GRAND CANYON HIKING & BACKPACKING TOURS
Enjoy some of the most spectacular views in the world on a Grand Canyon hiking tour!
Wildland Trekking guided Grand Canyon hiking and backpacking tours are adventurous, fun, convenient ways to explore and discover Grand Canyon National Park. Hike with our expert Grand Canyon hiking guides, enjoy exceptional cuisine, use top-of-the-line gear, and experience the best of the Grand Canyon!
Our Grand Canyon hiking tours include guided Grand Canyon backpacking trips, mule-supported trips, basecamp hiking tours, inn-based hiking tours, and day hike tours. All Grand Canyon hikes are all-inclusive with local transportation, meals, gear, permits, and professional guides!
Top Grand Canyon Trips
TOP GRAND CANYON HIKING TOURS
- Top South Rim – Grand Canyon Classic
- Top North Rim – Wonders of the Canyon
- Most Famous Trip – Rim to Rim
- Best Summer Tour – Indian Garden Trek
- Most Family-friendly – Horseshoe Mesa
- Most Adventurous – Packrafting Rim to Rim
- Guides Choice – Hermit Loop
- Best Winter Trip – Winter Rim to Rim
- Top Inn-based – Best of Grand Canyon Tour
- Top Camping – Grand Canyon Basecamp Tour
- Top Day Hike – South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon National Park Trip Styles
All Grand Canyon National Park Trips (29 results)
Grand Canyon Rim to Rim
Grand Canyon & Sedona Tour
Grand Canyon Classic
Phantom Ranch Tour
Best of Grand Canyon
South Rim Basecamp Tour
Grand Canyon Basecamp Tour
WHY HIKE GRAND
CANYON WITH US?
#1 OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AT THE GRAND CANYON ON TRIP ADVISOR
We accommodate on average more than 2,000 guests on our Grand Canyon hiking tours and backpacking trips every year, and we have earned a reputation for exceeding our guests’ expectations. With thousands of 5-star reviews, Wildland Trekking’s hiking trips are the #1 activity on Trip Advisor: click here to see our Trip Advisor reviews. You can read additional guest comments on our Wildland Trekking Reviews and Facebook pages. Lastly, consistent positive feedback was the primary reason one of our Grand Canyon hiking trips was showcased on the Discovery Channel as one of the “Official Best” attractions in Arizona!
FANTASTIC MEALS AND TOP OF THE LINE GEAR
At Wildland our meals are raved about by past guests. We have an extensive list of exclusive recipes our guides choose from to meet the dietary needs and desires of each group. We use fresh, real ingredients and never use dehydrated backpacking meals that many companies use.
Almost all necessary gear is included on your trip. That includes backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles and more. All of these items are from premier brands. Sleeping bags are professionally laundered after every trip, and all other gear is cleaned after every trip. On backpacking trips the combined retail value of gear provided is approximately $1000.
We know that all-inclusive tours are the best option for 99% of our guests, and for this reason our trips include nearly everything. This includes local transportation, gear, meals, permits/reservations and more. Many companies charge extra for some or all of these things, or guests are 100% responsible for them – at Wildland they’re fully included!
WHY HIKE GRAND
CANYON WITH US?
EXCEPTIONAL HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDES
Wildland Trekking guides are carefully selected for their wilderness experience, solid certifications, and commitment to providing life-enriching outdoor experiences for their guests. Then they are trained extensively to provide the Wildland experience and adhere to our field protocol, risk management policies and customer service standards. Excellent guides can’t just appreciate nature – they must be equally passionate about sharing their love of nature with others. And it’s exactly those outdoor professionals we employ at Wildland. Meet Our Team page.
COMPREHENSIVE RISK MANAGEMENT
Wildland guides are given a prime directive to guide their decision making. First is safety. Second is compliance with national park regulations. Third is guest enjoyment. Safety truly is our top priority. All trips carry satellite phones, company-issued first aid kits and comprehensive field and medical protocols. We also have a 24-hour emergency line that guests, guides and family members can call any time to connect with a manager.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT GRAND CANYON HIKES
WHY A GRAND CANYON HIKING VACATION?
Grand Canyon National Park offers a wealth of hiking and backpacking trips, and is only truly accessible by hiking, horseback, or rafting. Most visitors stand on the rim, stare down into the Canyon, snap some photos, visit a gift shop or two, eat at the cafeteria and then leave. If only they knew what they’re missing! The Grand Canyon is rich with remote treasures: oases, waterfalls, wildlife, beaches along the Colorado River, a plethora of different expansive views, cliff-top campsites, and an endless sense of spaciousness. On a hiking trip you’re able to discover these intimate details and also understand the magnitude of the world’s most famous canyon.
BACKPACKING TRIP, HORSE-ASSISTED, INN-BASED OR BASECAMP?
So you’ve decided to hike the Grand Canyon with Wildland Trekking – now, which trip type should you do? Backpacking trips are for people who want to challenge themselves and/or want to have a remote experience of the wilder side of the canyon. Our horse-assisted hike is for folks who want to get to the bottom of the Canyon, spend a couple nights exploring, and want to hike with a light day pack. Inn-based hiking tours are for guests who want to have an all-around hiking experience of the Grand Canyon and live it up at night with comfortable accommodations and wonderful meals. And our basecamp tours offer rim-based hiking and camping packages with access to showers, cold drinks, cool night/morning temperatures, and fantastic outdoor cooking.
Hike with a guide or on your own?
Many people hike the Grand Canyon on their own, and many go with a guide. The advantage of joining a guided tour, like Wildland Trekking’s, are many:
- We take care of permits, reservations, local transportation, meals, gear, and more so you can focus 100% on enjoying your hiking vacation.
- Grand Canyon National Park is like an encyclopedia of geologic history, and with a guide you’re able to delve into this incredible knowledge with a direct experience and in-the-moment interpretation. You’ll also learn a tremendous amount about the cultural and biological history of the Canyon.
- The Grand Canyon claims many lives every year, and requires hundreds of emergency evacuations. It’s a dangerous environment. Going with a Grand Canyon hiking guide allows you to hike with an increased level of safety.
- If you decide to hike on your own, we strongly recommend following the national park’s Hike Smart tips. And if you hike between December and April we recommend being prepared with hiking crampons.
when to trek in the canyon
Whether you’re joining a guided trip or trekking on your own, it’s important to select the timing of your visit carefully. The basic synopsis of each season is detailed here:
- December-February: This is a good time of year to hike the Canyon as long as you are prepared for icy trails and potential winter storms. It’s often very quiet with no crowds and plenty of solitude out on the trails. Pristine snow dusts the top of the Canyon, which contrasts beautifully with the red cliffs below. South Kaibab Trail and Bright Angel Trail are the best ones to hike this time of year because the trails can be icy. For this reason it’s also critical to have hiking crampons with you. Finally, the North Rim is closed in the winter, but we run our Winter Rim to Rim which reaches the North Rim by hiking across the Canyon.
- March-May: Spring is excellent for hiking the Canyon. The temperatures are still quite cool in March and April and can be quite hot in May, but for the most part the temperatures are moderate. Spring can still bring winter moisture, so be prepared for a variety of weather and possibly icy trails. Hiking on the main Corridor trails is fantastic as well as the more remote trails like Hermit, Grandview, New Hance and Tanner. The North Rim does not open until May 15, so after that date the Rim to Rim becomes available.
- June-August: Beware of hiking in the summer months, especially if you’re trekking on your own, without the expertise of a guide company. Stay on the main trails (South Kaibab, Bright Angel and North Kaibab), carry lots of water, and eat an abundance of salty, sweet snacks. Temperatures can be 105+ degrees fahrenheit in the shade. Do your hiking early in the morning and in the evening, and rest through the middle of they day (especially on backpacking trips). We strongly recommend joininig one of our tours if you’re set on going this time of year. Also this is the monsoon season so afternoon thunderstorms and flash flooding is possible.
- September-November: Like spring, fall is amazing in the Canyon. One thing that sets fall apart from spring is that the North Rim is open, allowing the Rim to Rim hike to be done. Early September can still be quite hot with the possibility of heavy monsoon rains. November can get quite chilly, especially on the rims, and the North Rim closes after the first significant snowfall between mid October and mid November. Overall however, fall is a wonderful time to hike the Grand Canyon!
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GRAND CANYON VISITOR INFORMATION
TIPS FOR VISITING GRAND CANYON
- VISITING GRAND CANYON: Get info on what to do, when to visit, how to get there, best hikes, best tours and more.
- BEST TIME TO VISIT GRAND CANYON: Find detailed information about when to visit the Canyon based on what you want to do and see.
- WHAT TO SEE IN GRAND CANYON IN ONE DAY: Only have one day at Grand Canyon? Make the most of it by following our expert tips!
- BEST GRAND CANYON TOURS: Learn about the top tours and recommended companies for helicopter, rafting, cycling and more!
- BEST GRAND CANYON HIKES: Find out what our top 5 recommended day hikes are with recommended pack lists and more.
- TOP 5 GUIDED GRAND CANYON BACKPACKING TOURS: Read our article about our five most popular guided backpacking trips!
- 5 BEST GRAND CANYON BACKPACKING TRIPS: Read our article about what we think the 5 best backpacking trips are!
- HOW TO HIKE RIM TO RIM IN THE GRAND CANYON: Learn what it takes to hike Rim to Rim – training, packing, route information and more!
- TRAINING FOR GRAND CANYON HIKE: Information about training for your Grand Canyo hike, whether it’s with Wildland Trekking or on your own!
- GRAND CANYON BACKPACKING PERMITS: Learn about the complicated Grand Canyon backcountry permit system and how to apply.