Grand Canyon Hiking & Backpacking Tours
Wildland Trekking guided Grand Canyon hiking and backpacking tours are adventurous, fun, convenient ways to explore and discover Grand Canyon National Park. Hike with our expert Grand Canyon hiking guides, enjoy exceptional cuisine, use top-of-the-line gear, and experience the best of the Grand Canyon!
Our Grand Canyon hiking tours include guided Grand Canyon backpacking trips, horse-supported trips, basecamp hiking tours, inn-based hiking tours, and day hike tours. All Grand Canyon hikes are all-inclusive with local transportation, meals, gear, permits, and professional guides!
Top Grand Canyon Hiking Tours
- Top South Rim - Grand Canyon Classic
- Top North Rim - Wonders of the Canyon
- Most Famous Trip - Rim to Rim
- Best Summer Tour - Indian Garden Trek
- Most Family-friendly - Horseshoe Mesa
- Most Adventurous - Packrafting Rim to Rim
- Guides Choice - Hermit Loop
- Best Winter Trip - Winter Rim to Rim
- Top Inn-based - Best of Grand Canyon Tour
- Top Camping - North Rim Basecamp Tour
Why Hike Grand Canyon with Us?
More Information About Grand Canyon Hikes
Why a Grand Canyon Hiking Vacation?
Grand Canyon National Park offers a wealth of hiking and backpacking trips, and is only truly accessible by hiking, horseback, or rafting. Most visitors stand on the rim, stare down into the Canyon, snap some photos, visit a gift shop or two, eat at the cafeteria and then leave. If only they knew what they're missing! The Grand Canyon is rich with remote treasures: oases, waterfalls, wildlife, beaches along the Colorado River, a plethora of different expansive views, cliff-top campsites, and an endless sense of spaciousness. On a hiking trip you're able to discover these intimate details and also understand the magnitude of the world's most famous canyon.
Backpacking Trip, Horse-assisted, Inn-based or Basecamp?
So you've decided to hike the Grand Canyon with Wildland Trekking - now, which trip type should you do? Backpacking trips are for people who want to challenge themselves and/or want to have a remote experience of the wilder side of the canyon. Our horse-assisted hike is for folks who want to get to the bottom of the Canyon, spend a couple nights exploring, and want to hike with a light day pack. Inn-based hiking tours are for guests who want to have an all-around hiking experience of the Grand Canyon and live it up at night with comfortable accommodations and wonderful meals. And our basecamp tours offer rim-based hiking and camping packages with access to showers, cold drinks, cool night/morning temperatures, and fantastic outdoor cooking.
Hike with a Guide or On Your Own?
Many people hike the Grand Canyon on their own, and many go with a guide. The advantage of joining a guided tour, like Wildland Trekking's, are many:
- We take care of permits, reservations, local transportation, meals, gear, and more so you can focus 100% on enjoying your hiking vacation.
- Grand Canyon National Park is like an encyclopedia of geologic history, and with a guide you're able to delve into this incredible knowledge with a direct experience and in-the-moment interpretation. You'll also learn a tremendous amount about the cultural and biological history of the Canyon.
- The Grand Canyon claims many lives every year, and requires hundreds of emergency evacuations. It's a dangerous environment. Going with a Grand Canyon hiking guide allows you to hike with an increased level of safety.
- If you decide to hike on your own, we strongly recommend following the national park's Hike Smart tips. And if you hike between December and April we recommend being prepared with hiking crampons.
When to Trek in the Canyon
Whether you're joining a guided trip or trekking on your own, it's important to select the timing of your visit carefully. The basic synopsis of each season is detailed here:
- December-February: This is a good time of year to hike the Canyon as long as you are prepared for icy trails and potential winter storms. It's often very quiet with no crowds and plenty of solitude out on the trails. Pristine snow dusts the top of the Canyon, which contrasts beautifully with the red cliffs below. South Kaibab Trail and Bright Angel Trail are the best ones to hike this time of year because the trails can be icy. For this reason it's also critical to have hiking crampons with you. Finally, the North Rim is closed in the winter, but we run our Winter Rim to Rim which reaches the North Rim by hiking across the Canyon.
- March-May: Spring is excellent for hiking the Canyon. The temperatures are still quite cool in March and April and can be quite hot in May, but for the most part the temperatures are moderate. Spring can still bring winter moisture, so be prepared for a variety of weather and possibly icy trails. Hiking on the main Corridor trails is fantastic as well as the more remote trails like Hermit, Grandview, New Hance and Tanner. The North Rim does not open until May 15, so after that date the Rim to Rim becomes available.
- June-August: Beware of hiking in the summer months, especially if you're trekking on your own, without the expertise of a guide company. Stay on the main trails (South Kaibab, Bright Angel and North Kaibab), carry lots of water, and eat an abundance of salty, sweet snacks. Temperatures can be 105+ degrees fahrenheit in the shade. Do your hiking early in the morning and in the evening, and rest through the middle of they day (especially on backpacking trips). We strongly recommend joininig one of our tours if you're set on going this time of year. Also this is the monsoon season so afternoon thunderstorms and flash flooding is possible.
- September-November: Like spring, fall is amazing in the Canyon. One thing that sets fall apart from spring is that the North Rim is open, allowing the Rim to Rim hike to be done. Early September can still be quite hot with the possibility of heavy monsoon rains. November can get quite chilly, especially on the rims, and the North Rim closes after the first significant snowfall between mid October and mid November. Overall however, fall is a wonderful time to hike the Grand Canyon!