The Grand Canyon needs no introduction. Considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, its gorges, ridges, and rock formations must be seen to be believed. Many tours are available, so here’s how to experience exactly what you want when visiting the Grand Canyon from Sedona or Flagstaff.
If you are based in either Sedona or Flagstaff, you have a range of options for day trips to the Grand Canyon. A typical small-group tour often includes a drive along the South Rim with side visits to other area attractions like Wupatki National Monument, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and Cameron Trading Post. Other options might include a helicopter tour of the West Rim, white-water rafting through the canyon along the Colorado River, or a spectacular flightseeing tour over the Painted Desert and the South Rim.
One of the most traditional (and romantic) ways to see the Grand Canyon is by rail. The historic Grand Canyon Railroad has been operating for more than a century, and it affords you some time to enjoy the desert scenery of Northern Arizona at a relaxed pace on the 65-mile (105-kilometer) journey to Grand Canyon Depot before exploring Grand Canyon National Park itself.
Things to Know
- Experience the sights of the Grand Canyon by helicopter, airplane, raft, or historic railway.
- Grand Canyon day trips from Sedona and Flagstaff can last between 90 minutes and 17 hours, depending on the option you choose.
- Combine your visit to the Grand Canyon with other Northern Arizona attractions, including a Navajo Indian reservation or nearby national monument.