Grand Canyon Rafting
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  • Post Office Box 57575
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 84157-0575

Grand Canyon Rafting

Grand Canyon Rafting: Colorado River & Trail Expeditions

The Colorado River trip through the Grand Canyon is the best-known rafting expedition in the world. For nearly 300 miles the river flows freely through a mile-deep gorge of ever-changing views and vistas, revealing the history of the earth in its multi-colored layers of rock. The rapids are legendary, ranging from playful "riffles" to "big and splashy" to "absolute thrilling!" Side canyon hiking and off-river exploration will take you to places of wonder and delight where you can play in waterfalls, swim in turquoise pools, stand amazed upon scenic overlooks, or relish the cooling shade of hidden grottos.

Our Grand Canyon rafting equipment consists of custom-built 37-foot motorized rafts, 18-foot rowing rigs, and 16-foot paddle rafts. We offer deluxe motorized expeditions through the entire Grand Canyon from Lees Ferry to Pearce Ferry. Our non-motorized rowing and paddle trips start at Lees Ferry and end at Whitmore Wash. All of the trips include roundtrip transportation from Las Vegas.

Shorter Grand Canyon rafting trips are available on a limited basis for those who wish to hike into or out of the Grand Canyon in conjunction with their rafting trip or participate in our Grand Canyon Ranch and Raft trips which helicopter in at Whitmore Wash. Passengers on Upper Grand Canyon trips depart at Phantom Ranch and hike nine miles up to the South Rim. Lower Grand Canyon trip participants hike nine miles down from the rim to the river to start their trip near Phantom Ranch. Hiking in and out of the Grand Canyon is very strenuous. Hikers must be experienced and in good physical condition. Ranch and Raft expeditions begin at Whitmore Wash and travel through the lower 90 miles of the Grand Canyon ending at Pearce Ferry.

If running the famous rapids of Grand Canyon, hiking through hidden side canyons, playing in clear desert pools and waterfalls, and taking the magnificent views in aboard our comfortable rafts sounds like fun to you, look no further than our Grand Canyon rafting trips on the Colorado River.

Grand Canyon whitewater rafting is for those who love adventure in the heart of nature. The most famous place to experience this thrill is in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Going with the flow of the river and enjoying the thrill of the waves and whitewater is a must have experience. To make this experience a reality look no further than Colorado River & Trail Expeditions - CRATE - a premier outfitter offering the best Grand Canyon rafting trips in the industry.

We make your trip to the Grand Canyon and Arizona landscapes most memorable and ensure that you enjoy all the fun of the most exciting river rafting expedition ever with our thrilling rafting trip packages.

The mighty Colorado River with her canyons and tributaries has captured the hearts of many. For those who are passionate about river rafting, the river indeed has a lot to offer. Apart from the Grand Canyon rafting trip, you may choose from our expeditions through various Canyon ranges along the Colorado River or the Green River (or both!) in Utah, or the Tatshenshini-Alsek River system in Alaska. These include:

• Cataract Canyon Rafting – Colorado River

• Desolation Canyon Rafting – Green River

• Westwater Canyon Rafting – Colorado River

• Rafting in Alaska and Canada - Tatshenshini Alsek Rivers

We also organize one day rafting tours near Moab on the Colorado and Green River. These trips include options for inflatable kayaks and a hard hulled whitewater dory.

CRATE's rafting trips in the Grand Canyon are all-inclusive. Guests are only responsible for bringing their personal gear. We supply deluxe camping gear including Cots, Wiggys Made in the USA clean sleeping bags, chairs, tents, ground tarps, and foam pads. Our guides are experienced, knowledgeable, and the most personable and friendly in the rafting industry. Our three meals a day are healthy, taste good, we have vegetarian options, and there is an abundance of food. We can also cater to special food needs including gluten-free options. In addition CRATE supplies plenty of snacks during the day.

The services of Colorado River and Trail Expeditions as a tour operator have been appreciated by numerous travel agencies along with a large number of adventure enthusiasts and water sports gurus from across the globe. We offer a wide variety of trip itineraries to suit the plan of your trip and provide the most exciting Grand Canyon rafting trips for individuals, groups and/or travel agents. What’s more, we even provide customized rafting expeditions to cater to special needs or food requests.

To learn more about what’s in store for you on these exciting river expeditions read on!

Grand Canyon Rafting – Colorado River

The Colorado River begins in the high and pristine Rocky Mountains of Colorado. After meandering its way across the state, the river enters some of the most spectacular white water rafting destinations in USA, including the Grand Canyon. Very few rivers in the world have the mystique and excitement of the Colorado River. The wild, immense rapids along with the incredible canyon scenery make a trip down the Colorado high on every river runner’s and rafting enthusiast’s wish list. Rafting on its waters is certainly a must have experience and your first encounter may be the beginning of a never ending addiction. You can travel the Colorado River aboard our custom designed 37 foot raft propelled by a quiet 4-stroke outboard motor or opt for an oar or paddle trip. Grand Canyon rafting trips are our most popular expeditions and cover a range of 280 miles from Lee’s Ferry to Lake Mead.

The Highlights

The Grand Canyon radiates both excitement and serenity. Without a doubt, it is one of the most incredible geological wonders on our planet. While rafting through the white waters of the river, you get the most majestic views of the Canyons. The home to some of the most awesome whitewater in North America, the Grand Canyon of Colorado is also the home to some of the most striking and precious desert gems reached by off-river side canyon hikes in the world. A river rafting trip is only way to explore some of these amazing waterfall grottoes and scenic wonders. The Grand Canyon Rafting Expeditions organized by Colorado River and Trail Expeditions combine thrilling world-class whitewater rafting excursions with time for exploration within the Canyon.

Have the greatest rafting adventure of your life!

Our past guest claim over and over that their rafting trip changed their lives. At CRATE, we believe in letting our clients have the real experience of embodying the gigantic and multifaceted character of the Colorado River, the life-blood of the Grand Canyon, and be overwhelmed by the unique feeling that it offers to those who undertake rafting in its mighty waters. In addition our Grand Canyon rafting expeditions are made extra special by all of the off-river hiking and exploring we do. Our trips are great for adults and kids over 12 years old.

Unlike other outfitters who provide Grand Canyon rafting trips to hoards of people, we limit our rafting expeditions to fewer guests and strictly believe in avoiding a crowded adventure trip. Additionally, we maintain a stringent guide to guest ratio to ensure that every client who wishes to go on a rafting trip gets proper attention and is adequately informed about the geology, natural history, river history, and archaeology pertaining to the rafting voyage. CRATE's trips are the right length to allow plenty of time for off-river hiking and exploring. We at CRATE offer long duration rafting trips that span 8-14 days as well as shorter rafting trips that last 3-5 days to suit every schedule and every requirement.

Most river runners segregate the Grand Canyon into upper and lower sections for rafting and both offer great rapids and breathtaking scenery. The Upper Grand Canyon stretches between Lees Ferry to Phantom Ranch - a distance of 87 miles. This offers 19 major rapids and is usually covered in three to six days. On the course, you may stop for a swim in the sparkling blue waters of the 'Little Colorado' - a major tributary of the river. This section you may also hike to the Nankoweep Indian Ruins, which are featured on the USA Grand Canyon quarter. This trips end at Phantom Ranch, and rafters hike out of the canyon via the Bright Angel Trail with a hiking guide.

The Lower Grand Canyon rafting section runs from Phantom Ranch down to Whitmore Wash or Lake Mead and takes 6-8 days. The two largest rapids in the Grand Canyon Crystal and Lava Falls are on this section. Also the famous Deer Creek Falls and Havasu Canyon are on this section of the river. These trips generally take 6-8 days.

The last section of the Grand Canyon is the section from Whitmore Wash to Lake Mead we offer trips here that include a night at the Bar 10 ranch on the North Rim followed by 2-3 days of rafting. This is a great adventure package trip that includes a helicopter ride into the Grand Canyon.

Hiking off-river from the Colorado River can take you to the crystal clear creeks where you will see some of the most beautiful waterfalls. You can also venture through the hidden Canyons to uncover evidence of ancient inhabitants concealed from most Grand Canyon visitors.

On each rafting expedition, the tour guides from Colorado River and Trail Expeditions will try to camp at the perfect spots where you can relax under the starry skies and enjoy healthy dutch oven cooking. For all rafting expeditions we carry a full outdoor kitchen set-up to make you great meals. The comfortable sleeping bags, foam pads, cots, and tents ensure that you relax fully well to rejuvenate yourself for the next day’s adventure.

Our rafting equipment consists of custom-built 37-foot motorized rafts, 18-foot rowing rigs, and 16-foot paddle rafts. We offer deluxe motorized expeditions through the entire Grand Canyon from Lees Ferry to Pearce Ferry. Our non-motorized rowing and paddle trips start at Lees Ferry and end at Whitmore Wash. All of the trips include roundtrip transportation from Las Vegas.

The Grand Canyon Rafting Trips organized by Colorado River and Trail Expeditions are planned to give you the experience of unique adventure and an opportunity to view some of the most legendary and breathtaking landscapes of North America. We have been organizing exciting trips for thousands of our clients since 1971. Our friendly and helpful guides ensure that you enjoy your rafting trips to the fullest and are well versed with the geology, ecology and history of the areas.

Join us for an exhilarating rafting trip that will not only recharge your life but will also give you a string of memorable moments to remember and cherish for a lifetime!

Along with the Grand Canyon Rafting, we also offer Cataract Canyon Rafting, Desolation Canyon Rafting and West Water Canyon Rafting in the state of Colorado and Utah, as well as exciting rafting expeditions in Canada and Alaska.

To book your rafting trip, call us now on 1-800-253-7328.

Your call will be promptly answered by one of our team members – we do not keep our clients waiting and always give individual attention to their requirements. You will never have to go through a series of ‘press number’ instructions to reach us. We can also help you plan for birthday and anniversary celebrations on your rafting expeditions.

If you prefer to write, our e-mail is: crate@crateinc.com

We would love to hear from you and give you a real taste of the most exciting river rafting trips ever in North America!

Grand Canyon Schedule and Rates

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PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to meet the demand for rafting trips in the Grand Canyon, the National Park Service has imposed a "no repeat" rule. Visitors may not take more than one Grand Canyon river trip, commercial or private, in the same calendar year. The rule will be strictly enforced. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this notice, please contact our office. This service is operated by Colorado River & Trail Expeditions, Inc., a Concessioner under contract with the U.S. Government and administered by the National Park Service. The Concessioner is responsible for conducting these operations in a satisfactory manner. Prices are approved by the National Park Service. Please send comments to: Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park, P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023.

Deluxe Grand Canyon Motor Trip

Colorado River - Entire Canyon

Lees Ferry to Lake Mead
Meet in Las Vegas, Nevada

Travel down the Colorado River aboard our custom-designed 37-foot expedition raft propelled by a quiet 4-stroke outboard motor. The price includes round-trip motor coach transportation from Las Vegas. Note: In addition to regular camping gear, sleeping cots are provided on the deluxe motor trips.
8-Day
Motor
May 11-18, June 1-8, June 15-22, June 22-29, July 6-13, July 19-26, Aug. 3-10, Aug. 10-17 $2,850.00
Add $12 park fee
9-Day
Motor
May 18-26, Aug. 24-Sept. 1
9-Day trips may include an exchange of some passengers at Phantom Ranch on the 4th day.
$2,850.00
Add $12 park fee
9-Day
Motor
May 25-June 2 - GRAND CANYON NATURAL HISTORY
An emphasis on Grand Canyon geology and off-river hiking to unique eco-zones and archaeological sites.
$2,995.00
Add $12 park fee
11-Day Motor April 22-May 2 - SPRING HIKING & RAFTING SPECIAL
The focus is on off-river hiking and exploration. Special early season rate.
$2,695.00
Add $12 park fee

Deluxe Grand Canyon Motor Trip with Helicopter Take-Out at Whitmore Wash

Lees Ferry to Whitmore Wash

Meet in Las Vegas, Nevada
The trip ends at Whitmore Wash with a helicopter ride out of the canyon and a charter flight to Las Vegas.
8-Day
Motor

7-Day
Motor

7-Day
Motor

No dates are available at this time.

Grand Canyon Rowing & Paddle Expeditions

Colorado River - Complete Trip

Lees Ferry to Whitmore Wash
Meet in Las Vegas, Nevada

The price includes pre-trip motor coach transportation from Las Vegas to Lees Ferry, end of-trip helicopter transfer from the river, and scenic charter flight back to Las Vegas.
11-Day Paddle July 27-Aug. 6
All participants paddle full-time in 6-8 person paddle rafts. A motorized support raft carries all of the gear and supplies.
$3,670.00
Add $12 park fee
11-Day Rowing Paddle option Aug. 14-24, Sept. 7-17
Oar trip in 18-foot rafts rowed by guides. Totally non-motorized. Paddle raft is available on a rotation basis.
$3,670.00
Add $12 park fee
14-Day Rowing September 24-October 7
Oar trip in 18-foot rafts rowed by guides. Totally non-motorized. Paddle raft is available on a rotation basis.
$3670.00
Add $12 park fee.

Upper Grand Canyon Expeditions

Lees Ferry to Phantom Ranch
Meet in Las Vegas, Nevada

The price includes transportation from Las Vegas to Lees Ferry to begin the river trip. When the river trip ends at Phantom Ranch on the 4th day, participants hike 9 miles from the river to the South Rim. End-of-trip transportation is not included, but we provide you with information about various options. Please contact us for more information.
4-Day
Motor
May 18-21, May 25-28 $1,479.00
Add $12 park fee
5-Day
Motor
April 22-26 - SPRING HIKING & RAFTING SPECIAL
The focus is on off-river hiking and exploration.
$1,442.00
Add $12 park fee
5-Day Paddle July 27-31
Paddle only with motor support.
$1,915.00
Add $12 park fee
5-Day Rowing Aug. 14-18, Sept. 7-11
Rowing with optional paddle raft.
$1,915.00
Add $12 park fee

Lower Grand Canyon Motor Trips

Phantom Ranch to Lake Mead
Meet at Grand Canyon South Rim

Hike 9 miles from the rim to Phantom Ranch to begin the river trip. The price includes end-of-trip motor coach transportation to Las Vegas.
6-Day
Motor
May 21-26, May 28-June 2 $2,200.00
Participant pays park entry fee at South Rim
7-Day
Motor
April 26-May 2 - SPRING RAFTING & HIKING $1,993.00
Participant pays park entry fee at South Rim.

Hike In, Raft the Grand Canyon, Helicopter Out

Colorado River

Phantom Ranch to Whitmore Wash
Hike into the Grand Canyon. Raft through the heart of the Grand Canyon. Ride the biggest Grand Canyon Rapids. Hike to some of the best sites. Helicopter out at Whitmore Wash. This trip offers plenty of time for hiking and exploring.
5-Day
Motor
No dates are available at this time. $2,100.00
Participant pays park entry fee at South Rim
7-Day
Paddle
July 31-Aug. 6 $2,950.00
Participant pays park entry fee at South Rim
7-Day
Rowing
Paddle
Aug. 18-24, Sept. 11-17 $2,950.00
Participant pays park entry fee at South Rim
Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Map with Whitmore Wash, Lee's Ferry, Phantom Ranch, Lake Mead, Pierc

Grand Canyon Rafting Trip Options

Elves Chasm in the Grand Canyon from a whitewater raft trip

Deer Creek Falls in the Grand Canyon from a river trip

View of Nankoweep Granaries after hike from raft

Colorado River and Trail Expeditions 37' Motor Raft with people smiling

Camping near the Little Colorado River during whitewater rafting trip

Brothers in Beaver Falls on Havasu Creek

Great Blue Heron in Grand Canyon National Park

Raft aboard our 37' Rafts

On these Grand Canyon rafting trips guests travel in style aboard our 37' rafts that are guided using quiet four stroke outboard engines. These trips are our most popular expeditions and are a great option for a Grand Canyon rafting vacation. The advantage these trips offer is a smaller time commitment and less expensive Grand Canyon experience, without missing any of the side canyons, hikes, and special places in the Grand Canyon. Our Motorized rafts offer a slightly tamer ride through Grand Canyon's rapids while still giving guests plenty of excitement. These trips are a great option for families and groups because 10-12 guests can ride on the same raft. Our 37' rafts are specially designed so everyone can take in a 360 degree view unlike some of our competitors whose boats are designed for guests to sit on one side of a gear pile on the raft. All of our motor trips are all-inclusive and include deluxe camping gear(cots, chairs, USA made sleeping bags, foam pads, ground tarps, and tents if desired or necessary).

Entire Grand Canyon Rafting Trips (Lee's Ferry to Lake Mead – 280 miles)

Grand Canyon 8-Day River Trip

This is our classic Grand Canyon rafting expedition. It offers ample time to see the sites and side canyons and has no exchange of passengers at Phantom Ranch or Whitmore Wash.

Grand Canyon 9-Day River Trip

On this trip our guests receive an extra day on the river to hike and explore. These trips usually have some guests leaving the trip or joining the trip at Phantom Ranch on the fourth day.

Grand Canyon Natural History Trip

A Geologist and Naturalist join our crew on this trip to provide more interpretation about the Grand Canyon and its flora and fauna. This trip usually takes place at the end of May and generally fills up over a year in advance.

Grand Canyon Spring Hiking and Rafting

Most of our guides would say this is the best rafting trip in the world. This trip is for those who want to participate in a lot of off-river hiking and exploring. On this trip we go to places we can't go to during the summer heat.

Partial Grand Canyon Rafting Trips aboard our 37' Rafts

Upper Grand Canyon

Our Upper Grand Canyon rafting trips cover the first 87 miles of Grand Canyon National Park and require a strenuous guided 9 mile hike out of the Grand Canyon. Some of the highlights of this section include the Little Colorado River, The Nankoweep Granaries(the scene on the new US quarter), Redwall Cavern, Vasey's Paradise, and many fun and exciting rapids.

Lower Grand Canyon

Our Lower Grand Canyon motor trips cover the lower 190 miles of Grand Canyon National Park. Guests must hike 9 miles into the Grand Canyon with a hiking guide where they will meet our rafts at Phantom Ranch or Pipe Creek. The rafting trip ends at Pierce Ferry on Lake Mead. Highlights of this trip include Lava Falls Rapid(the biggest in Grand Canyon), Havasu Creek, Deer Creek, and Elves Chasm.

Grand Canyon Multi-Sport Ranch and Raft Adventure Vacation

We offer this Grand Canyon rafting trip only a few times each summer. This trip is for those who are short on time, but want to raft the Grand Canyon. This trip covers the lower 90 miles of Grand Canyon National Park. Guests will experience some great rapids, see the Lower Granite Gorge, and be able to check out the Grand Canyon Skywalk from the river. This trip is generally combined with a night at the Bar 10 Ranch on the North Rim. Here is a video a couple of our guests made showing all of the excitement from one of our Ranch & Raft Expeditions.

Non-Motorized Rafting Expeditions

If you want experience the Grand Canyon in a completely natural way you may decide a non-motorized rafting expedition is the right choice for you. Our non-motorized rafting expeditions are done via 18' row rafts where a guide does all the work, and 14' or 16' people powered paddle rafts, we never use motorized rafts on these trips. Not only do guests experience the Grand Canyon on nature's terms, but they also challenge the rapids of the Colorado River in all their power and glory.

Complete Grand Canyon Rowing with Paddle Option (Lee's Ferry to Whitmore Wash)

11-Day Grand Canyon Rowing with Paddle Boat and/or Inflatable Kayaks

These trips generally consist of 4-5 row rafts and 1-2 paddle rafts. Sometimes this type of trip is referred to as a hybrid trip. If you are looking for a trip where you can help paddle the paddle raft through rapids some days and relax on the row raft other days, this trip is a great option. This trip explores the heart of Grand Canyon and allows for plenty of off-river activities. The trip ends at Whitmore Wash with a helicopter ride out of the Grand Canyon. We will be glad to provide inflatable kayaks to those who make a special request.

Partial Grand Canyon Rowing with Paddle Raft Trips

Upper Grand Canyon

This trip starts at Lee's Ferry and ends at Phantom Ranch. At the conclusion of the river portion of the trip guests must hike 9 miles out of the canyon to the South Rim.

Lower Grand Canyon

This trip starts with a 9 mile hike down the Bright Angel Trail the day the river trip begins. Our guide will meet the guests the day the trip begins, and hike down with them to Phantom Ranch to meet the rafts. The river trip concludes via helicopter take-out at Whitmore Wash.

Grand Canyon Multi-Sport Ranch and Raft Adventure Vacation

We offer this Grand Canyon rafting trip only a few times each summer. This trip is for those who are short on time, but want to raft the Grand Canyon. This trip covers the lower 90 miles of Grand Canyon National Park. Guests will experience some great rapids, see the Lower Granite Gorge, and be able to check out the Grand Canyon Skywalk from the river. This trip is generally combined with a night at the Bar 10 Ranch on the North Rim. Here is a video a couple of our guests made showing all of the excitement from one of our Ranch & Raft Expeditions.

Paddle Only Trips

On these trips guests paddle the rafts all the time while our guide steers the raft. One of our 37' motor rafts carries all of the gear and supplies. This trip is for those who want to face the Grand Canyon rapids head on. In addition to all of the great rapids the trip allows plenty of time for off-river hiking and exploration

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Complete Grand Canyon Paddle Trip(Lee's Ferry to Whitmore Wash)

11-Day Grand Canyon Paddle Trip

This trip generally consists of 2-3 paddle rafts and a 37' motor raft for support. This is the ultimate Grand Canyon river trip for those looking to experience the rapids head on. The trip starts at Lee's Ferry and ends via helicopter take-out at Whitmore Wash.

Partial Grand Canyon Paddle Trip

Upper Grand Canyon

This trip starts at Lee's Ferry and ends at Phantom Ranch. At the conclusion of the river portion of the trip guests must hike 9 miles out of the canyon to the South Rim.

Lower Grand Canyon

This trip starts with a 9 mile hike down the Bright Angel Trail the day the river trip begins. Our guide will meet the guests the day the trip begins, and hike down with them to Phantom Ranch to meet the rafts. The river trip concludes via helicopter take-out at Whitmore Wash.

Grand Canyon Multi-Sport Ranch and Raft Adventure Vacation

We offer this Grand Canyon rafting trip only a few times each summer. This trip is for those who are short on time, but want to raft the Grand Canyon. This trip covers the lower 90 miles of Grand Canyon National Park. Guests will experience some great rapids, see the Lower Granite Gorge, and be able to check out the Grand Canyon Skywalk from the river. This trip is generally combined with a night at the Bar 10 Ranch on the North Rim. Here is a video a couple of our guests made showing all of the excitement from one of our Ranch & Raft Expeditions.

Custom, Private, and Charter Trips

If you have a group and want to charter your own private trip just let us know. We operate Grand Canyon Kayak Support trips on a regular basis and run multiple private charter trips each summer. We offer a discount for groups of 12 or more guests traveling together. For large group charters we can customize some aspects of the trip including hiking and meals.

Click on an item to learn more about our Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trips

The Ross Wheeler with Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafts in background
37' Motorized Grand Canyon Raft

Should you choose a motorized trip you will travel aboard a 37-foot motorized raft. Each raft accomodates about 12 passengers plus crew. Generally there are two rafts on each trip. We feel our motorized rafts are the best in the Grand Canyon. They are roomy and comfortable. In between rapids you can walk around, lean back on the side tubes, or even stretch out on the flat deck area at the front of our rafts. These boats carry everything you will need for the entire trip.

18 Foot Raft

Our 18-foot row rafts accomodate 4-5 passengers plus the guide who rows the boat.

Paddle Raft in Rapids

Our Paddle Rafts hold 6-8 passengers plus a guide who steers the raft. On our "Paddle Trips" guests paddle all of the time, on our "Rowing Trips" a paddle raft is available on a rotational basis.

Grand Canyon Dory

A Dory is available on many of our Grand Canyon rowing trips. A Dory holds 2-4 people and gives a great ride through the rapids.

Hiking up the Nankoweep Trail in Grand Canyon

To many people the off-river hiking is as spectacular as the river corridor itself. We specialize in off-river hiking on all of our river expeditions. We are certain you will see places on our expeditions most river travelers miss.

Demaree Bags

Upon arrival, each participant will be given a large water-proof bag for clothing and personal items. Another water-proof bag will contain your provided sleeping bag, foam Paco Pad, and a large plastic ground tarp. Our water-proof bags are 30 inches high and have a diameter of 14 inches.

Waterproof Dry Box

Each participant will also receive an ammo can. It is always readily accesible during the day and is the best place to keep sunscreen, cameras, notebooks, etc.

The Colorado RIver Kitchen

Our Kitchen includes everything we need to make delicious food. Dutch Ovens, Fire Pans, Propane Stove, Tables, Drink Coolers, and Under-Table Tarps to help us "Leave No Trace." Our boats carry everything we need for the entire trip.

Woman Sitting on Cot on River Trip

Cots are provided for all guests on our "Motorized Rafting" expeditions.

paco Pad

Wiggy's Sleeping Bags

Our sleep kit includes a fresly laundered sleeping bag. Our sleeping bags are made in the USA by Wiggy Inc. Wiggy also makes sleeping bags for the US Airforce.

Tent Photo

We supply tents from Kelty & ALPS, but generally the night sky is so spectacular that most people want to sleep out under the stars.

Camp Chairs

We supply camp chairs on all of our rafting expeditions.

Handwash set-up

A handwash device is set-up at lunch and in camp. It is mandatory for guests to wash hands before meals and after using the bathroom.

Bathroom facility on rafting trip

One of our toilets is always enclosed by a roomy yellow tent. It allows privacy as well as a place to change your clothes.

Toilet Photo

Our specially designed toilet makes the fear of using camp toilets go away. It is the most sanitary and clean toilet ever to be used on an outdoor expedition. It has a fly proof lid and utilizes a special chemical along with specially designed plastic bags that allow it to be set-up clean everyday. It has the ability to hold solid waste as well as urine. Along with the toilet, Lysol and toilet paper are always located inside the tent.

Hiking by Thunder River in the Grand Canyon from a whitewater river rafting expedition

Speak with a Grand Canyon Rafting Expert

We've done our best to design a website that is informative and easy to use, but we realize you may still have some questions. If that's the case, please call our office and get the information you need right away. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They have been on all of the river trips offered by our company and can speak to you from experience. You won't have to press a sequence of buttons, and there's even a good chance one of our owners will answer the phone directly and assist you.

Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. We also check for messages over the weekend. Call us at (800) 253-7328.

We try to respond to email in a timely fashion, and so if it's more convenient for you to send us a note, just use this link: crate@crateinc.com.

Grand Canyon Photos

Grand Canyon Rafting (Lee's Ferry to Lake Mead)

  • Colorado River Below Desert View WatchtowerView from the Unkar Hill Top Ruin
  • Lava Falls Rapid on River TripRiding Lava Falls Rapid
  • Grand Canyon DoryDory in the Middle Granite Gorge
  • Fun on a river tripPlaying in the Little Colorado River
  • Elves ChasmElves Chasm
  • Oar Boats leaving from Lees FerryAnother Awesome Day on the Colorado River
  • Cot and CoffeeNow This is Camping
  • Crystal RapidCrystal Rapid in a Rain Storm
  • Looking into Hermit RapidView of the Inner Gorge at Hermit Rapid
  • Desert Bighorn SheepBighorn Sheep Drinking along the Colorado River
  • Best Motorized RaftCRATE's Motorized Raft after an Exciting Rapid
  • Nankoweep GranariesHiking to an Amazing View at the Nankoweep Granaries
  • Paddle Rafting Grand CanyonExperience the Thrill of a Paddle Raft in Grand Canyon
  • Motorized Rafts float peacefully during an off-river hikeBoats Tied Up During Off-River Hike
  • The Inner GorgeGrand Canyon Inner Gorge
  • Nankoweep Indian RuinsTime to Think at the Nankoweep Ruins
  • Grand Canyon ViewWhat an Amazing Day on the River
  • Oar powered raft on a River TripAbove the Little Colorado River
  • Specter RapidSpecter Rapid Gives a Nice Cool Down From the Summer Sun
  • Havasu Canyon HikeBlue Water of Havasu Creek after Hike to Lower Beaver Falls
  • Flash Flood by Mikenna ClokeySide Canyon Flash Flood
  • Go Pro Photo in Grand CanyonMarble Canyon Rapids on a Dory
  • Camp with CotsCamping at Kwagunt Beach
  • Brittle Bush Off River Hiking is Amazing
  • Chuckawalla in Grand CanyonChuckawalla in the Rocks at 75 Mile Canyon
  • Rafting ExcitementEnjoying the River
  • Elves Chasm PoolElves Chasm Pool

Upper Grand Canyon (Lee's Ferry to Phantom Ranch)

  • Swimming in the LCRSwim in the Little Colorado River
  • Vasey's ParadiseVasey's Paradise
  • Camp at GrapevineGrand Canyon Inner Gorge
  • Soap Creek CampThe Beautiful Cliffs of the Upper Grand Canyon
  • Rafts stopping for LunchTime For Lunch and a Hike
  • California CondorEndangered California Condor
  • Hiking out of the Grand CanyonHiking out of the Grand Canyon from Phantom Ranch
  • Grand Canyon HikingTaking in the Grand Canyon
  • An afternoon Thunder StormLucky Rafters Witness Rim Falls
  • Sandy BeachCamping on a Beach Above the Little Colorado River
  • Rowing Rafts in Marble GorgeFloating Peacefully Between Rapids
  • aTime to Camp
  • River Trip HolidayCelebrating the 4th of July River Style

Lower Grand Canyon (Phantom Ranch to Lake Mead)

  • Lava Falls Rapid ViewRunning the Rapids
  • Elves Chasm on the Colorado RiverElves Chasm
  • Camping on the Sand BeachA Nice Camp After an Adventurous Day
  • Upset RapidGrand Canyon Whitewater Rafting
  • The Throne Room in Grand CanyonFinding a Chair Amongst the Rocks
  • Enjoying the Cold Water on a Hot DayEnjoying the Cool Clear Water of the Colorado River
  • Hikers in the Grand CanyonHiking into the Grand Canyon
  • Colorado River RapidsRiding the Swollen Rapids of the Colorado River after Rain
  • Kids enjoy HavasuFun at Havasu Canyon
  • Deer Creek Falls HikeThe Top of Deer Creek Falls
  • Grand Canyon Sunrise PhotoMorning View of the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Raft & Ranch (Stay at the Bar 10 Ranch and then Raft from Whitmore Wash to Lake Mead)

  • Bar ten Ranch signHorseback Riding, Skeet Shooting, ATV Rides........
  • Pumpkin SpringsPumpkin Springs
  • Girl in Covered WagonSleep in a Covered Wagon at the Bar 10 Ranch
  • Grand Canyon Motorized RaftRiding the Motorized Raft Down the Colorado River
  • Chuckawalla in Grand CanyonHiding in the Rocks
  • Scenic Plane Ride From Las VegasUnloading after a flight from Las Vegas to the Bar Ten Ranch
  • Camp across from TravertineSetting up Camp on a Ranch and Raft Trip
  • Panorama of Row RigsBeautiful Scenery Abounds
  • Oar RaftsOar Boats Challenge a Rapid in the Lower Granite Gorge
  • Bar 10 Ranch LayoutBar 10 Ranch Accomodations
  • Cots and TentsCots and Tents for a night of camping in the Grand Canyon
  • Grand Canyon Paddle RaftPaddle Rafts Require Precision and Teamwork
  • Bar Ten Ranch EntranceBar Ten Entrance
  • Ride a Horse at the RanchHorseback Riding
  • Bighorn Sheep in RocksBig Horn Sheep
  • Travertine Falls HikeTravertine Falls
  • Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride to RaftingA Helicopter Brings Guests From the Ranch to the River
  • Night Sky Free of Light PollutionThe Night Sky