Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Greater Upper Lee's Ferry to Phantom Ranch


Grand Canyon Rafting

  • Lee’s Ferry to Phantom Ranch
  • 88 miles
  • Class I – X rapids
  • 10 mile hike out

This trip leaves Lee’s Ferry and enters Marble Canyon. Its polished limestone layered with bands of sand and siltstones rise dramatically above the river with each mile passed, soaring thousands of feet to the rim. This same seemingly impervious limestone has allowed the river to scoop out the huge expanse of Red Wall Cavern at the river’s edge is one of many attractions in this stretch. Underground springs gush from the fern covered rock at Vasey’s Paradise and side streams carve bowl-like pools at Silver Grotto, Saddle and North Canyons. Nautilus fossils and ancient Anasazi granaries await the hiker.

The sequence of rapids through this 88 miles couldn’t be better orchestrated. Beginning with the medium sized Badger, House Rock and Unkar rapids then on to the crescendo beginning with Nevills rapid then builds quickly with Hance (the longest) and Sockdolager rapids. Amplified by the imposing walls of the Upper Granite Gorge the grand finale hits its high notes at Grapevine and Zoroaster rapids then the last few miles finish with a quiet serenade.

Serenity at Night

Evening in camp is a time to enjoy meals your “chefs” have prepared. You may even want to bring a collapsible fishing pole and gear to try your luck on trout or catfish. Or you can pitch in with camp chores, read, relax, bathe, visit with other trip members or take an evening stroll up a side canyon. After the sun goes down you can get acquainted and share stories before bedding down under the stars.

Your final destination point for the river portion of this trip is Phantom Ranch deep within the Canyon’s inner gorge. This is where you part company with the rafts. Lunch and water is provided before you begin the 10-mile hike out on the Bright Angel Trail to the South Rim. We do not recommend this hike unless you are in excellent physical condition and have done a lot of uphill hiking. You will ascend over 5,000 feet in elevation from river to rim and temperatures vary greatly. The hike will take 6 to 8 hours depending on the individuals ability to hike up a good but strenuous trail.

  • Lee’s Ferry to Diamond Creek
  • Motorized, oar, hybrid, paddle craft
  • Rapids Class I – X
  • Hiking excursions
  • Night camping on the banks of the Colorado River
  • Fresh foods and delicious meals
  • Phantom Ranch visit
  • 10 mile hike out
Craft No. of Days 20217 Prices starting at 2018 Prices starting at
Motorized 3 – 5 from $1,179.00 pp from $1,195.00 pp
Oar 5 – 6 from $1,984.00 pp from $1,984.00 pp
Dory 6 – 7 from $3,023.00 pp from $3,071.00 pp
Hybrid 5 – 7 from $1,820.00 pp from $1,845.00 pp
Paddle 5 – 6 from $1,870.00 pp from $1,905.00

Reserve your rafting tour by contacting our Rafting Tour Specialist.


  • Tour Times: varies
  • Tour Length: 3 to 7 days
  • Service dogs may travel with the correct and current paperwork.
  • Small oxygen tanks are permitted.