What do people bring and not need on rafting trips?
November 19, 2015
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 […]
It’s the off-season, now what?
November 4, 2015
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 […]
Hike Training Tips
October 27, 2015
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 […]
October 21, 2015
Well, it’s the end of our 2015 rafting season, and you know what we like to do when all of our trips are safely off the water: Par. Tay. We held our annual end-of-season party with our sister company, Arizona River Runners, right here in our hometown of Flagstaff this year. We rented the back […]
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 […]