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.
This rugged and remote region, where bold plateaus and multi-hued cliffs run for distances that defy human perspective, offers some of the best hiking in the world. Expanding over 277 miles in length, averaging 10 miles in width and over 1 mile deep, it is understandable why this great chasm is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Even today, this unspoiled natural landscape remains a frontier. A Grand Canyon hiking tour offers an incredible opportunity to explore shimmering waterfalls, ancient ruins, unimaginable vistas, and spectacular rock formations.
Duration: 3 days/2nights
Departs: Old Town Scottsdale
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. *Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure.
Classic Colorado River Loop
Experience two of the most famed trails in the world and stay at the most coveted campgrounds in Grand Canyon National Park on our Classic Colorado River backpacking loop. Descend into the Grand Canyon along the South Kaibab Trail, the shortest route to the the Colorado River and Bright Angel campground just beyond. Day two of your canyon backpacking trek is full of endless opportunities for exploration as you make your away along Garden Creek to the campground at Indian Garden. On Day three, you will end your trip by hiking out on Bright Angel Trail. (DATES)
Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden
This exciting backpacking expedition descends into the canyon from the South Rim and winds down the famous Bright Angel Trail to the ages-old campground at Indian Garden. The second day of our backpacking trip is the perfect time to feed your inner curiosity about the diverse ecosystem within the canyon walls. Options for the day include a shorter hike out the Plateau Point Trail to sweeping views of the river rushing along 1300 ft below or for more of a challenge some may prefer to push on down the Bright Angel trail to the Colorado River itself. The return trek up the Bright Angel Trail takes a good deal longer than the descent. Gaining over three thousand feet of elevation, it affords an entirely different perspective from the views you experienced on the way into the canyon. Your guide will give you plenty of opportunity to rest along the way. Your group will reach the South Rim by early afternoon and where your lunch in Grand Canyon village will be well-deserved after the morning’s hard work. There will be some time to rest at the Rim and shop for souvenirs before boarding the van for the return. (DATES)
Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa
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. (DATES)
Hermit Trail to the Colorado River
This guided backpacking trip on the Hermit Trail explores a part of the canyon accessible only to a lucky few. The campground at Hermit Creek sits beside one of the rare perennial waterways within the Grand Canyon, located 3,800 ft below the trailhead. Day two is the perfect chance to explore while unencumbered by your pack. The path from camp to the river is at first a quick and well-worn descent and then begins to blend into the terrain as you follow the canyon downstream. The creek opens up to the Colorado River just upstream from Hermit Rapids on a boulder-studded sandy beach; the perfect place to lounge in the afternoon sun and watch for river runners in passing boats. Ascending to the rim caps every Grand Canyon experience with a new and unique perspective. (DATES)
Season: Grand Canyon backpacking tours are available year round, weather dependent.
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)