Of course, everyone is excited about rafting the rapids in the Grand Canyon! And for good reason – they are a blast! There are also long stretches of peaceful floats in between rapids to catch your breath and to take in the incredible scenery. You’ll travel roughly 50 miles by raft and 40 miles by jet boat during your trip which provides opportunities to explore unique places deep within the canyon. These “side hikes” often become some of the most memorable experiences of your trip.
Part of the excitement of a Grand Canyon trip is that no one, not even your guides, knows exactly where you’ll stop on your trip. These trips are expeditions and the guides consider factors such as weather, river miles, and other groups on the river when they make decisions about where to stop.
All side hikes are optional, so if the trail is too challenging, you can turn around to hang out by the river instead.
The few side hikes in this section of the canyon are not very far from the river, approximately less than ¼ mile round-trip. However, it’s not the distance that makes it challenging – it’s the terrain. Most “trails” are on rock slabs, so be prepared for slippery surfaces.
Each trip, we do our best to stop at a waterfall that is tucked back in a slot canyon just off the river. Getting to the waterfall does require some scrambling. There are wooden planks and ropes to assist you along the way, but the rocks and boards can be very slippery. Good footwear is important. Having a strap or small backpack to carry your camera so you can keep your hands free is also super helpful.
“Greatest trip ever! Nothing like sleeping under the stars in the middle of the Grand Canyon!!! Arizona River Runners are incredibly accommodating and they really know their business. This was the 2nd time in 10 years on the same trip. There may be a 3rd…..” Peter, Brockton, MA
“Of course the fun of running the rapids and the awesome beauty of the Canyon were highlights. But the logistics of the trip from the hotel pick up, the charter plane and helicopter, the Bar 10 accommodations, and the jet boat ride for the last several miles and the comfortable transfer back to Las Vegas were first class and made us feel well taken care of.” Mary, Plymouth, MN