grand canyon 4-Day Adventure Itinerary

Red Rock Adventure

Red Rock 4-Day Adventure Vacation

Grand Canyon South Rim, Whitewater Rafting, Sedona and Wupatki Itinerary - Red Rock Adventure will take you to Grand Canyon’s most scenic and exciting destinations, allowing you to see a lot in only four days. Your adventure vacation starts at Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim where you’ll take a hike into the canyon to see the best views. Day two will have you on the water of the Colorado River as you take a one-day whitewater rafting trip with the Hualapai River Runners. Day three takes you across the scenic Arizona Deserts to explore the volcanic crater at Sunset Crater National Monument and the ancient ruins at Wupatki National Monument. Your last day will be spent exploring the red rocks of Sedona, AZ where you’ll hike and swim at two of its most popular destinations: Slide Rock and Red Rock State Parks. This self-guided itinerary is best started from Tusayan, AZ or Grand Canyon Village and includes Grand Canyon National Park South Rim, Colorado River rafting, Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments, and Sedona, AZ. Read the full 4 day itinerary below.

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Self-Guided Adventure Details

Day 1 Grand Canyon's South Rim:

The best locations to begin this adventure vacation from are Flagstaff, Williams, Tusayan or Grand Canyon Village (South Rim). Once you're on the road and ready to explore, head out to the South Rim to explore its awesome vistas, ancient ruins, and unparalleled hiking trails.

  • Begin your South Rim exploration at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and enjoy a short walk to the first breathtaking view of the canyon at Mather Point.
  • From the Grand Canyon Visitor Center shuttle bus plaza, hop on the park’s free Kaibab/Orange shuttle bus route to travel to the South Kaibab Trailhead. The South Kaibab Trail descends into the canyon and rewards you with awesome scenic views the entire time.
  • If you’re just looking for a shorter adventure, hike the 1.8-mile round trip hike to Ooh-Ahh Point for a sweeping panoramic view. If you’re ready to explore even more, continue on to Cedar Ridge (3 miles round trip) where you’ll find a great spot to eat lunch and gaze up at the canyon rim above you.
  • After your hike, hop back on the shuttle bus (consider stopping at Yaki Point for one last breathtaking view) and return to the visitor center. Head out of the park via the South Entrance and make your way to your lodging in Peach Springs, AZ for a good night’s rest.

Day 2 Grand Canyon West Rafting (Self-Drive Guided Tour):

Book your one day Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trip in advance.

  • On day two, your one day whitewater rafting adventure begins with a scenic drive through the Hualapai Indian Reservation to Diamond Creek where you will meet your guides and rafts.
  • Once you're geared up and on the mighty Colorado River, it's a short boat ride before you take a quick hike to picturesque Travertine Falls.
  • After the falls, hold on tight when the real adventure begins as you descend several major rapids, including Honeymoon Rapid and its Fangs!
  • After the technical whitewater, the Colorado River will become calm, offering you breathtaking photo opportunities around every corner, wildlife sightings, and unique cultural stories from your native river guides. Then it's a helicopter flight up to the rim of Grand Canyon and a shuttle back to your hotel in Peach Springs.

Day 3 Wupatki and Sunset Crater: 

Travel across through scenic deserts and forests on your way to Flagstaff, AZ where you will explore Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments.

  • Take a short and easy hike to witness the other-worldly volcanic landscapes of Sunset Crater and then head over to Wupatki National Monument to learn more about the cultural history of the area and to check out the beautiful multi-story stone ruins.
  • Travel back across the Painted Desert of the Navajo Indian Reservation en route to the historic town of Flagstaff, AZ. Explore Flagstaff’s charming downtown on foot and stop to enjoy a beer at one of its many excellent breweries.

Day 4 Sedona Arizona:

On the last day of your itinerary, enjoy the breathtaking red rock views as you drive through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona, AZ.

  • It is easy to have your own self-guided adventure in two of Sedona's most popular parks: Slide Rock and Red Rock State Parks. Slide Rock offers incredible swimming opportunities (especially refreshing on a hot summer day) or you can enjoy a tour of the historic orchards or hike on one of the park’s trails. Red Rock State Park has a beautiful trail system, with everything from easy to difficult trails, that allows you to get more sweeping views of Sedona’s scenic wonders.
  • As you head out of Sedona, no matter where your final destination may be, you’ll enjoy some final views of the spectacular Arizona desert along the way.

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