Indian Gardens 2 Day
Level 1: Beginner - Appropriate for families with kids, beginner backpackers, etc. Level 1 trips are the most “accessible” backpacking itineraries at Grand Canyon, with low mileages, low-key side hike options, and plenty of opportunity for relaxation. These trips will strictly involve well-maintained corridor trails.X
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Total Distance with loaded backpack: 9.6 miles (15.4 km). Elevation loss / gain: -3,060’ / +3,060’ (-933 m / +933 m).
Day 1: Grand Canyon Village to Indian Garden campground, via Bright Angel trail. 4.8 miles (7.7 km), -3,060’ (-933 m), Strenuous. Backpackers begin their trip with a drive into Grand Canyon Village to the trailhead. The Bright Angel trail engages hikers immediately with ancient pictographs, stunning geology, and outstanding views. Lunch can be enjoyed along the trail, or at Indian Garden campground after the day's hike is complete. From Indian Garden, there are several options for day hiking, including a sunset dinner option at Plateau Point, overlooking the Colorado River. Ask your guide for more information. En route: potable tap water (seasonal) and enclosed composting toilets available at Mile-and-a-Half Resthouse and Three Mile Resthouse. At camp: potable tap water and enclosed composting toilets available.
Day 2: Indian Garden to Grand Canyon Village, via Bright Angel trail. 4.8 miles (7.7 km), +3,060’ (+933 m), Strenuous. On the exit day, backpackers enjoy breakfast at camp, and then retrace their steps for a steady uphill hike out to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. At the top, our backpacking groups relax near the trailhead and savor their accomplishments over a sandwich and cold refreshment. En route: potable tap water (seasonal) and enclosed composting toilets available at Three Mile Resthouse and Mile-and-a-Half Resthouse.