Grand Canyon Rafting
Grand Canyon Rafting: Colorado River & Trail Expeditions
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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 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.
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We would love to hear from you and give you a real taste of the most exciting river rafting trips ever in North America!
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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.
Our 18-foot row rafts accomodate 4-5 passengers plus the guide who rows the boat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cots are provided for all guests on our "Motorized Rafting" expeditions.
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.
We supply tents from Kelty & ALPS, but generally the night sky is so spectacular that most people want to sleep out under the stars.
We supply camp chairs on all of our rafting expeditions.
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.
One of our toilets is always enclosed by a roomy yellow tent. It allows privacy as well as a place to change your clothes.
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.
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.
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