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Grand Canyon Hiking Tours with Local Guides

Experience America’s most legendary landmark like a true explorer. Leave the crowds behind on epic Grand Canyon hiking tours.
Hiker woman on Grand Canyon
Day hiking tours
Epic sights, one-day hikes
Backpackers on Grand Canyon tour
Backpacking trips
Immerse yourself in the Canyon’s depths
Hiker on Puebloean Granaries Trail
Rim-to-rim hikes
Discover the secrets beyond the rim
Hiker women on waterfall
Women-only trips
Empowering hikes with women guides
Hiker woman on Grand Canyon
Day hiking tours
Epic sights, one-day hikes
1 day /  From $250 /  1 Trip
Backpackers on Grand Canyon tour
Backpacking trips
Immerse yourself in the Canyon’s depths
4-8 days /  From $1,080 /  8 Trips
Hiker on Puebloean Granaries Trail
Rim-to-rim hikes
Discover the secrets beyond the rim
5-7 days /  From $1,495 /  3 Trips
Hiker women on waterfall
Women-only trips
Empowering hikes with women guides
4-5 days /  From $1,549 /  2 Trips

Grand Canyon hiking tours

What do people think of our Grand Canyon Hiking Tours?
Alan Žepec

Andy was great!! Calm, outgoing, full of knowledge, interested in helping, great to be around. We enjoyed the hike!

Stephanie

Where do I start with the Escalante Route trip? For my first time experiencing the beauty of the Grand Canyon it was absolutely breathtaking. The canyon truly evolved through every mile of the trek. Even when the sun went down you could virtually see every star in the sky, which made it hard to want to fall asleep (even though you’re physically exhausted!). Not only was it my first time at the Grand Canyon, but it was also my first-time backpack and the TSX team was a huge part of my success. Charolotte was a terrific guide who gave us endless words of encouragement and yummy meals to get us through. This trip was a mental and physical challenge, yet extremely rewarding. It without a doubt has made it into my top three accomplishments. If you are a curious adventurer who’s up for a challenge this route is for you. I’m already eager to plan out my next trip with TSX.

laleh rafati

“GR 131 Gran Canary” was a wonderful and unique hiking experience with Mauk, Jeanne and Astrid. This hike was so well organised (e.g. accommodations, luggage transfers, hiking guides, on-time hiking planning for every day). I feel safe during the trip and I was able to only focus on hiking and enjoy the nature because the rest was managed perfectly by this group. Strongly recommended.

Tina Q

Wow! Just wow! Everything I was hoping for and more. The geology was jaw dropping, the trip organization was stellar, and Sunny’s intimate knowledge of the canyon allowed us to see the little secrets that other will miss. But the best part was Sunny’s competency in not only leading the trip, but invoking a camaraderie and chemistry amongst a group of strangers that will inevitably lead to long term friendships. That is is a gift to all of us!

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Explore the Grand Canyon on spectacular hiking tours with local guides

Join the exclusive club of true GC explorers

Each year some 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon. However, only 5% of them go below the rim, exploring the famous chasm where time itself is etched in the layered rock. Conquer the legendary rim-to-rim challenge, or find your own path less traveled. Ditch the crowds and discover hidden gems – cascading waterfalls, secret viewpoints, and the raw beauty of one of the world’s natural wonders. The Grand Canyon is calling – are you up for the challenge?

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Grand Canyon hikes tailored for you

  • Explore with seasoned guides

An expert guide will help you find your perfect trail, discover hidden gems, and keep you safe on your journey

  • Planning made easy

We will handle the logistics, including the lottery-based backcountry permits, so you can enjoy your adventure.

  • Hikes for everyone

Whether you seek a rim-to-rim odyssey or a scenic family stroll, you’ll find an epic experience tailored to your pace and spirit.

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Best hikes in the Grand Canyon

Rim-to-Rim Trail

The ultimate GC adventure. It traverses the entire width of the canyon, South to North Rim, offering a true sense of scale and awe-inspiring vistas. NOTE: permits are required for overnight hikes.

South Kaibab Trail

This scenic trail offers breathtaking overlooks and a relatively steep descent. Hikers can enjoy captivating views as they wind their way down the canyon walls.

South Rim Trail

This easygoing path follows the rim for several miles, providing incredible viewpoints with minimal elevation change. It’s perfect for casual hikers and families with children.

Enjoying the view of the Bright Angel Canyon along the North Kaibab Trail, a backpacker stands on a bridge with backpack in shorts and a hat and takes in the cliffs of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Frequently asked questions about Grand Canyon hiking tours

  • Absolutely! The Grand Canyon, while vast and imposing, offers plenty of world-class trails suitable for beginners. Here are a few things to consider:

    Know your limits: While some trails are easygoing, remember that the Grand Canyon’s elevation can make even easy hikes & backpacking tours strenuous. Be honest about your fitness level and choose a trail that matches your capabilities.

    Start at the rim: The South Rim Trail is a great option for beginners. This paved path follows the rim of the canyon for several miles, providing incredible viewpoints with minimal elevation change.

    Take it short on the descent trails: If you’re set on venturing down into the canyon, consider shorter sections of trails like the Bright Angel Trail or the South Kaibab Trail. These have steeper inclines on the way back up, so be prepared for the challenge.

    Go with a guide: A guided hike is a fantastic option for beginners, especially if you’re unsure about navigating the trails or want to learn more about the canyon’s history and geology.

    Gear up adequately: Bring plenty of water, as dehydration is a serious risk. Wear well-fitted and sturdy hiking boots. Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, and make sure to check the weather forecast before your hike.

  • Two or three days is the ideal amount of time to get a good feel for the Grand Canyon. You can hike a moderate trail like the Bright Angel Trail, explore viewpoints on both the South Rim and the Desert View Drive, and learn about the canyon’s history and geology at the visitor center.

    If you’re on a short schedule, you can still experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon with a one-day visit. Hike a short trail like the South Rim Trail for stunning views from the rim, or take a scenic helicopter tour for a bird’s-eye perspective.

  • Depends on the hike you’re planning on doing.

    The Grand Canyon has hikes for all levels of adventurers, from newcomers to active & seasoned hikers. Here are some general tips for gauging your fitness level for a Grand Canyon hike:

      • Consider your activity level: If you regularly engage in activities like hiking, running, or cycling, you’ll likely be in good shape for moderate trails.
      • Train with elevation changes: If you live at a low altitude, find hills or stairs to train on to simulate the exertion of Grand Canyon guided hikes. The tougher trails here are full of steep & sudden elevation changes.
      • Listen to your body: Be honest about your limitations and choose a trail that matches your capabilities. There’s no shame in starting with an easier path and working your way up to more challenging hikes.

    And remember: overreaching means having a bad time, and possibly ruining the experience for your group. After all, even the easiest hikes in the Grand Canyon are awesome!

  • If you’re just planning on visiting the viewpoints or doing one of the flatter, more well-maintained walks like the South Rim Trail, you can get away with study athletic shoes with good thread.

    For trails with steeper inclines, declines, or loose rocks, like the Bright Angel Trail or South Kaibab Trail, hiking boots with good ankle support are highly recommended. They provide stability and traction on uneven terrain, which can help prevent slips and falls – a must for any serious Grand Canyon hiking & camping tours.

  • For day hikes in Grand Canyon National Park, no permit is required. This includes popular trails like the South Rim Trail, Bright Angel Trail, and South Kaibab Trail.

    However, a backcountry permit is mandatory for camping anywhere below the rim of the canyon. This includes designated campgrounds as well as backcountry campsites. You can obtain permits online or in person at the Backcountry Information Center.

    Finally, hiking the trails within Havasu Canyon, which is located on Havasupai tribal land adjacent to the Grand Canyon National Park, requires a separate permit from the Havasupai Tribe.

    Remember: Always check the latest regulations and permit requirements with the National Park Service or the relevant tribal authority before your Grand Canyon hike.

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