Heading to the Grand Canyon? Read these hiking tips first

Nearly 5 million people visit Grand Canyon National Park each year, but many do not get far below its limestone rim. Even fewer head to the bottom.

Why? The simple answer is: It’s hard.

The hike down to the banks of the chalky green Colorado River, and especially back up, is challenging, even grueling. Even if you’ve trained on stair climbers and hills with a 30-pound backpack, hiking the Grand Canyon will test your endurance and your ability to remain hydrated.

But the sweat and sore muscles are worth the experience as you gaze at the red-hued rock formations from the South Kaibab Trail, cross the steel bridge over the fast-moving river and dip your hat in the cool waters of Bright Angel Creek.

Here are some tips for making the most of your Grand Canyon hiking and camping experience.


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