Hikers on red rock trail
Lizard basking in the sun
Hiker on trail on Backroads' trip
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People kayaking on Backroads' trip
Mountain goat on cliff
Hikers on trail on Backroads' trip
The Verde River located in the southwest United States in Arizona.
A woman hiking near cliffs on Bright Angel trail, Grand Canyon national park, Arizona, USA
Man sniffing red wine in glass.
Two Backroads' guests biking on path
Grand Canyon Railway Resort
Front of Grand Canyon Railway Train
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Sedona & Grand Canyon Multi-Adventure Tour

Arizona's Red-Rock Deserts & the Iconic South Rim

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-3

Casual Hotels

From: $4,099 - $4,199 pp dbl occ

($1,250 for sgl occ)

Vibrant red hues and blue skies color this journey through Northern Arizona. Hike and bike quiet desert routes with expansive panoramas of the Grand Canyon. Wonder at the ancient heritage here, from hilltop pueblos to stories and legends of the Northern Ute. Kayak through the Verde River and experience an otherworldly vortex. Here in Red Rock Country, nature’s magic comes to life.

Arizona Sedona and Grand Canyon Multi-Adventure Tour
Arizona Sedona and Grand Canyon Multi-Adventure Tour


Start/End Flagstaff

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Experience the South Rim of the indescribably vast and beautiful Grand Canyon by bike and on foot
  • Drink in the wild desert hues and red-rock scenery as you hike around Sedona
  • Taste fresh Southwestern flavors and explore the old Western towns of Williams and Cottonwood
  • Kayak down the meandering Verde River and wonder at the natural beauty of Sycamore Canyon


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Experience a taste of Flagstaff, hiking through Picture Canyon Natural & Cultural Preserve, a 478-acre nature preserve just outside this charming university town | Wander through fragrant ponderosa pine forest, pausing to take in stunning waterfall and canyon views | Explore boutique shops and historic architecture in Williams, a historic town that looks like it's straight out of an Old Western.

Exterior view of Grand Canyon Railway Hotel
Grand Canyon Railway Hotel
| Casual Hotel

Step into the wonder of a bygone era at this newly refurbished hotel. With warm hospitality, comfortable amenities and a prime location next to the train depot, this is an excellent place to stay while you experience your grand adventures. (pool)

Day 2

Take a classic train ride to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, enjoying live music paired with majestic desert landscapes | Bike the Grand Canyon’s storied South Rim on the little-trafficked Hermit Road, beholding breathtaking panoramas of this legendary natural wonder | Our expert local guides share their knowledge about the area’s diverse wildlife and geological marvels | Relax at our welcoming national park retreat, originally built by the Santa Fe Railroad and still surrounded by acres of ponderosa pines.

Exterior view of Maswik Lodge
Maswik Lodge
Grand Canyon
| Casual Hotel

Surrounded by acres of lush ponderosa pine forest, this "Motor Lodge" was built to accommodate travelers journeying to the Grand Canyon by automobile rather than train. It's a short walk from the canyon and offers well-appointed rooms.

Days 3-6

Descend from the South Rim into the Grand Canyon on foot, hiking among towering cliffs and forests of juniper and pinyon pine | Explore Sedona’s artisan shops and cafés and later soak in the terrace views from our hip boutique hotel | Step into a giant red-rock amphitheater revealing wide-open vistas of desert scenery | Hike around the spectacular Mescal Mountain, Doe Mountain and Boynton Vortex | Explore Tuzigoot National Monument, a hilltop pueblo built a thousand years ago | Admire beautiful vineyards as you bike through the Verde Valley | Kayak in the Verde River surrounded by the natural beauty of Sycamore Canyon | A hike on Airport Mesa leads to a spectacular 360-degree view of Sedona from Table Top Mountain.

Exterior view of Sky Rock Sedona
Sky Rock Sedona
| Casual Hotel

Enjoy unparalleled views of Sedona from this casual boutique hotel set on a hilltop high above the city. (pool)

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Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The hiking and biking terrain on this trip ranges from level to rolling, with some steeper inclines, including those of the Grand Canyon and the Bright Angel Trail. Please note that the heat of the day can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage and elevation may suggest. While the scenery is stunning, sections of the roads in southern Arizona can be rough and repaving is ongoing. Due to the remote nature of some of the roads, the condition of the shoulders can vary.

Operating under a Special Use Permit in the Coconino National Forest.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 400 ft. gain
Day 2
Grand Canyon Railway Train Ride (2¼ hours)
Level 1 | 7 miles* | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 15 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 3 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 900 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 1 | 11 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 17 miles | 500 ft. gain
Kayaking in the Verde River (3 hours)
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 400 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations, Meals & Service Standards

While the accommodations on this trip reflect the natural surroundings of the national parks and provide unparalleled access to the best activities in the area, they are simpler than is typical of Backroads lodging. Many buildings date back to the turn of the century and have only been minimally renovated, in accordance with park regulations. Overall, the service standards can seem slow and casual when compared with the hospitality found on other Backroads trips. Please note that internet and cell phone service are extremely limited throughout the parks.

Hiking in Small Groups

On this trip we hike in Coconino National Forest and the Grand Canyon. The National Park Service limits the size of all groups in these parks depending on the trail. Accordingly, you'll hike in small groups with either a Backroads leader or local guide, depending on our group size and trail limitations. Please also be aware that your leaders won't be hiking with you on Bright Angel Trail due to National Park regulation. We appreciate your cooperation with the park's regulations.

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