DEPARTS LAS VEGAS to LAS VEGAS
Trek Code: FGC Destination: USA West Departs: Apr-Sep Accommodation: Camping Age Range: 16+ although families with children aged 12+ may be accepted subject to availability.
There are a few experiences in life that can compare to rafting down the Grand Canyon. It has taken the Colorado River millions of years to create this immense canyon, stretching nearly 280 miles in length and averaging over a mile in depth, but you can experience this spectacular geological extravaganza in just 8 magical days on this Grand Canyon rafting trip. You’ll leave civilization far behind as you travel the entire length of the canyon aboard specially designed motorized rafts, embracing the thrill of the white-water and exploring gigantic caverns and waterfalls only found from the water.
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Raft the entire length of the Grand Canyon
Enjoy up to Class IV whitewater rapids
Spot soaring birdlife
Enjoy Grand Canyon exhilarating trails
Camp on the banks of the Colorado River
Hike and swim in side canyons
Gourmet meals prepared daily on the river
Bright lights of Las Vegas
Plus you get…
Services of rafting guide/boatman
Roundtrip transportation from/to Las Vegas & Colorado River
7 nights camping
All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, but with lots of optional activities to choose from, stops at some of your leaders favourite places and occasional changes in local conditions no two Trek trips are ever the same so come ready for a unique adventure.
Optional Activities (paid locally)
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There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don’t. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.
> All activities available in the Grand Canyon are included in the price
As this tour departs at 0500 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 1). Las Vegas > Lees Ferry
An early 05:00am departure to historic Lees River to begin your journey with your first taste of the mighty Grand Canyon and snaking Colorado River.
Days 2-7). Colorado River/Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon offers the most spectacular geological extravaganza on earth. Despite being a desert setting, plants and wildlife thrive. Cacti, wild flowers, Bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyotes and ringtail cats may be seen along the banks, while overhead many species of birds may be observed, including hawks, golden eagles, falcons, great blue herons and egrets.
You will have the opportunity to hike and swim in side canyons, as well as running class IV whitewater rapids. Due to the length of river covered in 8 days, specially crafted motorised rafts are used for safety and comfort. These allow ample supplies to be carried for the entire journey so travellers of all fitness levels can enjoy this incredible experience.
You can travel light – the climate is mild, and just a few changes of clothes are needed. We supply waterproof river bags and camera boxes, so that you can focus on enjoying the sights and sounds of the river, its hidden trails, secluded riverside campsites and stunning canyon sunrises and sunsets.
Day 8). Transfer back to Las Vegas
Your journey comes to an end with an exhilarating jet boat ride along Lake Mead and transfer back to Las Vegas.
PRE TOUR MEETING
There will be a pre-tour orientation meeting in the lobby of the Residence Inn by Marriott hotel at 20:00 hrs the night before the tour begins. You will meet your group and discuss any questions relating to the upcoming adventure on the river.
IS RAFTING THE GRAND CANYON FOR ME?
Rafting and camping along the Colorado River makes this tour the ultimate way to explore the Grand Canyon. With a relaxed pace and tranquil surroundings, this tour is perfect for experiencing the great outdoors and observing wildlife in their natural habitat.
No previous rafting experience is required; however, we do suggest that you are confident in and around water and that you are willing to live without a mobile phone signal for the duration of the trip!
No problem. Neither can many of the people who raft the Grand Canyon! We will supply U.S. Coast Guard-approved life preservers, and each person is required to wear one at all times aboard the boats.
ABOUT THE RAFT
The simplicity and design of the 37-foot S-Rig make this craft ideal for Grand Canyon river running. Thanks to the boat’s ability to transport all supplies needed for eight days or more of travel, guests can traverse the Canyon in first-class comfort. Although the safety and maneuverability engineered into the S-Rig have minimized the effort required to boat through the Canyon, they have not at all diminished the thrills of whitewater river running. The most formidable rapids of the Colorado, which Major Powell and other early explorers were forced to portage around are now amongst the most eagerly anticipated highlights.
GOURMET MEALS ON THE RIVER
The design of our boats enables us to carry several hundred pounds of ice, which will last the entire trip. Every meal is prepared with fresh meats and produce. All food is prepared by our boatmen, who have mastered the art of Dutch-oven cooking. We provide generous quantities of cold soft drinks, fruit juice and filtered water which are available to you throughout the day.
Breakfasts are bacon or sausage, eggs with muffins, pancakes or french toast. Fruit and cereal, juice, coffee, cocoa and tea are available each morning. Lunches are picnic style. They consist of a selection of delicatessen meats and cheeses, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and olives. You make your own sandwich with a choice of breads. Chips, cookies, fruit, nuts, and candy are served and a choice of drinks (juice, soda pop, water) are available.
Dinners are filling, as they should be after an activity-filled day. Main dishes include filet mignon, halibut, Mexican dinners, shrimp, pork filet, chicken, and pasta. Each night we serve a salad, either tossed, green, fruit or vegetable. We also serve a cooked vegetable such as corn, carrots, zucchini, tomatoes, and potatoes. Desserts consist of Dutch-Oven cakes or cobblers, pound cake, fruit and cookies. A selection of cold beverages is always available.
A TYPICAL DAY ON THE RIVER
We wake to the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee. Although the sun will not flood our camp for some time, tops of the Grand Canyon’s walls already are aglow with sunlight. While eggs, sausage, and muffins cook, sleeping bags are being packed.
We enter a series of rapids. A great blue heron takes off down-river, wings pumping. Both bird and its surroundings seem somehow prehistoric. We stop to explore a narrow, beautifully sculptured wash named Shinumo. In shadow, all but fleeting moments each day, its polished silver walls shed a light of their own. To see the sky, you must tilt your head back with great effort.
South Canyon intersects the river, signaling that Vasey’s Paradise is just ahead. A paradise, indeed! Sunlight seems to explode from the fountains of water gushing from the Grand Canyon’s walls. Lush growths of moss and ferns in this “paradise” seem strangely out of place in such a desert setting. We drift close to the gushing water, giving everyone aboard a welcome shower.
Our boats stop for lunch in the shade of Redwall Cavern. Inside this great cave, there’s room enough for a game of softball!
As two golden eagles soar lazily overhead, we drift quietly and our boatman tells us the story of Bert Loper’s historic river run in 1949. We feel the heat, but soon a roller coaster rapid refreshes us. We sight moon lilies, abloom at the mouth of Saddle Canyon. A hike to explore Saddle is topped off with a cold soda.
We make for Nankoweap, site of ancient Indian ruins, and our campsite tonight. After a dinner of fillet, dutch-oven potatoes, green salad, and cherry cobbler, we hike to the ruins, and view the river below.
Those who cannot stay awake find their sleeping bags. Bed tonight is beneath the Milky Way, and a canopy of stars that dwarfs even the Grand Canyon.
We contribute $8 per person to support the Grand Canyon Conservation Fund – a non-profit organisation working directly with worthy conservation groups such as Friends of the River, Grand Canyon Trust and others. The money is used to further research and protection of the Grand Canyon.
Please note Grand American Adventures clients will join our local partner for Grand Canyon Rafting departures.
Unlike other, shorter rafting trips down the upper canyons of the Colorado, the total number of raft trips allowed down the Grand Canyon are very limited, and as such, we strongly urge you to book early to avoid disappointment.
No previous rafting experience is required; however, we do suggest that you are confident in and around water and are willing to live without a mobile phone signal for the duration of the trip!
Our normal maximum group size on this tour is 14, but our April and September departures may have a maximum size of 20.