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Secret Grand Canyon Packing Tips
May 25, 2015

Grand Canyon Whitewater Packing List

I’m packing for an upcoming Colorado River trip and, I gotta say, the itemized packing list we include in our trip info packets is pretty darn good. No matter how many Grand Canyon trips I’ve been on, I still give the packing list a once-over before I head to the river. There are a lot […]

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Grand Canyon’s North Rim
May 22, 2015

Grand Canyon North Rim

The North Rim of Grand Canyon is somewhat of a hidden gem. With about 1/10th of the tourists who bustle through South Rim, the North side can feel like you’ve got the place to yourself! And at about 1,000 feet higher, the North Rim boasts cooler temperatures all year round. North Rim is not open […]

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May 14, 2015

Any moon phase is an incredible moon phase in Grand Canyon.

One of my favorite parts about Grand Canyon river trips is that crazy moon — whether it’s a lack of moon or a spectacular moon rise or a blinding moon, the night sky always impresses. I think it’s fun to check out a moon calendar before my trips, to see what kind of view I […]

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My Camera Is Worth More Than My Car … What Do I Do With This Thing In The Canyon?
May 12, 2015

Photographer in the Canyon

You’ve made the investment and stepped up to buy a hefty DSLR camera, you’ve got a couple of lenses, filters and memory cards.  Now what in the heck do you do with this thing on a river trip!? It’s a common question we get from professional, semi-professional and amateur photographers before they go on their […]

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What’s the weather going to be like for my upcoming trip?
May 7, 2015

Rain and a rainbow in the Grand Canyon

“Is is going to be sunny and hot or rainy and cold?” It is a common question we get from guests a few days before their trip launches.  It is an easy question to ask but a tough one to answer. First off, the Grand Canyon is HUGE!  It could be pouring rain at Lees […]

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Spring into the Grand Canyon
May 5, 2015

Map showing the numerous springs within the Grand Canyon

One of the many interesting presentations at the recent Guide Training Seminar in Marble Canyon was one by the Spring Stewardship Institute of the Museum of Northern Arizona. Not only does the Institute provide amazing detail on the springs within the Grand Canyon, but also for springs all across the country. The idea behind the […]

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Rate Yourself as a Hiker
May 1, 2015

Rate Yourself As A Hiker

Hiking in Grand Canyon is no easy feat. Hiking from the river to the rim is an even greater challenge. It should not be taken lightly by even the most fit and experienced hikers. It is not uncommon for people to overestimate their physical fitness and ability and grossly underestimate the strenuousness of hiking river […]

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Bags and Packs and Duffels, Oh My!
April 27, 2015

backpacks and hikers in the Grand Canyon

A bit overwhelmed by our packing list and uncertain which type of bag or pack you’ll need for your Grand Canyon river trip? The type of bag you use will depend on your trip type. Here’s a little primer for you. If you’re doing one of our Upper or Lower Canyon trips — those that […]

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Don’t Bust the Crust!
April 17, 2015

Cryptobiotic Soil in Arches National Park

It’s always amazing this time of year when the desert comes alive with color and blooms. An environment so many people think of as ‘dead’ just isn’t. There are tons of plants waiting for their perfect time to bloom and when they do, it’s quite a sight – quite a contrast of color. Some of […]

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Let’s Get Social
April 16, 2015

Grand Canyon Whitewater social site

At Grand Canyon Whitewater, we have the ability to create a trip-specific social site; it gives you and fellow guests from your trip the ability to post photos and videos you might have taken while on your whitewater rafting trip.   It also allows you to stay in contact with your fellow adventurers long after […]

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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

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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