Indian Garden Backpack (Family Friendly)

text: The Grand Canyon Field Institute

Indian Garden Backpack (Family Friendly)

A Grand Canyon hike from rim to river spans millions of years in geologic time and takes hikers from a high-altitude forest to desert lowlands in very short order. Along the way there is much to intrigue the curious traveler. Big views, ancient fossils, amazing plants, archaeological sites and pioneer structures are all in plain view, and provide a wide range of topics for your expert instructor to address.

Our family-friendly introductory backpack begins with a thorough orientation, pack check and afternoon stroll along the scenic South Rim. The following day includes a 4.5-mile descent of the Bright Angel Trail to the towering cottonwood trees of Indian Garden Campground, home for a two-night camping adventure. A sunset visit to nearby Plateau Point with its commanding view of the Inner Gorge will cap the group’s inaugural day below the rim. The following day will feature a backpack-free day hike to the sandy beaches of the Colorado River for a glimpse at the forces that carved this marvel of a canyon. Depending on group hiking strength and weather, an optional visit to historic Phantom Ranch (several miles upriver) may also be an option. The final day of class includes a return to the South Rim on the Bright Angel Trail at each hiker’s own pace and a proud look back at the canyon that doubled as classroom and playground for three splendid days.

Children must be 10 years of age or older.

Day 1 Introductions and orientation
Day 2 Descend Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden Campground; sunset at Plateau Point
Day 3 Exploratory day hike to Colorado River and Phantom Ranch
Day 4 Hike to rim and wrap-up session

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Monday, Mar 20, 2017 to Thursday, Mar 23, 2017
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Member price: $670.00

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