As we continue our series, The Grand Canyon Spring and Summer Trip Planning Guide, we would like to expound on a popular activity that many engage in upon visiting the Grand Canyon – backpacking and overnight backcountry camping.
The Grand Canyon includes many beautiful locations in and around what is considered the “backcountry” region. In order to backpack, hike, camp, and ride horses in this area, you will need a special permit.
In this installment, we are going to provide you with basic information about this permit as it pertains to backpacking, hiking, and camping.
If you want to make the most of your visit, you should ensure that you make a point to explore the backcountry. Here, you will observe one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world in an intimate fashion. Additionally, you will be left with a multitude of memories that you may take with you for all of your remaining days!
When is a Backcountry Permit Necessary?
If you plan on engaging in a backpacking adventure, an overnight camping trip, a hiking exploration or a similar activity in the backcountry, you will need a backcountry permit.
If you will be traveling to Phantom Ranch and elect to reside in one of the dorms or one of the many cabins at the ranch, it will not be necessary to obtain this permit. Furthermore, if you will be exploring the backcountry during the day time hours, a permit is not necessary.
As long as you hike, ride a horse, go on a mule trip, or take a river trip during the day time, you will not need a backcountry permit; however, any other adventure that extends into the night time hours will require you to obtain a permit for the backcountry.
Obtaining the Backcountry Permit and the Costs
A backcountry permit is not that expensive. In fact, it is $10 for a permit. It is an additional $8 per person or animal each night for camping just below the rim.
If camping above the rim, it is an additional $8 per group. These fees are in addition to the entrance fees to the Grand Canyon.
In order to obtain this type of permit, you must visit the Backcountry Information Center.
You may obtain the permit in person, by mail, and by fax. Orders for the permit may not be accepted by phone or email. It is best to request your permit well in advance. There are limited permits available for those that want to make a walk-up request.
Once you have a backcountry permit, you must ensure that you understand how long the permit is valid and the areas that you may access while using your permit. It is best to limit the amount of people in your group to 11 or less.
If you dream of camping in the Grand Canyon and would like to have the trip all planned out for you, there are some great Grand Canyon Camping Tour Packages…
7-Day Camping Tour You’ll get to see Bryce Canyon, Salt Lake City, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountains and Snow Canyon from Las Vegas on this wonderful 7 day tour. Travel to Utah, Wyoming and Montana to see famous national parks and Salt Lake City, Snow Canyon and the Rocky Mountains on this 7-day adventure from Las Vegas. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to hike, spot wildlife and capture amazing photos. Enjoy 5 nights of camping and 1 night in a hotel.
3-Day National Parks Camping Tour Enjoy Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. Camp out under the stars or enjoy comfortable 3-star hotel accommodations during this scenic and seasonal 3-day adventure with an informative guide. Spend your days hiking, snapping panoramic photos or opting for extra tours that get you a closer look!