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Las Vegas, NV
February 27, 2015

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas. The city of lights, extravagance, artificiality and … the start of many Grand Canyon river trips! It is an interesting dichotomy between the natural splendor of Grand Canyon and the flashy metropolis of Sin City. However, for many people, starting and ending a river trip in Las Vegas provides an added bonus.The pick-up […]

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New GCW Online Shop
February 25, 2015

Image of various items in GCW online shop

We know you’ve been jealous of the awesome Grand Canyon Whitewater gear our guides wear down in the canyon. Now it’s your chance to pick some up. We’re proud to announce that we now have an online store where you can purchase hats, books, stickers and, of course, T-shirts. We’ve got a great selection of […]

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Good Reads for Grand Canyon
February 17, 2015


Looking for a fun, educational book to read before your Grand Canyon Whitewater river trip? Well you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Grand Canyon stories. You should be able to find these books online, if not in your local bookstore. Sunk Without A Sound, by […]

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New Oar Fleet for 2015!
February 10, 2015

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Whoa. We have some really exciting news. Get ready for this: We just purchased a brand new fleet of oar rafts, and we’ll be acquainting them with the Mighty Colorado this season. These new boats are sleek, self-bailing, and made specially for us by the whitewater experts at NRS. You can’t find these custom-made bad […]

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Never-Ending Summer for 3 GCW Guides!
February 5, 2015

Grand Canyon Whitewater guides, Ted, Dave and Grant kayaking in Ecuador

They just can’t get enough whitewater. GCW river  guides, Ted, Dave and Grant, headed south after river season, chasing an eternal summer- and succeeding! They found a kayaker’s paradise near Baeza, Ecuador and it doesn’t look like they’ll come back much earlier than river season here in Grand Canyon! The warm rainy season makes for […]

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What About Nut Allergies on a GCW Raft Trip?
January 23, 2015

Deli-style lunch is served on a Grand Canyon rafting trip.

GCW recognizes that some passengers are allergic to peanuts and other nuts. We do serve nuts and nut products, and there may be trace elements of unspecified nut ingredients, including peanut oils, in meals and snacks. We do not have in place procedures that allow crews to not serve these foods upon request of a customer. […]

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Grand Canyon Whitewater Bio: Dean Knuth
January 22, 2015

Photo of Dean Knuth, Jill Knuth and Otto Knuth

I am so excited to introduce myself!  My name is Dean Knuth and I am the newest member of Grand Canyon Whitewater.  My wife, son and I are new transplants to the Flagstaff area as we just moved from Tucson, Arizona.  We are still getting used to the snow and the cold but actually loving […]

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Farewell GCW – Evan Zachmann
January 15, 2015

Picture taken from my last river trip in July 2014

Almost exactly a year ago, I packed all of my material possessions into my Chevy hatchback and started driving West. Two days later, I pulled into Flagstaff with no real plan, not knowing what the next year had in store for me. Right off the bat, I fell in love with the landscape of Northern […]

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Westward ho boy!

Phil splashing in a waterfall in Grand Canyon.

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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Flagstaff Nordic Center
January 13, 2015

BackCountry Yurt in Winter, Flagstaff Nordic Center

The Flagstaff Nordic Center, located just north of Flagstaff on Hwy 180, is a fun place to get into all kinds of activities. In the summer, there are lots of camping options. You can rent a small or large yurt to hike out to, and bring the dogs and kids for a fun adventure.  Or […]

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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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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 I knew I wanted to travel in late September. I knew I wanted to take an oar trip – not a […]

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