Thank you for your support over all of these years. Unfortunately CenterFocus Experiences is closing after 10 years of dedicated work to serve the public, our local communities, and our land.

Check out www.phoenixwildernessadventures.com, as they are picking up the same ethic and quality of service that CenterFocus represented during the past decade. The owner of this company was the operations manager for us through all of our experiences here at CenterFocus, and will continue to carry our mission forward.

If looking for canyoneering instruction, you can email ACA certified pro guide Garrett Bennett at garrett@thecenterfocus.com. It has been both a challenging and rewarding chapter in my life running this company, and I wish everyone the best of luck in your future endeavors in the wilderness environments.

Cheers – Garrett Bennett and David Malpas, Founders, CenterFocus Experiences



Grand Canyon Day Hiking: Hermit Trail

CenterFocus offers guided day hiking trips in Grand Canyon National Park on the Hermit Trail. This five mile round trip hike down the Hermit Trail will take you to the small oasis of the Santa Maria Spring, and past ancient reptile tracks. The trail has a higher solitude and adventure factor, serving as one of the more challenging day hikes that we offer. The trail was originally built by the Santa Fe railroad so that Grand Canyon travelers could avoid paying tolls on the Bright Angel Trail. Typically we see few people, and this area has its own unique feeling while working your way into a juniper field tucked into a large bowl within the Grand Canyon. Turning the corner near the end of the hike, you are struck with the huge views out towards the Colorado River that sits a mile below us while on trail.

CenterFocus offers some of the most personalized tours and smallest group sizes of any guide company in Grand Canyon National Park. We are a family run, locally based operation that prides itself in giving the best customer service to all of our clients. We feel that by keeping our groups small, we are able to provide you with the attention you deserve during your hiking tour with us.

These trips provide transportation directly out of Sedona, and most Northern, AZ cities with front door pickup at location of your choice. This allows you to sit back and relax, avoid paying park entrance fees or worrying about packing a proper lunch, so that you can just look out the windows and enjoy the beauty of Northern, AZ. No need to figure your way around the park’s shuttle system, waiting for hours in lines and during multiple stops along the way just trying to see the Grand Canyon and go hiking.

With CenterFocus we have direct trailhead access via special permit eliminating park shuttles, and we also know where to go and what trails to hike based on where people are during given times and seasons within the park, avoiding some of the busier areas so that we again, have a nicer experience.

Our guides are all Wilderness Medical First Responders just in case, and to keep you safe. We provide high quality day packs and gear so that you are comfortable and can enjoy the day as much as possible.

Many competitors offer a cheaper option but will not include the transportation to or within the park, or have direct shuttle access to the trails to be able to take you on different trails within the park. Even if you are in the area and meet us at Grand Canyon, we still eliminate the park shuttle system. We drive in 5 minutes to places that would otherwise take 25-45 minutes each, to get to. It makes seeing Grand Canyon nicer as we can literally just go around touring the park, enjoying the day on our own time and seeing a whole lot more.

  • - Time: Year round
  • - Difficulty Rating: 6/10
  • - Distance & Elevation: 5 miles ~ 1760 feet
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