New Hance Trail

Most Isolated - New Hance trail

For those seeking a more rugged, and therefore more secluded experience within the South Rim area trails, the New Hance trail offers both. Of our trips along this path, human contact has only occurred twice! This trail is definitely recommended for the more Canyon savvy; in fact, just finding the unmarked trailhead takes quite a bit of luck and effort! For much of this hike you will be using your hands, feet, elbows, heels, backside, heck maybe even your forehead! It offers no reliable water sources, scrambles over rugged unmaintained trail and features numerous boulders and step downs to tackle. If you are still not deterred you will be rewarded with the possibility of complete trail solitude, some amazing views of the Canyon's vibrant show of color and if prepared and lucky, one of the nicest river rapid beach camps available to hikers.

The ruggedness of this trail shows itself not only in the textured terrain but in the name as well. Red Canyon, where most of the trail is located, experiences the elements and gravity more so than some other places on the south rim. In fact, the New Hance trail was so continually bombarded by Mother Nature's facelifts that its larger than life creator "Captain" John Hance had to develop the "New" Hance trail. Keep this in mind as you wind down through both the area's geologic and settlement history.


  • Getting there: Drive about 16 miles East on Desert View drive to the first pullout after the Bugglin picnic area. Walk East to a No Parking sign on the north side of the road where you will find an unmarked trail. Follow this path for about 10 minutes to the Trailhead.
  • The Hike: Trailhead to Red Canyon overlook = 2 miles one-way
    1. Trailhead to Colorado River = 6.5 miles one-way
  • Elevation loss/gain: Trailhead to Overlook = 2000 feet
    1. Trailhead to Colorado River: 4400 feet
  • Camping: Mid Canyon and at the river. Contact the Grand Canyon Backcountry office for permits
  • Water: BYOW (Bring Your Own Water) or purify at the Colorado River

Backland Luxury Camping

Take your loved ones on a trip they will never forget. Backland is a luxury eco-resort near the Grand Canyon. Completely surrounded by ponderosa pine forests, our one-of-a-kind tents, chef-prepared meals, and secluded location completely redefine the concept of glamping. Dine by the fir

Take your loved ones on a trip they will never forget. Backland is a luxury eco-resort near the Grand Canyon. Completely surrounded by ponderosa pine forests, our one-of-a-kind tents, chef-prepared meals, and secluded location completely redefine the concept of glamping. Dine by the fire in our glass-walled restaurant, relax with a massage in our tented spa, marvel at the grandeur of the universe through our complimentary telescopes, and take advantage of miles of nearby hiking trails.

    Features:
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Onsite Glass Walled Restaurant
  • Onsite and nearby hiking trails
  • Close to the Grand Canyon and dozens of local attractions
  • Pond with sand beach, fishing, and kayaking
  • Snowshoes and sledding onsite when it snows
    Tents feature:
  • Panoramic windows
  • Huge stargazing skylights over the beds (Skyview tents only)
  • Automatic climate control, fully insulated, and energy-efficient
  • King-sized beds
  • Full en-suite bathroom with showers
  • Luxury linens
  • Electricity in tents
  • Tentside parking + electric vehicle charging at reception
  • Private Outdoor patios
  • Coffee makers + mini-fridges
  • Ecological toiletries + water conservation fixtures

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions offers rowing, paddle, motor, kayak support, and hybrid all-inclusive rafting trips. We offer a variety of trip lengths and options. We specialize in taking our clients to the best spots in the Grand Canyon. We pride ourselves in having friendly experi
Colorado River & Trail Expeditions offers rowing, paddle, motor, kayak support, and hybrid all-inclusive rafting trips. We offer a variety of trip lengths and options. We specialize in taking our clients to the best spots in the Grand Canyon. We pride ourselves in having friendly experienced guides, serving great food, and supplying our customers with the most modern equipment and gear. In addition we are a member of various environmental groups and do our best to take care of the Grand Canyon and our Earth.

Raptor Ranch RV Park & Campground

RAPTOR RANCH Campground is only 20 MINUTES FROM THE SOUTH RIM ENTRANCE!

We are located close to the Grand Canyon. The campground offers 32 RV Sites, 25+ Tent Sites. FREE Raptor Flight Demonstrations to All Campers! and FREE admission to Bedrock City.

There is free WiF

RAPTOR RANCH Campground is only 20 MINUTES FROM THE SOUTH RIM ENTRANCE!

We are located close to the Grand Canyon. The campground offers 32 RV Sites, 25+ Tent Sites. FREE Raptor Flight Demonstrations to All Campers! and FREE admission to Bedrock City.

There is free WiFi Available in Lounge & Laundry Room. We have a Grocery Store on Site, Campfire Rings, Firewood Available at the Camp Store, Giftshop, Showers, Snacks, Coffee, and an Overflow Parking.

Check-In: 1:00 pm, Check-Out: 12:00 pm


Wildland Trekking

Join The Wildland Trekking Co. on an epic journey to the Grand Canyon! Services include 1 to 8 day hiking adventures, tasty backcountry cuisine, and quality gear served up by America's most experienced and knowledgeable Grand Canyon guides. 25+ years experience in adventure travel.

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