LKB 007: How to Be One of the 1% at Grand Canyon National Park

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Introduction to the Episode

Grand Canyon

Welcome to the seventh episode of Locals Know Best! I’m your host, Cindy. I’m a full-time RVer and lover of all things travel-related. Years of adventuring on the road have taught me one fundamental lesson; locals ALWAYS know best! Every episode of this podcast will dive into one local’s perfect day of outdoor adventure in their town!

In this episode, I’ll be talking with adventurer Brandon Perlow about his perfect two-day hiking itinerary down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and then back up!

Black Bridge at Grand Canyon

Join Brandon and me on an engaging journey down through multiple levels of Grand Canyon National Park, exploring all of the best stops, lookouts, and places to stay along the way!

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About Brandon Perlow

Brandon Perlow at Phantom Rnach

Brandon Perlow is an avid traveler and adventure-seeker. He’s been to all seven continents, all 50 states, and has lived abroad as well as across the country. He’s run ultramarathons, climbed Kilimanjaro, and navigated class five white water rapids. These days, he calls Arizona home with his family, and he chose Arizona in large part due to the incredible choices for outdoor adventures. Of those many options, only one reigns supreme: Grand Canyon National Park

What We Cover in This Episode

  • The best time of year to hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
  • The most desirable hiking route to get to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and then back up to the rim.
  • An important tip you should know about water availability on the Grand Canyon corridor trails.
  • The best places to stay at the top and bottom of Grand Canyon National Park.
  • How to obtain permits for multi-day hiking excursions.
  • How to score last-minute Phantom Ranch accommodations at the bottom of the Grand Canyon!
  • One treat you can’t skip out on enjoying at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
  • How to get around packing your camping stove.
  • Shorter hike options for those who don’t have two days.
  • The best Grand Canyon National Park picture spots.
  • The optimal way to unwind after hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back.


For me, there’s nothing better than getting in the car, heading up to the Grand Canyon, and spending as much time as possible there.

Brandon Perlow

When you’re a thousand feet below the rim. It’s a 360-degree experience, which completely changes your perspective.

Brandon Perlow

There’s not a lot of places in the world where you can walk amongst two billion-year-old rocks, just right next to you.

Brandon Perlow

I don’t think there’s a bad place to take a picture of the Grand Canyon.

Brandon Perlow

Grand Canyon National Park Two-Day Hiking Itinerary Map

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4 Replies to “LKB 007: How to Be One of the 1% at Grand Canyon National Park”

  1. Brandon Perlow says: Reply

    Love it! Thank you Cindy for having me, and appreciate everyone for listening! See you out on the trails.

    1. Yay! 🤗 So glad you enjoyed it! Can’t wait for our next hike!

  2. I LOVE this episode! I wanna go I WANNA GO. The whole guide was so well done and I literally want to do it step by step, but I love that Brandon listed a few options for shorter ventures too!

    1. Glad you loved it, Ashley! ❤️

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