Whitewater Rafting Trips in the Grand Canyon

Whitewater Rafting Trips in the Upper or Lower Grand Canyon

The ultimate bucket list river trip, Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trips are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The view from the rim is spectacular, but the view from a raft is even better. The river and the canyon are a world unto themselves. Discover fascinating geology and biodiversity that is only accessible via the river or rugged footpaths.

The best river trip in northern Arizona, Grand Canyon puts you in touch with the power of the Colorado River. Run infamous rapids such as Hermit, Granite, Crystal, and Lava Falls. Hike through impossibly beautiful side canyons and swim in crystalline pools. Let the bird song and glowing canyon walls fill your days.

Holiday can arrange five- to nine-day rafting trips through either the lower or upper sections of Grand Canyon. These trips involve a nine-mile hike into or out of the canyon from the South Rim to the Colorado River; we recommend that only those in good physical condition consider these trips. Reservations should be made well in advance; demand for this world-class adventure is high. Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trips are run by outside affiliates who are authorized Grand Canyon concessionaires.

Looking for a Colorado River Rafting trip that is easier on your pocketbook and your busy schedule? Check out any of Holiday’s alternative “Grand” canyon river rafting trips! The Colorado River and its tributaries extend far beyond Grand Canyon, north into Utah and Colorado where they run through different ancient canyons. Big rapids, cultural sites, dramatic geology, beach campsites, hiking options, and canyon scenery, these alternative canyons have it all for a fraction of the cost and time.

Grand Canyon Arizona Rafting PP
Hiking in the Grand Canyon

5–6 Day Upper Grand Canyon

The Upper Grand Canyon is an amazing place with legendary landmarks such as Vasey’s Paradise, the Little Colorado River, and Redwall Cavern. Although the most famous whitewater is found in the lower canyon, the upper still holds some major rapids such as Nevills and Hance. Starting at Lees Ferry, the canyon opens to us as we begin the float into its vast interior. It all starts as a narrow, sheer-sided chasm, winding through the uplifted Kaibab Plateau. The first 61 miles of Marble Canyon are the most photographed, perhaps the most scenic portion of the Grand Canyon. The rim moves out of view as the canyon broadens to its full, 13-mile width. Then we enter the foreboding inner gorge with its exquisite, polished granite. This gem of the Colorado Plateau is indeed one of the most scenic places on earth!

Side Canyon fun in the Grand Canyon

8–9 Day Lower Grand Canyon

The Lower section of the Grand Canyon is characterized by its granite gorges and punctuated by massive whitewater. Legendary rapids reside in this lower portion of the canyon, beginning with Horn Creek and continuing through Hermit, Crystal, and Lava Falls. Hold on to your hats: not only will this be a wild (and safe!) ride but you'll want those shady hats for the many epic side canyon hikes peppered throughout the lower gorge. The lower canyon has every ingredient to make a memorable trip. All that's missing is you!