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Typical Day Rafting On The Colorado River

Camp along the Colorado River with Grand Canyon Whitewater

Wake up and breathe in the fresh wilderness air, watch the sun dancing on the canyon walls and smell the cowboy coffee. Breakfast is early, but you’ll be ready to start your adventure-filled day. After breakfast, you break down your camp and help load up the rafts. When everything is packed away, we all go rafting on the Colorado River! During the day you have access to your small personal waterproof bag and a community shoe bag, explained and provided at orientation. While there is typically a plan for the day, don’t be alarmed when a plan shifts from plan A to B, maybe C, or even D. Guides will evaluate and change plans throughout the day to give the best of what the Canyon has to offer. Each day brings new beauty and adventure. Truly the best solo or family vacation destination is a Grand Canyon raft trip.

Grand Canyon whitewater rafting lets you experience the Canyon. You “shoot” rapids such as Crystal and Lava Falls, and leisurely “float” over smooth stretches of water. There’s a stop for lunch and your guides prepare a tasty meal. To recharge and energize you throughout the day, guides will have snacks and fruit available on the boat. A typical day usually includes a hike or two up a side canyon. Whether it is from camp or as a stop along the river, the hikes vary in difficulty and terrain. Hikes range from short walks to longer stretches with some scrambling in certain spots. Remember the beauty is in the journey as well as the destination.

As the sun starts to sink behind the canyon walls, you make camp again on a beautiful sandy beach. After the “duffel shuffle,” the unofficial term for unloading the rafts, you have time to make your camp, clean yourself up, and enjoy conversations with your new friends. Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trips are incredible for people from all walks of life. The entire group, whether made solely of strangers from across the globe, or long-time groups of friends, will become a tight-knit family. Rafting on the Colorado River is a great place to meet new people. It’s one of the best family vacation destinations to get unplugged from the distractions and electronics of everyday life. In the evening, an amazing Dutch-oven cooked dinner will be served and folks hang around sharing stories and gazing at the sky as the stars begin to sparkle. As your eyes start closing, tired from all the adventure your day included, snuggle into your sleeping bag, catch one last shooting star and let the vastness of the heavens soothe your soul.

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.


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Read Guest Reviews

‘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 I knew I wanted to travel in late September. I knew I wanted to take an oar trip – not a […]

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A rare and rewarding journey with remarkable (and rowdy) rowers and riders!

“I thought the crew‘s group dynamic was exceptional.  Brock seemed to be well respected as a boatman and as a leader,  The other boatmen all commented on how much they liked his style of leadership.  If any of his “judgement calls” were ever questioned, we were not aware of it, and it was clear that […]

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Great Bucket List Item!

Feedback from Tim from Yuma, AZ     Age 49 Passenger on a 4-day Upper Canyon trip in May 2014 Was your reservation agent courteous and informative?: Yes Was there any additional info you wish you had known before your trip? (transportation, packing, on-river): I would probably pack a pair of flip flops for the […]

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This service is operated by Grand Canyon Whitewater, LLC., a Concessioner under contract with the U.S. Government and administered by the National Park Service.

The Concessioner is responsible for conducting these operations in a satisfactory manner. Prices are approved by the National Park Service.

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