Spend two days on the Colorado River and one magnificent night camping under the stars in the Grand Canyon. Travel downriver with native guides and discover the rich traditions of the Hualapai people through their own stories on a 2 day Grand Canyon rafting trip. Experience the Colorado River by actively participating in running rapids in a paddle boat, before hopping into a motor boat for an opportunity to relax and take in the scenic views. A trip through the Grand Canyon allows you to slow down and embrace the change of scenery, routine, and pace of life – we call this “river time.”
Minimum Age: 12 years
Rafting Price: $795 per person - includes all taxes and fees
Price Includes: All river-related safety equipment, transportation from the Hualapai Lodge to the Colorado River and back, short helicopter lift out of the Canyon, plenty of fresh food, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks (alcohol is not permitted on the Hualapai Reservation)
Not Included: Lodging the night before, guide gratuity, breakfast on Saturday, select camping gear (can be rented for an additional cost)
Optional Skywalk Add-On: $56 per person
Meeting & Ending Point: Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs, AZ (Grand Canyon West)
Pre-Trip Check-In: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Friday, the evening before your rafting trip
Rafting Day Check-In: Approximately 6:30 a.m. on Saturday
Return Time: Between 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Sunday
Rapids: Class II-III+ (Grand Canyon Scale 4-7) depending on water levels
Put-In: Diamond Creek
Take-Out: Quartermaster Canyon
River Miles: 35 miles
The trip begins and ends 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 check-in is the night before your trip, 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.
Check-in at the Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs, AZ (Grand Canyon West) between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. You will meet the Hualapai River Runners at their desk located in the lobby to pick up your dry bags and confirm the departure time for Saturday morning.
On the day of your trip, you will check-in at approximately 6:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Hualapai Lodge. 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.
Once you arrive at the put-in, you’ll receive an orientation and safety briefing. After your briefing, it’s time to grab a paddle and get ready to meet the Colorado river! You’ll begin your trip in a paddle raft and a team effort will be worth the reward as 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 whitewater, you will change boats, running the flat water portion on a 22′ inflatable, motorized pontoon raft, which carries up to 9 people.
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.
Soak in the experience of being a mile deep in the earth all afternoon. Relax, explore and connect with your fellow passengers and guides. You will camp at Spencer Canyon, which is where the origin of the Hualapai Story begins. Settle in for a rewarding evening which includes a hearty dinner of steak, salad, corn-on-the cob, and baked beans. Savor the awesome experience of camping beneath the stars.
Wake up to a hot breakfast and breathtaking views of the Canyon walls. You will have the opportunity for a short hike to explore more historic sites before loading up on the motorized pontoon rafts and running the remaining river miles. Enjoy lunch on a sandy river bank before arriving at the take-out point, Quartermaster Canyon, where a helicopter lift will take you to the rim above.
At the end of your two days, you will have traveled 35 miles down the Colorado River!
You will arrive at Quartermaster Canyon around 1 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 – 6:30 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.
Whether you're an experienced camper or it's your first time under the stars, your guides will facilitate an enjoyable camping experience. You will camp on a shoreline near the Colorado River with the starry sky overhead. Everyone participates in setting up and breaking down camp as well as loading and unloading the rafts on sandy and sometimes steep sandy beaches.
You are welcome to bring your own camping gear or the following can be rented for an additional cost when you purchase the trip:
- Tent ($11 per tent - holds two people)
- Sleeping bag ($5.50 each - holds one person)
- Sleeping pad ($5.50 each - holds one person)
A note about bathroom breaks: Urination during the day, while not near a port-a-john, must take place in the river or in the wet sand next to the river as ordered by the National Park Service. A composting, private toilet will be available at your campsite.
We recommend staying at the Hualapai Lodge the night before and/or the night after your expedition as it is an early start with a full day of activity. This is the only lodging option in Peach Springs. There are train tracks that run near the hotel, so if you are a light sleeper we recommend bringing ear plugs.
We have discounted rates for the Lodge and we are happy to book your rooms for you. Our discount rate is $165 per night, which includes all taxes and fees. This is for either a king room with one bed, or a queen/double room with two beds.
Your lodging reservation can be cancelled up to 72 hours (3 days) before your check-in date in order to receive a refund. Cancellations after 72 hours of your check-in date cannot be refunded.
Please know that space in the Hualapai Lodge is limited. If we cannot secure a room, there are other lodging options nearby.
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 season is July thru September and can bring afternoon clouds and rain
showers. (See more about monsson storm related cancellations below.)
- September and October have cooler temperatures.
The Colorado River water is around 50°F – 55°F all year round. This is a whitewater rafting trip, so you will get wet and the water will be cold!
We'll provide you with a detailed packing list once you book your trip. No matter what time of year, we highly recommend you bring waterproof rain gear (jacket and pants) to protect you from the splash of the rapids, rain and wind. There will be times when you're in the shade and if you're wet - even in the summer - it can get uncomfortable. If you're rafting in the spring or fall, you'll want to bring layers to keep warm. Sun protection is a must as you'll be spending a long day out in the Arizona sun. If you want to get an idea of what gear we recommend, you can visit our website here (please note this gear is for all river trips and is not specific to the 2 day trip): https://riversandoceans.com/recommended-gear/
All payments, except Hualapai Lodge room reservations, are non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment in full is required at the time of booking your 2-day Grand Canyon Rafting adventure. Please know that Rivers & Oceans is subject to the Haulapai 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).
If there is an intense rainstorm the night before your rafting trip the dirt road down to the river may be washed out. If this occurs the Hualapai River Runners will do their best to clear the road allowing you to raft that day. This could delay your launch by one to two hours, which will affect the pacing of your trip. If the road is unable to be cleared your trip will be cancelled and you will be given the opportunity to reschedule. If you are unable to raft on a different day you will receive a full refund.