Are you ready to book your adventure? Follow the steps below and start counting down the days until your trip begins!
Reservations and Deposits
Book online or call ARR at 800.477.7238 to check availability and make a reservation.
A $400.00 deposit per person is required to book your trip.
You may pay by check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard, or American Express.
Trip balances are due 120 days prior to trip departure.
All reservations can be cancelled for a full refund within 3 days of initial booking.
Your deposit is refundable, less a $100.00 service charge per person, if written notification is received by Arizona River Runners 120 days or more before departure.
119 days to 30 days prior to departure you forfeit the $400 deposit per person.
Within 29 days of departure you forfeit the full fare.
Trip Cancellation Insurance is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Charter groups have different cancellation terms. Ask your reservationists for details.
National Park Entrance Fee
$12.00 will be added to all trip fares for guests 16 and older.
If you have a National Park Pass, please send us the name and number on your card, the type of pass, and the expiration date (if applicable) before your final payment and we will waive the fee if it applies.
Grand Canyon Conservation Fund
An optional $1 per day will be added to all fares and distributed, through the Grand Canyon River Conservation Fund, to worthy conservation groups such as The Grand Canyon Trust. This money is used for research and protection of the Grand Canyon. Money is also used to provide access to the river for persons with disabilities. If you do not wish to contribute to this fund, you may deduct this fee from the total due by calling our office.
Due to limited availability and high demand, Grand Canyon National Park Service regulations prohibit individuals from participating in more than one recreational river trip (commercial or non-commercial) per season on the Lee’s Ferry to Diamond Creek section of the Colorado River. Because of this regulation, Arizona River Runners, Inc. cannot accept a reservation from any individual who has or will participate in any other full or partial canyon commercial or non-commercial river trip within the same season. If you have already completed or have plans to participate in any other Grand Canyon river trip during the same season you are traveling with us and would like to go again, please wait until the following season or later for your next trip.
Grand Canyon National Park’s one-trip-per-season rule is strictly enforced by the National Park Service.
Hiking The Bright Angel Trail
The Bright Angel Trail
To hike the Grand Canyon is an experience unto itself. At Arizona River Runners we offer rafting trips with a hike in or a hike out of the Grand Canyon.
The Bright Angel Trail hike is required if you are planning to take one of our Hike In or Hike Out rafting trips. It is well maintained, provides spectacular views and is one of the safest trails that you can hike in the Grand Canyon. Drinking water is available at multiple locations (seasonal), as well as shaded rest-houses, rest rooms and a ranger station located mid-way at Indian Gardens. You will hike nearly 4,400 vertical feet over 7.5 miles (to or from) where Pipe Creek joins the Colorado River just below the River Resthouse.
If you are prepared for this hike you will be rewarded; if not, you will find it a demanding experience with possible serious consequences. As required by the National Park Service, Arizona River Runners will provide a hiking guide to accompany each group hiking in or out.
Hiking In to the Grand Canyon
This river adventure begins with an early morning required hike into the Canyon on day one of your trip. If you have a history of ankle, knee, hip or leg problems this trip option is probably not for you. Do not underestimate the fitness level required for this hike, even though it is downhill into the Canyon. The average hike in times can range from 4 to 5 hours. We strongly suggest having your bag transported to the river by purchasing the optional mule duffel service. This will allow you to enjoy the trail and views carrying only your basic food, water and optional clothing for the hike.
Hiking Out of the Grand Canyon
Early morning on the last day of your Colorado River trip you will start the required, strenuous hike out of the Canyon. Most people underestimate the difficulty of hiking out of the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. With the additional weight of your river gear, snacks and water in your backpack, combined with the 100 degree summer temperatures of this desert environment, prior physical conditioning is a must to complete this hike. Average hike out times are normally double that of hiking in so you need to plan for the full day to make this journey. This is a very rewarding hike for those that are prepared and you will become part of an elite group that can say they have hiked out of the Grand Canyon from the Colorado River to the South Rim.
Five Facts About the Bright Angel Trail
Elevation change from Bright Angel Trailhead to Pipe Creek boat beach is 4,400 vertical feet.
Distance from Bright Angel Trailhead to Pipe Creek boat beach is 7.5 miles.
Potable drinking water is available during summer months at Indian Gardens, Three-Mile Resthouse and Mile-an-a Half Resthouse. From mid-October to early May, water is only available at Indian Gardens.
Summer temperatures can easily reach into the 100’s during the day.
Collapsible trekking poles can be a big help for hiking in the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail.
Call us at 800.477.7238 for more details on hiking in/out of the Grand Canyon.