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Grand Canyon Rafting! The very name “Grand Canyon” brings to mind unparalleled beauty, and breathtaking whitewater. This grand-daddy of whitewater rafting in Arizona boasts 150 rapids, including some of the wildest whitewater in North America. The two largest, Lava Falls and Crystal Rapid, are awesome to behold, exhilarating to run — the right stuff indeed.

Sparkling clear springs gush from cracks in the cliffs, forming lush oases of ferns, pools and wild flowers. Each of the Earth’s climatic zones is represented in Grand Canyon from alpine forests on the rim to Sonoran deserts in the lower elevations.

Starting at Lees Ferry the Canyon opens to us as we begin the float into its vast interior. It starts as a narrow, sheer-sided chasm, winding through the uplifted Kaibab Plateau. The first 61 miles of Marble Canyon is the most photographed, perhaps the most scenic portion of the Grand Canyon. The rim moves away from view as the Canyon broadens to its full expanse of 13 miles. Then we enter the foreboding inner gorge with its exquisite polished granite. Here the river has exposed rock formed 1.7 billion years ago. Further on we see evidence of past volcanic activity in the diamond black basalt around us, where lava flowed repeatedly and dammed the Canyon only to be worn away by the relentless river. Eventually the lower gorge closes around us as we take the final plunge through rapids to the head of Lake Mead 240 miles and 160 rapids from our starting point.

The entire canyon requires twelve days, and the Grand Canyon reserves its greatest reward for those who make this time commitment. Five or six, and eight or nine day split trip options offer either the upper or lower section of the canyon. These trips involve a spectacular 9-mile hike into or out of the canyon from the South Rim to the Colorado River and are recommended for those in good physical condition.

Reservations should be made well in advance as demand for this world-class adventure is high. Grand Canyon trips are run by outside affiliates who are authorized Grand Canyon concessionaires.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 240 miles and 160 rapids
  • Raft through 1.7 billion year-old rock formations
  • Big Rolling Whitewater Waves

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PHENOMENAL

Jun 07, 2013 by Rob Wood

Our six day trip through the upper section of the Colorado River far exceeded my expectations. It was epic, and I don't use that word lightly. Truly an unforgettable experience, and the guides and support crew were a huge part of that. Places like the Little Colorado were such an unexpected oasis, what a dream that day was. The guides were so knowledgeable about the history of the area as well, and even read some poetry. I was impressed by the passion the guides all had for the place, even after so many years of guiding that river. It speaks to the experience and the company, certainly. I can't wait to come back and do the lower section in a few years. Phenomenal


WAHOO!!

Jun 05, 2011 by Katherine Browne

The last time I had been on a raft, I was a giggly 16 year old. Fast forward 23 years, and I was heading out on the Grand Canyon. I pretended not to be nervous, but I was! As the hours turned to days, and I learned what river time meant, I have never been so relaxed in my life. Your guides took complete care of me both physically with delicious food, and psychologically with calming words of encouragement and expert boat handling skills. Soon, I was wahooing my way through the big rapids of the Grand. Is my life changed? I'll say so. Thank you!


SAFE AND GORGEOUS

May 22, 2011 by S. Smoot, UT

The quality of these trips are something to be admired. You see beautiful sites, get helpful and informative facts, guides take extra precautions to keep you safe, and in the end, the only possible downside is if the weather will cooperate. Seriously, these trips are awesome and we tell our family and friends all about them!


Bike Raft , USA 5.0 5.0 3 3 Our six day trip through the upper section of the Colorado River far exceeded my expectations. It was epic, and I don't use that word lightly. Truly an unforgettable experience, an