October

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2021 October 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 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 Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Utah

Arches & Canyonlands

Bryce Canyon National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Grand Staircase Escalante

Paria Slot Canyons

Zion National Park

Vermont

Vermont

Washington

Mount Rainier

North Cascades

Olympic National Park

International Destinations

Alps Guided Treks

Alps Guided Treks

Canadian Rockies Treks

Canadian Rockies Treks

Iceland Hiking Trips

Iceland Hiking Trips

Nepal Treks

Nepal Treks

New Zealand Hiking Tours

New Zealand Hiking Tours

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 OCTOBER

BENEFITS OF HIKING IN OCTOBER

October ushers in the fall peak season in the desert and canyon destinations. Zion, Bryce, Grand Staircase-Escalante, the Sedona area, Grand Canyon, Paria Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands are all absolutely stunning this time of year. Joshua Tree and Death Valley begin to open in October as well, although they are still quite warm, especially early in the month. In these desert and canyon destinations we offer backpacking trips, llama treks, inn-based tours, camping tours and day hikes.

More benefits of October are in general very few crowds in America’s national parks and the fall colors in the Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains and Vermont hit their peaks. Yosemite is wonderful in October because Yosemite Valley is at a low elevation of appx 4500′ which makes for great fall hiking and thinned out crowds.

Internationally, there are many options of where to trek in October which is a wonderful perk. Kilimanjaro is excellent in October; Inca Trail is at its best as are other Peru hikes; Vietnam is great in October; and Nepal is in its prime. Patagonia is beginning to open up in October although its still early in the season and conditions are reflective of this fact with wet, snowy and cold conditions.

DRAWBACKS OF HIKING IN OCTOBER

The major drawback to October is that the USA and northern hemisphere mountain destinations come to a full or partial close. Yellowstone, the Tetons, the other areas of Wyoming, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, the Eastern Sierras, Rocky Mountain National Park, North Cascades and Mount Rainier all run into short days, cold nights and the potential for winter weather.

WHERE TO HIKE

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

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

– USA fall mountain destinations – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Vermont’s Green Mountains, and Yosemite National Park are all wonderful this time of year.

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