This is one of our most popular Grand Canyon backpacking tours and it’s great for people who are new to the canyon. We start our hike on the South Kaibab Trail, which offers the shortest possible route to the Colorado River and Phantom Ranch. Once we reach the canyon floor, we will cross the Colorado River via the Black Bridge, which brings us to camp at Bright Angel Campground. Here, you can relax by the creek, explore inner canyon trails, enjoy a sandy beach by the Colorado River, or visit historic Phantom Ranch. The next day starts with an extraordinary traverse along the Colorado River as we make our way towards the historic Bright Angel Trail and up to Havasupai Gardens Campground. We spend our last night here and enjoy a late afternoon stroll out to Plateau Point to take in a spectacular sunset. The last day we hike to the top of the South Rim, continuing along the Bright Angel Trail, and enjoy a delicious lunch with spectacular view. This tour offers you the best introduction to Grand Canyon hiking and backpacking.
*Due to a temporary closure of the Bright Angel Trail from December 1, 2023 through April 14, 2024, this trip will follow a modifed itinerary. We will descend the South Kaibab Trail and spend two consecutive nights at Bright Angel Campground before ascending back up the South Kaibab Trail on Day 3. Expect a more challenging experience, as the South Kaibab Trail is a strenuous uphill hike. During this time, this trip is rated Intermediate +. More details below.