Beyond the Grand Canyon

4x4 itineraries in Arizona's wilderness

ARIZONA

Pitch-black sky with dazzling stars. Ancient tribal lands that astonish the mind and adventures that invigorate the souls. There’s a whole lot to discover here. You’ll find that Arizona is nothing short of spectacular.

  • United States
  • Arizona
  • Best season: January - May and September - December
  • 15 to 21 days
  • Rental / use your own vehicle
  • Departure: Phoenix, Las Vegas, Flagstaff, Prescott
  • 4x4 + Hotels / 4x4 + Camping & Hotels
  • RV (Camper/Van) + Camping
  • GPS tracks for 4x4 trails
  • GPS tracks for hiking

Itinerary Highlights

Explore the great iconic geological wonders of the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Vermillion Cliffs. Spot the unique wildlife and cacti of the Sonoran Desert.  Discover Arizona’s hidden gems, following our off-the-beaten-path itineraries and GPS tracks.

Dive into the history of the Far West: the genuine Indian culture,  the miners’ ghost towns, and the cowboys’ horse farms. Hike and bike or horse ride in the forests, in the deserts, in the monumental Red Rocks.

Discover the unique endemic saguaro and all the other marvelous cacti blooming in April and June. Relax in the red sunsets and sleep under a million-star sky.

The “Beyond the Grand Canyon” Arizona experience is waiting for you!

What clients are saying

“Valentina is a gem. She developed a three-week mixed camping/luxury lodging itinerary focusing on the pristine wildernesses of Arizona. The itinerary was detailed, flexible, and delivered exactly what I had asked for. V-adventures was even able to pivot and add some extra activities when my girlfriend decided to join the trip unexpectedly mid-way through. I can’t guarantee it, but if you book with Valentina you may be the happy recipient of some excelled northern Italian cuisine. I have already engaged v-adventures to begin planning my next adventure. 5 Stars”

Josh C. – February 2021

Areas of Interest

Located in Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park encompasses 277 miles (446 km) of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. The park is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon; a mile (1.6 km) deep, and up to 18 miles (29 km) wide. Layered bands of colorful rock reveal millions of years of geologic history. Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers visitors from the rim.

Known for its colorful swirls of slickrock, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is a sherbet-colored dream world filled with fantastical rock formations like The Wave, White Pockets, and Buckskin Gulch.

Experience one of the most majestic – and most photographed – points on earth. This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet, framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. The angle of the sun accents these graceful formations, providing scenery that is simply spellbinding.

Did you know that Petrified Forest is perfect for exploration and discovery? While the park has all the wonders known for a century, there are many new adventures and discoveries to share. There are backcountry hikes into areas never open before such as Red Basin. There are new exhibits that bring the stories to life. Come rediscover Petrified Forest!

The Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country with landscapes ranging from the famous red rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa pine forests, from southwestern desert to alpine tundra. Explore mountains and canyons, fish in small lakes, and wade in lazy creeks and streams.

Welcome to Red Rock Country! Start with scenery that makes your heart leap. Sedona nestles among a geological wonderland. Hike, bike, or ATV drive the 400+ miles of its trails. Sedona exists at an impossible intersection of soul-nourishing wilderness and pampered luxury—where soaring red rock monoliths cradle an array of resorts, spas, art galleries, and boutique wineries. Enjoy a delicious Sunday brunch at one of many fine restaurants. Indulge in a glass of wine made in the Verde Valley. Take a pottery class at Sedona Arts Center. Go fishing in Oak Creek Canyon. Enjoy raw and organic treats at local cafés. Receive a spa treatment at a local day spa.  Find out more at visitsedona.com

Portions of the Prescott National Forest today are much the same as they were when in 1863 Sam Miller panned for gold in Lynx Creek and was wounded by a cougar, or when General Crook’s flag fluttered over Palace Station. At the lowest elevation, the primary vegetation is of the Sonoran Desert type. As the elevation rises, chaparral becomes common, followed by piñon pine and juniper. Above that, Ponderosa pine dominates the landscape.

At over 2.9 million acres, the Tonto National Forest is the largest national forest in Arizona and the seventh-largest national forest among 154 USDA National Forests. The Tonto features some of the most rugged and inherently beautiful lands in the country. Sonoran Desert cacti and flatlands slowly give way to the highlands of the Mogollon Rim. This variety in vegetation and range in altitude — from 1,300 to 7,900 feet — offers outstanding recreational opportunities throughout the year, whether it’s lake beaches or cool pine forest.

Icon of the South-West, Tucson, Arizona is home to the nation’s largest cacti. The giant saguaro is the universal symbol of the American West. These majestic plants, found only in a small portion of the United States, are protected by Saguaro National Park, to the east and west of the modern city of Tucson. Here you have a chance to see these enormous cacti, silhouetted by the beauty of a magnificent desert sunset.

Life abounds in the Sonoran Desert. Look closely. Look again. The sights and sounds of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, an International Biosphere Reserve, reveal a thriving community of plants and animals. Human stories echo throughout this desert preserve, chronicling thousands of years of desert living. A scenic drive, wilderness hike, or a night of camping will expose you to a living desert that thrives.

Of the 666,640 acres within Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, 547,719 acres are designated wilderness, making it the second-largest wilderness area in Arizona. The important designation helps ensure this amazing desert landscape is protected for future generations. 

The Hualapai Mountains, are a mountain range in Mohave County. “Hualapai” means “People of the Tall Pines” in the local Hualapai language. Hualapai Mountain Park is a county park and was first developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The name Hualapai is derived from the name of the Indian tribe that once lived here. The park encompasses over 2,300 acres (9.3 km2) with elevations ranging from 4,984 feet (1,519 m) to 8417.

Included services

    • Dedicated itinerary and travel package
    • Dedicated GPS tracks for 4×4 trails
    • 4×4 maps and itinerary descriptions
    • Hiking trails maps and descriptions
    • Gear list recommendation
    • Park permits, not-AZ vehicle permits, camp permits
    • Hotel accommodations, camping fees

Prices

The preliminary price of your 15-day itinerary starts from

5,200 USD for 2 travelers  

sharing hotel or Inn accommodations

The rental vehicle is excluded

The car rental is an extra, depending on the choice of the vehicle, the equipment, and the pick-up and drop-off locations.

Prices are subject to the final itinerary, and the choice and availability of accommodations.

Trip Optionals and Extensions

    • 4×4, camping equipped/unequipped vehicle
    • 4×4 El Camino del Diablo trail. Starting from 2 nights
    • 4×4 Mojave Road, CA. Starting from 3 nights
    • 4×4 Aldogones Dunes, CA. Starting from 2 nights
    • Leading vehicle and radios for the 4×4 itineraries
    • ATVs in Sedona or Aldogones
    • RV (Camper or Van)
    • Grand Canyon Skywalk and/or helicopter experience
    • Hot-air balloon scenic flights
    • Hike & Yoga experience
    • Horse riding in a cowboy luxury ranch
    • Wellness resort and SPA. Starting from 2 nights
    • Las Vegas. Starting from 2 nights
    • Monument Valley in Utah. Starting from 2 nights

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