Upper Canyon Logistics


Spring Bloom by Ralph Hopkins

Spring Bloom by Ralph Hopkins

Pre-Trip Accommodations:
Most of our customers choose to stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Flagstaff (928.773.8888) the night before the trip begins. This works out nicely because we meet you there that evening for a pre-trip orientation meeting at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to stay at the DoubleTree, you will need to call them directly to make your reservation. Their phone number is 928-773-8888. Refer to the “AzRA” rooming block to receive a preferred room rate, which is reasonable and competitive for the Flagstaff area. The room rate does change yearly, so please refer to your trip logistics document in your detailed information packet or online trip portfolio for current pricing. The AzRA room rate is only guaranteed for the night before your trip departs. If you need additional nights, you will be charged the going rate. The DoubleTree books up quickly so it is important that you make your reservation well in advance. There are other hotels in the area including the Days Inn (928-774-5221), Comfort Inn (928-774-2225), AmeriSuites (928-774-8042), Ramada (928-773-1111), Econolodge West (928-774-2225), Fairfield Inn by Marriott (928-773-1300), and Motel 6 (928-779-3757). If you choose to stay at another hotel, you are responsible for arranging your own transportation to and from the DoubleTree.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Flagstaff is located at 1175 West Route 66 and is near shopping centers and restaurants. If you need to buy beverages, fishing licenses or additional supplies there is a Wal-mart, Target and grocery store within several blocks.

Pre-Trip Orientation Meeting:
We hold a meeting at 7:00 p.m. at DoubleTree the night before your trip. Please attend this meeting. You will receive one personal gear dry bag and one day dry bag at this time. (Your sleeping unit will already be at Lee’s Ferry). We will review last minute details such as packing your gear, beverages, luggage and vehicle storage arrangements, and answer any last minute questions. Products from our Red River Sports catalog will be available for purchase at the meeting but NOT the next morning. As you travel to the area, if you realize that your arrival will be delayed for any reason, please call the AzRA office before 4:00 p.m. M.S.T. or leave a message at the DoubleTree front desk (928-773-8888).

Vehicle And Extra Luggage Storage:

You may leave a vehicle in the DoubleTree parking lot while you are on your trip. This is not a secured lot. Remember, you will be hiking out at the South Rim (75 miles from Flagstaff). We will also store your travel luggage for you. Please limit luggage to 1 piece per person. We will transport the luggage up to the Maswik Lodge. Your orientation hostess will finalize vehicle and luggage details at the orientation meeting.

The Morning Of Your Trip:
You will meet your orientation hostess at the DoubleTree at 6:00 a.m. A wake-up service is available at the DoubleTree. If you are a guest there, be sure to check out of your room with ample time to avoid delays at the front desk. It is also very important that you allow time for a hearty breakfast. The DoubleTree offers several breakfast options beginning at 5:00 a.m. Contact them directly for breakfast details or inquire upon check-in. The bus will depart at 6:45 a.m. All beverages and personal items must be purchased prior to the morning.

The Morning You Hike Out Of The Canyon:
We will provide you with sandwiches, snacks and electrolyte replacement the morning of your hike up the Bright Angel Trail. You will unpack your personal gear from the dry bags and repack your gear into your own personal internal (or no frame) backpack. The hike will usually begin before 9 a.m. however this cannot be guaranteed. The crew will drop you off at Pipe Creek and send you on your way up the 7.5 mile hike on the Bright Angel Trail. When you reach the top of the trail you will be in the Grand Canyon Village at the South Rim. Your stored luggage will be available to you at the Maswik Lodge bell desk. The Maswik Lodge is about a quarter mile from the top of the trail across the train tracks. Once you pick up your luggage you are on your own. You may have arranged for hotel accommodations or arranged a late afternoon shuttle. Not knowing how long the hike out of the canyon will take, a large percentage of our customers choose to stay at the South Rim the evening of their hike out. We do not provide a shuttle back to Flagstaff. However, there are shuttle options available to get from the South Rim back to Flagstaff. See Transportation Options for more details.

Post-Trip Hotel Accommodations:
TIME SENSITIVE – PLEASE READ. If you decide to stay at the South Rim the evening after you hike the Bright Angel Trail, we recommend you secure a reservation as soon as possible. Due to the high volume of visitors at Grand Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon Village hotels often book far in advance. There are five lodges at the South Rim but we suggest staying at the Maswik Lodge since this is where your luggage will be stored. If you can’t get a room at the Maswik Lodge, the Thunderbird Lodge, the El Tovar, and the Bright Angel Lodge are within walking distance but you will still have to retrieve your luggage from the Maswik. There is a free park shuttle operating at regular intervals (www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/shuttle-buses.htm). To make a hotel reservation, call Xanterra Parks and Resorts by phone at 888-297-2757 or 303-297-2757 or reserve online.

The Maswik Lodge is located in the southwest corner of the Village area inside the Grand Canyon National Park boundary and is only a five minute walk from the rim. Each room offers two double beds, a full bath, mini-fridge, TV and phone. A cafeteria, lounge and gift shop are located in the complex. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m.

You are responsible for arranging your own transportation from the South Rim at the end of your trip. For coordinating these details, see Transportation Options and Area Map.