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Is it possible we can hike/canoe WITHOUT a guide? We would like to get lost and camp out remotely. I checked the rates guided hiker/canoe. They're ridiculously expensive!

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If you want to camp out remotely that's fine, but I certainly wouldn't recommend deliberately getting lost in the canyon. You should know where you are at all times. – Greg Hewgill Mar 24 '14 at 20:55
I dont mean lost but be able to explore wherever we wish. – Christian Luneborg Mar 24 '14 at 20:58
@ChristianLuneborg You're welcome to do it. The thing is if anything happens the only thing you will get is a Darwin Award. – Karlson Mar 24 '14 at 21:06
To add information about non-commercial (unguided) canoeing/kayaking--you must have a permit and they're done by lottery each year. – mkennedy Jul 10 '15 at 19:38

If you know where you're going and you don't want a guide you're under no obligation to take one.

You can look at Tripadvisor thread regarding the same topic and also on the National Park Service Site for maps and other information regarding the Grand Canyon National Park.

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Thanks! How about exploring gold nuggets? Metal detecting? – Christian Luneborg Mar 24 '14 at 21:03

You don't need a guide. But if you camp out within the National Park then you need a backcountry permit. (See the national park page on backcountry permits) Also be aware of the warnings about hiking in the Grand Canyon -- people do get (literally) lost and the conditions can be harsh.

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