3 day Grand Canyon rafting trips are a great way to see the Grand Canyon without breaking the bank. With the help of the Advantage Grand Canyon trip planner, you can access the best year-round deals from all 16 outfitters operating along the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. While specific prices will depend on seasonal demand and outfitter availability, 3 day Western Canyon river rafting trips typically cost between $1,400 and $1,600. This fare covers the cost of transportation between Desert Rose Resort and Boulder Airport, a flight to Bar 10 Ranch, a helicopter ride to the canyon floor, and air-conditioned shuttle return transport at the end of your trip.
While this may still seem like a hefty price for such a short trip, keep in mind that your outfitter also covers the cost of all food, camping, and rafting equipment, meaning you don't need to worry about any surprise expenses or extra costs. Please note, the cost of a 3 day canyon rafting trip does not cover optional pre-tour lodging at the Desert Rose Resort.
Like any adventure sport, there is some element of danger to white water rafting in the Grand Canyon National Park. The two main hazards to rafting the Grand Canyon are, as you might expect, the rapids themselves and the extremely cold average temperatures of the Colorado River. One of the most enjoyable features of Grand Canyon rafting is riding the bumpy rapids of the Colorado River. However, appropriate care should be taken to ensure you remain safe and stable in your raft. To avoid a dip in the chilly water, remain seated when riding rapids, follow the instruction of river guides, and always wear a life vest.
Another potentially hazardous aspect of rafting at Grand Canyon National Park can be the low water temperatures in the river. With the water sitting at a maximum of 58 degrees Fahrenheit at any given point, prolonged exposure in the river can pose a danger to guests with pre-existing health conditions. If you do decide to take a dip, be sure to swim with your raft mates and under the supervision of your river guide.
While potential hazards may be frightening, it's important to remember that accidents in the Grand Canyon and Grand Canyon river are extremely rare. All outfitter river guides are highly experienced and trained for a wide range of first aid scenarios. In the unlikely event of an emergency, your river guide is equipped with a satellite phone and can contact help from the Grand Canyon National Park Service.
There is a tremendous amount of activities that rafters can take advantage of when visiting Grand Canyon National Park, even if they’re only able to stay for a handful of days. While on a 3 day Grand Canyon raft trip, rafters will experience white water rapids, float by ancient geological formations, participate in team games with raft mates, hike winding canyon trails, and explore the untouched walls and turquoise waters of side canyons and tributary river systems.
In addition to our 3 day canyon rafting trips, visitors from Las Vegas or further abroad will also have the option of exploring the North Rim and South Rim of the Grand Canyon via mule ride. Other historical sites include Lees Ferry, Phantom Ranch, and Whitmore Wash. Alternatively, rafters can admire the stunning vistas of the canyon river at the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a unique cantilever bridge with a see-through glass walkway.
While it may be tempting to visit the Grand Canyon in the peak of summer, visiting in the off-peak season will often afford a much better holiday. In addition to running into fewer tourists, visitors will be able to take advantage of more temperate weather, improved accommodation availability, and more spots on canyon rafting trips. The best months for rafting on the Grand Canyon are March through to May or September through to November. The entirety of the Grand Canyon National Park is open during these months, giving guests the chance to check out all the attractions and sights the Grand Canyon has to offer.
Please note, while a select few outfitters still run rafting trips during the early winter months, much of the National Park (including the entire North Rim) will be closed due to heavy snowfall.
Incorporating a mixture of local activities, side canyon exploration, and white water rafting, a 3 day Grand Canyon trip is a fantastic way to get a feel for the diverse range of experiences on offer in and around the Grand Canyon National Park. On day 1, we fly rafters from Las Vegas to Bar 10 Ranch, giving them the chance to experience life on a working 10,000-acre cattle ranch. While at Bar 10, you and your raft mates will be able to take part in a wide range of local themed activities, including horseback riding, skeet shooting, Hualapai dancing, and ranching demonstrations.
Next comes two full days on the river in the westernmost canyon. You and your raft mates will not only have the chance to take on some of the Colorado River’s best white water rapids, but you'll also have the option to partake in at least two side canyon hikes. In addition to the stunning views, side canyon hikes are a great opportunity to visit ancient Native American cultural sites and learn more about the geology and ecological history of the Las Vegas region.
Each night, guests can enjoy their meal by the picturesque canyon river before falling asleep under the clear night sky and towering walls of Grand Canyon National Park. Although it is one of our shortest trips, we like to think we pack in enough classic Grand Canyon experiences in 3 days to last a lifetime — or at least until your next visit!