Introduction to Grand Canyon

Your First Grand Canyon Backpacking Adventure

Intro GC_PI

WFOA’s suggested first Backpacking trip into Grand Canyon is the upper Hermit Trail Complex.  This area is perfect for one or two night backpacking trip with many options.  The Hermit Trail complex is a huge area that consists of the Hermit Trail, Waldron Trail, Upper Boucher, and the Silver Bell Trail.

This is the perfect choice for your first backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon because it is a less intense hike in a really neat place.  The Hermit Trail Complex has a vivid living history, tons of fossil, two natural springs, and some really big views.  This Part of the Grand Canyon is accessed through several side canyons so as you hike down the views gradually get bigger, and with a trip out to one of the view points near Yuma Point you get a huge panoramic of the Grand Canyon.

This Adventure is offered as a Out and Back trip but can be done as a through hike or as a loop for an additional $100.


All overnight trips beneath the rim Grand Canyon require a backcountry permit.  The permits are issued by the Grand Canyon National Park Backcountry Office on a first come first serve basis.  Permits are open for reservations five months prior to the trip date.  Booking your trip five months or more gives WFOA the best chance of getting permits.  WFOA does work hard to get last minute permits for you as well.

Please review the table below to see when permits are available for your dates.

Permit Availability
Backpacking Trip in Permits Available
January September 1st
February October 1st
March November 1st
April December 1st
May January 1st
June February 1st
July March 1st
August April 1st
September May 1st
October June 1st
November July 1st
December August 1st

  • Backpack, tent, trekking poles, sleep pad, sleeping bag, headlamp and mess kit
  • A Fantastic Hike
  • A customized menu
  • A Knowledgeable and Experienced Guide

Grand Canyon Backpacking
Number of Guests 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Price per Guest per Day $395 $325 $275 $250 $225 $200 $195 $175 $165
Cost of 2 Day Adventure $790 $1300 $1650 $2000 $2250 $2400 $2730 $2800 $2970
Cost of 3 Day Adventure $1160 $1900 $2400 $2900 $3250 $3450 $3920 $4000 $4320
Cost of 4 Day Adventure $1530 $2400 $3150 $3800 $4250 $4500 $5110 $5200 $5670
Cost of 5 Day Adventure $1900 $2950 $3900 $4700 $5250 $5550 $6300 $6400 $7020

For trips longer than 5 day please contact us or call us at 928-522-4273




Our introductory backpacking adventure is available in the Hermit trail complex.


You can use this form to reserve the date of your trip. WFOA currently does not take payments online, we will call you to confirm your reservation and process your payment.

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