One or Two Days Rafting the Grand Canyon?

One question we are often asked at Rivers & Oceans is about the difference between taking a one-day and a two-day Grand Canyon rafting trip. Let’s break it down:

There are two primary differences:

• On the two-day grand canyon rafting trip you’ll get to actively paddle the rapids for the first 14 exciting miles — which is completely exhilarating! (Click here to see what it’s like to paddle.) The 1-day Grand Canyon rafting trip is a motorized trip — no paddling required.

• And of course on the two-day trip, you’ll get to camp out under the glorious stars for one night, pondering the beauty of the Milky Way.

And there are many similarities: Both trips absolutely provide you with that magical, white water, Grand Canyon rafting, bucket list experience:

• Depart from Peach Springs, AZ, on Route 66, the setting that inspired the town of Radiator Springs in the Pixar Film Cars.

• Transportation to/from Las Vegas can be provided – let us know and we’ll get you a quote.

• Visit the Hualapai Indian Reservation. Your trip will be guided by the Hualapai River Runners, who share a rich history within the Canyon and still call it home.

• Raft 35 miles of the Colorado River from Diamond Creek to Quartermaster Canyon.

• Visit Travertine Grotto for a stunning hike with waterfalls and perfect photo opportunities.

• The short helicopter ride to the rim has beautiful views! This is an add-on to the one-day trip, but included in the two-day.

• Optional: add a visit to the famous Grand Canyon Skywalk, where you can step out onto a glass walkway nearly 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon. Eep!

• Plenty of meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages for everyone.

shows what rapids are like on one day grand canyon rafting trips

Three primary reasons to consider a one-day Grand Canyon rafting trip:

• The age minimum is 8 years, rather than 12 years for a two-day trip — making this is a good option for younger kids.

• Availability! The one-day Grand Canyon rafting trips run seven days each week, from March 15 through October 31. The two-day rafting trips operate only on the weekends, meaning you may need more advance planning if you’d like to spend the night in the Grand Canyon.

• The cost of a one-day river rafting trip starts at $299; the two-day at $599.

Are you ready for adventure? Everything else you need to know about these incredible experiences, can be found here:

Or, just call one of our friendly adventure travel experts! We can guide you through the entire trip planning, whether you come in from Las Vegas, or within Arizona, including discounted lodging options before and after your once-in-a-lifetime trip rafting the Grand Canyon.

Rivers and Oceans also provides you with a complete packing list and other details so everyone is totally prepared to enjoy the adventure. With more than 30 years of experience organizing Grand Canyon river rafting trips, one call can do it all!

Are you ready to raft? Give us a call at (928) 526-4575 or email