grand canyonONE DAY WHITEWATER RAFTING

One Day Whitewater Rafting

One-Day White Water Rafting on the Colorado River

The Hualapai Tribe offers the only one-day whitewater rafting trip in the Canyon. Your journey begins with a scenic drive from Peach Springs, AZ through the Hualapai Indian Reservation along Diamond Creek. This backroad into the Grand Canyon reveals beautiful desert scenery and if you’re lucky, wild burros, before it ends at the shores of the Colorado River. Private boats can also run this as a 2-5 day rafting trip and it's much easier to get a permit and get on the river than the traditional upper and lower sections of the Colorado River that start from Lee's Ferry or Phantom Ranch. Read the guide below to learn more.

One Day Colorado River Rafting Overview

Once geared up, your guide will launch your raft onto the mighty Colorado River, whose cool, powerful currents will soon bring you back to the shore for a short hike to picturesque Travertine Falls. After exploring the falls, the real adventure begins as you descend several class 3-6 white water rapids, including Honeymoon Rapid and its Fangs!

After ten miles of whitewater rafting excitement, you'll stop along the banks of the Colorado River for a relaxing picnic lunch. For the next part of your journey, the River becomes calm and you can find the perfect photo opportunities, enjoy Grand Canyon wildlife sightings, and a learn about cultural history from your native Hualapai river guides. Then it's a helicopter flight up to Grand Canyon's West Rim (weather permitting) and a bus ride back to Peach Springs.

Grand Canyon 1 Day Whitewater  FAQs

How long is the trip?

This trip begins and ends in Peach Springs, AZ. It takes one day to shuttle to and from the river, in addition to your whitewater trip.

What qualifications will my guide have?

Each raft is manned by a professionally trained and well-qualified Hualapai river guide with a background in Hualapai cultural history. 

Are there any age or physical fitness requirements?

Participants for this trip must be 8 years of age or older. This trip has class 3-6 rapids, with water temperatures of 45 degrees, and all participants should be fit and comfortable in these conditions

What facilities will be available?

There are restaurants a d lodges available in Peach Springs, AZ for both before and after your trip. Lunch is provided as part of your whitewater trip.

How soon should I book my trip?

Although trips can be booked at any time from one day to two years in advance, at least 3 moths' notice is advised due to limited availability.

Are there any limits on group size?

There are no group size limits for this trip 

What should I bring?

Click the Grand Canyon Guru’s rafting checklist to see what you need to bring. 

How much does it cost?

$470 per person

What is included in the total trip cost?

  • Transportation to and from Peach Springs, AZ
  • Whitewater rafting, lunch, dry storage, water & soft drinks, helicopter flight (weather permitting)
  • Helicopter ride out of the canyon
  • Hualapai River Runners Guide
  • All Tribal Permits and Fees

One-Day Rafting Checklist

Below is a quick checklist for a one-day whitewater rafting trips through the lower Grand Canyon. This list is for people doing a motorized whitewater rafting trip with the Hualapai River Runners from Diamond Creek down to Lake Mead.

Rafting Tours (Motorized Rafts)

Your Grand Canyon whitewater adventure uses motorized rafts that are designed specifically for traversing the Colorado River. The Colorado River uses a rating scale of 1-10. Rapids on the one-day whitewater trip are up to class 7. This is comparable to a class III+ to IV rapid on a regular whitewater scale. You will not encounter any rapids on the one-day smoothwater rafting or kayaking trip.

Personal Gear & Packing List

  • We highly recommend the following personal gear:
  • Waterproof shorts (lightweight, fast drying material)
  • Rain jacket/poncho for use through rapids
  • Tennis/athletic shoes or river-type sandals
  • Lightweight jacket/polar fleece sweatshirt
  • Lightweight pants for sun protection *
  • Hat with retention strap
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Small bag for belongings
  • Swimsuit (optional)
  • T-shirt
  • Sun block
  • Bandanna
  • Towel
  • Money
  • Phones/cameras- We suggest keeping your phone/camera in a zip-lock bag, even when it is in your dry storage container or has a waterproof case when you're not using it.
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