You can always go it alone, but GCFI's knowledgeable instructors leave no fossil unturned, spilling all the canyon's little-known secrets and leading visitors to gasp-worthy corners of the park. Pocket knives are more handy than pencils for the Institute's "classes"—really outdoor explorations of the park's trails, deserts, caves, and rapids. Looking for an easy A? Take a family-friendly hike along the rim, stopping to examine plants, rocks, and colorful lizards. The Six Trails, Six Days course is a hands-on history lesson—sans the pop quiz—conducted on the South Rim trails. Extra credit goes to hardcore hikers who brave the Royal Arch Loop, a level-six trek through the canyon's rugged terrain.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Grand Canyon Field Institute

Away Travel Expert: Kim Lipker
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Day Hiking,Outdoor Skills,Sustainable Travel
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  • Take part in the Learning & Lodging program: two nights' accommodations, most meals, and two exciting days with a GCFI instructor—all for one price.

4 Tonto St.
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
Parking: Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 866-471 4435
Fax: 928-638-2484
Neighborhood: Grand Canyon Village/South Rim
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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