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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. 

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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 ›

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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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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.


Nat Geo - Pete and Kevin

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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