15 Day Full Canyon Oar Raft Trip - Hiker's Special

  • Canyon Route: Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek ( 225 river miles)
  • Meet: Las Vegas, NV OR Marble Canyon, AZ
  • Return: Las Vegas, NV
  • Transportation: Optional ground transportation from Las Vegas to Marble Canyon and return from take-out point (Diamond Creek) to Las Vegas included

  • Lodging: Marble Canyon Lodge in Marble Canyon - Desert Rose Resort in Las Vegas. Will need to be at either location the day prior to trip's start date (lodging not included in price)

  • Rapids: 42 major rapids rated 5 or above (1-10 rating scale)
  • Group size: 20-24 passengers
  • Minimum Age: 12 years old
  • Included: Camping gear w/ chairs & sleeping cots & pillow
  • Required Hike: In or out of canyon
  • Raft: Oar Rafts
  • Price: $4180  Deposit: $400
  • *Extended trip lengths provide ample time to explore remote, less visited side canyons. Designed for hiking enthusiasts - anticipate daily multi-hour hikes
    *Price includes a suggested donation of $1/day to the Grand Canyon Fund

Trip Logistics:

You will need to arrive in either Las Vegas or Marble Canyon the night prior to your trip’s start date. Lodging is not included in the price. If starting in Las Vegas, you will meet a representative at the Desert Rose Resort as early as 4:45am on the morning of day 1 for the air conditioned bus ride to Marble Canyon (approx. 5 hours) to meet your group. There will be an orientation meeting upon arrival at Lees Ferry, the put-in point. On the final morning, you will be shuttled via ground transport to either Las Vegas (arriving around 2:30-3:30pm, do not make outbound flight reservations before 5pm this day) or the South Rim (arriving between 1:30-2:30pm). It is recommended to spend an additional night in Arizona at the end of your river trip, and depart for home the next day. 

Hotel Reservations/Transportation To & From

Hotel at Trip's Start in Las Vegas, AZ: We recommend staying at the Desert Rose Resort. There is a room block and discounted room rate available for rafters. 

Hotel at Trip's Start in Marble Canyon, AZ: We recommend booking at Marble Canyon Lodge.  

Transportation to Marble Canyon: You have three options to get to the starting point: 
1. Arrange your own transportation to Marble Canyon
2. Meet in Las Vegas and fly via charter plane to Marble Canyon (we can book this flight for you)
3. Hire ground transport from Las Vegas to Marble Canyon Bar10Transport (800-582-4139)

Transportation at Trip's End: Optional ground transportation to Las Vegas included.

Oar Raft Trip

Oar trips are the most popular of all trip types.There are more motor trip launches than any other combined,among all of the outfitters.Typical launches include 2 rafts,and group sizes between 22-28 depending on the outfitter.There are upper,lower,western and full canyon trips offered on motor rafts.Some full canyon trips continue straight through with the same group of passengers,while others will make a pit-stop to let off upper canyon passengers,and allow for lower canyon trip passengers to join the group for the rest of the trip.

Oar Raft Trip

  • Popular rafting type,offered by 12 of 16 outfitters
  • Smaller more agile raft type,allows passengers to ‘feel’ more of the rapids
  • Rowed by guide,however at times passengers may row between rapids,during calmer waters – Rowing is not guaranteed,and at the discretion of the guide or trip leader.
  • In addition to oar raft,some trips include a dory boat to be used on rotation
  • Slower paced,more relaxed experience while on the raft in calmer waters
  • Great opportunity to listen to your guide’s extensive knowledge of the Grand Canyon while on raft
  • Minimum 12 years old 
  • Group size between 18-24 dependent on what time of year

Deposit, Payment and Cancellation: 

Deposit is due at time of reservation and final payment will be due 120 days prior to trip’s start date. If you cancel 120 days or more before the trip date, you will forfeit $100 per person for 2019 reservations and $200 per person for 2020 reservations. If you cancel within 119 to 31 days of the trip, you will forfeit the deposit. Within 30 days of departure, you forfeit the full fare.

Additional Trip Dates

IconFirst Day

You will be driven to the launch point, Lees Ferry in Marble Canyon in the morning to meet your river guides. They will provide additional instruction and your life jacket.  Shortly after you will be underway to begin your journey!

IconEvery Day

Each day you will be on and off the raft multiple times. Each itinerary regardless of the outfitter, includes daily side canyon hiking opportunities to some of the most beautiful scenery the Grand Canyon has to offer. In addition, you will see gorgeous waterfalls and streams rarely accessible outside of these multi-day raft trips. After enjoying the excitement of fun rapids, you will stop for lunch which is prepared river-side on a beautiful sandy beach. You will be entertained with fascinating information on the history, geology, and ecology of the canyon. Often, there is another stop after lunch before arriving at camp for the evening. Tents are always available however depending on the season, many opt to sleep under the stars each night.

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225 River Mile Trips/Diamond Creek Exit - Late morning sometimes early afternoon, you'll arrive at Diamond Creek where you will disembark and be met by transportation vehicle(s). You will travel for about an hour along a rough dirt road to the main highway in Peach Springs, AZ before being taken to Las Vegas.

"Our trip was the last outing of Sept 2017. It was very warm and we slept under the stars. The guides were great, the gear provided was great,the food was awesome - the checklist and expectation information are spot on for the trip .The usual TA questions to check off when writing a review are kind of funny - did this place have restrooms? Facilities are provided, but read the material and understand the nature of packing EVERYTHING in and out of the canyon. LOL. We loved it."
-Clarkston, Michigan

"Don't do this trip unless you want an experience of a lifetime. Joe and the Boys (our guides) safely navigated the river, cooked great food, helped us adapt to the river life, kept wild animals at bay (a raven absconded with a special food pouch) and somehow managed to arrange perfect weather. Each day started with a fresh cup of coffee and ended with a cocktail at rivers edge."
-Las Vegas, Nevada

"This trip is worth every penny and more! The scenery is absolutely amazing! Waking up every morning to new sights and new river adventures is awesome. I would re-take this trip every year if I could. The food is great! The guides are great! The trip is great! Don't wait! GO NOW!"
-Miami, Florida

This was a much needed time of beauty and adventure! We were together with no phones and so much to see and experience. The river guides and organization made it seamless. All expectations were met and exceeded. Shad, Keifer and Austin led us on a super fun and informative trip. Our kids got to be just that and they encouraged them to let it all out:))) Thank you for a life changing time together.
-Monroe, Louisiana

"We took the River and Ranch tour. Guides Roni and Jeff were incredible and worked their tails off. Great history on the geology and prior rafting expeditions added to the experience. Meals were top notch and plentiful. So many opportunities for first time experiences. No words describe the grandeur. Book it!"
-Hamilton, Montana