2 Day Grand Canyon Paddle Rafting Adventure

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.”

Weekends Only

Minimum Age: 12 years

Rafting Price: $872 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+ depending on water levels

River Miles: 35 miles

GRAB A PADDLE

Fully participate in running the whitewater as you help paddle through rapids on a paddle raft with 6 paddlers and a guide steering from behind. This is definitely a team effort and the ultimate way to participate in running the Colorado!  While paddling is fun, it is a lot of work and passengers must be prepared to paddle through the elements and the possibility of taking a swim if the raft should flip. To get a feel for what it’s like, check out the video. After the whitewater, you will change boats and run the flat water portion on a 22′ inflatable, motorized pontoon raft, which carries up to 9 people.

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. 

FRIDAY EVENING

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 verify the departure time for Saturday morning. 

SATURDAY 

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, your 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 connecting 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.

SUNDAY

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!

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 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.

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 $155 (all rates include fees and tax):

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

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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Even through this trip is only two days, 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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