All 16 Grand Canyon Rafting Companies
Over 20,000 people raft the Grand Canyon each year. While a select few win the lottery and run the Colorado River with a private river permit, the majority take their trip with one of the licensed Grand Canyon commercial rafting companies that have concessions with Grand Canyon National Park.
Due to the popularity of rafting the Colorado River through Grand Canyon it can be challenging to find space. While there is a rumor that you have to book Grand Canyon rafting trips years in advance, every year there are many spaces that go unused. Below are suggestions on how to find an available trip (even this year!) as well as information for all 16 Grand Canyon rafting outfitters.
Finding a Company with Available Grand Canyon Rafting Trips
The best Grand Canyon rafting company is the one that has a right type of trip that works with your schedule and has enough spots. Some people find an outfitter with the right trip for their group by calling a company years in advance to set up a reservation. This option is best for larger groups with limited flexibility regarding when they can run the river. Even then large groups can struggle to find a launch. It is also key to know when outfitters are going to open up their next years dates.
Smaller groups and couples have an easier time especially when they have flexibility in their availability. This summer, like every summer still has space available. The difficulty for smaller groups is finding the best available trip for them from the 15 outfitters offering over 100 different trip options from 3 to 18 days. While people will call all the companies until they find a trip that works with their schedule and needs, many find it easier to make one call or email to Rivers and Oceans (we book with all the companies). We guarantee the same price the outfitter is offering and can point you towards the best company and trip for you.
Types of Grand Canyon Rafting Trips
Most companies specialize in either motor trips or non-motor (oar, paddle , dory) trips but most still run both types of trips. The main factors when determining which company to use is availability and style of trip. Some companies are more hiking focused, others do less side excursions and spend more time in camp. Other trips are designed to race through the canyon in the least amount of days possible. There are additional options regarding where to start and end a trip, which section of the river to run, what month to raft and types of craft to run the river.
Grand Canyon National Park Licensed Commercial Rafting Outfitters
Here are the sixteen outfitters that offer 3 to 18 day whitewater rafting trips through Grand Canyon National Park. The company location may or may not be in the same city where they meet trips. We also have information about one-day and two-day Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trips. A word on the quality of guides for each outfitter, since the Grand Canyon is such a desirable place to work all the outfitters have good guides.
AzRA has been around since the 1970’s. They are based in Flagstaff and run mainly oar trips as well as some motor trips. AzRA along with its sister companies, Grand Canyon Discovery and Grand Canyon Raft Adventures, runs the most oar raft trips of all the Grand Canyon rafting companies.
4050 East Huntington Drive Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Based in Phoenix, ARR runs the most motor trips of any Grand Canyon outfitter. Grand Canyon Whitewater and ARR have the same owners and use the same warehouse. However, they have two separate offices with GCW being in Flagstaff.
P.O. Box 47788 Phoenix, AZ 85068
A smaller company, Can X runs only oar and paddle raft trips. They are also based in Flagstaff.
P.O. Box 310 Flagstaff, AZ 86002
Canyoneers was the original outfitter on the river when owned by Norm Nevilles around 80 years ago. While Norm was know for running oar trips in his custom dories, Canyoneers is known for running the fastest (least days) motor trips through the Grand Canyon. They are also one of the smaller outfitters on the river.
P.O. Box 2997, Flagstaff, AZ 86003
Another smaller outfitter, CRATE mainly run motor raft trips. Based in Salt Lake City, CRATE also runs some oars trips and other rivers in the west.
P.O. Box 57575, Salt Lake City, UT 84157-0575
This is a sister company to Arizona Raft Adventures. The number below reaches the same office as AzRA. Grand Canyon Discovery, AzRA, and Grand Canyon Raft Adventures together make up the largest oar and paddle raft company on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon.
4050 East Huntington Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Grand Canyon Dories is the dory division of OARS. Originally owned by Martin Litton, Dories was purchased by OARS. Now OARs guides run trips for both companies.
P.O. Box 216, Altaville, CA 95221
Based in Southern Utah, Grand Canyon Expeditions runs mostly motor trips and a few dory trips.
641 N hwy, US-89, Kanab, UT 84741
The third of AzRA’s three companies. Grand Canyon Raft Adventures also runs mainly oar and paddle trips. They also run a few motor trips.
4050 East Huntington Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
PO Box 2848, Flagstaff, AZ 86003
Started in 1929, Hatch runs mainly motor trips and a few oar trips.
5348 East Burris Lane, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
OARS only runs oar boats. They do not run paddle rafts or motor rigs. They also own Grand Canyon Dories.
P.O. Box 67, Angles Camp, CA 95222
Outdoors Unlimited runs one of the faster oar and paddle trips through the canyon. They are know for running all-paddle trips where everyone is required to paddle the entire river.
6900 Townsend Winona Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Based in Utah, Tour West runs mainly motor trips and a few oar and paddle raft trips. Tour West also runs other rivers in the western U.S.
P.O. Box 333, Orem, UT 84059
Western runs mostly motor trips and runs a few oar trips. In addition, they run other western U.S. whitewater rivers.
7258 Racquet Club Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Aramark is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They have a warehouse and office near Lee’s Ferry. Wilderness runs mainly motor trips with a few oar trips sprinkled in.
P.O. Box 717, Page, AZ 86040
If you have the time contacting all outfitters will be informative and a way to find your ideal trip. We recommend making a call to us first. We can help you avoid making those 16 phone calls while finding the best trip for you.