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Grand Canyon, AZ


  • Mandy Lea Photo is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.
  • Kendrick Callaway is Wilderness First Responder,  Adult/Child CPR, AED & Airway Management, and Epinephrine Auto-Injector certified.
  • Mandy Lea is Basic First Aid and Adult CPR certified


So, you’ve joined us on one of our shorter Indian Garden or Rim-to-River hiking trips and want to see even more breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon? That, or you consider yourself to be in great hiking shape and want to skip straight to a more difficult hike? Either way, our Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim backpacking adventure will show you just how “grand” the Grand Canyon really is by hiking across it! The average distance between the north and south rims of the Canyon may only be about 10 miles, but we’ll have to hike a lot farther than that on our journey from one side to the other—over 29 miles to be exact (including two optional hikes)! Those 29 miles include 7,100 vertical feet of descent and 5,700 vertical feet of ascent! Join Kendrick and Mandy on a guided backpacking and camping trip to the depths of (and across!) the Grand Canyon where we’ll spend five days and four nights surrounded by a natural beauty that most tourists can only dream of seeing!


Our route will take us across the width of the Grand Canyon via two of the main Corridor Trails—the North Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails. First, we’ll spend a night about halfway down the North Kaibab Trail at Cottonwood Campground where we’ll take an optional hike to a gorgeous waterfall. Next, we’ll stop at the iconic Phantom Ranch nestled at the bottom of the Canyon, where we’ll have two nights in the nearby Bright Angel Campground and a full rest day to explore. On our way back to the South Rim, we’ll spend our last night at Indian Garden Campground and enjoy our last sunset with a side-trip to one of the best inner canyon views there is!


The Grand Canyon has been a huge source of inspiration for us over the years. In 2019, we guided our first Rim-to-River backpacking trip in the Canyon with great success. Our clients were all left wanting to see more of the Canyon. Naturally, a Rim-to-Rim trip was the next big step!


This backpacking and camping trip gives us the chance to share the often-neglected, yet breathtakingly scenic, North Rim of the Grand Canyon in addition more popular South Rim. Backpacking across the Grand Canyon will test your limits and is only intended for those in good physical condition. Including all optional hikes, we’ll descend nearly 7,100 vertical feet and ascend nearly 5,700 vertical feet while hiking about 29 miles over five days. This may sound daunting, but with the right preparation most people can do this.


If you’re worried about this itinerary being too much then check out our shorter itineraries like our “Indian Garden and Plateau Point” or “Rim-to-River” trips!


On this trip we will provide more services than your typical guided backpacking and camping experience. Our goal is to take people to a place they might not be able to reach on their own and share our knowledge and love of backpacking, hiking, and camping.

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What’s Included:

  • Guiding services from a company operating legally within Grand Canyon National Park. We have all required Commercial Use Authorizations and backcountry camping permits.
  • Pre-trip review of each individual’s backpack and all the gear they intend to bring.
  • Transportation from the South Rim to the North Rim
  • 4 nights of backcountry camping reservations below the rim of the Canyon
  • 5 days of hiking below the rim of the Canyon
  • All meals while backpacking
    • Including at least one meal (breakfast or dinner, possibly both) at historic Phantom Ranch Canteen
  • We will cook all meals for clients
  • All necessary camping/hiking gear, including:
    • Backpacks
    • Tents
    • Sleeping bags
    • Inflatable sleeping pads
    • Inflatable camp pillows
    • Trekking poles
    • Dinnerware kits (collapsible plate, collapsible coffee mug, long-handles spork)
  • We will set up and take down camp every time for clients using our gear. We will take the time to teach anyone how to do this, if interested.


What’s Optional (Available for an Extra Fee)—If you decide later that you’d like to use our portering services we can arrange payment or you can reserve at the time of reserving your spot:


  • +$200— Portering (your guides will carry these items) of tent camping gear throughout the trip on a first come, first served basis (depending on space/weight constraints in guides backpacks). This includes:
    • Tent
    • Sleeping bag
    • Inflatable sleeping pad
    • Inflatable camp pillow
    • Note: If a client insists on using their own gear and having it portered we reserve the right to refuse carrying it based on size and weight. Our gear is REALLY lightweight and packs down small, which allows for us to offer portering services.


What’s NOT included:

  • National Park entry fees
  • Transportation to/from Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim)
  • Any transportation within the park that is not on the shuttle bus
  • Accommodation on/near the South Rim of the Canyon before/after backpacking trip
  • Personal snacks for during the hike
  • Any food/drinks purchased before entering or after exiting the Canyon (even if we meet as a group for these meals)
  • Any items for sale at Phantom Ranch not included in the provided meals (snacks, beverage, souvenirs, beer, wine, etc.)
  • Portering services of all non-camping gear (personal clothing items, water, snacks, cameras, miscellaneous gear, etc.)
  • Gratuity for your guides (optional)


Group Size Limit: 4-5 clients plus 1-2 guides

(Note: Group size will be determined by the type of backcountry camping permit we are issued from the National Park. We reserve the right to cancel any trip that doesn’t meet our required minimum number of clients. Most of our trips will be limited to 4 clients and 2 guides.)


Bring a friend (or three!) and save!

See special group pricing. If you would like to pay separetly, contact us!


Read our Terms and Conditions before registering for any workshop


Rim to Rim: Grand Canyon

  • Lodging reservations on the South Rim (or in the nearby town of Tusayan) before/after the camping portion of this trip are the responsibility of each attendee. To ensure you have a place to stay, please make reservations when completing workshop registration to avoid places filling up.

    We recommend arriving reasonably early the day before our shuttle departs for the North Rim and staying in accommodations in Grand Canyon Village or the nearby town of Tusayan for that night. This will allow us to meet with each client to review their backpacks and gear, as well as have a meet & greet with the entire group. We also recommend staying in either one of these locations on the night we exit our hike in the Canyon to avoid tight travel schedules.

    Recommended lodging near at/near South Rim of Grand Canyon:

    • Bright Angel Lodge: This is the closest lodging to our finishing location at the Bright Angel Trailhead.
      • 9 North Village Loop Drive, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
      • Phone: (928) 638-2631
    • Maswik Lodge: Nice rooms located near a dining hall, pizza pub, and less than 10-minutes away from our finishing location at Bright Angel Trailhead. Closer to where we’ll park our cars during our hike at the Backcountry Information Office parking lot.
      • 202 South Village Loop Drive, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
      • Phone: (928) 638-2631
    • Yavapai Lodge: Nice rooms located near a dining hall, Yavapai Tavern, and the market.
      • 11 Yavapai Lodge Road, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
      • Phone: (877) 404-4611
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon, Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn, and a few other hotels—all of these hotels are a 10-15 minute drive into the park from the town of Tusayan
    • RV/tent campgrounds within the National Park
    • Boondocking (dry camping for free—no hookups) on nearby National Forest land is also available. Contact us if you’re interested in this option and we’ll share our favorite spots!
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