Best Backpacking in May

Move over March and April spring breakers, there’s a new best month in town! Wave goodbye to winter and snow, and get swept away with once-in-a-lifetime spring adventures through Explorer Chick. You’ll love our carefully curated itineraries and exploring in small groups with women like you who are totally stoked about adventure.

From the desert to the mountains and even international destinations, our guides are complete experts on planning for outdoor adventure whether that’s a backpacking trip or luxurious camping and day hike SHE-nanigans. So sit back, relax, and let us do the leg work for your ultimate trip! 

The Best May Backpacking Destinations

May is a sweet spot for travel with smaller crowds before the busy summer season in June and July, and we’re coming at you with even more adventures on the horizon. Explore outdoors with this awesome hiking, camping, and backpacking trips for women!

With each trip, you’ll get beautiful hiking trails, fun outdoor recreation opportunities, experienced guides, and a group of amazing gals to travel with.

Great Smoky Mountains Hiking Weekend

Early spring trails are bursting with life in Great Smoky Mountains National Park! We’ve outlined an amazing glamping (camping, but make it glamorous) weekend complete with gorgeous hikes, boast-worthy elevation gain, jaw-dropping waterfalls, and a private whiskey tour. On this trip you’ll hike sections of the Appalachian Trail, summit Mount Cammerer, and retreat at the end of each day to the group’s basecamp and your heated glamping tent with your Explorer Chick guides as your personal camp chefs.

Sounds pretty sweet, right?
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Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park Glamping

Buckle up for big-time views on this hiking and glamping adventure where you’ll visit not one, but TWO of Utah’s national parks! Take on the famed Angel’s Landing hike in Zion National Park with the support of your new gal pals. Otherworldly views will greet you when you descend amongst the hoodoo canyons on some of the best hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park. Rest your head each night in Instagram-worthy glamping tents, complete with heat and electricity. You’ll be totally awestruck by the endless starry sky as you and your new friends kick back around the fire swapping fun trail stories before bed.
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Red River Gorge Backpacking Workshop

Join us on this totally immersive and learning weekend experience in Red River Gorge or “The Red,” known as the Grand Canyon of Kentucky. You’ll learn what backpacking gear to pack for a backpacking trip (and how to get it all to fit in your backpack), how to cook and filter water as a backpacker, and how to set up camp in the backcountry.

All with a group of supportive ladies and an ultra informative guide. This trip is the perfect intro for those new to backpacking or for anyone who wants to get a few more miles on the trail to brush up on their backpacking skills with a group before venturing outdoors on their own!
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