Full Grand Canyon

WHY WE LOVE THIS ADVENTURE

R & O patiently explained every detail with a level of expertise that made me confident I was in the hands of consummate professionals. And once we were on river, everything promised was delivered. Great equipment… incredible guides…breathtaking hikes…Wow! Thank you Robby and everyone at Rivers & Oceans for such a Fantastic Experience!

-JB S.

NO MANDATORY HIKE

There is no requirement to do the hike in or out on a Full Grand Canyon rafting trip, making this trip more accessible.

GREAT GUIDES

Accomplished, educated guides share their knowledge of the Canyon, amplifying the quality of your experience.

THE WHOLE ENCHILADA

Experience the entire Grand Canyon from the beginning till the end and immerse yourself in this wondrous place.

TIME TO EXPLORE

There are abundant opportunities for lengthy side canyon hikes, discovering the Canyon’s secrets, and soaking in the scenery.

DEEP CONNECTION

No Wi-Fi means you are able to connect to something greater – the earth, your loved ones, new friends, yourself.

FULL GRAND CANYON

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You can choose more than one

This ultimate Full Grand Canyon rafting adventure begins at Lees Ferry and goes through all of Grand Canyon. This stretch of the Colorado river includes it all: numerous large rapids (class II-IV), tranquil flows, lots of side canyon explorations, archaeological sites. You will camp out on beaches in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. After the trip, you will be transported to the designated ending point.

This is not a tour; it’s an expedition!

A flexible, open attitude is a necessity. You will be immersed in the varying elements of nature. There is no set daily itinerary. There is no Wi-Fi, electricity, or indoor plumbing. There is plenty of adventure, camaraderie, good food, and beautiful Grand Canyon scenery.

Grand Canyon Experts

Our team has been booking rafting trips in Grand Canyon for 30 years. We have solid relationships with all the outfitters and personally know each type of trip offered. At no additional cost, we will not only find the best trip for you, but also walk you through your travel logistics and arrange regional reservations associated with your expedition (something the river outfitters don’t provide).

Want to know more?

Visit our Grand Canyon Rafting Made Easy site for an in-depth series of informational pamphlets created by veteran river guides to give you all the information you need about Grand Canyon Rafting trips. These experts are also on standby to answer all your questions and find your perfect trip.

Beginnings

Depending on outfitter and trip selected, Full Grand Canyon rafting trips initially meet in either: Flagstaff, AZ; Page, AZ; Marble Canyon, AZ; or Las Vegas, NV. Transportation from the start city to Lees Ferry is provided by the outfitter.

Endings

Depending on outfitter and trip selected, Full Grand Canyon rafting trips may end (take out) at either at either: Whitmore Wash (mile 188), Diamond Creek (mile 225) or Pearce Ferry (mile 280). Transportation from the take out point back to the start city is provided by the outfitter.

Price Includes

All camping and river-related safety equipment. Plenty of fresh food, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks. Transportation to Lees Ferry. Depending on the outfitter and trip selected, additional transportation may be included.

Weather

April and May have cooler temperatures, which require extra layers, but allow for longer hikes while the wildflowers are in bloom. Spring can bring strong winds. June through August are the hottest and busiest months to raft Grand Canyon with temperatures ranging 95-115°F. Monsoon season starts in July, bringing afternoon clouds and rain showers to cool things off. As the rafting season winds down in September and October, you can expect cooler weather, longer hikes and shorter days.

The Colorado River

The river alternates between short sections of rapids and long calm stretches. Rapids range from predominantly moderate (Class III) to a couple of large rapids (Class IV). Glen Canyon Dam controls the water flow, which comes from far beneath the surface of Lake Powell. The water is cold (48°F), and can be emerald green or chocolate brown depending on the season.

The Boats

Your boat will depend on the outfitter and the type of trip you select. The most common is the oar raft, which can carry up to 4 people and a guide who maneuvers the boat with a pair of oars. There is also the possibility of a motor raft, which is 36-38 feet long depending on the outfitter and powered by four-cycle motors, which enable them to traverse the canyon in a shorter amount of time. The environmentally friendly motors are low-emissions and quiet (one can even sit next to the motor and have a conversation using a normal tone of voice). There are trip options for those who wish to have a more active role (hybrid, all paddle) and there are a couple of outfitters who offer dory trips (hard hulled boats).

Group Size

Oar trips will have 5 to 7 boats, each carrying up to 4 participants with no more than 22 in the group. Motor trips will have 1 to 2 boats, each carrying up to 14 participants with no more than 28 in the group.

Camp Life

Whether you’re an experienced camper or it’s your first time under the stars, our outfitters are specialists in facilitating an enjoyable and relaxing camping experience. You will be provided a full sleep kit with sleeping bag, inflatable pad and ground tarp. Tents are available in case of rain, and some outfitters provide cots and camp chairs for additional comfort. Everyone participates in setting up and breaking down camp. A clean, private camp toilet is set up first thing upon arrival at camp and it is the last thing to be dismantled the next morning.

Meals

One thing is certain on a Grand Canyon rafting trip: There will be plenty of food! A full, hearty breakfast with cowboy coffee gets the day going. A riverside picnic sets the scene for lunch where you create your own sandwich. Dinners can be anything from a New York steak, grilled filet of salmon, or a Mexican feast followed by a hot, Dutch oven dessert. There are plenty of snacks and beverages offered throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages are not included, but you are welcome to bring your own. With advance notice, all outfitters are able to accommodate for special dietary requirements.

QUICK FACTS

LengthMotor Trips 6 – 10 days
Oar Trips 11 – 18 days
Price: Motor Trips $2,550 – $3,300
per person
Oar Trips $3,550 – $6,000
per person
Season: April – October
Min. Age: Motor Trips 8 years
Oar Trips 12 years
Activity: Whitewater Rafting
Adventure Level: Strong

Overview of Full Canyon

Temperatures in the Canyon

Temperatures in the Canyon

A Glimpse Into The Canyon

Photos: Paxon Woelber, John Andrew Rice, Robb Hannawacker

Grand Canyon Rafting Comparison Chart

 

Length: 1 day

Price: Starting at $451

Season: March – October

Hike In/Out Required: No

Length: 2 days

Price: Starting at $795

Season: March – October

Hike In/Out Required: No

 

Length: 3-5 days

Price: Starting at $1,283

Season: April – October

Hike In/Out Required: No

 

Length: 3-8 days

Price: Starting at $1,159

Season: April – October

Hike In/Out Required: Hike Out

 

Length: 5-12 days

Price: Starting at $1,361

Season: April – October

Hike In/Out Required: Hike In

 

Length: 6-18 days

Price: Starting at $2,550

Season: April – October

Hike In/Out Required: No