Grand Canyon Guided Backpacking Trips

Experience the wonders of the Grand Canyon on a guided backpacking tour

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Visiting the Grand Canyon is a dream shared by millions of people around the world. Every year travelers come from far and wide to stand on the edge of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, but relatively few of them climb over the rim and explore the canyon’s inner reaches.

A guided backpacking trip is an excellent way to become acquainted with a more demanding level of outdoor adventuring or to explore a new and unfamiliar wilderness region. AOA’s outdoor guides are highly-skilled, professional, wilderness first responder certified with all the know-how and experience to make your backpacking trip the adventure of a lifetime.

For more information about our trips or a custom itinerary call us at 866-455-1601 or complete our reservation/inquiry form.

Only want to carry a day pack? Check out our lodge and basecamp guided hiking tours.

See our tour calendar for trip dates.

 

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Classic Colorado River Loop

Go on a guided Grand Canyon backpacking trip with AOA
Descend South Kaibab Trail, camp 1 night at Bright Angel Campground, 1 night at Indian Gardens, hike up Bright Angel Trail.
Price: $845 pp
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Accommodations: Camping

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Bright Angel Trail to Indian Gardens

Go on a guided Grand Canyon backpacking trip with AOA
Hike the Bright Angel Trail, visit the Colorado River, camp 2 nights at Indian Gardens.
Price: $845 pp
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Accommodations: Camping

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Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa

Go on a guided Grand Canyon backpacking trip with AOA
Hike the more secluded Grandview Trail and camp 2 nights at Horseshoe Mesa.
Price: $845 pp
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Season: Spring, Fall
Accommodations: Camping

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Hermit Trail to the Colorado

Go on a guided Grand Canyon backpacking trip with AOA
Hike the Historic Hermit Trail and camp 2 nights at Hermit Creek.
Price: $845 pp
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Season: Spring,  Fall
Accommodations: Camping

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Havasu Falls Backpacking

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Camp 1 night at Grand Canyon Caverns campground, hike into Havasupai, camp 2 nights at Havasu Falls campground.
Price: $1,075 pp
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Accommodations: Camping

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Important!: Due to Grand Canyon’s permit system, AOA recommends that you book your Grand Canyon backpacking trip 5 months or more in advance. Early reservations will receive a 5% discount. Dates are subject to availability.  Click here for more info about permits.

 

TIPS FOR PLANNING A GRAND CANYON BACKPACKING TRIP

Experienced backpacker or not, preparation is key to survival in the backcountry, even in a popular place like the Grand Canyon. Know before you go and learn more about safety tips for backpacking in the Grand Canyon.

Whether you’re camping or backpacking, an appropriate sleeping bag is essential for a successful trip! Find out how you can find the best sleeping bag for all of your adventures here.

If you’ve never been on a backpacking trip before, going guided is a great way to get started! AOA staff and guides will show you the ropes when it comes to how to prepare, what to pack, tips for the trail and an abundance of information about the area you plan to explore. But before you hit the trail, be sure to read up on how to prepare for your first-ever backpacking trip!

Winter backpacking in the Grand Canyon is not a time most plan to go, which is one of the best reasons to go! Here’s a few tips on how to be prepared to backpack the Grand Canyon during winter.

Need help choosing a backpack for your upcoming hiking trip? We’ve created a guide on how to find the right backpack for hiking and backpacking.

 

Partner with AOA

AOA is one of the foremost operators in the adventure travel industry, providing services to over 30 partner companies and countless private groups. We have deep experience working with:

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