*Price incldues a $1/day suggested donation to the Grand Canyon Fund
You will meet at the Grand Canyon airport in Tusayan Village right outside of the South Rim, Grand Canyon 10:45am on the morning of day 1. You will then be flown via fixed wing airplane to Bar10 Ranch. At the ranch you can enjoy horseback riding, skeet shooting, a guided ATV ride close to the rim's edge (ATV not included in price), Country Western entertainment and a night sleeping under the stars in a double mattress covered conestoga wagon (based upon availability). On the 2nd morning, you will enjoy breakfast and be transported via helicopter down to the river to begin the 2nd leg of your adventure. Day 2 and part of 3 will be spent rafting/camping/hiking the Western most part of the Colorado river in the Grand Canyon. Early afternoon of day 3 you will board jet boat and enjoy the scenic ride to the upper region of Lake Mead where you will board an air conditioned bus for the return to Grand Canyon Airport 5:30-7:30pm. We highly recommmend not planning any outbound flights this final day of your trip.
Hotel (trip’s start/end): South Rim, GC
Transportation (trip’s start): South Rim
See our transportation page for additional information
Motor 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.
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You will meet in the lobby of the Grand Canyon airport in Tusayan Village and will be flown to Bar 10 Ranch in a fixed wing airplane. You will enjoy this afternoon and evening at this real working cattle ranch where you can partake in horseback riding, volleyball, skeet shooting, riding Atvs (additional fee), ranching demonstrations, a country western program, and a night sleeping under the stars either on a roof top deck, double mattres covered conestoga wagons or indoors in dorm rooms with bunk beds. The next morning you are transferred into the river via helicopter and for the remainder of your adventure, you'll be rafting the Colorado river. Trips that do not include the ranch experience will helicopter right into the canyon shortly after arriving at the Bar 10 Ranch.
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. 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.
Early afternoon of the final day you will board jet boat and enjoy the scenic ride to the upper region of Lake Mead where you will board an air conditioned bus for the return to the Grand Canyno airport sometime between 5:30pm and 7:30pm.
"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."
"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, NV
"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!"
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.
"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!"