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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.


Have you ever stood at the rim of the Grand Canyon or gazed at a photo and wondered just how “grand” it really is? Sure, the view from the top gives you an idea, but the only way to truly experience the magnitude of the Grand Canyon is to dive in to the bottom! Journeying down to the Colorado River isn’t for the faint of heart; about 5,000 vertical feet discourage most tourists from making the trek to the bottom. Join Kendrick and Mandy on a guided backpacking and camping trip to the depths of the Grand Canyon where we’ll spend four days and three nights surrounded by a natural beauty that most tourists can only dream of.

Our route will take us to the iconic Phantom Ranch nestled at the bottom of the canyon, where we’ll spend two nights in the nearby Bright Angel Campground and have a full day to explore. On our way back to the South Rim we’ll spend a night at Indian Garden Campground and enjoy 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. This backpacking and camping trip gives us the chance to share this breathtakingly scenic place with others. Backpacking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon will test your limits and is only intended for those in good physical condition. 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 of backpacking, hiking, and camping.


  • Guiding services from a company operating legally within Grand Canyon National Park. We have all required Commercial Use Authorizations and backcountry camping permits.
  • All necessary gear for tent camping, if needed. Of course, you can use your own gear. This includes:
    • Ultralight two-person tent
    • Down sleeping bag
    • Inflatable sleeping pad
    • Inflatable pillow with pillow case
    • Backpack
    • Trekking poles
    • Dinnerware kit (collapsable plate, collapsable coffee/tea mug, long-handled spork)
    • MicroSpikes (foot traction in the event of snow/ice on upper sections of trails)
  • Portering of tent camping gear. This is first come, first serve based on space in our backpacks. This includes:
    • Tent
    • Sleeping bag
    • Sleeping pad
    • 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 us to offer portering services.
  • Pre-trip review of each individual’s backpack and all the gear they intend to bring.
  • Three nights of backcountry camping reservations below the rim of the Canyon
  • Transportation to our starting point via the Grand Canyon shuttle bus
  • All meals while backpacking
    • At least one meal dinner at Phantom Ranch Canteen
    • A breakfast at Phantom Ranch Canteen
    • The remainder of our meals will be camp-cooked breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • We will set up and take down camp every time, but will take time to teach anyone how to do this, if interested
  • We will cook all meals for participants
  • One text to family/friends from the bottom of the Canyon via our Garmin inReach satellite communication device


  • National Park entry fees
  • Transportation to/from Grand Canyon National Park
  • Any transportation within the park that’s not on the shuttle bus
  • Accommodation on/near the rim of the canyon before/after workshop
  • 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, beverages, souvenirs, beer, wine, etc.)
  • Portering services of all non-camping gear (personal clothing items, water, snacks, miscellaneous gear, etc.)
  • Gratuity for your guides (optional)


Group Size Limit: 4 to 9 clients plus 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 River: 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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