Grand Canyon Express is Pink Adventure Tours Sedona’s shorter, more compact Grand Canyon tour. This guided tour gets you from the heart of mystical Sedona to the heart of one of the world’s foremost natural wonders and back in only 8 hours. It’ll be a full, fast-paced day for sure, but one you’re certain to never forget. As you ride along in style and comfort, you’ll be able to see significant stretches of Arizona’s striking landscape out your vehicle’s sizable windows—and of course once you arrive at Grand Canyon National Park itself you’ll be able to get out and about on foot and get right down to business discovering the South Rim’s magic for yourself.
Grand Canyon Express Tour Details
Transportation to and from Grand Canyon National Park is courtesy of one of Pink Adventure Tours’ custom-designed pink Ford Transit cargo vans. The Grand Canyon Express tour leaves Sedona once-a-day, each day, at 7:30am. Unlike the Grand Canyon Premier tour, the Grand Canyon Express tour does not include lunch—though you will have time to eat at one of the restaurants found along the South Rim if you’d like, or the option to pack your own picnic lunch to enjoy in some lovely spot in the Park. Ticket prices for the Grand Canyon Express guided excursion typically run about $100 for adults, and around $90 for all children between the ages of 3 and 15 years old. As you ride along comfortably, you’ll have great views of such attractions as Oak Creek Canyon, Slide Rock State Park, Coconino National Forest, and even historic Route 66 and the city of Flagstaff, Arizona. The centerpiece of the outing, though, is definitely Grand Canyon National Park. There you’ll learn all about this amazing site’s geology and history as you explore several of the South Rim’s famous viewpoints and historic structures.
Major Highlights of the Pink Jeep Grand Canyon Express
Sedona: If you’re catching the Grand Canyon Express tour from Sedona, it’s likely you’re already planning to spend some time exploring this remarkable town (and make sure you do!). Still, as you travel to and from Grand Canyon National Park, you’ll be able to see many of the region’s more famous natural attractions, including segments of Oak Creek Canyon and Coconino National Forest.
Mather Point: For most visitors to Grand Canyon National Park, Mather Point serves as their entrance point. This means it’s quite likely you’ll capture your initial views of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon from here. It’s a spectacular spot, offering great sightlines in all directions. A modern Visitor Center is also located nearby.
Grand Canyon Village: This is one of the more popular spots along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It offers its own set of great views, but is also home to many of the Park’s modern amenities and historic sites. Located in/near Grand Canyon Village you’ll find such popular attractions as the Grand Canyon Train Depot, Kolb Studio, El Tovar Hotel, Bright Angel Lodge, Verkamp’s Visitor Center, Hopi House, and more.
Bright Angel Trailhead: This famous trail begins at the western edge of the Grand Canyon Village area. Even if you don’t have time on this tour to do much hiking, it’s still worth checking out the views available near this famous site.
Is Grand Canyon Express the Tour for You?
The Grand Canyon Express tour is perfect for those individuals who want a brief introduction to the natural beauty on display at Grand Canyon National Park, but don’t necessarily want to spend the entirety of a day there. Because it’s only 8 hours long, and departs from Sedona at around 7:30am each day, the Grand Canyon Express tour typically is able to have guests back to Sedona by 4:00pm—leaving plenty of time in the day for more Sedona-centric sightseeing or a nice dinner in town. If that approach appeals to you, then this tour is for you. However, if you’re looking for a more thorough Grand Canyon experience—or simply want to have more time to adventure along the Grand Canyon’s fabled South Rim—then there are likely more suitable tours out there for you. Pink Adventure Tours’ Grand Canyon Premier tour, for instance, provides you more actual time in Grand Canyon National Park.