There are a number of excellent backpacking opportunities in Grand Canyon that you won’t find listed under our regular offerings. Most of these trips will be more physically demanding and cover some of the most challenging trails in the park. But we can also offer great trips for those who are new to backpacking or who might only have one or two nights available for a trip. As with all of our trip offerings, our Custom Backpacking trips include all the necessary gear, all food and trail snacks, the required backcountry permits, and a professional, licensed guide.
For those looking for a good challenge and plenty of solitude, you might consider the amazing Escalante Route, which is not only one of the most spectacular hikes in Grand Canyon but also one of the most difficult. The New Hance Loop offers a similar challenge and remarkable scenery.
But if time is short and you’re new to backpacking, perhaps one or two nights at Indian Garden Campground along the Bright Angel Trail is a good fit and a great introduction to hiking and camping in Grand Canyon. And the Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa is an excellent option for a quick one or two night trip that involves a healthy dose of wilderness and solitude, as well as short miles with the backpacks on and plenty of time to explore from your beautiful campsite.
There are plenty of options and we always eager to discuss these with you and help you plan the perfect trip. As with all Grand Canyon trips, these are best planned at least 5 months in advance, based on how the Grand Canyon backcountry permit system operates.