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Grand Canyon: Tanner/Grandview Backpacking Trips


Grand Canyon Tanner, Tonto and Grandview Trails

The Tanner, New Hance and Grandview Trails present the Grand Canyon explorer with many route options without many people and a variety of challenges during his or her hike.  With over 40 miles of trails in this portion of the Grand Canyon, we can create an itinerary for you that will have you hiking in some of the most secluded areas of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Unlike the South Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails, the Tanner, New Hance and Grandview Trails see very little foot traffic, making your Grand Canyon backpacking experience much more private and secluded.  Did I mention that the scenery and views in this part of Grand Canyon are to die for? (OK, maybe not the right choice of words, but you get the idea).

Challenge your Grand Canyon hiking ability and take a trip down the the Tanner Trail. Voted one of the best hikes ever by Backpacker Magazine in 2010 (click here for the article), a 5 or 6 day 33 mile hike down the Tanner Trail, along the narrow and faint Escalante Route for some fantastic views and finally hike out the Grandview Trail.  The best part of this route is you could spend 3 nights camping along the beaches of the Colorado River.  Few routes in Grand Canyon offer this unique opportunity (the ever-popular Rim to Rim and South Kaibab/Bright Angel Loop trips do not offer such an opportunity).  This route is one of the more challenging in the canyon, but with some extra training, more sweat spilled and the will to do something way off the beaten path, the rewards are endless! 

Looking for a backpacking trip that is a bit shorter and less of a cheelenge?  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 Escalente 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.


Number of days: 2 - 6

Mileage: 32.3 - 34.2 miles / 52 - 55 km

Elevation Gain/Loss: 4,850 ft / 1478.3 m

Horseshoe Mesa 3 Day Itinerary and Trip Details
Tanner/Grandview 5 Day Itinerary and Trip Details
Tanner/Grandview 6 Day Itinerary and Trip Details

Trip Ratings

  • Difficulty 8
  • OH @#%&! 8
  • Solitude 7

Trip Cost/Person

2 days 3 days 4 days 5 Days 6 Days
From Phoenix $675 $875 $1075 $1275 $1475
From Flagstaff $625 $825 $1025 $1225 $1425

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Rating: 54321

This is the second Just Roughin' It trek that I had the pleasure of completing. The first one, Rim To Rim, was a wonderful experience -- very well organized and led by an expert guide. This trip was even better! The trek, as difficult as it was, went without a problem. Our guide Gavin made sure each one of us had an awesome time. The meals were varied, tasty and nutritious. The equipment was good quality suitable for the trip. It was a very difficult trek but, hey, that's what we came for!

By gene simring on 2013-05-28

Rating: 54321

I would have to say that this hiking trip was all that I expected and more. If you want to hike on trails that challenge your physical endurance and test your mental ability to keep pushing yourself, then this is the one to sign up for. (You have to be in shape) I had an outstanding time. The Grand Canyon is undoubtedly my favorite place to visit. Day four was my most challenging with the roughly 3000 feet ascent from the Colorado River to Horseshoe Mesa. Our guide was just what you would expect in a professional guide from JRI. He kept us on time, gave encouragement when needed, and was quite the chef. The meals were well prepared and plentiful. Everyone on the hike were also fun to be with. If you are thinking about hiking the canyon with JRI and are not sure about your physical condition, I would suggest the Hermit Loop for a first timer. I hiked it last year and had an equally great time with a smaller difficulty level. Thanks JRI for another great adventure.

By Jim McConnell on 2013-05-10

Rating: 54321

We had an amazing time. Gear was great, food was great, route was great. Our guide, Gavin, was awesome...Couldn't have been better. He really took care of us. He was always friendly, cheerful, and knowledgeable. He really made the trip a wonderful experience.

We had a terrific experience with JRI from my first call with Debbie to the last step on the trail. I will recommend JRI to others.

I've been waiting to hike the Grand Canyon for a very long time. Thanks for making the experience so perfect.

You guys need a trip for Kilamongaro...That's next on my list.

By Brian R. on 2012-11-21

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