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Environmental Stewardship

Align with National Park Service Goals

The National Park Service at Grand Canyon National Park has a worthy mission to:

  • Preserve and protect Grand Canyon’s unique geologic, paleontologic, and other natural and cultural features for the benefit and enjoyment of the visiting public

Grand Canyon Whitewater aims to align with the NPS goal in every aspect of our business, from the office to the operations warehouse to the River environment.  The Grand Canyon Whitewater office is nearly a paperless environment. With the switch to emailed information and correspondence with passengers, we have decreased paper waste substantially.

Grand Canyon Fund

The Grand Canyon Fund is a non-profit enterprise managed by a group of licensed river outfitters in Grand Canyon National Park, including Grand Canyon Whitewater. Nearly 80% of all commercial river passengers donate to the Grand Canyon Fund in the amount of a dollar per river trip day.

The donations from each river outfitter are pooled and distributed 100% to non-profit groups working towards conservation and providing access to outdoor experiences for those with physical and socioeconomic challenges.

Protect and Conserve

“Part of our daily commitment is to protect and conserve the resources.  Was that concern evident/did you feel we educated others to do the same?”Grand Canyon Whitewater rafting guests have lunch on sandy beach.

Below are several typical answers to this question answered by passengers on Grand Canyon Whitewater’s post-trip evaluation.

Absolutely, I was very pleased to see the boatmen’s attitudes about leaving nothing but footprints, excellent job. The day we got home we went to the store to get prints of our pictures. As we were walking in there was an empty water bottle thrown in the shrubs. My sister and I both reached for it at the same time! We laughed and quoted Troy, “If it doesn’t belong there, pick it up.”
Anita Smyth; Oak Harbor, WA
“The guides are to be commended for their emphasis on safety and preservation of the river environment, daily exhorting us to keep everything clean and pristine for those to come after us.”
Bill Haskamp; Rosemount, MN
“Strictly observed. Inspired me to carry more environmental practice at home.”
Mary Ann Olson; Capistrano Beach, California

Environmental Partners

Grand Canyon Whitewater is proud to be a partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

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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

We Need Your Help! What Would You Like To See Before Your Trip?

I took my first river trip in the Canyon in 2012. With some very basic camera equipment in hand, I was charged by Grand Canyon Whitewater (GCW) to capture footage and create a promotional video that could be used on their website. The outcome was the video below. Two years later, I found my way […]

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Rafting the Colorado River in its Natural State

Many of our guests want to know when the “best” time is to raft Grand Canyon. Our answer is always the same: It depends on what you’re looking for. Do you want to go on a family trip that likely will have other children and teens on it? Do you want to go when the […]

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GCW goes to the GTS

Guess who just got back from a super fun Guides Training Seminar! We did!! Our friends at Hatch River Expeditions host the GTS every year in beautiful Marble Canyon, Ariz. The GTS includes both a 2-day land session (which is open to the public and to office-type folks like Evan and me) and a river […]

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Monsoons demystified and their effect on Rafting Trips

Monsoon season in Arizona is a phenomenon to behold. Monsoons are the storms (or storm season) created by a seasonal wind shift and the resulting precipitation. To Arizonans, the monsoon season is a period between about mid-July to mid-August where we encounter spectacular rainstorms with lots of electrical activity. Given we don’t see rain or storms […]

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Take the Grand Canyon Challenge.

When was the last time that you were pushed to do something challenging?  Maybe something a bit out of your comfort zone….but you pushed through, got it done and were rewarded by a feeling of accomplishment.   It’s a great feeling.  One that you have to work for. Going on a raft trip in the Grand Canyon […]

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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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