What Our Guests Have To Say


The Trip was gorgeous ! We feel honored to have experienced nature, beauty and landscape so close. Organization was perfect and the Crew summed up this one of a kind experience.
Sabine
Germany
Not only was it a fun, physical, and educational trip, the meals were fresh and delicious and I can not say enough about Capains Ann Marie and Ben, as well as their swampers Shawn and Julie, who made this journey a pleasure. We are already discussing our next trip thru the canyon with your company
Steven Winckler
Riverhead / New York
I will HIGHLY recommend this company to family and friends looking for the experience of a lifetime. The scenery was breath-taking, guides amazing and the friendships I made will last forever. I went with a group of four (my 73 old father, and our two neighbors), but left the adventure with a WHOLE group of NEW friends and family. Loved our guides! Irv, Adam, Kyle and Ben made the whole experience that much more exciting. They made the event memorable with their expertise, education and infectious love of the river. Thank you for providing such a moving experience. BUCKET LIST ITEM - CHECK!!
Tami Dorraugh
Volcano / California
Den & Roger were amazing! Truly a trip of a lifetime. The boats were a blast. Hikes were breathtaking. And the food was great. Wished the bus would've taken us back to the start so we could've done it all over again. Thanks for everything.
Jeff
Mesa / AZ
Everything was amazing and wonderful! Ben, Julie, Glade and Tony were awesome! It was so exciting! Good food, great drivers, and having Q was the topping on the cake! We absolutely loved every minute of our trip!
Karen West
Layton/Kanab / Utah
I was privileged 46 years ago to take a river trip with my father. We hiked down the Kaibab trail and met two motor rafts at Phantom Ranch. Our trip leader was Ron Smith. The next week was an amazing adventure through the mid , and lower canyon. My faded memories include thrilling rapid rides through Crystal, and Lava Falls, Camping on pristine sandy beaches, and the cowboy camaraderie of the evening campfires. So when my brother invited me to come along this year I jumped at the chance. The trip is still one of the most amazing experiences we mere humans can have. to be able to travel along geological time ,and witness nature closely is more than inspiring. The care ,and comfort that GCEX provides along the way is exemplary to the ideals that were shown to me that first trip. Respect what surrounds you. Revel in it's energy, and practice the lessons that you learn along the way.
James "Flash" Quinby
San Rafael / California
Rafting 280 miles down the Colorado River, camping under the stars, exploring beautiful side canyons, eating delicious meals prepared by the crew - these are just a few of the reasons this experience is so special. Irv and Chuck were knowledgeable and made great decisions about what we saw each day, where we camped, and were the ultimate professionals. Ultimately what we keep mentioning when people ask about our trip was the special group of people with whom we traveled. From several countries and states, we learned about each other, laughed often, and shared a week that we will never forget.
Lisa Bauer
Clay Center / KS
A Life Changing Experience!! Our 8-day journey was filled with a variety of one-of-a-kind adventures, including hiking to ancient native cliff granaries, excursions to waterfalls (free personal showers), visiting unique geological formations and mineral pools, ponds and small rivers where we could enjoy water sport activities. From the first morning announcement -- "Coffee's Ready!" to the hour we all turned in at night, our Grand Canyon experience was filled with entertaining and educational activities. Our Professional River Guides and their First Mates presented us with a most enjoyable time, including highlights of the history of the Grand Canyon's formation and modern discovery by nineteenth and early twentieth century adventurers. Of course, there are some river life details that you must experience yourselves…. Our group was fun and friendly, and many new acquaintances have become good friends as a result of our mutual experiences. Did I mention the rapids were awesome?? When can we come back for an encore?
Dan Mostacciuolo
Clifton / VA
is there rating of 20 stars? we had the most amazing trip, unforgetable experience, forever lasting memories everything was so great, our photos dont justified the greatness and beauty of this land our 5 guides were amazing!!! the best ever!!!! thank you for everything Jana and Franco
Franco and Jana Casas
New York / NY
What an unbelievable experience! Grand Canyon Expeditions is a top notch organization. Every detail was accounted for. Emily Dale made everything so clear and easy. Hannah French was the perfect swamper. Together, they made the trip everything that it was. The food was outstanding. Each day the schedule was clear and enjoyable for everyone. More importantly, their combined experience and love of the Grand Canyon and the river brought the trip to an entirely different level. Words are not enough to thank them for all that they put into the experience.
Brian Harrison
Exeter / NH
What a fantastic trip again (did it seven years ago with GCEX). Nothing but professional people from start to finish. Booking the reservations with Nan and Taylor. Boatmen Capt. Bobby Skinner and Capt. Glade Zarn, swampers Alex and Shana bent over backwards for all our needs. Their knowledge and stories of the Grand Canyon are truly amazing. Thanks again. P.S. I'll probably go again in six or seven years.
Neil Scherrer
Lakewood / Colorado
We have been on the 8-day trip with Grand Canyon Expeditions twice now. This most recent trip, we were lucky enough to go with Marty and his family. I can honestly say that it was the best vacation we have ever experienced, including Europe, Caribbean and Mexico! No detail was left out, and the guests comfort and wishes were priority. The Grand Canyon can sell itself, however, the ultimate experience was with Marty and his family. They were professional, knowledgeable, friendly, and hardworking. Trevin and Shaun were great also.. I would give them more than 5 stars, if I could
Doris and Andy Scholte
Kanab / Utah
The Short Version: BEST. VACATION. EVER.
Joseph Cottrell
Tooele / Utah
Such an inspiring, amazing trip with so many wonderful aspects and perspectives it is difficult to know where to begin. No doubt that eight days on the Colorado River, through the expanse of time of the Grand Canyon is incredible. The majesty, wonder, and beauty are beyond mere words. But the best part of the experience by far were the people - with our family and to connect with new friends on a shared journey. Stories, laughter, helping one another, learning together, and sometimes just speechless. And then there was the crew - Trevin, Sean, and the whole Mathis clan. Their love of the place, the passion for what they do, and the hospitality and grace they showered on each of us. GECX is by far the best at what they do! Each day was an adventure. River and camp life were great - thrilling Rapids, side canyons, waterfalls, geology, history, a little fishing, and even relaxation. The food was simply awesome. And the fellowship so special. It was the best vacation we've had - and we've had some great ones. We were all somewhat sad when it was over - but know we will do it again (and again). For eight days we were immersed in a thing so, so special. As infamous boatman Buzz Holmstrom would say, it is "the doing of the thing." We cannot wait to do it again - with GECX.
Paul Young
Newnan / Georgia
may 12-19 2016 this was the trip of my life...about 30 years ago my son, daughter and I talked about doing this...but "things" always came up...finally one day I asked if they wanted to try...my daughter was free so we said "go for it" it was much more than I expected...beauty, history, comfort, information about what we were seeing, meals, care for personal needs, varied activities each day, great guides with a love and knowledge of the canyon... evident by the stories, geology, music and hikes...greg and meja were amazing with their organization and care of our group...a very memorable vacation
maryalice rogalski
camano island washington / washington
I can not begin to tell you what this trip was for me and my husband John. We have done many adventures but this was the ultimate. Adam and Den could not have been more helpful and fun. Our group was the best ever....and having Sue (geologist) with us was just extra frosting on the cake of life.
Kristine
Londonderry / NH
The best trip I've ever taken the knowledge of Captain Marty, Captain Bob, and crew was remarkable. The people that were on the trip were the best. No worries, nothing but fun!!! Take this trip you won't be disappointed. Grand Canyon Expedition Company is the very best.
Larry Luers
Borrego Springs / CA
One of the best trips we ever took.
Jana and Bruce Hale
San Francisco / Ca
What a special trip! Our guides, Ann Marie and Adam, proved themselves not only to be excellent boatmen (their preferred term), but they were also good cooks and great entertainers. Ann Marie gave us insights into the history of exploration of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon and Adam had a good series of jokes for our evening pleasure. They impressed me with their commitment to the conservation and preservation of the nature and beauty of the Grand Canyon. The organization of the trip by Grand Canyon Expeditions was excellent, from the gourmet meals, which included ample fresh fruits and vegetables and delectable cuts of meat, to the gear that was provided to us (tents, cots, pads, sleeping bags). The final hour of the trip via fast, shallow motorized boat to get us out of the canyon and past the sand bars was captained by another very engaging guy, with a great sense of humor. I was also really impressed with the office staff, who had good follow-up on communications and was helpful both before and after the trip. A terrific experience.
Barb Sears
Haslett / Michigan
I agree with everyone on the beauty and drama of the Canyon and the experience of the guides (We had Adam and Ann Marie). This is the third trip we've taken down the river. All trips were equally competent, good food, great hikes, great guides, etc. So what differentiates them? On this trip we had tents and cots - a must in May. No one else offered cots, and they were a significant improvement in comfort. This trip leaves from Las Vegas. The takeout is a charming jet boat ride through the remainder of the canyon to the take out. We got to see the entire canyon - which is quite lovely. We didn't have the bone jarring, hot uncomfortable long ride out at Diamond Creek. We missed the fun helicopter ride out of the canyon - which leaves the river right after Lava Falls and misses much of the canyon. We did have a 5 hr bus ride on day one - leaving Vegas at 5:00am. I think any company you choose will give you a fabulous experience. So, chose based on geography and how you want to take out of the river.
Linda Sears
Cincinnati / Oh
I am late in sending this in but my trip will stick with me forever so wanted to send a note. Had such a fantastic, memorable time and the crew were beyond awesome! Appreciate a million times over all their hard, hard work. As many people say, it is impossible to put into words what a tremendous experience we had on this trip. Thanks so much. Hope to do it again!
Carolyn Haun
Sherwood, Oregon
Experiencing the Canyon for 8 days is one of life's more memorable experiences. Having professional support while enjoying the Canyon is essential as the day you leave Lee's Ferry you are in the wilderness and the things you take for granted in your day to day world are not a given. We were very pleased with Grand Canyon Expeditions from the time we had our initial meeting to stepping back off the bus at Las Vegas. What made the trip truly wonderful was our two capable boatmen, Marc and Glade and their swampers Shanna and Jackie. These four individuals truly made the difference from it being a good experience to one that was truly memorable.
Jim Schaefer
Spicewood, Texas
Great trip, and Roger and Den (along with Chris and Mike) were great. Whitewater was fun, even in the rain! The hikes were amazing -- I think they were just about my favorite part of the trip. The scenery is unbelievable, and Roger's geographic knowledge was very helpful in getting a sense of the place. This is a great trip, and I would highly recommend it. Ask Den to sing the Port-a-potty Blues!
le Lassen
Camarillo, California
I just finished the 8 day trip with Den and Roger. It was the most incredible trip I've ever been on. From wild exciting Rapids, daily hikes with amazing views and awesome waterfalls, to excellent meals, it was an incredible journey. Our guides shared their knowledge of the river and canyon while keeping us laughing with their stories. They made the best meals, and desserts were outstanding. We spent nights singing and talking about our day and then fell asleep under the stars. What a view. I would recommend them to anyone who wants the adventure of a life time. They were the best.
Ginny Robertson
Palm Harbor, Florida
Loved it I tell every one they have not seen the Grand Canyon until they float it.
Dolly Richardson
Yacolt, Washington
Glade and Den were amazing as boatsmen and as a resource to learn about the river and people who have been involved over the years, as cooks, and entertainers. They took us on great hikes which were even better when they played guitar and sang in the canyons. The food was perfect. I had no idea the Grand Canyon was so vast and so old! I have recommended the trip to anyone I meet! I am sure you will get future customers from our part of the world.
Fran Errington
Parksville, British Columbia
Best outdoor adventure available in the US! GCE ran a great trip. Boatmen Irv was an excellent river guide. Gerry and Kyle were great swampers. Food was very good. I wish I had taken this trip years ago. Keep up the good work!
Charlie Witte
Chula Vista, California
The trip through this monumental park was an awesome experience made more meaningful by the deep love, respect, and reverence for its great beauty by our guide, Bob Dye. My companions and I were able to savor the commentary while absorbing the natural beauty before us, ever changing, yet timeless, dumbstruck by what we saw but had not words to describe.
Charles Hicks
Eclectic`, Alabama
The most wonderful trip ever! Every day was a new adventure. Some were challenging and others simply a blast. So so much fun! The scenery was unbelievale. The boatmen and swampers could not have been more fun. Better than that, the knowlege and experience about river rafting as well as the science and history of the Grand Canyon that each of them shared with us made it so enjoyable. Loved the stories. Oh...the food...11 stars out of 10 for every meal! Thank you so much, Art, Freddy, Theresa, Adam and Logan you are the best.
Sharon Bourland
Houston, Texas
Our trip with Bob, Donna, Dustin, Dusty and Mrs. Dusty was really an adventure. Their knowledge of the canyon is so great, and they were able to translate its mysteries to us in such a enjoyable way. Food was wonderful, and the comraderie was the icing on the cake. Thanks to everyone at GCEX for making this trip available for us.
Steve Cassells
Longmont, Colorado
This wilderness trip - which we did for the second time - was an unforgettable adventure. Where else can you spend 8 days in untouched wilderness while enjoying the comfort of cots, tents and gourmet meals? The organization was perfect from A to Z, nothing was forgotten. The group may have been a little large (2 rafts, 25 guests), but everything was flawless, thanks to the expert guides Glade and Greg. We saw incredible landscape and enjoyed exciting rapids without being afraid. The hikes were diverse and interesting. The food was incredible, whether Mexican, Asian or juicy Filet Mignon. Five stars for GCEX, and we will do our best to get more Austrians to raft the Grand Canyon with you!
Michael Schnitzler
Vienna, Austria
It's not a cliche to say it definitely was the trip of a lifetime for me. The experience far exceeded my expectations; the professionalism and great personalities of Dustin, Kyle, and Don totally made the trip worthwhile. I have been telling everyone I know that they should contact GCEX and take this trip.
Bob Culver
New York, New York
I have nothing but positive things to say about our recent trip with GCE, whose staff took great care of our group from the moment we made our first enquiry, to the end. The service was truly exceptional throughout. Our guide, Bobby Skinner, and his helper, Jay Hey, were professionals in every respect. Their knowledge of the river, passion for their work, and excellent humor, transformed what was already going to be an amazing trip into a legendary one. I am truly grateful to them, as well as to all of the GCE staff, who made the trip happen so seamlessly. Thank you, and please know that I have already recommended your company to others, and will continue to do so.
Walton Denton
Nashville, Tennessee
30 years ago my wife and two daughters did a 6 day trip with another rafting company. We had a tremendous experience. Now 75 years old and in good health I wanted to share this unique experience my two brothers as a way for us to have some special time together so last July I researched several companies checked out the GCEX web site, talked a couple of times to Nan McCormick and was sold. Once the news of our planned trip was out several cousins, grandsons and a couple of special friends jumped on the chance to join this all male expedition and what a trip we had with our boatman and guide Bobby Skinner and his aid Jay Shea. It was a special time for all 13 of us and memories of a lifetime. Thank you GCEX.
Gus Denton
Memphis, Tennessee
Great trip! Every aspect was well organized and communicated. Starting with Nan McCormick a year in advance to the finish - 8 days in a really beautiful environment with our guides Bobby Skinner and his assistant Jay Hay. Bobby is an experienced boatman who made sure we were safe, but has a fun and exciting time, all the while learning about the environment and history of the canyon. I hope that in the future I can bring other members of our family for this special opportunity.
Chip Denton
Birmingham, Alabama
Our June 2015 trip was fantastic, exceeded expectations. Our guides Trevin, Johnny, Irv and Dave all were highly competent boatmen, cooks, tour guides and just good folks that made the trip fun for all. Our entire group enjoyed the journey, made memorable by the great rapids, canyon views, side hikes, cliff jump, night sky as well as the new friends made along the way. I would love to do this trip again some day and I highly recommend GCE to anyone looking for a great trip.
Edward Feragen
The Woodlands, Texas
I had a fantastic time indeed, and my needs as a diabetic and a vegan were met very well. What a gorgeous and luxurious trip! I've never gone on a trip before where everything was taken care of for me. Absolutely wonderful. And I'd always thought I'd prefer to participate in paddling on a 15-day trip, but discovered how nice it was to motor through the flat sections. I was also surprised to learn that I thought 8 days was just the right amount of time, and I did not feel a need to be there twice as long.
Janet Grossman
Prescott, Arizona
Excellent trip. Wonderful and amazing boatman and helpers.
Mark Cook
Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Our tour leader was Glade and his crew, Tony and Sean. They are absolutely topnotch and helped to make this a once in a lifetime experience. I understand that our boatman, Bachco (sp) was a last minute stand-in. It is obvious he was very well qualified and knew every ripple of the river. That is important! But we were mesmerized by his interest, knowledge and enthusiasm for sharing the history of the native peoples and geology of the Canyon. Good job everyone.
Carey Stanly
Willis, Texas
Trip exceeded my expectations. 28 wonderful, fellow passengers, including Sue, an exceptional Geologist and two great raft crews who met our every need. Will certainly recommend GCEC to those with similar interests. THANKS!
Johnny Hefner
Greenville, South Carolina
I didn't know what to expect on my trip with Grand Canyon Expeditions, but I must say the experience exceeded any thing I could have dreamed of. Our guides were incredible!! Donna, Bob and Art were fantastic guides and shared the wealth of their knowledge of the Canyon with us so completely. I can't say enough about the generous, delicious meals and snacks that we're provided for us. I haven't eaten that well in a long, long time. The ice for evening tails was unexpected but awesome! Our group if 28 were a delight to travel 8 days with on the river. We were so fortunate to have had such a happy and cohesive group. They are missed but we are staying in touch via email. Thank you so much for the trip of a lifetime. I will never forget it and will encourage others to experience it if they choose. I can highly recommend a Grand Canyon Expedtions to my family and friends. Thank you so much!!
Reggie Rieger
Columbia, Missouri
OMG - Best Vacation EVER!!!..If you were thinking of taking a vacation and maybe a little hesitant...Don't be...The guides were Amazing...Loved every minute of this vacation and would do it again in a heartbeat...Thank you for a wonderful experience! Paula
Paula Wood
Clarksville, New Hamphire
WOW!!! I have been wanting to do this trip for five years. All I can say is if you are thinking about doing this trip--don't wait. GCEX is a great company to do it with. The scenery, food, and staff were all top notch. Staff -- Art, Bob, and Donna worked very hard making sure we had a memorable trip. Their knowledge of the canyon was excellent. The side canyon hikes were great. The rapids were excillerating and refreshing. Thank you GCEX
Don Lodge
Clarksville, New Hamphire
We have just returned from an 8 day motorized raft trip of the Grand Canyon with 13 family members. My husband and I have traveled around the world extensively and have to say that this was one of the best trips ever! Grand Canyon Expeditions is extremely well organized with every aspect of the trip. Their packing list is bang on and the hotel in Vegas is an added bonus. As we fell into the rhythm of the river, Glade and Ben, our boatmen with the capable help of Tony and Julie, always had a story to tell or a new wonder to show us. Glade, you are the man! No one else makes Dutch Oven Chocolate Iced Cookies like you!! Meals were delicious and the scenery was breathtaking, even in the rain. The crew worked tirelessly to show us the Canyon they love so well. I want to thank everyone at GCEX for making this a vacation we will all remember! Wish we were back on the river, waking up to Glade's morning call of "Hot coffee - YEE HAW!!" PS - the jet boat trip for the last 30 miles was greatly appreciated as the temp was over 100 and we had left the beauty of the Canyon behind.
Cindy
Magnolia, Texas
This was my third trip rafting the Colorado River. I have always had good guides but this trip we had exceptional guides. Bobby, Cash, Greg and Tom were so much fun, great storytellers, knowledgeable about the canyon and the geology and very good cooks. This trip leaves you with a lifetime of smiles looking back at the week on a mighty river.
Evie Bronikowski
Toccoa, Georgia
My wife and I just did the June 4-11 trip with Art & Bob & Donna. What a wonderful experience. This had been on my bucket list since the early 80's when I did a lot of rafting. But this is so much more than just rafting. The scenery is never ending. The guides are so knowledgeable about the canyon. Waking up to the sun showing of the upper canyon walls is spectacular. The hikes we went on were absolutely great. This is a MUST DO for anyone that visits the national parks. And Grand Canyon Expeditions is a world class outfit.
Russ Wood
Clarksville, New Hamphire
I had a great trip and highly recommend it to everyone! Our guides, Adam and Trevin were super!
Sandy Durham
Atwater, California
A month ago I was on a "trip of a lifetime" with my best friend, two wonderful boat captains (Greg and Bob), two amazing swampers and 26 strangers that would quickly become my friends. The beauty of the Canyon was what brought me there, but the experience is what guarantees that I will return again. Grand Canyon Expeditions Co. is top-notch and I would encourage anyone to take this journey with them. The rapids, the rafting, the hikes, the stories, the knowledge of our captains and the pure joy of being in areas that few people see should be experienced by everyone. And . . . did I say that the food was amazing! Plus, I have never seen so many stars. I can't begin to explain how awesome this trip ("journey") was. All I can say it "book it now". You will not be disappointed. Many thanks to the folks at GCEX for making this trip one to remember. From the registration, orientation, rafting and return, you made it spectacular! I'll see you again soon.
Lara Fleming
Knoxville, Tennessee
Wow. I cant believe the 8 day trip went by so fast! The crew, Glade, Ben, Julie and Tony, were beyond belief. The effort they put in and the knowledge they poured into us was phenomenal. Every meal was perfectly prepared and they will answer any question you throw at them. Even from the very start of trip planning, it was all so well organized and thought out! There were literally zero hitches. GCEX went above and beyond to make sure all events go smoothly and that you are always informed! Their packing list was spot on and i would definitely suggest bringing a cotton sheet, pillow, wet wipes, backpack and some sort of bandanna or scarf to cover your neck. All of the side trip hikes were perfectly picked by our guides and they planned every day so that we could experience as many of them as possible without the interruption of other groups. It takes a lot of pre-planning and was greatly appreciated! Also, do not be too afraid of the rain, if it happens. It will make for great cascading waterfalls around every bend! A good rain suit is highly recommended as well. You will not regret this trip! Book it with Grand Canyon Expeditions and their experience and expertise will not let you down!!
Brett Becker
Katy, Texas
My 19 year old son and I loved our 8 day motorized trip. Our guides Ani and Glade, and their assistants Renee and Dennis, were fantastic. They took such good care of us, doing everything necessary to keep us safe and comfortable. The trip provided an opportunity for me to spend an incredible week with my son. Spending that week on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon looking at the beautiful scenery, sleeping under the stars, with no phones, no internet, was wonderful. I felt a sense of peace on the trip that I cannot really describe. Thank you for providing a fantastic experience!
Linda Grasso
Tinton Falls, New Jersey