The Best Hiking While Glamping Near the Grand Canyon

Under Canvas’ ultimate glamping experience combines plush canvas tent lodging with active adventure. Under Canvas Grand Canyon, located just outside of Grand Canyon National Park, is minutes away from some of the most beautiful hiking in the area! We’ve compiled five of the best trails in and around the park. With these treks, you can officially cross “hiking into the Grand Canyon” off your bucket list. But don’t forget to check off glamping with Under Canvas.

Bright Angel Trail Hiking Has Heavenly Views

Distance: 9 miles, out-and-back
Estimated time: 5.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous

Located on the South Rim, just west of Grand Canyon Village, this well-defined dirt trail descends more than 5,000 feet into Garden Creek Canyon, leading hikers down various overlooks with stunning views. Stop for water or a snack at Indian Garden and take in the once-in-a-lifetime sights. Because of the fairly steep ascent back up to Grand Canyon Village, the National Park Service doesn’t recommend going past Indian Garden in a single day. But you can still see a lot in the nine-mile out-and-back hike to and from Indian Garden.

Day Hiking the South Kaibab Trail

Distance: 6 miles, out-and-back
Estimated time: 3.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous

Similar to Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab highlights lovely scenery all the way down the canyon. Access the trailhead by taking a shuttle from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, then trek your way to Skeleton Point and back for a six-mile round trip. Given the steeper climb back up to the Kaibab trailhead, the National Park Service doesn’t recommend going past Skeleton Point and back in one day.

Hiking to Ooh Aah Point is Quick and Easy

Distance: 1.8 miles, out-and-back
Estimated time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

As the first stop on the South Kaibab Trail, getting to Ooh Aah Point is a quick and moderate 1.8 mile trek. Once at the point, expect a spectacular, sweeping look at the South Rim in all its natural glory. Simply take the shuttle to the South Kaibab Trailhead and set off for Ooh Aah Point, then either return to the trailhead or go onward to Skeleton Point for a longer hike.

Hiking Grandview Trail is Hard But Rewarding

Distance: 1.1 miles, out-and-back
Estimated time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous

With its rocky passageways and strenuous climbs, Grandview Trail may be the most difficult trail on our list, but it’s well worth it. Starting off just east of Grand Canyon Village, no other trail has more Old West charm and rare, picturesque views than this one. While the National Park Service recommends doing a simple, one-mile day hike to Coconino Saddle, experienced hikers looking for a longer, more challenging hike can do the 4.5 mile, 6-9 hour trek to Cottonwood Creek.

Take a Trip Back in Time Hiking Red Butte Trail

Distance: 3.3 miles, out-and-back
Estimated time: 4.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

Located off Highway 64, just south of Grand Canyon National Park and north of Under Canvas’ camp in Valle, Red Butte Trail is a moderate 3.3 mile round-trip journey toward the Coconino Plateau, which features intriguing rock and lava layers from millions of years ago. Take a true trip back in time walking this popular trail.

Grand Canyon Climate and Hiking Safety Tips

With all this talk about hiking and adventure, we know you’re ready to hit the trails. Make sure you’re prepared with essential knowledge, clothing and gear before you go. According to the National Park Service, some of the best ways to “Hike Smart” include:

  • Choosing the appropriate trail for your abilities (Ask our Guest Experience Coordinator for trail suggestions based on your abilities)
  • Checking the weather and adjusting plans
  • Avoiding summer heat
  • Understanding that weather can change suddenly
  • Telling people about your hike
  • Hydrating and eating (Under Canvas can help you here)
  • Getting sleep and rest (Under Canvas can help you here)

Grand Canyon Hiking Gear List

Although Under Canvas provides you with all the essential glamping amenities, we recommend that you bring a few key items for your hike or adventure outing.

The National Park Service recommends a backpack to carry your gear, lots of snacks, a small First Aid Kit, a map of the area, lots of water, a flashlight, hiking boots, hiking poles, and a whistle or signal mirror in case of emergencies.

Check out our packing list for Arches National Park to get a general idea of what items to bring. It’s very important to have the right clothing.

What to wear hiking in hot weather?

Spring and summer temperatures at the Grand Canyon can vary, with highs reaching over 100 degrees in certain parts. Overnight lows can also drop to below freezing, especially around the North Rim. The National Park Service recommends wearing long hiking pants that can double as shorts.

What to wear for wet weather hiking?

Spring snowstorms, rain showers, and summer thunderstorms are all commonplace at the Grand Canyon. To counter any wet weather, the National Park Service recommends packing a variety of waterproof, quick-drying clothing, like a poncho with an attached hood.

What to wear for hiking in cold weather?

With such a wide range of temperatures and weather within the park, it’s best to pack a variety of warm items, like sweaters, fleeces, and down jackets, and all-weather clothing, like a versatile rain jacket.

Our on-site guest experience coordinator can help you prepare accordingly for your adventure. Don’t hesitate to ask about what items you need.

What Does My Glamping Package Come With?

Beyond giving you an adventure worth one thousand words, Under Canvas’ adventure packages include luxurious canvas tent lodging, meals (plus gratuity), coffee service, an on-site guest experience coordinator, and your choice of adventures.

Each of our seven camps and related packages are centered around furnished tents with must-have amenities. The suite tent, for example, is ideal for couples and small families. It has a king-size bed, a lounge area with a queen-size sofa bed, a wood-burning stove for warmth, plus a hot-water shower, sink, and flushing toilet. Check out our list of tent options here.

Your Great Adventure Awaits with Grand Canyon Hiking Tours

Glamping in Under Canvas’ safari-style tents means you get the comforts of home right in the middle of the great outdoors. It also means you get to have an awesome adventure. We understand that organizing things to do during your vacation can be stressful, so leave the planning to us. See the Grand Canyon with our guided outings, including:

  • Hiking Tours
  • Biking Tours
  • Horseback Riding Tours

While many people book a two- to three-night stay with us, a four-night package offers three different adventures, all in one stay! Grand Canyon booking dates for this year start April 9 and run until October 26. View our list of amazing adventures here and reserve your outing today.

National Park Hiking Is Right Outside Your Door

Glamping with Under Canvas at one of our seven national park camps means you’re centrally located, just minutes away from stellar hikes and other great adventures. Book your luxury outdoor vacation now.

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