What Our Guests Have To Say


Where shall I begin... First and foremost our crew of Jim, Regan, Ben and Julie were the best I've been with on any of my bucket list trips over the years. This team is heard working and EXTREMELY knowledgeable of the experience throughout the 280 mile journey through the Grand Canyon. The entire trip was filled with excitement and learning. Not to mention a lifetime of memories with our family. We meet some amazing people along the way and we look forward to our next trip with our grandkids the the years to come! Every morning I awake hearing Jim and Ben’s voice: HOT COFFEE…. And TEA!! Music to my ears! Until next time - Cheers, Steve, Amy, Phil, Colton, Jake and Zach
steve sulgrove
Frisco / Texas
amazing trip, wonderful guides. this was my third trip and there continues to be new things to do and see each trip! my limits were tested with the insane weather - thunder, lightening, rain, wind, sandstorms, extreme heat. hopefully will be back again one day!
Allison McDermott
San Jose / CA
This was our second trip with this company, and it didn’t disappoint! The boatmen have so much river experience and knowledge, that the passengers are free to soak up all the scenery and geological information as it presents itself.
Tess
Kutztown / PA
The trip exceeded my expectations with personable, fun, knowledgable guides. They did an amazing job preparing delicious meals and helping us enjoy the breathtaking scenery. I have recommended the trip to several friends.
Jeannine Florance
Bend / OR
Nothing will ever compare to this trip. I have hiked the Bright Angel and Kabab Trails to Phantom Ranch and also hiked from the North to the South Rim in all seasons. But seeing it in a different perspective was amazing. Those who only stand on the rim and stare for a few moments or hours have not experienced all the Grand Canyon has to offer! The staff in the office and the crew on the boats were incredible. Every detail was thought of. Meals were awesome! The stars, full moon and the Milky Way were so close I felt we could touch them. The wildlife was abundant. The rapids were many! Will definitely go again.
Anne
San Diego / USA
This was the best vacation my family has ever had. All 14 of us had a great time. Julie and Ben were superb guides and cooks. I can't think of a thing you could improve. Thanks a million!!
Jean H Triol
Kalsipell / MT
Hands down the most awesome trip we have ever experienced. Our Guides and Swampers- Adam, Jim, Shelly O and Tom- were amazing. The rapids, the hikes, the food - all beyond our expectations.
Tricia Fidrych
Port Royal / SC
I lived in Phoenix in the late 80s and had the chance to visit the Grand Canyon several times - we even hiked to the bottom and back in one day one time (not recommended!). From that time, I added a river trip through the Canyon to my bucket list of things to do. After many years (and two children), we finally got around to the process. Our friends Ken and Suzanne from Atlanta had recently completed a trip with you and they were effusive in their praise of the professional job and well-organized trip that they had with GCEX. So, we didn't even "shop" around to other outfitters - we knew that GCEX was for us. We originally tried to get an entire boat but ended up with five of us. The process of scheduling the trip went well. The arrangements in Las Vegas both prior to and after the trip were great - nice to be in a hotel not on the Strip but close enough if one wants to check that out. The trip itself - we can say enough about it. It exceeded all my expectations. Everything was handled so professionally by our guides. The food was great - camping was a lot of fun and of course the rafting was exciting and beautiful with all of the grandeur of the Grand Canyon. All five of us have said we would like to do the trip again because we know there is so much more to experience and it would be fun knowing what we know now. Our thanks to everyone at GCEX and especially our guides Den and Roger and our "swampers" Brianne and Patti. They worked so hard to provide us with this great experience!
Jon Utterback
Dahlonega / Georgia
The entire trip was very well organized. The guides were very knowledgeable. Lots of points of interest were brought to our attention. There was plenty of good food especially the evening meals. I will recommend this trip to my friends.
Gary Becker
Butte / Mt
I completed my trip in June of 2018. What a spectacular experience. From the very beginning the planning and organization was excellent. The Grand Canyon Expedition boatmen and swampers, Roger, Den, Bree, and Patty were wonderful. They were not only supremely confident in their day-to-day operations, but are genuine and caring people whose wonderful attitude set the tone for the entire trip. Each day when you wake up from a canopy of stars you can expect a wonderful breakfast and a day on the river filled with spectacular rapids and breathtaking scenery. At the end of the day there is yet another gourmet meal and great comradeship with your fellow passengers. In all, the Grand Canyon Expedition experience exceeded all expectations and, when your journey is complete, you will be left with wonderful memories of spectacular scenery and great people.
Charles Roth
Phoenix / Arizona
I loved everything about this trip. The scenery was surreal, the rapids a blast, the freedom of being outdoors for 8 whole days, the absolutely delicious meals, the hikes up side canyons and tributaries, the knowledge, humour and passion of the crew, sleeping under the stars, the camaraderie of the group, ... The experience of Grand Canyon Expeditions is evident in the way everything works like clockwork, everything managed so well, yet still every day is an open slate with its own schedule.
Shawna Mason
Winnipeg / Manitoba, Country
Just finished our trip June 16, 2018 This was a trip of a lifetime although there were other passengers with us on their fourth trip. GCEX is an exceptional company leaving no stone unturned. They cover every possible detail. Our crew Ann Marie ( leader ) boatman Adam, swampers Shaun and Lori were beyond words exceptional. No harder workers you will find. Even though we have hiked the canyon and Havasupai twice you see and experience so much more rafting it. All of our fellow travelers were great fun and become family sharing a great trip. The food was great the first day and got better on each day after. The rapids, hikes, and education on the canyon by the crew was beyond great. Can’t say enough good things about this company, if your deciding on this trip don’t hesitate.
Doug McAllister
Lake Havasu City / Arizona
Thank you so much to our fabulous guides Ben and Julie ,Marty and Kyle for an unforgettable river experience !! Everything was great and we were so well taken care of ...We were so lucky to have Marty with us ,so much fun and so much knowledge about all aspects of the trip...
Sue Mason
Lethbridge / Alberta ,Canada
My rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with Grand Canyon Expeditions was one of the best vacations I have ever had. It was an amazing experience. The service provided by the guides and swampers was incredible. They were all very hard workers, from preparing meals, providing stories and history of the Grand Canyon to making sure our personal needs were meet; they did it all! The dinners were delicious, and I couldn't believe all the meals we ate while camping. This was in addition to the gourmet breakfast and lunch served daily, along with horderves served before our dinner meal. Ice for evening cocktails was a plus. I can't say enough about how good the food was, it makes me want to go out and buy a Dutch oven! The rafting was excellent, with a great variety of rapids, some challenging and incredibly exciting, and others more calm. Every hike had something new and adventurous waiting for us to experience. It was the perfect mix of rafting and hiking. All the while the scenery around every bend in the river was like something off of a postcard.
Paul Cameron
Portland / Oregon
My trip was absolutely incredible. I was told to expect the "trip of a lifetime" and that is exactly correct. The weather was ideal, the water was clear for the entire route and the canyon geology was stunning. Add in the total professionalism of our boatmen Zach and Bacco and their swampers, Mark and Matt, and the recipe for perfection was complete. The wonderful camaraderie of my fellow travelers was the icing on the cake. My memories are forever.
Rick Reed
Charleston / Illinois
The rafting trip is a great way to experience the incredible beauty of the Grand Canyon. Now that I’m back home and have had time to reflect on the trip, I'm almost overwhelmed by all of the wonderful memories.
Tom Haglund
Ogden / UT
Dave, Glade, Angela, and Danny were awesome! Always went above and beyond to meet our needs and make everyone happy! It truly was the trip of a lifetime! Thank you!
Nancy Zoltowski
Cedarburg / WI
Awesome trip (our 3rd)!!! Marc, Adam, Kyle and Mason were fantastic. We'll be back for a 4th trip!!
Colette Thoreau
Genesee / Colorado
Great trip! Wonderful people to meet and fantastic crew. Good food and comfortable camping.
Jeff
Charleston / South Carolina
It was FABULOUS. We loved every minute of it. We are seasoned private raft trippers but not on a river the size of the Colorado/Grand Canyon, and having the peace of mind of very capable captain and swamper (Glade and Tabatha) made it so enjoyable, and "glamping" just increased the fun and enjoyment so much more. The side hikes are a favorite part of the trip as well.
Kay Stratman
Jackson / Wyoming (WY)
My experience with this group was superlative. Every single aspect of this entire trip was incredibly well planned and executed. The guides were among the most experienced in the business, and were extremely friendly and instructive at all times. The food was exquisite. I do not see how I could have had a better experience.
Byron Hatcher
Atascadero / California
The trip exceeded our expectations! As did the staff...Emily, Dan, Adam and Shelley. They were skilled boatsmen and women and great cooks and wonderful companions for the trip. They were professional and helpful, always keeping our safety in mind. All the equipment seemed to be in good condition. Excellent would be my rating! And we were lucky with the weather!! Thank you!
Monte Gaillard
Asheville / United States
Once in a lifetime experience!! Great trip, staff professional, food was excellent and sleeping under the stars and full moon, magical. The sites are breathtaking.
Palmer Gaillard
Wadmalaw Island / SC
This was a great trip and the best way to experience the Grand Canyon. We were fortunate to have guides that were not only experienced river runners but also experts on the Grand Canyon who had hiked and explored throughout the region. if you are looking for a total Grand Canyon experience, including the quiet,GCE dories are the way to go.
Timothy Greening
Chicago / Illinois
Excellent trip!!!
Terry Coen
Denver / Colorado
A great trip. I was thrilled with how everything went. The guides/rowers were very experienced which reduced the anxiety of the rapids for me (a whitewater novice). Everything was perfect. Thanks
Paul Houston
Pittsfield / MA
This holiday was amazing. Den and Shelley were fantastic, controlling the dingy and cooking the most amazing meals. I have so many brilliant memories of the holiday, the Rapids, the company, the camping, the walks, the food, the toilet(!) etc. It was so well organised. I don't know how those girls did it!!!! I have so many fab photos choosing one is very difficult!!
Helen Messenge
Bristol / UK
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.
robert sharples
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.
Chris Healy
San Diego / CA
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.
Sandi Albertson-Shea
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.
Damon Newsom
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!
Carrie Anders
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!
Rahul Palchaudhuri
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.
Debbie Amos
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
Adam Engle
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.
Konrad Knoeferl
Bakersfield / California
THE ULTIMATE FAMILY ADVENTURE TRIP! The Canyon was awesome. The river was powerful yet beautiful. The food was exquisite. The guides were fantastic in all ways. Our Boatman Ann-Marie was never without a smile and her Swamper Steven was always willing to serve our needs. They guided our boat with extreme precision and confidence. I tell people everyday that the trip exceeded my expectations in all manner of ways. EPIC!!
Brian Gualano
Asheville / NC
What is it like to receive 5 star treatment in a backcountry setting? Join this trip and find out. The customer service was excellent from the moment we first made contact. The packing list and all of the other information was spot on and no needs were left unmet.I was humbled by the hard work the guides did with smiles the whole trip. They cared for the people and the environment at every step and ripple. They love the Canyon, the River and the history and it shines through in all they do. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been with Grand Canyon Expeditions on this bucket list trip. They share the experience with love and passion and it makes a huge difference for those of us who also care deeply. Thank you.
Kupono McDaniel
Keaau / HI
The GCE trip,June 8-15, 2017 was my eighth Colorado River rafting adventure with Grand Canyon Expeditions. Maybe a ninth next year! How can I offer a greater, more glowing testimonial for GCE than this?
Howard Capito
Knoxville / Tennessee
What a great trip, Well organized GCEX had everything dialed in. Our guides were wonderful. Friendly, knowledgeable, highly experienced, and truly passionate about the canyon. You can tell it is more than a job to them and their swampers. My 17 year old son and I had a wonderful experience. I have hiked the canyon before but this was truly over the top. I will recommend GCEX to all who ask and have already talked about it to everyone who will listen. GREAT JOb!!! thx
Jim Mog
Rancho Cucamonga / CA
At Mile 0, I was a little hesitant, worried about no contact with the "rim" world, worried about no bathroom, worried about no showers, worried about not having enough clothes, worried about getting along with my trip mates, etc. By Mile 277, none of that mattered, and I felt like I had just finished a week-long vacation with family. I had no idea the Grand Canyon was so beautiful and had so much to see, so I was pleasantly surprised by that and thoroughly enjoyed all of the hiking that we were able to do, but I also thoroughly enjoyed interacting with so many different people with so many different personalities and so many different stories to tell. It was very nice to have no distractions and just be able to sit down and really listen to people and what they had to say.Our guides, Ben and Irv, were nothing short of amazing. They knew all of us by name from Day 1, quickly learned and adapted to 28 different personalities, and were full of knowledge and excited about sharing that knowledge with us. Their swampers, Julie and John, were just as great. I've never seen four people work as tirelessly and as hard as they did those eight days, and there's no doubt that they were a big part in us having such a wonderful trip.I feel truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to view the Grand Canyon from end to end and from the bottom up and would definitely encourage everyone to add it to their bucket list if it's not already on there. Thanks Grand Canyon Expeditions Company for the trip of a lifetime!
Marsha Wills
Gonzales / Louisiana
Outstanding journey!!..and I thought I was just going on a river trip. Experienced, fun, warm, and helpful crew--a dream team--Emily, Jalynda, Hannah, and Ry; gorgeous scenery and exciting day trips (Nankoweap, Little Colorado, Deer Creek Hike/Falls, Havasu...); fantastic fellow passengers--supportive, interesting, and welcoming (started out solo, but had a family of 32 at the end); delicious, fresh, and healthy food throughout--even fresh lettuce salad on day 7! Finished trip over 2 weeks ago, and still savoring the trip multiple times daily and dreaming about returning. Just book it...you won't regret it, and it may even change your life 🙂
Jacqueline Wittmeyer
Salt Lake City / Utah
What a week! I joined our leaders Emily and Jalynda with half the group New Zealanders (including me) and half from USA. We had a wonderful week of varied fun, sleeping under the stars, learning about geology, shooting the rapids, going up side canyons and eating DELICIOUS food. The toileting arrangements provided us all with much hilarity over the week, and getting to know some delightful people made the whole week one of my most memorable ever. Thank you to all involved.
Jackie Hoffman
Nelson / New Zealand
My wife, Marsha, gifted me this trip despite my apprehension to joining total strangers for a raft of a lifetime through the Grand Canyon. Individuals from all walks of life from many different states(8 I think). I quickly became amazed how we bonded and brought about a cohesiveness in a short period of time that we carried throughout the entire trip. Each person played a significant roll in making this week in my life a "bucket list". The Guides.....Marsha and I were on Ben and Julie's boat and Irv and John drove the our sister boat. These four collected 28 strangers and in their own way made a connection with each of us, shared their love, respect, and eco-knowledge of the Canyon. Ben is a massive nut that I completely appreciated and I can't imagine another trip without him and Julie. Irv owes me another horseshoe game. This dude manned the camp kitchen, woke us up with 5am coffee, fed us, led us down the the river and on hikes. Irv was truly an added blessing to me and his nickname is "Oak Tree", pass that on for me. Bottom line, these guides brought our experience to another level. The Grand Canyon....No words describe it, no pictures capture its beauty. You must feel it. Touch it. Breath it. In you own way, connect with it, and you will. Every turn in the river is a different scene, another color, none the same. I will end by stating I met awesome friends on an awe inspiring 8 day trip through the beautiful landscaped Grand Canyon that I will cherish forever.
Jason Wills
Gonzales / Louisiana
Exceeded expectations. Always felt safe with our skilled raft guides Emily, Jalynda, Hannah and Ry. They are the best!!
Colin Heinz
Christchurch / New Zealand
Took the motor trip. GREAT Trip! Captains Den and Duffy were outstanding guides, and were Cleeda and Kerstin. They were all technically proficient as well as professional and fun. The food was tasty, well prepared and plentiful. The Canyon and River of course were both spectacular. Thanks!
Bob Howard
Phoenix / AZ
This trip was fabulous in every aspect, even a couple of evenings of rain!! The Canyon is so much more than photos can convey-- the peace, the quiet, the turquoise water of the Little Colorado, and the majesty of the canyon walls are incomparable. I loved the great white water every day, the hikes, and our campsites. Emily, Marty, Skye, and Adam were the best river guides and hosts I have had the pleasure of floating with! They attended to our every need, provided amazing meals, and were fonts of information about the Canyon, its history, and folklore. I did not want for anything! We enjoyed all of the guests-- a fun and diverse group of people. I recommend this trip-of-a-lifetime without reservation, as well as Grand Canyon Expeditions!
Martha Kupferschmidt
Park City / Utah
We went into the May 13, 2017 motorized raft trip with high expectations and found that our expectations were exceeded daily. The white water was a given---some really big (hang on with both hands) and frequent. When GCEX recommends a good rain suit they are not kidding. The scenery and geology were spectacular. It constantly reminded you of your place as a speck in the universe. The boats and equipment were first class and all in top shape. What really made this trip special were the guides on the trip. Their constantly friendly and outgoing demeanor along with their "customer comes first, second etc." approach was remarkable to see, especially given the older and slightly needy group on this trip. Their cooking was a wonder to behold as we ate better on this trip than we normally do at home or in most restaurants. Tents were provided but largely ignored as sleeping under the stars in a bug free star filled night was awesome. As I write this, I wish I was back on the river and am planning on doing another trip with GCEx with my kids in 2019. I researched the other companies doing GC trips and believe that these folks really do have the best value. It was the trip of a lifetime, at least until the next time.
Dan Corti
Missoula / MT
We just finished our Grand Canyon rafting trip. What an amazing trip! The scenery, whitewater, hiking, waterfalls, food....all superb. The best part of this trip was time spent with my amazing family and the people we shared the journey with. This wonderful experience was facilitated by our outstanding team of Trevin and Duffy and their "swampers": Clinton and Kerstin (Duffy's lovely and talented wife). I can't stop thinking about and talking about this fabulous adventure!
Beverley Springstead
Pittsburg / Texas