Smooth-Water Rafting Trips Are A Grand Canyon Must-Do

Smooth-Water Rafting Trips Are A Grand Canyon Must-Do

Travelers visiting Vegas or central Arizona have tons of things to see and do. I’ll focus on just one them here, because it’s a must-do for folks in the Grand Canyon area: smooth-water rafting down the Colorado River. These float tours take you by some of the Park’s most rare and spectacular scenery. They’re fun, exciting and affordable, and your complete family can participate.

All Ages

Smooth-water rafting tours are exactly that – the water is calm and smooth. There aren’t any rapids involved, so seniors, folks with mobility problems, and kids four and up can participate. Safety isn’t something you need to worry about because it’s always a top priority. All passengers must use a life vest, the boats are made to manager whitewater rapids, and the river guides are skilled and experienced.

Float tours are a complete day of fun and excitement. They begin at 6 a.m. and end around 5 p.m. If you’ll be setting out from Vegas, Phoenix or another AZ city, I recommend arriving at the rim the evening before your float tour is scheduled. That way you can check into one of the hotels at the Park and get a good night’s sleep before your river adventure begins. I also suggest staying at the Park for an additional day or two so you can analyze the sights at the rim.

Every year, about five million people come to the Grand Canyon, and smooth-water rafting trips are extremely popular. Seats are limited and sell out fast. You’ll need to book well in improvement (at the minimum a week or two, but the farther ahead the better) to participate in one of these popular tours.

Book Ahead

Booking your tour is easy. Just make sure you do it quickly once you decide to do one. It’s virtually impossible to get a same-day float tour seat, and it’s almost as difficult already a day or two before your desired date.

Grand Canyon float tours begin at Las Vegas and at Tusayan, AZ (just outside the Park’s main gates at the South Rim). The Las Vegas tour includes a West Rim chopper flight down to the canyon floor, followed by an 11-mile float to the ending point at Willow Beach. Along the way, you’ll float by pictureque Black Canyon.

There are two versions of the float trips originating at Tusayan. The standard version takes you by bus to the base of Glen Canyon Dam, where you’ll begin your 15-mile glide down the river. The deluxe version gets you to the dam by plane instead of bus. It also includes a 4×4 tour of the “slot canyons” at Antelope Canyon before the river portion begins.

Summing Up

Families, seniors, kids and couples alike love these trips. They begin at Las Vegas or Tusayan, AZ. Both types are all-day, all-inclusive experiences, meaning they include your transportation, all necessary gear, lunch, taxes, fees, and permits. need is high and seats are always in short supply, so book your tour at the minimum a week before your desired departure date. Finally, book float tours online so you get the best price. If you complete your transaction on the tour operator’s site, you’ll get a terrific Internet rate.

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