Canyons, Climbing, Service and Adventure!
Grand Canyon Active
15-day exploration of the Grand Canyon region from above, below, north & south! Adventure + Service = AMAZING!
- June 29 - July 13
- July 16 - July 30
- Explore Grand Canyon National Park
- Desert Oasis Backpack: Havasu Canyon!
- Whitewater Raft the Grand Canyon
- Rock Climbing in Utah
- Zion National Park: Hike & Swim
- Grand Canyon Service Project
- Community Service: 6 Hours
*The itineraries below are from summer 2018. The 2019 itinerary will be finalized in October 2018.
UTAH: EXPLORE ZION NATIONAL PARK, ROCK CLIMB AND CANYONEER
GRAND CANYON: HIKE TO HAVASU FALLS
GRAND CANYON: COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
The Grand Canyon is AWESOME — DUH! Epic Grand Canyon is the ultimate exploration of the entire region: North, South, East, West, above and below!
Some Fun Facts:
• 15 days – The perfect length of time!
• EPIC Adventure, ENRICHING 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, Epic Grand Canyon 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! The 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 has been ranked among the top-10 backpacks in the world! Hiking through the night (to avoid hot temperatures) campers arrive 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. GC15 visits 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 lifetime!
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, Epic Grand Canyon campers will enjoy an unforgettable, life-list experience!
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, Epic Grand Canyon 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 think 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
• 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 vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, allergy-specific and most special diets.
Cooking on Epic Grand Canyon is a combination of planning, preparing, cooking our own food and eating out. Approximately four times during your trip you and two other campers will have the chance to make breakfast, lunch, and dinner 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 on special occasions 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-affirming! 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 interact with 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
For over 40 years, Bold Earth has carefully crafted the Epic Grand Canyon Packing List to include everything you’ll need to be comfortable on the trip. Click to view: Epic Grand Canyon 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 Epic Grand Canyon. This is NOT a 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 to the success of every individual. Bold Earth campers make friendships that last a lifetime.
Each camper 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 on top 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, stretch our legs, take bathroom breaks and indulge in classic roadside ice cream stands!
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 20 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 the foundation for 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! Epic Grand Canyon 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 Epic Grand Canyon 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!
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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!