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 […]
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 […]
Riffle vs. Rapid
September 29, 2015
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 […]
Why Don’t You Provide Paper Plates at Lunchtime?
September 24, 2015
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 […]
Here’s a tip about … the tip!
September 15, 2015
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 […]
September 4, 2015
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Summertime Star Show Starts Tonight!
August 11, 2015
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 […]