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Frequently Asked Questions
  › What's included in the trip cost? › Do you provide transportation?  
  › Where does my trip begin? › How knowledgable will my guide be?  
  › What's your cancellation policy? › What first-aid precautions do you take?  
  › Where can I leave my car and luggage? › Is it ok if I've never hiking/backpacked?  
  › What's the weather going to be like? › What if I have dietary restrictions?  
  › What equipment/clothing will I need? › What is the mimimum age?  
  › Where should I stay before/after my trip?    
What's included in the trip cost?
Every trip includes:
  • A professional, certified, friendly wilderness guide (see guides)
  • Hiking and camping permits, reservations and fees (park entrance fees not included for the Mule-assisted Grand Canyon Classic and Phantom Ranch tours).
  • Transportation from the town of origin to the trailhead and back (not included on the Phantom Ranch, Mule-assisted Classic, and Havasu Falls Summer Tours)
  • All associated camping gear (tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and eating utensils)
  • Use of a backpack and trekking poles
  • On multi-day trips: breakfast the first day through lunch the last day and trail snacks
  • On day hiking tours: lunch and trail snacks
  • On mule-assisted tours: pack mules to carry the gear
  • On Inn-based Tours: lodging at designated inns or similar substitutes
  • A Lifetime Family Hiking Membership entitling you and your family to 10% off any future Wildland Trekking trip!
Where does my trip begin and how do I connect with my guide?
When you register for a hiking trip you will receive an information packet that details when and where you will meet your guide and group for a pre-trip orientation. For multi-day hikes, this meeting normally takes place in the evening the day before the start date. At this meeting you will prepare for your upcoming adventure. This meeting takes place at the following locations (for all trips not listed, we notify guests of meeting location upon registration):
  • Grand Canyon Tours: 5:00 PM in Flagstaff, Arizona (Mule-assisted Classic and Phantom Ranch tours meet at 5:00 PM at the South Rim)
  • Havasu Falls Tours: 5:00 PM in Flagstaff, Arizona (the Havasu Falls Summer Tour meets at 5:00 PM at the Hualapai Lodge, 928-769-2230, in Peach Springs, Arizona).
  • Utah Trips: 5:00 PM in St. George, Utah
  • Yellowstone Tours: 6:00 PM in Bozeman, Montana
  • Yosemite Tours: 5:00 PM in Curry Village, California
  • Southern Sierras: 5:00 PM in Lodgepole Campground, Sequoia National Park, California
  • Rocky Mountain National Park: Estes Park, Colorado
What's your cancellation policy?
You can read about our refund and cancellation policy on our Terms and Conditions page. Feel free to call us at 800-715-4453 with additional questions.
Where should I leave my car and/or my luggage?
Many of our guests leave their vehicles and luggage at their hotel while they're in the backcountry. We also have offices with attached warehouses in Flagstaff, Arizona and Bozeman, Montana; you're more than welcome to leave vehicles and luggage at one of these locations if you're doing a Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls or Yellowstone Tour. Please note: if you're leaving a vehicle, it will be parked on the street in front of the warehouse, and we don't take responsibility for its security.
What's the weather going to be like?
On each hiking tour page you will find a link to "Weather and Safety" under the Tour Details in the right hand column. Our Weather and Safety sections will give you a breakdown of average temperatures by month as well as a description of the area's weather patterns.
What equipment/clothing will I need?
When you inquire about or register for a specific hiking tour, we'll email you a detailed trip packet. In this packet is a list of required and recommended gear and clothing items. Or you can check out our Clothing and Gear pages to see recommended lists for the various destinations. Our online store - Wildland Trekking Outfitters - has nearly everything you'll need available. Feel free to call us with questions!

Every trip requires sturdy hiking shoes or boots, weather-related clothing (see Clothing and Gear), raingear, a headlamp or flashligh, personal items, and the ability to carry 2-3 liters of water (water bottles or hydration bladders).
Where should I stay before and after my trip?
You will find lodging recommendations in your pre-trip information packet and on our Travel Resources page. For Inn-based hiking tours the lodging is included during the trip and will be detailed in the packet, however you'll still most likely need a room before and after the trip. Feel free to call us at 800-715-4453 for additional recommendations.
Do you provide transportation?
All multi-day hiking tours in the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls, Utah, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain National Park include transportation from the town of origin to the trailhead and back (excluding Phantom Ranch, Havasu Falls Summer, and Mule-assisted Grand Canyon Classic tours at the Grand Canyon). Our Yosemite and Southern Sierra trips do not include transportation.
Will my guide know much about natural and cultural history?
All of our hiking guides are very knowledgeable about the history of the areas they guide in. You will have the option to learn about the natural and cultural history of the region you are venturing into. There is a tremendous amount of fascinating history to learn about if you're interested, so just let your guide know how much you want to know!
What first-aid and safety precautions do you take?
Your safety is our top priority, followed by fun and comfort. All of our hiking guides are very experienced in the mountains and canyons. We require all of our guides to be certified as Wilderness First Responders or EMT's and to have years of wilderness and guiding experience. On all of our multi-day tours the hiking guide also carries a satellite phone.
Is it OK if I've never hiked or backpacked before?
We do not expect any prior backpacking or even hiking experience, however backpacking can be a physically demanding activity. All of our trips are differentiated by level of difficulty. While planning your trip we will work with you to determine the right trip for you based on your physical abilities, experience, and desire (difficulty of 1-5, 1 being easiest, 5 most difficult). We recommend starting an exercise routine several weeks to several months prior to your trip date, especially if you live at or near sea level. Many of our trips are at higher altitudes (7,000 feet up to 14,000 feet), demanding at least a modest level of cardiovascular fitness.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
If you have any diet restrictions or preferences, such as vegetarian, vegan, non-gluten, kosher or Atkins, please tell us before hand and we will accommodate your dietary wishes and needs.
What is the age limit for children to go on a trip?
For the most part we recommend that children be age 12 or older to participate on most of our trips. If your child is under the age of 12 please give us a call and we'll work with you to make a responsible choice.

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