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9 Day Oar Hiker's Special

2024 Hiker's Special

Cost per person



2025 Hiker's Special

Cost per person



Lower Canyon

Start with a strenuous, but rewarding 8 mile hike down to the Colorado River, where you’ll meet your river guides and crew. Because of this, you must call us to book — online reservations are not allowed. Then raft the famous Grand Canyon whitewater and enjoy hikes to side canyons and waterfalls. Unwind at camp each evening with new friends, great food, and stunning scenery.

Trip Information

9 Days, 8 Nights

9 Day Oar Hiker's Special Lower Canyon
  • Begins

    South Rim Grand Canyon
  • Ends

    Flagstaff, AZ, or South Rim Grand Canyon
  • River Miles

    136 river miles from South Rim to Diamond Creek
  • 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
  • Return bus to Flagstaff, AZ, or South Rim Grand Canyon on the last day
  • 136 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, transportation to South Rim prior to trip start, National Park entrance fee, personal travel insurance, and gratuity.

>Reservation Info/Cancellation Policy

2025 Trip Dates

Trip Itinerary

Plan to arrive at the South Rim at least one day before your trip departs. You can drive yourself there, or we will provide information on how to book your own shuttle. Most guests fly into Phoenix, AZ, and take a shuttle to the South Rim.

South Rim Lodging: You will want to stay at the South Rim Village in Grand Canyon National Park the night before you hike in. Lodging should be booked as soon as possible. Reservations in the park open one year in advance and can sell out.
Meet our hiking guide bright and early to hike down the 8-mile (13km) Bright Angel Trail with your pack. The trail is well maintained, but it is all downhill, loses a vertical mile of elevation, and much of it is in full sun. There are many log steps and switchbacks built into the trail. Once you reach the river, repack your bags and board the rafts.

At the river, you will join a group that has 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 canyon walls, 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 rafts, and boat to Diamond Creek. You will ride on a bus for about an hour along a rough dirt road to the main highway in Peach Springs, AZ, where you transfer to an air-conditioned shuttle that will return to the designated hotel in Flagstaff first, then continue on to the South Rim. Plan to arrive at your final destination mid to late afternoon.

What people say

“The trip did not disappoint. It was more than I expected. I would do it again in a minute and highly recommend ARR for anybody looking for an outdoor adventure. Thanks for a wonderful experience!”
— George, Canon City, CO

“My whole family slept under the stars each night. We would go to sleep with the moon and invariably wake up to more stars than I have ever seen before. It was absolutely breathtaking!! The hikes were the highlight of each day. The Canyon has so many hidden, unexpected sights along the way :)”
— Kim, Huntsville, AL

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