Oak Creek Canyon
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Sedona or Flagstaff: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon X Tour

1. Sedona or Flagstaff: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon X Tour

If you are staying in Sedona, your day begins with a scenic and narrated ride from the Red Rocks of Sedona to Flagstaff. You will travel through Oak Creek Canyon, named one of the top 10 scenic drives in the US, then through the towering Ponderosa Pines.  After picking up customers staying in Flagstaff, the vehicle will travel past the dormant volcanoes that make up the San Francisco Peaks and through Navajo Nation.  While on your journey, receive informative and entertaining narration about the areas you pass through from your experienced and knowledgeable local tour guide.  Travel through the Navajo Reservation as your guide shares stories of this ancient culture, and information about the unique geology and vistas along the way. Once you make it across the Navajo Reservation, you will have time to walk out on the unpaved path to see Horseshoe Bend, an iconic viewing vista.  Then, continue to be dazzled by the views at Glen Canyon Dam and the southernmost point of Lake Powell. Upon arrival in Page, Arizona, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, meet your Navajo guide for a spectacular tour of Antelope Canyon at the Canyon X site. Take advantage of many photo opportunities as you watch the angle of the sun changing inside the canyon.  Walk with the Navajo through the curves of this red rock slot canyon. You might even hear the sounds of flute music echo off the canyon walls.  After your tour, you'll begin your return trip from Antelope Canyon. You'll pass by the western edge of the Painted Desert as you re-cross the Navajo Reservation for a brief stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

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Antelope Canyon: Full-Day Tour from Flagstaff or Sedona

2. Antelope Canyon: Full-Day Tour from Flagstaff or Sedona

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Flagstaff or Sedona, and then journey to the famous water-carved slot canyon of Antelope Canyon, located on Navajo land east of Page. See the reflections of the sun's rays and sky splashing the narrow sandstone walls with colors of orange, yellow, blue and purple.  Start with a climb through scenic Oak Creek Canyon, ranging from 4,500 feet above sea level to 7,500 feet onto the Colorado Plateau. Get a stunning view of the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona's largest volcanic mountain range that reaches 12,600 feet (3,840 meters) at its tallest point. Then, make your way through the spectacular colored rock formations of the Painted Desert. Take a 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) walk at Horseshoe Bend, and experience an iconic clifftop overlooking the Colorado River. Lunch is provided on this tour. You will also see breathtaking views of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon. Take an exciting tour into the narrows of the slot canyon, and admire the natural formations up close. Return to base while driving by the Painted Desert.

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From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

3. From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

Embark on a journey to Grand Canyon National Park. Admire the incredible views and geological wonders of Northern Arizona. Enjoy a tour fully narrated by some of the most experienced guides in the Southwest. After pickup from your hotel in Sedona, ascend the Colorado Plateau and continue through the photogenic Oak Creek Canyon. Take winding roads as you leave the red rocks behind, then stop at the tall Ponderosa Pines. Next, arrive at Flagstaff, where other travelers will join the tour. Pass by the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, before heading to the Grand Canyon South Entrance. Once at Grand Canyon National Park, explore historic buildings, see majestic views at Grand Canyon Village, and enjoy lunch on your own. See some of the widest and deepest scenic views of the Grand Canyon and the mighty Colorado River. Get to experience the magnificent South Rim scenery first-hand. From the South Rim, gaze 14 miles across to the North Rim. Visit the only point where you can see both Phantom Ranch, as well as the Kaibab Suspension Bridge. Your guide knows the best vistas to stop at and will make sure you get the most gorgeous, least crowded viewpoints. At Desert View, you are free to climb the Watchtower Observatory for amazing views that will leave you breathless. On your way back from the Grand Canyon, experience a view of the western edge of the Painted Desert, the Little Colorado River Gorge, and the Colorado River Gorge. Before you return, make a brief stop at the Navajo Reservation. Here you will have a chance to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs at the historical Cameron Trading Post.

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The Grand Canyon Classic Tour From Sedona, AZ

4. The Grand Canyon Classic Tour From Sedona, AZ

Considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see. Make the most of your visit with this scenic tour filled with incredible views. Your tour begins with a ride through the scenic red rocks of Sedona, through Oak Creek Canyon — one of the top scenic drives in America. Continue through the Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff, past the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, and on to the Navajo Reservation with a stop at the Historic Cameron Trading Post. Your journey continues, providing you with a breathtaking view of the western edge of the Painted Desert and the Little Colorado River Gorge on your way to the Grand Canyon. Once inside the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park, take in the beautiful views of the canyon and Colorado River at Desert View. Climb to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for amazing panoramic views. Visit the East and South Rims of the Grand Canyon from which the spectacular views of the Colorado River Gorge and the buttes of the South Rim can be viewed. Enjoy a mile-long nature walk along the South Rim to admire the natural beauty of the park. After, there is optional time to explore Grand Canyon Village, where many historic buildings are located.

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From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Guided Tour

5. From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Guided Tour

The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular “Seven Wonders of the World”! This Grand Canyon Railroad Tour offers you an up-close and personal tour of this inspiring canyon. Your Grand Canyon Tour starts off with a scenic ride from the Red Rocks of Sedona, through Oak Creek Canyon (noted as one of the top 10 scenic drives in America) and towering Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff. After this, head to the train depot in Williams. When you board the historic Grand Canyon Railway, be entertained by cowboys and enjoy the tunes of strolling musicians as the train travels back in time during the scenic 65-mile journey to the canyon. The train offers wonderful views of the San Francisco Peaks and rolls through valleys riddled with wildflowers, dense pine forests, high desert plains, and small canyons. Upgrade your experience with a first-class ticket, which includes oversized seats, big windows, bar service, and complimentary snacks. Upon arrival at the Grand Canyon, explore the views of the canyon and the historical buildings of Grand Canyon Village. Afterward, get time to enjoy lunch on your own (lunch not included) and rejoin your guide to continue across the south rim heading east. Spend approximately 4 hours in the Grand Canyon National Park. Making your way along the canyon rim, experience the stunning views over the Colorado River Gorge. Climb up to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for magnificent panoramic views of the Grand Canyon. On the return trip, tour the East Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and see various scenic overlooks. Visit the Desert View Watchtower and the historic Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Reservation—one of the finest places to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs. You may also visit The Gallery, home of many breathtaking pieces of fine and historic Native American Arts and Crafts.

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From Sedona: Grand Canyon Full-Day Trip by Luxury Trekker

6. From Sedona: Grand Canyon Full-Day Trip by Luxury Trekker

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon in luxurious comfort. You will enjoy the ride in an upgraded Mercedes Sprinter Van, with only 10 seats. This ensures quality time and personal attention from your guide. Begin with a drive up Oak Creek Canyon, named one of the top most scenic highways in the country on the way to the East entrance of the Grand Canyon. Enjoy your gourmet boxed lunch on the rim of the canyon at Desert View, home to the Desert View watchtower, standing 60 feet above the rim and offering unparalleled views of the Colorado River down at the base of the Canyon. There will be plenty of stops at various scenic overlooks as you head west to the Grand Canyon Village. There, take in the historic architecture of El Tovar, shop at the Hopi House, and continue to soak in the aweinspiring views of the canyon walls before returning to Sedona.

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Grand Canyon Full-Day Hike from Sedona or Flagstaff

7. Grand Canyon Full-Day Hike from Sedona or Flagstaff

Your small-group hike begins with pick-ups in Sedona and Flagstaff.  After a beautiful drive through Oak Creek Canyon and the San Francisco Volcanic Field, begin your hike at one of the best trails on the south rim. This moderately strenuous hike descends approximately 1,100 vertical feet over 1.5 miles into the very heart of the canyon. During the course of the hike, enjoy amazing views of the canyon from different lookout points . Lunch will be a wonderful picnic along the rim.  After lunch, choose between several options.  For those who want to continue with some hiking, take a scenic 3-mile rim walk. For those who wish to do some sightseeing, enjoy a tour to Grand Canyon Village, Lipan Point, and Moran Point.

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What people are saying about Oak Creek Canyon

It was amazing! The tour guide Matt was amazing and so helpful during the trip. Not only that but the Navajo Viviana was so kind to show us her land in the Grand Canyon. They helped us see the most scenic areas in the Canyon. I was able to see horseshoe bend, Den Canyon Dam and ate at Gone West. I would definitely come back.

Our guide was awesome he took the time to take us to every accessible point of the Grand Canyon gave us ample time to sightsee and gave us all of information about the Canyon. He was very informative and made sure all of us were having a great time.

The bus was small with just 7 people which I liked. The tour guide was very nice and informative. We saw so much more than we would have on our own and learned quite a lot about the Canyon and surrounding area.

Everything on our tour was excellent! Knowledgeable driver, comfortable van, great value!! We could relax and enjoy the scenery and the entire day!

We hit many scenic overlooks with our guide from our private small coach, didn't have to wait for park transport.