Hiking Arizona’s Grand Canyon was a spectacular experience. We spent a few days at the Canyon, exploring different trails into what seemed like an endless canyon of gorgeous orange and red rock.
Our ultimately goal was to hike in and out of the Canyon in one day. Rim to river to rim. After extensive research we set out a strategy to conquer the canyon without bringing heavy camping equipment. At 4am we stood on the rim of the South Canyon, listening to coyotes howl and descended into the canyon. By breakfast we were at the river, soaking our feet in it’s cool current. By lunch we were half way back up and by mid afternoon, we had conquered the canyon.
It was exhausting, but judging by our pictures, I think you can tell that it was worth it!
IF YOU GO: You don’t have to conquer the canyon on foot! Rail tours will take you all over the American west and once in the park you’re all set with a wide array of public transport at the ready. If you do go hiking, bring plenty of water, food and a hat – hiking without a plan can put you in serious danger. We stopped into the backcountry office before taking off into the canyon – a good idea for gathering up-to-date information and advice.