Grand Canyon Hikes and Backpacking Trails
The Grand Canyon is a hiker's mecca. From expansive vistas and the Colorado River to backcountry waterfalls and some of the world's most amazing geology, this is a destination you can spend a lifetime exploring. The Grand Canyon has over 400 miles of trails and day hikes, rim to rim backpacks and month-long expeditions are just a few options if you’re ready for the challenge of hiking the canyon. If you want a professional guide to learn more about the Grand Canyon on your trip, there’s some great guided hikes.
All Grand Canyon day hikes are permit free, so a leisurely walk along the rim, a day hike on the South Kaibab, or any other Grand Canyon trail can be done without advanced planning or permits so long as you don’t stay overnight. Overnight backpacking, however, has a strict and limited permitting system. Hikers going to any backcountry site or campground must obtain a backcountry permit at the Grand Canyon National Park Backcountry Registration Office before setting out. If you’re heading to Havasu Falls you’ll need to get a permit from the Havasupai Tribe before you head to Havasupai. Read the guide below to learn more.