Grand Canyon Guided Hiking & Backpacking

TripAdvisor Certificate of ExcellenceGuided Hiking, Backpacking & Camping Trips to the Grand Canyon

Find your perfect adventure on a guided trip to the Grand Canyon! Ask any outdoor enthusiast for their hiking trail bucket list, odds are trekking the Grand Canyon is on it. Check out the many options to camp beneath the stars, swim in Havasu Falls, hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim, stay at historic Phantom Ranch, head deep into the backcountry on a Grand Canyon backpacking trip. Our multi-day hiking and camping tours are the ultimate way to explore the rugged wilderness and stunning landscapes of the Grand Canyon.

See our tour calendar for trip dates.


Hiking Tours to the Grand Canyon

These hiking trips in the Grand Canyon are different from AOA’s backpacking trips (see below) in that they stay in either a lodge or established basecamp each night. You will only be required to carry a daypack of 10-20 lbs while on lodge-based or basecamp style trips.

Rim to Rim Hiking Trips

Go on a guided Rim to Rim hiking trip with AOA
Rim to Rim over 3 or 5 days – a bucket-list hike! Enjoy a stay at famous Phantom Ranch, one night or two.
Price: from $1,595 pp + local permits and fees
Duration: 3-5 days
Season: Summer, Fall
Accommodations: Lodges and Camping

Learn more


Phantom Ranch Hiking Trip

Go on a guided hiking trip through the Grand Canyon and stay at Phantom Ranch
Hike from the South Kaibab Trail to spend 2 nights at Phantom Ranch and ascend the Bright Angel Trail on day 4.
Price: $1,295 pp + local permits and fees
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Season: Fall, Winter, Spring
Accommodations: Lodges/Hotels

Learn More


Havasupai & Havasu Falls Hiking Trips

Go on a guided hiking trip to Havasupai with AOA
Five different trips to Havasupai (3-6 days), from rugged backcountry style to comfortable basecamp-style.
Price: from $780 pp + local permits and fees
Duration: from 3 – 6 days
Season: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
Accommodations: Camping

Learn more


Backpacking Tours to the Grand Canyon

Backpacking trips in the Grand Canyon are a more rugged experience than lodge-based or basecamp trips. You will be required to carry all of your own gear (clothes, tent, sleeping bag) and some group gear (kitchen items, food, etc) for the duration of the trip. Expect to carry 35 – 50 lbs on your back.  Camping is backcountry style, meaning no vehicle access, no phone service, and no facilities.

Grand Canyon Guided Backpacking Trips

Go on a guided backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon with AOA
Five Grand Canyon backpacking trips, all backcountry-style camping. Choose from trips to the waterfalls of Havasupai to trips that take the lesser-known, less-crowded trails of the Grand Canyon.
Price: $795 pp + local permits and fees
Duration: 3 days, 3 nights
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Accommodations: Camping

Learn more


Havasu Falls Backpacking

Learn more about a guided backpacking trip to Havasupai with AOA
A more rugged experience where you rely on yourself and the expertise of your guide. Perfect for seasoned backpackers and beginners alike.
Price: $780 pp + local permits and fees
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Accommodations: Camping

Learn More




What’s the difference between backpacking and hiking is something everyone should know the answer to before setting off on any hiking trip in the Grand Canyon! Get in the know here.

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.

The length of the Colorado River from headwater to delta 1,450 miles, and 277 miles of the river flows through the Grand Canyon. Before you head out on a Grand Canyon hiking trip, read up! Check out the first of our four blog series on the Colorado River: Exploring the Colorado River.

Does the name John Wesley Powell ring any bells? His 1869 expedition of the Grand Canyon was monumental in developing an early understanding of the Colorado plateau. Read up on this iconic explorer before you head out on a Grand Canyon hiking trip.

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.

When it comes to the geology of the Grand Canyon, guests have many questions. Our guides are very knowledgeable on this topic, but we thought we would write up a short Grand Canyon Geology Lesson just in case your curious before you explore the beauty of the Grand Canyon yourself.



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:

Learn more