Grand Canyon Hiking and Walking Tours

Although each type of tour offered at Grand Canyon National Park has its benefits, there is probably no better way to get up close and personal with the natural marvels of the park than on your own two feet. The hiking and walking tours allow you to touch, smell, listen to, and look at the awesomeness of nature as you walk along the canyonland trails—many of which are rugged and rather challenging, some of which are paved and easy to traverse.

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Grand Canyon Hiking Options

There are several options available for hiking and walking tours at the Grand Canyon, along different trails of varying lengths and difficulties at both the South Rim and North Rim. Hikers and backpackers can stay along the rims or they can venture into the canyon interior. Shuttle buses can be used to travel to particular trails. Information on the different trails is available at:  http://explorethecanyon.com/park-area-info/grand-canyon-trails/

Ranger-led day hikes and nature walks are offered year-round at the South Rim and from mid-May to mid-October at the North Rim, according to schedules available at:  https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/news/newspaper.htm

Guided, educational hiking and/or camping tours are available from the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute (928) 638-2481.

Permits

Permits are not required for regular noncommercial day hikes. Special-use or backcountry permits are required for group rim-to-rim, extended-day hiking, and overnight camping trips (other than at developed campground sites). Information on obtaining permits is available at:
http://explorethecanyon.com/grand-canyon-backcountry-permits/

Maps

Maps and guides on hiking at Grand Canyon National Park can be obtained from the Grand Canyon Association at:
http://explorethecanyon.com/grand-canyon-vacation/maps/

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