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Photo Tours at Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon Photography Tours

Grand Canyon photo tours come in all shapes and forms including van tours, Jeep tours, helicopter tours, hiking tours and even rafting tours. Considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, it is impossible to not have seen hundreds of spectacular Grand Canyon photos before you ever set foot there. It is not surprising then that taking good photos is a high priority for almost every park visitor, but the size and scale of the canyon can be overwhelming and difficult to capture. For those that need some professional guidance to ensure that you have the best photos to post, one of Grand Canyon’s many photography tours will be a good option for you. Professional photographers are great at selecting the best spots for photos at different times of day and giving you tips and tricks to make the most of whatever camera you have. Regardless of the type of photo tour you opt for, there are some Grand Canyon photography essentials to consider. Read the guide below to learn more.

Grand Canyon Photo Tours Options

South Rim Pictures and Photos

As the most developed part of Grand Canyon, you will find easy access to many photogenic spots along the South Rim and inside the canyon. Things to keep in mind here are where to go and when; tour books tell you to do sunrise at Mather Point and sunset at Yavapai or Hopi Points, but photo tour guides will often have their own “secret” spots where you will not only get just as great photos but also some peace and quiet as well.

North Rim Pictures and Photos

There are great sunrise options on the North Rim at Point Imperial or Cape Royal and sunsets are great at Bright Angel Point. That said, there are many other, harder to access parts of the North Rim that photo tours can give you access to as well. Getting off the beaten path on the North Rim can lead to some of the best photos Grand Canyon has to offer.

Inner Canyon Pictures and Photos

Whether you’re on a Rim to Rim hike, a Colorado River raft trip or hiking to Havasu Falls, the inner canyon is home to some of the most photogenic parts of the canyon. Lighting can change drastically throughout the day when you’re below the rim so it can be helpful to have an expert along to guide you to the best spots as conditions change. The waterfalls at Havasu are some of the most photographed in the world, but it impossible to capture their magic with a cell phone—you'll need a camera that allows you to do long exposures and a guide to get you to just the right spots to get the best photos while you’re there.

West Rim Pictures and Photos

The Grand Canyon Skywalk’s glass platform creates a viewing area unlike any other in the canyon, one that you are sure to want some photos of to remember the experience! Because the glass that makes up the bottom of the platform is fragile, visitors are not allowed to bring their own cameras onto the Skywalk. Luckily there are a number of professional photographers that can capture the moment for you, and probably much better than you could have done yourself anyway!

East Rim Pictures and Photos

Grand Canyon’s East Rim is home to the much photographed Horsehoe Bend overlook. While many people park and hike out themselves, this overlook is often included in photo tours that start in Page, AZ. The advantage of these photo tours is they not only take you to Horsehoe Bend, but most tours will also take you to scenic spots at Lake Powell and/or Antelope Canyon as well.

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Scenic Grand Canyon National Park Helicopter Flight: from $276.99

This scenic Grand Canyon helicopter flight is on our list of must do canyon tours. From the Grand Canyon Airport soar over the South Rim, North Rim and the Colorado River for unforgettable vistas of Grand Canyon National Park.

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Colorado River Rafting, Scenic Flight and Antelope Canyon: from $458.99

From Grand Canyon's South Rim take a scenic plane flight over the East Rim and Lake Powell before a guided tour of Antelope Canyon on this top Guru pick. After your hike, enjoy a smooth water rafting trip down the Colorado River.

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Grand Canyon’s West Rim and Hoover Dam from Vegas with Skywalk Option: from $139.99

Enjoy the open road on this great trip that made our list of classic Grand Canyon Tours. Take a coach bus to the Hoover Dam en route to Grand Canyon West where you’ll have time to explore, visit the Skywalk and take in the views.

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