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!

  • 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. Mar 24, 2014 at 20:55
  • I dont mean lost but be able to explore wherever we wish. Mar 24, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2015 at 19:38

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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.

  • Thanks! How about exploring gold nuggets? Metal detecting? Mar 24, 2014 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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