Visiting the Grand Canyon is a dream shared by millions of people around the world. Every year travelers come from far and wide to stand on the edge of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, but relatively few of them climb over the rim and explore the canyon’s inner reaches. Embark on a guided backpacking trip and the adventure of a lifetime and join the elite group of individuals who have experienced the intricate wonders of the Grand Canyon.
The trek to Horseshoe Mesa is a challenging hike to a beautiful secluded location within the canyon, rich in history and geology. Horseshoe Mesa juts out above the Redwall limestone like a lush island on a rocky pedestal in the midst of the vast canyon. From the aptly named Grandview Trailhead, located at the site of the former Grandview Point Hotel, we’ll make our descent along an ancient Indian route to your camp at Horseshoe Mesa. Day two' possibilities include exploring the Cave of the Domes, an intriguing cavern carved into the Redwall limestone, hiking to the springs in Cottonwood Creek, or circumnavigating Horseshoe Mesa itself. On day three, you'll break camp and make the hike back out on Grandview Trail to the rim.
Duration: 3 days/2nights
Departs: Old Town Scottsdale (DATES)
Includes: Round-trip transportation from Scottsdale, all permits & entry fees, skilled guide(s), all meals (lunch day 1 thru lunch day 3), kitchen & group gear (cooking utensils, stove, fuel, water filter, food storage, dish washing necessities), personal mess-kit (bowl, mug, fork, spoon).
Not-Included: Personal insurance and expenses; Pre- or post-trip lodging; Airfare to and from Scottsdale, AZ; Airport transfers; Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 3; Sleeping bag, Sleeping pad, Backpack, Tent (rentals available); Trekking poles (complimentary upon request).
Cost: $795/person + $21/person permit fees*
Price is based on shared occupancy. Solo occupancy upgrade available for an additional $25/person +tax; A $500.00 per person deposit is required to hold your reservation on any trip. The balance is due 60 days prior to your trip departure date. *$21/person permit fees in 2018; $35/person permit fees in 2019; Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure.
Skill level: Advanced
Notes: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. All Grand Canyon tours are group tours; minimum 2 guests. Please inquire for available dates. Private backpacking tours are available for an additional fee.
All cancellations must be made in writing via email or fax. Cancellation fees abide by the following schedule:
-91 or more days prior: Full refund for all trips
-61 to 90 days prior: Forfeit of deposit (30%)
-31 to 60 days prior: 50% of trip cost
-0 to 30 days prior: 100% of trip cost (no refund)