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What Does GCW Provide on the River?
October 6, 2015

We send our detailed packing list to guests when they make their rafting reservation and, truthfully, it’s a good list. If you stick to it, we think you should be pretty well prepared for your Grand Canyon river trip. If you don’t see something on the packing list, it means either: A. You probably don’t […]

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Hiking Boots? River Sandals? Old Sneakers? What Do I REALLY Want on My Trip??
September 30, 2015

Check out that assortment of river-appropriate footwear! Yeah!

Footwear got you flustered? You’re not alone; lots of folks agonize over the appropriate shoes to bring on their Grand Canyon Whitewater rafting trip. So we’ve got a few simple guidelines and tips for you! First and foremost: Wear comfortable, well-broken-in shoes on your river trip. Do NOT buy a brand new pair of fancy […]

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Riffle vs. Rapid
September 29, 2015

A GCW boat going through the Lava Falls rapid.

When you’re down in the Canyon you’ll most likely hear the guides talking about two types of whitewater: riffles and rapids.  Here is a little explanation of both so you’ll look like a pro when you’re on the mighty Colorado River. A riffle, just like it sounds, is a small bit of turbulence in the […]

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Why Don’t You Provide Paper Plates at Lunchtime?
September 24, 2015

You'll be alright with just your hands for plates, we promise.

I’ll start out by saying this blog could also be titled “Minimizing Our Environmental Impact” or “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: A GCW Way of Life.” Do we understand it’s hard to juggle a handful of potato chips, a can of soda, and a pita stuffed with chicken and veggies and guacamole and sour cream and […]

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Here’s a tip about … the tip!
September 15, 2015

GCW guide Trevor is up early cooking french toast for the guests.

Tipping river guides is ALWAYS appreciated. Undoubtedly after 4, 7, 11 or even 15 days of watching your trusty river guides lift, cook, push, clean, steer and protect you through your trip in the Canyon, you’ll be more than happy to give them gratuity for their work. It’s a very easy process and here it […]

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Beach Camping!
September 4, 2015

Beach camping with tents

Some GCW guests have never camped before going on their first trip and have questions about how that whole thing works.  Even those who are experienced campers often are surprised to learn camping on a Grand Canyon river trip is beach camping. Here’s a little more info on camping with sand beneath your feet. The […]

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Grand Canyon= Best (yet most unlikely) Costume Party Venue
August 25, 2015


Veteran river rats know never to leave home for a river trip without a wig. Or something of that nature — an evening gown, crazy tights, a rubber chicken hat, a toga, you name it. A river trip is the ultimate, yet most unlikely, venue for a costume party. We’ve had some laughs over the […]

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Grand Canyon Whitewater Aircraft

Twin Otter, Grand Canyon Airlines

All of Grand Canyon Whitewater’s 7-day Full Canyon trips include a helicopter and fixed-wing flight. You may even get two flights if you choose to start in Las Vegas and be flown to the starting point at Marble Canyon. Grand Canyon Whitewater (GCW) works with one company, Bar 10 Ranch, who organizes flights for us […]

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Boatman’s Quarterly Review: Interviews with Legendary Boatmen in Grand Canyon
August 21, 2015

Jon Stoner, Boatman's Quarterly Review

There are several publications that people of the river community read religiously. One of those is the BQR (aka Boatman’s Quarterly Review) published by GCRG (aka Grand Canyon River Guides). We know, lots of acronyms – but it makes life simple. One of my favorite pieces of the BQR is the guide spotlight. Each edition […]

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Summertime Star Show Starts Tonight!
August 11, 2015

A clear night-sky view in Grand Canyon is an amazing thing.

If you’re an avid stargazer, you probably already know what tonight, Aug. 11, is. Yep, you got it — it’s the first night of the annual Perseids meteor shower, one of the biggest meteor showers of the year. Visibility for the summertime star show should be exceptional in 2015, with this week’s waning moon. Astronomers […]

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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.


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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