The Most Interesting Things You Can do During a Trip to the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular natural monuments that attract tourists to Arizona from all over the world. If you haven’t seen the Grand Canyon, you should definitely do it. The best part is that there are great things you can do while at the location, not just witness the natural beauty of the landscape. So, you can spend several days in the area and make the most of your trip. Where can you find outstanding accommodations that are in theme with your outdoor adventure? There are several dude and guest ranches that can offer an unforgettable Arizona ranch vacation while getting the most out of your visit to the Grand Canyon.

Why choose dude ranches for your stay in the proximity of the Canyon? One of the best reasons to make such a choice is the fact that the Dude Ranchers’ Association selects only the best dude ranches to become their members, so you will always enjoy top services and conditions at these ranches. Also, you will have the chance to find gorgeous historic ranches that still preserve their old charm while offering exceptional accommodation options. In case you think that summer is the best season to visit the ranches and the stunning landscape around them, think twice, as winter may represent a much better choice. In winter, there are fewer visitors and you will actually be able to relax, not to mention that the surrounding mountains will offer mind-blowing views when their peaks will be covered in snow. But we will talk about dude ranches later on in this article. For now, let us focus on the most interesting things you can do during a trip at the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

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Don’t be intimidated by the name of this activity, as it doesn’t involve jumping out of a plane or paragliding. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is actually a walkway made out of glass and built at an impressive height above the canyon. So, when you walk around it, you will enjoy some of the most breathtaking views. It does feel like you are floating above the canyon, allowing you to see its grandiose character and realize just how massive the canyon is. This particular tour will give you the chance to enjoy the most spectacular parts of the Grand Canyon with minimum effort and in a relatively short period of time.

The North Rim 

Grand Canyon

The “other side” of the Grand Canyon, known officially as the North Rim, is gorgeous and not as visited as other parts of the Canyon. So, if you want to explore the magnificent landscape, enjoy great restaurants, and have unforgettable experiences without having to face large crowds of visitors, the North Rim is exactly what you need. Located at an elevation of 8,000 feet, it offers gorgeous views over the canyon. Still, if you plan to visit the North Rim, it is worth considering that the area is available only in the period ranging between the 15th of May and 15th of October. So, this part is closed for the winter, as the temperature and weather here are slightly worse here, due to the orientation of this area. But, during the warm season, it is one of the best parts you can enjoy if you are looking to enjoy a more peaceful vacation.

Helicopter Tours 

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Enjoying a helicopter tour is the fastest, most exciting, and spectacular way to see the Grand Canyon. It is hard to tell just how large and intricate the Canyon is until you actually get up in the sky and explore it from up above. A helicopter tour will give you the chance to get a panoramic view of the Canyon, something that not very many people can see during regular visiting tours. So, if you really want to spoil yourself and someone you love, and create memories you will never forget, schedule a helicopter tour around the canyon. There are special tours that will show you the best sides of this natural monument that won’t resemble any other experience you will have while enjoying your vacation in the area.

Whitewater Rafting in the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

You plan on doing something more adventurous on your vacation? Well, the Grand Canyon has something to offer to each type of tourist. So, besides relaxing walks and enjoying the scenery, you can easily opt for white water rafting as well. If the helicopter will allow you to see the Canyon from up above, white water rafting will take you down under, gliding between the tall walls of the canyon. Don’t worry if you’ve never done such a thing, as this activity is very well organized and you will be completely safe. The worst thing that can happen to you is to get splashed by water during your ride on the river. So, since you already took the trip down here, it is worth making the most of everything the Grand Canyon has to offer.


Also, with the help of dude ranches, you will definitely have anything but a boring vacation. You can enjoy more than just the activities available at the Grand Canyon, as these ranches in Arizona offers a wide range of options when it comes to having fun in the outdoors. It is worth mentioning that the Dude Ranchers’ Association is dedicated to offering unique experiences to all of the guests that pass the threshold of the ranches belonging to the association. The concept manages to entwine top-notch hospitality services with cattle farming, horseback riding, and reconnecting with nature in very many ways. It is really possible to see and explore the wilderness while enjoying accommodations, food, and entertainment at the highest standards. The ranches may have a rustic appearance and preserve a lot of the traditions connected to old ranches, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t have what it takes to answer to your requirements. Just check out these dude ranches belonging to the Dude Ranchers’ Association and you will understand that high-quality standards are a must and will be respected at all times.

Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch

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Phone: +1 866-444-4471 +1 928-727-8270

Location: Yucca, Arizona

Closest Airport: Las Vegas

Kay El Bar Ranch

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Phone: +1 928-684-7593

Location: Wickenburg, Arizona

Closest Airport: Phoenix

Rancho de los Caballeros

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Phone: +1 800-684-5030 +1 928-684-5484

Location: Wickenburg, Arizona

Closest Airport: Phoenix

White Stallion Ranch

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Phone: +1 888-977-2624 +1 520-297-0252

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Closest Airport: Tucson

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Why choose dude ranches for your stay in the Grand Canyon area? The DRA selects only the best ranches as members, you will enjoy top services & conditions.


Blog written by: Olivier Templar-James

The Retiring [Dude] Rancher

Dick Elder, former owner of the Colorado Trails Ranch and Dude Ranch Hall of Fame Inductee wrote many poems about life as a dude rancher: He shared one at the annual convention this year and we would like to share it with you. Please comment below on this page on what dude ranching means to you.

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Dick Elder in his element, Photo courtesy of Dick Elder

The Retiring Rancher

by Dick Elder © 1996

Sold my ranch out in the county,

And we moved down in to town.

Lost a thousand feet of elevation,

A thousand acres of grazing ground.


Thought I’d like to take it easy,

Drink coffee at Bob’s Café,

With all my rancher cronies,

To pass the time of day.


They’s a bunch of ‘em retired,

They’re in the same kind a fix.

I used to see them sittin’there,

Swappin’ lies and whittlin’ sticks.


And as I rode on by ‘em,

I’d give a little wave,

I kinda, well, sort of envied ‘em

Ole Monte, Lyle and Dave.


They didn’t have to get up early,

In the rain or wind and snow,

They didn’t need to get up at all,

‘Cause they had no place to go.


I seen the sadness in their eyes,

They didn’t laugh much like they use ta,

I reckon they felt kind a useless.

Now I’m thinking, that’s the way I do.


I didn’t think I’d miss ‘em,

Those mamas and their babies,

Draggin’ yearlings to the fire,

Was hard work, I don’t mean maybe.


But riding out early mornings,

During the round up in the fall,

Well, it gets underneath your skin

Singing that old cattle call.


Got a cuttin’ horse to beneath you,

Sorting brands there in the pens.

You’d like to have it last forever,

But you know it’s gotta end.


Your bones they get to aching,

Your back is one big pain,

You can hardly fork your pony

You hate gathering in the rain.


And you know it’s darn near over,

Makes you feel so sad and blue,

The things that you enjoy the most,

You can no longer do.


So although you hate t’do it,

You sell out with an auctioneer,

Watch your mother cows load in a pot,

The hammer falls on your old John Deere.


The dump rake your daddy used,

Sells as a genuine antique.

The junk collected over fifty years,

Just disappears, so to speak.


When the dust has settled,

And the folks have gone away,

You and the Mrs. stand and stare,

Neither one has much to say.


Now I’m counting up my money,

From the auction and the land,

Trying to figure out what happened,

Wondering, where the hell I stand.


I always know’d where I was goin’

Now, don’t know what lies ahead.

Maybe I’ll wake up tomorrow,

Maybe, I’ll wake up dead.


Don’t have my ole mare to ride on,

Don’t feel the sunshine on my face.

What I have is a sack full of money,

What I don’t my place.


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