March

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2023 March Trip Dates

U.S.A. Destinations

Arizona Hikes

View from Horseshoe Mesa in Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon National Park

Backpacking Trips

Grand Canyon National Park has not yet issued backpacking permits for this month. It's extremely beneficial to register before the permit process (85+% of our guests do). You can pick any dates and you'll receive a 5% early registration discount! We have a great success rate and your deposit is fully transferrable or refundable if we're unsuccessful. Click here to read more about Grand Canyon's permit process, or get started by selecting a trip and hitting "Go!" below.

All Other Trip Types

Sunset on Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona Sedona Hiking Tours

California Hikes

Sunset in Death Valley National Park Death Valley Hiking Tours

Mammoth Lakes backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range Eastern Sierras

Sunset in Joshua Tree National Park Joshua Tree Hiking Tours

Sunset at Lassen Peak with reflection on Manzanita Lake Lassen Volcanic National Park

Two people backpacking on the Lost Coast of California Lost Coast Guided Hikes

Precipice Lake so still it's a mirror lake in the high sierras Sequoia - Kings Canyon

Sunset on Half Dome, Yosemite National Park Yosemite Hiking Tours

Colorado Hikes

Landscape from high up in Rocky Mountains in the Flattops Wilderness Area of Colorado with man traversing along ridge on summer day with alpine lakes below and background. Stunning mountain view. Flat Tops Trips

Bull Moose at Sprague Lake in the early morning light. Rocky Mountain National Park

Montana / Wyoming Hikes

Absaroka Mountains in Wyoming Absaroka-Beartooths

High ridge in the Gros Ventre Mountains of Wyoming Jackson Hole Guided Hikes

Jedediah Smith Wilderness in the Tetons Tetons Guided Hikes

Jagged peaks of the Wind River Range, Wyoming Wind River Range

Heart Lake and Mount Sheridan in Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone Hiking Tours

New Hampshire Hikes

view from Mount Washington in New Hampshire in afternoon light White Mountains Hut Treks

North Carolina Hikes

Quartz high in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville Asheville Hiking Tours

Sunset and storm clouds over Great Smoky Mountains National Park Smoky Mountains Guided Hikes

Utah Hiking Tours

Sunset on the cliffs of Canyonlands National Park Arches & Canyonlands

Sunset view of the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce Hiking Tours

Arch in Capitol Reef National Park Capitol Reef Guided Hikes

Wide angle Horizontal composition Golden Cathedral Neon Canyon Escalante National Park Utah Grand Staircase Escalante

Backpackers in Paria Canyon Wilderness Paria Slot Canyons

Stunning vista of Zion National Park Zion Hiking Tours

Vermont Hikes

Early morning autumn in the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont Vermont Hikes

Washington Hikes

Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park Mount Rainier Hiking Tours

Backpackers in North Cascades National Park North Cascades Guided Hikes

Views from Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park Olympic Hiking Tours

International Destinations

Alps Guided Treks

Hiking trail in the Italian Dolomites Alps Guided Treks

Canadian Rockies Treks

Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies Canadian Rockies Treks

Iceland Hiking Trips

Laugavegur Trail in Iceland Iceland Hiking Trips

Nepal Treks

Hikers on the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal Nepal Treks

Norway Hiking Tours

Lofoten Islands Hiking Tour in Norway Norway Hiking Tours

Patagonia Trekking (Chile)

Puerto Natales sunset in Patagonia, Chile Patagonia Trekking (Chile)

Peru Treks

Alpine lake in the Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru Cordillera Huayhuash Trekking

Machu Picchu hiking tour in Peru Guided Hikes to Machu Picchu

Tanzania (Kilimanjaro)

Tents at sunset on Kilimanjaro Tanzania (Kilimanjaro)

Vietnam

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam with boathouses and cruises Vietnam

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HIKING IN MARCH

BENEFITS OF HIKING IN MARCH

March is an excellent month for hiking around the USA and the world. Many of the canyon and desert destinations in the USA are hitting their prime season (March-May); these include Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, the Grand Staircase, Joshua Tree, Death Valley (late season for Death Valley), Sedona’s Red Rock Country and more.

Internationally, the world is also getting going into the peak hiking seasons. The first half of March is excellent for climbing Kilimanjaro; the Inca Trail opens to trekkers (the rainy seasons continues into early April, but the trail is open); Chile (Patagonia) is wrapping up its season but March is still a great time to go; Vietnam is entering its prime season; and Nepal is good in March (although chilly at night and afternoon thunderstorms are common).

DRAWBACKS OF HIKING IN MARCH

The main drawbacks of hiking or traveling in March are that its a shoulder season across the globe, so many destinations – while open – are not at their prime. These areas include Peru and the Inca TrailTorres del Paine National Park in Patagonia; Vietnam; Nepal; and Tanzania (Kilimanjaro). The main exceptions to this rule are the desert and canyon destinations in the USA, which are in their prime in March.

Another potential drawback of traveling in March is spring break, which can lead to very busy conditions in some areas. The last two months of March are when this potential exists, as very few schools or colleges schedule spring break for the first half of March.

WHERE TO HIKE

There are three main categories of destinations to hike in March:

– Desert and canyon destinations in the northern hemisphere – these options include Grand Canyon National Park, Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Utah national parks, and the Sedona Red Rock Country. Another option, although tropical versus desert, is Vietnam.

– Skiing and snowshoeing in mountain destinations in the northern hemisphere – we provide tours in this category to Rocky Mountain National Park, Yosemite National Park, Mount Rainier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Spring is an excellent time to hike in the Great Smoky Mountains, and you’re unlikely to be in snow.

– Trekking and backpacking internationally – recommended options for March are Kilimanjaro, Peru, Patagonia, Vietnam and Nepal.