Indian Garden to Colorado River

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Indian Garden to Colorado River is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features a waterfall. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for camping and backpacking.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1811 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

views

waterfall

no shade

no dogs

27 days ago

backpacking
2 months ago

*Technically a required portion for those who are hiking rim-to-rim, but a must-do for those camping in Indian Garden*

A sobering, monumental hike.

This stretch from the Inner Canyon to the heart of the Colorado River reminds you of the Grand Canyon's sheer size and breadth. It's not full of sweeping vistas, as much of the trail consists of tight switchbacks along the canyon wall, but it's well worth it to sit along the beach and water the river thunder on by.

As with the rest of the Canyon, bring more than enough water and food in the hotter months. You'll need to keep salts and electrolytes replenished, but with a filter you can refill your water from the river.

We watched the medical evac helicopter pass by three times as we sat by the river; a reminder that the Canyon is just as dangerous as it is beautiful.