Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip

Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip

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Spend 3 unforgettable days hiking from the South Rim to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back. It is a hearty trek into the canyon, but well worth it to escape the crowds on the rim. Learn all about the unique wildlife, geology, and history in one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Interested in this trip? Call us at (888) 849-6637 or email to reserve your spot!

ADVENTURE #: itemMatrix-4715

Reserve your spot with a $150.00 deposit



START: Scottsdale, AZ
FINISH: Scottsdale, AZ
Budget Friendly Outdoor Accommodations High Fitness Level Couples Family Friendly

Spend three days hiking from the South Rim to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back.  Your journey showcases 1.7 billion years of geologic history exposed in colorful layers by the powerful Colorado River. Your expert guides are the key to an exciting and memorable experience, including wonders you would never discover on your own.  It is a hearty trek into the canyon, but well worth it to escape the crowds on the rim.  Learn all about the unique wildlife, geology, and history in one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

What's Included
  • Professional, knowledgeable guide (2 guides for groups of 6 or more)
  • Hotel accommodations for one night in Scottsdale, AZ
  • Round-trip tround transportation from Scottsdale to the Grand Canyon.
  • 2 nights camping at backcountry campsite within the Grand Canyon
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary (Breakfast on Day 2 through Lunch on Day 4) plus an assortment of trail snacks
  • Backpacking Gear: Backpack, Double Occupancy Tent, Sleeping Pad, Sleeping Bag, Trekking Poles
  • Camp Kitchen and Group Gear: Cooking Utensils, Stove and Fuel, Water Filter, Food Storage and Dishwashing needs, Personal Mess Kit (bowl, mug, fork, spoon)
  • Entry Fees and backcountry permits in Grand Canyon National Park
What's Not Included
  • Round-Trip transportation from your home to the hotel in Scottsdale, AZ
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages or other beverages that you may choose to bring
  • Personal Gear and Clothing (See Gear list)
  • Guide Gratuities


Backpacking, Hiking, Camping

Photos from Recent Adventures


Day 1 - Arrival
Make your way to Scottsdale, Arizona and check into your hotel (included). Relax and prepare for the amazing adventure that awaits!
Day 2 - Descend Into the Canyon
Meet your guides and fellow travelers in the lobby of the hotel at 6:00am and prepare for your spectacular adventure in the Grand Canyon. Departing Scottsdale and the vibrant Sonora Desert, we drive north (230 miles/4 hours, transportation provided) to our trailhead in the majestic Grand Canyon National Park. Together we descend through the colorful layers as our guides teach up the miraculous geology that created this natural wonder of the world. Only a select few spend the night in these lower reaches, making our Grand Canyon experience even more special. Exact campsite will be determined prior to departure based on permit availability, but we’ll hike up to 8 miles with up to 5,000 vertical feet of elevation loss and camp at a backcountry site below the rim of the Canyon. (Meals Included: B, L, D)
Day 3 - Explore Below the Rim
Today you will leave your heavy pack behind and continue exploring with a lighter day pack. We’ll explore further into the canyon, hiking 3-5 miles with up to 1,200 feet of elevation change. Spend the day learning about canyon history and features, and possibly hiking down to the mighty Colorado River. Afterwards our guides will prepare a hearty and delicious dinner for our final night in the canyon together. We’ll swap stories of our favorite moments and build our strength for tomorrow’s final challenge (Meals Included: B, L, D)
Day 4 - Conquer the Canyon
It is an early start this morning to pack up and hit the trail. However, don’t forget to soak in the magnificence of the canyon around you. We journey back through the changing rock layers, taking our time as the return to the rim is a challenging uphill climb. We will hike up to 8 miles, with up to 3,600 feet in elevation gain. With triumphant hearts, we emerge from the canyon’s depths to the rim and enjoy a well-deserved lunch. From here, we transfer back to the hotel in Scottsdale with memories and friendships to last a lifetime (230 miles/4 hours driving). Expect to be dropped off at the host hotel by 6:00pm. Flights should not be booked prior to 9:00pm. (Meals Included: B, L)

Note: Itinerary is subject to change depending on permit availability, weather, trail and course conditions, travel, health and well-being of the trip participants, and interests of the group.


The first night, we stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Old Town Scottsdale. The next 2 nights will be spent sleeping under the countless stars in tents (provided). Accommodations are quoted in double occupancy. Single accommodations may be available upon request for an additional fee. Please inquire upon registration.

Backpacking in the Grand Canyon is strenuous. This trip should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions which may put you at risk. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself.

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