Price includes round-trip transportation from Las Vegas, NV
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This trip package blends a Western ranch experience with a whitewater adventure with our sister company, Arizona River Runners. Trip price includes all transportation departing from and returning to Las Vegas, NV.
Day One At Bar 10 Ranch
Meet your Trip Host at 10:15 a.m. in the lobby of the designated hotel in Las Vegas. We will transport you to a small, local airport where you’ll check-in for the 40-minute charter flight to Bar 10 Ranch. You’ll arrive at the ranch in time for lunch and spend the afternoon enjoying horseback riding, skeet shooting, and other activities. The Bar 10 Ranch has guided ATV tours available for an additional cost. If you are interested, you may sign up and pay for the ATV tours at the ranch orientation. Evening begins with a hearty Dutch oven dinner, followed by a country-western show performed by Bar 10 staff. You will have the choice of sleeping in the main lodge, outside on a spacious upper deck under the stars, or in a Conestoga covered wagon. Wagons have a double bed and limited availability; if you prefer a wagon, place your request with ARR in advance.
Day Two On The River
The next morning you’ll have an early breakfast before heading down to the river. You’ll take a scenic and exhilarating 7-minute helicopter ride over an ancient lava flow before descending into the canyon. Meet your river guides, repack your gear into the provided dry bags, and have orientation before starting your river adventure. Your day will consist of running rapids, a lunch stop, and admiring the beauty of the canyon. In the late afternoon you will pull into camp for a relaxing evening by the river. Once the rafts are unloaded by the group “duffel line,” you can find your camp spot for the night. You can set up a tent or sleep in the open air. Your trip host will demonstrate how all of the provided camping gear works. The guides hustle to set up the kitchen and an important part of camp, the scenic bathroom area. While you wait for dinner, enjoy sitting by the river and relaxing or wander over to the kitchen for appetizers. Camp chairs are set up near the kitchen area, so guests can chat and watch the river chefs do their magic. Soon a fresh and delicious riverside meal will be ready for your dining pleasure! As the day winds down you can sit and watch a beautiful sunset, reflecting on the day, or join in a conversation with other passengers. At the end of the evening, head to your campsite for a restful sleep under a canopy of brilliant stars.
The Final Day
As the sun peeks over the canyon walls, you’ll hear a guide call “Coffee!” That’s your cue to head to the kitchen and grab a cup of joe so you can start getting ready for the day. A short while later, guides will call you to breakfast. After breakfast, quickly finish packing up your campsite and personal gear and bring your bags to the rafts. Once the guides have packed up the kitchen, everyone helps reload all the gear. Then you are off for another day of adventure on the mighty Colorado River! Your morning will be filled with rapids in the Lower Granite Gorge. Rain gear will likely be a good idea while the river is still in the shade. By midday, you’ll finish running the last rapids of the Grand Canyon. You’ll unpack out of the dry bags and transfer to a jet boat to cruise across the remaining flatwater portion of the river. This scenic jet boat ride out of the canyon to the upper region of Lake Mead takes about one hour. A shuttle bus will be waiting to transport you up a short unpaved road to an air-conditioned charter bus that will return you to Las Vegas. The bus ride is about 2 1/2 hours. The bus will drop off at McCarran Airport first and then the designated hotel usually between 4:00-6:00 p.m. However, due to the remote nature of this trip, weather, and other factors, we cannot guarantee our return time back in Las Vegas. If you choose to fly out of Las Vegas on the final day, make sure your flight departs after 6:30 p.m. Book your return flight even later if you need to retrieve stored luggage from the hotel and then catch a cab back to the airport.
Pre- and Post-Trip Lodging
Plan to arrive in Las Vegas at least one day before the trip starts. We will advise guests on reservation instructions for the designated Las Vegas hotel when you book your river trip.
What is included
Arizona River Runners provides the following:
- Flight from Las Vegas to Bar 10 Ranch
- Horseback riding, skeet shooting, and a night at the ranch
- Helicopter from Bar 10 to landing beach in the canyon
- Over 50 river miles on motorized rafts
- 40 smooth water river miles on a jet boat to Pearce Ferry
- Bus transportation back to Las Vegas
- Experienced river guides and a trip host
- Explore a hidden waterfall
- Two dry bags and a camp chair
- A tent, cot, pillow, sleeping bag and sheet
- Daily meals prepared in our camp kitchen
- Snacks, water, electrolyte replenishment drinks, sodas
- Arizona River Runners insulated cup
What is NOT included
You will be responsible for the following:
- Lodging before or after your trip
- ATV tour at the Bar 10 Ranch
- National Park entrance fee per person age 16 and older
- Personal travel insurance
Passengers must be 8 years or older to participate in this trip.