Words alone fail to describe the magnificent landscape of Grand Canyon, which has awed and inspired generations of beholders who are fortunate to witness nature and its effect at their grandest scale. Standing at over a mile high, the cliffs of Grand Canyon express the power of nature in its rawest sense, retelling the story of the once mighty Colorado River running through the heartland of ancient America thousands of years ago. During this four day, three night camping trip, we will camp at Mather Campground and hike to Plateau Point to take in the full view of the Colorado River and its grand work of art. We tried everything to describe this amazing adventure to you, but seeing is believing.
Day 1: We will meet at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center at 12pm on Friday afternoon to pack up the van and make sure we all have the necessary and proper gear and attire for a successful trip. Our drive is roughly 442 miles (7-8 hours) with stops for dinner and whenever we have to fill up our van with gas. Upon arrival in Grand Canyon National Park, we will find our campsite in Mather Campground to prepare set up camp. The rest of the night is left for relaxing around the fire and getting ready for a good night’s sleep.
Day 2: Saturday morning will be an early morning for a quick breakfast, for it will be a lengthy day. Our adventure will start on the Bright Angel Trail where we will hike down the canyon towards Plateau Point (~12 miles / ~19 km round trip). The elevation loss/gain is roughly 3000 feet/900 meters, which means the trail is steep. Be prepared for some hiking. After our day hike, we will arrive back to the rim where we will visit the Verkam’s Visitor Center to learn more about the canyon. Afterwards, we will head to Hopi Point to view one of the best sunsets in the world from the rim. From there, we will head back to camp to cook a well-deserved dinner and then get some much needed sleep.
Day 3: Sunday morning, we will be making breakfast at 800am. Our plan for the day will go as follows: Start at the Grand Canyon Village Visitor Center. From there we will walk to Mather Point (0.2 miles) for a great lookout point of the canyon. Afterwards, we are driving to the Grandview Trail for a relatively short hike (6 miles / 9.6 km round trip). Then, it is off to Desert View on the western part of the South Rim while we make stops along the way.
Day 4: Our last day will begin with a grand breakfast at El Tovar Hotel (meal not included) and a short walk to Observation Studio and the visitor center one more time for any last minute memorabilia. We plan to depart after lunch at 12pm noon for our drive back home with dinner and gas stops as necessary.
How to Register
San Bernardino Campus
Registration for trips and programs takes place in person at the CSUSB Student Recreation and Wellness Center membership desk during regular operating hours. Full payment (cash, check, Visa or MasterCard) is due at time of reservation. For more information give us a call at 537-CAMP. Some programs do not require registration, are open to nonmembers and youth. See program description for details.
Palm Desert Campus
Registration for trips and programs takes place in person at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus Administrative Offices (RG203) during regular operating hours. Call 909-537-2348 for the campus phone outside RG203 to check availability and to complete registration information. After completing registration you will make full payment by cash, check or debit card (no credit cards) to the Administrative Office. Some programs do not require registration, are open to nonmembers and youth. See program description for details.Sign Up Deadline: Tuesday, May 23rd, 600pm