Four Quick and Easy Grand Canyon Road Trips from Under Canvas Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon’s seclusion is both its charm and its challenge. Tucked into the expansive landscapes of Arizona, this spectacularly carved geological marvel unfolds a sense of wonder that few places on Earth can rival. While the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s Seven Wonders, offers plenty of opportunities for exploration all on its own, there are several destinations just a short drive away waiting to be discovered. Under Canvas Grand Canyon, just 25 minutes from the South Rim entrance, offers the perfect home base for epic Grand Canyon road trips.

Grand Canyon South Rim

Drive time: 25 minutes

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is a must-visit for first-time and repeat visitors alike to marvel at the grandeur of the mile-deep canyon. Start your journey at Mather Point, an iconic viewpoint that unfurls the magnificence of the canyon before your eyes. Explore the heart of the canyon with a guided bike tour, drive to an array of stunning overlooks, stroll the paved rim trail, and immerse yourself in the historic charm of Grand Canyon Village. Here, you can enjoy dining options and savor ice cream while overlooking the multi-hued chasm of the canyon. The changing colors of the canyon from dawn to dusk are a sight to behold, with the unforgettable sunset at Hopi Point painting the canyon in ethereal shades. At the end of an awe-inspiring day, retreat to your luxurious Under Canvas tent, equipped with plush beds and warm wood-burning stoves.

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Drive time: 1 hour

Brimming with history, the vibrant mountain town of Flagstaff is set along the historic Route 66, offering a chance to drive past classic neon signs and iconic buildings dotting the “Mother Road.” Nestled at an impressive elevation of 7,000 feet, Flagstaff provides a wealth of outdoor activities. Challenge yourself to hike to the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona’s highest point, via Humphrey’s Peak Trail or navigate the wilderness of Coconino National Forest on a mountain bike. Explore the region’s rich past by following the footsteps of its ancient inhabitants in Walnut Canyon, where pueblos and cliff dwellings echo tales of centuries past in the curved canyon walls. Journey back in time at Sunset Crater Volcano, where hiking amongst the ponderosa pines and lava flows are evidence of an eruption a millennium ago. Immerse yourself in the local culture by diving into Flagstaff’s historic downtown district. Here, sample the delights of local cuisine and browse through unique boutique shops, all of which add to the town’s vibrant ambiance. As the day winds down, allow the luxury and comfort of Under Canvas to welcome you back, making for the perfect end to an unforgettable day of exploration.


Drive time: 1.5 hours

Sedona is a magical town nestled amidst striking red-rock buttes and steep canyon walls. Renowned for its magnetic energy vortexes—Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and Boynton Canyon, these locations are rumored to possess healing properties, adding to the mystique of Sedona’s charm. Embrace the challenge of a hike to the summit of Cathedral Rock. The panoramic vistas atop this majestic formation reward your efforts with breathtaking beauty. For a more restorative adventure, indulge in the touch of a luxury spa, or participate in a calming yoga session, drawing deeper into Sedona’s peaceful essence. At day’s end, retreat from the red rocks to Verde Valley’s lush, green landscape. As you savor award-winning wines from high-country vineyards, you may find yourself sharing the blue skies with soaring bald eagles, adding a majestic touch to the desert scenery. Following your exploration, return to the welcoming embrace of Under Canvas. Sink into plush comfort under a canopy of stars, and savor the peaceful night that concludes a fulfilling day and promises another exciting day ahead.

Sycamore Canyon

Drive time: 2.45 hours

Spanning 50,000 acres, Sycamore Canyon, Arizona’s second-largest canyon, presents a captivating place of solitude and untouched natural splendor. Marked by vivid cliffs and towering pinnacles that adorn its unique desert landscape, it is a tranquil haven for adventurers and hikers. Embark on exploring its 15 scenic trails, each providing an enchanting picture of the canyon’s beauty. Pause at panoramic overlooks, their vistas an artist’s dream. Wildlife enthusiasts can delight in spotting black bears, mountain lions, ringtail cats, and javelinas or bask in the musical serenades of canyon wrens and hermit thrushes. As dusk paints the sky, retreat to the cozy sanctuary of Under Canvas. Nestle into your luxurious tent, the crackling fire lending warmth to the evening as you reflect on the day’s adventures.

Upscale Accommodations Near The Grand Canyon

Set amidst 160 acres of secluded piñon and juniper forest, Under Canvas Grand Canyon offers luxury, safari-inspired accommodations near Grand Canyon National Park. Named one of the ‘Best Resort Hotels in Arizona’ by Travel + Leisure and ranked among the ‘Top 15 Resorts in the U.S. – Southwest’ by Condé Nast Traveler, our outdoor resort is the ideal base for Grand Canyon adventures and more. At Under Canvas Grand Canyon, we seamlessly blend the grandeur of nature with the comforts of luxury. In this extraordinary setting, surrounded by timeless canyon landscapes, you’re invited to form meaningful connections with nature and each other.


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