There are many areas where you can hike and lodge at the Grand Canyon National Park.
In the summer of 2007, Michelle, Gary, and I drove to Coconino, Arizona backpacked 10 miles into a canyon to uncover several beautiful waterfalls surrounding us at our campground.
I was 22 at the time and never experienced the “backpacking” ways of camping. Let’s just say I was not prepared for the 10 mile hike into the canyon. We started at the Hualapai Hilltop where you can park your car overnight in the parking lot.
All I had was a backpack, crappy shoes, tuna cans, and not enough water. I’m sure if I revisit the place with proper attire, food, and plenty of water it would be a lot easier. That being said, I thought it was horrible! I wanted to die from the heat exhaustion and scream at every one else that hired a donkey to carry their camping gear and coolers.
The hike is not on a paved road. It’s pretty dusty and dry during this time of the year. I believed we went in August. The hike is considered moderately difficult. The hike is steep and you will be doing switchbacks for the first mile and a half. In addition, the road is rocky and rugged.
When I was 17, I tore all of my ligaments in my left foot and this was my first long journey walking/hiking this far and my foot was acting up! It doesn’t help that I had regular shoes on. Make sure to bring good hiking shoes.
The trail goes thru a village before you hit the campground. I just remembered seeing a lot of stray dogs…
Once you reach the campground, beautiful waterfalls surround you. There are bathrooms but as for showers, you can just shower in the river.
That weekend was very peaceful just chilling along the river and playing in the pools. There are waterfalls where you can jump from a rope, etc. For those that know me, one of these days…I’ll learn how to swim 😉