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A Typical Day

Morning

As the sun peeks over the canyon walls, you’ll hear a guide call “Coffee!” That’s your cue to head to the kitchen and grab a cup of joe so you can start getting ready for the day. A short while later, guides will call you to breakfast. Breakfast menus include traditional favorites such as made-to-order omelets, pancakes, French toast, sausage, and bacon. After breakfast, quickly finish packing up your campsite and personal gear and bring your bags to the rafts.

Once the guides have packed up the kitchen, everyone helps reload all the gear. Then you are off for a day of adventure on the mighty Colorado River!

On the River

As you start down the river, the serenity, and beauty of the canyon capture you. The excitement builds as you anticipate running the first rapid of the day. Rain gear will likely be a good idea for early morning rafting. Your day consists of running rapids, listening to canyon interpretation from your guides, and stopping for exploration of side canyons. Each guide has unique stories to tell about the canyon so make sure to switch rafts during your trip. A mid-day lunch stop typically includes a deli spread for sandwiches with quality meats and an array of fresh vegetables and cheese. After lunch, the afternoon is filled with more rapids and spectacular scenery as you travel downstream. You may take a hike, or sometimes two, as there are many incredible places to enjoy in the canyon. Hikes are to a variety of destinations: a beautiful vista, a stream or waterfall, an archaeological site, or a sandy beach to toss a Frisbee and enjoy some leisure time.

At Camp

In the late afternoon, you pull into camp for a relaxing evening by the river. The rafts are unloaded by the group “duffel line”. Then you find your camp spot for the night – all camping gear is provided. You can set up a tent or sleep in the open air. The guides hustle to set up the kitchen and an important part of camp, the scenic bathroom area. Once you set up your campsite, you can enjoy sitting by the river or wander over to the kitchen for appetizers. Camp chairs are set near the kitchen area, so guests can chat and watch the river chefs do their magic. Soon a fresh and delicious riverside meal will be ready for your dining pleasure! Dinners might include fresh salads, grilled chicken, steak, fajitas, side dishes, and desserts.

As the day winds down, you can sit and watch a beautiful sunset, reflecting on the day, or join in a conversation with other passengers. At the end of the evening, head to your campsite for a restful sleep under a canopy of brilliant stars.