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Booking Information

Trip Dates
 

2018

Nov 1-4 (8 spots remaning)

Nov 5-8 (8 spots remaining)

 

Pricing
 

$1495/person

Pricing based on double accommodations. Single accommodations may be secured for an additional fee.  Please inquire at time of booking.

Additional Information

Grand Canyon Links:
 

Weather in the Grand Canyon

 

Activities: Backpacking
Difficulty: 3  

Spend 3 unforgettable days hiking from the South Rim to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back!  Your journey showcases 1.7 billion years of geologic history exposed in colorful layers by the powerful Colorado River. Your expert guides are the key to an exciting and memorable experience, including wonders you would never discover on your own.  It is a hearty trek into the canyon, but well worth it to escape the crowds on the rim.  Learn all about the unique wildlife, geology, and history in one of the Seven Wonders of the World!

 

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    • The name “Utah” comes from the Native American “Ute” tribe and means people of the mountains.
    • Utah peaks, on average, are the tallest in the country. The average elevation of the tallest peaks in each of Utah’s counties is 11,222 feet higher than the same average in any other state.
    • The Uinta mountain range, named after the Ute Indians who lived in the basin, is one of the only East-West axis mountains in North America.
    • Utah has seven national monuments
    • Cedar Breaks, Natural Bridges, Dinosaur, Rainbow Bridge, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Timpanogos Cave and Hovenweep. Utah is a great vacationland with 11,000 miles of fishing streams and 147,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs.
    • The biggest dinosaur footprints in the world are in Utah. The prints belonged to a hadrosaurid (duckbill). The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry is one of the world’s foremost dinosaur fossil sources. Includes more than 30 complete skeletons, several thousand individual bones, intact dinosaur eggs, and tons of other remains.
    • The controversy surrounding the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell is often cited as the beginning of the modern-day environmental movement.
    • Kanab is called “Park Central” because it is located only minutes away from a grand array of three (3) national parks, three (3) national monuments, one (1) national recreation area and two (2) state parks. Two (2) national forests and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wilderness areas also surround Kanab. It is also known as Utah’s Little Hollywood because of the large number of motion pictures that are filmed in the area. .
    • Because of the state’s inland location Utah’s snow is unusually dry. Earning it the reputation of having the world’s greatest powder. 14 Alpine ski resorts operate in Utah.

– See more at: http://www.backwoodsadventures.com/trips/utah-hiking-backpacking/#sthash.38injigw.dpuf

Day 1:  ARRIVAL – Make your way to Scottsdale, Arizona and check into your hotel (included). Relax and prepare for the amazing adventure that awaits!  

Day 2:  DESCEND INTO THE CANYON –  Meet your guides and fellow travelers in the lobby of the hotel at 6:00am and prepare for your spectacular adventure in the Grand Canyon.  Departing Scottsdale and the vibrant Sonora Desert, we drive north (230 miles/4 hours, transportation provided) to our trailhead in the majestic Grand Canyon National Park.  Together we descend through the colorful layers as our guides teach up the miraculous geology that created this natural wonder of the world.  Only a select few spend the night in these lower reaches, making our Grand Canyon experience even more special.  Exact campsite will be determined prior to departure based on permit availability, but we’ll hike up to 8 miles with up to 5,000 vertical feet of elevation loss and camp at a backcountry site below the rim of the Canyon. (Meals Included: B, L, D)

Day 3:  EXPLORE BELOW THE RIM – Today you will leave your heavy pack behind and continue exploring with a lighter day pack. We’ll explore further into the canyon, hiking 3-5 miles with up to 1,200 feet of elevation change.  Spend the day learning about canyon history and features, and possibly hiking down to the mighty Colorado River.  Afterwards our guides will prepare a hearty and delicious dinner for our final night in the canyon together. We’ll swap stories of our favorite moments and build our strength for tomorrow’s final challenge  (Meals Included: B, L, D)

Day 4:  CONQUER THE CANYON – It is an early start this morning to pack up and hit the trail.  However, don’t forget to soak in the magnificence of the canyon around you.  We journey back through the changing rock layers, taking our time as the return to the rim is a challenging uphill climb.  We will hike up to 8 miles, with up to 3,600 feet in elevation gain. With triumphant hearts, we emerge from the canyon’s depths to the rim and enjoy a well-deserved lunch.  From here, we transfer back to the hotel in Scottsdale with memories and friendships to last a lifetime (230 miles/4 hours driving).  Expect to be dropped off at the host hotel by 6:00pm.  Flights should not be booked prior to 9:00pm.   (Meals Included: B, L)  

Note: Itinerary is subject to change depending on permit availability, weather, trail and course conditions, travel, health and well-being of the trip participants, and interests of the group.

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Clothing

1-2 T-shirts (synthetic, non-cotton)

2 Long sleeve shirts (comfy, loose-fitting, any material)

1 pair Hiking shorts (synthetic, quick-drying)

1-2 pair Hiking Pants

Long sleeve shirts

Long underwear top and bottom

Fleece, down, or synthetic “puffy”  jacket

Waterproof/breathable rain jacket (with hood) and pants

Daily Underwear (synthetic, non-cotton)

Sleep Wear

Sun hat with brim – light colored

Warm hat

Lightweight Gloves

Footwear

Hiking shoes/boots – breathable, supportive and already broken in

Camp Shoes – lightweight flip flops or sandals

Daily Hiking socks (avoid cotton)

Camp/Sleeping socks

Gear

Day Pack (15-30L) with rain cover

Water bottles (2) or a Hydration reservoir (2-3 liters)

Small multi-tool or pocket knife

Headlamp or flashlight w/ extra batteries

Sunglasses

Watch (or some way to tell time)

Camera, + extra film/batteries/memory

Bandana or Buff

Compressible Pillow (optional, this is a luxury item)

Book, notebook, pencil or pen (optional)

Personal first-aid kit, blister supplies and medications (+ extra doses)

Trail snacks/electrolytes (optional – plenty of snacks will be provided)

Ziploc plastic bags for trash

Toiletries

Toilet paper kit (TP, hand sanitizer, Ziploc bag to pack out used TP)

Quick-Dry Towel

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Biodegradable Soap and/or shampoo

Glasses, contacts

Deodorant

Handi-wipes (moist towelettes for cleaning)

Hand Sanitizer

Sun block (30+ SPF) and lip balm w/ SPF

Other Stuff to Remember

Casual clothing for travel

Photo ID and/or passport

Airline Tickets

Credit Cards and Cash

Cash or Check for optional Guide Gratuities

Trip FAQs

What's included?

  • Professional, knowledgeable guide (2 guides for groups of 6 or more)
  • Hotel accommodations for one night in Scottsdale, AZ
  • Round-trip tround transportation from Scottsdale to the Grand Canyon.
  • 2 nights camping at backcountry campsite within the Grand Canyon
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary (Breakfast on Day 2 through Lunch on Day 4) plus an assortment of trail snacks
  • Backpacking Gear
    • Backpack
    • Double Occupancy Tent
    • Sleeping Pad
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Trekking Poles
  • Camp Kitchen and Group Gear
    • Cooking Utensils, Stove and Fuel
    • Water Filter, Food Storage and Dishwashing needs
    • Personal Mess Kit (bowl, mug, fork, spoon)
  • Entry Fees and backcountry permits in Grand Canyon National Park

What's not included?

Round-Trip transportation from your home to the hotel in Scottsdale, AZ

Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

Alcoholic Beverages or other beverages that you may choose to bring

Personal Gear and Clothing (See Gear list)

Guide Gratuities

Meals

At camp, your guides will prepare your meals for you.  Traditional trail snacks are provided, but you are welcome to bring some of your favorite snacks if you prefer. We know that well-fed hikers are happy hikers and we aim to please! Special dietary considerations can usually be accommodated with at least 30 days advance notice.

Accommodations

The first night, we stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Old Town Scottsdale. The next 2 nights will be spent sleeping under the countless stars in tents (provided).

Health

Backpacking in the Grand Canyon is strenuous. This trip should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions which may put you at risk. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself.

FROM OUR TRAVELERS