15 Day Full Canyon Oar Raft Trip with Dory Boat

  • Canyon Route: Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek ( 225 river miles)
  • Meet: Flagstaff, AZ
  • Return: Flagstaff, AZ
  • Transportation: Ground transportation from Flagstaff to put-in point (Lees Ferry) and return from take-out point (Diamond Creek) to Flagstaff is included

  • Lodging: Holiday Inn Express, Flagstaff, AZ (not included in price) - Will need to be in Flagstaff for an orientation meeting the day prior to trip's start date

  • 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 pads
  • Required Hike: None
  • Raft: Oar Rafts & Dory Boat (also referred to as cataract boat)
  • Price: $4590  Deposit: $400
  • *Price listed above reflects the 2021 rate, anticipate a 3-5% increase for 2022
    *Price includes a suggested donation of $1/day to the Grand Canyon Fund
    *Historic Dory Boat accompanies the Oar Rafts and can be used on rotation among passengers

Trip Logistics:

You will need to arrive in Flagstaff, AZ the night prior to attend a 6pm orientation meeting at the Holiday Inn Express. Lodging is not included in the price. On the morning of day 1, you will enjoy a buffet breakfast and be ready to board a bus for the 2.5 hour drive to the put in point at Lees Ferry. On the final day, you will transported back to Flagstaff, AZ arriving approximately between 5:30-7:30pm. Arrival times are not guaranteed and it is recommended to make outgoing flight reservations for the following day. 

 

Hotel Reservations/Transportation To & From

Hotel (trip’s start):

  • There is a room block set up with a hotel in Flagstaff for guests. Additional information will be provided after your reservation.

Transportation (trip’s start): Flagstaff, AZ

  • Via commercial flight from Flagstaff pullman Airport (FLG)
  • Via ground shuttle:

Transportation (trip’s start/end): Flagstaff, AZ

  • You will be taken back to Flagstaff at trip's end.
  • Refernce above for transprtation options.

Oar Raft Trip w/ Dory Boat

Oar raft trips are the second most popular of all raft types. Consisting of 5 passengers in total, these rafts are powered and navigated by your guide, however if you are interested in rowing in between rapids and at their discretion, you are welcome to grab the oars. A typical oar trip will consist of 5-6 rafts or floatilla. Oar trips travel at speed of the river 3-4 mph, more slowly and essentially doubling the trip duration when compared to a motorized trip. This slower pace offers a great opportunity for an intimate experience with the river while listening to your guide's extensive knowledge of the Grand Canyon. 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.

  • Popular rafting type, offered by 12 of 16 outfittersOar Raft Trip
  • 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
  • At times motor rafts are part of a flotilla, used to carry food supplies, camping equipment/gear.

Dory Raft Trip

Dory boat trips are offered by 5 of 15 outfitters. Consisting of 5 passengers in total, these rafts are powered and navigated by your guide. Often times Dory boats will be added to Oar trips making for a great opportunity to experience both vessels on the same trip. Dory trips travel at speed of the river 3-4 mph, more slowly and essentially doubling the trip duration when compared to a motorized trip. This slower pace offers a great opportunity for an intimate experience with the river while listening to your guide's extensive knowledge of the Grand Canyon. There are upper, lower, western and full canyon trips offered on non-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.

  • Limited rafting type,offered by 5 of 15 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.
  • Rigid boats made of hard wood
  • Travels slightly faster when compared to oar rafts
  • Faster response in rapids when compared to inflated rafts
  • Slower paced,more intimate experience while on Dory
  • Great opportunity to listen to your guide’s extensive knowledge of the Grand Canyon while on the river
  • Minimum 10-12 years old for most outfitters
  • Group size between 18-24 dependent on what time of year
  • Rafts may vary slightly from sample image

Payment and cancellation policies:

  • $400 deposit per person required to reserve your space(s):
    • 50% of your deposit is nonrefundable
    • $200 returned if cancellation occurs 120 days or more prior to trip start
    • If booking within 130 days prior to trip start, full payment is due
  • Final payment is due 130 days prior to trip start date:
    • Final payment to be made in the form of a check to Advantage Grand Canyon
    • A processing fee will be added for final payments paid via credit card
  • In the event you have to cancel, you may consider:
    • Substituting members on your reservation
    • Change trip or type to another available trip in the same year
    • File your trip insurance claim with your personal provider more information below

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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. Guests will have dry bags provided as well as a life jacket, and 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.

IconLast Day

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 Flagstaff.

"We had no idea how lucky we were.  Having gone down the river and seeing all the other boats, I feel really blessed to have gotten to travel with them. Given the comfort of the boat, the food, and the different hiking options at each stop, I can comfortably say that anyone, young or old can do this trip.  I'll never forget this trip and I'll definitely be back for another trip"
-Oak Park, IL

"WOW !!!  what a trip to take..... we did the whole river over a week. these people are wonderful to guide your trip. dont expect to lose any weight on this trip.. youll eat like a king(riverside) if you have the adventure bug in ya... i highly recommend this trip and outfit. its truly epic and life changing."
-Anchorage, AK

"I took the 7 day trip through the Grand Canyon. This company was exceptional.  The proffesionalism of the guides to the outstanding food, I have only great things to say. I highly reccomend this outfit."
-Pooler, GA

"They made everyone comfortable with camping, going to the bathroom, and riding class 10 rapids in the canyon while keeping the stories and humor flowing like the river.  We saw other companies and the way they camp, ride on the boat, and visit side attractions, and I think we had the best of it all"
-Gloucester, MA

"The rafting crew expertly negotiated the river as well as the many soakings we got going thru the rapids. They entertained us with canyon-lore from the past as well as educating us on geology and history"
-Seattle, WA