Overnight backpacking in Grand Canyon provides a degree of solitude, wilderness, and silence. Fifteen trails and numerous obscure routes provide access to the inner canyon.
If you wish to camp anywhere in the park, other than in developed campgrounds on the North Rim or South Rim you must obtain a permit from the Backcountry Information Center.
Each year Grand Canyon National Park receives approximately 30,000 requests for backcountry permits. The park issues 13,000 permits, and close to 40,000 people camp overnight in the backcountry at Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon Association Field Institute offers expert-led, multi-day classes on the rim and in the backcountry. Topics include geology, ecology, history, archaeology, botany, photography, and more. Grand Canyon Association has been the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park since 1932.