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Grand Canyon Backpacking Adventure

 

On this six-day adventure explore The Grand Canyon: a majestic natural wonder carved by time, revealing the Earth’s mesmerizing history in its layered cliffs.

Trip Length

6 Days

Intensity

Level 3. View our intensity scale.

Moderate to Intense

Group Size

8 Persons

Trip Dates

May 2-7, 2024 – SOLD OUT!

Activities

Backpacking and Interpretive Tours
Backcountry Tent Camping & Hotel

Included

Medically-trained, naturalist guides
Round-trip transportation from Phoenix
Camping & Hotel Reservations – Single supplement only available for hotel, double occupancy tent camping
Group camping equipment, sleeping pad, and tent
All meals
Park entry fees

Not Included

Gratuity for your guide
Sleeping bag (available to rent)
Personal camping gear (see pack list)

$1950 per person

Explore the Natural Wonders of the Grand Canyon

Embark on a thrilling backpacking adventure through the Grand Canyon! You’ll traverse the rugged trails that wind along the South Rim, offering breathtaking vistas of ancient geological formations and the mighty Colorado River! Each day presents a new challenge and a chance to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders, culminating in a deeply rewarding and unforgettable journey through diverse landscapes and unparalleled vistas.

This tour was super informative and enjoyable for me and my family! Our guide worked with us from the start to find short hikes and great locations to explore in the park! The day was packed but it had a great flow to it with a lovely picnic lunch to break things up. We learned a lot and could tell our guide had a lot of knowledge and respect for the park! Looking to book a trip with the company up in Yellowstone when we visit next year!

Jason F, March 2022

Weather

The best times of year to hike in the deserts of Arizona are during early spring from late February to May, and the fall months of September through to early November. The summer months can be oppressively hot and not ideal for hiking. Daytime temperatures in spring and fall are usually from 60° to 80°F (16°-27°C) and nights are cool. In the early fall you should be prepared for the odd afternoon thunderstorm. 

 

Group 

Good Trippers can be any age and everyone is welcome!

We get families, couples and friends, but most of our travelers come solo! We have guided hiking trips for all abilities, just make sure to review the Intensity section for information about what to expect on your trip.

All public trips are 18+. If you’re traveling with kids, we’d be happy to make any itinerary private! Email info@goodtripadventures.com.

Intensity – Moderate to Intense

Prepare to engage in 6-8 hours of invigorating hiking each day, navigating varied terrain and notable elevation changes, particularly in the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Grand Canyon, all while carrying essential backpacks filled with water and sustenance. This adventure is well-suited for moderately experienced individuals in good physical condition, with the final day demanding a significant elevation gain and covering substantial mileage, adding an exhilarating challenge to this remarkable journey.

 

Accommodations

  • Single occupancy hotel
  • Double occupancy tent camping

Flights

Your guide will meet you at Phoenix International Airport between 10:30am – 11:00 am on Day 1, so please book a flight that arrives by 10 am. Alternatively, you can be collected at your accommodation in Phoenix at 10:00 am if you are already in town, located within 10-15 minutes of the airport. 

Your trip ends back at Phoenix International Airport at around 1:00 PM on day 6. Please book a flight that leaves after 3:00PM to ensure you have enough time to check-in. Alternatively you can be dropped at your accommodation in Phoenix if you are staying on.

 

Photography

We’re thrilled to announce that a photographer will be accompanying us on this trip to capture the incredible moments and memories we’ll be making together!

These photos will be featured on our website to showcase the amazing experiences our travelers enjoy.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at hello@goodtripadventures.com.

Curious about our photographer and how her values align with Good Trip’s? Check out her portfolio.

At Good Trip Adventures, we believe every adventurer deserves to see themselves reflected in the experiences we offer. To uphold this commitment, we are offering two complimentary spots on this trip to individuals from historically underrepresented communities.

If you are interested in this offer, please reach out via email at hello@goodtripadventures.com. We look forward to welcoming you on an unforgettable adventure!

Grand Canyon Backpacking Adventure Flights

 Itinerary

Experience the Best of Arizona with Good Trip Adventures

Day 1

Your adventure begins today! Upon your arrival to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, your guide will pick you up for a private transfer to Grand Canyon National Park. You’ll meet your fellow travelers and get to know one another via a lunch in town! After a 3-hour transfer to the south rim, enjoy a welcome dinner before the few adventurous days ahead!

Meals: L, D

Day 2

Today, you’ll get an early start as we begin our descent into the Grand Canyon via the Bright Angel Trail. We’ll make a stop under the towering cottonwood trees of Havasupai Garden and enjoy a picnic lunch next to the cool water of Garden Creek.

Afterwards, we’ll continue our trek to our creek-side campsite where we’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner as the evening glow plays along the towering sandstone cliffs as you settle into your first night of backcountry camping. (~8.8 miles, 3,060f.)

Meals: B, L, D

Day 3

We’ll start our day with a filling breakfast before an early start along the Tonto Trail. This trail remains relatively level, gaining less than 500 ft of elevation between our next campsite for the evening. This stretch of trail offers several expansive views of the inner gorge of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.

After a short day of hiking, we’ll arrive at camp with an opportunity to enjoy a few hours of free time before another wonderfully prepared dinner is served. (4.8 miles, 500ft)

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4

Another mild day of hiking begins as we continue our way along the relatively flat Tonto Trail to our next destination, Monument Creek. This campsite is situated beneath the towering cliffs of the Redwall Limestone and next to a towering pillar of rock for which the campsite gets its name. Be on the lookout for bighorn sheep, as they’re commonly spotted in this area.

Once at camp, we’ll enjoy an optional trek down to the Colorado River through an intricate canyon of layered sandstone. (3.4 miles, 300ft of gain) (Optional + 1.5 miles, 1000ft of gain).

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5

Today, we’ll get an early start for our challenging exit hike up to the canyon rim. We’ll depart the Tonto Trail and begin ascending the Hermits Trail as it switchbacks along a series of rock shelves. Be on the lookout for 250-million-year-old fossilized footprints preserved in one of the sandstone layers along our ascent.

With the full day we will take our time, making as many stops as needed to take on this large day of elevation gain! Once we have reached the rim, we’ll take the park shuttle back to the Grand Canyon Village before a celebratory shower, bed, and farewell dinner! (9.5 miles, 3500ft)

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6

The time has come for you to say “until next time.” Take the morning to enjoy a farewell breakfast with your fellow travelers. In the late morning, you’ll take a ride back to Phoenix where you will say your goodbyes feeling rewarded. 

Meals: B

* Route may be reversed 

Grand Canyon Backpacking Packing List

  • Required Gear
    • Backpacking pack (60 liters recommended) 
    • Luggage (can be left in the vehicle, 1 small suitcase per person)
    • Sleeping bag (also available to rent), rated to 15 degrees
    • Pack cover
    • Headlamp
    • Reusable water bottles
    • Wag Bags 
  • Recommended Gear and Personal Items
    • Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional, recommended if renting)
    • Travel pillow
    • Sunscreen
    • Earplugs
    • Insect repellent
    • Toiletries (please choose biodegradable and scent-free items)
    • Small, personal first aid kit (including blister treatment)
    • Small, quick dry towel
  • Required Clothing
    • Warm jacket (down, puffy, fleece)
    • Rain jacket or shell
    • Breathable wicking base layers
    • Lightweight hiking pants
    • Warm clothes to sleep in
    • Warm hat
    • Sun hat with a brim
    • Wool socks (1 pair per day of trip)
    • Hiking boots
    • Sunglasses
  • Recommended Clothing
    • Rain pants
    • Buff or neck scarf
    • Comfortable clothes for camp
    • Sandals or camp shoes

Packing list for Grand Canyon & Sedona Hiking Adventure

Grand Canyon Backpacking Adventure

$1950 per person

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