Your tour starts at the National Geographic IMAX Theater where you'll watch an awe-inspiring film in the air-conditioned comfort of the IMAX theater. The 34-minute Grand Canyon IMAX movie opens your eyes to a Grand Canyon that most people don’t know about. Showing you glimpses of human and geological history from 4,000 years ago to today, the movie immerses you in the history, mystery and unparalleled beauty of one of the most famous natural wonders in the world.
Following the movie you'll travel along
East Rim Drive, a popular route which follows the canyon's east rim for
26 miles (42 km) to Desert View, at the east entrance to the park.
from three tour options below: a 3-hour day tour at your chosen time, a
2-hour sunset tour or a 3-hour extended sunset tour.
At the end of your Grand Canyon IMAX experience, your guide will take you back to your hotel.
Get the total East Rim Drive experience on this 3-hour daytime tour, which runs from 8am to 5pm, giving you the flexibility to choose your own departure time. On your Jeep ride, your guide will interpret the indigenous fauna and flora and explain the area’s captivating geological and human history. Stop at lookout points along the way to hop out and soak up the views, and arrive finally at the Desert View Watchtower, constructed in 1932 as a replica of a prehistoric Indian tower. The highest point on the South Rim, this site offers a magnificent view of the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert and the San Francisco Peaks.
If you have the time, you may stop at an Indian ruin site, where you’ll learn about the fascinating lives of some of the area’s first settlers. At the Desert View Watchtower, admire the murals depicting scenes of Hopi culture and then peer down thousands of feet to witness the mighty Colorado River curving and heading to the west. On a clear day you can see more than 100 miles (161 km) away!
Could there be a more dramatic place to witness a sunset than at the Grand Canyon? Departing at 6pm, this 2-hour sunset tour affords unbeatable panoramas of the multilayered sandstone formations that define the Grand Canyon. As sunset hits, witness an explosive color palette illuminating across the canyon's giant rock cliffs. You'll be amazed as shadows envelop the gorges and as canyon walls blaze orange, rust and red.
Extended Sunset Tour
During the first hour of the 3-hour extended sunset tour, departing at 5pm, experience the Grand Canyon's highlights on the full East Rim Drive as the sun dips in the sky and makes its final display in the canyon. You'll then be treated to an amazing sunset as seen on the Sunset Tour. This tour is highly recommended!