This trail offers some of the most powerful views around the Grand Canyon. They don't call it "GRAND" for nothing. There are lots of people there but plenty of room for everyone to get to the rail and take pictures.
Not sure what they're getting for $2000, that's ridiculous. I'm pretty sure most hikers just set things up themselves thru the National Park Service and their concessionaires directly. To hike the South Kaibab and Bright... More
Not sure what they're getting for $2000, that's ridiculous. I'm pretty sure most hikers just set things up themselves thru the National Park Service and their concessionaires directly. To hike the South Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails, you would normally need a minimum of 2 nights. The first night would be at the South Rim, so that one is in position to start the hike down South Kaibab in the morning (pre-dawn is preferable). It's been a couple of years, and I haven't checked lately, but I don't think the lodges at the South Rim were any more than $200-300 a night. Or one can stay at the Mather Campground for about $20 or so. One could leave their extra luggage in their parked car. It's about 7 miles down the trail to the bottom of the canyon, where most hikers will stay for the night. One can stay at the Phantom Ranch, although getting a bunk there usually means making a reservation a year in advance. The other alternative is camping at Bright Angel Campground and getting a site there requires entering a lottery 4 months in advance. Dinner reservations at Phantom Ranch also need to be procured. After spending the night at the bottom, one then hikes 10 miles back up the Bright Angel Trail (again, starting in the pre-dawn darkness.) If one cannot get reservations to stay overnight at the bottom, it is possible to hike down and back up in a single day, although that requires that the hikers are fit and experienced, which perhaps your husband and friends are. The one day hike is usually better done in the spring or fall, though, since it gets ridiculously hot in the canyon in the summer and it's not really advisable to be hiking during the afternoon.