Trail of Time
DEPARTS Grand Canyon
A Trail Of Time Tour Like No Other
- Enjoy a scenic ride to and from the trail in a heated, Pink® Jeep® Wrangler
- Walk the Trail of Time for hands-on exhibits and visualize the canyon’s geological history, approximately 2 miles
- Learn to spot fossils, wildlife and plant species from an expert guide
- Visit Yavapai Geology Museum for natural history lessons and views beyond the rim
- Hear stories about the area’s human ancestors at Grand Canyon Village
- Shop for art and keepsakes at historic Hopi House
- Watch an IMAX film that delves into the canyon's wild areas and the history of its explorers
- Includes IMAX tickets and park admission
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. This walk is approximately 2 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 learn about the area’s human history and ancient cultures. 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 a custom, heated Pink® Jeep® Wrangler.
In addition to park admissions fees, your tour includes a viewing of the movie, 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.
We learned a lot about the geology of the canyon as well as lots of other local information. Trail of Time was mostly a nice walk along the rim, not a huge amount of time in the jeep, but we knew that in advance and it was still totally worth it.
Wonderful! The experience would not have been the same at all! I feel way more connected to the place and like I learned something
I enjoyed the tour and so did my parents. George did a great job meeting our needs and engaging us in our interests.
Me and my husband had a great time!! Molly is a tour guide that knows her stuff and we really enjoyed the tour she took us on.
Honestly, apart from some information from the guide, it can be easily done on your own if you have a car
Sam our guide made it EXCELLENT!
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