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Facts About Grand Canyon River Rafting Tours

Justine Moriarity

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While traveling to some locations can be very exciting, they often lack in the number of activities they can offer. One place that is all around exciting is the Grand Canyon, since you have quite a few things you can do, including the Grand Canyon water rafting tours.

1-Day Adventure

When people hear about rafting in the Grand Canyon, they instantly think of whitewater rafting. But those types of adventures take from 3 to twenty days. For many folks, this is to much time or too expensive. the ideal alternative? One-day float tours, which gently meander down the Colorado River making stops for going swimming and easy strolls into hidden side canyons.

What you will need to understand is that different levels of fitness and time will have some impact on the white water tour you can take. Concerned? Then you are going to find that these Grand Canyon float tours will be ideal for you. Families with children as young as four, seniors and those who enjoy calm river conditions tend to love these tours.

One thing you will find is that the South Rim of the Grand Canyon does offer some of the best water rafting tours. The first one starts out with a bus trip from Grand Canyon National Park Airport to Page, Arizona, passing through a two-mile tunnel to end at the base of Glen Canyon Dam. On this three hour tour, you will be taken aboard a motorized pontoon from the dam's dock and then travel to Lee's Ferry.

Option #2

The second popular smooth-water Grand Canyon water rafting trip begins with a plane flight from the South Rim to Page's municipal airport. From here, you will be taken by 4x4 through the Antelope Valley. Once you pass through the same tunnel as the first tour, you will begin the second part of the river tour.

Floating down the Colorado River is a breathtaking experience. You'll pass by red sandstone cliffs, including those at spectacular Horseshoe Bend. Slightly farther down river, you'll land at a beach and take a short walk to view ancient Indian petroglyphs on a cliff wall. On your rafting trip, you will have a chance to see even more of the natural beauty of the area.

Perhaps the best part of these water rafting tours is that they do include lunch, professional drivers, river guides and even return transportation. On the way to the South Rim you'll see the Painted Desert and the Navajo Indian Reservation. While you are out traveling, you will also have the chance to shop authentic Native American crafts just by visiting the Cameron Trading Post.

Complimentary Shuttle!

These all day tours will typically begin at 7 AM. One thing that isn't included is Shuttle Service and you will need to ensure you have transportation to the airfield located at Tusayan, Arizona. Thankfully, you can reach Tusayan within ten minutes of the hotels located at Grand Canyon Village.

Best of all, you are encourage to swim while on these float trips. On this tour, it is recommended that you have a fresh set of clothes, towel, hat, sneakers and sandals to wear.

Whitewater rafting gets most of the publicity when it comes to adventure activities at the Grand Canyon, but most people actually prefer a more relaxing river experience. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why so many people look forward to the one-day smooth water float trips . While staying in the calmer areas of the river is one benefit, you will also have the chance to visit the beautiful riverbanks. There is no denying that those with active children will find that these trips will keep them interested.

Travel editor Justine Moriarity is an authority in terms of Grand Canyon tours. If you are seeking inexpensive one day float tours , she recommends checking out this website:


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