Canyon Adventure Backpacking for Beginners

Backpacking Experience

Join us for a beginners backpacking workshop at the Richardson Ranch. This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn the basic skills of backpacking while creating an unforgettable experience. We can customize this experience to fit your schedule and groups skill level.

What to Expect

Guests will enjoy their first night at The Richardson Ranch with dinner, skills discussion and backpack inspection before heading to bed. The next morning we will enjoy breakfast before heading out to hike into beautiful West Clear Creek Canyon which is basically flat, easy for hikers. We will cross the creek (up to waist deep) several times as we hike about 3 miles to our campsite. During the hike in we will enjoy lunch on the trail and will have opportunities to swim in swimming holes in the canyon.

That afternoon we will arrive at camp and learn how to setup camp and learn basic orienteering/map reading skills. In the evening we will learn how to use a gas stove to create your own dinner under the stars. The next morning we will enjoy cooking breakfast together and then will head out to explore the canyon and swimming holes before heading back to the Richardson Ranch. Your final night you will enjoy a gourmet dinner under the stars and camp fire slideshow of your adventures.


Guests arrive 
Skills discussion and backpack inspection

Breakfast before departure
Shuttle to hike start (about 1 hour from the ranch).
Hike into the canyon
Lunch along the trail (snacks provided)
Arrive at camp and set up camp
Orienteering/map reading training
Dinner: We will cook together

Breakfast: We will cook together.
Optional day hike to explore the canyon more.
Visit swimming holes for some swimming fun.
Return back to the shuttle vehicle at the trailhead in the afternoon.
Return back to the ranch.
Debrief/slideshow of the adventure

Check out (or stay longer by arrangement)

What is included

  • Private Accommodations for 2 nights (master suites with private bathrooms available at additional cost)
  • Meals
    • 3 Dinners
    • 3 Breakfasts
    • 2 Lunches
    • Snacks
    • Beverages
  • Guided Overnight Backpacking Trip
  • Activities
  • Amenities
  • Taxes

PLEASE NOTE: Guests should bring their own backpack and sleeping bag. For those who don’t have these items, we can provide rentals. We will provide a list of essential items to bring so you can prepare ahead of time.


Buyout Starting rates are based on 6 guests and 3 nights. Reach out so we can provide pricing based on your schedule and guest count.
Cost per person for additional guests below. 
*Maximum 12 Guests

Weekend Buyout Thursday-Sunday
4 Day / 3 Night stay
Check-in: 4pm on Thursday
Check-out: 11am on Sunday
GUESTROOM 4-DAY EXPERIENCE (4 guestrooms available)
$700.00 – single
MASTER SUITE 4-DAY EXPERIENCE (2 master suites available)
$900.00 single
$500.00 for Adults
Children under 21 – $400.00

If you are interested in an EXPERIENCE at the Richardson Ranch, please email us at info@richardsonranchaz.com or click here to complete the brief inquiry form.

Backpacking Experience Instructor

Ray Richardson is an avid backpacker who has explored many of the great places around the Western United States and around the world. His favorite achievement: backpacking the John Muir Trail (213 miles) from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney (high point of continental United States) in 13 days.  He is one of the only people who have backpacked to the top of Mt. Fuji (high point of Japan), completed the Overland Track (50 miles) in Tasmania, backpacked solo for four weeks in New Zealand, visited the high point of Utah (Kings Peak), and completed 5 day treks on the Pacific Crest Trail (Washington), Glacier National Park (Montana), and Grand Canyon (Arizona). He enjoys sharing his skills with others, and has helped many friends to try out backpacking for the first time.

West Clear Creek Canyon Backpacking Experience Photos