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Grand Canyon Backpacking Guides

Several companies provides fully guided multi-day hikes to Havasu Falls and Grand Canyon National Park, with each trip being led by a professional backcountry guide. Professional guides have medical training, an intimate knowledge of all aspects of the Grand Canyon, and a passion for what they do. All necessary gear, backcountry permits, and meals are typically included in your trip.

While there are several fun day hikes, the best way to experience all the Canyon has to offer is through a backpacking trip. Whether you visit Havasupai Falls, Indian GardensBright Angel camp groundHorseshoe Mesa, or do a Rim to Rim or New Hance Loop, you'll be left memories that will last a lifetime!

There are many different reasons people choose a multi-day trekking or backpacking trip when they come to the Grand Canyon. Your guide is a safety net to make you feel comfortable in a beautiful, but sometimes harsh and rugged landscape. A guided hike takes away the hassles of the complex logistics of planning a Grand Canyon Adventure. Your guides will set up camp, carry food and extra gear, prepare your meals, and even wash the dishes!

The best reason to do a guided trip, however, is the benefit of a Grand Canyon education. A knowledgeable Grand Canyon guide provides a totally different Grand Canyon experience. Without someone who has intimate knowledge of the Canyon, you're just hiking in the dark!


This is the classic Grand Canyon backpacking adventure. Starting on the South Kaibab, you will descend through 1.7 billion years of geologic history on a trail built for its expansive vistas. Using a suspension bridge to cross the Colorado River, you'll make your way to the historic Bright Angel Campground. After a night of camping under the stars, your hike will take you along the Colorado River, before climbing the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Gardens. Ancient ruins, sunset dinner at Plateau Point, and camping in a beautiful grove of cottonwoods are all part of the second day of your trip. Day three will put you back on the Bright Angel trail. Your hike back to the rim of the Grand Canyon is a great opportunity to spot wildlife, and observe rock art on a path used since the time of the Ancestral Puebloans. Learn more about Bright Angel Loop

From the North Rim of the Grand Canyon you'll peer towards a destination that seems lifetimes away. After 24 miles of awe-inspiring views, your arrival at the Canyon's South Rim will evoke a sense of satisfaction rarely experienced in one's lifetime as you turn back to see where you started your journey four days earlier. From Alpine meadows and the Colorado River, to Ribbon Falls and Plateau Point, this hike lets you experience as much of the Canyon as possible in one trek. On this Grand Canyon backpacking adventure, you'll typically camp one night each at Cottonwood, Bright Angel, and Indian Gardens Campgrounds. With unlimited opportunity to explore, and unlimited miles for your hiking boots, this is one of the Grand Canyon's most popular backpacks. Learn more about Rim to Rim

If you want to relax on your backpacking vacation, and still make it to the Colorado River, this is the hike for you. A more laid-back Grand Canyon hiking adventure, Indian Gardens is great camping experience for first time Canyon hikers and families. Don't worry though - all the beauty and excitement of the Grand Canyon are still at your fingertips. Hiking down the Bright Angel Trail in the footsteps of ancestral Puebloans, you'll make your way to camp at Indian Gardens, where you'll have time to rest or explore close-by ruins. After a relaxing afternoon, your guide will take you to Plateau Point for a sunset dinner at one of the most amazing Inner Canyon views. Free from the weight of your backpack, day two will entail a seven mile round-trip hike to the Colorado River, with plenty of time to rest up for a hearty breakfast and the hike out on day three. Learn more about Indian Gardens

Awesome panoramas, hidden caves and pristine streams are all part of the experience of the Horseshoe Mesa area. The gateway to Horseshoe Mesa is the aptly named Grandview Trail. This short but rugged route was developed for the Last Chance Mine when copper was discoverd here in 1890. Learn more about Horseshoe Mesa

This advanced trek is one of the South Rim’s most challenging hikes. A steep descent down a trail rich with history will evoke your appreciation for Grand Canyon pioneers like John Hance. Learn more about New Hance Loop