What better way to celebrate a birthday than an epic excursion into the less traveled paths in one of the United States’ most beautiful and famous places: The Grand Canyon. While Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most visited parks in the country, the majority of those visitors are restricted to one of a few high-traffic zones designed to allow as many people to see as much as they can without much effort. As National Parks in America move towards industrialized tourism, allowing visitors to see the sights while barely leaving their cars, it is important to remember that the majority of most parks are backcountry wilderness areas where few ever roam. The Grand Canyon wilderness contains some spectacular parts of the canyon, and can mean days without seeing another human.
Chase Lewine and Cedar Mitchell have made a hobby out of finding these remote spots. Last spring they took a similar trip through the remote “Maze” district of Canyonlands National Park, and this year turned their attention to the Tonto Trail and a rim-to-rim hike of the Canyon. The young couple explored for a week in the National Park, snapping some amazing shots of the Grand Canyon wilderness and enjoying some time to themselves even in one of the country’s busiest national parks. Above all, trips like this are a reminder that true wilderness still exists, if you are willing to work for it. Chase and Cedar work hard to plan and make their trips happen, and they also enjoy some of the most amazing terrain the Southwest has to offer.