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Backpacking Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Rim to Rim Experience

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Program #2113RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Backpackers! Here’s a chance to check one off your bucket list -- hiking the Grand Canyon from Rim to Rim. Encounter pristine streams and waterfalls, secret lush groves and majestic scenery every day. Trek through five life zones and nearly half of earth’s history as you backpack twenty-four breathtaking miles, on established trails, from the heights of the Rim, to the Colorado River and Phantom Ranch below, and up the other side.


• Camp for four nights under the stars, below the canyon's rim, and experience the wonders of the Inner Canyon.
• Enjoy an entire day along the Colorado River at historic Phantom Ranch, while exploring the mystery of the canyon’s Inner Gorge.
• Learn geology, ecology and the human history of this incredible land with experienced wilderness instructors.

Program Notes

Permits for this hike cannot be acquired from Grand Canyon National Park until four months before the start date. Please check with Road Scholar before purchasing plane tickets as program dates will likely need to change.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Strenuous hiking 5-8 miles a day with packs weighing 30-35 pounds at elevations of 2,400-8,200 feet; elevation changes of 1,400-4,200 feet; uneven, sometimes rocky terrain.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Flagstaff, 1 night; van to canyon rim, 4 nights camping in various locations in the Grand Canyon; van to Flagstaff, 1 night; departures

Date Notes
Permits secured for this departure and program is confirmed.5/24/2015
Permits secured for this departure and program is confirmed.

Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners


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