Grand Canyon National Park

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

Grand Canyon National Park, USA
Back Road Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate By Pass
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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

What's Included

  • Bottled Water

    Meeting and Pickup

    Meeting point

    • 408 AZ-64, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA

      USE GOOGLE MAPS. The parking lot in front of the Tusayan Fire Department, located in Tusayan, Arizona. South of the IMAX Theater, between the Wendy's and IMAX. Check in time is 9:15 am. Departure time is 9:30 am.

    Start time

    09:30 AM

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Grand Canyon South Rim

    3 hours Admission Ticket Included

    Yavapai Point

    45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Bright Angel Trail

    45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Hopi House

    45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • 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

    Cancellation Policy

    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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    Reviews

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    288 reviews
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    Must do sd enture
    David_B, Apr 2024
    Our guide Werner was excellent, he was very knowledgeable, funny and kept us informed. We enjoyed his banter and many personal photos of the trip. Great job Werner.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    We agree - Great job Werner! Werner is a local guide who has been performing outstanding tours for Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris for many years. We are thrilled that he is part of our awesome team! Thank you for sharing your positive feedback!
    Enriching & fun tour!
    Lora_B, Apr 2024
    We appreciated our host’s sense of wonder, adventure and his knowledge about all things centered around the Grand Canyon.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hi Lora. Your words above sum up our approach to guiding at the Grand Canyon. From Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris, we thank you!
    Fantastic Experience with Werner!
    Sharon_A, Apr 2024
    Fantastic experience with our guide Werner! I enjoyed traveling the back roads to the canyon, hearing details and stories, and seeing photos of wildlife. Werner balanced the timing of the trip to spend enough time in each place at the rim. Highly recommend! I was hesitant about the trip because I have a bad ankle, but it was completely fine. I had control over how much walking I did, or didn’t do, so it was perfect.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hello Sharon. We, at Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris, love to hear your complimentary words about your guide Werner and your fun experience on our Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk tour that ventures through the Kaibab Forest en-route to the edge of the Grand Canyon. Thank you!
    Great first Grand Canyon experience
    Kenyon_D, Apr 2024
    Such a good tour! Was well worth it! Werner was an excellent tour guide! Would highly recommend requesting him for your tour! He made the trip fun and was very knowledgeable!
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hello Kenyon. Your five star review of Werner and our Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk Tour is much appreciated. Thank you, Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris
    Amazing Grand Canyon Tour
    Caitlin_C, Apr 2024
    Our tour guide Tyler was amazing! He was incredibly knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions. The drive through the forest to the back entrance was definitely worth booking with this tour group!
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hello Caitlin. Thank you for enjoying our Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk Tour that journeyed down the dirt roads in the Kaibab Forest and to the edge of the Grand Canyon. We also appreciate that you recommend our excursion to other Grand Canyon visitors. Cheers from Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris!
    Great tour of the Grand Canyon
    Ana_M, Apr 2024
    Our tour guide Cara was so friendly and knowledgeable of the area and history of the canyon. We really enjoyed taking the back road into the Grand Canyon, much better than waiting in traffic at the main entrance. The forest was beautiful and the views of the canyon were stunning. Cara was on top of things making sure we caught a glimpse of the canyon around the fog and snow that took place that day and also had water, ponchos, and blankets for us just in case. Highly recommend this tour!
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hello Ana. From Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris, we thank you for you awesome review of our Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk Tour and your guide Cara. Happy Trails!
    Absolutely Worth It!!
    Trini_G, Apr 2024
    My family and I recently embarked on a Grand Canyon tour with Viator. Our tour guide, Werner made our experience absolutely wonderful! Werner's enthusiasm, passion and knowledge made our experience even more enjoyable. I would absolutely recommend this tour!
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hello Trini. Thank you for your 5-Star review of our Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk Tour and your guide Werner. It is wonderful that you found us through the third party TripAdvisor. They are wonderful partners of ours who book many of our tours. Also, we appreciate that you found our excursion a great value for your money. We hope to see you again soon!
    Great tour
    Heather_F, Mar 2024
    Kara was a great tour guide, and we had a fantastic time. We learned a lot of history. Very suitable for kids.
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Hello Heather. We are pleased that your kids and you had a wonderful time on our Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk Tour. Much appreciated!
    Great GC Tour for families
    Lauren_D, Mar 2024
    Amazing experience with kids (7 and 12)! Great to learn about the GC and get the backroad entrance into the park. Highly recommend!
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Hello Lauren. Thank you for your five star review of our Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk Tour that travels through the Kaibab Forest to the edge of the Grand Canyon. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience!
    Great experience!
    Geeta_K, Mar 2024
    Great tour with Tyler! It really allowed us to maximize our time and we learned a lot. Highly recommend taking the first tour in the morning so the park is less crowded!
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    We also think that Tyler rocks as a tour guide. Thank you for your five star review of our Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk Tour!
    Retirement!
    Elizabeth_M, Mar 2024
    The experience of being there! Out tour guide Cara was very knowledgeable and so pleasant! Thanks! Going early and avoiding the line during high season was worth it! 👍🤗
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Hi Elizabeth. Cara will be pleased to hear your kind words. Thank you for your splendid review of our Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk Tour!
    Great tour! Excellent customer service
    Melonie_S, Mar 2024
    Our guide Werner was awesome! He was very knowledgeable on the Grand Canyon, wildlife, and the history. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. He made sure we saw the views and shops. Would definitely recommend this tour!
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    We truly appreciate that you would recommend our tour to other Grand Canyon visitors. Thank you!
    Helga and Viator tours
    Maureen_G, Oct 2023
    Our guide , Sheila, was amazing. She had charm, information and a sense of humor. We learned and saw more than we could have imagined in the 3 hours. It was also a nice addition that cold bottled water was also available if desired. Highly recommend this company.
    Response from Host, Nov 2023
    Hello Maureen. Thank you for your five star review of Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris and your guide Sheila. We love to show off the beautiful Grand Canyon that is in our back yard. We hope you consider Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris again next time you visit the Grand Canyon!
    Fab back road tour of Grand Canyon
    Guillaume_H, Oct 2023
    Great tour on the back roads avoiding crowds and seeing another side of the Grand Canyon National Park. The views of Grand Canyon are breathtaking !! Our guide (Cara) was very knowledgeable and provided many anecdotes that made the tour worthwhile.
    Response from Host, Oct 2023
    Your excellent review of Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris and your guide Cara is truly appreciated. We are pleased that you enjoyed your ride through the Kaibab Forest and to the edge of the Grand Canyon!
    Great overview of the GC
    Stacy_V, Oct 2023
    The guide was very knowledgeable and that added a lot of value to seeing the Grand Canyon. It was cool driving through the Kaibab Forest and seeing the original entrance in the GC.
    Response from Host, Oct 2023
    Hello Stacy. We developed this tour through the Kaibab National Forest to the edge of the Grand Canyon over 30 years ago - and it is still as awesome as the day we started. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our excursion!
    Amazing tour! Guide was...
    Fred_B, Oct 2023
    Amazing tour! Guide was awesome! Will definitely do this again and highly recommend to everyone that visits the Grand Canyon.
    Response from Host, Oct 2023
    Thank you so much for recommending our tour to other folks coming to the Grand Canyon. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
    The Grand Grand Canyon Tour
    Emily_B, Oct 2023
    Sheila was an excellent tour guide - the best one I’ve ever had. She was very knowledgeable, personable, and even funny. My friend and I had a great time!
    Response from Host, Oct 2023
    Hello Emily, we agree, Sheila is an excellent tour guide! We are thrilled that you could join us on an fun and informative tour during the autumn season and we hope you come back and visit us soon!
    Excursion delight!
    Skye_H, Oct 2023
    Sheila was informative, lively and pretty much all around awesome. We most definitely learned quite a bit throughout the 3 hours.
    Response from Host, Oct 2023
    Hi Skye. Thank you for stellar review of our Grand Canyon Safari & Rim Walk Tour and your guide Sheila. We hope to see you again soon!
    Hang on, you might learn something
    Shunnie_J, Oct 2023
    Enjoyed the Safari ride on the bumpy, back roads as well as the history that was given about the architecture of the buildings, the accommodations on site and the info on the trails. It was interesting and fun. We saw places and learned things about the Grand Canyon thar we would not have otherwise.
    Response from Host, Oct 2023
    Hello Shunni. You just capsulized exactly what we love to do - take Grand Canyon visitors through the Kaibab Forest back-roads to the edge of the Grand Canyon where we describe inner Canyon points of interest while viewing the historic Grand Canyon Village hotels and buildings. Thank you!
    Great morning with Sheila!
    Elizabeth_W, Oct 2023
    Everything about the experience was great. From the reservation confirmation with meeting spot pictures to our tour guide Sheila. You can tell she loves what she does and appreciates the land and area that she lives in.
    Response from Host, Oct 2023
    Hello Elizabeth. Thank you for your generous and kind words. We appreciate that you enjoyed Sheila as your guide. Thank you also for mentioning that your experience with the reservation process was so positive. Please come tour with us again soon!
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