Type: Basecamp Hiking
Days: 3 Days
Distance: 20 mi/32 km
Origin: Flagstaff, AZ
This classic Grand Canyon hiking tour is perfect for guests that want to experience the best of Grand Canyon’s South Rim as well as enjoying a great National Park camping vacation. Explore some of the best day hikes the South Rim has to offer and kick back each evening in a comfortable campground enjoying incredible night skies and sitting around the campfire. Each day will embark on a new trail leading us below the rim to explore the sights and secrets. You’ll also have the chance to visit the best viewpoints along the rim as well as educational attractions, making for a complete Grand Canyon experience in just 3 days! Highlights include exciting hikes down classic trails with views of the Colorado River, visiting the best viewpoints, & educational rim attractions. Our South Rim Hiking Adventure is great for families and can be custom-suited to fit the needs and desires of your group.
We kick off this Grand Canyon hiking tour on the famous South Kaibab Trailhead for a day of hiking on this classic Grand Canyon ridgeline trail. Enjoy a picnic along the way, unbelievable vistas in every direction and a chance for views of the Colorado River. After the hike, we will stop at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center for some excellent exhibits to introduce to all aspects of this Natural Wonder of the World. Then it’s off to setup camp, clean ourselves up and settle in for a delicious camp dinner prepared by your guide.
Drive Time: 1.5 hours
Distance & Elevation: ~6 miles, 2000 foot descent/ascent
Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After an early breakfast we are off for another full day of exploring. We take a quick drive to the trailhead for a great hike on the historic Hermit Trail. This quiet trail is less traveled and offers fantastic opportunities for solitude. As you pass through the pinyon and juniper forest of Waldron Basin, the views into Hermit Canyon are stunning. Dripping Springs, our destination, is sits in a beautiful sandstone alcove and features relics from the days of the 19th century prospectors. After a great hike, we will have the opportunity to visit a few stunning viewpoints before returning to our camp for dinner and some well-deserved rest and relaxation around the campfire.
Distance & Elevation: ~7 miles, 1500 foot descent/ascent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After a hearty breakfast and packing up camp, today’s journey will start with a visit to the Yavapai Geology Museum. Then it’s off to Grandview Point for a short hike below the rim and more incredible canyon vistas. We then head east making various stops along the East Rim Drive. We’ll visit Desert View for lunch and a climb up the historic Watchtower. Our journey back to Flagstaff includes views of the incredible Little Colorado River Gorge and the Painted Desert.
Distance & Elevation: 3 miles, 500 foot descent/ascent
Drive Time: 2.5 hours
Custom Options: A customized itinerary featuring either more or less hiking can be arranged for any group of 4 or more. Call for details.
*Final itineraries are occasionally subject to change due to permit/campsite availability, park restrictions/closures, weather conditions and/or road closures.
- A professional, licensed and medically trained guide
- All necessary gear: day pack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles
- All necessary cooking/eating gear: bowls, cups, utensils
- All meals from a light breakfast on Day 1 through lunch on the last day + trail snacks
- Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Flagstaff, AZ to Grand Canyon
- Entrance fees and camping permits
What’s Not Included:
- Transportation to/from Flagstaff, AZ
- Lodging the night before/after the trip
- Clothing, raingear, and footwear
- Personal toiletries, sunscreen
- Water bottles/hydration bladder
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Guide gratuity (suggested 10-15% of trip cost)
*Upon Booking you will receive a detailed trip information packet
How many people are in the group?
Most backpacking trips in Grand Canyon will accommodate 5 people plus one guide. On occasion, a group may be as large as 9 people plus 2 guides.
Are there age restrictions?
Children under the age of 13 are generally not permitted on backpacking trips. This restriction may be negotiable on private tours. Please contact us with any questions regarding this policy.
How do i sign up?
In order to confirm a reservation, we require an initial deposit of $250 per person, with the final balance due 90 days prior to the trip’s departure. If you book a trip within 90 days of the trip’s scheduled departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking.
Your deposit is payable over the phone by Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover. Checks by mail are fine as well, as are bank transfers ($35 transfer fee). Call our office Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Arizona time. 1-877-272-5032
Where does the trip begin/end?
This trip will begin/end in Flagstaff, AZ and you will need to spend the night prior to your trip’s scheduled departure in Flagstaff. You will want to fly into either Phoenix (2 hour drive) or Flagstaff. Please visit our Travel Resources page for information on airports, shuttles/rental cars and recommended hotels.
Where do meet our guides?
We will hold a pre-trip orientation at 4:30pm the evening prior to your trip’s departure at the Four Season Outfitters shop in Flagstaff. Departure times and logistics for the following morning will be discussed at the orientation.
Departure times and logistics for the following morning will be discussed at the orientation. Most trips will depart between 4:30am and 7am. *This meeting is not mandatory, but highly recommended, as we will depart early the next morning. If you are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that we can make alternate arrangements.
What do we do with our car and extra stuff?
We will provide all transportation to/from trailheads for the duration of the trip. We will pick you up at your hotel in Flagstaff and return you there at the trip’s conclusion. Guests staying at the Embassy Suites (recommended) or Hampton Inn & Suites can leave their cars at the hotel. These hotels will often store your luggage for you, as well. If not, we are happy to store extra luggage at our shop for the duration of the trip. If you are staying at a different hotel, you will need to check with them as to whether you can leave your car there.
What time will we get back on the last day?
Expect to be back in Flagstaff by 5pm at the latest on the last day of the trip. Many trips will return earlier but we cannot make any guarantees. In general, it is recommended that you do not plan to fly home on the same day your trip finishes. Since each trip has slightly different logistics, feel free to contact us with specific questions related to the expected return time for your trip.
Custom dates only. Please call or email for availability.
Call 1-877-272-5032 or email us for details.