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Do A 1-Day Grand Canyon Rafting Tour Before Season Ends

Justine Moriarity

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If you're trying to find a way to escape the hot weather, want to experience some of the great outdoors, or have a general thirst for adventure, then Grand Canyon rafting could be your calling. The tours operate daily at the Grand Canyon National Park. Rafting through the canyon is a fun experience, so don't pass up the opportunity to take a float tour.

Rafting Tours Fill Up Fast

Each tour only runs once daily, so that means seats are limited. When you book your rafting trip, you can make it even more exciting by adding some upgrades to your tour.

The basic bus tour will take you straight down into the Glen Canyon Dam, but if you're searching for more, then you can purchase a ticket which includes an airplane and 4x4 Jeep tour. You'll see lots of beautiful sights such as Horseshoe Bend. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, and you'll be marveling at the landscape way before you even step onto the raft.

The River Tour

Your trip takes place on the Colorado River, and you'll float along it for 15 miles through the Grand Canyon. The river also takes you through Horseshoe Bend, and it will stop at picturesque landing spots along the way. You'll enjoy an included lunch and a stop at the secretive Petroglyph Beach. Here you can connect with the energy of the ancient settlers, before you get back to the excitement of Grand Canyon rafting.

The rafts can hold up to 19 passengers, and they're built for adventure. The trip follows some relatively smooth sections of the Colorado River, and there are no dangerous white waters to navigate. That means that the tour is child-friendly, so don't hesitate to bring the whole family along. The large rafts mean that if you're bringing extended family, or even if you're planning something like a company team building, then you can all be accommodated on the same day. Just be sure you book your tour early so you can get as many seats as you need.

Remember, you'll be outside all day, so you'll want to bring along all the essentials you'll need. Pack an extra set of clothing and some snacks in a waterproof bag so they stay dry. Bottled water comes in handy too. Don't forget to apply sunscreen at appropriate times throughout the day, and try to wear lightweight clothing that covers up as much as possible, and bring a wide brimmed hat. The sun can get seriously intense inside the Grand Canyon National Park.


Your tour also includes an expert guide who will make your trip even more enjoyable. The guides know the water like no one else, and they will tell you about the history of all the landmarks and points of interest.

So don't forget to book your tour early, and do it online. Don't forget that there are two options available, so if you are on a tight budget, opt for the bus ride down to the Canyon. If you have some extra money though, you won't regret choosing the tour that comes with a Jeep tour through the park and plan transportation to the Dam.

The Grand Canyon is a special place that allows for some experiences that can't be beat. Supercharge your summer with a trip to the Canyon and a day out on a Colorado River float tour.

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The author is an expert and recommends these South Rim 1-day whitewater trips and these 1-day float tours:


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