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Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa


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Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa


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 the group reaches camp that you will notice your legs are a bit tired. Once on the mesa, the group will explore 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, you will be driven to the South Rim of Grand Canyon. Once reaching the trailhead, the group begins the descent into the canyon spending the next 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. The trail drops 2,600 ft (792 m) in elevation over 3 miles before reaching the mesa.

Day 2

After breakfast, you pack up your daypacks so you can explore the mesa. You 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, the plan is 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 you hike out of the canyon along the Grandview Trail. The hike 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, the tour 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



Trip Cost Per Person
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What's included?

  • Round trip transportation from Fairfield Inn Scottsdale North (Phoenix area). Please note that this logistic may vary based on the time of year.
  • 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! 

Prices do not include guide gratuity ($25-$35 per person per day is recommended).

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Travel Protection

Now’s the time to consider purchasing a travel protection plan to help protect your trip investment. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click here or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 03-0152.

Travel Insurance is underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 W20



Upcoming Trip Schedule

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Number of DaysDatesPrice/person
2 daysSep 12,2018 - Sep 13,2018$750Check Availability / More Info
3 daysSep 20,2018 - Sep 22,2018$900Check Availability / More Info
2 daysOct 13,2018 - Oct 14,2018$750Check Availability / More Info
3 daysOct 16,2018 - Oct 18,2018$900Check Availability / More Info
3 daysNov 2,2018 - Nov 4,2018$900Check Availability / More Info
3 daysNov 16,2018 - Nov 18,2018$900Check Availability / More Info


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