The day you decide the Grand Canyon is going to be your adventure, you have a lot of information to read and many parts of the canyon to choose from. For most people, just getting there is part of the adventure. The Grand Canyon is so vast, so incredibly beautiful, that choosing what part of it to explore can be daunting. How can one even begin to choose when it’s all so amazing? Let’s look at a few facts first.
The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, and 18 miles wide. Nearly two billion years of Earth’s geological history have been exposed . The weather can vary from snow, to scorching heat. You also have around 5 million visitors a year fighting for their “tourism” rights. Each year Grand Canyon National Park receives approximately 30,000 requests for backcountry permits. The park issues 13,000 permits, and close to 40,000 people camp overnight. The earliest a permit application is accepted is the first of the month, four months before the proposed start month.
Our Criteria for what makes the Best Grand Canyon Trip Adventure:
Multi-Day (at least 5 days)
Interaction with the Colorado River
We looked at the best trip possible IF you are willing to go backpacking. After all, why would you go into the Grand Canyon for just a day? We based our BEST TRIP in the Grand Canyon based on experiencing as much as you could. If you are looking for an out of the way, low people count, wilderness backpacking adventure that goes deep into the Grand Canyon, we have one for you. We think…it’s the BEST!
BEST GRAND CANYON GUIDED TRIP ADVENTURE: THUNDER RIVER DEER CREEK LOOP
Let your Guide take you to the North Rim and backpack the Thunder River to Deer Creek Loop. This is a 5 day guided backpacking trip that will leave you speechless when you get back. It traverses down from 7,000 feet to the Esperlande, down the Thunder River, down to the Colorado River and back up again. Views of Bridger’s Knoll, the Esplanade, and main canyon offer continuous eye candy as you descend. The huge outpourings of water at Thunder River, Tapeats Spring, and Deer Spring have attracted people since prehistoric times and today this little corner of Grand Canyon is exceedingly popular among seekers of the remarkable. Like a gift, booming streams of crystalline water emerge from mysterious caves to transform the harsh desert of the inner canyon into absurdly beautiful green oasis replete with the music of water falling into cool pools. Trailhead access can be difficult, sometimes impossible, and the approach march is long, hot and dry, but for those making the journey these destinations represent something close to canyon perfection.
You and your Guide will start at Monument Point (Bill Hall trail) This trail is certainly challenging but well worth it. Don’t bother counting the switchbacks, probalby around 50 of them, but more importantly enjoy the scenery. Once down, take the Thunder River Trail generally south across the Esplanade. The trail crosses expansive slickrock sections as it works around several small drainage’s. Camping on the Esplande is amazing. Prehistoric rock formations and camping in an open cave is awesome. Once you get to the end of the Esplande, you drop down from the RED WALL do Surprise Valley. Absolutely beautiful! Thunder River is the shortest river in the world. However, it blast’s out the side of the Canyon before merging with Tapeats Creek. This will be your first desert oasis. Hike along Tapeats Creek and ford the river twice before going back up high on the ridge and viewing your epic camping spot along the Colorado River. The next morning, let your guide show you the en route along the River and enjoy a dip and swim. The views are breathtaking and you scramble up and down until you climb a bit to Deer Creek. Another amazing oasis in the desert. Until you experience it, it’s almost worthless writing about it. Waterfalls, clear blue water, and a canyon within a canyon. Not to mention sitting in the “Patio” dangling your feet in Deer Creek. Let your Guide show you a trail that shoots out of the Narrows to view that is absolutely your new Facebook cover photo. Then hike down to the River where you will play under a huge waterfall for your new Facebook Profile Pic. Read the NPS description of this route
If you are willing to backpack in the Grand Canyon, and do some downs and ups, then the Thunder River Deer Creek Loop Adventure Trip is the BEST WAY to experience the Grand Canyon. This 5 day trip will blow your mind and give you a sense of accomplishment that you will relish for the rest of your life.