What are my options for a 1 day rafting trip? Thanks!
What are my options for a 1 day rafting trip? Thanks!
There is only 1 one day float, and it is in Grand Canyon West. The other option is a 1/2 day smooth water float out of Page from Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's Ferry. Nothing is available anywhere around the South Rim and the Village, as there is no way in or out except by foot or mule.
To check out the first one go to www.rivers-oceans.com and the second one at www.raftthecanyon.com.
Unfortunately there is nothing around the immediate area, and either of these trips require quite a bit of travel. With only 5 days and your limited schedule it may not be possible.
There is a smooth water float trip out of Page for the day, but this does not go inside the National Park.
SJGEdited: 01 December 2009, 22:27
Your 5 day plan will make most sense if you leave the GCNP (after your stay and time there) and go up to Page and do the Glen Canyon raft trip there. It's a half day trip, but since it will take you the other half of the day to get there, it will be a full day for all intents and purposes.
Plan to spend that night in Page and also include a visit to Antelope canyon as part of your time in Page. then move on or back to Sedona, depending on how your schedule takes shape.
The Colorado River Discovery float trip out of Page is the most popular option for visitors that have only one day to spare for a rafting trip. It's a beautiful trip that encompasses a 15-mile stretch of Glen Canyon from the base of the Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry. Along the way, you get to take a short and easy walk to view a panel of Native petroglyphs (inscriptions in the stone). If you have the time to work with, the most economical way to take this trip is to go up to Page and take it directly from there. It takes 2.5 hours to drive from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page. During peak season (April through October) the trip departs twice daily at 7.30 AM and 1.00 PM; off-peak (early spring/late fall) the trip goes once daily at 11.00. To book the float trip out of Page visit www.raftthecanyon.com
If you don't have the time or inclination drive up to Page, you can take the float trip as a package tour out of Grand Canyon South Rim. There are two options: round-trip motorcoach transport from GC South Rim to Page and back; or another popular package is called the Canyon River Adventure where you start with a sunrise airplane flight from GC South Rim, disembark in Page, take a break for a box breakfast, do a 4x4 tour Antelope Canyon (slot canyon), then go down to the dam and take the float trip to Lees Ferry, then ride the bus back to the canyon. Both of these packages can be booked through Grand Canyon Airlines (www.grandcanyonairlines.com) or Papillon Helicopters (www.papillon.com).
It should be noted that the Glen Canyon float trip consists entirely of smooth water - there are no rapids at all. If you were wanting to experience some rapids, there is a 1-day white water rafting trip offered by the Hualapai Indian Tribe out of Peach Springs Arizona. This trip covers 42 river miles from Diamond Creek to Quartermaster Point. It includes a hike into a side canyon to see a travertine waterfall, lunch and a helicopter flight out of the river at the end (very cool if it happens - otherwise, they motor you all the way down to South Cove on Lake Mead in the event of inclement weather). There are 9 sets of rated rapids (Class 2 and 3 [moderate]) on this trip and they all occur between launch and lunch. The rest is floating. This trip is all day (10 to 12 hours) and starts early in the morning, so you'd best stay in Peach Springs or somewhere close by the night before the trip.
Both trips I described take place outside the borders of Grand Canyon National Park. To experience the portion of the Colorado River that traverses Grand Canyon National Park "proper" requires a time commitment of 4-5 days minimum due to the logistics of putting into/taking out of the river.
Hope that helps.
Sorry, forgot to state that the South Rim float trip packages are both 12 hours. Note to TA: can we have just a little more time to edit our posts?
As everyone above has stated, you only have only two options for rafting near the South Rim Grand Canyon and really neither are that near. The float trip is 138 miles to the NE and the whitewater trip is 139 miles to the SW. If you are going to be heading to or from the Grand Canyon via from Southern Utah, the smooth water trip is on the way and if you are going to be heading to or from Vegas then the whitewater trip is that direction. From the South Rim, you will do the smooth water trip in one long 12 hour day; however, to do the whitewater trip, you will need more time as the trip from meeting to return in Peach Springs AZ is usually about 11 hours (4-5 hours on the river). Most people spend the night before or after at Peach Springs, as it is not feasible travel from and return to South Rim on the same day. Both these trips are excellent excursions.
The one misconception people have is that neither trip is within the boundaries of the Grand Canyon National Park. While this is true for the smooth water float trip in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, it is not true for the whitewater trip. On the whitewater trip, the entire time, on the river, is within the boundaries of the Grand Canyon National Park. It is also geologically within the Grand Canyon. The actual boundary, as stated by the GC National Park, is to the high water line on the left side of the river, therefore, the only part of the trip that is not within the National Park boundaries is the drive to and from the rafting portion of the trip. Twenty years ago, most of that section of river was with in the boundaries of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, it is now within and regulated by the Grand Canyon National Park. The Hualapai only own the land on the left side of the Canyon above the historical high water line; they do not own the river or the north side of the Grand Canyon in this section of Grand Canyon.
I wanted to clarify that the two options refered to above, are only in reference to one-day raft trips in Grand Canyon area. The raft trips that traverse the heart of the Grand Canyon are a minumum of 6-days to over 2 weeks long for a full length trip. The shortest trips at 4 or more days, are for a partial trips. Partial trips require hiking into or out of the Grand Canyon or a helicopter ride in, to raft the last 3rd of the Grand Canyon..
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