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7 Day Oar Hiker's Special

2024 Hiker's Special

Cost per person

$3,130

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2025 Hiker's Special

Cost per person

$3,275

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Upper Canyon

A Grand Canyon river trip for the serious hiker. This is one of our most adventurous and beautiful river trips. Each day will be full of hidden slot canyons, clear blue streams, ancient archeology and adventurous whitewater. Finish up the river trip with an arduous 8 mile hike out of the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. Because of this, you must call us to book — online reservations are not allowed.

Trip Information

7 Days, 6 Nights

7 Day Oar Hiker's Special Upper Canyon
  • Begins

    Flagstaff, AZ
  • Ends

    Flagstaff, AZ
  • River Miles

    89 Miles from Marble Canyon to South Rim
  • Minimum Age

    12 years of age

What's Included?

  • A rigorous 8 mile hike along Bright Angel Trail
  • An active adventure – be prepared for the physical nature of the trip
  • Round-trip ground transportation from Flagstaff, AZ
  • 89 river miles in oar 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, National Park entrance fee, personal travel insurance, and gratuity.

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2025 Trip Dates

Trip Itinerary

Plan to arrive in Flagstaff 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 send hotel reservation instructions once you book your trip.
Meet a representative early in the morning at the designated hotel in Flagstaff. Board the shuttle for the scenic 2.5-hour drive to Marble Canyon. Everyone will meet together with the river guides for orientation. Guests repack into the provided dry bags and get underway by mid-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 canyon walls, appreciate a good night’s rest under a starry sky.
Early in the morning on the last 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 and switchbacks built into the trail, and it gets steepest as you approach the South Rim.

After completing your hike out, you will meet our shuttle for the ride back to the designated hotel in Flagstaff, AZ. You will return in the evening, so we recommend staying another night in Flagstaff.

What people say

“I wanted to let you know how glad I am that I booked my trip with ARR. [It] was an amazing group of rivermen to spend 10 days in the grand canyon with! Every single one of your guides was knowledgeable about the area, fun and positive, and just full of laughter the entire trip. Your equipment was top notch as well and I felt safe and well cared for the entire time. In other words, I'm already planning my next trip with ARR! Thank you so much for making my first Grand Canyon trip absolutely unforgettable.”
— Nicole, Richmond VA

“This was a trip of a lifetime. We enjoyed everything from the morning coffee, to the duffel line, from the stories on the river, to the songs sung around camp, to the delicious meals, to the breathtaking view around every corner. We loved the side hikes, camaraderie of the crew and passengers, and most all the time to get away from phones, emails, news, etc and just enjoy one of the most amazing wonders of the world. We felt like we were part of the canyon. I know I will carry this trip with me forever.”
— Erin, Sarasota, FL

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