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Hike Grand Canyon - Basics

Hike Grand Canyon - Basics
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Grand Canyon National Park Basics

Perhaps the hardest thing about planning a trip to the Grand Canyon is choosing which piece of it to explore. North Rim? South Rim?

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Hike Grand Canyon - Take a hike

Hike Grand Canyon - Take a hike

Favorite Grand Canyon Hikes

The Grand Canyon has a variety of trails, from knee-friendly to adrenaline-filled. Grab your boots and get walking. 

Explore the trails

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Grand Canyon in a Day

Grand Canyon in a day

You've got one day to spend in Grand Canyon National Park. Hit the highlights ›


How to get a Grand Canyon backpacking permit

Backpacking permits

Want to go backpacking in the Grand Canyon? You'll need a backcountry permit first ›

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Winter guide to Grand Canyon

Where to go, what to wear, and how to prepare for your winter visit to the Grand Canyon. Read more ›

Hike Grand Canyon - Gear Guide

Hike Grand Canyon - Gear Guide
Ed Moss

Grand Canyon Gear Guide

How much water should you carry? What shoes should you wear? Your questions answered.

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Public lands and coronavirus

We’d like to encourage our members, supporters, and all public land lovers to stay safe and avoid non-essential travel at this time.

Many of the hikes and destinations featured on the Colorado Plateau Explorer are located in remote areas or near rural communities with limited healthcare resources. We hope you'll use the Colorado Plateau Explorer to plan your trip for the future. These magnificent lands will be here waiting for you then.

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A grand traverse

About the same number of people have continuously thru-hiked the Grand Canyon as have walked on the moon. A few dozen more have hiked it in sections. Two of them — author Kevin Fedarko and photographer/filmmaker Pete McBride — tell tales of trail-less miles through the heart of the Grand Canyon and threats to the canyon they discovered along the way.


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Nat Geo - Pete and Kevin
Pete McBride

The journey

In 2015, Pete and Kevin set out to complete a mega-transect of the Grand Canyon, walking nearly 800 miles from Lee’s Ferry to the Grand Wash Cliffs near Lake Mead. Turns out they got a lot more than they bargained for. A year later, with stories abound, they managed to complete their route. Read more about their trip in the 2016 National Geographic article ›

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Take a bite out of Kevin and Pete’s route with these 3-4 day trips. Once you get a taste of the Grand Canyon’s  backcountry, you’ll surely be back for more.

Map of a backcountry hike in the Grand Canyon.

Get the scoop on our favorite Grand Canyon hikes › 

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For more than three decades, we've been fighting to protect the Grand Canyon from encroaching threats from outside developments. Won't you stand with us? 

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Got questions about the proposed Tusayan development near the Grand Canyon? We've got answers.

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Grand Canyon National Park is a crowd-pleaser no matter your age. Here are our top family-friendly activities.

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Take flight for a bird's-eye look at the Little Colorado River in the Grand Canyon and imagine what a proposed dam could mean for this beloved landscape.

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