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
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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Michael Wichman
Michael Wichman's first trip below the rim in Grand Canyon was in October 2004 and he hasn’t looked back since. He's passionate about the Southwest, and especially Grand Canyon, with a love of hiking, climbing, and paddling on and below its rims. He's dedicated to lifelong learning: an avid reader of all things associated with Grand Canyon, his favorite topics are geology, canyon inhabitants, and river stories. He also loves meeting new people — of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and origins. He finds shared group experiences extremely enriching especially when that experience is in nature. Michael earned a B.A. in psychology from UCLA, where he worked with children with autism. He also studied at Northern Arizona University, focusing on environmental science and policy in the Southwest. Michael looks forward to the opportunity to share an adventure with you!
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