Price includes optional round-trip transportation from Flagstaff, AZ
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This is the perfect, double-bucket-list trip for hiking enthusiasts who love a challenge. If you’ve always wanted to raft and hike Grand Canyon, this is the trip for you! This whitewater vacation, only run once a year, includes an extra day that allows ample time to hike in the Canyon. The average high temperature along the river in April is 82 degrees, and the average low is 56. On these unique extended trips, you’ll experience amazing hiking weather and you’ll have the time to explore sites inaccessible throughout the rest of the season.
Each day on the river includes side hikes to places like Redwall Cavern or ancestral Puebloan granaries. You will pass places like the Little Colorado River and Vasey’s Paradise on the journey through stunning Marble Canyon and into Grand Canyon. Some of the bigger rapids on this rafting trip include House Rock and Hance rapids. On the morning of the fifth day, you’ll begin your tough 8-mile hike, from the Colorado River to the South Rim, with all your personal gear loaded into your backpack. You’ll climb about 4,400 ft. (1,340 m) on your uphill trek through millions of years of geological history. GCW’s motorized rafts are 35-feet long, seat 14 people per boat and have one guide driving from the stern. Since we always run two motor boats per trip, expect 28 passengers on your adventure. The type of motorized raft we run is called an S-Rig and guests say we have the most comfortable set-up in the Grand Canyon.
The hike, via Bright Angel Trail, typically takes a prepared hiker 6-8 hours (or more). The trail is well maintained but it is all uphill and much of it is in full sun. There are three water-refill stations and four resthouses along Bright Angel Trail, which is one of the most frequently used trails in Grand Canyon. There are many log steps built into the trail, to help prevent erosion, and many switchbacks. The trail gets steepest as you approach the South Rim.
Our optional round-trip transportation for this trip costs $100 ($50 for the pre-trip shuttle and $50 for the post-trip shuttle) and is included in the prices listed above. We think our round-trip transportation is the best option for the majority of our guests, but we are happy to discuss other options for either/both pre- and post-trip transportation. If you choose not to use our provided transportation, you must call our office to remove our transportation and to discuss alternatives.
If you do use our round-trip transportation, you will need to spend the night before your trip launches in Flagstaff, as we will pick up passengers early the morning of the trip and travel 2.5 hours through scenic northern Arizona to the launch point. On the last day of your expedition, a charter bus will carry you from the South Rim back to Flagstaff.
Pre- and Post-Trip Lodging
We recommend spending both the night before your river trip and the night your trip ends in Flagstaff. We will notify guests of the designated Flagstaff hotel.
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, above-ground cot, 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
What Is Not Included
You will be responsible for the following:
- National Park entrance fee per person age 16 and over
- Alcoholic beverages (passengers can bring their own)
- Suggested post-trip gratuity for guide crew
Passengers must be 8 years or older to participate in this trip.