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Grand Canyon Bakcpacking Trips

The Grand Canyon is a backpackers Mecca! You can spend your entire life exploring the canyon and many people have. There are the well known corridor destinations like Indian Gardens, Bright Angel and Cottonwood campgrounds as well as the blue green waters of Havasu Falls. Outside the main backcountry campgrounds there are hundreds of miles of trails and infinite options for off trail hiking routes.


Corridor Destinations

With access from South and North Kaibab trails and the Bright Angel trail the corridor campgrounds are the most popular for good reason.  They are not easy trails, but have water, developed campgrounds and great views!

Other Backcountry Sites

Outside the main campgrounds there are amazing backcountry campsites and trails for more experienced Grand Canyon hikers.  These trails are not maintained on a regular basis, don't have a sure supply of water and offer much more of a challenge.

Off Trail Routes

If you've hiked all the Grand Canyon trails one of Grand Canyons many off trail routes can offer you a true challenge.  These routes require real canyon knowledge and planning and should not be undertaken lightly.  The reward for all this work is solitude and a real adventure!

Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls is located outside the park on the Havasupai Reservations. This western Grand Canyon backpacking destination is extremely beautiful and unique.  It is also one of the canyon's more mellow hikes.

The Bright Angel Loop Hike is a classic Grand Canyon backpacking adventure. Your journey will lead you from the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, to the mighty Colorado River and back. Learn more about Bright Angel Loop

The Rim to Rim is Grand Canyon National Park's only trans-canyon hike. From the North Rim to the South Rim, this awesome journey will show you the amazing diversity this hiking mecca has to offer. Learn more about Rim to Rim

Horseshoe Mesa is a true Grand Canyon wilderness experience. This part of the Canyon is accessed via the Grandview Trail and has several camping sites where hikers can experience the Grand Canyon with few other visitors and no facilities. Learn more about Horseshoe Mesa

The New Hance Loop is one of the most rugged hiking trips the Grand Canyon has to offer. If you're an experienced hiker and are looking for a more challenging trip with steep trails and few other people, this is the trip for you. Learn more about New Hance Loop

Located in the heart of the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls is known the world over for its beautiful turquoise waterfalls. Located within the homeland of the Havasupai Tribe, Havasu Falls is one of three major waterfalls in Havasu Canyon.  Learn more about Havasu Falls