Guided Grand Canyon River Rafting
Guided rafting tours are one of the best adventures you can have at the Grand Canyon and we want to show you all the options for Grand Canyon Rafting Trips. You can also check out a list of some of our recommended trips through the canyon and on the Colorado River near Grand Canyon National Park below, just select a tour to check on availability and make a reservation. Keep reading to learn more about different trip options.
The Hualapai Tribe offers the only one-day whitewater rafting trip through the Grand Canyon for a taste of adventure without the week -long commitment. There are also beautiful and mellow smooth water floats right above the Eastern Grand Canyon in Glen Canyon and just below the Hoover Dam in Black Canyon. These family friendly trips on the Colorado River just outside Grand Canyon National Park offer amazing views and a comfortable experience for visitors who aren’t interested in whitewater rafting.
A guided mulit-day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon is the adventure of a lifetime for many people. Commercial Rafting companies offer quality trips with an array of options and receive a set number of permits annually. Due to their popularity, multi-day commercial river trips can book-up a year in advance. Not only is this the best way for inexperienced boaters to run the Grand, it is also the only guaranteed river trip since permits for non-commercial trips use a lottery system. Grand Canyon Rafting trips down the Colorado River are more than just an exciting ride, although there is plenty of excitement. Once you enter the Canyon, you're transported into a different world. Everything you need is on the boats that float you down the river and on commercial trips, you won’t be eating freeze-dried meals, or going without a cold beer. For those who have the time this is one Grand Canyon experience you shouldn't pass up.
Types of Grand Canyon Rafting Trips
- Multi-day rafting trips start from Lee's Ferry, the South Rim, and a few other locations such as Las Vegas for some trips. This is the most popular way to raft the Grand Canyon.
- One day whitewater trips start from Peach Springs, AZ, unless you are doing the trips as part of a vacation package where you can be picked up in Flagstaff or Phoenix. If you only have a day this is the way to go and the only one-day whitewater rafting trip in the Grand Canyon. This is also where the Grand Canyon Skywalk is located along the West Rim.
- One day smoothwater rafting tours follow the Colorado River from below the Glen Canyon Dam near Lake Powell to Lee's Ferry (where Grand Canyon National Park begins) and through Black Canyon below the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead (near the Grand Canyon's West Rim). Although these relaxing one-day float trips are not in Grand Canyon National Park, rafting these beautiful stretches of the Colorado River are a relaxing way to get on the water and take in some amazing canyon scenery.
- Self-guided single and multi-day rafting trips are also an option for experienced boaters. Check out our Grand Canyon Rafting page if you want more information on how to do a self-guided trip, or learn more about other Grand Canyon Tours.