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That Brutal Arizona Sunshine
June 30, 2015

Zinc oxide in fun colors? Long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats? Good call, ladies. Good call.

“Why do you recommend long-sleeved shirts in the summertime?” “Or long pants?” “Socks, under my river sandals? Really?” “Why can’t I just wear my baseball hat on the river?” We’re not playing a cruel joke on you, we swear. We recommend all these things — long-sleeved shirts and pants, socks, and hats with a wide […]

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A Guide to GCW Day Hikes
June 23, 2015

A hike with a vertical elevation gain might involve switchbacks or some relatively short, steep climbs.

You probably know all of our Grand Canyon rafting trips include daily side hikes to some pretty incredible places that can only be accessed from the river. What you probably don’t know is how long and how challenging those hikes might be. But that’s OK, because we don’t know either. That’s because every Colorado River […]

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Fishing in the Canyon
June 18, 2015

Photo montage of people fishing in the Grand Canyon

Whether you are an amateur or avid fisherman, casting a line out into the mighty Colorado  is quite the fun and enjoyable activity on a river trip.  Here are a few tips and ideas about fishing in the Grand Canyon. -The most important thing is to get a fishing license.  This can be easily purchased online through […]

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Mountain Dew addiction? Bring your own supply!
June 11, 2015

Grand Canyon Whitewater's Food Room

Grand Canyon Whitewater provides a good amount of different types of regular and diet soda on the river. Clean drinking water, Gatorade (or similar) powder and lemonade powder are also available all day, every day for rafters. We think we’ve got you covered! However, if there is a certain brand of soda that you cannot […]

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How Will Drought Affect My Raft Trip?
June 5, 2015

Glen Canyon Dam

Good news: droughts in the Southwest, or lack of a good Spring runoff, won’t affect your Grand Canyon raft trip at all. This is because every last drop of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon is strictly regulated. Glen Canyon Dam, just above Grand Canyon National Park boundaries, controls release of the flow coming out […]

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What should you expect on a Grand Canyon raft trip? The unexpected.
June 1, 2015

Rainy Day in Grand Canyon

This 2015 rafting season marks my fifth year with Grand Canyon Whitewater; I go on at least two river trips every season, I read all the feedback forms our guests submit and I read all the trip logs our guides complete. I also camp and hike in the canyon throughout the year, including in the […]

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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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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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