Arizona's canyon country is justly famous. From the cliff side dwellings of an ancient pueblo people, and the colorful chasm known as the Grand Canyon, to the red rocks of Sedona, it is a never-ending feast for the eyes. The best way to see it is on foot, and we'll combine lots of hiking with time to relax and absorb the beauty of the area as we explore these three very different areas. If you have been wanting a more intimate view of the area than most people ever get, please join us for seven days of hiking, eating, relaxing and laughing. Maximum group size: 12
This trip consists of canyon hiking and participants should anticipate significant gains and losses in elevation, in rocky terrain with steep drop offs. The trip is rated 3. While the overall mileage is not high, don't underestimate the heat, elevation changes, and the challenge of back-to-back trips into the Grand Canyon. Prior to beginning the trip, participants should be engaging in aerobic conditioning, such as walking vigorously up hills, jogging, cross country skiing or stair stepping for 30 - 45 minutes at least 3 - 4 times a week. Rating: 1 2  4 5.
On this trip we'll hike in three distinctly different landscapes of Arizona. Hiking in the Ponderosa Pine forests of Flagstaff will acclimate us to the elevation as Flagstaff and the south rim of the Grand Canyon are at approximately 7,000 ft. The trails we'll be hiking in the Grand Canyon have significant elevation gain and loss, and in some areas are unmaintained. Sedona will provide well maintained trails, with lots of stair stepping in some areas, where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the spectacular red rock formations for which the Sedona area and Oak Creek Canyon are famous.
We'll spend the first two nights in recently renovated rooms at the Little America in Flagstaff. We'll then spend two nights in the Grand Canyon National Park at the south rim's Maswik Lodge. As with many lodges in National Parks, these rooms are a little bit dated but the location can't be beat. We'll be within walking distance of the canyon rim. We spend our final three nights at the Sky Rock Sedona with an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, a free in town shuttle, and views of the Sedona landscape. All lodging will have double occupancy rooms and bathrooms ensuite.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
The people, guides, location and great weather. I and everyone else had an awesome time.
Scenery, hikes, night skies, adaptability of our guides (due to conditions of some trails, our hike locations had to be changed) Our group was great and I was notified in advance that there would be a group of 8 travelling with us. I feel that by allowing large groups, it greatly reduces the opportunity for single travellers, like myself, and couples to be able to join groups. One of the factors that appealed to me about Adventures in Good Company is that you offer shared accommodations and no single supplement. This is an important factor for individuals travelling alone. Allowing large groups this will limit spaces for singles and couples.
The guides made the trip fabulous. They made everything work. Claire and Emily tailored every hike so it offered options. Any requests were worked out. Also they were so encouraging and positive.
Claire and Emily were excellent guides. They were organized, flexible, and went beyond the call of duty to make it a fun trip for all of the participants.
This was a fantastic trip with great hikes, scenery, hikers and guides. It couldn't have been better. The guides made sure everyone had an option each day that worked for them. They went above and beyond to ensure that each participant was happy. The hotels and food were amazing.
I had never been to Sedona or Grand Canyon so this trip was especially exciting. It was great to travel with several good friends but also to meet new ones. I loved hiking in new areas. The 2 leaders were terrific. They took great care to make sure our trip went well.
The guides were wonderful, caring, accommodating, and flexible when some wanted to do less or more of a particular hike or add other activities.
It was an experience of my lifetime to be able to hike in the Grand Canyon. Emily and Claire, our expert guides, helped make the hikes accessible to everyone by checking in with us all along the way and by providing on the spot advise for some challenging situations.
We had awesome guides that were fun to be with as well as knowledgeable about the area. The ladies on the trip were so easy to get along with and fun to be around. Everyone on the trip came together right away so it was easy to enjoy the hikes and stop repeatedly to take pictures of our adventures.
A great bunch of women, two great guides who bent over backwards to make each day of hiking the best it could be. Winter's leftover of ice and snow threw us some curveballs, but Emily and Claire were ready. They had done their research and the alternative plans made us very happy in this beautiful landscape of canyons and red rocks. And, oh, the laughter....!
The trip was very well organized and sharing wonderful outdoor experiences with a great group of women.....priceless!
The organization and coordinating of all the hikes, accommodations, food, and knowledge from the guides throughout trip.
The flexibility to extend one of the hikes and add a sunrise viewing.
Awesome venue, great traveling partners
Places I've never been, great hikes, fabulous group of women, excellent accommodations. Guides were exceptional!
I cannot describe what hiking in the Grand Canyon meant to me. It far exceeded my expectations.
Great guides. Great weather.
Everything was amazing. Lodgings, health safety issues, meals, whether provided by guides or restaurant’s, all was impeccable
I had no idea what to expect. This was my first trip with this company.
I was disappointed that we spent our lunch break on the Sedona hike planning the next day's options. When we are on the trail, I want to experience nature and the serenity it provides. I was surprised at how rushed our schedule felt during the first 3 days. It was too rushed. I had trouble getting 8 hours of sleep! This was due to COVID restrictions on restaurants, however, not the fault of the guides. It took much longer for us to get breakfast, find restaurant reservations, etc.
How to manage a participant who cannot keep up but wants to do it all?
I was not expecting the difficulty level on the Greenbrier Trail and Hermits Rest trail in the Grand Canyon. I signed up for this trip with my friend because it was listed as a level 3 adventure. I think that rating may need to be revisited by AGC.
Grand Canyon (obviously) and seeing the amazing history at Walnut Canyon. Oh, and our lovely afternoon in Oak Creek (literally in the creek!) on the last day in Sedona!
There was absolutely nothing about the trip that wasn't a "5" for me that had anything to do with AGC or the guides. I think what I was reminded of is that the kind of hiking that is required in the grand canyon is not my favorite kind of hiking.
All of the locations had breath taking views. The Grand View trial, in the Grand Canyon was entirely to hard for a level 3 hike. Would have preferred a wider trail, even if it meant more traffic.
Hard to beat the Grand Canyon. So glad I finally got there and with such a great group of women. The dynamics of the group were great - friendly people who came prepared. I credit the professionalism of the guides, Anne and Karen, who set the tone.
I enjoyed the group. But I’m an away from everyone type of person so this was more togetherness than I’m accustom to having.
highlight of the trip was the Grand Canyon, could have possibly stayed another 1/2 to full day.
While the Grand Canyon hikes were hard, the opportunity to get into the canyon was worth it! I also very much enjoyed the first hike in Sedona.
Beautiful scenery, great guides, and a fantastic group of women. Best trip ever.
Great guides, great food and great views
The trip was well-organized. The cities and hikes were well-chosen to view fantastic sites. So much to see as we hiked!
The trip was well organized and the places we went were excellent. The guides did a great job on timing. I would work on lunch menu with some addition salt, like real potato chips and cold meat sandwiches and a veggie choice of course. Keep the cookies!!!
Loved being with like-minded and spirited women, savoring the outdoors, challenging the body, sharing laughs and conversation.
The destinations, Grand Canyon
Loved everything about the trip. Loved the challenges. I also loved meeting new people and it’s great to so an adventure trip with all women. Loved visiting the vortex. That was truly different. Both guides were great as well.
To see and hike the Grand Canyon has been on my list for a long time. Everyrhing was so well organized and I enjoyed the group.
Hiking trails and location were wonderful.
The flexibility of the guides to meet individual’s and group’s needs and interests.
Hiking was outstanding in beautiful places. Food was great, accommodations were lovely and leaders did a great job. My 9th trip and one of the best yet!
Excellent guides. Locations, accommodations and trip rating.
Sedona hike was amazingly beautiful.