat as we venture into Antelope Canyon with a Navajo guide to lead us through. Photo ops abound in this narrow canyon where light and shadow bounce off its coloured walls. There’s no wonder it is featured on most of the top 25 places to visit list in the world.

After a full day of adventuring, we’ll spend the second night in our cozy lodge in Page, AZ nestled alongside the lovely Lake Powell.

  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Activity: ½ Day Kayaking 3-4 miles, Hiking 1 mile
  • Elevation: None
  • Vehicle Transfer: None

 

DAY FIVE: HORSEBACK MONUMENT VALLEY

Today we depart Page and journey to the scenic wonders of Monument Valley. Most visitors to the area simply drive through to their next destination, but in true Wild Women style, we’re going to immerse ourselves right where we are.

This afternoon offers a unique adventure as we saddle up on horseback to explore. Imagine yourself on the set of a classic Western film, riding through desert vistas and learning the stories of the Native Americans who made this place their home.

Tonight we complete the western experience with an overnight stay in Tipi Village! The immense, still beauty of Monument Valley stands before you to the east, with the rising sun, and the Holy People of Navajo legend. This is the fabled Tge’ Ndeelzhai, “Where the Jagged Rock Ends.” Rock Door Mesa is behind you, to the west, and Tear Drop Arch is on your right hand. The wind embraces you. The rocks speak to you, moving your soul. Sleep soundly tonight in Genuine Native American teepees, supported by hand-cut poles with carpet on packed earth floors. There are 2 fold-out beds/cots with sheets, pillows, blankets provided. Completing comfortable teepees are 2 camp chairs, a small table, a lamp, one electric outlet, and towels.

  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Activity: ½ Day Horseback Riding
  • Elevation: None
  • Vehicle Transfer: 125 miles / 2 hrs

 

DAY SIX: WILDCAT TRAIL

After a hearty breakfast, we set out on foot to explore Monument Valley via the Wildcat Trail. Towering rock buttes and mesas inspire the senses in this magical landscape. Savour gorgeous views of the world-famous Mitten Buttes and Merrick Butte, alongside cactus and sage.

Next, we head south, travelling through varied landscapes to the red rock country of Sedona to spend the night. We’ll enjoy a delicious dinner in town and settle into our next lodge to ready us for another full day of outdoor adventures in Arizona.

  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Activity: Hiking 3.5 miles
  • Elevation: +/-350 ft elevation change
  • Vehicle Transfer: 200 miles / 4 hrs

 

DAY SEVEN: SEDONA

Today we’ll see a distinctive side of Sedona as we hike along the Munds Wagon trail. Beginning at the Huckaby Trailhead we follow a historic cattle route and enjoy great views of the Mogollon Rim, Mitten Ridge, and nearby red rock formations as you learn a little history of the area.

The town of Sedona itself has a unique flair with a mix of Native American, New Age, spiritual, cowboy, and pioneer culture all meshed together. Tonight we’ll savour a celebratory dinner together in Sedona and trade stories of favourite moments on the trip. Back at the lodge, relax and hang out with your group on our last night together.

  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Activity: Hiking 6 miles
  • Elevation: +/-600 ft elevation change
  • Vehicle Transfer: 200 miles / 4 hrs

 

DAY EIGHT: TUZIGOOT NATIONAL MONUMENT

It is an early start this morning to pack up and get on the trail. After breakfast, we set out on one of Sedona’s classic hikes up Brins Mesa. Our trail winds up through the striking red rock to a vantage point providing magnificent views of the surrounding landscape.

We’ll then have lunch and head down the road to Tuzigoot National Monument. Here we explore the ancient ruins of a hilltop pueblo and imagine what life was like for the Sinagua People.

From here we transfer back to Phoenix with memories and friendships to last a lifetime. Expect to be dropped off at the host hotel or airport by 5:00 pm.

  • Meals: B,L
  • Activity: Hiking 4.5 miles
  • Elevation: +/-1,000 ft elevation change
  • Vehicle Transfer: 130 miles / 2.5 hrs

 

 

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