Grand canyon rafting holiday

“Our only long distance, 8 day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon, camping on the river bank along the way. Travelling in a small group, with the support of expert guides.”

Highlights

450km rafting trip | Grand Canyon National Park | Ride up to class IV | Canyon walking trails | Wild swimming | Wild camping | Las Vegas

Description of Grand canyon rafting holiday

This Grand Canyon white water rafting tour really is a trip of a lifetime, joining a small group tour down the world famous Colorado River for 450km over a week. Rafting your way through the great canyon that it has carved over millions of years. An exhilarating adventure, camping on the riverside throughout, waking up to the sunrise hitting the canyon walls, which are over 1.5 km in depth, and falling asleep under a vast array of stars, let yourself be guided by top expert rafting guides through these mammoth landscapes. This really is a trip that is all about switching off completely and going with the flow. And letting your heart race over the rapids.

During this trip you will raft through some thrilling white water but also relax and enjoy floating down some quieter sections too, stopping to take in caves, waterfalls and turquoise pools along the way.

If you haven’t rafted before, don’t worry. You will be travelling in a craft that has been carefully chosen for the Colorado River, an 11m S-Rig that will not only carry you but also all the camping supplies that we need. With great camping meals provided along the way, using fresh meats and vegetables, you will not go hungry on the rapids! Cuisine, camping and camaraderie are all important features of our Grand Canyon rafting holiday.

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Our top tip:
Be prepared to muck in with camp duties. There are tents available, but most people just sling a sleeping bag by the river and sleep under the stars.
Activity level:
Easy/moderate. Beginners welcome.
Accomm:
Camping on the banks of Colorado River.
Included:
Camping and equipment, transport, all meals and soft drinks while camping, professional rafting guide
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a 'Travellers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.
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The Impacts of this Trip

We are proud supporters of Bay Area Wilderness Training (www.bawt.org) a charity based in Oakland California which works to connect disadvantaged children in the local urban area with the great outdoors. Their work helps to provide these young people with life changing experiences which they can
apply to everyday life. Everyone booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/$1/€1 to support this well-deserved charity and we will match this donation.

Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

We contribute $1 per person to support the Grand Canyon Conservation Fund – a non-profit organisation working directly with worthy conservation groups such as Friends of the River, Grand Canyon Trust and others. The money is used for further research and protection if the Grand Canyon.
It is also important that we help to protect the fragile desert environment. The desert’s natural way to avoid sand erosion is by creating cryptobiotic soil which creates a living crust on the desert floor. This special soil helps the desert to protect itself from wind and rain erosion and promotes plant growth. All our tour leaders encourage our travellers to stick to the path to avoid damaging this special soil which can be hard to see.

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