Guided Hikes & Backpacking
Grand Canyon day hiking tours are a moderate to strenuous day hike on one of the many trails off the rim of the Grand Canyon. Booking a guided hike is a great way to experience the canyon with a professional guide. Almost all of these guided day hikes take place from the Grand Canyon’s South Rim near Grand Canyon Village. The South Kaibab Trail or Bright Angel Trail are the two most popular hikes, but if you’re up for a more difficult walk trails like Grandview or Hermit are also and option with some of the guides and outfitters.
For the more adventurous, a multi-day backpacking trip will unveil Grand Canyon National Parks true spirit. These trips usually range from 3-5 days, and undertake hikes to places like Bright Angel Campground, Havasu Falls or the canyons classic Rim to Rim Grand Canyon Trek. There are also hikes to less visited trails like Horseshoe Mesa, Deer Creek/Thunder River and Escalante that offer solitude and a much more challenging hike. Hiring a guide, even for experienced hikers and backpackers will help make the planning and logistics of your trip much easier so you can enjoy your adventure and learn more about Grand Canyon National Park and surrounding area.
Grand Canyon Hiking Outfitters
Several companies provide fully guided day hikes and backpacking trips in 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. A guided hike takes away the hassles of the complex logistics of planning a Grand Canyon adventure.
For travelers setting out on a multi-day backpacking trip, all necessary gear and meals are typically included in your trip. Your guide is a safety net to make you feel comfortable in a beautiful, but sometimes harsh and rugged landscape. 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!
Read more about recommended hiking tours.
Check out descriptions for popular guided hikes.