Twitter Facebook YouTube Tripadvisor

Hiker’s Special Raft Trips

The “Hiker’s Special” trips are whitewater rafting trips on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon created for those who are looking for more side canyon hikes from the river. The trips are being offered in April and will allow hikers to experience the spring bloom and discover hidden treasures in the Canyon while enjoying the milder temperatures of April. The unique Hiker’s Special trips include Grand Canyon Whitewater’s longest motorized and oar-powered trips.

April weather in the Canyon is ideal for hiking, with average day-time highs in the mid-80s and night-time lows in the mid-50s. Hikers and rafters will see the scarlet blooms of the claret-cup cactus, brilliant yellow flowers of the cotton-top cactus and deep lavender flowers of the strawberry hedgehog cactus. The incredible spring wildflower season occurs in the Grand Canyon from March to early May, just in line with the Hiker’s Special trips.

The Hiker’s Special will include many different types of hiking opportunities. Hike up narrow slot canyons of sandstone, to the source of grand waterfalls where the water pumps right out of the rock wall, or hike along crystal clear creeks and admire the serene ecology.

Trips:

5 Day Upper Canyon Motor with Hike-Out (Hiker's)

The 5-day Upper Canyon Hiker’s Special trip is only offered once a year and is created for hiking enthusiasts. The cooler April weather is ideal for hiking. Our optional transportation package makes this a round trip from Flagstaff, AZ. This tour embarks from Lees Ferry and continues through the stunning rock formations of Marble Canyon and on to river mile 88. On the fifth day, you begin your 9 mile hike from the river to the South Rim.

Read More About This Trip>>

See what's Available »


7 Day Lower Canyon Motor with Hike In (Hiker's)

The 7 -day hike-in Grand Canyon rafting tour is offered only once a year and is for those wanting to do a lot of hiking during their rafting adventure . The trip begins with a hike into the Grand Canyon from the South Rim down to river mile 88. From there you travel 135 rapid-filled river miles to Diamond Creek. This particular trip gives you more time to explore the many side canyons and waterfalls, just a quick hike away from the river’s edge. The transportation package included returns you to the South Rim or to Flagstaff, AZ at the end of your Grand Canyon adventure.

Read More About This Trip>>

See what's Available »

7-day Upper Canyon Oar with Hike Out (Hiker's)

The 7-day Oar-Powered Upper Canyon Hiker’s Special Trip is only run once a year and is created for hiking enthusiasts. The cooler April weather is ideal for hiking. Our included transportation package makes this an easy round trip from Flagstaff, Ariz. This rafting trip embarks from Lees Ferry and continues through the stunning rock formations of Marble Canyon and on to river mile 88. On the seventh day, you begin your 9 mile hike from the river to South Rim.

Read More About This Trip>>

See what's Available »

15 Day Full Canyon Oar (Hiker's)

The 15-day oar-powered Grand Canyon raft trip is our longest, and offer the most time for exploring, hiking and relaxing within the Canyon. The 15-day starts at Lees Ferry and continues whitewater rafting 225 miles of the Colorado River to Diamond Creek. The 15-day is great for those who wish to connect with the Canyon at a more leisurely pace, yet still experience the vastness of the Canyon. With our optional round-trip transportation from Flagstaff, AZ, this is a wonderful and convenient Grand Canyon vacation!

Read More About This Trip>>

See what's Available »


11 Day Full Canyon Motor (Hiker's)

This 11-day adventure that will allow you ample time in the Canyon for hiking. The Full Canyon trip is 11 days from Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek at mile 225. With the transportation package, the 11-day is a nice round-trip vacation from Flagstaff, AZ.

Read More About This Trip>>

See what's Available »

9-day Lower Canyon Oar with Hike In (Hiker's)

The 9 -day hike-in Grand Canyon rafting tour is offered only once a year and is for those wanting to do a lot of hiking during their rafting adventure . The trip begins with a hike into the Grand Canyon from the South Rim down to the Colorado River at river mile 88. From there you travel 135 rapid-filled river miles to Diamond Creek. This particular trip gives you more time to explore the many side canyons and waterfalls, just a quick hike away from the river’s edge. The transportation package included returns you to the South Rim or to Flagstaff, AZ at the end of your Grand Canyon adventure.

Read More About This Trip>>

See what's Available »

Read Guest Reviews

Nature Vs. Nintendo – Nature Deficit Disorder

In the introduction to his award winning book, “Last Child in the Woods,” author Richard Louv remembers the day when his son asked him, “Dad, why was it more fun when you were a kid?” Now I think it is fair to say that most of our parents tend to romanticize parts of their childhood […]

Read On
Boatmen Shenanigans

Dwight, a passenger on a 6-day Upper Canyon Oar Trip in July 2014, sent us this short story of a fun afternoon on the river… “It was a quite cove.  The boatmen and passengers had finished lunch.  While children played in the water, trying to catch fish barehanded, the rest of the passengers watched from […]

Read On
What Kind of Critters Will I See in Grand Canyon?

Man-eaters? Toe-biters? Flying blood-suckers? Nah, probably not. The Arizona desert does harbor some fascinating and very unique critters but, for the most part, the ones that could do you harm try to stay as far away from you and your campsite as they can. In all my years in Arizona, I’ve never once seen a […]

Read On
Get Your Groove On: Using the Restroom in Grand Canyon

Picture this. You just set up camp after your first full day on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon and you are sitting around camp talking to some of the other passengers you met this morning. You’re gazing up at the canyon walls while sipping on a nice cold {insert beverage of choice} and […]

Read On
I’m in Flagstaff … Now What?

So you caught an early flight into Phoenix and now you’re sitting at the Courtyard Marriott in Flagstaff with nothing to do until you leave for your river trip in the morning. Or maybe you flew in a few days early to extend your vacation. Either way, Flagstaff has a lot to offer for the […]

Read On

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.

© Grand Canyon Whitewater – PO Box 2848 – Flagstaff, Arizona 86003