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I love to plan family travel adventures with our four kids. Encouraging time in nature, National Parks travel, backpacking and hiking are my passions and I love to write about them.


  • I simultaneously can’t believe someone walked anywhere on that trail in heels AND smiled knowingly when I read it. This sounds like an amazing trip- I know my 8 year old could hack it- it’s Mom and Dad that might end up sobbing ala Sad Sack Sally from the rafting trip.

  • Great story and photos! I live close to the canyon but do not get there often enough. I did a solo R2R2R starting at Hermit in 1987. You said it is emotional to come to the final part. I felt it as well, the completion of something you can only do for the first time once. But then it lives on in you, and when you see pictures or hear of someone else’s trip, you go back in memory, and do it all again in your mind. The kids are lucky to have done it at a young age. I was 27 in 1987. Good for you to do this!

  • Thank you so much for sharing your story! We are hiking down to Bright Angel Campground with our girls (8& 11) this June staying two night and hiking back up the BA in a day. I know it is going to be hard, but knowing your kids did this hike with packs is very encouraging. We have made a reservation for a mule to carry our gear, so we will only be carrying water and snacks – my husband and I will carry the other essentials, such as first aid. I loved your idea of instant pudding – any other good kid food suggestions??

    • You are going to have such a great time and will remember this trip forever. I’m glad you feel encouraged- the trek up Bright Angel is tiring but so worth it. Favorite camping meals for us are burritos, mac and cheese and pasta with pesto. For snacks, we eat lots of junk while hiking! Candy bars, lollipops, and twizzlers, etc. We also always carry trail mix made with nuts, corn chex, raisinettes, craisins and sunflower seeds. There will be snacks available at Phantom Ranch too. The frozen snickers bar I ate while there might be one of the best things ever! Have fun! Check back in and let me know how it goes.

      • Glad to hear you eat lots of junk too – I think we will need it to keep our 8 year old happy 🙂 Twizzlers are a great non-melting option! Did you have trouble with candy bars melting when you were there? I was thinking burritos for one of our dinners – have you done it using dehydrated refried beans and taco meat?

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