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Backpacking & Hiking Trips

Phantom Ranch Hiking Tour

Experience the thrill of staying at the legendary Phantom Ranch, nestled at the bottom of Grand Canyon! 

  • Dates: February 8–11, 2024
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Trip Length: 4 Days
  • Cost: $1,800
  • Group size: 11

Calling all adventurers! 

Get ready for the opportunity of a lifetime as GCCFI invites you to experience the thrill of staying at the legendary Phantom Ranch, nestled at the bottom of Grand Canyon! This is your chance to immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of the canyon while enjoying the cozy comforts of a 10-person co-ed historic Phantom Ranch Cabin.

Picture this: waking up to hearty breakfasts and savoring delicious dinners served at the canteen, all while basking in the awe-inspiring surroundings. With GCCFI, you don't need to worry about lugging around a full backpacking pack. Simply pack some snacks, your clothes, and toiletries, and get ready to embark on an incredible journey.

During your free time, explore the fascinating historic Phantom Ranch area and discover the captivating story of Mary Colter, the legendary architect behind its design. Learn about the rich history that unfolds within these canyon walls and let your curiosity roam free.

This trip is the epitome of comfort and style, allowing you to fully enjoy the grandeur of Grand Canyon without sacrificing the comforts of modern living. So, dust off your sense of adventure and join us on this extraordinary escapade. It's time to explore, experience, and make unforgettable memories in the majesty of Grand Canyon!

If you are a vegetarian please email GCCFI@grandcanyon.org after sign-up. All meals are meat-based unless otherwise noted.

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Meet your Grand Canyon expert

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Marjorie “Slim” Woodruff

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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 trip includes:

Our expert guide

Two nights at Phantom Ranch

Food for your time at Phantom Ranch

Duffel service (10 pounds per person)

What's Not Included

You are responsible for:

Your backpack and personal items

Transportation to and from the canyon

Lodging before and after your trip

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

Testimonials

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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.”

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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!”

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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!”

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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.”