Multi-Day Hiking Tours in the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon | Arizona
Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to go hiking in the Grand Canyon

  • Trip Highlight

    Explore the Hermit Trail, an extremely diverse point-to-point trek

  • Trip Highlight

    Experience historic pathways and epic panoramas on the Grandview Trek

  • Trip Highlight

    Camp near soothing creeks and the roaring rapids of the Colorado River

Known for the epic day hikes, Grand Canyon National Park doesn’t slack on its multi-day offer either. With plenty of trails of varying difficulty, every hiker can find something to enjoy. The Hermit Trail is one of the most varied hikes in the area, leading trekkers from the confining cliffsides of Hermit Basin high up to the wide-open Tonto Plateau, before descending into waterfall-packed sandstone narrows. The Grandview Trek is an underrated, but, as the name suggests, very panoramic hike. Once used by Native Americans and copper miners, this high-exposure classic is packed with extreme pitches and primo views of the entire canyon. If you’re not sure which way to go, go custom! Spend two days backpacking with an expert guide and explore the geological wonders as you follow established trails or venture off the beaten path into the backcountry. It’s hard to find a bad hike here, and it’s even harder to stop at one, as this is one of the best hiking spots in the US. Find out more about the best hikes in the Grand Canyon from Liz Thomas, professional hiker and guidebook author.

Season

September through May

Nearest city

Phoenix, AZ, is 3 hours away from Flagstaff, the starting point of the tour

Duration

2 to 5 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

Choose how you spend your days

2-Day Custom Backpacking Adventure in Grand Canyon

2 days

Reach the bottom of the Canyon and take in expansive views of the iconic landscapes on this 2-day private backpacking adventure. On your first day, you will follow the South Kaibab trail, reaching the Phantom Ranch Campgrounds, where you will spend the nights. The next day, you will get back to the starting point via Bright Angel Trail—an inviting path offering big views and dotted with rest houses. 

3-Day Custom Backpacking Adventure in Grand Canyon

3 days

Add another day to your Grand Canyon expedition and spend another night under the starry Arizona sky. This tour allows you to embark on longer trails, see more points of interest, and learn more about the area’s flora and fauna. Your guide can follow the established trails and show you top attractions or take you into the wilderness off the beaten path. Tailor the trip to your desires and abilities and re-connect with nature! 

5-Day Hiking and Backpacking Tour of the Grandview Trek

5 days

Discover the most remote and quiet parts of the Grand Canyon on a 5-day hiking and backpacking tour of the Grandview Trek. Pass the remote, crowd-free landscapes of Horseshoe Mesa, Cottonwood Creek, and old Grandview with an experienced local guide. Push your boundaries as you ascend the iconic mesa and take in one of the most dramatic vistas in the park, with a bird’s-eye view of nearly the entire trail! Rest in serene campsites, learn about the Canyon’s rich history, and uncover one epic panorama after another.

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Covid measures in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and 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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Grand Canyon, refer to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s requirements for air travel to the US and Grand Canyon National Park public health 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!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

  • An experienced, certified hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • Two to five days of hiking depending on your chosen itinerary
  • Transportation from your accommodation to the trailhead and back
  • Campsite accommodations
  • All meals, from breakfast on day 1 to lunch on the last day
  • Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and multi-day backpack
  • All emergency equipment
  • All national park fees and permits

What’s not included:

  • Transportation to your pre-trip accommodation
  • Accommodation before the trip
  • Personal hiking clothes and gear

How fit do I need to be?

To participate in these adventures, strong fitness levels and some hiking experience are required.

For the Custom Backpacking Adventures in the Grand Canyon, you have to be comfortable with being active for more than 5 hours per day and have extensive previous hiking experience. Although this tour is generally less strenuous than the longer tours below, it is only because of the shorter duration. 

For the Hermit Trail tour, you will be hiking for 8-10 miles (13-16 km) a day for 4-5 days, with up to 3,400 ft (1,040 m) in daily elevation change. You will be hiking through moderately rugged terrain with moderate height exposure while carrying a 35-45 lb (15-20 kg) pack.

For the Grandview Trek tour, you will be hiking up to 6 miles (8 km) a day for 4-5 days, with up to 3,500 ft (1,070 m) in daily elevation change. You will be hiking through moderately rugged terrain with very significant height exposure while carrying a 35-45 lb (15-20 kg) pack. This hike isn’t recommended for anyone who dislikes heights and extreme drop-offs.

What do I need to bring?

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

  • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
  • Hiking poles — optional
  • Three water bottles (at least 1L capacity each)
  • Sturdy hiking boots or shoes
  • Wool or synthetic hiking socks — at least 3 pairs
  • Hiking clothes
  • Spare clothes for layering and 4-5 days of hiking
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Toiletries (hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag (can be provided by guide)
  • 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 age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

  • For the group adventures, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 5:1, with a maximum of 9 guests per tour.  
  • For the custom adventures, max. client-to-guide ratio is 2:1. 
  • The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

Hiking in the Grand Canyon 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 but older than 12 may be permitted to join the tours on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
  • Minors between 10 and 12 may be permitted to join a private tour.
  • Minors younger than 10 aren’t allowed to participate in these tours.

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

Deposits and cancellation policy

A $250 USD deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

  • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to sixty (60) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking and within 10 days of making their reservation, Client is entitled to a full refund minus a $50 USD cancellation fee.
  • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to sixty (60) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, but 10 days or more after making their first payment, Client is entitled to a full refund minus a $100 USD cancellation fee.
  • For cancellations fifty-nine (59) to thirty (30) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total trip cost.
  • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Flagstaff, AZ, most people fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport which is 3 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus.

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 somewhere around Flagstaff or Sedona, AZ. 

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