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CANYON 2019, a hiking adventure at the Grand Canyon

Oct 02-06, 2019 Mather Campground - Grand Canyon Village, AZ
Trip length5 days
Ticket typeAll inclusive
Group size15
LodgingShared Double or Non-Shared Single Occupancy
Ticket price


Experience the splendor of the Grand Canyon.

Explore the Grand Canyon from bottom to top in this awesome hiking adventure. We'll start off from Phoenix and pass through the beautiful town of Sedona for a short hike, lunch, and a little meandering through the city. Then, it's off to the Grand Canyon where we'll enjoy our private encampment and settle in for what's sure to be an incredible night under the stars. We'll explore inside, around, and above the canyon seeing this incredible area from every angle. If that sounds awesome, it's all in addition to the extraordinary friendships you'll find along the way. Of course, if you're excited to catch up on some reading or catch a few extra zzzs, that's fine too. Choose as much or as little adventure as you want! All activity levels are welcome.


Day 1 - Depart Phoenix, lunch and exploration in Sedona + Devils Bridge Trail, arrive Grand Canyon

Enjoy the comfort of premium transportation as we set out at 8:30a from Phoenix towards the Grand Canyon. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch (as well as on-the-road snacks) in Sedona, explore the city, and hike the short Devil’s Bridge Trail. Then, it’s on to the Grand Canyon where we’ll  arrive and set up camp. Then settle in with new friends for dinner and a relaxing campfire.

Day 2 - Exploring the inside of the Grand Canyon

After a hearty breakfast, the park is yours to explore. If self exploration is your thing, grab a buddy and hit the trails. Want to explore the inside of the canyon? Try your hand at Bright Angel or South Kaibab Trails as we set out to explore the canyon in self-guided small groups. Then, we’ll enjoy some relaxation with plenty of photos on our memory cards and day 1 in the books. It’s dinner and campfire time.

Day 3 - Explore the rim

Wake up to the small of fresh coffee, and get ready for another exciting day of adventure. We’ll head out on a group hike to explore the rim of the Grand Canyon. This is an accessible hike that will be more about sightseeing than excursion. In the mood to try something else? Feel free to grab a friend and find your way to one of the many epic areas of the park with a bag lunch in hand. In the evening, we’ll enjoy the glow of the fire, and maybe some stargazing!

Day 4 - Climb the Desert View Watchtower

After refueling with your favorite breakfast items, it’s off to the highest part of this Grand Canyon adventure. We’ll climb the Desert View Watchtower for sweeping views of the area. Want to explore more of Grand Canyon National Park or relax around camp instead? That’s A-OK. The trip to the Dessert View Watchtower is optional. After a big day of adventuring or relaxing, it’s time for dinner and relaxing by the fire — another epic day in the books.

Day 5 - Desert View Drive, head back to Phoenix

Wake up will be a little earlier today so we can enjoy breakfast together and break down camp. Then it’s time to pack up and head back towards Phoenix. On the way, we’ll scope out the beauty of Desert View Drive and get a few more photos before the trip is over. We’ll be back in Phoenix by 5p.

The Location

Mather Campground is located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. Grand Canyon is one of the most inspiring landscapes on Earth and draws over five million visitors per year to its spectacular scenery. The campground is large and can accommodate a variety of needs and comfort levels. It is the only campground within Grand Canyon Village. Scenic overlooks, the park’s free shuttle bus system, the Visitor Center, the general store and hiking and biking trails are all within a few miles from the facility. The campground is at an elevation of approximately 7,000 ft. Summers are sunny with high temperatures generally in the 80s. Fall is mostly sunny and cool with the occasional snow. Weather is variable.

What's Included

These parts of the experience are included

  1. Three meals a day and snacks
  2. Spacious rainproof tent
  3. Professionally cleaned sleeping bag + sleeping pad
  4. Flashlight for personal safety
  5. All camping fees
  6. All transportation for the duration of the event
  7. Scheduled tour admissions
  8. Event swag

What's not included

Your flight is not included in the ticket price. (We recommend using Kayak or Google Flights to search for your air ticket.) Plan to be at Hampton Inn Phoenix-Airport North at 8:30 am MST on Oct 02, and depart no earlier than 5:00 pm MST on Oct 06. We will drop off on Oct 06 directly to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Consider as you sign up

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"Mendel and his crew have created something special with this. It manages to be thrilling, adventurous, inclusive and safe all at the same time. I had a blast and I can't wait for my next geek adventure." - Cameron Cutler



All tickets include rental of everything you need to comfortably tent camp:

  • Coleman Sundome 3 person tents (2 people per tent unless otherwise requested).
  • Sleeping bag, pad, flashlight.
  • Utensils, plates, cups, and other mealware are included.
  • Free tent camping is included with your ticket price.
  • All meals + snacks are included.
  • Lawn games are included

Are there showers and restrooms?

Restrooms are a short walk from the campsite in the main camping area. Coin operated showers are nearby (we’ll provide the coins).


All meals are included. Accommodations will be made for dietary restrictions (i.e. vegetarian, gluten, dairy, allergies, etc). Please fill out the relevant information in your welcome survey and we will do our best to accomodate your needs. Three meals and snacks will be provided each day.

Sample Menu

Breakfast – Scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, pancakes or potatoes, coffee / tea

Lunch – Cold cut or peanut butter sandwich, fresh fruit and veggies, chips, soda

Dinner – Foil packs (hamburger, fresh veggies), yellow seasoned rice, soda, dessert: S’mores

Waving hello from the top of Iceland ;-)

"I never wanted this event to end because it felt like the beginnings of some really excellent friendships. Hiking, sitting around a bonfire, laughing and eating with everyone was amazing and inclusive." - Jackie M.

Packing List

Below is a list of suggested gear to bring with you on your trip. It’s not an exhaustive list, just a list that will help make sure you have the essentials.

As you pack, think about these two ideas: Assume there might be precipitation. Backpacks should have waterproof covers (some are built into backpacks, so check yours), hiking boots should be waterproof, and clothes should be made of quick drying material (denim is ok to bring for a night on the town, but won’t be comfortable during a hike if they get wet). Temperatures can vary between day and night, and from day to day. Think about dressing in layers (3-5 top layers that can be taken off and put on throughout the day).


  1. Waterproof / windproof jacket
  2. Fleece or wool sweater
  3. Short sleeved t-shirts
  4. Long sleeved t-shirts
  5. Hiking pants
  6. Athletic shorts
  7. Woolen or thermal underwear
  8. Warm hiking socks


  1. Hiking boots
  2. ‘Around camp’ shoe
  3. Flip flops


  1. Hat
  2. Gloves
  3. Scarf
  4. Towel


  1. Small day backpack with rain cover
  2. Tote / bag for shower supplies
  3. Personal items / toiletries
  4. Sleep mask
  5. Portable waterproof battery
  6. Solar charger
  7. Charger for phone / camera / etc
  8. Water bottle
  9. Sunglasses
  10. Sunscreen
  11. Insect repellent
  12. Camera

"I loved the atmosphere of professionals getting together to decompress. Even though we were from different backgrounds, we all share a love of nature and nerdom!" - Alicia from Phoenix, AZ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I have to work in tech to feel comfortable attending?

No way! While there are many people in tech related industries that attend, people from academia, sciences, property management, and other industries also attend. Everyone has one thing in common, though -- they want to disconnect from the daily grind (and technology).

What is the gender distribution?

Geek Adventures trips are normally about 50/50 people identifying as female/male. No matter how you identify, you are always welcome.

Where do people travel from to attend these events?

We've had participants from all over North America and Europe and expect to see more geographical diversity from attendees in the future. International trips tend to see a larger international turnout than United States domestic trips.

How many years have you been in business?

Geek Adventures started operations in 2016 and has been creating experiences for geeks ever since.

I would like to room by myself, is that possible?

While all participants are encouraged to room with others during the trip, sometimes people prefer to room by themselves for a variety of reasons. If you're one of those people, please get in touch and we can work out an accommodation.

How does room / tent sharing work?

If you're a couple traveling together, we'll make sure you're bunking together. If you're a solo traveler, we make rooming assignments based on your preference, and then based on complementary interests from the intake survey. You will never be placed in a mixed gender sleeping arrangement unless you've indicated you're ok with it.

Why do people attend Geek Adventures events?

Here's a sample from previous attendee registration forms -- human connection, decompression, new friendships, inspiring conversations, networking, great conversations, awesome people disconnected from the world, explore new places.

Are children / families allowed at events?

Unless specifically noted, trips are designed for attendees 21+. Hiking with Geeks, the free local hiking groups around North America are designed for attendees 18+ or younger children when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Does a digital detox mean no cell phones?

Not exactly... we realize mobile phones are needed for safety and picture taking, we just ask that during an event, you try to disconnect as much as possible from the other stuff. Example: If you normally read on your phone, bring a book instead. If you normally play games on your phone, pick up a game at the event and play in person! You'll be happy you did.

Is alcohol allowed?

All events are BYOB. Alcohol is allowed, and sharing is encouraged. We've found that cans are far easier to take on adventures than bottles, so please plan accordingly.

Have another question? Get in touch.