Our southwest adventure begins in near Zion National Park, home to towering red cliffs and river-carved canyons. Professional guides teach us the skills for rock climbing, canyoning as we push our limits in a challenging yet safe environment! We then cool off in the Virgin River for an amazing water-hike through a canyon called The Narrows in the National Park. Zion is the perfect place to begin Bold Earth's USA summer camp.
GRAND CANYON: COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
Teamwork, leadership and wilderness skills are the goals of Grand Canyon - 15, a summer leadership camp that is second to none. We begin our Grand Canyon experience with a community service project on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. With amazing views and an engaging project, campers have the chance to give back during two days of work.
GRAND CANYON: HIKE TO HAVASU FALLS
Next, we hike into Havasu Canyon, a tributary of the Grand Canyon. This lush, waterfall-seared paradise located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is where we will spend 3 days swimming and hiking to the Colorado River. This is Bold Earth's highest rated backpack trip!
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Grand Canyon 15
Grand Canyon 15
Grand Canyon 15
Grand Canyon 15
- Explore Grand Canyon National Park
- Backpack in the Grand Canyon!
- Rock Climbing in Utah
- Zion National Park: Hike & Swim
- Grand Canyon Service Project
Buying Guide: The packing list above is mandatory for your trip; however, the linked items are just shopping recommendations. Backpacks, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads may also be purchased from an outdoor store that has tested gear for varied environments. More generic gear such as mess kits, duffel bags, etc. can be bought relatively inexpensive at Target, Walmart, etc. Feel free to find the gear that suits you and your budget best. The Bold Earth office welcomes and expects questions about packing and equipment!
Travel and Packing Tips: Don't worry about how your backpack is arranged right now. Once you arrive, your Trip Leaders will show you the most efficient way to pack your bag for a multi-day trip. If you have the space for it, a great idea for your airport and travel days is to pack your empty backpacking backpack into your duffel bag. This will reduce your checked bags from two to one.
Spending Money: Bring approximately $75 per week. For most campers this is more than enough. This is for personal expenses and gifts. Unless there is an emergency, Bold Earth will not advance money.
Identification: ID is required when checking in for flights. Bring along a picture ID, library card, school ID or state ID card. Your trip leader will be happy to hold any ID or important documents.
Helmets: Helmets are provided and required for rafting and ice climbing.
Laundry: We visit laundromats weekly. You will wash your own clothes, we provide the suds, coins and know-how. Many participants have identical jeans, socks, hiking boots, etc. A good practice is to put your name on items which are not unique to you.
Trip Journal: Bring along a notebook to record the challenges and successes of your adventure. Forest Service (“USFS”) and National Park Service (“NPS”): Bold Earth is required to notify all participants that, to the extent a court determines USFS and NPS restrictions on waivers of liability apply to Bold Earth as a matter of law, Bold Earth’s liability for negligence may not be waived while you are traveling on those affected lands.
Reading List: The people, places and activities you will encounter on your trip are diverse and incredible. These are a few books offering background information. We suggest you consider reading these books before, during or after your adventure. Also, you might like to read Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Climbing Magazine, Rock & Ice or Trilogy Magazine, available everywhere. For additional adventurous reading, check out Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time
The Grand Canyon is AWESOME — DUH! Grand Canyon 15 is the ultimate exploration of the entire region: North, South, East, West, Above and Below!
Some Fun Facts:
• 15 days – Perfect!
• EPIC Adventure, INCREDIBLE Service & MASSIVE FUN
• Circumnavigate the Grand Canyon
• Rock Climb Course
• Backpack to a Desert Oasis
• Visit Zion & Grand Canyon National Parks
An epic combination of adventure and community service. Grand Canyon 15 is a Bold Earth classic.
We begin (and end) in Las Vegas, NV. GC-15 is a one of a kind trip. NO OTHER COMPANY offers campers the chance to literally circle around the Grand Canyon.
Stop 1 – Rock Climbing: In St. George, Utah, the group will spend two days learning to rock climb on the red rocks of Southern Utah. Professional climbing guides will teach us all we need to know! No experience necessary!
Stop 2 – Zion National Park: Known for its incredible canyon, hikes and rivers, we explore Zion National Park to the fullest! Highlight is a walk through the ‘Zion Narrows.’ A “Top Ten” get wet hike through a narrow slot canyon.
Stop 3 – The North Rim of the Grand Canyon: Our first view of the Grand Canyon comes from the North Rim. A spot rarely visited by tourists and home to an incredible campground! For three days, campers work with the Grand Canyon Trust on a unique ecological restoration project.
Stop 4 – Grand Canyon South Rim: This is ‘THE VIEW’ of Grand Canyon. Tourists from all over the world come to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to behold this massive natural wonder. We will spend the night on the rim, watching the shooting stars pour into the western sky. INCREDIBLE.
Stop 5 – Havasu Falls: After a re-supply in Flagstaff, Arizona we head north to the trailhead for our Havasu Falls backpack. This trail is among one of the highest rated backpacks in the world. Hiking through the night (to avoid hot temperatures) campers arrive at at the oasis of Havasu Falls, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The hike is a big challenge and campers are rewarded by the incredible swimming and relaxing at the Falls.
After hiking out of the bottom of Grand Canyon, a short drive takes us back to Las Vegas where we will clean up and spend our final hours together. Visit three states, two National Parks, Las Vegas and the bottom of Grand Canyon!
YES – 15 days of adventure sights and skill building to last a life!
Bold Earth believes adventure should be FUN. Grand Canyon 15 is built-around the same fun-loving attitude that forms the core of every Bold Earth trip. Our goal is that while learning new skills, Grand Canyon 15 campers will enjoy an experience that makes summer the best time of the year!
NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!
As long as you are willing, whether you are a complete novice or a seasoned veteran, we will match you at your skill level during any activity. Bold Earth hires the best trip leaders in the business to make sure you reach your maximum potential this summer.
Bold Earth trips are FUN, EXCITING and SUPPORTIVE!
The Bold Earth team works countless hours securing incredible campgrounds in and around the Grand Canyon! Yes, you will be comfortable!
Whether camping next to the Grand Canyon or in Zion National Park, Grand Canyon 15 enjoys the best camping, biggest views and sweetest adventures.
Why camping? Because we take you on an adventure that feels GREAT! Bold Earth provides tents. You will share a tent with 2 or 3 other Bold Earth campers. This is an awesome way of getting to know each other! You are probably not exactly sure about camping, but what about:
• Sitting around a bonfire with a new group of lifelong friends
• Counting shooting stars
• Listening to the river as you fall asleep
• Watching the sunset over the Grand Canyon
• Living on a Native American reservation
• Yoga to Sunrise at the Grand Canyon
• Taking a sunrise run? YES!
Bold Earth food is awesome! YES the food will be healthy, delicious, local, and fun. Bold Earth campers LOVE to eat and we understand that playing hard all day requires the right nutrition. Yes, we enthusiastically accommodate vegetarians, gluten free, kosher, allergies and most special diets.
Cooking on Grand Canyon 15 is a combination of planning, preparing, cooking our own food and eating out. Approximately twice during your trip you and two other campers will have the chance to make a meal for the group. Most campers find this to be incredibly fun and rewarding. Your leaders help you as much or as little as necessary and of course EVERYTHING is included. We eat out locally twice to celebrate our accomplishments and enjoy a night out.
Community Service is a Bold Earth core value. Bold Earth carefully chooses hands on community service projects that are active, engaging and . . . LIFE CHANGING! All Bold Earth participants will receive a certificate to document their service hours.
Service Credit: 20 Hours
Grand Canyon National Park For 2.5 days, Bold Earth campers are immersed in everything Grand Canyon! Experiencing the Park from the eyes of Park Rangers and Conservationists, campers experience Grand Canyon in a way not many others do. Working in partnership with the Grand Canyon Trust, Bold Earth will work along the North Rim of Grand Canyon on various ecological restoration projects. The Grand Canyon Trust is dedicated to preserving the ecological, social and historical integrity of the incredible American Southwest. Our projects will vary, but always include building fences to keep wildlife out of fragile wetlands, trail maintenance and other restoration projects as designated by the Trust. For more information visit: Grand Canyon Trust
Click to View: ALL Bold Earth community service projects
Over the last 30 years, Bold Earth has carefully crafted the Grand Canyon 15 Packing List to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable on the trip. Click to view: Grand Canyon 15 Packing List for a detailed description of exactly what to bring. Anything not included on the list is provided by Bold Earth.
Checking Bags? On airport day, campers will check the large duffle bag and backpacking backpack. We recommend using the small daypack as a carry-on. Campers should either bring a credit card or enough cash to check their bags home.
Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. The Bold Earth Trip Advisor team is always available to help answer packing questions or provide gear recommendations.
Small group size = SUCCESS!
• Maximum of 13 incredible and enthusiastic campers
• 2 adult trip leaders (one male and one female)
Group size is especially important on an adventure and community service style trip. Bold Earth campers are leaders who seek independence, responsibility and fun. We know teenagers and we understand that a small group size is ESSENTIAL to camper success – especially on Grand Canyon 15. This is NOT the typical teen tour!
Bonding and friendship are essential to the success of any summer program. Bold Earth leaders are carefully trained in group dynamics and leadership. Also, Bold Earth leaders are the MOST FUN PEOPLE EVER! Your two Trip Leaders will take a hands on approach for the success of every individual. Bold Earth campers make friendships that last a lifetime.
Each campers will be Leader of the Day (LOD) and will have the opportunity to step into a leadership role and help to run the trip! The challenges and rewards of Grand Canyon 15 bring the unity and bonding of the group together. Wahooooooooo!
We will be traveling by 15 passenger vans, with a roof-rack for all of our personal gear. The van will be driven by your experienced and carefully screened leaders.
All travel is carefully planned to minimize time spent in the van and maximize the trip experience for active adventure. YES, we stop frequently to throw a frisbee and for bathroom breaks – DUH!
In the heart of the American Southwest, carved deep into the landscape, known all around the world, the Grand Canyon lies lost in time. At one mile deep, up to 18 miles wide and 277 miles long, the Grand Canyon is without question one of the world’s natural wonders. Nearly two billion years of the Earth’s geological history has been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their paths through layer after layer of rock.
For thousands of years, the area has been continuously inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the Canyon and its many caves. The Ancient Puebloans were the first people known to live in the Grand Canyon area and lay foundation to many tribes in the area today.
Today, the Grand Canyon hosts nearly 4.5 million visitors each year. Aside from the photo taking and hiking to be done at the Canyon’s rim, there are incredible sights to see below the rim.
Campers hike into Havasu Canyon, a tributary of the Colorado River and home to the Havasupai tribe. We hike down from the rim of the Havasu Canyon and into the small town of Supai, population 208. With no roads, mail is still delivered by mule. Arriving at Havasu Falls, campers see the jewel of the Grand Canyon, home to a magic oasis and abundant American Indian culture. This is a once-in-a-lifetime backpack!
Yes! Grand Canyon 15 and all Bold Earth trips are designed to be combined to make a 4 or 8 week Bold Earth summer. If you are interested in combining Grand Canyon 15 with a particular trip, please contact our Colorado office – 303 526 0806 – for more information! A Bold Earth Director will handle all the arrangements to create an incredible summer for you!
I loved the Grand Canyon 15 trip! I had at lot of fun and i think everything went super well!
PARENTS, Susan & Bill: Lili had the time of her life. She seems more confident and responsible in the short time she has been home. She enjoyed all of the activities and the chance to make new friends.
My Bold Earth Grand Canyon 15 trip trip was a unique experience for me, a wonderful trip filled with the most enjoyable activities you could imagine, in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, which I could share with a wonderful group of people. Expressed in less words: Bold Earth was pure awesomeness!
I had a great time with Bold Earth on Grand Canyon 15! We were a very diverse group and got along really well!
My leaders were amazing and all the kids truly bonded. We had a great group and we were always doing something awesome. I expected to come on Grand Canyon 15 and make friends for the time we were there. I then realized however that we would all be friends for much longer than that. This summer was definitely the most exciting summer I've had and I hope to top it next year with another Bold Earth trip!
WE RECOMMEND THIS EXPERIENCE TO ALL OUR FRIENDS!
Grand Canyon 15 was amazing! My trip leaders did an awesome job with food, stories and experience. J.P. was so nice and so energetic, he was perfect for this trip. Kristen was amazing. She did everything with us and helped us have such an awesome time.
PARENTS, Lisa & Robert: We recommend this experience to all our friends and hope that both Alexa and one day Brennan will do more trips with Bold Earth!
This summer on Grand Canyon 15 was amazing! Thanks or going me the chance to have such an experience!
PARENTS, Valentina & German: For the second year in a row (Wild Coast Discovery & Grand Canyon-15), Andres had the time of his life! We couldn't be happier having picked Bold Earth as Andres' camp for the summer time. It's a life changing experience for everyone.
As parents, we felt safe having Andres under the care of a team with so much knowledge and experience.
During the time I spent on my Bold Earth Grand Canyon 15 trip this summer I successfully made friends with people from across America and made bonds that will be unforgettable. I conquered fears, got a better perspective on life and discovered things about myself I could never imagine. This summer has been a true growing experience for me thanks to Bold Earth
enjoyed Grand Canyon 15 very much. One of the best holiday in all my life.
PARENTS, Kathleen & David: Great experience... Edoardo is still talking about it! Thanks everyone, great job!
HE DIDN'T WANT TO COME HOME!
PARENTS, Anita & Matt: Grand Canyon 15 was a fantastic experience for Jay! He didn't want to come home which shows just how much fun he had on this trip. JP and Kristen seemed to be fantastic with the kids and really made Jay's overall experience exceptional. I am beyond happy that I sent Jay on this trip. It was his first time away from home like this and what amazing memories he will have for a lifetime. Can't say enough good things! Thank you so much
Grand Canyon 15 was just awesome, epic and a really good summer.
PARENTS, Christine & Antoine: Everything was just great! Bold Earth really met Constance's expectations, all the more so since she was the only French speaker, which was one of her requests when she chose her camp. She came back really enthusiastic about her vacation and willing to come back next year. Thanks a lot to all of you for this wonderful trip.
The group dynamics on Grand Canyon 15 were fabulous. Everyone knew how to work with each other and there was plenty of fun to be had for all. One night, at our evening meeting everyone opened up and, without saying so, we all grew closer as a group. By the end of the trip I truly believe we grew into a family.
BEST SUMMER I EVER HAD!
Bold Earth, thank you for making Grand Canyon 15 the best summer I ever had!
PARENTS, Suyanti & Leonard: The office is very responsive and always there to give crystal-clear explanations and comfort. Abbott is always there to pick up my phone and return my email in less than a couple hours. Ariel told me that he could not believe if there will be any other team leaders better than his. I am very very satisfied with Bold Earth and my kids said that this is unforgettable experience
Overall the Grand Canyon 15 experience was fantastic! Absolutely everything was successful about my Bold Earth summer. The places were beautiful and the people were great. I loved it!
PARENTS, Eduarda & Adolpho: Veridiana had a wonderful summer, she came home with many stories to tell and great new friends!
Bold Earth was amazing in every possible way and Grand Canyon 15 exceeded expectations for everything!
PARENTS, Kathleen & David: The whole experience was great. This was the first time David ever went away like this, but he came back excited and stoked! His main concern was how to take all the trips available before aging out. His leaders obviously engaged him, David can be quiet and reserved but he really seemed to feel like he was as close as anyone with the entire group. David was infected with their enthusiasm and I think this was key to his enjoying the program. I view this entire experience as a complete success!!
This summer I had an amazing time with Bold Earth. Grand Canyon 15 was probably my best summer to date from not just the places and adventures we had and went to but from also the amazing guides and especially people who were on this trip. I loved this trip and it was an amazing time.
PARENTS, Nancy & Michael: Henry's guides (Chris and Hanna) were great. Henry made wonderful relationships with almost everyone on the trip. Compared to earlier, similar adventure trips he'd been on, Henry seemed to make much more meaningful relationships on Bold Earth, and seemed to get much more out of it.
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Travel Made Easy!
- Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
- We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights.
- Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.