River Trip Reviews | Grand Canyon Whitewater
Grand Canyon Whitewater
"We were waiting to set up for the night -- for the HOT sun to cool off and we huddled under 2 umbrellas provided -- sitting in the water ... laughing, sharing, talking and simply having the best time of the hottest moment. Great camaraderie!!!!!!!!! I picked Grand Canyon Whitewater after speaking with Lindsay over the phone - she was knowledgeable and helped me to feel comfortable. And the guides could not have been better. No changes suggested from this rafter."
--Mike from Ruidoso, NM Age 64
Passenger on a 7-day whitewater vacation with Grand Canyon Whitewater in August 2012
"Our guides were the best! It was obvious to all they loved what they do. They went out of their way to share their love for the canyon with all of us. They had a great attitude and patience when needed! :)
I'm a vegetarian and they made sure each meal had options for me. It created extra work for them and I appreciated it very much."
-- Randy Smith Tulsa, OK
Passenger on a 7-day full canyon motorized trip in June 2013
Photo: Randy and his wife in Redwall Cavern
"Great group and guides! One of the most relaxing vacations I've ever had! We'll have to go again next year! Guides were great and went out of their way to make it a great trip!"
-- Marilee Decker Phoenix, AZ
Passenger on a 7-day full canyon motorized trip in June 2013
Photo: The guides from Marilee's trip share a laugh at camp.
An incredibly nice note, that we received from a family after their Grand Canyon Rafting trip in May 2013...
Dear Grand Canyon Whitewater,
My family and I just returned from the four day, upper half, motor trip (May 26th-29th). I wanted to take a moment to thank you for such an amazing adventure of a lifetime that we will cherish forever.
Not only, were our guides, Jeff, Chris and Ted, extremely knowledgeable and informative about the Grand Canyon and Colorado River, they were genuinely nice people whose personalities, perfectly, complimented each other and made our trip even more exciting and entertaining. It was obvious from the start, that we were in capable and efficient hands and that all the essential details of our trip, from the time we spent on the river to day hikes and camp set-up, would be handled expertly and efficiently, allowing for us to fully enjoy and experience our trip to the fullest.
Jeff, the ever present, planner and organizer orchestrated each day perfectly without any glitches. However, at the end of the day or in between tasks, he always took the time to interact with us, relaying some of his personal experiences or entertaining us with stories and giving us the opportunity to get to know him a little better.
When I think of Chris, I will always remember his genuine and contagious exuberance and excitement while traveling on the river. I still smile when I recall his repeatedly giving thumbs up followed by, "Everybody doin' okay?" throughout the trip, but It was after we completed the Hanson Rapid that I realized how in control and skilled he really was at maneuvering the river and the rapids. He did an awesome job and was in complete control the entire time, giving me complete confidence in our safety and well being.
It was obvious that Ted, while quieter than Jeff and Chris, was just as devoted and knowledgeable of his surroundings in the Grand Canyon, all the while taking great effort in making sure that we got the most out of our trip. I'll never forget the hike up to the Native American Granaries that Ted took us on, bringing his guitar along and sharing his musical talent with us or of him reading a short story to us on the final trek of our trip, where the author wrote of the soulful impressions that the Grand Canyon had made on him. Such an appropriate and memorable goodbye for such a memorable event.
On our first day, as the bus driver that dropped us off at Lee's Ferry, he told us that the river would change us. Well, he was right, we are a little different now from what we were before our trip. Not just from the river though, but rather, the trip as a whole and an experience of a lifetime, something we will cherish always. Thank you Grand Canyon White Water, Jeff, Chris and Ted for a trip down the Colorado River that we will never forget!
Jerry, Julie and Alyssa Kaiser
Photo: The Kaiser's rafting group enjoy a cloudy day on the Colorado River.
"Not being a camper, I was nervous about a week spent outdoors - but, I can truly say it was one of the most amazing experiences ever. We celebrated my son's 16th birthday on the rafting trip and our guides helped make his birthday one that he will always remember. The guides were truly fabulous and so accommodating. Great with kids!! I can not tell you how much I enjoyed being with these three knowledgeable and engaging guides. They made the trip so much fun. Thank [Grand Canyon Whitewater] for a great trip!"
--Passenger on a Grand Canyon Rafting Trip in June 2012
'"Had a Blast!!!' is a vast understatement. I had looked forward to this trip with my son Jake since last September. It was a college graduation gift to him (and me too). Jeff, Jake, and Ted were great. They were able to mix their responsibility of safety to the entire group, their care for the environment, concerns of everyone in the group, knowledge of the canyon and river, and their great sense of humor to make this the best vacation I have ever had!!! We will absolutely be back for another trip...Hoping to get my lovely bride to come along this time!"
-- Rob Paris, Indiana Passenger on a 7-day Full Canyon motorized tour in June 2013
Photo: Jake and Rob Paris hiking in a side canyon
"This is a once in a lifetime experience! You are totally off the 'grid' so spending time with your family, friends, and new friends is great. You don't have to compete with electronics or other distractions and you can just enjoy the canyon. Our guides were excellent!!! Matt, John, and Easy were great with the kids and their enthusiasm and passion for the canyon was evident. They were very knowledgeable about the canyon, the wildlife, and Seth Tanner!!!
The hike out was strenuous but it felt great to accomplish it. This is a trip our family and friends will talk about forever!"
-- Andy Saladin from Brighton, MI
Passenger on a 4-day Upper Canyon trip with Hike Out
Photo: Pumped up on Grand Canyon! Hanging out in Redwall Cavern.
"1, 100%, could not have asked for better guides. Matt, Grant, John and Auri were the most amazing people. They were above and beyond friendly, helpful and really made us have the time of our lives. I really just want to commend those four. You have some of the greatest employees at anyplace in the entire world. I would seriously recommend hiring Auri if she asked. She is an AMAZING human being and very loyal to the company and the lifestyle! John really made safety a key point and is an amazing boatman along with Matt! Grant is the hardest working individual I think I have ever met. This trip really wouldn't have been the same with other people."
--Charli from Cottonwood, AZ Age 18
Passenger on a Grand Canyon Whitewater raft trip in June 2013
Photo: Crew members from Charli's trip relax on the boats in the evening and chat with passengers.
"The trip was incredible. It was everything I hoped for and more. The most spectacular thing we experienced was, after a down pour of rain, the canyon walls came alive with many waterfalls. Watching these waterfalls start at the top of the canyon and make their way to river was incredible. Everyone in our group and the guides were awesome."
-- Kevin Kilroy from Granada Hills, CA
Passenger on an 8-day Lower Canyon Oar trip in July 2013
Photo: The Canyon walls come alive with waterfalls.
"This trip wasn't so much about the rapids as originally expected but more about the Canyon and the people sharing it together!"
-- Greg Georgek from Hornell, NY
Passenger on a 7-day Full Canyon motorized tour in July 2013
Photo: You might start out as strangers but, by the last day of your Grand Canyon raft trip, you're bound to have made new friends!
"We were told that the weather we had was a gift, some overcast days and cool temps for sleeping. Enjoyed all my time in the raft and off, enjoyed the hikes and how knowledgeable the staff was on the canyon."
-- Dawn Peltzer from Lake Elmo, MN
Passenger on a 6-day Upper Canyon oar trip in late August
Photo: Dawn relaxes in "paradise."
"I was the trip organizer of 28 snow skiers from the Snojoke Ski club in Seattle on this once of a lifetime trip down the Colorado. Most were concerned that the temperatures would be 110 degrees plus; however, we ended up with 3 days of rain, 2 days of cloud cover, and 3 days of sunshine in the 90s. I only wish I had brought long-sleeve fleece to wear under my spray jacket and rain gear. The crew was fabulous and the trip was awesome. Scratch one off of my bucket list!"
-- Don Guerin from Seattle, WA
Passenger on an 8-day motorized tour in August 2013
Photo: Don and the Snojoke Skiers
"I enjoyed every moment. The hiking: especially in the side creeks. The Bright Angel Trail is truly tough. The rafting: especially Day 5 - most rough one and Day 3, when I was allowed to row for a short while ..."
-- Kathleen Wouters from Belgium
Passenger on a 6-day Upper Canyon oar trip with Hike Out in August 2013
Photo: Passengers from Kathleen's trip hike out of the Canyon on Bright Angel Trail.
"Having had recent knee surgery and a noticeable change in my balance over the past few years, I was hesitant to undertake the climb up Havasu Creek. Instead of allowing me to stay behind, Troy led me each step of the way, gracefully and kindly, allowing me to feel safe and to have the feeling of great accomplishment in overcoming real fear. I am grateful beyond words for the knowledge he holds in how to build that kind of confidence and the personal kindness it conveyed. it was huge for me..."
-- Doreen Wise, from Houston, TX
Passenger on a Full Canyon motorized trip in September 2013
Photo: Doreen hiking at Point Lobos, CA
"I regret that I lack the vocabulary to convey the incredible experience I had on this trip. The great times shared with new friends, the scenery and stories...Every time I thought the trip could not possibly get any better, I was confronted with new wonders.
I have a collection of what I call Crystalline Moments. These are extremely poignant and personal slices of experience, which do not diminish with the passage of time. I am able to close my eyes, and go back to these special moments, and relive them.
My highlight of the trip was when we hiked into Blacktail Canyon. Easy had his guitar, Holly had her beautiful voice, and they were joined by a friend from another trip. The acoustics were perfect! The entire group was entranced by this wonderful music, in a place of incredible beauty. This trip changed me in ways I cant describe...Thank you, Jeff, Chris, Easy, and Holly! Thanks to all my rafters and new friends!"
-- Craig Phillips
Passenger on a 7-day motorized trip in September 2013
Photo: Easy plays his guitar in Blacktail Canyon.