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What are you sleeping on?

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

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

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!

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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It’s the off-season, now what?

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

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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