Hiking Grand Canyon from Rim to River: An Adventure to Phantom Ranch
Hike and learn about the ancient landscapes of the Grand Canyon on some of its most awe-inspiring trails. Plus, spend two nights within the Canyon at historic Phantom Ranch!
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Program No. 8144MYY
6 days
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At a Glance

Hiking in the Grand Canyon is one of the most rewarding experiences for any seasoned backpacker and shoulder season hikes provide an opportunity for solitude and scenery not found during other times of the year. On this program, hike into the Grand Canyon and enjoy expert-led presentations and day hikes on the rim. At the bottom of the canyon, spend two nights at Phantom Ranch beneath towering rock walls, under ancient cottonwoods and adjacent to Bright Angel Creek.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Physically demanding backpacking program for experienced backpackers. Hiking 17 miles in two days (up to 9.5 miles in one day) carrying 20-pound backpack over steep, rocky trails with 4,600-foot elevation change; two days of lighter hiking. Elevations up to 7,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Spend four days hiking in the Grand Canyon; travel down the South Kaibab Trail and back up the Bright Angel Trail; spend a day at Phantom Ranch hiking in the inner Canyon.
  • Enjoy rare reservations at remote and historic Phantom Ranch.
  • Hike with naturalists who truly know and love Grand Canyon; listen to canyon and river stories and join in discussions about current park and resource management challenges.

General Notes

For less-strenuous Grand Canyon hiking programs, see #6112 or #7704. Special cancellation policy applies. Call or go online for details.
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Jennifer Beltz
Jennifer Beltz is a former interpretive park ranger at Phantom Ranch, located in Grand Canyon National Park. She has worked as a naturalist and national park ranger throughout the United States, was co-coordinator of a Road Scholar service program that built a health clinic in Brazil, and has worked on many intergenerational programs. Jennifer has lectured in the Department of Geography and Public Planning at Northern Arizona University and has led programs for Road Scholar since 1992.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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