One Day Grand Canyon Run

The 1 Day Grand Canyon rafting trip is perfect for those who are short on time and want a taste of a true whitewater experience a mile deep in Grand Canyon. Run rapids on the Colorado River, hike to Travertine Falls, have lunch on the river bank, and take a helicopter ride to the rim – all in one day. Discover the rich traditions of the Hualapai people and travel down river with a native guide. There is no requirement to hike in or out of the Grand Canyon. For those who want a bird’s eye view, the helicopter transport up to the rim is an added highlight to your Grand Canyon rafting trip.

Rafting Price: $451 per person includes all taxes and fees.

Price Includes: Transportation from the Hualapai Lodge to the Colorado River and back, picnic lunch, beverages and snacks, short helicopter lift (weather permitting)

Optional Skywalk Add-On: $56 per person

Minimum Age: 8 years

Meeting Place: Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs, AZ (Grand Canyon West)

Meeting Time: Between 7:00 - 7:45 a.m.

Return Time: Between 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Rapids: Class II-III+ depending on water levels

River Miles: 35 miles

The trip begins at the Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs, Arizona. There is no public transportation to Peach Springs, so you will have to drive to get there. Drive times to Peach Springs from neighboring cities are as follows:

Grand Canyon South Rim, AZ: 2.5 hours, 133 miles
Las Vegas, NV: 3 hours, 155 miles
Kingman, AZ: 1 hour, 50 miles
Seligman, AZ: 35 minutes, 37 miles
Williams, AZ: 1.5 hours, 80 miles
Flagstaff, AZ: 2 hours, 110 miles

Since the day begins early, we recommend staying at the Hualapai Lodge the night before (more information about where to stay below).

Your rafting adventure takes place on the Hualapai Indian Reservation and is guided by the Hualapai River Runners. This is a unique opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon with people who have a rich history within the Canyon and still call it home. Being mindful of cultural differences and keeping a flexible outlook will enrich your adventure.

On the day of your trip, you will check-in between 7:00 - 7:45 a.m. with the Hualapai River Runners at their desk located in the lobby of the Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs, Arizona (Grand Canyon West). From the Hualapai Lodge, you will take a 1-hour bus 20 miles down a scenic dirt road to the Diamond Creek put-in on the Colorado River.

Your raft will be a 22-foot, motorized inflatable pontoon, which carries 6-8 people. There are typically 6-8 boats traveling down river in a group.

The action begins right away with eight whitewater rapids within the first ten miles. You will get wet! The rapids are rated II and III+, which makes for a fun roller coaster ride of wave trains. After the rapids, the next 10 miles of river will be smooth water and incredible Grand Canyon views.

During the day, you will hike and explore a beautiful side canyon with a waterfall called Travertine Falls, run more rapids, and enjoy a picnic lunch on a sandy bank. Lunch consists of deli-style sandwiches with chips, fruit, cookies, and trail mix. Snacks, water, and soft drinks are always available. Some dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

When you arrive at your take-out point, Quartermaster Canyon, you will have traveled 35 river miles and will have spent five exciting hours rafting the Colorado River!

You will arrive at Quartermaster Canyon between 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. From here you will take a quick 6-7-minute helicopter flight back to the rim of the Grand Canyon. Patience is a must as the helicopter can only take four people at a time. There is a covered area located at the helicopter pad for you to wait your turn.

After your helicopter flight to the rim, you will wait in an air-conditioned building for the entire group to arrive, including the Skywalk group. Once everyone has arrived, you will take a 2-hour shuttle back to the Hualapai Lodge. Expect to arrive back between 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. depending on the group size.

The Skywalk is the only place where visitors can step out onto a glass walkway nearly 4,000 feet above the floor of the Grand Canyon. If you choose to add the Skywalk option to your rafting adventure at our discounted rate, this add-on will be an additional $56 per person. Rafters who choose to do the Skywalk will be helicoptered to the rim first and will have approximately a 30-minute visit at the Skywalk.

We recommend staying at the Hualapai Lodge the night before and/or the night of your expedition as it is an early start with a full day of activity. We have discounted rates for the Lodge and we are happy to book your rooms for you. Our discount rates are as follows (all rates include fees and tax):

King Room: $165 per night

Queen/Double Room: $165 per night

Please know that space in the Hualapai Lodge is limited. If we cannot secure a room there are other lodging options nearby:

GRAND CANYON CAVERNS INN | Arizona (15-minute drive from meeting location)

HAMPTON INN & SUITES | Kingman, Arizona (1-hour drive from meeting location) 

For those who would like to camp in the great outdoors, here are some nearby options:

  • Grand Canyon Caverns Motel and Campground: 928-422-3223
  • Kingman, AZ: KOA 1-800-562-3991
  • Seligman, AZ: KOA 1-800-562-4017

Historically speaking weather patterns in Grand Canyon are as follows:

March, April and May have cooler temperatures and can bring strong winds.
June through August are the hottest months with temperatures between 95°F – 115°F.
Monsoon is July thru September and can bring afternoon clouds and rain showers.
September and October have cooler temperatures.

All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment in full is required at the time of booking your 1-day Grand Canyon Rafting adventure. Please know that Rivers & Oceans is subject to the Hualapai River Runner’s policies and cannot make exceptions for any reason to their cancellation policy. We are also subject to any changes made to the trip itineraries, departure dates, prices, and/or their reservation policies.

If you believe you may need to change your date or cancel your trip for any reason, there is the option of purchasing Hualapai River Runners Rafting Assurance for a non-refundable fee of $25/person. This option entitles you to change the date of your rafting trip or cancel altogether up to 48 hours before the trip date for a full refund less the cost of the HRR Rafting Assurance Fee.

The HRR Rafting Assurance policy must be purchased at the time of booking for each member of your party in order for Rivers & Oceans to be able to make any date changes or refund your trip. The fee is non-refundable, even if the Hualapai River Runners are forced to cancel or reschedule a trip.

If you should cancel your reservation, an additional $25/person Rivers & Oceans cancellation fee will also apply. This fee covers the associated processing fees and will be deducted from your refunded trip cost.

If, for your safety, the helicopter is grounded due to weather (wind, rain, severe heat) you will raft down river for an additional two hours to a different take-out point where you will take a bus back to the Hualapai Lodge. You will receive a refund for the helicopter portion of your expedition ($90 per person, or $146 for the helicopter and Skywalk).


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Rafting the Grand Canyon is a great adventure and we hope that you’ll be able to experience the magic this rafting season. If you have any questions, please give us a call – we’re here to make it easy for you!

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Even through this trip is only one day, this is still an expedition through a very remote area and a place of extremes. You will be immersed in the varying elements of nature. There is no Wi-Fi, electricity, or indoor plumbing while you’re on the river, but there will be plenty of adventure, camaraderie, good food, and stunning scenery. Showing up prepared and embracing a healthy sense of adventure will enhance your enjoyment.

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