A Product of Mother Nature
The Colorado River is also referred to as the mighty Colorado River, because it is America?s most legendary whitewater passes through the floor of this awe-inspiring canyon. Geologists believe that the Grand Canyon is actually carved out by the might of the Colorado River and its many tributaries. Because of soil erosion, almost two billion years of the world?s geologic past has been unearthed, giving important clues as to how this region existed millions of years ago.
The unique geologic features of the Grand Canyon are a product of two opposing forces: the downward force of the Colorado River and the uplifting of the Colorado Plateau. As water passes along the surface of the river, the torrents erode layers upon layers of rock to reveal a variety of truly one-of-a-kind geologic formations that signify Paleozoic and Proterozoic strata. The erosion simply carved its way deeper and deeper into the valley floor.
On the other hand, the Colorado Plateau has slowly risen to produce a very steep stream gradient that further facilitated the flow of the water from the Colorado River by increasing its speed. This was further compounded by the overabundance of water during the Ice Age. These forces of nature have combined to create the present landscape that is now the subject of almost five million tourists every year, but only 30,000 lucky rafters in the Grand Canyon annually.
You Want a Full Canyon Experience?
If you are on a holiday for anywhere from 6 to 18 days, we recommend our full canyon rafting trips on a 6-8 day motor raft (the most popular raft trip in Grand Canyon) or a 12 - 18 day non-motor oar, paddle, dory or hybrid raft. This trip can truly let you enjoy all of the incredible things the Grand Canyon has to offer as you travel down the mighty Colorado River on an 15-18-day 280-mile trip from Lees Ferry to Pearce Ferry near Lake Mead.
If this is too lengthy for you, we can shorten that to around 12 days with a 188-mile trip towards Whitmore Wash. If this is too short, then we can adjust a little bit to a 13-14-day 225-mile non-motor rafting trip towards Diamond Creek.
If you want to experience the entire length of the Canyon but in significantly shorter length of time, we recommend using a motorized river raft to cut the journey in half. Choose from our trips available in 6-8-day trips. If you take the Western Grand Canyon trip, you can start at Whitmore Wash and end up in Lake Mead for a 3-4 day journey on motorized rafts or 5 days on an oar-powered river craft.
The Colorado River in Grand Canyon
This lengthy yet very fulfilling river rafting journey will take you from river mile 0, breath-taking Marble Canyon, stopping near the historic Phantom Ranch for a stay for lunch, moving lazily forward on the Colorado River, you'll visit Deer Creek and raft through the famed whitewater of Lava Falls where you will experience the thrill of navigating up to a class 10 rapid. Depending on where you take out, the full canyon experience will bring you through 38 to 47 major whitewater raids that have been rated Class III to IV.
Home to one of the world's most famous stretches of whitewater rapids, running via a river that passes through multiple states, amidst a backdrop of golden brown sand and cliff rock, the Colorado River has become to be known as one of Mother Nature?s masterpieces, taking millions of years to create and constantly perfecting. Even today, the unique river system inside the Grand Canyon still manages to carve new terrain into the face of the canyon.
Feeling More Adventurous
If you are someone who enjoys longer hikes, is in good shape and does not have the flexibility in their schedule for a full canyon, partial canyon rafting trips may be the right option of you. They start or end with a 7.5 - 9.5 mile hike at the start or end of their raft trip and combine the thrill and excitement of whitewater rafting through either the upper canyon or lower canyon.
These shorter rafting trips can range from as short as 88 miles to as long as 192 miles of whitewater river experience punctuated with 5 to 28 major rapids that are classed at III or IV. The hiking portion consists of a 9.5-mile hike through Bright Angel Trail.
A National Park
With its very unique geological features, the Grand Canyon River system is simply one of the best natural attractions in the whole world. With its vast array of both animal and plant life that can only be found in one of its five life zones - the Upper Sonoran, the Lower Sonoran, the Canadian, the Hudsonian, and the Transition - tourists and adventurers are given a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the immensity of its ecosystem.
The Colorado River
The Grand Canyon portion of the Colorado River boasts of a wide array of river sports and recreation activities that can include smooth water float trips, to kayaking and whitewater rafting. Private trips are able to launch all year around, however commercial raft trips in Grand Canyon which are regulated by the National park, launch between April and October annually.
The Colorado River in Grand Canyon is home to Lava Falls, the canyon?s most fabled and largest river rapid. Rafters and paddlers alike will be tested by the whitewater maelstrom as they to maneuver their craft around Big Black Rock and make it past the famous hole, which boasts a fearsome reputation for making even the most experienced boatmen sweat. Commercial boatmen are true professionals and have a terrific success rate navigating Lava Falls.
The Colorado river in Grand Canyon, unmatched in beauty and art by Mother Nature, continues to inspire people from all walks of life. Not only is it an inspiration for some, it is also an excellent source of unlimited adventure for the those who embrace the outdoors.
For more information on this shorter trip, or questions about the hike, book your trip now or please call us at 888-244-2224.