How to Plan a Grand Canyon Rafting Trip in 3 Easy Steps

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grand-canyon-raft-trips-1As mentioned in our last blog, the winter weather puts our Grand Canyon raft trips on a brief hold. There’s no need to fret, though, because our Grand Canyon expeditions will start back up again in April.

As we wait for the snow to melt and the ice to thaw, we’re already thinking about the adventures to be had this spring and summer. If you’re considering taking a multi day rafting trip, now’s the time to plan. After all, more than a quarter of Americans (28%) participate in — or plan to participate in — white water rafting, so it’s best to book while there’s still room.

Here’s how you can plan your trip in three easy steps.

Step 1: Make a reservation.
The first step in planning your rafting trip is to decide which type of expedition you’re interested in and when you’d like to go. There are eight-day motorized raft trips, 14- to 16-day Dory trips, and special interest trips for you to choose from. They embark all throughout the season, beginning as early as April and continuing through to September. Once you’ve chosen a type of trip, call for a reservation and we’ll assist you through the booking process.

Step 2: Plan your travels.
The Colorado River spans a full 277 miles through the Grand Canyon. To see it all, we start at the Northern end of the Canyon by Lees Ferry and make our way southwest.

Since the Grand Canyon national park may be difficult for some people to get to, we begin and end in the buzzing metropolis of Las Vegas, Nevada, so that travel arrangements are easy for everyone to make. For your personal travel, all you will need to do is get to Vegas. Whether you fly, take a bus, or drive, we will handle the rest: round trip transportation from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon is provided in the cost of your trip.

Step 3: Pack your bags and get ready to have the adventure of a lifetime!
Once the travel arrangements are made, you’ll be faced with the most difficult step of the process: waiting anxiously for your trip to begin! We’ll provide the camping gear (sleeping bags and tents) so all you’ll need to bring is personal items and a few changes of clothes. We even provide the meals!

By following these three simple steps, you’ll have planned an unforgettable vacation with minimal effort. If you are one of the 77% of Americans who view outdoor recreation as an important part of their lives, then this trip is for you! We can’t wait to see you on the river this season! Give us a call today…your rafting adventure awaits you.

Comments 6

  1. This looks like so much fun! I’ll have to add this to my bucket list for the summer. How far in advance do you have to make a reservation? How many or how big of a bag can I bring? I can’t wait for summer and to get outside and have some fun!

    1. Hello!

      We open the seasons for bookings a year in advance. There is still some room available in late 2016, but lots of room available in 2017. We provide the waterproof bag to carry all of your gear, a water proof camera case for day use and a sleeping kit (packed in a waterproof bag) that includes a sleeping pad, a sleeping bag and a tarp.


  2. Plan to go the end of June this year. Concerned about the heat factor. Hoping others can tell me their experiences during the summer months. Thank you.

    1. Hello Anne!
      Late June is looking to be in the lower to mid 90’s 🙂 That’s beautiful weather for river running, and as long as you regularly apply sunscreen and drink water often, you should be just fine! I also recommend a Sarong (can be purchased online or at orientation meeting) that you can dip in the water and use to cover your legs.
      I have found that when you are on the boat and starting to get too warm, you hit a rapid that cools you right off!
      If you have any other questions please send me an email: or you can give our office a call at 800-544-2691

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