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If you truly want to experience the beauty and wonder of the Grand Canyon, plan a trip to hike in, through, and around the national park. Not only can Grand Canyon hiking result in long lasting memories, but, it often results in life-changing experiences.
Grand Canyon Hiking
There are many areas on the South and North Rim of the Grand Canyon where you may hike during the daytime hours. If you choose to hike during the nighttime hours, you will be required to obtain a backcountry permit.
In the South Rim region, you may elect to hike at Rim Trail, Bright Angel Trail, or South Kaibab Trail. In the North Rim region, you may choose to hike at Bright Angel Point, Widforss Trail, or North Kaibab Trail.
When hiking the Grand Canyon during the spring and summer months, it’s important to properly prepare.
Familiarize yourself with symptoms of heat-related illnesses and know how to treat those conditions. Examples include imbalances of electrolytes, dehydration, and heat exhaustion.
You should never place too much strain on yourself. It is impossible to hike all of the Grand Canyon, so it’s best not to try. When you feel exhausted or unwell in any way, you should rest.
Additionally, pack plenty of food, water, survival tools, a first aid kit, a couple of lighting sources, and protection from the environmental/weather elements.
Make sure that you have some sort of communication other than a cell phone. Examples include a specially-designed signaling mirror and/or a very loud whistle.
If you’d like to hike the Grand Canyon, the following tours are fantastic choices:
If you have a strong sense of adventure, are relatively healthy, and would love to see a multitude of national parks, this is the perfect trip! This week-long trip will allow you to see and experience the most popular national parks within the entire country!
Spend seven days and six nights in some of the most popular national parks in the United States! On this week-long adventure, you will see the breathtaking landscapes of Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
Experience the Wild West in iconic Monument Valley, and stare into the mysterious depths of the Grand Canyon.
You’ll have opportunities to hike inside all five parks and can even take an optional helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon!
Reviewed by: Karen S, June 2015
Spectacular scenery and fantastic hikes to beautiful locations. It’s a great way to get a taste of some of our most unique and scenic parks. Our guide, Vern, was knowledgeable and fun-loving and it made this great trip even better!
Join this hike through the Black Canyon and travel south along the Colorado River on the White Rock Canyon trail to the Arizona hot springs. Soak in the hot springs, enjoy a light lunch and hike back to the trailhead. Round-trip transportation from Las Vegas and bottled water is included.
Reviewed by: Catherine S, May 2013
The hike was awesome. We saw mountain sheep, lizards, took a soak in the hot springs and a dip the Colorado River. Our guide Antonio was very knowledgeable and kept us safe on a trail that was definitely not for beginners. Ropes and boulders involved in certain areas added to the experience and level of difficulty.
If you are looking to embark on an adventure that will ignite your imagination and create memories with your loved ones, the Grand Canyon is the perfect place!