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    Grand Canyon

    National Park Arizona

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Guided Hikes

Grand Canyon ranger led walk

Ranger led day hikes

South Rim: Ranger led day hikes and walks take place along the Rim Trail year round. During the summer months an additional 3-mile round trip day hike into the canyon is also offered. Check out the Ranger Program pages in The Guide (park newspaper handed out at the entrance station) for schedules.

North Rim: Ranger led nature walks take place between mid-May and mid-October. Check out the Ranger Program pages in The Guide (park newspaper handed out at the entrance station) for schedules.

 
hiking in the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Field Institute

If you would like to join a guided hiking and/or camping trip that is educational in nature, consider the Grand Canyon Field Institute (GCFI). GCFI works in close association with the National Park Service to provide multi-day learning events that complement the park's own interpretive programming. GCFI is the educational arm of the Grand Canyon Association, a non-profit organization established in 1932 to support education, research, and other programs for the benefit of Grand Canyon National Park and its visitors.

 
thumbnail of 2014 Grand Canyon Field Institute Schedule of Classes

2014  class  schedule

Grand Canyon Field Institute
2014 Schedule of Classes
(315 kb PDF File)
Topics: geology, ecology, history, archaeology, photography, & more.

The Institute offers guided educational tours at Grand Canyon National Park led by expert instructors while hiking, backpacking, camping, & whitewater rafting.

Click here to visit their website.


Learning & Lodging

The Grand Canyon Field Institute (GCA) and Xanterra South Rim, LLC offer fun and informative Learning & Lodging Programs that combine lodging, meals, and two days in the field with an instructor.


 
Grand Canyon Field Institute
PO Box 399
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
866-471-4435
https://www.grandcanyon.org/learn/grand-canyon-field-institute
 

Backpacking Guide Services

A wide range of options exist for guided hiking at Grand Canyon National Park. Download the site bulletin below for a list of companies authorized to guide overnight hikes within the park. Please contact the companies directly regarding cost and services provided.

Did You Know?

GRAND CANYON ROCKS

The more recent Kaibab limestone caprock, on the rims of the Grand Canyon, formed 270 million years ago. In contrast, the oldest rocks within the Inner Gorge at the bottom of Grand Canyon date to 1.84 billion years ago. Geologists currently estimate the age of Earth at 4.5 billion years.