Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Backpack

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Backpack

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Backpack
Leader:Wayne Ranney
Dates*: September 22–27, 2011 (6 days / 5 nights)
Cost: $1200 Members/$1250 Nonmembers
Difficulty: Strenuous

Cost includes transportation, meals, permits, and group gear.

*Trip dates are tentative until five months prior to departure, when MNA is eligible to confirm dates with the National Park Service. Please wait for confirmation from Ventures staff before booking travel arrangements.

Hiking rim to rim is to many people the ultimate Grand Canyon experience. Experience trip through to time across the Grand Canyon with one of MNA’s amazing educators—former backcountry ranger, geologist, and MNA Trustee Wayne Ranney. Ranney’s intimate knowledge of the earth’s most spectacular gorge brings to life the canyon’s human history, ecology, flora, fauna, and geology. No matter whether we hike south to north or north to south, we will hike along the North Kaibab Trail and camp one night at Cottonwood, two nights at Phantom Ranch where mules resupply the group, and finally Indian Gardens. This strenuous hike has a maximum of seven miles per day, significant elevation loss and gain, and is recommended for experienced backpackers in good physical condition. All meals and snacks are provided.

Banner photo by Jason Quinn.

About the trip leader

Wayne Ranney’s passion for Southwest geology took root during his years as a backcountry ranger in the Grand Canyon. His association with MNA began in 1978, as a research assistant in the Geology Department. In 1982, he joined the Ventures program. Read more…

Hear what past trip participants say…

“Everything was so organized! Great staff and guides. I was very impressed with the staff and how quickly they respond if you have questions or concerns. They were just great and I couldn’t wait to meet them.”—B.M.

“Having a geologist interpret the Grand Canyon and available for questions was terrific and why I joined the trip initially. I wasn’t disappointed.”—M.R.

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