Rafting the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River is rated as the top adventure tour in America. Your excursion begins with a scenic drive from Las Vegas with the first stop at Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. We will continue on towards Kingman, Arizona to historic Route 66 then on to the homeland of the Hualapai Nation. Meet your expert Hualapai Indian River Runner guide and board your 8-person motorized raft. Experience the thrill and fun of several class 3 to 6 rapids, a nature hike with a refreshing lunch is served as you witness the unfolding drama of the canyon’s landscape.
Rafting the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River is rated as one of the top adventure tour in America. Your excursion begins when you meet your expert Hualapai Indian River Runner guide and board an 8-person motorized raft. Experience the thrill and fun of several class 3 and 4 rapids, a nature hike with a refreshing lunch is served as you witness the unfolding drama of the canyon’s landscape.
Some days will be spent mostly on the boat as you run the river’s booming rapids. Other days you will take off-river hiking excursions. There are side canyons with waterfalls and natural swimming pools where tropical monkey flowers grow within six feet of desert cactus. Some hikes lead to high plateaus where you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the Grand Canyon. Other trails lead to abandoned mines or ancient Native American ruins. Each day will be full and varied.
The Colorado River through the Grand Canyon offers some of the biggest white-water in North America and this tour includes all the best. You will begin with medium sized rapids called Badger, House Rock and Unkar. Nevills rapid then builds quickly with Hance. (Hance has the largest vertical drop, 30 feet, of any rapid in the canyon.) Immediately after Hance you enter the Inner Gorge, Hermit and Crystal are the stars of this group. Downstream, basalt outcrops alert you to your proximity to Lava Falls and soon you will hear the thunder reverberating from the canyon walls. Passage here demands a good long look before dropping into one of the biggest of the “Big Ones.”
After a day of exploring and boating, you will pull into camp on a sandy beach and eat a delicious dinner. Your guides do all the cooking and your guaranteed not to be disappointed in the meals. You can read, relax or take an evening stroll up a side canyon. As the sun begins to sink the stars begin to glisten. The day adventure is shared. The universe’s quiet serenity is spread out above your bedroll as the heaven’s magnificence envelops your soul. This first class adventure is not soon forgotten. You will be awestruck by the beauty of this powerful place and leave recharged!
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.
Late afternoon finds you at camp for the evening. As your crew sets up the kitchen everyone finds their ideal camp spot. Later while you relax with a cool drink and Hors d’ Oeuvres their will be a chance to get better acquainted with your fellow river passengers as dinner sizzles on the grill or camp stove. After dinner watch the setting sun and listen to the quiet canyon as you settle into your sleeping bag. Tomorrow brings another new adventure on the Colorado river.
plus…30 more miles on your expedition that terminates at Diamond Creek. You will ascend in a breathtaking helicopter ride to the canyon rim.
Begin your day with a hike down the beautiful Bright Angel Trail from the Grand Canyon South Rim to Phantom Ranch. Here you will be served lunch at the river’s edge. (We do not recommend the hike down to Phantom Ranch unless you are in excellent physical condition and have done a lot of hiking.) The raft trip starts with a whirlwind of rapids. The first section begins in the heart of the ancient rock in the Upper Granite Gorge. You will plunge through the colossal waves at Horn Creek, Granite, Hermit, Crystal and Upset.
Breakfast gets you prepared for the excitement ahead. Helicopters will whisk you down to the river giving you a breathtaking glimpse of the canyon. Then you will find your self rafting through high canyon walls, lava flows and medium sized rapids. After a full day it is show time followed by socializing and soon thereafter blissful slumber under the stars. Rise and shine to a hot breakfast, fresh fruit and juices. Then it is on the river again for more rapids and beautiful scenery.
While rapids are what lure many people to the river, it is only part of the story. This part of the canyon is crisscrossed with hundreds side canyons each with its own personality and attraction. While it would be impossible to explore each and every one in a lifetime, you will be able to visit some of the most outstanding little corners on earth. Typical stops include the fern covered Elves Chasm and hiking above Deer Creek Falls and winding your way up Matkatamiba. Conditions permitting you might even swim the turquoise pools at Havasu Creek and hike the talus to where Thunder River gushes form a rock wall several miles from and a thousand feet above the Colorado River.