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Charging Your Camera on a Grand Canyon River Trip
January 20, 2016

Check out that little bad boy -- outlets for everything!

By now, if you’re booked on one of our Grand Canyon trips, you’ve probably heard that we provide a camera charger on the river. What in the what? How the heck do we charge cameras, when everyone knows there aren’t any electrical outlets in the primitive Grand Canyon campsites? Well, get this. We’ve got these […]

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What are you sleeping on?
January 15, 2016

Paco Pads, sleeping bags and a tarp

One of the more common questions we get is about sleeping arrangements on Grand Canyon river trips.  This can be broken down pretty easily and it comes down to motorized trips vs. oar-powered trips. On the motorized trips, we issue each guest an above-ground sleeping cot.  These are very comfortable (no bars going down the […]

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Zion National Park
January 8, 2016

Zion view from Angel's Landing

While we think a Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trip is the ultimate adventure experience, if you’ve got the time and are already in the area…. why not see some of the other world-class national parks nearby? If you’ve got a car, there are several pretty incredible national parks and scenic views in the “Grand Circle,” […]

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December 30, 2015

Guide Jeff P. sports a thin hoodie in the Canyon

If you spend enough time in the Canyon you’ll start to see a trend with the guides; they love to wear hoodies.  And if the true River Rats are doing it, maybe you should too!  The Canyon is a place where having the right clothing can separate the rookies from the veterans. Generally we’re not […]

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No Food, No Fuel, No Fun! Stock up on Trail Snacks!
December 22, 2015

Hikers in Grand Canyon

For in-bound hikers (Lower Canyon passengers), you’ll want to think ahead of time about fueling your body for the hike. For the hike in, you are responsible for providing your own breakfast and food for the trail. GCW will provide lunch when you get down to the river, but you want to make sure you […]

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Thank you, SLC, a great time was had by all!
December 17, 2015

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As we sat in the bar near the check-in desk at the Marriott in downtown Salt Lake City, we laughed about how we could easily pick out which guests were in town for the America Outdoors Conference (AO). Tie? Nope. Briefcase? Probably no. Suit? Definitely not. Chaco flip-flops (in December) and sunglasses hanging around their […]

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The Time to Start Training is … NOW!
December 3, 2015

Not all the daily side hikes are this scrambly, but a good handful of them are!

There’s a common refrain here in the GCW office:  You will enjoy your Grand Canyon rafting trip more if you are in good physical shape and have prepared by exercising and hiking. Does that mean you have to be super fit to do any/all of our rafting trips? Nope. But it does mean you will […]

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What do people bring and not need on rafting trips?
November 19, 2015

Bag line in the Canyon

The biggest culprit for unneeded things in the Canyon is clothes.  A lot of people will pack for a whitewater rafting vacation much like they would for their holiday in Hawaii or Florida, one outfit per day (and maybe more).  The Grand Canyon is a great place to change that mindset and simplify. I’ve found […]

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It’s the off-season, now what?
November 4, 2015

Warehouse Work

The rafting season is officially over and one might be wondering… what does Grand Canyon Whitewater do in the off-season anyway? Well, you might be surprised but the the answer is A LOT! Our rafting operation has two big sections, the warehouse and the office. The main focus for the warehouse in the off-season is […]

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Hike Training Tips
October 27, 2015

150514 8DLO Kit Mitsuoka birght angel hike in devils corkscrew

Folks booked on one of our mandatory-hike trips (the Upper and Lower canyon trips, all of which require either a very challenging hike out of Grand Canyon or a very strenuous hike into Grand Canyon) often want to know, specifically, what they should do to train for the hike.  I’ll preface this by saying I […]

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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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