Grand Canyon raft tours are a fantastic summer getaway. But don't wait until the last minute to book your tour as these trips are famous for selling out.
Let's take a look at the one-day float trips that depart from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. If you want to find this location on Google Maps, just search for Tusayan, AZ.
Anyhow, South Rim rafting tours come in two versions. On one of them, you go by motor coach to Page, Arizona where you meet your boat at Glen Canyon Dam. The other trip, which is considered more “deluxe, " starts with an airplane ride to Page and a Jeep tour to Antelope Canyon prior to rafting.
The river portion of your tour takes you on a raft down river for 15.3 miles until you come to Lee's Ferry. There you'll pull out and take a bus back to the Grand Canyon National Park Airport where you started earlier in the morning.
Smooth Waters Only
There's no white water rapids from the Dam to Lee's Ferry, so kids as young as 4 years of age can do this trip with ease. All ages enjoy this fun tour, even seniors. As for white water, you'll have to find a provider of multi-day rafting trips (costs can range from $1,500 and up per person!).
There is another fun one-day raft tour that leaves from Las Vegas. This one kicks off with a helicopter tour to the bottom of the West Rim. Then you come back up and get on a bus for the ride to Hoover Dam.
This float tour is eleven miles long. You get to see scenic Black Canyon as you wend your way to Willow Beach. You will have great fun catching glimpses of the many species of wildlife that call the Grand Canyon home.
When to Go
Grand Canyon rafting trips operate April to November. This is because the water is brutally cold during winter and early spring. Plus, during that time, snow from the Rocky Mountains melts and causes the river to swell and move swiftly as the excess water rushes its way to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.
Don't forget these tours are very popular. Because of that, you need to book your seats at least a week in advance. Sometimes you can get a seat 72 hours out, but it is risky to wait. You will probably be left disappointed if you try to get your seats the day of your tour, especially if you are starting from Williams or Flagstaff, and remember, if you are in those cities, you have to factor in an hour's drive to get to your check in point at 6 am.
The most convenient way to book these trips is over the Internet. Just stay away from the travel sites. Buy directly from the tour company's website instead. These are the company's that own and operate the tours and are the only ones in the position to offer their trips at a discount. Be sure to complete your transaction on the site so you can get the low Internet rate.
Grand Canyon rafting tours are a lot of fun for everyone in your group or family. You can tour the South Rim from Tusayan or the West Rim from Vegas. The tours take all day so be prepared to leave early, there are no half-day tours. Book these trips well in advance and buy them on the Internet as doing so will save you significant cash.
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