3 Day Western Canyon Motor Raft Trip

  • Canyon Route: Whitmore Wash to Lake ( 92 river miles)
  • Meet: Las Vegas, NV
  • Return: Las Vegas, NV
  • Transportation: Charter fight from Las Vegas to Bar10 Ranch, helicopter to put-in point (Whitmore Wash) and return from take-out point (Lake Mead) to Las Vegas via ground transportation is included

  • Lodging: Lodging in Las Vegas night prior is optional but recomended (not included in price) Will meet at 10:30am Day 1 of your trip at McCarren Airport

  • Rapids: 5 major rapids rated 5 or above (1-10 rating scale)
  • Group size: 12-14 passengers per raft. 2 raft maximum
  • Minimum Age: 8 years old
  • Included: Camping gear w/ chairs & sleeping cots
  • Required Hike: None
  • Raft: S-Rig
  • Price: $1600  Deposit: $400
  • *Price incldues a $1/day suggested donation to the Grand Canyon Fund
    *$1,440/person is the child rate (8-16yr)

Trip Logistics:

You will meet at 10:30am on the morning of day 1 at the Harry Reid International airport (formerly McCarren Airport). You will then be transported to the Boulder Airport for a flight 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 Las Vegas around 6pm.

Hotel Reservations/Transportation To & From

Hotel (trip’s start):

  • Las Vegas: Any hotel of your choice

Transportation (trip’s start/end):

  • You will be picked up at the Las Vegas McCarren airport on Day 1 of your adventure.
  • Transportation from McCarren airport to Boulder airport, flight to Bar10 Ranch, helicopter down to river and ground shuttle back to Las Vegas is included in trip fare.

Motor Raft Trip

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.

  • Most popular of all raft types, offered by 11 of 16 outfittersMotor Raft Trip
  • Most comfortable seating positions of all raft types and great for guests who seek a sense of security with a larger raft type
  • Covers more distance per day compared to non-motor trips
  • Action packed trips – will see more in a day and get form one attraction to another more frequently compared to non-motor
  • Popular choice for those looking to see more of the canyon while having ample time for off raft exploration
  • Largest percentage of people choose this raft type
  • Popular choice for any age especially children/teens who seek more activities Minimum 8 years old 
  • Group sizes between 12-14 per raft, 2 raft maximum/trip
  • Rafts may vary slightly from sample image

Payment policy:

  • After your payment, you will receive an invoice and additional forms that need to be completed
  • $400 non-refundable deposit per person required to reserve your space(s)
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip start date
  • If booking within 90 days prior to trip start, full payment is due
  • *Pay It Now Rate:
    • Pay in full at the time of booking to be eligible for the discounted pay it now rate
    • No refunds, transfers or substitutions
    • Trip insurance highly recommended

Cancellation policy

  • Deposits are nonrefundable
  • Final payments are nonrefundable
  • In the event you have to cancel you may wish to consider:
    • Changing your trip date or type to another available trip in the same year:
      • Not eligible if you opted for the “pay it now” rate
      • Not eligible 90 or fewer days to departure
      • $50/person fee
  • File your trip insurance claim with your personal provider more information below

Trip Cancellation Insurance - Highly Recommended

  • Insurance can help reimburse you in the event of illness or unforeseen circumstances
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Additional Trip Dates

IconFirst Day

You will meet in Las Vegas, NV and be driven to Boulder airport and will fly to Bar 10 Ranch. You will spend the afternoon and evening at this real working cattle ranch where you will enjoy 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.

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. 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

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 Las Vegas McCarran Airport between 2:00-3:00pm.  Flight reservations departing Las Vegas on this day should not be scheduled before 4pm.

"Just a great experience in nature, with people, and the company.  Of all of the times i've rafted the Colorado on commercial trips this was the best one!"
-Mountain View, CA

"We got under way and had fun immediately. There were rapids enough to get us wet and cold keeping us cool and comfortable. Every time we stopped, it was in another beautiful place and the food they provided was very good for camp food."
-Seattle, WA

"Best vacation ever!  We were a total of 24 family members and had the adventure of a life time. Can't say enough great things.  Our 7 day tour was flawless with the an amazing crew of boatmen/boatwomen taking care of our every need around the clock."
-Boston, MA

"What a great organization and outfit! From start to finish, everything worked like clockwork day in-day out. The guides were super fun and knowledgeable! Loved all the stories and the camaraderie with the crew and everybody floating down the river!"
-Madison, WI

"The trip of a lifetime. Just got off the river two weeks ago and I’m ready to go again. The guides were incredible, the food was awesome and the views were amazing. There aren’t enough adjectives to describe this trip."
-Liverpool, England