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Day Tours & Basecamp Trips

Hidden Historical Gems

Delve into the rich history of Grand Canyon as we take day hikes to visit overlooked historical sites. Photo Credit: @kenezell1

  • Dates: May 2–5, 2024
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Length: 4 Days
  • Cost: $950
  • Group size: 11

Step off the beaten path and delve into the hidden gems of Grand Canyon! 

These exhilarating day hikes will take you to remote and challenging trails, providing an unforgettable adventure. Pack light and conquer the manageable elevation changes with ease. 

Delve into the rich history of Grand Canyon as we visit overlooked historical sites. Unearth the stories of the past and gain a deep appreciation for the cultural heritage that has shaped this remarkable landscape. Leave with a wealth of knowledge and cherished memories. 

Hermit Trail: Lookout Point

Hermit Trail: Lookout Point

Trip Highlights

  • Hike fantastic routes to some of the South Rim's most scenic spots.
  • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at Kolb Studio.
  • Learn about the builders of trails and the reasons for their endeavors.
  • Gain an understanding about the eleven contemporary tribes culturally linked to the area.


Meet your Grand Canyon expert

Marjorie 22 Slim22 Woodruff tour guide portrait Grand Canyon National Park

Marjorie “Slim” Woodruff


Marjorie “Slim” Woodruff was born in Arizona. Growing up in primeval desert, she became comfortable with things that crawl, sting, bite, and gnaw, which served her well when she started working with adolescents. While attending Northern Arizona University, she spent much of her free time exploring Grand Canyon. After graduation she led backpacking trips, taught cross-country skiing, drove a tour bus, and otherwise participated in outdoor education and recreation. Slim considers herself a lifelong learner, and employs her time researching Canyon history, anthropology, geology, and natural history. Her writing has appeared in the Grand Canyon anthology On Foot, and in High Country News Writers on the Range.

What's included

Price for the class includes:

Our expert instructor

Van for transportation to locations

Daily hikes filled with geology, ecology, and history of the canyon

Camping on the Rim at Mather Campground

Park entrance fee waiver

What's not included

You are responsible for:

All of your day hiking and camping equipment (if choosing to stay at the Campground)


Transportation to and from Grand Canyon

Guide gratuity (industry recommendation 15-20% of trip cost, read this article to receive more guidance)

Additional notes

Participants will be driven to the various hiking locations on paved and gravel roads.

Age Restrictions: Participants must be 17+ years older for this backpacking program

Cancellation Policy

Please notify our office as soon as possible should you need to cancel your registration. If you cancel or leave a trip for any reason:

  • 60+ days of program start date: full refund, minus a $100 administrative fee will be issued
  • 59 - 45 days prior start date: 50% refund will be issued
  • Less than 45 days to start date, or once trip has begun: we will retain your entire program fee with no exceptions.

Reserved spots are non-transferable to different programs. However, you may substitute members of your party, specific to the trip date with GCCFI approval, with no penalty, up to 30 days prior to departure date.

GCCFI reserves the right to cancel all, or a portion, of a trip for circumstance beyond our control. Circumstances might include, but are not limited to—public land closures, road closures, weather events, fires, or other natural events. Refunds are not offered in these situations. A full trip credit will be issued, minus any non-refundable expenses occurred by GCCFI if the program is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. GCCFI staff will work to change itinerary to another trail or move hiking locations to a safer area.

We reserve the right to cancel any trip if sign-up is inadequate to make the trip economically feasible for us to operate. In this event, we will give a full refund of the trip price.

GCCFI is not responsible for: air tickets, visa fees if applicable, gear, medical expenses, clothing, and any expenses occurred while preparing for this trip.

We HIGHLY encourage the purchase of trip insurance to help offset any costs incurred if cancellation occurs


Family of 4 standing and smiling for photo on rock edge at Grand Canyon

The Zelkovic Family

“Our day with the Field Institute exceeded all our expectations and we came away with a great respect for the canyon and for the work of the Conservancy. It was such a wonderful experience from beginning to end and hope we can return in the not so distant future to participate in one of your multi-day programs.”

Family of 5 standing and smiling for photo on rock edge at Grand Canyon

The Jankowskis

“Our family’s experience was nothing short of amazing! Slim (our guide) provided a perspective we would have never been able to get on our own and we learned so much. Her passion for the canyon and what she does came through too, which made our time something we’ll never forget!”

Five hikers standing on forest cliff edge overlooking Grand Canyon 2017

Amy Waits

“The guides were awesome – so educational and patient!!! Encouraging & helpful in every way. Such an amazing first visit to the canyon – Life changing to have experienced the GC up close & personal… Thank you so much!”

Group of hikers standing and smiling in front of canyon from ground level at Grand Canyon

Joe Sweeney

“I've brought many school groups to the Field Institute and the quality of instruction provides them with an understanding of Indigenous cultures, diverse ecology, and geologic history. Students leave with a stronger sense of self-confidence, an intimate connection to nature, and memories that will last a lifetime.”

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Andy M.

“Top to bottom, the Field Institute exceeded all of my expectations .... they ensured we packed wisely for our trip and saved me from lugging around 5 lbs. of junk I didn't need. Overall, it's packed with value that I don't think commercial outfitters would provide and delivered a deeply rich experience.”