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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.

CHOOSE FROM ANY OF OUR 7 GRAND CANYON RAFTING TRIPS

Experience The Thrill With GCW

Read Guest Reviews

Westward ho boy!

One of GCW’s guests memoirs of a river trip was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, it’s a great read! Westward ho boy! A couple of Eastern city slickers get their raft and tent on at the Grand Canyon, rapidly crafting camaraderie. By Phil Goldsmith, For The Inquirer POSTED: July 07, 2014 When our friends Iris […]

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Beyond Wonderful

Part of our daily commitment is to protect and conserve the resources; was that concern evident and did you feel we educated others to do the same?: Absolutely!  The guides did a great job of impressing upon us the importance of conservation on both large and small scale.  They were inspiring, not judgmental. Were the […]

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‘A complete experience you will never forget!’

Why did you pick our company?:  Our group of six checked various websites, and talked to friends who had done similar trips.  None of our friends had traveled with GCW, but the companies they used were either no longer in business or provided little information on their website.  The GCW website provided us with a […]

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Whitewater Trip is Most Exhilarating Adventure for this Fancy Gal!

“As a girl who enjoys the finer things in life, like showers, toilets, blow dryers, makeup and heels I didn’t know how it was all going to go. It was the most exciting and exhilarating adventure. I always felt safe in the capable hands of our guides. If you are considering this trip, go with […]

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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 http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/river-concessioners.htm. I knew I wanted to travel in late September. I knew I wanted to take an oar trip – not a […]

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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.

© Grand Canyon Whitewater – PO Box 2848 – Flagstaff, Arizona 86003