Bright Angel Trail to Indian Gardenprint
The Havasupai Tribe once inhabited the area in Grand Canyon that is now known as Indian Garden and once you arrive, you will see why they once called this place home. This is the easiest guided Grand Canyon hiking tour we offer in the park, but you will not be disappointed! Travel to Grand Canyon to experience Indian Garden as it is the perfect trip for the hot summer months or for families with younger children. And, if you don't want to carry all of your camping gear to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, camping at Indian Garden for two nights allows for us to set up a base camp about 3,000 feet below the rim. Then we can just day hike to the bottom and explore Phantom Ranch, the Colorado River and Bright Angel Creek, all with just a day pack. This 2nd day will allow you access to the Just Roughin' It Mile Deep Club! Or, spend some private hiking time and explore the Tonto Trail for expansive views of the canyon and the wide open skies above.
The trip begins on the South Rim, hiking 4.5 miles to Indian Garden via the popular Bright Angel Trail. We end the backpacking portion of the hike at Indian Garden campground by Garden Creek and beneath a canopy of Cottonwood trees. Once there, we choose from a number of possible Grand Canyon day hikes - Plateau Point, Colorado River, Tonto Trail, etc. Once we are finished enjoying the area, we begin hiking back out to the South Rim along the same trail.
A 2 day option is also available, covering the same route but with little chance to make it to the Colorado River unless physically ready to hike to the bottom on day one after arriving at Indian Garden.
Need more information about the trail? Click here for the official Bright Angel Trail description from Grand Canyon National Park.
Upon arriving at the canyon, we will hike down the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden where we will camp for two nights. We will drop about 3,000 feet (914 m) over 4.5 miles (7.24 km). The hike usually takes between 2.5 and 3 hours to complete. Later in the afternoon, we take an easy hike to Plateau Point for some amazing views of the inner gorge and the Colorado River.
Today we shed our big backpacks and take a day hike to the river and to Phantom Ranch. The round trip hike is 10 miles (16 km) but we will spend significant time at the bottom and at Phantom Ranch, exploring the area - Colorado River, Bright Angel Creek and the canteen at Phantom Ranch. The change in elevation from Indian Garden to the river is 1,400 ft (427 m).
We pack up camp and hike out the way we hiked into the canyon along the Bright Angel Trail. The distance is 4.5 miles (7.24 km), climbing 3,000 ft (914.4 m) in elevation over that distance. Once at the top, we set aside time for the group to have lunch and souvenir shop before we drive you back to North Scottsdale and complete your journey. The average time to hike out is between 4 and 5 hours.
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Did this great trip with my family. Kids ranged from 11-16. Our guide Adam was knowledgeable and friendly. Very in tune to the various needs of our group. Setting is the best in the world and JRI is a great outfit. Not cheap but you get top quality gear and people. My advice to myself if doing it again - don't pack more snacks than you really need.
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- Round trip transportation from Fairfield Inn Scottsdale North (Phoenix area).
- All permits, fees and taxes.
- All food while on the trail prepared by your guide.
- Double occupancy tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, trekking poles. A single tent is available for an additional $50.
- A certified, medically trained guide that will lead you safely on your journey.
- An unforgettable experience!
Our prices do not include guide gratuity ($25-$35 per person per day is recommended).
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