Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesaprint
Looking for a backpacking trip that is a bit shorter and less of a challenge? Take a trip out and back along the Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa and explore the copper mining camps abandoned in the late 19th century. While you are there, test your fears of the dark, small places and bats in the Cave of the Domes - the only cave open to Grand Canyon visitors. The cave is also a possibility for the Escalante Route trip as well. You can do a hike as short as 2 days including camping on Horseshoe Mesa, extend it by a couple days and hike down to Cottonwood and Hance Creeks. Any way you decide to explore this area of Grand Canyon, you will experience an adventure like none other.
The trail has some narrow and steep spots so occassionally you may have your stomach in your throat. Just swallow - it will go back down! The views all the way to the mesa are fantastic and distracting and you will soon realize you got there without any major distress. In fact, it is not until we reach camp that you will notice your legs are a bit tired. Once we arrive on the mesa, will we encounter historical sites of the copper mining that once occurred here in the late 1800s. Mineshafts, equipment and structures still exist on the mesa and are now part of the historical record of Grand Canyon.
This hike is an out and back but guaranteed you will see the canyon from a whole different perspective as you are hiking out on the last day.
A 2 day option is also available, covering the same route but with less time for side hiking and exploring.
Need more information about the trails? Click here for the official Grandview Trail description from Grand Canyon National Park.
Are you ready! Upon picking you up from North Scottsdale, we will drive to the South Rim of Grand Canyon. Once we reach the trailhead, we pack up and then spend the next 3-4 hours hiking down the Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa. The trail to the mesa is steeper than the main canyon trails, but is well used and easy to navigate. We drop 2,600 ft (792 m) in elevation over 3 miles before reaching the mesa.
Today we leave camp set up and pack up our daypacks so we can explore the mesa. We will enter the only cave open to any tourists, the Cave of the Domes as well as the remains of the Last Chance Copper Mine (which you can only enter a short ways). Late in the afternoon, we like to hike the trail to the end of the western arm of the mesa for some outstanding views of the canyon.
Take in the “grand views” as we hike out of the canyon along the Grandview Trail. We will cover 3 miles (4.8 km) and 2,600 ft (792 m) to reach the South Rim at Grandview Point. Once at the top, we will stop by Grand Canyon Village for some souvenir shopping and lunch before heading back to your hotel.
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On April 29, 2016 myself, my husband and my brother-in-law hiked the Horseshoe Mesa trail in the Grand Canyon. Our guide Erin Brugler was amazing!!!! She was fun, exciting, energetic, and extremely knowledgeable. She made the entire hike so special to us even to go as far as hiking down a cupcake with candles to celebrate my brother-in-laws birthday with us. She even knew where to stop and rest to get the best views! I would highly recommend her as a tour guide and would definately request her for our next hike! Also, the entire staff at Just Roughin' It was great! They responded to ALL my questions and concerns extremely fast. From the beginning Debbie Hendricks who helped us choose which hike to take, to Jill Bunnilope for answering all my questions and even providing us a special order for our lunches. The entire staff at Just Roughin It is top notch and i would recommend them to everyone!! Thank you for an amazing hike and experience!!!!!
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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 on the trail 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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