Guided Hikes

We understand that every individual has different expectations when it comes to outdoor exploration. Whether it's a casual walking experience, intensive technical hiking, or a scenic adventure optimized for photography, our custom guided hikes will have you and your guests covered.

Limited availability! Book your guided hike today and we will reach out to discuss next steps.

Adventure HQ's certified guides work with you to tailor every moment of your excursion for a truly authentic and unforgettable experience. Our outings are optimized based on intensity level, interests, and group size. No two hikes are ever the same with Adventure HQ.

Trail Overview

Need To Know

  • Where will we meet our guides?

    Our guides will coordinate the best meeting location with you for your tailored experience a few days ahead of your scheduled hike. They will also be in contact the evening before to confirm this location.

  • Where do hikes begin?

    Depending on the hike and time of year, hikes typically begin between 6am and 8am on the South Rim.

  • What equipment is provided?

    A hiking guide and daypack will be provided by us. Add on's: lunch ($20 per person), trekking poles ($20 per person).

  • What are the safety standards?

    Our guides are fully permitted and equipped with medical kits for your safety and to provide the best possible experience while exploring the majesty of the Grand Canyon and the surrounding region.

  • What should I bring for my hike?

    • Entry fee into Grand Canyon National Park ($35/vehicle)
    • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes
    • Sunscreen
    • 1-3L of water depending on length of hike
    • Rain jacket
    • For seasons other than mid-Summer, bring fleece/insulating layer of clothing
    • For Fall, bring a warm hat and gloves
  • What is the cancelation policy?

    This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. However, this experience requires good weather; in the event of inclement weather, you will be offered a different date or a full refund.

Our Guides

All of our guides are Certified Interpretive Guides and Wilderness First Responders.

  • Bryan Bates

    Bryan Bates' lifelong passion for nature began with childhood fishing and camping trips, culminating in becoming an Eagle Scout. His fascination with Native American culture grew during his decade as Head Counselor in Crested Butte, inspiring him to earn a B.A. in Native American Studies and later an M.A. in Environmental Science and Experiential Education. He notably integrated native knowledge with mainstream science while teaching in Navajo schools, where his interest in native astronomy deepened. As a science educator for 24 years at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Bryan was recognized for his contributions, including creating a pioneering course on Native American astronomy. A founder and board member of the Society for Cultural Astronomy of the American Southwest, he's extensively presented and published his research. Residing in a sustainable, self-designed solar Hogan, Bryan continues to lead nature trips, sharing his profound knowledge.

  • Lisa Kearsley

    Lisa's bond with the Grand Canyon was forged during childhood summers on the North Rim, observing Kaibab squirrels with her father. Relocating to Arizona in the 1980s for a master's in biology at Northern Arizona University, she made the state her permanent home. Her tenure at the Grand Canyon involved roles as an interpretive park ranger and a researcher, studying Glen Canyon Dam's impact on the river and authoring the San Juan River Guide. Discovering her true passion in showcasing the Southwest, she now dedicates herself to guiding visitors through the Grand Canyon, offering rim tours and in-depth hikes. Additionally, she channels her love for the region into natural science illustrations, utilizing pen, ink, and watercolor.

  • Chris Ericks

    Chris's journey at the Grand Canyon began 12 years ago, working at the El Tovar restaurant, with his free time dedicated to exploring the canyon's depths and secrets alongside other adventurers. Nowadays, he seeks out the canyon's more secluded historical sites, often venturing off the beaten path. His rich background includes traversing the Pacific Crest Trail, the Arizona Trail, and a 60-day solo backpacking expedition in Yellowstone and its neighboring mountains. Eager to share his experiences, Chris looks forward to revealing the hidden magic and wonders of the Grand Canyon to fellow trail enthusiasts.

  • Sherri O'Neill

    Sherri's passion for nature was ignited at her uncle's Connecticut campground, leading her to a career at the Grand Canyon beginning in the early 90s. Her roles with the National Park Service have included interpretive and backcountry ranger. Holding a master's in outdoor education with a focus on cultural interpretation, she has led diverse ranger programs covering archaeology, ethnobotany, and geology. Sherri's hands-on experience includes rafting the Colorado River for scientific research, assisting in archaeological surveys, and contributing to the park's revegetation efforts. Recognized for her engaging communication style and deep knowledge of the canyon's natural and cultural history, she is a certified interpretive guide and wilderness first responder, deeply committed to sharing her love for the Grand Canyon.