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Grand Canyon River Rafting Trips

Ask any of the 22,000 Colorado River runners who brave Grand Canyon white water river rafting trips each year to describe the experience and you're likely to hear that it is "the trip of a lifetime." Licensed Grand Canyon river rafting companies vie with eager private boaters for the limited Grand Canyon Colorado River rafting permits the National Park Service makes available every year. Kayaks, dories, oar-powered inflatable rafts, and graceful motorized rigs are the watercraft of choice through this world-class Grand Canyon whitewater rafting wonderland. Trips are moderately expensive and last anywhere from one day to just over two weeks. There are also different levels of excitement available for these trips. Float trips tend to be milder and travel mostly on the smoother part of the Colorado River with fewer rapids. Other Grand Canyon river rafting trips take on the Class 5 rapids head-on! If you have the desire to travel through the Grand Canyon via water, there is a Grand Canyon river rafting trip for you.

Many Grand Canyon river rafting trips depart by van from Flagstaff or Las Vegas and put-in at points like Lees Ferry, located about 2 1/2 hours from Flagstaff and about 50 miles north of the North Rim entrance. These trips start booking up a year in advance, but it never hurts to keep an eye out for last-minute cancellations or unfilled spots. Grand Canyon river rafting trips are definitely one of the most memorable Grand Canyon experiences a person could ever experience.

How to Choose a Grand Canyon River Trip

Common Elements of All Trips

Rafting through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River is absolutely one of the best trips you will ever take in your life. The Grand Canyon is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, and the only one you can spend a week peacefully floating through. The scenery and geology changes mile by mile, and the mood of the canyon shifts just as much as evolving clouds and light create a spectacle for the senses. A lack of cell phone service and Wifi will help bring your family closer together, and you will likely develop friendships with the other passengers that can last a lifetime. Kids struggle to comprehend how they can survive a week without interacting with their friends on social media, but it is beautiful to watch them blossom time and time again after just a couple days of being present and engaged with the world around them. Guides do the majority of the work so that you can enjoy the canyon and quality time with each other. Still, everyone is expected to participate in loading and unloading the boats each day, and working together as a group is one of those intangible things that makes rafting through the Grand Canyon so memorable.

You will sleep on sandy beaches underneath one of the best night skies the country has to offer. On a night without a moon, the Milky Way lights up the sky between canyon walls a mile high. Have satellite races and count shooting stars with your loved ones as you lay in bed. You aren’t allowed to fall asleep until you’ve seen 2.

Days start early with the intention of packing up and leaving camp by 8 or so in the morning. This allows for ample time hiking up side canyons, to Ancestral Puebloan ruins, or to waterfalls, and for relaxation time at the next camp in the afternoon. Everyone will stop and have a deli-style lunch around lunchtime, and dinner around dinnertime. Leave your watch behind and embrace falling into a natural rhythm. The food is outstanding, but dietary accommodations can be made as long as ample notice is given to the company you book a trip with.

Most of the time spent on the river is in flatwater, providing plenty of time for guides to explain the geology, ecology, and human history of the canyon, as well as regale you with countless colorful stories from their previous river trips. This, of course, is punctuated by the thrill of whitewater rapids. There are over 80 named rapids and they are rated on the Grand Canyon scale of 1 - 10, but some days will be calm and some will feel like an adrenaline roller coaster.

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RECOMMENDED GRAND CANYON RIVER GUIDES

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions Grand Canyon Rafting
Colorado River & Trail Expeditions Grand Canyon Rafting
Colorado River & Trail Expeditions offers rowing, paddle, motor, kayak support, and hybrid all-inclusive rafting trips. We offer a variety of trip lengths and options. We specialize in taking our clients to the best spots in the Grand Canyon. We pride ourselves in having friendly experi
Colorado River & Trail Expeditions offers rowing, paddle, motor, kayak support, and hybrid all-inclusive rafting trips. We offer a variety of trip lengths and options. We specialize in taking our clients to the best spots in the Grand Canyon. We pride ourselves in having friendly experienced guides, serving great food, and supplying our customers with the most modern equipment and gear. In addition we are a member of various environmental groups and do our best to take care of the Grand Canyon and our Earth.
Advantage Grand Canyon
Advantage Grand Canyon
As a central reservation service for all 16 Grand Canyon Rafting Outfitters, we can help you find your ideal adventure, at no additional cost! Our Trip Finder let's you browse all of the trips offered and compare them apples to apples! Not sure what questions to ask or where to start? No P
As a central reservation service for all 16 Grand Canyon Rafting Outfitters, we can help you find your ideal adventure, at no additional cost! Our Trip Finder let's you browse all of the trips offered and compare them apples to apples! Not sure what questions to ask or where to start? No Problem! Contact us and our educated team will provide you with detailed information on river trips that fit within your travel preferences. Our goal is to create an enjoyable, free and unbiased experience for you while navigating the many options of traveling through one of America's most prized possessions. Take the Advantage!
Western River Expeditions
Western River Expeditions
Discover the Grand Canyon, endless in scenic wonder, rich in Native American history and loaded with fun and adventure, Western River Expeditions' Grand Canyon tours are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Exploring the Grand Canyon by river is an experience unlike any other. Discover hidden
Discover the Grand Canyon, endless in scenic wonder, rich in Native American history and loaded with fun and adventure, Western River Expeditions' Grand Canyon tours are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Exploring the Grand Canyon by river is an experience unlike any other. Discover hidden waterfalls and paradisiacal side canyons - areas of Grand Canyon National Park that are accessible only by river.
Grand Canyon Expeditions
Grand Canyon Expeditions
The Grand Canyon is one of the wonders of the world, and what better way to see it than from its heart, on a Colorado river rafting trip? This unique trip down the Grand Canyon ranges from running world-class rapids to hiking and swimming in the side canyons to investigating the remains le
The Grand Canyon is one of the wonders of the world, and what better way to see it than from its heart, on a Colorado river rafting trip? This unique trip down the Grand Canyon ranges from running world-class rapids to hiking and swimming in the side canyons to investigating the remains left by the first inhabitants of the Grand Canyon. Let our experienced guides show you the wonders of the Grand Canyon. This is not a tour of the Grand Canyon, it's an adventure!
Canyoneers
Canyoneers
The ultimate getaway! Spectacular scenery, great side canyon hikes, ancient Indian ruins, splendid waterfalls, gourmet meals, and top notch guides. Come experience the adventure, the challenge, the serenity, the wildlife, the fun and exhilaration, and come away feeling on top of the world
The ultimate getaway! Spectacular scenery, great side canyon hikes, ancient Indian ruins, splendid waterfalls, gourmet meals, and top notch guides. Come experience the adventure, the challenge, the serenity, the wildlife, the fun and exhilaration, and come away feeling on top of the world! Whether motorized pontoon or smaller rowing boats, Canyoneers does it best! This year, be a Canyoneer. We are a licensed concessionaire of the National Park Service.

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