How to Hike the Grand Canyon without a Resevation

How to Hike the Grand Canyon without a Resevation
The Grand Canyon is a destination thousands of people choose annually. For many, the trip includes hiking. Permits are required for overnight hiking and camping within the Grand Canyon and must typically be obtained well in advance. Camping space is limited and sleeping space at Phantom Ranch even more so. However, there is hope for the last minute hiker.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

How to Hike the Grand Canyon without a Reservation

Things You’ll Need:
  • Hiking equipment Available telephone or cellphone Method of payment
  • Hiking equipment
  • Available telephone or cellphone
  • Method of payment
Step 1
Obtain a map which highlights trails both within and outside the park boundaries. There are some excellent opportunities for hiking with spectacular scenery just outside of the Canyon.
Step 2
Be prepared to be in line very early at either the North or South Rim ranger station. A limited number of hiking permits may be available daily on a first come, first served basis. Be patient and have payment ready.
Step 3
Be prepared with the equipment you will need. To make the most of the opportunity, have your gear packed and ready and don't forget plenty of water.
Step 4
Consider using a guide service to access the Canyon. Guide services are allowed a certain number of daily or multiple-day permits. This will cost more but will get you into the Canyon.
Step 5
Use the opportunity at the Canyon for short hikes and to do reconnaissance for the next time. Day hiking does not require a permit, is fun, and offers great views. The experience may not be the same, but day hiking allows for hikes on one or more trails in different sections of the Park.

Tips & Warnings

Any venture beneath the rim of the Canyon should include high energy snacks, proper footwear, plenty of water and a map.
Do not underestimate the Grand Canyon's dangers, including heat related injury.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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