~ The Wide Open Spaces Of The North Rim,
a place where social distances come naturally.
~ Dramatic Landscapes, Low Use Trails & Hosted Hikes.
~ Connect With Fellow Hikers!
Casual Outdoor Gatherings In the Pines and Under the Stars with Inspiring Images by Gene Taylor and a Special Presentation by Jo Ann Taylor - A Moment of Inspiration & Motivation!
The Perfect Getaway!
EXCLUSIVE! This private adventure is organized for a limited number of friends and guests.
ALL ACTIVITIES, WALKS, AND HIKES ARE ORGANIZED USING SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOLS.
July 29 - August 1, 2021
ask about optional 2 night pre tour at Bryce Canyon
A unique adventure to Grand Canyon's North Rim is what cinematographers make movies about. Here, YOU are the star!
Call Us. +1 623.561.0846
per person, double occupancy,
determined by choice of cabin. (see pricing below)
$200 USD Per Person Due With Registration
The trails we walk and hike are far different than anywhere else in Grand Canyon National Park. Though rugged and sometimes challenging (only if you want), the trails offer peaceful, spectacular and scenic views seen no where else on Earth. Your first short walk from your cabin downhill to Bright Angel Point offers one of the most spectacular views in the entire park! A warmup walk along the Transept Trail from the main lodge to the campground store not only offers close up views of the Canyon, it can end with a soft ice cream cone if you choose. We feature longer hikes on Widforss and Uncle Jim's Trail and for those seeking more adventure, a self-guided hike down the North Kaibab Trail will challenge even the most well-seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
You can walk and hike the North Rim with anyone, so what makes The Walking Connection's hosted North Rim Adventure special? In a word, People! Start with hosts, Jo Ann and Gene Taylor. They are co-founders of the organization and have been leading adventures around the world for 30 years! Next, meet some traveling members that have gone on this very trip for more than 11 consecutive years. There will be new faces with well-worn hiking boots, smiling faces with brand new boots; ALL are welcoming and friendly adventurers just looking to share a fun few days in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
North Rim Adventure Highlights
ACCOMMODATIONS & FOOD
This weekend getaway is yours to enjoy as you wish – walk as much or as little as you like! It’s a great time to meet other like-minded walkers and hikers from across the US and Canada. We'll welcome you with a hosted pizza party on your first night and later, a classic African Safari Champagne "Sundowner," with images From Gene's Journey - Africa & Beyond. We'll also serve a tempting dessert and continental breakfast.
Choose from 3 levels of cabins. Each nestled under the shade of the cool pines. The highly sought after Western Cabins have a front porch with rockers to relax and enjoy the perfect summer surroundings.
Open space, fresh fragrant pine air and dizzying night sky -- Come Enjoy Grand Canyon's North Rim with Us!
Our Grand Canyon North Rim Adventure offer walks and hikes on some of the best trails in the entire National Park. It’s sometimes referred to as the “other” Grand Canyon because of the 6,000,000+ people who visit the park less than 10% of them come to the North Rim. While that is impressive, The Walking Connection will take you to places where less than 1% of the visitors to the Park ever set foot! Our itinerary was built with social distancing in mind, 20 years ago. We avoided crowds then, and we still do it now. Each path we walk is wide enough to easily social distance with the few other hikers you may pass on the trail.
Motivation & Inspiration By Jo Ann Taylor
Jo Ann Taylor has promoted walking as a primary form of active living for over 30 years. She is Co-Founder and President of The Walking Connection. Founded in 1989, the Walking Connection specializes in creating lifestyle media content and programming for active adults, including walking and hiking adventure for small groups and independent travelers to domestic and international destinations. Jo Ann is also an author and motivational speaker sharing her experiences and knowledge about fitness, living an active lifestyle and understanding the importance of connection. Connection is integral to an active life, to nature, to people, to places and cultures, to each other and a renewed connection to oneself.
The Great Escape!
Level of Activity
Each day is your personal journey. Spend it alone, with close friends or new-found walking kindred spirits. Hike a distance and pace comfortable for you. Tag along or lead a pack. We'll provide you directions and details and walk the trails alongside you. We're here to enhance your Grand Canyon adventure.
"ON YOUR OWN, BUT NOT ALONE"
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19
The Walking Connection recognizes the new safety and virus anti-transmission protocols. In every phase of our operation inside the National Park, we will adhere to any rules or protocols established by the park.
Secondly, we will require all guests to wear appropriate face masks during all social functions where we can not maintain a proper distance if at this time it is still recommended. Wearing a mask is not optional. If you are not comfortable or unwilling to wear a mask, please do not participate in the tour. This does not apply to hiking or the trails.
Finally, new rules or best practices may be implemented with regard to the lodge, restaurants or any Walking Connection function. We will provide you with information as it becomes available and you will be requested to follow any new procedures when they are announced or separate yourself from the group.
Level of Comfort & Cabin
YOUR COMFORT IS DEFINED BY CHOICE
The sleeping accommodations on this journey are US National Park Lodge quality. Though in some respects they are rustic, the rooms are all en suite, and come with lots of personality. Although star ratings are not particularly helpful when it comes to remote lodges and camps, expect 3-star accommodations and services with zillion-dollar views throughout your journey.
North Rim Weather Happens!
July is a monsoon month. As such, the weather is volatile and entirely unpredictable, especially while on the trail. Summer temps can range from the mid 40s at night to mid 80's during the day. The climate is mostly dry with possible monsoon storms in the late afternoon.
Just a few words about safety. It's a shared responsibility, yours and ours. We take it very seriously. Your safe return home is our top priority. We love talking about it. If you have a question or concern, please ask or tell us anything.
North Rim Lodge
Partial View Western Cabin
Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.
DAY 2 - July 30
Explore The North Rim on Uncle Jim (Trail)
Small Group Hike
Depending on your interests, there are a variety of trails to choose from. Uncle Jim Trail (a perennial favorite) with canyon views as a reward, an extension along the Ken Patrick Trail and The North Kaibab trail for those who are up for a serious self guided hiking challenge. The choice is yours!
This evening is free for you to enjoy the beautiful sunset views or one of the popular park ranger talks fireside.
Accommodation: The Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim - 2nd of 3 nights
DAY 3 - July 31
Walk The Widforss Trail
Morning – Widforss Trail. A great trail that we never tire of! We have chosen it because there is great interpretation along the way for new guests joining us.
Because it is an out and back trail that follows the canyon rim everyone can do as much (up to 10 miles) or as little as you like turning around at any point.
Evening Presentation by Jo Ann Taylor
Meals included: Continental Breakfast, Authentic African Safari Sundowner w/Dessert & Champagne Toast. Images by Gene Taylor - Africa - North, South & East.
Accommodation: The Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim - 3rd of 3 nights
We will have walkers of all abilities joining us so even if you are traveling solo there is always someone to walk with!
Widforss Trail offers stunning views of Transept Canyon as it winds along the rim. It transitions into a peaceful coniferous forest with towering Ponderosa Pines, aspen tree leaves floating on the high altitude breezes and beds of forest ferns line the path. It opens to a stunning view of the main gorge of Grand Canyon.
Exclusive small group social gathering under the stars for an evening of interactive entertainment.
DAY 4 - August 1
Time For One Last Walk, or is there more?
One last walk! It’s time to go home…or enjoy one more night.
A limited number of cabins available for optional extended stay. First come, first served.
Stay? Go Home? Stay? Go Home?
You Know You're Going To Wish You Had Stayed Longer...
Accommodation: The Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
Whatever you choose to do, this is leisure time to truly go at your own pace.
DAY 1 - July 29
Arrive North Rim Lodge, Walk, Eat PIZZA!
After checking into your quaint cabin at the Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim, gather for a late afternoon Welcome Walk along the Transept Trail with great canyon views.
As an introduction to the North Rim, this is an easy hike to meet fellow travelers joining us for the weekend. The hike will be followed by a welcome pizza party reception hosted by Gene and Jo Ann Taylor!
Two night optional pretour is also available at Bryce Canyon, July 27 & 28, 2021
Meals Included: Pizza Dinner
Accommodation: The Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim - 1st of 3 nights
Gene and Jo Ann Taylor, co-founders of the Walking Connection, first visited Grand Canyon in the 80’s and have enjoyed their stays ever since. Grand Canyon's North Rim is the crown jewel of the Park. It is frequently referred to as the "other" Grand Canyon because of the low number of visitors and spectacular wide-open views. The Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim, which is the only lodging inside the National Park on the North Rim was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Here you can enjoy the quiet serenity of the North Rim and the cozy comfort of the rustic cabins.
Photo Credit: Maasai Wanderings
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Price: Dependent on Choice Of Accommodations
Western Cabins (Pictured Above) – Spacious room with 2 Queen beds, full bath, kitchenette with mini-fridge, coffee pot and front porch with rockers. (Limited number of Partial View Western Cabins available at a $25/person double occupancy supplement.)
$638 per person/double occupancy
$498 per person/triple occupancy
$428 per person/quad occupancy
(Single Supplement: $420, + $50 if Partial View Cabin requested)
Pioneer Cabins – 2-bedrooms separated by a ¾ bath with shower only. One bedroom has a Queen bed, mini-fridge and coffee pot. Second bedroom features a bunk bed (twin), a pull-out futon (full) and a writing desk.
$508 per person/double occupancy (Triple/Quad pricing available upon request)
(Single Supplement: $288)
Frontier Cabins – One double bed and one single bed with ¾ bath and coffee pot.
$478 per person/double occupancy
(Single Supplement: $258)