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Rim to Rim - Grand Canyon Backpacking Tour



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  A Rim to Rim hike is the quintessential guided backpacking tour at the Grand Canyon National Park and there is no better way to explore what it has to offer than to hike from one side to the other! This trip begins in the cool pines of the North Rim on the North Kaibab Trail and heads down into the desert landscape of Phantom Ranch near the Colorado River before climbing back up the Bright Angel Trail into the pines on the South Rim. Our 3 and 4 day Grand Canyon Rim to Rim tours are all inclusive tours, including transportation from Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ to and from the Grand Canyon. Join us for an adventure of a life time and immerse yourself in one of the seven natural wonders of the world!

Adventure Itinerary

Day 1:

Your adventure begins with an early morning pick-up at your Phoenix hotel. We then transport you to the North Rim via a five and a half hour drive to the North Kaibab trailhead, passing over the Marble Canyon Gorge and through the Arizona Strip below the Vermilion Cliffs and up through the Kaibab National Forest. We begin our descent starting at about 8000 feet elevation. The Phantom Ranch at the Colorado River is over a mile down in elevation and fourteen miles in distance. You will be carrying a backpack weighing approximately 35 to 37 pounds. It will contain your personal belongings along with the food and camping gear we provide. This is the only trail on the North Rim that has pack horses and mules allowed on it and it is considered the main route to the river below. On this first day, we hike down seven miles to our first campsite at Cottonwood Camp. At this point we have already left the dense forest of the North Rim far behind and descended into the semi-arid desert of the lower canyon environment.

Day 2:

On the second day we leave after an early breakfast and hike another seven miles down to the Bright Angel Campground adjacent to Phantom Ranch. There is so much to see here. The historic Phantom Ranch was built by the well-known architect Mary Colter back in the 1930s and is nestled into a canyon facing the river. Side canyons beg to be explored if you have the energy after a day of hiking, or you can sit by the river waiting for a raft to go by. This is a popular, well-traveled trail, so you will see many visitors from all around the world during our time here.

Day 3:

On the third day of our adventure, we cross the Colorado River on an extension bridge and hike four miles up the Bright Angel trail to our next camp at Indian Garden. A large artesian spring gushes from a cliff at this verdant campsite. In the afternoon, we offer the option to hike out to a viewpoint above the Colorado River.

Day 4:

On our fourth and final day, we finish up our trip with a four and a half mile hike up the trail to the South Rim. By midday we arrive at the South Rim at an elevation of 7000 feet. A great time to stop for an ice cream cone to celebrate!

Pickup Locations

Our tours start and end in Scottsdale, AZ; saving you travel time and money on your travel expenses compared to leaving from Flagstaff, AZ. Transportation from our Scottsdale Hotel Partner is included in the cost of the tour but we are also able to pick up in Flagstaff or meet at the Grand Canyon for no additional charge.

  • Cost:

    $1147 (4 day)

  • Type:

    Backpacking

  • Length:

    4 days

  • Difficulty:

    Moderate

  • Mileage:

    25+ miles

  • Elevation change:

    6000 Ft.

  • Season:

    May – November

*IMPORTANT* – Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Grand Canyon, this tour should be booked 4+ months out to obtain permits. We accept and encourage bookings less than four months out but permit availability may be limited.


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What to Bring

Our camping and hiking trips include all pro-quality gear, meals required for your adventure. This includes tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking supplies, trekking poles, and daypacks and/or backpacks. We are happy to accommodate food allergies and most dietary restrictions. Please include your preferences in your Registration Form so that we can prepare accordingly.

Gear Included

Discovery Treks Grand Canyon Rim to Rim tours are all inclusive tours which include:
  • All meals from lunch day 1 through lunch day 4
  • An experienced Wilderness First Responder Certified Grand Canyon Backpacking Guide
  • Transportation From Scottsdale
  • Necessary pro-quality backpacking gear including 65 - 75L Osprey backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles, double occupancy tent (single tent upgrade available for $50)
  • All permits and fees
*As this is one of the most popular hikes in Grand Canyon National Park, permits can be challenging to obtain. Permits open 4 months in advance. To ensure a better chance of receiving the exact itinerary and days you want, we recommend booking at least 6 months in advance for this trek. We also offer winter options for this trek.

  • Cost:

    $1147 (4 day)

  • Type:

    Backpacking

  • Length:

    4 days

  • Difficulty:

    Moderate

  • Mileage:

    25+ miles

  • Elevation change:

    6000 Ft.

  • Season:

    May – November

*IMPORTANT* – Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Grand Canyon, this tour should be booked 4+ months out to obtain permits. We accept and encourage bookings less than four months out but permit availability may be limited.


Accepted Credit Cards

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  • Cost:

    $1147 (4 day)

  • Type:

    Backpacking

  • Length:

    4 days

  • Difficulty:

    Moderate

  • Mileage:

    25+ miles

  • Elevation change:

    6000 Ft.

  • Season:

    May – November

*IMPORTANT* – Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Grand Canyon, this tour should be booked 4+ months out to obtain permits. We accept and encourage bookings less than four months out but permit availability may be limited.


Accepted Credit Cards

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