Backpacking Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Rim to Rim Experience
For backpackers, there’s not greater thrill than hiking the Grand Canyon from Rim to Rim. Come experience the thrill as you join experts to hike and learn about this natural wonder.
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Program No. 2113RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Strenuous hiking of 5-8 miles daily over varied terrain with packs weighing 30-35 pounds. Elevation changes of 1,400-4,200 feet. Elevations up to 8,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Camp four nights under the stars below the canyon’s rim and experience the wonders of the Inner Canyon.
  • Spend a day along the Colorado River at historic Phantom Ranch while exploring the canyon’s Inner Gorge.
  • Learn on the trail from seasoned wilderness instructors.

General Notes

Hiking permits, via lottery, cannot be acquired until four months before start date. Dates may shift, and, on rare occasion, we can be shut out of the lottery completely. Call Road Scholar before reserving airline flight. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Mike Masek
Mike Masek is a wilderness skills instructor, herbalist and ethnobotanist living in Flagstaff, Ariz. In addition to his current work with Road Scholar, he is adjunct faculty at Northern Arizona University where he teaches traditional uses of native plants and outdoor survival skills. He also teaches programs at the National Parks and Coconino Community College. He has spent a lifetime exploring the canyons and deserts of the American Southwest and loves to share these treasures with others.
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