8144
Arizona
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!
Rating (4.79)
Program No. 8144RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,599

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.
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 ...

  • 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 "Hiking Grand Canyon: Adventures On and Below the South Rim" (#6112) or "Hiking Granite Gorge and Havasupai" (#7704) Special cancellation policy applies. Call or go online for details.
Featured Expert
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Carl Bowman
With a bachelor’s degree in biology and having spent 25 years of his life on the South Rim, Carl Bowman knows the Grand Canyon well and specializes in relating the Canyon’s varied and constantly evolving geologic stories. He worked for the National Park Service from 1974-2013, and during his career served as a janitor, wildland fire fighter, archaeologist, ranger, and scientist. A long-time student of the Grand Canyon, Carl has shared its stories with park visitors, staff, university classes and lifelong learners.

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

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