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About Grand Canyon Whitewater

The team behind Grand Canyon Whitewater has been part of the Grand Canyon rafting community since the 1970s. Through countless hours spent guiding and rafting the Colorado River, this team has grown to be an innovative, dynamic and well-respected Grand Canyon rafting outfitter.

Bruce Winter 1973, Grand Canyon Whitewater and Arizona River Runners

Bruce Winter 1973

Bil Gloeckler 1973, Grand Canyon Whitewater and Arizona River Runners

Bill Gloeckler, 1972

A chance meeting in Europe and a love of the Grand Canyon brought Bill G and Bruce together in the 1970s to work as guides on the mighty Colorado River through Grand Canyon.  Later, these two river rats had the opportunity to buy an established rafting company. With one rafting company operating smoothly, Bill and Bruce expanded their presence in Grand Canyon and teamed up with Scott Seyler, to become the owners of Grand Canyon Whitewater.

Grand Canyon Whitewater’s Mission to “provide countless others with the opportunity to experience the awesome nature of the spectacular Grand Canyon by rafting the Colorado River” is demonstrated by all Grand Canyon Whitewater guides and staff. Behind the scenes, Bill S and Ashley, manage operations to ensure that each river trip is well-equipped for an incredible journey through Grand Canyon while the reservations team tends to passengers and transportation details.

Bruce, Bill, Scott of Grand Canyon Whitewater

Bruce, Bill, Scott, 2014

Colorado River rafting through the Grand Canyon gives both guides and customers a chance to experience the true spirit of the Canyon, gain a new perspective on life, and connect with many other like-minded people who appreciate this unique outdoor environment. Spending time in the Canyon gives individuals the chance to be kids again, to laugh and appreciate the small things in life, in a very Grand place.

We would love the opportunity to introduce you to the Grand Canyon’s hidden beauty, accessible only by rafting the Colorado River. Call us at 800.343.3121 to book your trip-of-a-lifetime.

Why raft with grand canyon whitewater

6 Reasons to Raft with Grand Canyon Whitewater

1.  Rejuvenate, Play like a kid!

You deserve a vacation. Rafting with GCW will combine excitement with serenity in one of the most peaceful and gorgeous places on Earth.

2.  Experience? We got it!

GCW brings one of the most experienced groups of owners and guides in the Grand Canyon.

3.  We are the Host with the Most!

GCW river guides are a wealth of information not limited to river history, geology, archaeology, wildlife and savory Dutch-oven cooking!

4.  You are in Good Hands.

Our staff knows the fine line between keeping you safe and showing you the Canyon up close and personal.

5.  Re-Connect.

In an increasingly electronic and nature-deficient society, it is a great way to take a few days to reconnect with nature and have some good ol’ fashioned fun with great folks.

6.  Oh, So Many Trips to Choose from!

GCW offers both motorized and oar-powered rafting trips ranging from 4 to 13 days.


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Read Guest Reviews

This Trip was Perfection

Feedback from Anne Eychaner Passenger on a 13-day Full Canyon Oar Trip in September 2014 Why did you pick our company? I browsed thru all the companies listed by the park service at I knew I wanted to travel in late September. I knew I wanted to take an oar trip – not a […]

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A rare and rewarding journey with remarkable (and rowdy) rowers and riders!

“I thought the crew‘s group dynamic was exceptional.  Brock seemed to be well respected as a boatman and as a leader,  The other boatmen all commented on how much they liked his style of leadership.  If any of his “judgement calls” were ever questioned, we were not aware of it, and it was clear that […]

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Great Bucket List Item!

Feedback from Tim from Yuma, AZ     Age 49 Passenger on a 4-day Upper Canyon trip in May 2014 Was your reservation agent courteous and informative?: Yes Was there any additional info you wish you had known before your trip? (transportation, packing, on-river): I would probably pack a pair of flip flops for the […]

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Boatmen Shenanigans

Dwight, a passenger on a 6-day Upper Canyon Oar Trip in July 2014, sent us this short story of a fun afternoon on the river… “It was a quite cove.  The boatmen and passengers had finished lunch.  While children played in the water, trying to catch fish barehanded, the rest of the passengers watched from […]

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Feedback from Gay from Prescott, AZ     Age 65 Passenger on a 5-day Lower Canyon Raft Trip in May 2014 Why did you pick our company?:  The right length of trip which included hiking Was your reservation agent courteous and informative?: Absolutely Was there any additional info you wish you had known before your […]

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This service is operated by Grand Canyon Whitewater, LLC., a Concessioner under contract with the U.S. Government and administered by the National Park Service.

The Concessioner is responsible for conducting these operations in a satisfactory manner. Prices are approved by the National Park Service.

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