Corridor The following ranger recommendations are founded in a concern for hiker safety and a desire that you enjoy your backpacking trip. Over 250 people are rescued from the canyon each year; the majority involve people on their first hike in the canyon. Remember, there are no easy trails into or out of the Grand Canyon. When planning your trip, remember that the most enjoyable and safest seasons for hiking are spring and fall. It is desirable to schedule at least two nights in the canyon. This allows a rest and recovery day before the hike out and reduces the distance to be covered each day. You should consider elevation gain and loss, not just mileage, when researching possible itineraries. No trail is easy, and since most people live at elevations near sea level, they find that hiking at high elevations greatly contributes to their fatigue.
Over 250 people are rescued from the Canyon each year. The difference between a great adventure in Grand Canyon and a trip to the hospital (or worse) is up to YOU - follow the rules of smart hiking and - DO NOT attempt to hike from the rim to the river and back in one day, especially during the months of May to September. stay hydrated (drink plenty of water and electrolyte drinks) avoid hiking in the heat of the day (10am to 4pm) eat often (carbohydrates salty foods) rest often (sit in the shade) get wet (wet your shirt, hat, wear a wet bandana around your neck) DO NOT attempt to hike down to the river back in one day Only the South Kaibab , Bright Angel , and North Kaibab are maintained and patrolled on a regular basis. These three trails meet at the bottom near the only bridges that span the Colorado River. Together they create a popular cross-canyon corridor. These wider corridor trails offer expansive views, reliable water sources, great camping, and the opportunity for hiking in and out on different trails. Backcountry rangers highly recommend this area, especially for a first Grand Canyon adventure . Most visitors begin and end their hikes from the South Rim.
Day hiking is a rewarding alternative if you are unable to obtain an overnight permit. Day hiking can be a safer and more enjoyable choice than an overnight trip into a difficult area that is beyond the capabilities of any single member of your group. Be sure to prepare for your day hike as carefully as you would an overnight trip, and do not attempt excessive mileages. Permits are not required for non-commercial day hikes.
Grand Canyon Threshold Zone hikes are for experienced hikers. If you have Grand Canyon backpacking experience in the corridor (Bright Angel , Indian Garden , and Cottonwood campgrounds) you may have the experience needed to safely complete a non-corridor hike, or you may want another corridor itinerary. These hikes are in a threshold zone (recommended only for experienced Grand Canyon hikers). Non-maintained trail. Scarce water sources. Occasional pit toilets. (Recommended Threshold Zone Hikes )