Yes, you can raft in the Grand Canyon! Grand Canyon National Park is home to some of the best rafting trips on the Colorado River. Offering majestic views and thrilling white water rapids, rafting in the Grand Canyon is a once in a lifetime adventure.
You can raft anywhere between Lees Ferry at river mile 0 to Lake Mead at river mile 280 — the length of your rafting trip, your put-in point, and your take-out point will depend on your route selection.
There are three main types of rafts you can choose from when rafting in the Colorado River:
Motorized river trips are the most popular rafting option in the Grand Canyon. Offered by 11 of our 15 outfitters, more motorized rafts are launched in the Grand Canyon's Colorado River than any other raft type. A motorized raft is ideal for travelers who want to cover as many river miles as possible over the course of their trip. A motorized raft can travel up to 8-miles per hour, meaning you'll spend less time rafting between each site and more time exploring the side canyons and all the sites they have to offer. Motorized rafting trips are also ideal if you're traveling with children or elderly individuals who may find paddling strenuous.
Similar to a motorized raft, you'll not be expected to paddle if you choose to use an oar-powered raft for your Colorado River rafting trip. Oar-powered rafts are designed to seat your river guide at the center of the raft where they can steer using two long oars. An oar-powered raft is an excellent way to explore the Grand Canyon. While you'll be traveling at a much slower pace compared to a motorized raft, you'll have more opportunities to take in the awe-inspiring vistas of Grand Canyon National Park.
Whether you're an experienced white water rafting fanatic or a casual vacationer, paddle rafting the Colorado River is a fun and challenging way to get around. Unlike both oar-powered rafting and motorized rafting, this raft is completely steered and powered by you and your raft mates.
Because it's a more hands-on option, paddle rafting is usually the least popular rafting type out of the three available options. Fortunately, there are still 4 rafting outfitters that offer paddle rafting trips. However, availability will depend on the season of travel and route selection.
The length of your adventure ultimately depends on which section of the Colorado River you intend to raft, your raft type, and how many days you want to spend rafting. See below for the different Colorado River trip durations:
Please note that the duration of each river trip will vary slightly between rafting Colorado outfitters. For more specific itinerary details, you can get in touch with one of our friendly staff at email@example.com.
Contrary to popular belief, rafting in the Grand Canyon doesn't need to be an expensive adventure. In addition to varying significantly between outfitters, rafting costs will also depend on the route selection and season of travel. To give you a rough idea, a full Grand Canyon motorized rafting trip will typically cost between $2,085–$2,962. This includes all the meals, camping, and safety equipment for a 6-8 day trip.
If you have a smaller budget, the cost for an Upper or Lower Grand Canyon motorized trip is more affordable, with average prices ranging from $1,080 to $2,314. Remember, the cost of trips on the Colorado River will increase when traveling via a non-motorized raft type.
For a more detailed quote of the costs involved in a Colorado River white water rafting trip, please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 888-244-2224 / 928-351-7711.