As we continue our series, The Grand Canyon Spring and Summer Trip Planning Guide, we would like to explore a popular activity that many partake when visiting the Grand Canyon – Backpacking and Overnight Backcountry Camping.

The Grand Canyon includes so many beautiful locations in what is considered the “backcountry” region. In order to backpack, hike, camp, and ride horses in this area, you will need a special permit.

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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, try to explore the backcountry. Here, you will observe one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world in an intimate fashion.

When is a Backcountry Permit Necessary?

If you plan on a backpacking adventure, an overnight camping trip, a hiking exploration or a similar activity in the backcountry, you will need a backcountry permit.

When is a Permit Not Necessary?

If you will be traveling to Phantom Ranch and elect to reside in one of the dorms or cabins at the ranch, it will not be necessary to obtain a permit.

If you will be exploring the backcountry during the daytime 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.

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, check how long the permit is valid for and the areas you’re allowed to access. 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 here are two great 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.

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3-Day National Parks Camping Tour

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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!

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!

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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!

Read the Entire Series

Part 1   The Basics
Part 2   Access to the Park
Part 3   Spring and Summer Weather
Part 4   Helicopter Tours
Part 5   Activities
Part 6   VIP Tours
Part 7   Boats and Rafting
Part 8   More Tours
Part 9   Backcountry Camping and Hiking
Part 10   Grand Canyon Hiking
Part 11   Skywalk and Surrounding Activities
Part 12   Overview

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