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3 Hour Back-Road Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate By-Pass at 9:30 am

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Grand Canyon Village, United States
3 Hour Back-Road Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate By-Pass at 9:30 am

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Experience spectacular views of the Grand Canyon South Rim without the crowds. With this tour, you'll take the road less traveled to reach the natural wonder, driving along scenic back roads in a comfortable 4WD safari vehicle and avoiding the busy south entrance gate. On arrival, follow your guide on a walking tour along the South Rim and take in the views from Yavapai Point, Lookout Studio, and Bright Angel Trailhead.
  • Explore the Grand Canyon South Rim on a 1.5-hour walking tour
  • Back-road forest permits allow you to dodge the traffic and long lines
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off in downtown Tusayan
  • Personalized small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people
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McDonald's , 313 AZ-64, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA

Our tours begin at the McDonald’s restaurant parking lot in the town of Tusayan, Arizona. From I-40 take exit 165, proceed north on Highway 64 50 miles to Tusayan, Arizona. From Cameron, AZ, take Highway 64 west towards the Grand Canyon Village and turn south towards Tusayan, Arizona

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "This company has special access to the park through the forest so you do not need to wait in line at the entrance gate." See review

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star-5
We have been to the Grand...
Ronald_T
, Aug 2022
We have been to the Grand Canyon several times but never on a guided tour. Our guide Colleen did an exceptional job of the history of the Canyon. It was like we were seeing it for the first time and understanding. She definitely had an enormous amount of knowledge o share.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Ronald. All of our guides are locals who live here at the Grand Canyon and Colleen has lived hear the longest. I am pleased that you enjoyed your Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk Tour and your experience with Colleen!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Three hours well spent
Christopher_D
, Aug 2022
The trip was quite enjoyable. Our guide, Werner, was totally invested in ensuring that all of us enjoyed the trip. He was quite knowledgeable about the Grand Canyon. He shared that knowledge with us throughout the three-hour journey. He had many stories and pointed out points of interest and shared photos to illustrate many of the stories. I feel he went over and above what you might expect of a guide on this type of journey. He brought everything to life making it a most enjoyable experience.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for your stellar review of our Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk Tour. Next time you visit the Grand Canyon please look us up again!
star-5
Best Tour Ever!
Beverly_B
, Jul 2022
Werner was an excellent tour guide and was knowledgeable, caring and funny! We enjoyed his stories and the tour through the woods ! We had a number of wonderful animal sightings including elk, mule deer and wild horses! The views were spectacular and Werner took great pictures for our memorial of this great wonder!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Beverly. Your kind words are much appreciated. Werner will be thrilled to hear the you had a wonderful excursion with him!
star-5
Excellent and informative introduction to the Grand Canyon
suzanne_h
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide gave a wonderful and informative tour. We learnt more about the history and formation of the Grand Canyon than we would have on a self guided trip, and enjoyed his captivating stories of personal hiking and camping adventures.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your 5 star review. It is our goal at Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris to perform informative and fun tours through the Kaibab Forest and to to the edge of the Grand Canyon. We hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Awesome guided tour!
Cyndi_M
, Jul 2022
Cara was an awesome guide. She is so knowledgeable about the Grand Canyon! The tour was so enjoyable! Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for reviewing your Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk Tour with Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris with your guide Cara. We are pleased that you had a great adventure!
star-5
Great was to see the Grand Canyon in a short time.
FernK_W
, Jun 2022
Our guide Werner did an excellent job with our tour. He asked the group what things were important to them. He was very accommodating.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello FernK. Our guides communicate with our guests to see what their interests are and then we custom tailor our tours to their meet their requests. Thank you for touring with Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris!
star-5
Great trip!
Michelle_L
, Jun 2022
Seeing the beautiful views up close with lots of interesting information from our guide! Our guide let us decide what we wanted to do and had lots of ideas for other sights to see.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are pleased that you enjoyed your tour and your guide at Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris. Thank you!
star-4
Knowledge guide, great views
Donna_B
, Jun 2022
The ride in the jeep was fun, very bumpy at times. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly, and was able to answer all of our questions. Took us to some beautiful lookouts along the south rim. Great if you don’t want to do too much walking.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Donna. Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again soon at the Grand Canyon!
star-5
Summer vacay
Jennifer_D
, Jun 2022
Tour guide was very friendly and very knowledgeable! We definitely learned a lot saw a lot and we're very satisfied.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We love satisfied customers. Thank you for your great review!
star-5
Amazing tour with Cara!
Robert_M
, Jun 2022
The whole 3 hour tour was fabulous! Cara was a wonderful tour guide, very informative and kept us laughing! We went through the park first looking for wildlife, the park is beautiful! Then on to the south rim! This is a definite must do tour. We would never had seen so much on our own or learned about the park and canyon! Our favorite tour!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We love that you think of our tour as your favorite! Thank you so much!
star-5
Awesome experience
Michael_S
, May 2022
How big and deep the Grand Canyon actually is the views were amazing our tour guide was great he was very informative and knowledgeable answered any questions we had well worth the money it was a great experience
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your super review. Your complimentary words are appreciated!
star-5
Shelia was amazing ! The tour was great and informative
Christine_R
, May 2022
Seeing the amazing canyon! The hoodi house was great too! It was wonderful and blankets provided were a great touch to stay comfortable
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Sheila is amazing! And, she is part of our awesome team of outstanding guides. Thank you for your five star review!
star-5
Very informative! A must-do
Janet_F
, May 2022
Loved going in thru the back road and seeing the wild horses and then learning about the different trails. Enjoyed our guide very much.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Janet. We are pleased that you enjoyed touring with us down the backroads of the Kaibab Forest to the edge of the Grand Canyon!
star-5
What a delightful tour...
Jimmy_T
, May 2022
What a delightful tour with our outstanding tour guide, Cara. I never dreamed I could learn so much in such a short time! Such interesting back stories!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Jimmy. Thank you very much for your five-star review and your complimentary words about your guide Cara. We hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Back Road Safari
Roland_A
, May 2022
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Werner, was very good and knowledgeable. Definitely recommend!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Roland. Thank you for your five star review! We hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Highly recommend!
Jeff_J
, May 2022
Nathan was our guide and he was amazing! He is full of knowledge and had some jokes too! We had a great experience and highly recommend especially if you are lucky enough to get Nathan as your guide!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Jeff. Thank you for choosing Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris. I will be sure to let Nathan know that you had a great time!
star-5
Great experience!
klrkawa650
, May 2022
We had a great time and our guide was fun and informative. Great story teller and knew the history, geology, and all about the wildlife.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Your five star review and complimentary words are much appreciated. Safe travels!
star-5
Our tour was led by...
Sharlene_G
, May 2022
Our tour was led by Anthony and he made the amazibg scenery come to life with his knowledge and antedotes. Winderful.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We are happy you enjoyed your adventure with Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris and your guide Anthony. Please look us up again next time you visit the Grand Canyon!
star-5
Great Tour!
Paul_V
, May 2022
Great tour! Very knowledgeable, friendly and funny tour guide (Kara) who led us through less-traveled sections of the park to the Grand Canyon. Highly recommended!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your 5-star review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your adventure with Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris!
star-4
Geat complement to our visit
Spencer_M
, May 2022
Sheila was outstanding. We loved every minute. The only thing we found missing was time to see more sites and walk along the rim. Fortunately we did that the day before so the tour capped a wonderful time at the Canyon
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Spence. Thank you for your review. I will be sure to let Sheila know that you enjoyed her as your tour guide. Please look us up again next time you visit the Grand Canyon!

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