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Grand Canyon Sunsets (and Rises!)
September 15, 2014

Aug 7, 2013 scenery, night, rainbow, canyon

Sunsets and rises in Grand Canyon are hard to beat. Sunsets and rises in Arizona in general are incredible, but add one of the Wonders of the World to the mix and you’ve got a masterpiece. Many people ask us about ‘being bored’ on a river trip… or what there is to do in camp. […]

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6 Tips for Sound Sleeping in Grand Canyon
September 3, 2014

Sleeping in Grand Canyon

Let me start with a disclaimer: I have a difficult time falling asleep in even the most ideal of conditions, let alone in the great outdoors. My body temp tends to run fairly hot, so if it’s even remotely warm, I turn into a sweaty, uncomfortable mess. Needless to say, I was concerned going into […]

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A rare and rewarding journey with remarkable (and rowdy) rowers and riders!
August 30, 2014

Grand Canyon Whitewater boatman, Brock, launches with full raft from Lees Ferry.

“I thought the crew‘s group dynamic was exceptional.  Brock seemed to be well respected as a boatman and as a leader,  The other boatmen all commented on how much they liked his style of leadership.  If any of his “judgement calls” were ever questioned, we were not aware of it, and it was clear that […]

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Great Bucket List Item!
August 21, 2014

Grand Canyon Whitewater guides, Julie and Joe.

Feedback from Tim from Yuma, AZ     Age 49 Passenger on a 4-day Upper Canyon trip in May 2014 Was your reservation agent courteous and informative?: Yes Was there any additional info you wish you had known before your trip? (transportation, packing, on-river): I would probably pack a pair of flip flops for the […]

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One of the BEST Trips of My Life, Again!
August 18, 2014

Grand Canyon Whitewater guests explore Red Wall Cavern

Lots of people, when they call the GCW office, ask if we (the reservations folks) have ever done a Grand Canyon raft trip before. Why, YES, it’s just about the best job perk I could imagine! We call it ‘office research’ … and head out on a Grand Canyon river trip each year. I just […]

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Nearly 1/2 Million folks in China are about to be introduced to Grand Canyon Whitewater!
August 13, 2014

China's Outdoor Exploration Publication featuring Grand Canyon Whitewater

Grand Canyon Whitewater was recently featured in the July 2014 edition of China’s “Outdoor Exploration” magazine. With a circulation of about half a million, we’re pretty stoked! The author, Ms. Chen Xia was on a oar-powered trip with GCW in May of this year and apparently… she LOVED it! We still haven’t gotten the full […]

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The River by Garth Brooks
August 11, 2014

Garth Brooks quote and Grand Canyon Backdrop

If you haven’t heard this song, I would recommend listening pre- AND post-river trip! The River by Garth Brooks You know a dream is like a river Ever changin’ as it flows And a dreamer’s just a vessel That must follow where it goes Trying to learn from what’s behind you And never knowing what’s […]

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GCW Guide Traditions: Post-Trip Sushi!
August 7, 2014

Grand Canyon Whitewater guides prepare lunch for hungry rafters.

Passengers always exclaim how tired they are after participating in a week long rafting trip. They’re ecstatic, mesmerized, still in-awe of the adventure… but also ready for a nice, relaxing bath and maybe a long nap! (For a great post-trip excerpt from a guest, read Back To Civilization.) You can just imagine how the guides, […]

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Stay In Touch After Your River Trip
August 5, 2014

Capture

Have we told you about our photo sharing site? No? Well here’s how it works: After you get home from your Grand Canyon adventure, we’ll send you an email. The email will invite you to do a few things, like complete a feedback form for us, and maybe review your experience on TripAdvisor, and also […]

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Nature Vs. Nintendo – Nature Deficit Disorder
July 25, 2014

From Richard Louv's book, "Last Child in the Woods."

In the introduction to his award winning book, “Last Child in the Woods,” author Richard Louv remembers the day when his son asked him, “Dad, why was it more fun when you were a kid?” Now I think it is fair to say that most of our parents tend to romanticize parts of their childhood […]

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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.

CHOOSE FROM ANY OF OUR 7 GRAND CANYON RAFTING TRIPS

Experience the thrill with gcw

Read Guest Reviews

A rare and rewarding journey with remarkable (and rowdy) rowers and riders!

“I thought the crew‘s group dynamic was exceptional.  Brock seemed to be well respected as a boatman and as a leader,  The other boatmen all commented on how much they liked his style of leadership.  If any of his “judgement calls” were ever questioned, we were not aware of it, and it was clear that […]

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Great Bucket List Item!

Feedback from Tim from Yuma, AZ     Age 49 Passenger on a 4-day Upper Canyon trip in May 2014 Was your reservation agent courteous and informative?: Yes Was there any additional info you wish you had known before your trip? (transportation, packing, on-river): I would probably pack a pair of flip flops for the […]

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Boatmen Shenanigans

Dwight, a passenger on a 6-day Upper Canyon Oar Trip in July 2014, sent us this short story of a fun afternoon on the river… “It was a quite cove.  The boatmen and passengers had finished lunch.  While children played in the water, trying to catch fish barehanded, the rest of the passengers watched from […]

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Beautiful

Feedback from Gay from Prescott, AZ     Age 65 Passenger on a 5-day Lower Canyon Raft Trip in May 2014 Why did you pick our company?:  The right length of trip which included hiking Was your reservation agent courteous and informative?: Absolutely Was there any additional info you wish you had known before your […]

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Can I Do It Again? Not Just an Item to Cross Off the Bucket List.

Feedback from Kathryn     Boise, ID     Age 53 Passenger on a 7-day Motorized Raft Trip in May 2014 Were the river guides friendly, helpful and concerned about your needs?: Can’t say enough positive yes to this Were the river guides knowledgeable and willing to share their knowledge about the canyon?: Yes. Lots […]

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