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Grand Canyon Whitewater Aircraft
August 25, 2015

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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Camp Games and Other Adventures
August 6, 2015

Tug of war? On a Grand Canyon river trip? Who ever heard of such a thing!

If you’re one of those folks who just can’t sit still on your vacation, and you’re wondering what on earth you’re going to do with yourself in camp, we have some ideas for you! First, remember you sometimes can take yourself for what we call a self-guided hike from camp. This just means you let […]

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Getting to South Rim: Transportation Options
July 23, 2015

Map of Grand Canyon Village and surrounding area

When you think of visiting Grand Canyon, the South Rim is most likely the picture that comes to your mind: standing on the edge of the vast Canyon overlooking what seems like an eternity of ancient rock carved by the incredible force of water. If you’re just visiting Grand Canyon for a day, this is where […]

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There’s This River… Grand Canyon Boatman Stories
July 14, 2015

There's This River book, Grand Canyon Boatman Stories

There are a lot of great reads relating to Grand Canyon raft trips. One of our boatmen’s faves is “There’s This River,” a collection of Grand Canyon boatman stories edited by Christa Sadler. Many Grand Canyon Whitewater boatmen like to read some of these short stories while on-river. There are funny stories of river passengers and guides, […]

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Remember, it’s an ADVENTURE!
July 9, 2015

Grand Canyon Whitewater guide in rain gear

While we like to think we’ve got this whole Grand Canyon rafting thing dialed…. there are always reasons we have to deviate from Plan A, with weather being one of the most common. For example, June is typically a fairly dry and warm month to raft in Grand Canyon. In the 2015 season, however, late […]

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What to Wear on the River
July 6, 2015

Running shorts and yoga shirts? You bet!

You don’t have to get too fancy for your upcoming Grand Canyon Whitewater river trip. Of course, if you want to buy a bunch of new technical gear — rash-guard water shirts or convertible hiking pants — go for it. We think those things, and especially clothes with UPF sun protection, are pretty darn neat […]

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That Brutal Arizona Sunshine
June 30, 2015

Zinc oxide in fun colors? Long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats? Good call, ladies. Good call.

“Why do you recommend long-sleeved shirts in the summertime?” “Or long pants?” “Socks, under my river sandals? Really?” “Why can’t I just wear my baseball hat on the river?” We’re not playing a cruel joke on you, we swear. We recommend all these things — long-sleeved shirts and pants, socks, and hats with a wide […]

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A Guide to GCW Day Hikes
June 23, 2015

A hike with a vertical elevation gain might involve switchbacks or some relatively short, steep climbs.

You probably know all of our Grand Canyon rafting trips include daily side hikes to some pretty incredible places that can only be accessed from the river. What you probably don’t know is how long and how challenging those hikes might be. But that’s OK, because we don’t know either. That’s because every Colorado River […]

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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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