Backpacking Trips

Head into the backcountry with REI Adventures on a fully self-supported backpacking trip.

Head into the backcountry with REI Adventures on a fully self-supported backpacking trip. Beginners and experienced backpackers alike can learn new skills or brush up on the basics with our professional guides as we explore some of America's most exceptional wilderness.

Like to hike, but don't want to carry your own gear? Explore our Hiking and Trekking trips.

Arizona Trips

Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim

Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 5
  • Activity: Backpacking

Leave the crowds behind and explore the Grand Canyon on a challenging backpack trip deep into the canyon. Our North Rim itinerary takes us into some of the most remote and pristine areas of the park. See stunning vistas, ancient rock formations, and traces of past civilizations. The Grand Canyon is a milestone achievement for any backpacker.

Grand Canyon Backpacking – South Rim

Grand Canyon Backpacking – South Rim

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 5
  • Activity: Backpacking

Challenge yourself with a memorable backpacking trip from the Grand Canyon's South Rim to its floor. See jaw-dropping views from the rim and explore the intense contours of the canyon walls, while staying at remote, scenic campsites. Get away from the crowds and see this natural wonder on foot.

Superstition Mountains Backpacking

Superstition Mountains Backpacking

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking, Hiking

Home to the legend of the Lost Dutchman's Gold, the Superstition Mountains have long been considered one of the premiere hiking destinations in the southwest. Join us on our northbound, one-way through-hike exploring the eroded rock spires and blocky sheer walled mesas that define this region.

California Trips

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing & Backpacking

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing & Backpacking

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking, Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree is home to amazing granite monoliths and formations—twisted rock that creates a surreal and unique landscape. Not only do we marvel at these wonders, but we rope up and climb them! Backpack in to our campsite and spend 3 days learning and practicing rock climbing skills for a one-of-a-kind weekend getaway.

Tahoe Sierra Backpacking

Tahoe Sierra Backpacking

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Enjoy the 'quiet' side of Tahoe on this stunning backpacking trip through the Tahoe National Forest. We'll head out in to the backcountry and establish a base camp, allowing us to explore further with lighter loads. We'll seek out pristine swimming holes, sculpted granite basins, and cascading alpine streams as we get away from civilization and soak in the sunlight under a sapphire blue Sierra sky. Old growth forests will shade our tents and campfire camaraderie awaits just a few convenient hours away from Reno, Sacramento, or the San Francisco Bay Area.

Yosemite Backpacking – Hetch Hetchy

Yosemite Backpacking – Hetch Hetchy

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Backpacking

Explore the "hidden Yosemite" as you learn the basics of backpacking on our exploration of Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park. We'll learn route finding, backcountry travel utilizing minimal impact practices, outdoor cookery, and natural history as we enjoy Yosemite Valley's "little sister.

Yosemite Backpacking – The High Country

Yosemite Backpacking – The High Country

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Learn the basics of backpacking in this introductory course. While enjoying the beauty of Yosemite's high country, learn route finding using map and compass, establishing a camp while employing minimal impact practices, the basics of packing light, outdoor cookery and menu planning, natural history and personal care.

Yosemite Backpacking – Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Backpacking – Yosemite Valley

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Experience the real power of place as you learn the basics of backpacking around one of the most incredible valleys in the world. Enjoy the eagle eye views as we gaze from above at iconic formations and features of the Yosemite Valley and learn the basics of minimal impact backcountry travel and cooking, as well as natural history.

Yosemite Half Dome Backpacking

Yosemite Half Dome Backpacking

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Yosemite's Half Dome is considered the most iconic rock face in the country! REI Adventures has designed the perfect itinerary for your big climb! Join us for a four day hike along Yosemite's most spectacular ridgeline overlooking the Yosemite Valley, destination: Half Dome.

Colorado Trips

Rocky Mountain Backpacking – North Inlet

Rocky Mountains Backpacking – North Inlet

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Our backcountry voyage begins from the Rocky Mountain National Park's quiet western border outside the beautiful town of Grand Lake, CO. Following the superbly designed and maintained Continental Divide Trail we traverse idyllic flower and wild life studded meadows, rushing creeks teeming with trout, tumbling waterfalls and clear alpine lakes surrounded by a sea of craggy peaks reaching heights over 14,000 feet. Join REI in Rocky Mountain National Park on its quiet trails, learning little known secrets from your guides as we help craft your perfect weekend wilderness escape.

Rocky Mountain Backpacking – Thunder Lake

Rocky Mountains Backpacking – Thunder Lake

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 4
  • Activity: Backpacking

We've been having such a great time on our North Inlet itinerary, that we felt it was time to add a Thunder Lake route. This trip is perfect for those looking for a higher altitude experience, seekers of a slightly more challenging Rocky Mountains route, or for backpackers who've already experienced our North Inlet route and would like to see more of the park. High altitude vistas and dramatic scenery await you as you ascend above 10,000 feet to camp near a sparkling alpine lake. Challenge your body and refresh your soul with this beautiful escape to the backcountry!

Tennessee Trips

Great Smoky Mountains Backpacking

Great Smoky Mountains Backpacking

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 4
  • Activity: Backpacking

The Appalachian Trail through the Great Smoky Mountains offers fantastic hiking and expansive mountain views. We backpack from one primitive shelter to the next on this short section of a classic route to experience a taste of the Appalachian Trail thru-hiker life.

Great Smoky Mountains Family Backpacking Adventure

Great Smoky Mountains Family Backpacking Adventure

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Backpacking
  • Minimum Age: 9

Experience the magic of the Great Smoky Mountains on this backpacking adventure designed specifically for families with children ages 9 and up. We'll carry all we need comfortably on our backs as we take our time enjoying this loop hike among old growth Hemlock and Spruce trees along streams, pools and cascading waterfalls. Spend the weekend with REI Adventures creating family memories to last a lifetime in one of our National Parks where the scenery and resources are protected, and nature is allowed to run its course.

Wyoming Trips

Yellowstone Backpacking – Bechler River

Yellowstone Backpacking – Bechler River

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Explore the wonders of Yellowstone National Park with a fun, safe, and experienced naturalist guide. Our Bechler River itinerary gets you off the beaten path to explore teeming rivers, remote geysers, and relaxing hot springs.

Yellowstone Backpacking – Black Canyon

Yellowstone Backpacking – Black Canyon

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Backpack along the mighty Yellowstone River, taking in its roaring waterfalls and abundant wildlife. Relax along riverbanks each night, spend time fishing, and take in the spectacular scenery of this world-famous national park.

Yellowstone Backpacking – Gallatin Mountains

Yellowstone Backpacking – Gallatin Mountains

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Visit a little-known corner of Yellowstone National Park on this challenging, yet rewarding, backpacking trip. The Gallatin Crest Traverse provides expansive views away from the crowds. Lace up your boots and join us on the majestic trails of Yellowstone!

Canada Trips

Whistler Backpacking

Whistler Backpacking

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Board the gondola in The Village and continue to the top of Whistler Mountain to hike the beautiful alpine trails overlooking the entire valley below. Delight in flower-filled meadows and spectacular views in every direction as our trail crosses the rolling Musical Bumps and alpine ridgelines on route to Russet Lake. Getaway to the Whistler Alpine with our guides who will share their in-depth knowledge of the areas cultural history and the story of natural forces that have shaped this spectacular landscape.

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