ALL INCLUSIVE GRAND CANYON COLORADO RIVER RAFT TRIP
August 5th - 10th, 2019
Rare bucket list trip with small group!
Call Sean direct at 425-736-3106 or to email Sean
ONLY 20 spots available reserve today!
All inclusive - all you bring is your personal gear. All meals, rafts, tents, etc. are provided! Starts at Marble Canyon Lodge (accomodations optional). This rafting trip ends with a 7 mile hike out of the South Rim!
Cost: $1,945pp; $400pp non refundable deposit.
Final payment due April 2019.
6 passengers per raft. Total 24 people per trip.
Please read details on arrival and departure. GW will help arrange pre and post trip details as requested.
EVERY trip will help support LIFELONG.
The Upper Grand Canyon (Lee's Ferry)
5-7 Day White Water Rafting Trip from Lee's Ferry to Phantom Ranch
This 5-, 6-, or 7-day white water rafting trip of the upper Grand Canyon covers 88 miles of river from Lee's Ferry to Phantom Ranch (Pipe Creek Beach) and the ascent to the South Rim. The night before the trip begins we meet you for an orientation meeting at Marble Canyon Lodge. Overnight accommodations are recommended and can be arranged by OU. The trip leaves Lees Ferry and floats into Marble Canyon named in 1869 by its first explorer, Major John Wesley Powell. It's polished limestone, layered with bands of sandstones and siltstones rises dramatically above the river with each mile passed, soaring thousands of feet to the rim. This same seemingly impervious limestone has allowed the river to scoop out the huge expanse of Red Wall Cavern at the river's edge, one of the many attractions in this stretch.
Underground springs gush from the fern-covered rock at Vasey's Paradise and side streams carve bowl-like pools at Silver Grotto, Saddle, and North Canyons. Nautilus fossils are readily viewed in the streambed of Nautiloid Canyon and ancient Anasazi granaries await the hiker high above the river at Nankoweap. Prehistoric Native American sites are spread throughout the Canyon and this section features many of the larger sites found along the river.
The sequence of rapids through this 88-mile float couldn't be better orchestrated. Beginning with the medium sized (Canyon Scale!) Badger, House Rock and Unkar rapids, the crescendo begins with Nevills rapid then builds quickly with Hance (the longest) and Sockdolager. Amplified by the imposing walls of the Upper Granite Gorge the grand finale hits its high notes at Grapevine and Zoroaster rapids, and the last few miles finish with a quiet serenade.
The final destination point for the river portion of this trip is the Pipe Creek Beach, one mile below Phantom Ranch, where the Bright Angel Trail meets the river. Upon arrival we will provide a hikers lunch for you to pack as you prepare for the hike out on the Bright Angel Trail to the South Rim.
As a service to you, Outdoors Unlimited provides each person with Sleeping Gear free of charge. Your Sleeping Gear consists of: a lightweight sleeping bag, a full-length pad, ground cloth, cloth sleeping bag liner, waterproof river bags, utensils, plate and a cup.
Mules to carry your pack into or out of Phantom Ranch can be arranged by contacting Grand Canyon National Park Lodges and costs approximately $65. For those wanting out-bound pack mules plan an extra day at the Phantom Ranch or the South Rim since packs won't be available for pickup until the afternoon of the next day. It has been our experience riding mules can be reserved a year in advance of your trip. They must be reserved in strings of five and are quite expensive. Check out Grand Canyon Lodges for details.
Overnight at Phantom Ranch
For those using pack mules (or if you just want to spend an extra day) you might want to stay at Phantom Ranch and hike up in the morning. These accommodations are fairly inexpensive but difficult to get due to high demand. Contact Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (888) 297-2757 or FAX (888) 297-3175.
Hiking the Bright Angel Trail
For Those Leaving the Upper Trip or Joining for a Lower Trip
One of the most popular and beautiful hikes in the American southwest, the Bright Angel Trail extends from South Rim Village of Grand Canyon National Park to Phantom Ranch. As the trail descends 5000 feet to the river it passes through climate zones starting from the Ponderosa forests on the rim, through the Pinon-Juniper scrub, to the Sonoran Desert below. Each turn of the trail affords stunning vistas and numerous photo opportunities.
The route is approximately eight miles long. At the mid-point lies the oasis of Indian Gardens where Garden Creek babbles below overhanging cottonwood trees. Below Indian Gardens the trail follows Garden Creek for a short distance before cutting through the layers that comprise some of the oldest exposed rock on earth.
If you are hiking into the Canyon (Lower Trip), your plans would include spending the night prior to your river trip at the South Rim Village. An orientation meeting with your OU Hiking Escort will be held in the Maswik Lodge cafeteria at 8:00 p.m. The escort will tell you where to meet for your hike the next morning and at what time. You would need to eat prior to the hike and carry snacks and water for the hike. You should begin your hike early (no later than 6:00 a.m.) so you can reach Pipe Creek Beach by noon. As you near the river, after passing the rest stop with an emergency telephone, the trail separates. The trail to the left leads directly to the river and Pipe Creek. As you walk to the river’s edge you will see our rafts. Lunch will be served at approximately noon.
If you are hiking out of the Canyon (Upper Trip), you will have finished the river portion of your adventure the morning the rafts reach Pipe Creek about a mile below Phantom Ranch. Your guides will provide a lunch spread from which you will prepare a pack lunch for the trail. Accompanied by your OU Hiking Escort, here is where you start your journey back through geologic time, ascending first through the ancient bedrock up through the progressively younger layers that you were introduced to on the river. You should plan to spend the night at the South Rim where you can find a bed, hot shower and one last sunset view from the rim!
Note: Hiking either in or out of the Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail can be quite strenuous and this should be taken into consideration when choosing which Grand Canyon trip length option you'd wish to do.