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Trip Details: 5-day Lower Canyon Motorized Rafting Tour with Hike In

2016 Price: $1,765 per person

2017 Price: $1,780 per person

Includes optional return transportation to South Rim of Grand Canyon or Flagstaff, Ariz.

*NOTE: Because of the difficulty of the mandatory hike, online reservations are not allowed for this trip – you must call to book.
This trip is recommended for experienced backpackers only. The mandatory hike may be made more difficult by factors including being out of shape, overweight, or a smoker. We do not recommend this trip for people with a history of heart problems, high susceptibility to heat-related illness or exercise-induced asthma.


Rapids in Grand Canyon This is an excellent river trip for hiking enthusiasts who may not have the time to take a trip through the full Canyon.  After a strenuous 10-mile hike into Grand Canyon from the South Rim, rafters will encounter lots of white water on this tour. Each day includes side hikes to places like Deer Creek Falls and rides through rapids like Hermit, Crystal and Lava Falls. Pass Havasu Creek on the journey through the Inner Gorge of Grand Canyon. On the fifth day, your river trip will end at Diamond Creek with included ground transportation to nearby Peach Springs, AZ followed by  ground transportation back to South Rim or Flagstaff, AZ. Grand Canyon Whitewater provides all the necessary equipment for rafting and camping including dry bags, tents, sleeping bags, cots and chairs, so you don’t need to worry about packing much with you. You will need to bring your own hiking backpack and containers to carry your water. Mule-duffel service (888-297-2757) is recommended, at an additional cost, to carry duffel bags into the Canyon. Reservations must be made in advance and duffel bags must be dropped off at South Rim the day before your trip launches.


There are two ways to get to the trip’s launch point and home again at the end of your adventure, depending on whether or not you will have a vehicle. With both options, you will need to spend the night before your trip launches at the South Rim of Grand Canyon, as the hike into the Canyon begins early the morning of your trip.

If you DO have a vehicle, you will drive yourself to the South Rim the day before your trip launches. You can leave your vehicle at the South Rim and we’ll shuttle you back to South Rim at the end of the trip.

If you DO NOT have a vehicle, you can arrive at South Rim by several different options. You can fly between South Rim and Las Vegas with Grand Canyon Airlines. To book flights to and from South Rim visit www.bar10.com or call 800-582-4139. You can also use Arizona Shuttle for rides between Phoenix, Flagstaff and South Rim. To book the shuttle visit  www.arizonashuttle.com or call 800-888-2749. At the end of the trip, included transportation (*optional) will return you to either South Rim or Flagstaff, Ariz. *If you have alternate transportation plans, please call to discuss with our office.


You will want to stay at the South Rim Village in Grand Canyon National Park the night before your hike in. As rooms book up quickly at the South Rim, please book your room as soon as possible. To book lodging at South Rim, Grand Canyon visit  Xanterra at www.grandcanyonlodges.com  or call 888-297-2757

What is included

Grand Canyon Whitewater provides the following:

  • Return transportation to South Rim or Flagstaff, AZ at the end of trip (optional)
  • Rafting equipment including life jackets
  • Large dry bag for your clothes and personal items
  • Small dry bag accessible during the day
  • Camping gear provided includes a tent, above-ground cot, sleeping bag, sheet, pillow and ground tarp
  • Meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages including water, soda and lemonade – passengers may purchase and bring alcohol for the trip
  • Eating utensils and a souvenir mug
  • Camp chairs
  • **There are NO taxes on this trip

What Is Not Included

You will be responsible for the following:

  • National Park entrance fee of $12 per person age 16 and over
    (can be waived if passenger has a National Park pass)
  • Alcoholic beverages (passengers can bring their own)
  • Suggested post-trip gratuity for guide crew

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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

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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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