May

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2022 May Trip Dates

U.S.A. Destinations

Arizona

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

Sedona Red Rock Country

California

Death Valley

Eastern Sierras

Joshua Tree

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Sequoia - Kings Canyon

The Lost Coast

Yosemite National Park

Colorado

Flat Tops Wilderness Flat Tops Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

Montana / Wyoming

Absaroka-Beartooths

Jackson Hole Area

The Tetons

Wind River Range

Yellowstone National Park

New Hampshire

White Mountains Hut Treks

North Carolina

blue ridge mountians Blue Ridge Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Utah

Arches & Canyonlands

Bryce Canyon National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

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

Paria Slot Canyons

Zion National Park

Vermont

Vermont

Washington

Mount Rainier

North Cascades

Olympic Hiking & Backpacking Tours

International Destinations

Alps Guided Treks

Alps Guided Treks

Canadian Rockies Treks

Canadian Rockies Treks

Iceland Hiking Trips

Iceland Hiking Trips

Nepal Treks

Nepal Treks

Norway Hiking Tours

Norway Hiking Tours

Patagonia Trekking (Chile)

Patagonia Trekking (Chile)

Peru Treks

Cordillera Huayhuash Trekking

Guided Hikes to Machu Picchu

Tanzania (Kilimanjaro)

Tanzania (Kilimanjaro)

Vietnam

Vietnam

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HIKING IN MAY

BENEFITS OF HIKING IN May

May is one of the busiest months of the year for us at Wildland Trekking. This is for several important reasons that also provide huge benefits to guests hiking in the month of May. First, a couple massively popular trips open up – these include the Rim to Rim hike in the Grand Canyon and the Half Dome Trek in Yosemite. May is a phenomenal time of year to join any of our hikes in Yosemite because the waterfalls are running at their peak flows, which is spectacular.

Second, in May you can pick from many desert and canyon destinations (like Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Sedona’s Red Rock Country and more) because they are in their prime season. And you can also pick from multiple mountain destinations which are just starting to open up or are very close to their prime (like Yosemite, the Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Yellowstone and more.)

Internationally, May is considered one of the best months of the year to hike the Inca Trail or other Peru treks. And Vietnam is still excellent.

Finally, a huge benefit of May is that schools and colleges are still in session so the summer peak tourist season is not yet underway. This means you can enjoy some amazing destinations with relative solitude.

DRAWBACKS OF HIKING IN May

One of the biggest drawbacks of hiking in May is that there aren’t very many international destinations that are in their prime. Peru and the Inca Trail are the major exceptions to this point.

Another drawback, especially in mid to late May, is that the Grand Canyon is moving closer to its higher summer temperatures, which inside the Canyon can be 105 degrees fahrenheit in the shade.

WHERE TO HIKE

Huge waterfall between rocky mountainsThere are three main categories of destinations to hike in May:

– USA desert and canyon destinations – these options include Grand Canyon, Sedona’s Red Rock Country, Zion, Bryce, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Paria Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands and more.

USA mountain destinations – the major mountain destinations that are open, some in their early seasons, in May are Yosemite, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Yellowstone.

– Trekking and backpacking internationally – recommended options for May are Peru and Vietnam.