So glad we decided on this excursion! Couldn't have been better. Awesome day in terms of weather and views, awesome guides. Pack some trail mix and enjoy a wonderful experience. Great photo opportunities. Helmets provided. (That was one of my questions while planning). The only thing I would add, for the women in the group...wear your sports bras! Haha
I have never, ever felt compelled to write a review before, but this fantastic place has found a place into my heart and soul and I just wanted to share it.
Our trip was booked via Viator and we flew into the ranch via a spectacular flight by the very efficient and client friendly Vision Airways.
Pick up from MGM Grand was on time at 5,15 am, a comfy ride to Vision Air , and a smooth flight over fantastic views of the Grand Canyon landing on a very small, dusty landing strip - all part of the 'real' experience of the ranch stay.
Driving under the Bar 10 ranch arch felt like 'magic' and a charming young buck named Curly met us and looked after us
After an orientation, where safety and an idea of what the day was going to hold, we headed out on the ATV but the seats were very spongy and cushined the bumps perfectly!
The view that met us at the North Rim of the Canyon was ' Awesome' a word we British are now using, since our ranch stay.No fences or boundaries and most of all no people, no hoards of tourists clammering for the perfect photo, we had complete and utter solitude, to sit in this idylic setting with only our thoughts.
What we saw with our eyes just cannot be reflected in the photos, they just don't do this vista any justice.
Next was a horse ride across the desert on very well behaved steeds. The horses were steady footed on extremely uneveuneven terrain.
Some cowboy stories followed, then 'skeet' shooting, which was great funTime for a short break and back to our covered wagon, for a quick change after a lovely powerful hot shower in the very clean shower block - then to a tasy evening meal of the ranch home produced beef, eaten on the patio with a view of the Canyon and the sun setting - perfection
We cannot express how 'very special' this place is and would 100% reccomend it and can't thank Ben and his team enough. Thank you so much you all made this a 'Once in a Lifetime Experience' and this should be on everyone's 'Bucket List'!
This was probably our favourite tour of the holiday. We were picked up EARLY (5.30am) and taken to the airport where, even though we waited for an hour, we were excited to board a little Cessna plane for a turbulent ride to Big 10 Ranch. There were only 7 people on our tour, which made this even better as it was a very friendly and intimate group - and it turned out we were the only people at the North Rim at all! Amazing!
Here, we met up with our wonderful host for the day (though I forget his name, apologies!). He set us up with orientation for the ATVs before letting us test our manoeuvrability on them; once everyone was happy we were on our way. Riding the quad bikes on the dirt tracks and off road trails was an incredible experience, being surrounded by stunning scenery. Our host stopped regularly to make sure we were all keeping up ok (only 4 of us were biking, the rest were in a jeep with him), and pointing out interesting things in the distance, explaining the formation of the Canyon and history of people who lived there.
Coming over a slight hill and getting the full view of the Canyon and river within was a mesmerising experience, words cannot do it justice. We were allowed a huge amount of time to take photos, learn some more history, go on small hikes to look at fauna and more viewpoints and seeing another dry canyon nearby.
On the way back, we were allowed to open up the ATVs a bit more (we were getting up to around 38mph on open roads, averaging about 22 on the much rockier trails) as we'd demonstrated we weren't clowns by following instructions on the way there. This was really appreciated by us all and was a great experience.
After lunch at the ranch, we saw some wildlife, handled some snakes, and then took the jeep back to the "international" airport (a landing strip in a field) for the Cessna ride back, which gave us stunning aerial views of the Canyon as well.
All in all, I'd rate this higher than 5* - simply amazing.
One of the best days from our holliday. The flight to the North Rim Bar was great. On the way back to the strip there was a lot of wind and that was also a great experience (it felt like a rollercoaster). On the bar we went on the ATV's to ride to the Colorado River. It was a long ride (totally 2,5 - 3 hours including our way back). So make sure you use the bathroom before you step on the ATV ;)
The view was awesome and the lunch was also great.
Uncle Ned and his family are great company to spent the day.
This Grand Canyon tour was great! You fly just over the ledge into the Grand Canyon (ride can be a little bumpy in and out). You get to ride out for a good while on 4 wheelers to see the river and canyon. Really informational and nice photo opportunities.
Amazing tour! The grandeur of the North Rim was breathtaking!
it was great to see another view of the Grand Canyon, the day was really interesting and the food was fabulous, the only problem was the 2hrs getting to the view and there wasnt the 30min hike mentioned on the blurb, but i did see a snake!
we had a fantasic day at Bar 10.very well organised ,staff were very friendly and lunch was great.
definitely so much better than the south rim not saturated with tourists.i would highly recommend this tour
wow!!! This was absolutely a highlight on our USA Adventure. A definite must.
This was an amazing tour. If you want to experience the Grand Canyon away from crowds, queues and buses then you cannot go wrong with this trip. We landed on a strip in the middle of no-where and we were the only aircraft around. A short drive to the Bar 10 Ranch and then the choice of sitting in a golf buggy type vehicle or ATV's for the more adventureous. An amazing drive through the Canyon lead us to a great photo spot - surrounded by nature and silence. The drive back gave the opportunity to spot some wildlife and we were luck enough to see jack rabbits and road runners ! (sadly no sign of Wil e coyote!!) Back to the ranch for some delicious lunch before the flight back to Vegas. Our guides from the ranch were friendly and knowlegeable and it was a great day ...... despite the early start :-)
Superb trip, have been to the West rim before but the North rim far exceeded our expectations . The day was well planned and great fun as well as being awe inspiring. Would recommend to anyone thinking of a Grand Canyon tour.
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