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!
1. #1 Outdoor Activity at the Grand Canyon on Trip Advisor
With more than 4,000 guests joining our Grand Canyon hiking tours and backpacking trips annually, we have a proven track record of providing quality trips that exceed our guests' expectations. We are the top-rated company, and in fact activity, on Trip Advisor: click here to see our Trip Advisor page. You can read additional guest comments on our Wildland Trekking Reviews and Facebook pages. Lastly, consistent positive feedback was the primary reason one of our Grand Canyon hiking trips was showcased on the Discovery Channel as one of the "Official Best" attractions in Arizona!
2. Exceptional Certified Hiking Guides
Our commitment is to hire and train the best hiking guides in the industry. To ensure this we seek out career-minded guides, hire them as employees, comply with all labor laws, conduct extensive staff trainings, and require current medical and professional certifications. In addition to technical competency and credentials, we also require excellent people skills. These extraordinary men and women have the ability to turn a great Grand Canyon hiking tour into an unforgettable, inspiring - and sometimes truly life changing - adventure. We invite you to read more about them - including reviews for each guide - on our Meet Our Team page.
3. Fantastic Meals and Top of the Line Gear
To provide fantastic food to our guests we customize our menus based on the preferences of the group, and we do not use dehydrated backpacking meals - you can expect abundant, delicious food to fuel and motivate you on your Grand Canyon hikes! We also regularly accommodate specialty diets.
Gear must be optimally dependable, durable and functional, so we purchase from only the best outdoor gear companies like Osprey, Black Diamond, and MSR. Our trips include equipment with a retail value of up to $1,000 per guest.
4. Comprehensive Risk Management
Safety on our hiking tours and backpacking trips is the number one priority. All Grand Canyon hiking guides are certified Wilderness First Responders or EMTs, and each carries a field-issued first aid kit, comprehensive list of medical protocols, and a state-of-the-art emergency communication device. We also have a 24-hour on-call line that our staff, guests, and family members of guests can call any time (literally) to speak with a company representative.
5. All-inclusive Tours
Some hiking companies don't provide sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks and other items, or they charge "gear rental" fees for use of these items - on our trips those items are fully included in the trip price. What about meals, permit fees and transportation fees? All totally included. (Some Grand Canyon day hikes meet inside the Park and do not include transportation.)
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 so the South Rim is the only option.
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.
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!
Grand Canyon Visitor Information
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Level 1: applies to trips in which we carry only day packs and stay on maintained trails. Distances range from 3-6 miles, and elevation gain can be as much as 2000 feet. You should be comfortable hiking 3-6 miles in a day with considerable elevation gain/loss on good trails.
Level 2: primarily applies to trips in which we carry only day packs. In one day we can cover up to 9 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 7 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged, less-maintained trails. If a backpacking trip has a Level 2 rating, it means the distances are 2-4 miles with little elevation gain/loss. For a Level 2 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light day pack.
Level 3: applies to backpacking trips in which we hike with 25-35 pound backpacks. In one day we can cover up to 7 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged trails. For a Level 3 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack.
Level 4: denotes trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trails with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can be steep and sustained with long daily distances (up to 9 miles) and significant elevation change (up to 4,000 feet). You should be comfortable running/biking/hiking for several hours without many breaks.
Level 5: applies to trips on very rugged trails or off-trail with multi-day backpacks (35-45 pounds). Expect prolonged, rugged hiking with very strenuous, difficult sections. Terrain can be steep, loose, rocky and/or exposed. You must be able to exercise vigorously at home (extended runs, swims, bike rides, etc.) to join a hike with a "5" rating.
Our solitude ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a 1 rating having the least amount of solitude, tours with a 5 rating having the most.
1 - Expect to be around other hikers and travelers most of the time.
2 - Expect to have some solitude, as much as an hour at a time without seeing other groups.
3 - Expect hours of solitude at a time.
4 - Expect to see no more than one or two groups per day.
5 - Expect to see only a group or two over the entire duration of your trip.
Grand Canyon Permits Process
Grand Canyon issues backcountry permits through a lottery system.
We are required to have at least one registered guest to apply for a permit.
We apply for permits 4 months in advance on the 1st of the month (see table below).
Month You'd Like Trip to Start
You'll receive a 5% discount for registering pre-permit and can pick any dates you'd like.
We have a good success rate with securing permits.
If unsuccessful your deposit is fully transferrable or refundable.
Small groups (5 or less) have a higher success rate than large groups (6 or more).
If possible, it's best to provide backup dates and itineraries.
Backup dates are best as broad as possible (i.e. "any time in March" or "between March 1 and 15"...etc.).
Click here for more information about backup itineraries.
Please call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions about this process!
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