Backpacking: Havasupai Gardens
Our easiest Grand Canyon backpacking trip.
Desert oasis camping at its finest!
Looking for an “introductory” backpacking experience in the Grand Canyon? Our 3-day, 2-night Havasupai Gardens (formerly known as Indian Garden) trip is an excellent beginner-level hike that is packed full of adventure! Hiking into the Grand Canyon from the South Rim and spending two nights at the refreshing Havasupai Gardens oasis, we will also day-hike to two spectacular locations nearby.
The first evening we will enjoy a sunset dinner at the stunning Plateau Point on the edge of the Granite Gorge. The second day takes us on a hike into the gorge to the Colorado River. This is a rare opportunity to venture to the bottom of the Grand Canyon without a full pack on! Following the famous Bright Angel Trail, opportunities abound for exploring side canyons, creeks, a sandy beach on the Colorado River, and more!
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Important Note: Camping below the rim of the Grand Canyon requires a permit from the National Park Service. We will take care of all the details of applying for those permits, but understanding how the process works can be helpful when planning a trip.
Permits are issued 4 months in advance. That means any trip you see on our calendar within the next 4 months has already been issued a permit.
Trips that are 4 months or more in advance have not yet been issued a permit. You will find them listed as starting on the first day of the month, but that date is just a placeholder and will change once we have a confirmed permit. Due to the high demand for this trip, we encourage you to register as soon as possible to secure your spot. We will let you know the confirmed dates as soon as a permit is issued. If our permit application is denied you will have an opportunity to switch to a different itinerary or receive a full refund of your deposit.
Havasupai Gardens are available by request and are a great option for any time of year.
Questions? Send us an email or give us a call at 928-251-3000.
|Unbelievable vistas||Towering canyon walls||Beautiful Garden Creek
|Wildflowers||Starlit skies||Historic trails|
|Desert oasis camping||Colorado River & Beach
Departure/Return LocationFlagstaff, AZ
What we provide
- A professional guide with wilderness medical training and a passion for the biblical message of the canyon
- All necessary equipment: backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles, crampons/microspikes in winter
- All cooking and eating equipment: bowls, cups, utensils
- Seven meals, starting with lunch on the first day and ending with lunch on the last day, all prepared by your guide (We can generally accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions.)
- Entrance fees and backcountry permits
- A complimentary copy of Your Guide to the Grand Canyon, an excellent book on the geology of the Grand Canyon from a creation perspective
- Emergency equipment: first-aid kit and satellite phone
What we do not provide
- Transportation to and from Flagstaff
- Lodging before or after the scheduled dates of your trip
- Clothing, including raingear and footwear
- Personal items, including toiletries and sunscreen
- Water bottles or hydration bladder
- Headlamp or flashlight
What you should bring
- Clothing: we will provide a detailed list of recommended items when you register
- Toiletries, sunscreen, and lip balm
- Water bottles
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Personal items such as a Bible, book, writing or sketching materials