Whitewater Rafting In The Grand Canyon

Written by Benjamin Messmer
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There's nothing else quite like whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon. You can experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon rising around the Colorado River as you travel with the current. Permits for rafting through the Grand Canyon are difficult to obtain, so I recommend using one of several well-qualified adventure travel companies.

Whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon is for everyone. The Glen Canyon Dam upstream from the Grand Canyon tempered the flow of the Colorado River, making rafting trips available to the public. As you journey along the river, you will be amazed as rock formations open up around you.

Planning for Whitewater Rafting in the Grand Canyon

A whitewater voyage through the Grand Canyon takes about one week in a motor-powered raft or dory, but expect trips in oar-powered raft or dory to take two or three weeks. Half-Canyon trips are available but these require a hike to join or exit the trip. Ask your adventure travel company about the different trips offered. Remember to book your trip six months to one year in advance, because Colorado River whitewater rafting trips fill up very quickly.

Whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon adds another element of excitement and adventure to an already incredible area. If you or your family like being in the water, I highly recommend considering a Colorado River rafting vacation. If you have seen the Grand Canyon before and want a different perspective on the magnificent chasm, if you love being on rivers, or if your family wants to see the Grand Canyon for the first time, whitewater rafting is the way to go!


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