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5 Day Motor Hiker's Special

2022 Hiker's Special

Cost per person



2023 Hiker's Special

Available in early 2022

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Upper Canyon

Our second shortest trip is filled with adventure. Even though this trip is only 5 days, it is still one of the most adventurous river trips we have. Expect each day to be filled with incredible Grand Canyon geology, spectacular whitewater, and hikes to little-known slot canyons. The final day, you’ll take a challenging, but rewarding 8 mile hike out of the canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. Trip price includes optional ground transportation from Las Vegas, NV to Marble Canyon, AZ on day 1.

Trip Information

5 Days, 4 Nights

5 Day Motor Hiker's Special Upper Canyon
  • Begins

    Las Vegas, NV or South Rim Grand Canyon
  • Ends

    South Rim Grand Canyon
  • River Miles

    89 river miles from Marble Canyon to South Rim
  • Minimum Age

    8 years of age

What's Included?

  • An active adventure – be prepared for the physical nature of the trip
  • Ground transportation from Las Vegas to Marble Canyon on day 1 (optional) $100 in 2022
  • 89 river miles on our motorized rafts
  • Experienced river and hiking guides
  • Side hikes to scenic vistas, hidden waterfalls, and more
  • Two dry bags and a camp chair
  • A tent, cot, pillow, sleeping bag and sheet
  • Daily meals prepared in our camp kitchen
  • Snacks, water, electrolyte replenishment drinks, sodas
  • Arizona River Runners insulated cup

Cost listed above does not include:  Lodging before and after your trip, transportation from the South Rim after trip ends, National Park entrance fee, personal travel insurance, and gratuity.

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2022 Trip Dates

Trip Itinerary

Las Vegas Option: Plan to arrive in Las Vegas at least one day before your trip departs. A representative from Arizona River Runners will meet guests early in the morning on the first day of your trip in the lobby of the designated hotel. We will advise guests on reservation instructions for the designated hotel when you book your river trip.

South Rim Option: Best for guests traveling with their own vehicle. Park at the South Rim and take a shuttle to Marble Canyon the day before your trip, so your vehicle is at the South Rim after the trip ends. Stay at the Marble Canyon Lodge the night before the trip.

Las Vegas guests will meet a representative early in the morning at the designated hotel. Board the shuttle for the scenic five-hour drive to Marble Canyon. Everyone will meet together with the river guides for orientation. Then guests board shuttles for a brief ride to the launch point at Lee’s Ferry. Guests will be assigned two dry bags and a life jacket, then are ready to get underway by late morning. Let the journey begin!
Each day there are opportunities to soak up the Grand Canyon vistas, experience the biggest whitewater in North America, and explore various side canyons, waterfalls, and streams. At midday, lunch is prepared on the sandy beaches next to the river. After a full day, it will be time to set up camp and then relax while sharing stories with new friends. As the sun sets over the walls of the canyon, appreciate a good night’s rest under a starry sky.
Early in the morning on the sixth day, the rafts reach Pipe Creek Boat Beach and guests pack up for the intense 8 mile hike out of the canyon via the Bright Angel Trail. The trail is well maintained but it is all uphill, gains a vertical mile of elevation, and much of it is in full sun. There are many log steps built into the trial, to help prevent erosion, and many switchbacks. The trail gets steepest as you approach the South Rim.

Guests should dedicate the entire day for this hike, and reservations should be made to stay overnight at the South Rim. A river guide hikes on the trail with the group, and guests typically reach the South Rim around late afternoon. The trip with Arizona River Runners ends once hikers reach the trailhead of the Bright Angel Trail. Guests needing to return to Las Vegas should arrange a charter flight for the day after your trip ends. We will provide you contact information to set this up.

South Rim Lodging: You will want to stay at the South Rim Village in Grand Canyon National Park the night after you hike out. As rooms book up quickly, please book your room as soon as possible. Reservations open 13 months in advance. To book lodging, visit Xanterra at

What people say

“The hike out trip was a perfect way to experience the canyon from 'the top down' on the river and then re-live it on the hike up. Of course, sleeping under the brilliant stars was also breathtaking.”
— Chris, West St. Paul, MN

“It was really a perfect mix of rafting and hiking. Can't say enough about the guides. [They] were so friendly and eager to share knowledge and love of the river and canyon. Safety was always emphasized. We had a great hike to Tabernacle. This was also the perfect time of year to be able to hike and raft and we had a great group of people on our trip.”
— Greg, Clarkston, MI

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