Indian Gardens Backpacking Trip

Indian Gardens Backpacking Trip

If you want to relax on your guided 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 for first time Canyon hikers and families. Don't worry though - all the beauty and excitement of the Grand Canyon are still at your finger tips. Hiking down the Bright Angel Trail in the footsteps of the Havasupai Indians, 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, you can make the short hike to Plateau Point for sunset at one of the most amazing Inner Canyon views. This flat 3 mile hike is not only good for sunset, it is also a great place to spot California Condors, one of the worlds largest birds. Read the guide below to learn more.

Indian Gardens Backpack Details and Description

After a night under the stars you'll make your way to the mighty Colorado River.  Free from the weight of your backpack, this seven mile round-trip hike to the Colorado will still give plenty of time to rest up before breakfast and the hike out on day three.  Your hike back to the rim of the Grand Canyon is a great opportunity to reflect on your journey, and observe the work of the Havasupai Indians who built the BA, and created the beautiful pictographs you'll view along the way.

Indian Gardens FAQ’s

What are the specifications of the trip? 

Number of Days: 2-3

Distance: 9mi/14km (not including day hikes)

Elevation Change: 3060ft/933m 

Trip Dates: Year-round

Difficulty (1 easy-10 extreme): 6

Are there any age or physical fitness requirements?

 Age and physical fitness depends on both the trip, and the individual going on the trip. Even within a specific destination, trip length, time of year, weather, and means of transportation have a large impact. We have many different options, and can find an adventure that’s safe and enjoyable for you and your group. 

What facilities will be available?

Camping- Campsite, Pit Toilets, Drinking Water.

When is the best time of year to book a trip?

Year Round

How soon should I book my trip?

Five months’ in advance the day permits open for your dates is advised due to limited permit availability.  Permits for this hike are not guaranteed due to NPS regulations.

Are there any limits on group size?

The group size limit for a Rim to Rim is 11 people due to park service restrictions. 

What should I bring?

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