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Grand Canyon Backcountry Hiking details information you'll need in the wild backcountry. Water sources, routes, and trail descriptions, and trip reports will give you an idea of what to expect in such a rugged, remote, dry, harsh environment! It's HOT! Temperatures in the summer are consistently over 108 degrees! Start hiking before sunrise, and rest at water, in the shade, during the heat of the day. Then start again when the shadows become longer. In the winter expect snow on the rim and cold!
Trips of a Lifetime!
|Most of these trips are on routes and are not recommended for anyone except those that have completed all the known trails, years of Grand Canyon hiking knowledge, and off-trail experience. Most are extremely rugged and difficult. Water will often be critical or non-existent. But if you have read Harvey Butchart, George Steck, and J. D. Green, and know of Jorgen Visbak, Bob Marley, Bill Orman, Jim Ohlman, or Mike Coltrin, then you might be interested in some of these trips. Please note, however, that these hikes only occasionally follow established trails and water sources are rare! These trip reports are not "hike by numbers"; more often than not hikers will not complete these routes!|
Overnight permits are now $10 plus $5 per day per person. For twenty-five bucks a trip leader can get unlimited hikes for a year saving the $10 each time. Reasonable, and hopefully they will use the money for something constructive! The Backcountry Office is now in the new Maswik Transportation Center and open from 8 to 12 and 1 to 5. You can call between 1 and 5 Monday through Friday at 1-928-638-7875. The fax number is 1-928-638-2125. They will take a check or credit card. The address is Backcountry Office, GCNP, P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023. Grand Canyon National Park Backcountry Information. Please take a look at the Developed Hiking Trails in Grand Canyon for basic information of the various trails from both rims. From St. George, Utah you can get to Parashant National Monument, one of the most remote area in the country!
On the Reservations, don't forget the Havasupai are charging $25 to cross their Reservation to get to Pasture Wash. I would advise having cash ready if you head out west on the south side. There is usually someone waiting out there to collect the fee. The phone number for the Havasupai Tourist Office is 1-928-448-2141 or 1-928-448-2111.
The Hualapai Reservation is located on in the Western Grand Canyon on the south side. Although not generally receptive to visitors, you can call them at 1-928-769-2230 or 1-888-255-9550 and see what they say. Permits are also available at the new lodge in Peach Springs. The Peach Springs Wash Road usually is passable all the way to the Colorado River. Go to Diamond Creek! for a new experience!
The Navajo now require permits for hiking on their reservation in Marble Canyon or the Little Colorado. The office is in Window Rock at 1-928-871-6647. I have not found them open in Cameron at the Navajo Tribal Park Cameron Visitor Center. You can also write them at Navajo Tribal Park Cameron Visitor Center, Box 459, Cameron, AZ 86020 or call 1-928-679-2303.
Need more information? Field Guides, Hiking Guides, History, or Geology Books
Have you ever heard of Glen Sturdevant? How
about The Kolb Brothers?
Then check out Historical Backcountry!!
Did you ever wonder how the Echo Peaks got their
name? Or Cranberry Canyon? Mystic Spring?
Take a look at Grand Canyon Place Names!
For lively hiking discussions by veterans and novices alike look at Grand Canyon Hikers Email Group and the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association Email Group
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