14 & 16 Day Dory Expeditions

River rafting excursions through the Grand Canyon have been our specialty for years. Folks love our motorized trip, but we also offer a rowing trip for those who want a longer, more in-depth experience. Since most people raft the Grand Canyon only once, it makes sense to have time to drift, to wander, and to ponder.

Our Dory trips are incredible. From the moment we board the boats at Lees Ferry, we feel each boil and eccentricity of the current. We hear, too, the river's voice, the spiraling call of the Canyon Wren and the growing roar of the next rapid. By running the river in a Dory, time is on our side and lots of it. We have time to visit many of the lesser-known side canyons. We have time to have a second cup of coffee in the morning. We have time to appreciate the billion-year-old rocks in a millions-of-years-old canyon, which let us know that the worries and urgencies of the so-called real world are, well, maybe not such a big deal after all. Maybe this is the real world.

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Grand Canyon Dory Tour

Our Grand Canyon Dory trips are more than just sightseeing tours. We leave the world behind and leave ourselves open to discovery: the beauty of a particular spot that everyone else walked right by; the peculiar way lizards do push-ups; the way light and form ripple across the water; parts of yourself that you had long forgotten. Away from the modern world, you will enjoy experiences such as stargazing on the beach, viewing ancient Anasazi ruins, or watching a sudden summer cloudburst turn into a series of raging red waterfalls. On our rowing trips, we decided we wanted our guests to run the river much like Major John Wesley Powell experienced it in 1869. Powell's group used hard-hulled boats not designed for the rigors of the Colorado River's white water. 

For the next seventy years, explorers that followed Powell tinkered with designs and techniques, refining to a science the art of rowing hard-hulled boats in white water. The World War II-era produced the inflatable raft, which were inexpensive, tough, forgiving and easy to patch and transport. By the end of the 1960s, hardly anyone used the old hard-hulled boats, except for a few adventurous boatmen, including conservationist and writer Martin Litton. Litton introduced the Dory to the Grand Canyon after rowing similar boats on the Mackenzie River in Oregon. The Dory exhibits the grace and heritage of the old hard-hulled boat, providing an exhilarating, responsive ride that only a rigid boat can give. They demand full respect for the river, its currents, and obstacles, but in turn, passengers feel each nuance of the riffles and can rocket off the top of some of the greatest waves in the canyon. If you yearn for the adventure of a lifetime, contact us today to book a Grand Canyon Expeditions Dory trips, rated among Peter Guttman's "Top Ten Most Thrilling Adventures in North America."

Dates and Rates

2023 Dory Trip Info

14-Day Trip Price: $4,899 + Fees per person
16-Day Trip Price: $5,199 + Fees per person

** A $500/person deposit is required to reserve your space

2023 Dates
2024 Dory Trip Info

14-Day Trip Price: $4,899 + Fees per person
16-Day Trip Price: $5,199 + Fees per person

** A $500/person deposit is required to reserve your space

2024 Dates

"Away to the west are lines of cliff and ledges of rock — not such ledges as you may have seen where the quarryman splits his blocks, but ledges from which the gods might quarry mountains...and not such cliffs...where the swallow builds his nest, but cliffs where the soaring eagle is lost to view ere he reaches the summit" -- John Wesley Powell

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