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Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa

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Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa

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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 occassionaly 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.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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!!!!!

Karen Shouse


05/09/16


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Trip Cost Per Person

2 Day

$688

Early Booking Price (5+ months booked in advance)

$725

Best to book 5+ months in advance.

3 Day

$878

Early Booking Price (5+ months booked in advance)

$925

Best to book 5+ months in advance

What's included?

  • 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 (15% to 20% of the tour price is recommended).

Booking and Cancellation Policies
A deposit of 50% of the total trip price is due upon the booking of a trip. The balance is due no later than 60 days before the date of departure and will be charged to the card on file unless otherwise specified. If you decide to cancel your trip for any reason, the following fees apply and are due to Just Roughin' It at the time (prior to departure) we receive written notice of your cancellation. 

More than 120 days
25% of trip cost
 
120 to 61 days
50% of trip cost
 
60 days or less
100% of trip cost
 

 

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The below dates are not necessarily set in stone, so if there are dates that work better for you, send us an email and we'll see what we can do about setting up a different trip date for you! Please note that dates listed below that are 4+ months in advance of your trip date are not guaranteed until permits are released by the park service, BLM, etc. It is best to not make additional travel arrangements, i.e. flights, until we have confirmed your dates. Yep, this is for real!

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Not seeing the dates you want? Send us an email and we'll see what we can do. Please note that dates listed above that are 4+ months in advance of your trip date are not guaranteed until permits are released by the park service, BLM, etc. We advise you do not make additional travel arrangements, i.e. flights, until we have confirmed your dates. 


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