The Grand Canyon is broken down into sections, which are known as Full, Upper, Lower, and Western. The sections are defined by what river mile (RM) the river trip starts (puts in) and what river mile the trip ends (takes out).
Full: Raft the full Length of Grand Canyon
The Full Grand Canyon rafting adventure begins at Lees Ferry (RM 0) and goes through Grand Canyon to one of three take out points depending on the trip: Whitmore Wash (RM 188), Diamond Creek (RM 225), or Pearce Ferry (RM 280).
Upper Section: Raft the Start of Grand Canyon to the Middle
Upper section Grand Canyon tours begin at Lees Ferry (RM 0). Trips end at Phantom Ranch (RM 88), the deepest part of the Canyon, and require a hike out of Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. These trips trips are around 6 days on oar and paddle rafts. Motor rafts rarely end trips here.
Lower Section: Raft from the Middle to the end of Grand Canyon
Lower section Grand Canyon tours start in the middle of the Canyon at Phantom Ranch (RM 88) and require you to hike into the Canyon via the Bright Angel Trail. Trips will end at one of three take out points depending on the trip selected: Whitmore Wash (RM 188), Diamond Creek (RM 225), or Pearce Ferry (RM 280). This section is around 8 days for oar and paddle rafts.
Western Section: Raft the tail end of Grand Canyon
The Western Grand Canyon tours begins with a helicopter ride from the rim to the Colorado River at Whitmore Wash (RM 188) and ends 92 miles downstream at Pearce Ferry (RM 280). This trip is 3 days and two nights by oar or motor raft.