Comparable to the Grand Entrance Tour, the Grand Deluxe option from Pink Jeep is also a land-based tour that escorts you further east along the edges of the canyon, to more remote but truly more striking locales. It’s a thorough yet not overly long trek, made in their signature open-air vehicles that allow you to truly soak up the sights and sounds of your journey. Stop at signature places like Navajo Point, Lipan Point, and Moran Point as you keep an eye out for major natural and cultural landmarks. Truly a special tour at a great price. Note that the Grand Deluxe Tour has been renamed. It’s now the Desert View Tour. Same great tour. New name.
Pink Jeep Grand Deluxe Tour Details
This three-hour tour offers hourly departures for most of the day through to mid-afternoon, so no worrying about an early rise if that’s not in the cards for you. Begin your trek from Grand Canyon Village, from which point you’ll head out along the path of the canyon until you hit Navajo Point, where you’ll get a chance to snap photos of the “Big Bend” in the Colorado River. Don’t forget to look 2,000 feet down to the Escalante and Cardenas Buttes! Then, it’s on to Lipan Point, where you’ll get to see, among other things, the iconic Desert View Watchtower. Also look out for signature rock formations and bodies of watch like Seventyfive Mile Creek, the Hance Rapids, and Vishnu Schist. Conclude your Grand Canyon adventures at Moran Point, then head back to Tusayan, where you’ll receive complimentary tickets to the IMAX film, “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets.”
Grand Deluxe Pink Jeep Major Highlights
Navajo Point: Coming in just slightly below the Desert View Watchtower in height, Navajo Point is an impressively high summit from which to observe the canyon below. Two major natural features, the Escalante and Cardenas Buttes, are visible some distance below, and further off into the distance, you can also see Echo Cliffs and some of the Painted Desert.
Colorado River: A significant waterway in the cultural and economic history of the American southwest, the Colorado River is a sight to behold from many perspectives. Even if you’re not rafting or boating on the river, a view from above is awe-inspiring. Keep an eye out for the “Big Bend” from Navajo Point.
Lipan Point: This striking summit offers nearly 360-degree views of the surrounding wilderness. Standing at over 7,300 feet above sea level, landmarks that can be seen from this height include the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon Supergroup. It’s also one of the more popular spots for pictures of the sunset along the entire South Rim.
Desert View Watchtower: The highest point along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, this man-made structure was designed by famed local architect Mary Colter. It was inspired by indigenous architecture and design, and is free to visit. It’s definitely worth the chance to explore this iconic building and take advantage of the stellar views.
Moran Point: Moran Point is one of the four primary viewpoints on the East Rim drive. It features unparalleled views of a number of distinctive rock formations, including the Colorado Butte and the Red Canyon. Don’t forget to look for the famed “Sinking Ship,” a unique rock formation at a tilted angle.
Tusayan: The starting points for many excursions into the Grand Canyon, Tusayan offers a number of amenities and essentials like a grocery store, an ATM, a gas station, etc. There are also several hotels, attractions, and restaurants, should you want to spend some time there before or after your trek out to the Canyon. Here is where you’ll see the IMAX film, too.
Is the Grand Deluxe Jeep Tour for You?
This is a high value tour. Coming in at only a little more than the Grand Entrance Tour from Pink Jeep, the Grand Deluxe Tour escorts you further out into the Canyon and allows you to see different and perhaps even more beautiful viewpoints. With the exception of Desert View, tour buses can’t go to these isolated viewpoints, so you’re getting a much more intimate experience plus the benefit of a guided excursion. Pink Jeep also offers a special version of this tour (priced separately) called the Grand Finale Deluxe Tour, which times your adventure to coincide with sunset along the rim – just perfect for those inimitable canyon photographs.