I am planning a trip to see the GCNP next summer with my adult daughter and her two kids, ages 8 and 11. We haven't had many opportunities to travel and I want to pack as much in to this short visit as I can. I'm not in great hiking shape, but ...
So, here's the plan - please help with timing the drives and the site visits. It's important and hard to guesstimate from here. The miles and times shown are from Mapquest - which is not always reliable. Plus, I am in Houston which is TOTALLY FLAT!!!
You guys are amazing and your help is invaluable!! Thank you so much in advance!
Day 1 (Saturday)
Arrive Las Vegas, NV
Get rental car
Cruise up and down the Las Vegas Strip day/night to see the sites
Day 2 (Sunday)
Drive to Boulder City, NV [26 miles] [31 minutes]
Hoover Dam Tour [2 hours]
9:25 – 4:55
Dam Tour ½ hour
Power Plant Tour 1 hour
Water bottles are permitted
Tour 1-1/2 hour
Drive to Tusayan, AZ [243.54 miles] [3 hours, 49 minutes]
Arrive Tusayan, AZ Appx 4:30 p.m.
Grand Canyon IMAX Theater:
AZ 64/U.S. 180, Tusayan, AZ 86023
[1 mile south of Grand Canyon]
See Grand Canyon IMAX [40 minutes]
Purchase Park Entry Pass here
Question: Do they have a guard at the front gate? Couldn't you just buy it from him? Well, I guess it would have to be manned day and night. But, this is something I hadn't thought of and am a little confused by. Like they have a fence or something. Plus, how do you know when and where you need these passes? If I've missed one please let me know!
Check-in Lodge (2 nights) GrandCanyonLodges.com
See the Bright Angel History Room
Hermits Rest (ring bell for luck)
Day 3 (Monday)
Shuttle to see the south rim of Grand Canyon - all day
Campfire trail, evening (if available that day)
Day 4 (Tuesday)
Drive to Flagstaff, AZ via Desert View, [107.36 miles] [2 hours 13 minutes]
Grand Canyon Visitor Center
East – Desert View
Tusayan Museum and Ruins
Tusayan Visitor Center, also has 22 minute movie
Check-in Flagstaff hotel
Question: So I've read some comments about staying in Sedona rather than Flagstaff but Flagstaff seems much more central to the majority of our excursions. Flagstaff also seems to have a greater selection of inexpensive hotels. Am I correct?
Visit Flagstaff Visitor Center
Buy National Monument Pass
Day 5 (Wednesday)
Wuptaki National Monument ruins
Walnut Canyon ruins
(tune into 1610 AM at Meteor Road exit)
Question: Can all of those be seen in one day? Again, it is distances and timing. I realize that you could spend all day at each but for a nice visit and viewing what would be an adequate amount of time to alot to each?
Day 6 (Thursday)
Sedona [29.74 miles]
Drive through and around Sedona to see the sites
Pray at Chapel of the Holy Cross
Palatki Ruins [1 to 1-1/2 hours]
Make reservations 928-282-3854
Forest Road 525 to Forest Road 795, Coconino National Forest, Sedona, AZ
Cliff Dwelling Ruins and Petroglyphs
Parking Fee: $5.00 (per day)
These passes can be purchased at many commercial vendors, government offices and machines throughout the area.
1400 West Mars Hill Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
No reservation needed open 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Dress in layers
[1 mile west of downtown Flagstaff]
Day 7 (Friday)
San Francisco Peaks [2 hours]
Snow Bowl – Ski Lift
Open only on Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00 – 4:00
Day 8 (Saturday)
Bearizona [3 hours]
Opens at 8:00 a.m.
Drive back to Las Vegas [249.18 miles] [4 hours 10 minutes]
Depart – Late afternoon