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8 Day Oar

2022 Oar Trip

Cost per person



2023 Oar Trip

Available in early 2022

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Lower Canyon

Start with a strenuous, but rewarding 8 mile hike down to the Colorado River where you meet your guides and crew. Raft the Grand Canyon, navigate rapids, and enjoy hikes to side canyons and waterfalls. Unwind at camp each evening with new friends, great food, and stunning scenery. Trip price includes optional ground transportation to Las Vegas, NV or the Grand Canyon South Rim on the last day.

Trip Information

8 days, 7 nights

8 Day Oar Lower Canyon
  • Begins

    Grand Canyon South Rim
  • Ends

    Peach Springs, AZ
  • River Miles

    136 river miles from South Rim to Diamond Creek
  • Minimum Age

    12 years of age

What's Included?

  • An active adventure – be prepared for the physical nature of the trip
  • Ground transportation to Las Vegas, NV or the Grand Canyon South Rim on the last day (optional) $100 in 2022
  • Bus transportation to Peach Springs on Day 8
  • 136 river miles on 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, transportation to South Rim prior to trip start, National Park entrance fee, personal travel insurance, and gratuity.

>Reservation Info/Cancellation Policy

Trip Itinerary

Las Vegas Option: If you choose to fly into Las Vegas, then you will need to arrive at least two days before the trip in Vegas, then make your way to the South Rim Village the day before your trip. We will provide you with a list of transportation options upon booking your river trip.

South Rim Option: If you choose to drive to the South Rim Village on your own, then plan on arriving at least one day before your trip.

South Rim Lodging: You will want to stay at the South Rim Village in Grand Canyon National Park the night before you hike in. 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

Meet our hiking guide bright and early to hike down the 8 mile (13km) Bright Angel Trail with your pack. This trail is well maintained, but it is all downhill with about 1 mile of elevation loss from rim to river. Most of the trail is in full sun. There are many log steps built into the trail to help prevent erosion and many switchbacks. Once you reach the river, repack your bags and board the raft.

As you are hiking down to the river, you will be joining a group that has already been rafting together for several days. These guides and guests are on our longer full canyon trip and they will help orient you to life on the river when you arrive.

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.
Enjoy one final riverside meal amidst the Grand Canyon backdrop. After breakfast, pack up camp, load the raft, and boat to Diamond Creek. From there guests will ride a bus to Peach Springs, AZ. An air-conditioned charter bus will be waiting to return guests to Las Vegas, NV or the South Rim if you select one of those transportation options. Plan to arrive at your final destination mid- to late-afternoon.

What people say

“I LOVE the Grand Canyon, and the hike down helps put into perspective how deep the Canyon is... The beauty of the canyon walls was ever-changing with each twist and turn of the river. Photos never do it justice, the best way to experience it is in person.”
— Barbara, Phoenix, AZ

“The scenery and the river would be the same with any company. What sets Arizona River Runners apart is of course the Company, but the crew really stands out in my mind. They clearly enjoy what they are doing, and they increased my enjoyment of the experience! I'd travel anywhere with any and all of them! I would like to add that with 29 people sharing the camp, everything went incredibly well, and I met some really terrific people!”
— Ron, Tucson, AZ

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