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Bar 10 Ranch: More than Flush Toilets!
November 21, 2014

Bar 10 Ranch

The Bar 10 Ranch & Guest Lodge is mostly known to Grand Canyon Whitewater rafters as the place with the first flush toilet and warm shower after a week roughing it on the Colorado River. But it is so much more than that… The Bar 10 Ranch is chock-full of history. Tony Heaton and his […]

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Guide Certifications: Wilderness First Responder
November 17, 2014

WFR Scenario

Each Grand Canyon Whitewater guide has to have certain certifications and licenses to work as a raft guide. One of those certifications is the Wilderness First Responder or WFR (pronounced ‘woofer’). The WFR is a wilderness medicine course designed to provide participants with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. […]

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Bar 10 End-Of-Season Bash for GCW/ARR!
November 6, 2014

Bar 10 and Grand Canyon Whitewater crew at Engagement Point.

A group of us from Grand Canyon Whitewater and our sister company, Arizona River Runners, recently was able to attend our season finale party at the Bar 10 Ranch and Guest Lodge on the Arizona Strip.  Many of you river rats are familiar with the Bar 10; it offers the first flushing toilet and warm showers after […]

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Whitewater Trip is Most Exhilarating Adventure for this Fancy Gal!
November 4, 2014

Grand Canyon Whitewater Guides

“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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2014 Season’s A Wrap!
October 22, 2014

click on the photo to enter!

Boy have we got a treat for you! We are holding a photo contest for our past guests. Upload as many photos as you like from your river trip — make sure you vote for your favorite photos, while you’re in there — and the winner in each photo category (Scenery, Camp Life, River Guides […]

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This Trip was Perfection
October 7, 2014

Anne at the beginning of her 13-day oar trip!

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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The Beds Were Hard as Rocks. (And We LOVED Them!)
October 1, 2014

Grand Canyon guide relaxing on a rock.

Evan recently wrote a blog about how to sleep well on your Grand Canyon rafting trip. Definitely good info, but from what we’ve seen you’ll be so exhausted from your exhilarating, adventurous day that you may not have any trouble sleeping, ANYWHERE! Take a look at these Grand Canyon nooks that people have found to […]

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The Truth About Arizona: Stereotypes, Misconceptions And The Like …
September 23, 2014

Havasu Falls

If you would have asked me three years ago what I thought about Arizona, I would have mumbled some nonsense about senior citizens, golf courses, and intolerable heat. Before moving here, I was very much a propagator of negative Arizona stereotypes, and would have laughed at the idea of living here. Fortunately for me, two […]

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Wupatki and Sunset Crater from Flagstaff, AZ
September 18, 2014

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

It’s likely you’ll find yourself in Flagstaff, AZ before or after your Grand Canyon Whitewater rafting trip. If you have a few extra hours or days to spare, we’ve got a great idea for you to enjoy and explore a little of the surrounding area. Wupatki National Monument has a pretty impressive display of ancient […]

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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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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

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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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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