The trip has been run by SPICE for 17 plus years and all who have been on the trip stated it changed their lives. Well yes it does, an extraordinary, awesome trip with idyllic beaches as campsites, wonderful blue within blue Little Colorado, amazing waterfalls, wildlife and plants. Not to forget the main reason for my trip, running the rapids, which was more than I could have imagined, the scale, the power, the beauty, the cold, the heat, the fear and excitement all at the same time, the laughter and the hanging on for dear life as the water lifts you off the ground, the trip should be on everyone's bucket list. Then the crew, Den and Shelly were outstanding in their combined knowledge of the rapids, the canyon, the river, the wildlife and the rocks and plants. Den read us a poem or story related to river running every day, which enhanced this very special place. How you get the food prepared for three meals a days is extraordinary and making cakes every day is crazy. The trip was a 10 out of 10 for me and everyone else on the trip. You turned a holiday into a true adventure.
cardiff / Uk
I would rate our trip 10 stars if I could (14 day dory). One of the incredible experiences of my life. GCE and their guides did a remarkable job. I sat wondering with my cousin, how could GCE have made this trip any better? Could not come up with anything. Special thanks to our boatmen, y'all are amazing.
Den McCormick and Jim Hall were a terrific RiverGuides/Swamper team.
Also very glad to have Alton Wasson - to bring us together as a community.
Amherst / MA
The 8 days spent motorizing through the Grand Canyon were magical. The river and the canyon were described by another as "the roofless tabernacle" and I concur. Grand Canyon Expeditions provided the most professional crew, schedule and equipment, making our journey first class. We saw multiple rafting companies along our trip downstream and none compared in comfort or gear to what we were experiencing. Our raft layout was well thought out for the passengers, our life jackets were comfortable, we had cushions to sit on while on the raft, our cots were easy to assemble & wide enough for sleeping restfully with a self inflating pad, sleeping bag & tarp, and our chairs in camp had backs. The food was delicious and never ending and there was great variety. Our guide, Trevin Johnson, & swamper, Joe French, were entertaining, cheerful and full of river lore which they generously shared with us, including reading us poetry as we floated along. Their skills captaining the raft were obviously exceptional and no one ever felt a lack of confidence, even in the toughest rapids, and we had no spills, just lots of big waves with thrills and squeals. The crew spoke to each of us at our level, showing interest in every guest from the 9 year old to the 68 year old. We hiked to 100' waterfalls, through slot canyons, to petroglyphs and swam up Havasu Creek's turquoise waters and played frisbee in Redwall Cavern and saw dozens of bighorn sheep. Not a minute of any day was dull. We slept under the most amazing display of stars every night and bathed in the Colorado daily. Not one person from our trip was ready to leave the river on the 8th day. Each of us said that we came on the trip as strangers and left as friends, continuing to stay in touch. GCE provided great service from the hotel at the beginning and ending of the trip, to the bus and jet boat rides to every detail on the river trip itself. I cannot recommend this trip highly enough and GCE in particular.
Salem / Virginia
Rafting with GCEC through the Grand Canyon was truly epic! Awesome rapids, majestic scenery, amazing wildlife, new-found knowledge, nights under starry skies, unforgetable time with family - and new friends! I loved every bit of it! Add this adventure to your bucket list - and then be sure to get it checked off!
Clovis / CA
What an epic trip! I'm a seasoned traveller but this was something truly special. Hard to put into words. Disconnect for 14 days...ride the waves...see the stars and the galaxy like never before...make amazing friends (especially with the guides, who have amazing life and canyon stories)...have numerous "once in a lifetime" experiences! I've been to 25+ countries, and rarely envision revisiting a place but I'd do this trip again in a heart beat. If you have the time to do a dory trip..do it! It's magical! You feel every wave...big and small! You bond with the boats, the passengers, the guides. Already dreaming of my next trip down the river again!
Boston / MA
My family (husband, myself, and 16 year old twins) just finished the 8 day motorized trip which turned out to be our top family vacation so far. Guide Trevin and swamper Joe clearly enjoyed their time on the river and transferred that passion to our group of 14 (strangers at mile 0, friends exchanging contact information by the end). The pace was relaxed, food generous (even to my 16 year old son who often ate thirds) and delicious, scenery spectacular. The days were varied with boating, hiking, swimming, and relaxing. Trevin's knowledge of the river and area was expansive and added depth to our experience. Everything was top quality from start to end with attention to detail. We did not want it to end - even after our return to Las Vegas our group got together for one last dinner and chance to relive the fun we had and bonds we shared. The trip was special, fun and magical.
Anacortes / WA
Fourteen members of our family went on a 8 day motorized rafting trip in July 2017 with Grand Canyon Expeditions, GCEX, and every single detail of the trip was impeccable. Our youngest was 11 and our oldest was 75 and everyone had a fantastic time. Another family of 10 sailed on the second raft and they ranged from 75 to 10.
The trip leader Bobby has been leading trips for over 30 years and it showed. The second raft was piloted by Den who was also incredibly skillful. Each raft also had volunteers so our "rafting family" numbered 30.
I have nothing but praise for GCEX. At every stage of the process they continued to amaze me with their kindness, skill, preparation and care. Let me comment on some of the elements that particularly impressed me:
They put safety and hygiene first
The raft and camping equipment was sturdy, easy to pitch camp and comfortable
The food was FANTASTIC. Each evening when we pitched camp they unloaded a full operating kitchen and prepared sumptuous meals. We had ice the whole trip!
The day hikes were great; they chose good campgrounds; and all along the route they educated us on what we were seeing.
The buses were comfortable. They even arranged for a pit stop at Walmart so people could get whatever they forgot.
I have been traveling the world for over 50 years and only experienced one other hospitality company who delivered such impeccable service and that was a very high end safari company in South Africa.
If you are considering rafting the Grand Canyon, I recommend GCEX without reservation. Adam Engle August 2017
Boulder / CO, USA
This was an incredible trip. And they made things as easy as possible for everyone. We are a large family group and they were able to work with us on our needs. The food was amazing. They led hikes up into waterfalls and slot canyons. It was a great experience and I'm grateful to have worked with gcec.
Lowery smith 2
St Paul / Minnesota
I don't have words. One of the best vacations I've ever had. The canyon is beyond Grand. The sights were superb. The food and our guides were excellent. The people were fantastic. It was 8 short days, not nearly enough time. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Bakersfield / California