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.
Brilliant. 4 weeks on the road, 6 countries covered and when people ask me the highlight I say that this tour would have to be up there at the top!! it was amazing, and we talked to people that had done the sky walk and we were so glad that we did this. Much more personal, only 8 of us on this tour. A bit more history and stories would have been good, but our guide was hilarious and really great all round. The scenery was breathtaking and the riding of the quad bikes was awesome. Yes you do get dusty, so dont wear your best shoes, but it was awesome and lunch was great on the return! And kudos to the pilots for flying through the worst 40 mins of my life! We left just as a thunderstorm was rolling over :) An experience to say the least!!
If you only do one tour at the Canyon do this one!!
Excellent trip. The whole experience of the flight to the ranch and the buggy ride to the Grand Canyon was very enjoyable. The guides are very knowledgeable. The meal was delicious.
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