Trail of Time
DEPARTS Grand Canyon
A Trail Of Time Tour Like No Other
- Enjoy a scenic ride to and from the trail in our open-air Pink® Jeep® Wrangler
- Walk the Trail of Time for hands-on exhibits that visualize the canyon’s geological history, approximately 3 miles
- Learn to spot fossils, wildlife and plant species from an expert guide
- Visit Yavapai Geology Museum for views past the rim and natural history lessons
- Hear stories about the area’s human history at Grand Canyon Village
- Shop for art and keepsakes at historic Hopi House
- Experience an IMAX movie that delves into the past and explores wild areas of the canyon
- Includes IMAX tickets and park admission, but does not offer park re-entry after tour
Slow down while enjoying the fresh, high desert air and canyon vistas during a walk along the Grand Canyon rim. As you explore, your Pink Adventure Tour guide will suggest the best places on the Trail of Time to photograph breathtaking vistas and capture views of the ever-changing scenes. Your guide will teach you how to identify local plant species, fossils and wildlife. This is an exclusive experience that you can’t find anywhere else.
A relatively new feature at the South Rim is the Trail of Time. You’ll stroll along this paved pathway between Yavapai Point and Grand Canyon Village. Read the corresponding exhibits to gain a new perspective on the age of the Grand Canyon and the forces that created it. Hands-on displays allow you to feel the texture of rocks as old as 1.7 billion years. Your guide will explain the “birthdays” of rocks in the canyon’s layers and how to identify details like algal reefs and mud cracks as you peer into the canyon through scopes. Total distance of this walk is 3 miles.
Stop into the Yavapai Geology Museum for even more geologic education with films, artwork and 3D models. You’ll survey the canyon through panoramic windows while your Certified Interpretive Guide simplifies the details with anecdotes and humor that bring the past to life.
The Trail of Time ends at Grand Canyon Village where you can experience the area’s human history. You’ll see architecturally significant places like El Tovar, which was once considered the most luxurious hotel west of the Mississippi. Hopi House was the first building by Mary Coulter, an influential and skilled Southwest architect. See artifacts and shop for keepsakes or artwork before making the drive back in our Pink® Jeep® Wrangler.
In addition to park admissions fees, your tour includes a viewing of Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets. This popular IMAX movie features stunning aerial footage of inaccessible places deep below the rim. You’ll also hear stories about the explorers and native peoples of yesteryear.
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Following are real guest reviews, voluntarily submitted and unedited.
Great tour, just the right amount of time and again George was a great tour guide.
MARY ANN, 2018
It was awesome. a comfortable and easy way to see a lot of area at the Canyon
Fred was an awesome guide. It was an honor to listen to his bast knowledge and stories told with intelligence and sensitivity. A walking history book! I appreciated his obvious enthusiasm for the region. Thanks Fred!
Having no knowledge, the tour exceeded my expectations, the kids were very pleased!
Insight we never could have gotten on our own.
It was spectacular. I got to finally see the Grand Canyon. It was breathtaking.
Our tour guide was flexible. WE had flown from Phoenix on a tour plane. We really wanted to just sit and take in the atmosphere. Really didn't need to do more touring (as we had lown over so much). Karla was super!
Our guide was fun,personable and knowledgeable! Would definitely recommend!