Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting
Each year, roughly 22,000 people spend between a few days and three weeks rafting the Colorado River in Arizona through the Grand Canyon. The hard part is choosing your craft - paddle, oar-powered, and motorized rafts (J-rigs) all ply the storied waters. The fun part? Endless rapids through endless beauty.
There is no river in the USA that can rival rafting through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. This is the big one. The full raft trip from Lee's Ferry all the way to Lake Mead is over 250 miles and is a big trip in every way. A Grand Canyon rafting trip doesn't merely represent, but is, the very quintessence of southwestern desert rafting, so much so that to the many wildwater enthusiasts rafting the Colorado, it is as much a pilgrimage to the source as an outing.
For every rafter, the Grand Canyon is an overwhelming experience. It has everything: complex, subtle rapids; brutal simple ones; above all, big ones, with tons of crashing, muddy water making the simple act of paddling seem a surrealistic defiance of the gods-angry gods at that-and enough stillwater to recover between rises. And then some. No need to talk of the scenery; surely everyone has seen numerous color photos of this most wild of all canyons. It's hard to take a bad picture down there, and the Grand is a perennial subject for photographic art books.
Many of the individual rapids in the Grand Canyon are legendary, and Lava Falls, near the end of the trip, is considered one of the fiercest rapids in the whole country. Anyone who wants to pay can climb aboard a raft and be coached down the canyon by a commercial outfitter.
America's ultimate river trip
The most exciting way to run the Grand Canyon's legendary big drops, rapids, riffles, and whirlpools is on a 14-day trip in an 18-foot raft. Before launching from the Lees Ferry put-in, your paddle captain will instruct your crew in the fundamentals of safety, paddling, white-water swimming, and self-rescue. After your day-two plunge through a ten-mile stretch of Marble Canyon rapids known as the Roaring Twenties, you'll be ready to navigate your first big drop at Hance Rapid, around Upper Granite Gorge. Nothing, however, will prepare you for the stomach-churning view of Crystal Rapid at river mile 98. Created in 1966, when biblical rains and flash floods lashed the North Rim with 14 inches of rain and deposited car size boulders in the main stem of the Colorado River, Crystal Rapid is perhaps the most thrilling falls of the trip.
Your rafting trip will carry you down 280 miles of the Colorado River, crashing through hundreds of powerful rapids. Some rafts have motors to keep you moving along. This gives you a chance to relax and enjoy the breath-taking scenery. You will also take breaks to explore side canyons and sculptures of every imaginable color and size. You can cool-off under a cascading waterfall, fish or do photography. At night you will enjoy socializing and eating a great meal, followed by sleeping under the stars. A Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River in Arizona will surely be the experience of a lifetime and one to remember.
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About Mild to Wild
Discover the magic of our 27 mild to wild trip options, 2 hours to 5 days, for ages 4-84 in Colorado, Arizona and Utah. The beauty and serenity of the places we go inspired us to dedicate our lives to sharing these natural treasures with you! We take pride in providing a first class adventure where no detail is overlooked. Mild to Wild has earned the highest number of repeat customers & referrals (just ask the locals).
Arizona Rafting Trips
Discover the best kept secret in Arizona whitewater rafting: The Upper Salt River Canyon whitewater rafting located just 2 hours from East Phoenix and North Tucson. Known as the mini-grand canyon, with an early spring season, Salt River rafting should not be missed for river enthusiasts or first timers alike.
Likewise, Arizona's only Federally designated "Wild and Scenic" river with its variable spring season, Verde River rafting is a trip to experience when it runs. Located in close proximity to Sedona, Arizona this trip is conveniently located. Both trips are perfect backyard adventures for Phoenicians and visitors alike.
South West Utah Rafting Trips
Our Utah River rafting trips are set in a postcard setting in some of the most magnificent scenery adjacent to Arches National Park & near Canyonlands National Park, the infamous Colorado River carves an unbelievable waterway of fun floating and splashy rapids. Located just 5 minutesfrom Arches, and 1/2 hour from Canyonlands National Parks, 4 hours from Salt Lake City, 5 hours from the Grand Canyon, 2 1/2 hours from Lake Powel and 2 1/2 hours from Durango, Colorado (our home base), the Colorado River at Moab, Utah offers perfect sampler and overnight trips for families, seniors, first-timers and raft enthusiasts looking for the most spectacular river setting.
South West Colorado Rafting Trips
Our 21 trip options in Southwest Colorado are conveniently located out of our base in Durango, Colorado, just 3 hours from Albuquerque, 6 hours from Denver, 7 hours from Phoenix, 6 hours from Salt Lake City, 5 hours from the Grand Canyon and 3 hours from Santa Fe and Taos. Our Colorado rafting trips range from mild to wild, 2 hours to 4 days and for ages 4-84. We operate our raft trips on several stretches of 4 beautiful, distinct rivers; Upper and Lower Animas, Upper and Lower Piedra, Dolores and San Miguel rafting trips are available.