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6 day
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Dreamland Safari Tours
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  • On this 6-day guided hiking tour, you’ll get to journey deep into remote areas of the Grand Canyon—but you’ll have to work for it. To complete the Deer Creek and Thunder River Loop, be prepared for almost 30 miles with more than 12,000 feet of vertical change, all the while coping with dramatic temperature changes and demanding traverses. Don’t get discouraged, though, because here’s our offer: in the middle of red rocks, you’ll find towering waterfalls, cool swimming holes, lush mossy walls, and sinuous creeks. We’ll also add in three nights spent under the starry skies. Up for a challenge? Sign up for this trip—but only if you’re a truly seasoned, energetic hiker.

    • 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 Kanab

      Kanab 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 Indian Hollow and start the backpacking trip! After lunch on the trailhead, continue the descent down to the Esplanade. Establish camp for the night.
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Accommodation: Camp
      Hiking: ~8 miles / ~13 km

      Grand Canyon hiking, camp
    • Day 3 and 4 will be similar—after waking up in the Canyon, have breakfast and pack up your gear. Both days will include 8 to 10 miles of hiking, visiting Deer Creek, Tapeats Creek, Thunder River, and the Colorado River. Campsite selection and precise itinerary are flexible based on permit allocations.
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Accommodation: Camp
      Hiking: ~8-10 miles a day / ~13-16 km a day

      Deer Creek, Grand Canyon
    • This is the last day you’re waking up in the Canyon. After breakfast, hike out to Indian Hollow. In the afternoon, you’ll get picked up and transferred back to Kanab. Check into your hotel and attend the celebratory dinner. After 4 days of challenging hiking, enjoy your well-deserved rest!
      you deserved it!
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Accommodation: Hotel
      Hiking: ~8 miles / ~13 km
      Elevation gain: 1,000 ft / 305 m

      Hiker in 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: Breakfast

    • What you get on this adventure:

        • Experienced, local, Wilderness First Responder hiking guides with extensive knowledge of the area
        • 6-day Grand Canyon backpacking trip (4 days backpacking, 2 nights in Kanab pre and post trip)
        • Accommodation in Kanab pre and post trip (double occupancy—inquire about single occupancy)
        • Trailhead transport from and to Kanab
        • Lightweight backpacking tents (unless you prefer to bring your own)
        • Team cooking equipment
        • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trail (possible to accommodate dietary restrictions)
        • Water purification and/or water resupply
        • Team first-aid kit
        • Satellite messenger communication in case of emergency
        • Human waste bags (where required)
        • Pre-trip gear & training advice (as desired)
        • Overnight permits for Grand Canyon National Park
        • Guide gratuities (already included in the price)

      What’s not included:

        • Transportation to and from Arizona
        • Lunches on trail
    • The Grand Canyon backpacking tour is suitable for backpackers with prior experience only. You must be in excellent cardio shape and able to carry +35 lbs (+15 kg) for four trail days with 8-12 miles (13 to 19 km) and up to 5,000 ft (1,524 m) of vertical ascent each day.

      If you’re new to hiking, check out our beginner-friendly, day-long hiking tours in the Grand Canyon. If you want to give backpacking a go, check out these multi-day hiking tours in Grand Canyon ideal for intermediate and expert hikers. Another fantastic choice is the beginner-friendly and all-women hiking tour in the GC. If you’re looking for a short hike and a cruise through the Canyon in your comfy SUV, these luxury Grand Canyon tours are a top choice.

    • 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) — available to rent
        • Sleeping bag (rated to 20 degrees or warmer) — available to rent
        • Sleeping pad
        • Personal snacks
        • Hiking poles (optional) — available to rent
        • Personal bowl, cup, and spoon
        • Water bottle or hydration bladder (4L capacity)
        • Hiking attire
        • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
        • 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 Grand Canyon tour, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1. The maximum group size is 9 guests.
        • It takes a minimum of 3 people for this tour to operate. 
        • The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

      Hiking the Deer Creek & Thunder River 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, whether that’s at the guide shop, the hotel you’re staying at, or a predetermined location.

    • 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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Arizona and Utah, please refer to Arizona’s COVID-19 information for travelers and Utah’s COVID-19 traveler information.

      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!

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