grand canyon hiking south rim2When you visit the Grand Canyon South Rim, you want to make sure you are prepared. Use these tips to ensure you are ready for your hiking experience!


Summer Hiking Essentials

  1. Water – some plain and some with electrolyte replacement.
  2. Food – especially salty foods. Eat twice as much as normal.
  3. First Aid Kit – Bandaids, ace wrap, antiseptic, moleskin, etc.
  4. Map – while many trails are well-marked, maps are helpful tools.
  5. Pack – to carry the essentials.
  6. Flashlight/Spare Batteries – allows you to hike out during the cool evenings.
  7. Spray Bottle – fill with water for your own personal air conditioning system.
  8. Hat/Sunscreen – to keep the sun off you and to protect your skin.
  9. Whistle and/or Signal Mirror – for emergency use.
  10. Waterproof Clothing – poncho or jacket; especially useful during monsoon season (mid-July to early September).

Winter Hiking Essentials

  1. Food – especially salty foods. Eat twice as much as normal.
  2. First Aid Kit – Bandaids, ace wrap, antiseptic, moleskin, etc.
  3. Map – while many trails are well-marked, maps are helpful tools.
  4. Water – plain and some with electrolyte replacement.
  5. Pack – to carry the essentials.
  6. Flashlight/Spare Batteries – allows you to hike out at night.
  7. Appropriate Footwear – waterproof boots, gaiters to keep snow and mud out of your boots.
  8. Over-the-shoe traction devices – it will only take a short and unexpected stretch of ice to make you glad you have extra traction.
  9. Hiking Poles – to help with footing on icy trails.
  10. Whistle and/or Signal Mirror – for emergency use, know how to use your equipment.
  11. Waterproof/Warm Clothing – parka, hat, gloves for the snow and rain, plus an extra set of dry clothing – in case you get wet.