Western River Expedition


This section of canyon is the Western most part of the Colorado river, traveling from river mile 188 –Whitmore Wash to river mile 280 – Lake Mead. This adventure conveniently begins and ends in Las Vegas, with pick up and return to McCarran Airport or the Dessert Rose Resort, located just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. Included is a scenic flight from Las Vegas to Bar 10 Ranch, a 10,000 acre real working cattle ranch where you will enjoy lunch and a delicious dinner on day one of your trip, featuring their own all-natural grass fed beef. Horseback riding, volleyball, skeet shooting, ATV’s, ranching demonstrations and a country western program are all part of this western river expedition itinerary followed by and a night sleeping under the stars in a double mattress conestoga covered wagon, or a room inside the lodge.

The following morning you are transported into the canyon via helicopter to begin the second leg of your adventure. You will travel nearly 100 river miles rafting the Western most part of the Colorado river from Whitmore Wash to Lake Mead, experiencing both exciting rapids – over 13 medium to low intensity – as well as smooth flowing water. You will explore beautiful side canyons during your daily hikes to notable features and attractions as well as spring fed streams. This adventure is suitable for all fitness levels including children, as it does not require any strenuous hiking to begin or end the trip as other partial canyon route trips do – either ascending or descending the bright angel trail.
As the days pass you’ll get more and more comfortable in the Grand Canyon, arriving at a new campsite each late afternoon and dining river-side. Delicious food that will amaze, the most incredible views and sleeping under the stars are just a precursor to waking up to one of the most magnificent sunrises you’ll ever see. Not only will your qualified and talented river guides prepare gourmet meals, but they are also well versed in geology, wildlife, canyon lore and trained in first aid for emergency situations.

While on river you will enjoy waking up to freshly brewed coffee and a hearty breakfast. After camp has been taken down and boats loaded, you will spend several hours on and off of the river with one or two side canyon hikes each day. Depending on your location on the river, some days you will hike more and travel less, and others travel more and hike less. Your guides, who each have their own specialty be it geology, history, canyon lore, etc. will entertain you with endless knowledge while you enjoy the views of the million year old rock walls surrounding you.

All of the meals are prepared for you, and all camping gear is included. While at camp you will rest on comfortable chairs, and sleep inside a tent, on a comfortable cot, with a warm sleeping bag & sheet. Dry bags are also supplied so you can protect your items from water.
Including the first night’s stay at Bar 10 Ranch, motor raft trips are 3-4 days in length, while oar and dory trips are 5 days in length. There is also one motor raft option which avoids the ranch and flies you directly into the canyon on day one.

At Trips End

Your Western river expedition ends with a jet boat ride across Lake Mead to your take out point where you will board a bus or van and be returned to either McCarran airport or the Desert Rose Resort, depending on the outfitter’s itinerary.

Transportation: You will meet and be returned to Las Vegas, either McCarran airport or the Desert Rose Resort depending on the outfitter’s itinerary.