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Spring into the Grand Canyon
May 5, 2015

Map showing the numerous springs within the Grand Canyon

One of the many interesting presentations at the recent Guide Training Seminar in Marble Canyon was one by the Spring Stewardship Institute of the Museum of Northern Arizona. Not only does the Institute provide amazing detail on the springs within the Grand Canyon, but also for springs all across the country. The idea behind the […]

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Rate Yourself as a Hiker
May 1, 2015

Rate Yourself As A Hiker

Hiking in Grand Canyon is no easy feat. Hiking from the river to the rim is an even greater challenge. It should not be taken lightly by even the most fit and experienced hikers. It is not uncommon for people to overestimate their physical fitness and ability and grossly underestimate the strenuousness of hiking river […]

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Bags and Packs and Duffels, Oh My!
April 27, 2015

backpacks and hikers in the Grand Canyon

A bit overwhelmed by our packing list and uncertain which type of bag or pack you’ll need for your Grand Canyon river trip? The type of bag you use will depend on your trip type. Here’s a little primer for you. If you’re doing one of our Upper or Lower Canyon trips — those that […]

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Don’t Bust the Crust!
April 17, 2015

Cryptobiotic Soil in Arches National Park

It’s always amazing this time of year when the desert comes alive with color and blooms. An environment so many people think of as ‘dead’ just isn’t. There are tons of plants waiting for their perfect time to bloom and when they do, it’s quite a sight – quite a contrast of color. Some of […]

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Let’s Get Social
April 16, 2015

Grand Canyon Whitewater social site

At Grand Canyon Whitewater, we have the ability to create a trip-specific social site; it gives you and fellow guests from your trip the ability to post photos and videos you might have taken while on your whitewater rafting trip.   It also allows you to stay in contact with your fellow adventurers long after […]

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Hiking Etiquette
April 14, 2015

Backpackers on an early-morning hike have Bright Angel Trail to themselves.

Chances are, at some point on your Grand Canyon Whitewater trip, you are going to encounter some other adventurers. If you’re hiking in or out of the canyon on one of our Upper or Lower Canyon trips, you’ll undoubtedly pass a lot of other hikers on Bright Angel Trail. And, if you’re doing one of […]

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Bright Angel Trail Conditions Update!
April 10, 2015

Bright Angel Trail Map with Pipeline Closures in 2015

This applies to GCW guests on Upper or Lower Canyon trips from April 2015 through July 2015: The National Park Service is performing maintenance work on a pipeline that supplies water to resthouses below the rim of Grand Canyon. Until the maintenance is completed, the park has shut off the water supply at most of […]

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DON’T: Be Skeptical! DO: Follow the Packing List!
April 6, 2015

We spend A LOT of time talking to people about what to pack for their Grand Canyon Whitewater raft trip. We’re happy to do it! We’ve been on lots of river trips ourselves and are very well-versed in what you’ll need (or might need) for your time on the Colorado River. If you have a […]

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We got a first timer here!
April 2, 2015

Image of a fly fishing rod, snacks and a Grand Canyon guide book

I’ve been working in the GCW office for a few months now and have been learning the ropes as I go. Thanks specifically to my amazing co-workers Lindsay and Sarah for getting me up to speed on trip logistics, FAQs, the reservation system and just about every small detail you could think of. I’m going […]

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We’re Ready for the 2015 Season! Are You?
March 27, 2015


We are gearing up for the 2015 rafting season and hope you are too! This week, our operations team held a training session at our warehouse, and a couple of us from the office were lucky enough to observe the goings-on. This gave us an opportunity to see how our guides are running things down […]

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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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