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Bright Angel Trail Update for 2023 Season

By RaftArizona • April 15, 2022

The National Park Service (NPS) has various construction projects planned in the inner canyon beginning in 2023. We are very excited about the pending upgrades. However, a statement from NPS noted, “portions of the Bright Angel Trail are anticipated to be closed at different times throughout the project.” When the trail is closed, we will not run our trips with a hike into or out of the canyon as planned. Currently, the exact timeline for the construction projects has not been announced. Therefore, we have decided not to take reservations for the 2023 season until more details are available. Trips in 2022 are running as scheduled.   

The vast majority of our trips are unaffected by the pending trail closures. Again, this only affects trips with a hike into or out of the canyon (Upper and Lower Canyon Oar and Hiker’s Special Trips.) We know this is disappointing to many of you, but we don’t want you to book a trip that might not happen.

So what are your options now?

Click here to join our email list to be notified if the hike trips become available for 2023. Remember, the hike in and out of the canyon is strenuous.

– Consider a full canyon trip like our 13 Day Oar trip. If you can’t get away that many days, our 7 Day Motor trip is one of our most popular. The 7 Day Motor trip travels 187 river miles from Lees Ferry to Whitmore Wash. You experience all of the major rapids and the iconic side hikes. End the trip with a helicopter flight out of the canyon and a flight back to your starting location.

– If any of our 2022 Oar Trip dates or Hiker’s Special dates would work for you, join the waitlist by clicking the appropriate trip dates or by contacting our office. You can find additional dates on similar trips with our sister company, Grand Canyon Whitewater. Please note that their transportation logistics are different. We never know if/when cancellations will occur, but most happen about 4 months before the trip starts.

As always, call our office at 800.477.7238 if you have any questions about your options. We’d love to help get you on the river!

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