We provide almost everything you’ll need for your rafting adventure but one thing you might want to bring with you is adult beverages. An exciting day of exploring in the canyon can be topped off with a crisp can of beer thanks to the low river temps. The Colorado River is always cold so the water is the best way to keep beverages cold. Heavy-duty mesh bags (“drag bags”) are attached to each the raft by a rope. A variety of soda and non-alcoholic beverages, provided by GCW, will be ready for you in the bag hanging off the side of each boat. The guides will show you how to stock the ‘beer bag’ with your beverages. You can reach into the drag bag any time and pull out a beverage. There’s no need to label your cans, we use the honor system in the canyon. Just know what you brought and have a good idea of how many you’ve had. You’ll probably make a new friend if you share a Grand Canyon rafting experience and a beer with someone new!
If it isn’t beer you are into, you can bring wine -of the boxed variety. It is typically stored away on the boat during the day and available in camp in the evenings. We will provide you with a handy souvenir mug to sip from. Boxed wine… in a stainless-steel mug…in the canyon…yes please!
Liquor is preferred in plastic containers. If your favorite indulgence does not come in plastic, then pour it into a Nalgene, or similar plastic water bottle to bring along. You’ll want to bring your own mixer or follow the latest trend with canned cocktails. You might be surprised to learn that ice is usually available for cocktails in the evenings!
How To Get Your Beverages To The Canyon
If you’re flying with us from Las Vegas to Marble Canyon to start your river trip, your alcohol counts toward your flight weight limit. So, we advise passengers on these 7-day trips to buy their beer and wine AFTER they land in Marble Canyon, Arizona.
If you’re starting your trip with us in Flagstaff, AZ, we recommend purchasing alcohol there and bringing it with you. Keeping it outside your bag and in grocery bags is fine for the bus ride to the river.
Most guests will have a chance to buy last-minute supplies at the Marble Canyon gas station. They have a surprising array of beverages including boxed wine, canned beer, and non-alcoholic options. They do not sell hard liquor.
And, if you are hiking into a river trip please check out the beverage order process in your trip info packet. You’ll be able to order your beverages before the trip and have them waiting on the raft for you so you don’t have to hike extra weight in.
Many guests bring and enjoy alcoholic beverages on the trip. Two things to remember to keep it positive:
- Focus on hydration: Alcoholic beverages don’t help in hydrating you in the dry arid environment of the Grand Canyon. If you’re drinking alcohol, be sure to increase your intake of water/electrolytes to stay hydrated.
- Respect the group: Be aware and respectful of the group. Please be sure that your enjoyment does not impede another guests’ experience.