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Trip Details: 6-day Upper Canyon Oar-Powered Tour with Hike Out

2015 Price: $1,815 per person includes optional round-trip transportation from Flagstaff, Ariz.

Grand Canyon Whitewater passengers on a hike to Nankoweap Granaries.

Grand Canyon Whitewater passengers on a hike to Nankoweap Granaries.


This is a fantastic trip for experienced hiking enthusiasts who may not have the time to take a trip through the full Canyon. Each day includes side hikes to places like Redwall Cavern or Ancestral Puebloan granaries. After launching from Lees Ferry, passengers will pass places like the Little Colorado River and Vasey’s Paradise on their journey through stunning Marble Canyon and into Grand Canyon. Some of the bigger rapids on this tour include House Rock and Hance rapids. On the morning of the sixth day, begin your 8-mile hike from the Colorado River to the South Rim via the Bright Angel Trail.

Grand Canyon Whitewater provides all the necessary equipment for rafting and camping including dry bags, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and chairs, so you don’t need to worry about packing those things out with you. We provide all meals as well as a sack lunch for your hike out of the Canyon. You will need to bring your own hiking backpack and containers to carry water.


This rafting trip includes round-trip ground transportation from Flagstaff, AZ (*optional). You will need to spend the night before your trip launches in Flagstaff at the Courtyard by Marriott, as we will pick up passengers in the lobby very early the morning of the trip and travel  to the launch point. On the last day of your expedition, after your hike out of the Canyon, a shuttle will return you to Flagstaff, Ariz. arriving in the early evening.
*If you do not wish to use our transportation, please call our office and tell us of your alternate plans.


Plan to stay at the Courtyard by Marriott in Flagstaff, AZ the night before the trip departs. We reserve blocks of rooms for a limited time, so please book as soon as possible. We recommend that you reserve your post-trip accommodations in Flagstaff, Ariz. as well.

For lodging reservations at Courtyard by Marriott: Call 800-321-2211 and mention you are with Grand Canyon Whitewater.

What is included

Grand Canyon Whitewater provides the following:

  • Round-trip ground transportation from Flagstaff, AZ (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, comfortable sleeping pad, freshly-laundered 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.


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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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