Hiking Guides

Grand Canyon Field Institute Trip | Photo by Mike Buchheit

The lists below contain the concessioners licensed to guide backpacking and hiking trips at Grand Canyon. There are many to choose from; I recommend that you visit each company’s website to find the service that suits your interest best. Below the table, you’ll find other services such as horse-back rides and van-supported trips throughout the southwest.

Grand Canyon Field Institute – If you would like to join a guided hiking and/or camping trip that is educational in nature, consider the Grand Canyon Field Institute. GCFI works in close association with the National Park Service to provide multi-day learning events that complement the park’s own interpretive programming. GCFI is the educational arm of the Grand Canyon Association, a non-profit organization established in 1932 to support education, research, and other programs for the benefit of Grand Canyon National Park and its visitors. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

NAU Road Scholar – NAU Road Scholar, formerly Elderhostel, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing extraordinary learning adventures for people 40 years of age and over. Northern Arizona University Road Scholar offers many courses in Grand Canyon, Sedona, and throughout the Southwest worth checking out. Typical course offerings include geology, southwest history, ecology, Native American, planetary studies, archaeology, fine arts programs and writing workshops. Whether you want to backpack or travel in comfort in hotels and nice buses, I would highly recommend checking out their online catalog.

4 Points Expeditions
805-320-7602

Adventures in Good Company
410-435-1965

All-Star Grand Canyon Tours, Inc.
800-940-0445 or 928-814-8887

Arizona Climbing and Adventure School
480-363-2390

Arizona Outdoor Specialists
480-945-2881

Big Wild Adventures
406-848-7000

Center-Focus Experiences
928-301-3211

Cottonwood Gulch Foundation
505-248-0563

Discovery Treks LLC
888-256-8731 or 480-247-9266

Four Season Guides
877-272-5032

Grand Canyon Guide Company
928-699-0134

Just Roughin’ It Adventure Company
877-399-2477

Museum of Northern Arizona
928-774-5213

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
800-710-NOLS

Pack, Paddle, Ski Corp
585-346-5597

Pygmy Guides
877-279-4697

Sierra Club Outings
415-977-5522

The Southern Terrain
858-356-9411

The Wildland Trekking Company, LLC
800-715-HIKE (4453)

Way Far Out Adventures
928-925-6532

Below are various services for trips throughout the southwest. You’ll find backpacking trips, horse rides, and van/bus supported trips.

EcoSouthwest – ECOSOUTHWEST.COM is an ecotourism company that specializes in educational and adventure travel throughout the Southwest, including cultural (Native American) and historical tourism. Created for families, groups, or individuals, we offer general sightseeing, rafting, camping, hiking, or backpacking treks to such places as the Grand Canyon, Havasu Canyon, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, Chaco, Bryce and Zion Canyons. And these are just some of the tours and places we offer.

Grand Circle Field School – Grand Circle Field School (GCFS) is a nonprofit organization formed for educational, scientific, literary and charitable purposes by a group of scholars, educators and enthusiasts who recognized the need for coordinated field education on the Colorado Plateau . We formed the School with the goal of fostering stewardship of the physical environment through active education and scientific research about the natural and cultural history and inspirational landscapes of the Colorado Plateau.

Open Road Tours – Open Road Tours offers custom vacation packages throughout the stunning Southwestern United States including Scottsdale, Phoenix, Four Corners and Grand Canyon.
They also provide shuttle service between Phoenix and Flagstaff and Flagstaff and Grand Canyon.

Southwest Safari – Featuring both the smallest groups offered by any travel organization and a crew of highly-trained naturalist guides Southwest Safari is proud to offer a level of personalizing which is almost unparalleled in the field of adventure travel! Whatever your experience or level of fitness, if you WANT to experience the Southwest, you CAN with Southwest Safari!

Southwest Vacation Travel – Visit Grand Canyon, Sedona, Zion, Moab, Arches & Canyonlands

The Grand Canyon Full Day Tours – We’ll see the best exhibits, the best view points, have lunch at the Grand Canyon, and see the famous IMAX movie. We’ll talk about the Grand Canyon and it’s surroundings – the history, the geology… many topics, as only I can present it to you. As an added feature of my tour, I will take pictures of my guests throughout the day with my digital camera and provide them to you on a floppy disk! A tremendous memento of your trip!

Touch the Southwest Private & Custom Tours – All of our excursions are private. Conducted for you and your guest only! We specialize in providing our clients with whatever they require to satisfy their wildest wilderness dreams.

Walkabout Audio Tours- Let Walkabout Audio Tours be your travel companion. Lose the crowd. Leave the city. Explore the landscape at your own pace. Experience the magic of the American Southwest with the freedom of these site specific learning adventures. Walkabout Audio Tours are available on cassette or CD.

These walking and driving tours are designed to use as you visit a site with a portable audio player or while touring in your car.