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Toroweap / Tuweep Tour

Fully Guided Tour

Photography Paradise!

Interesting Geology!

Single Travelers & Private Tours

We can always accommodate single travelers via private tours.  Often times, we are also able to combine a single traveler with other scheduled parties; please give us a call at 435-644-5506 to discuss the latter option.

Private Tours are available to be booked online.

We go out of our way to open the wonders of the West to EVERYONE.

We are permitted, licensed, and insured.

Dreamland Safari Tours holds Special Use Permits from the Grand Staircase Escalante National MonumentGrand Canyon National Park, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument/Paria WildernessKanab Bureau of Land Management and Arizona Strip Bureau of Land Management.

Don’t see your preferred departure date or time available via online booking? Give us a call. 

For sunset or sunrise at our more remote locations, we recommend a scheduled or custom overnight or multi-day tour – and we are happy to work with you to develop an itinerary that meets your needs.

All listed tour durations and pickup times are approximate. Please allow 10-20 minutes of pickup time flexibility for unforeseen circumstances and varying pickup logistics. Water and snacks are provided on all tours. A lunch meal is included on all tours of 6+ hours. Vegetarian option available.

We reserve the right to fill all empty seats on non-private tours. Cancellation / Reschedule / Weather policy applies.

Please familiarize yourself with our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  before contacting us.

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To contact us with other specific questions or begin Making Reservations click the “Book Now” Button on each tour page or click Contact Us for info on how to give us a call or shoot us an email.

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With 3000 vertical feet of air to the river, Toroweap, or Tuweep as it is also known, is unique as the most sheer viewpoint in the Grand Canyon National Park.

Price

Adult $209

Private Tour Upgrade Available?

Yes

Tour Length

8 Hours

Departure Times

8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12am

Difficulty (1-10)

3

Recommended abilities

Hiking Distances are minimal, but terrain is uneven. Those with physical difficulties can be accommodated.
No special permit is required for this tour.

Location

Grand Canyon North Rim

Attractions

North Rim Grand Canyon, Toroweap (Tuweep)

Special Interests

Geology, Photography, Wildlife, Flowers

These FAQs are specific to this tour. If you would like to view our general FAQs CLICK HERE.

1. Is there a bathroom at Toroweap?
We will stop at a nice, clean pit toilet at the ranger station once we reach the national park boundary about 1.5 hours after we leave Kanab. There is also a nice, clean pit toilet near the Grand Canyon rim that can be used while we are exploring the viewpoints at Toroweap or during lunch.

2. Is this tour available in the winter?
Yes! We offer trips to Toroweap year round. It’s true the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park is closed from Oct. 15 through May 15, but Toroweap is open all year. The road to Toroweap lower elevation and rarely snowed in. It is a bit more likely we will have to cancel a tour because of weather in the winter, but more often than not, we can get to Toroweap.

3. How long is the drive?
It takes us about 2 hours to get from Kanab to rim of the Grand Canyon at Toroweap. Toroweap is 61 miles from pavement! It’s pretty exhilarating to get that far away from from civilization.

4. Can you describe the experience at Toroweap? Why is the different than simply visiting the north rim on our own?
When National Geographic produced a special edition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park, they chose a photo from Toroweap for the cover. It really is a special place. Please read our blog post that offers describes the experience at Toroweap in some detail.

5. I don’t like to hike long distances. Is this a good tour for me?
This is likely our easiest tour in terms of physical difficulty. We drive you to within 100 yards of the rim of the Grand Canyon where you can gaze down into the canyon at the Colorado River. A short, optional walk where there are some rocks to negotiate will lead to other viewpoints. Most participants walk ½ to 1 mile on the tour, but if all you want to do is walk 100 yards to the rim, that’s fine.

6. Do you offer sunset tours at Toroweap?
Sunset tours are considered on a case-by-case basis, so call us at (435) 644-5506. Toroweap is at least 2 hours from Kanab, which makes sunset tours unfeasible for us for a good part of the year. They are much easier for us to accommodate in late fall, winter or very early spring while days are short. There is also the issue of the park closing the gate 30 minutes after sunset, which leaves very little time after sunset before we need to load up and get to the park boundary. The best option for sunset photography is to join our Toroweap overnight trip, you’ll catch sunrise, sunset and hopefully incredible starry skies.

To read more FAQs that are common to all of our tours, visit our FAQs page.

Guest Experiences on the Toroweap / Tuweep Tour

Very knowledgeable and pleasant guide, no problems traveling to and around very remote location. Visiting Toroweap- the Western part of the Grand Canyon was unforgettable and led to some photos which all my friends and family have been amazed by. Definitely a highlight of a recent long Southwest trip. Only negative is that price seemed to be slightly on the higher end, especially for solo travelers, but in this case well worth it.

Flyer02153382011 – June 8, 2019
TripAdvisor

I’d been wanting to visit Toroweap Overlook for several years, after seeing photos of this amazing place online. However, there was no way I was taking my own car out there and when I found that Dreamland did a day-trip there, I had to book it! My wife & I had a wonderful time. The 60-mile dirt road in was treacherous at times, but our guide Andrea was a skilled driver and navigating everything the road threw at us with no problem. I also was appreciative that Dreamland took note of my request when we booked the trip. Sometimes, if I’m in the back-seat or far back seat of an 8-passenger vehicle, I can get car-sick. I asked about reserving the front seat – and they did it for me! It was a very casual, laid-back, “let’s enjoy the trek in & out and the natural beauty of what we’re going to see” kind of trip, exactly what we were looking for. Dreamland goes to so many destinations – I know that my wife & I will be back in Kanab and book with them again in the future.

davej533 – June 3, 2019
TripAdvisor

My cousin, her friend and I took a trip to Toroweap with Dreamland Safari Tours. Our guide, Steve, is a natural-born outdoor guy who took us on a safe, information packed tour of a remote facade of the Grand Canyon that few people ever see. Steve showed us the beautiful scenery, as well as a herd of pronghorn antelope that ran across our path. We love Dreamland Safari and we will ask for Steve for all future trips.

Discover41920760798 – May 16, 2019
TripAdvisor

We did the White Pocket / South Coyote Buttes tour, and the Peek-a-Boo / White Wave tour. Our guides on both these tours were excellent, they were knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and very personable. The lunch, drinks and snacks provided were very good. I don’t think we could have had any better tours.

Dreamer54252255082 – April 14, 2019
TripAdvisor

I went to Toroweap with Dreamland Safari and had a great time! Elizabeth and Orion are great guides. They are knowledgeable and personable. Toroweap is an amazing place to visit, but very remote. Traveling solo, I wouldn’t have gone by myself. It was great to be with people who know the area and would know what to do if something went wrong. This is my second trip with Dreamland Safari. I took a tour of White Pocket with them in 2017 and had just as great a time. I recommend taking a trip with Dreamland Safari.

ExploreArizona – April 22, 2019
TripAdvisor

Single Travelers & Private Tours

We can always accommodate single travelers via private tours ($799).  Often times, we are also able to combine a single traveler with other scheduled parties; please give us a call at 435-644-5506 to discuss the latter option.

Private Tours are available to be booked online.

Let the timeless wilderness of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim captivate your soul at one-of-a kind Toroweap. Our natural, private Grand Canyon Tours to Toroweap are second to none.

Toroweap / Tuweep Tour

It rests on a layer of red rock nestled between the towering Parashant cliffs and the abyss of the Grand Canyon. Very recent volcanic activity (geologically speaking) creates a cool backdrop and incites the imagination. Sometimes we are lucky enough to see the rafters go over Lava Falls nearly 2 miles away.

On the busiest days of the year one might see 20 people the whole day. Usually there’s few to none. There are no rails, no signs, no pavement, no buses, no commercialism. Tuweep has been featured by National Geographic and ranks #5 on Trip Advisor for all of Grand Canyon National Park. This is a huge testament of its ability to move people considering only 1 in 10 visit the North Rim, and probably only 1 in 10 of them leave the pavement.

On our remote Private Grand Canyon Tours at Tuweep we have a homemade picnic near the rim and take a short but exhilarating hike to the best vantage points. Our experienced Toroweap Tour guides help you shoot those once in a lifetime photographs. For those more adventurous try an overnighter at incredible Toroweap. Be one of the lucky 1% or less!

Our Toroweap Tours run year round (except seasonal closure). Paved portions of the North Rim are closed October through May.

Fully Guided Tour

Photography Paradise!

Interesting Geology!

We go out of our way to open the wonders of the West to EVERYONE.

We are permitted, licensed, and insured.

Dreamland Safari Tours holds Special Use Permits from the Grand Staircase Escalante National MonumentGrand Canyon National Park, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument/Paria WildernessKanab Bureau of Land Management and Arizona Strip Bureau of Land Management.

Don’t see your preferred departure date or time available via online booking? Give us a call. 

For sunset or sunrise at our more remote locations, we recommend a scheduled or custom overnight or multi-day tour – and we are happy to work with you to develop an itinerary that meets your needs.

All listed tour durations and pickup times are approximate. Please allow 10-20 minutes of pickup time flexibility for unforeseen circumstances and varying pickup logistics. Water and snacks are provided on all tours. A lunch meal is included on all tours of 6+ hours. Vegetarian option available.

We reserve the right to fill all empty seats on non-private tours. Cancellation / Reschedule / Weather policy applies.

Please familiarize yourself with our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  before contacting us.

Contact us

To contact us with other specific questions or begin Making Reservations click the “Book Now” Button on each tour page or click Contact Us for info on how to give us a call or shoot us an email.

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About Toroweap

When National Geographic published a special edition commemorating the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park, they chose a view of Toroweap for its cover. There really is no other Grand Canyon viewpoint like it. Sheer red cliffs drop 3,000 feet into the mighty Colorado River. Standing here feels like standing in the inner gorge of the Grand Canyon – no hiking required. It is less than one mile across the canyon to the Hualapai Indian Reservation on the South Rim, making this one of the narrowest and deepest segments of the inner canyon.

Those standing on the rim at Toroweap can actually hear the turbid river flowing through the giant gorge and rafters hooting and hollering after a thrill ride through Lava Falls. Extensive river views both up and downstream mark Toroweap. The colorful red-rock of the Hermit Shale and Supai sandstones to the east contrast with the black, basaltic lava flows to the west.

Toroweap is the Paiute word for dry or desolate valley. Tuweep came into use to describe the local white settlement and later the park area. The Paiute word Tuweep refers to the earth.

Getting to Toroweap

Our tours traverse Antelope Valley Road, 61 unpaved miles, to this remote Grand Canyon Viewpoint. We access this road from Highway 389 between Fredonia, Arizona and Pipe Spring National Monument. There is little to no phone reception on the road, flat tires are common, especially in vehicles with typical “street” tires, and other vehicles that could offer help are few and far between. Sections of slippery, sticky mud and deep ruts develop when the road is wet, and occasionally flash floods in washes make the road temporarily impassable. Once in the park, the Esplanade sandstone makes for rough road. The last few miles require good ground clearance, sturdy tires and four-wheel drive really comes in handy here.

Did you know you can visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in the winter? Toroweap is many miles from the more frequented viewpoints at the Grand Canyon National Park lodge at the North Rim and the road to Tuweep does not climb over the Kaibab Plateau. Therefore, we offer tours to Tuweep year-round. It does occasionally snow on the road to Toroweap, but it usually melts quickly, so there aren’t very many days in a given year that prevent us from making the trek. The elevation at Toroweap is only 4,600 feet, compared to 8,300 at the north rim lodge.

Human History at Tuweep

The first humans in the Tuweep region were ice-age hunters who lived a nomadic hunting-gathering existence in what was a milder climate. The Ancestral Puebloans, arriving about 2,000 years ago, farmed the area. They migrated eastward around A.D.1300. The most recent Native Americans living here were the Paiute. They now live to the north. There are 500 Paiutes living on 188 square-mile reservation. We pass through part of that reservation on the way to Toroweap, and sometimes we spot wild horses there. John Wesley Powell, led by a Paiute guide, visited Tuweep in 1870. He mapped and named many of the local features. More recently, European-Americans ranched, mined, and settled the Arizona Strip. While ranchers used this valley seasonally in the early 1900s, the first year-round homestead was the Lower Kent Ranch, which was built in 1927. A fascinating book recounts the tale of one family who homesteaded about 20 miles from Toroweap near Mt. Trumbull: “The Last Homesteaders of the Arizona Strip” by Jean Luttrell. She also penned “The Last Old Time Ranger,” which tells the story of John Riffey, who served as ranger of Toroweap from 1942-1980. Riffey is now buried at Toroweap, not far from the 1921 antique pull grader that rests beside the road. Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument was declared on Jan. 11, 2000. The 1,048,325-acre monument is larger than Rhode Island.

Toroweap Geology Explained

At the rim, the  rock you are standing on is Esplanade Sandstone, which is 286-320 million years old. The valley’s volcanic history is apparent because of the towering cinder cones such as Vulcan’s Throne and obvious black lava flows that coat the walls of the canyon. Volcanic activity began along the Toroweap fault around 7 million years ago. Over time, lava issued from more than 60 vents. Beginning about 1.2 million years ago, lava flowed into Toroweap Valley, forming the flat-bottomed valley we drive through. Vulcan’s Throne, Mount Trumbull and the Uinkaret Mountains are all the result of volcanic activity.

The Colorado River was dammed by lava flows multiple times from 725,000 to 100,000 years ago. One lake was believed to be 2,000 feet deep. Geologists estimate it could have taken as long as 20 years to fill. Over the next several thousand years, flowing water undercut the softer river sediment beneath the lava dam. Waterfalls would have poured over the top of the dams. Today, there are only remnants of lava clinging to the canyon walls.

These lava remnants provide key information about its age. Lava flows 7.5-6 million years old found on both sides of the canyon show no evidence that a canyon existed at that time. And a date from a lava flow in the bottom of the canyon indicates that 1.2 million years ago the Grand Canyon was almost as deep as it is today. By about 5.5 million years ago, the Gulf of California was opened up by tectonic forces, and the lower Colorado River was formed and water cut the canyon in a very short time, geologically speaking.

Lava Falls

One highlight of the Toroweap view is looking downstream over Lava Falls. This class 10 climax to multi-day rafting adventure is at river mile 179 from Lee’s Ferry. Even John Wesley Powell refused to attempt it on the first ever Grand Canyon river expedition in 1869.  Lava Falls drops 30 feet in 13 seconds. The rapids appear much smaller than they are from Toroweap, but with a pair of binoculars, one can watch small rafts and kayaks disappear for a second as they are blocked behind the steep falls. If you hold still, you might even hear the rafters shouting when then make it through the rapids.

Wildlife

Along the way, we often spot gopher snakes or rattlesnakes, cottontail and jackrabbits and white striped antelope ground squirrels. There are also mule deer, coyote, bobcats, mountain lions and many small rodents and reptiles. A real treat is spotting an American pronghorn. The pronghorn is the fastest land mammal in the Western Hemisphere and is often cited as the second fastest in the world behind a cheetah.  They can run 35 mph for 4 miles and 55 mph for 0.5 mi. Pronghorns are built for speed, not for jumping. Their ranges are sometimes cut off by ranchers’ fences. The protection of habitat has allowed pronghorn numbers to recover to an estimated population between 500,000 and 1,000,000. Their range extends from Canada south through parts of Minnesota, coastal southern California and northern Mexico.

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