As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon hosts over 5 million visitors every year but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck in a crowd. Connect with your sense of adventure and explore this breathtaking beauty with a Grand Canyon hiking vacation on paths less traveled.
6 benefits To expect when you venture beyond the corridor:
If you want a quieter nature experience, you should get off of the maintained trails. When you leave the corridor you will see less people as you hike and will often have campsites to yourself. Imagine being lulled to sleep by the sound of a rushing creek and then waking up to find curious mule deer around your tent. This kind of solitude can’t be found in the corridor.
Many Grand Canyon trails started as Native American pathways that were then used by miners to get to copper deposits. With trips like our Grandview Trek and Hermit Loop, you can experience trails steeped in the mining history of the canyon and even see artifacts of the bygone era.
The corridor trails are the only ones in the canyon that are regularly kept up by the park service. Real adventure begins when you start using the trails that haven’t been maintained in over 80 years. If scrambling around big boulders and shimmying through slot canyons sounds like your kind of fun, consider exploring the less-traveled paths of the Grand Canyon.
Why take a bridge when you experience the glorious Colorado River from your very own packraft? If only 1% of Grand Canyon visitors spend a night below the rim, it’s hard to imagine the small percentage of hikers who packraft from one rim to another. Packraft Rim to Rim is truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and a great way to throw in another sport with your hiking trip.
The Grand Canyon is not an easy place to hike. Going to the river usually involves about 5,000 feet of elevation loss which must be regained on the way back to the rim. There is no easy way to get to the bottom of the canyon and every hiker who makes it there feels a special sense of accomplishment that is completely deserved. If you have achieved this goal and want to take it a step further or are a hardcore hiker who enjoys long days, a Kanab Creek trip is the hardest and most secluded trip we offer.
6. Epic Scenery
When you get off the beaten path you will discover waterfalls, slot canyons, and gorgeous beaches (that you can camp on!). You can see Wonders of the Grand Canyon and usually have them to yourself. A variety of sweeping panoramas and charming close-up views of seldom-seen parts of the canyon await those of you willing to take the trails less traveled.