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Even Teddy Roosevelt claimed that every American should witness Grand Canyon’s unparalleled beauty. Take Teddy’s counsel, ditch the crowds and enjoy the canyon in all its splendor on the 24-mile Rim-to-Rim trail. Hiking from North to South Rim is like using a geological time machine: 250-million-year-old strata lying back to back with 1.2 billion-year-old rocks featuring the mighty Colorado river carving through the gorge. Visitors say pictures don’t do justice to its red-rock chasms, so see for yourself why Teddy’s right—after all, it is one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders!

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  • Explore all the wonders of the Canyon

    From North to South Rim: cross the Grand Canyon in five days

  • Spot wildlife along the way

    Varied habitats teeming with rare and endangered species

  • Unique geological features

    Feel the mighty Colorado River carving through layers of ombre rocks

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Itinerary

This is your chance to traverse the full North-to-South expanse of the Grand Canyon on your own two feet. With incredibly experienced guides by your side and the logistics taken care of, embarking on this ultimate adventure has never been more alluring. Over the course of 5 days, you’ll backpack across 24 miles of the canyon, testing your physical and mental endurance along the way. You can expect very challenging terrain and possibly unpredictable weather, but that’s the price of witnessing all the beauty of the Grand Canyon from up close.

  • Check into your hotel in Kanab after 5 pm. You’ll then have a trip briefing and a gear check with your guide. Meet your trip buddies over a welcome dinner at 7 pm.

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in KanabKanab city, Utah

  • Meet your guide and your group at 9 am at the Dreamland Safari Tours office at 406 East 300 South, Kanab, Utah 84741. You can leave cars or extra bags there. Get transferred to the North Rim and start the backpacking trip! After lunch on the trailhead, continue the descent into the canyon. Establish camp for the night.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: CampGrand Canyon hiking, camp

  • Today you’re doing inner canyon explorations. This includes The Box, Bright Angel Creek, and Phantom Ranch. Campsite selection and precise itinerary are dependent on permit allocations.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: CampA hiker posing near a drop-off in the Grand Canyon.

  • On the last day in the Canyon, you’ll be ascending to the South Rim. Expect up to 4,400 ft (1,341 m) of vertical gain. You’ll get picked up at the trailhead and returned to Kanab. Check into your hotel for a well-deserved rest. Meet with your team and your guide one last time for a celebratory dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in KanabHikers celebrating a successful climb in the Grand Canyon.

  • After breakfast, it’s time to leave. If you’d like to spend more time in the area, just ask your guides for recommendations!

    Meals: BreakfastSome rocks and vegetation along the Grand Canyon.

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Meet your guide

Dreamland Safari Tours
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Dreamland Safari Tours
Dreamland Safari Tours have been guiding outdoor enthusiasts along Utah’s most spectacular trails since 2001. Through the last 20 years, Dreamland received customer accolades and grew to become the largest and most comprehensive tour company in the Kanab Area. Paul and Sunny, current owners of Dreamland, are lifelong backcountry adventurers with a long history of exploring the Southwest. They are excited to introduce you to the secrets of the spectacular desert landscapes in Dreamland’s backyard.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • Experienced, medically-trained, Wilderness First Responder hiking guides with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 3 days of backpacking through the Grand Canyon
      • Hotel accommodation in Kanab and Tusayan pre and post trip (double occupancy—inquire about single occupancy)
      • Trailhead transport from and to Kanab and Tusayan
      • Lightweight backpacking tent (unless you prefer to bring your own)
      • Team cooking, water purification and first-aid equipment
      • Breakfasts and dinners on the trail (possible to accommodate dietary restrictions)
      • Satellite messenger communication in case of emergency
      • Human waste bags
      • Pre-trip gear & training advice (as desired)
      • Campsite fees and overnight permits
      • Trekking poles

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Kanab
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Snacks on the trail
      • Guide gratuities
  • This five-day rim-to-rim traversal might pose a challenge even to avid adventurers. As you’ll be hiking for 8-12 miles (13 to 19 km) per day for several days in a row, you must be in great shape. Keep in mind that you’ll also be carrying a +35 lbs (+15 kg) backpack, doing up to 5,000 ft (1,524 m) of vertical ascent per day. The terrain can be rough and very steep at times, so good physical fitness is paramount. Due to the significant elevation changes, you should also prepare for extreme temperature swings and wildly varying conditions on the trail.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Backpack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 55-60L bag)
      • Sleeping bag (rated to 20 degrees or warmer)
      • Sleeping pad
      • Personal snacks
      • Personal bowl, cup, and spoon
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (4L capacity)
      • Hiking attire
      • Hiking boots
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Down jacket
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this backpacking tour, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1. The maximum group size is 9 guests.
      • It takes a minimum of 2 people for this tour to operate.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    This Grand Canyon backpacking tours can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • There are multiple options to reach Kanab, the city where you’ll stay a day prior to and after the backpacking trip. Most people fly into one of these three major airports: Harry Read International Airport (LAS) near Las Vegas, Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). From there, the best option would be renting a car—depending on the chosen airport, it will take you anywhere between 3 and 5.5 hours to get to Kanab.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, which will usually be at your hotel at 5 pm.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Grand Canyon please refer to Grand Canyon National Park Operations Update.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

    • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
    • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 0-89 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

    • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
    • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 60-89 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

    • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
    • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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