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Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour

Peach Springs, United States

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  • 17 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Add a thrilling outdoor adventure to any Las Vegas or Flagstaff vacation with this guided whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River. Take a road trip to Peach Springs, Arizona, home of the Hualapai Indians at the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Then, challenge the mighty Colorado River’s varied rapids on a 40-mile (64-kilometer) journey through the canyon, taking a side hike to a travertine waterfall along the way. Boxed lunch is included, and an optional hotel pickup and drop-off is available to purchase.
  • Drive your own car to join your Grand Canyon whitewater rafting tour
  • Follow Native Hualapai Indian guides through the Grand Canyon
  • See beautiful natural waterfalls hidden throughout the canyon
  • Whitewater raft down 40 miles (64 kilometers) of the mighty Colorado River

What's Included

  • White Water Rafting tour
  • Lunch
  • Round-trip transportation from Las Vegas (if option selected)
  • Local Guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (unless option selected)
  • Gratuities
  • Rescheduling within 30 days of date of travel will result in a USD$25 fee per person

Departure & Return

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This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Begin this exciting outdoor day trip by driving from Las Vegas or Flagstaff to Peach Springs, Arizona—a 2.5-hour journey southeast from Sin City and a 1.5-hour trek west from Flagstaff. From Vegas, drive over the breathtaking Hoover Dam Bypass to Kingman, Arizona, then continue east on famous Route 66 to the Hualapai Indian community of Peach Springs. From Flagstaff, drive through the Kaibab National Forest to Route 66 to Peach Springs. Alternatively, arrange for round-trip transportation.

Note: Please allow ample driving time to arrive in Peach Springs no later than 7:30 am for a van transfer to the river.

At the banks of the Colorado River, meet the Native American river guide, who will provide a brief safety orientation and equipment overview before boarding a pontoon raft. From there, the voyage continues along 40 miles (64 kilometers) of the Colorado River with a total of six sets of rated rapids before the water evens out. Stops are made throughout the trip to discover hidden canyons and waterfalls, including a side hike to a travertine waterfall.

Enjoy a complimentary boxed lunch in the solitude of the canyon and be sure to bring a waterproof camera for incredible photo opportunities.

Return by van to Peach Springs and your awaiting car for your return journey to Las Vegas or Flagstaff.

Hualapai Lodge

Make your own way to Hualapai Lodge to start the drive to the Colorado River for your white water rafting experience.

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Grand Canyon National Park

Your native Hualapai guide will steer you through class 3 to class 6 rapids on your 40-mile (64km) journey through the Grand Canyon. Stops are made throughout the trip so you can discover hidden canyons and waterfalls, including Tavertine Waterfall. A boxed lunch is included which you can enjoy in the solitude of the canyon. Be sure to bring your camera for incredible photo opportunities!

3 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Transportation option is only available from Las Vegas. Transportation is not available from Flagstaff or Sedona, Arizona.
  • Please note: rescheduling within 30 days of date of travel will result in a USD$25 fee per person.
  • Important: In order for local operator to confirm this tour ALL traveler names must be provided as they appear on a government issued ID such as a driver's license or passport. Your tour will not be confirmed unless all names are provided.
  • All travelers MUST bring a government issued ID on the day of the tour
  • We recommend you wear shorts and a T-shirt made with fast-drying material and a swimsuit underneath. Also, wear tennis shoes or river-type sandals (not flip-flops) and sun block.
  • We recommend you bring a light backpack, a hat with a retention strap, sunglasses, waterproof or Ziploc bag for your camera, and money (for souvenirs and tips). Please do not bring valuables.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 31 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 31 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 30 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 30 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:How long is the drive to the launch location for the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?

A:The drive is about 180 miles in each direction from Las Vegas. Please allow ample driving time to arrive in Peach Springs no later than 7:30 am for a van transfer to the river.

Jul 2021

Q:Is there an option that includes round-trip transportation from Las Vegas?

A:Yes! Please search "5167WWR" for the package with transportation included.

Jul 2021

Q:How long do we spend on the water during the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?

A:You will cover 57 miles (92 kilometers) of the Colorado River with a total of six sets of rated rapids. You will be on the water from approximately 8:30 am to 4 pm.

Jul 2021

Q:Can I participate in the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour if I don't know how to swim?

A:Absolutely! Life vests are provided to keep everyone safe.

Jul 2021

Q:How fit do I need to be to participate in the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?

A:The raft is motorized, so you do not need to be in excellent shape. The most strenuous part of the trip is a short hike/walk up a sandy trail for approximately 5 mins to see the Mineral Springs Waterfall.

Jul 2021

Q:Can I participate in the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour if I have no prior experience?

A:No prior experience is required, in fact, this is a great introductory trip for people who are new to white water rafting!

Jul 2021

Q:How many people fit in a single raft during the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?

A:Each raft carries eight people.

Jul 2021

Q:What type of safety gear is provided during the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?

A:Life vests and rain gear are provided to all guests.

Jul 2021

Q:What should I wear on the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?

A:Wear shorts and a t-shirt made with fast-drying material and a swimsuit underneath, close-toed shoes or river-type sandals (not flip-flops), and sunblock.

Jul 2021

Q:What should I bring with me on the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?

A:Bring a light backpack, a reusable water bottle, a hat with a retention strap, sunglasses, a towel, a waterproof bag for your camera (eg ziplock bag) and money (for souvenirs and tips). Please do not bring valuables.

Jul 2021

Traveler Tips


Wear sunscreen and a protective hat, you are in the sun most of the day!
No helmets are given out, NO instructions as to what to do if you go in.
Reviews
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Spectacular adventure!
Marian_M, Apr 2022
We had a great trip! Dale was safe, knowledgeable and fun guide. The views were spectacular, the rapids were exhilarating! Be prepared to get wet and for the 45 degree water. I recommend packing lots of sunscreen, hand sanitizer and a change of clothes for the bus ride back. Plan on the trip taking all day! It was the best day of our vacation.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Viator should be avoided at all costs!!!!!!
Kathleen_S, Sep 2021
Booked with Viator believing they were an honest company. Had an amazing river trip and loved having the Hualapai tribe take us down the river. However, Viator doubled the price and when questioned and asked for their "meet the price" refund, they began giving every excuse in the book, even sending me an empty website with no trips whatsoever on it. I will never book with them again!!! Do your homework when you find a tour and avoid Viator!!!
Response from Host, Sep 2021
I'm am surely happy you had a great time on the tour as that is the most important thing. As for the pricing issue, there are many different types of Grand Canyon Water Tours from Pontoons to up river trips that are substantially less than the White Water. Our pricing has been in line with everyone for 20 years. I hope this solves the mystery Best Randy
1 traveler found this review helpful
Loved it!
Joanna_T, Sep 2021
Riding the rapids was so exciting. Our raft guide made sure we were safe while having maximum fun! The water is quite bracing at first but feels nice an a warm day. Then after lunch it is a calm, slow ride to the pick up area. Bus driver was wonderful too! Just remember there are no restrooms while on the River. The ride to and from the river is very bumpy because of dirt roads. If you get motion sickness take precautions.
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It's nice to see all these great reviews as we all know things can sometimes go wrong and we appreciate those who take time and acknowledge the good ones. Best to you and your family. Randy
A must do Grand Canyon experience
pamela-mcg, Aug 2021
Loved every minute, our guide Trent was terrific, knowledgeable, adventurous, expert and funny and made our trip more than we could have imagined. Trent made the rapid's exciting, fun and told us stories of interesting parts of the canyon as we passed. We felt completely safe and loved the cooling off of the water even though we were completely soaked. The waterfall was a highlight too. We would highly recommend this all day tour. The 2nd half floating down stream after lunch could be a bit shorter if there was another place to disembark.
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Thank you for the review. We are always happy to see positive reviews and are glad to see your family had a great time. Hope to see you again soon, Randy
A Must Do experience!
Jessica_J, Jul 2021
The entire experience was AMAZING! Our guide Elias was very nice and handled the Colorado river and it’s rapids with ease. Definitely a “must do” experience!!!
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Very glad you had a great time. Thank you for taking the time to tell us of your experience. I look forward to seeing you all next time. Randy
Good time on the colorado
Mark_Olbrych, May 2021
Guides were great. Very helpful and nice. Great equipment. Distance a little bit long and flat at mid point.
Response from Host, Jul 2021
sorry it took so long for me to comment on your review. We are proud of our trip and this year has been a trying one on all of us. Demand has skyrocketed and we've been busy. The boats have been pushed hard and they are just getting the maintenance back in control. I appreciate you nice review as we do take pride in what we put out there. I hope to see you all again soon, Best to you and all of your family, Cheers, Randy
Excellent
Hemini_P, Oct 2020
It was excellent and amazing experience!! Our guide Kevin was knowledgeable and funny and very helpful!! We had lot of fun and i will recommend this tour!!
White water experience.
Jeffrey_W, Jul 2020
Excellent adventure. Well worth the price. Guide was competent, friendly, & made every attempt to accommodate..
1 traveler found this review helpful
Caution! If it goes as planned great, but safety not a priority
Kim_E, Sep 2019
Caution!! Take waiver seriously. While everything went okay on our individual boat, and sights were phenomenal, another boat in our group flipped in the rapids, tossing all occupants and resulting in 2 serious head injuries and life flight. could have been avoided! No helmets are given out, NO instructions as to what to do if you go in. THE MOTOR FAILED on first boat that flipped and another boat the motor simply FELL OFF into rapids. We had to wait for a new motor to be put on our boat before we departed! No radios to communicate between boats. Ripped dry bags for your belongings. Horrible organization of bus rides to and from boats resulting in hour long waits back to your car. A lot of confusion. It was breathtaking, but go in knowing the risks you take. SAFETY was not a priority.
4 travelers found this review helpful
Great way to celebrate your 30th birthday
Wesley_B, Sep 2019
I booked this trip for my husband’s 30th birthday! It’s was so much better than we imagined! Tips: you will get wet and be in those wet clothes the whole time (but you also dry quickly)! Bring your camera with extra memory! They provide water the entire day and provide lunch! Wear sunscreen and a protective hat, you are in the sun most of the day! Shorty was our guide and he was amazing! Bring cash to tip your guide!
Experience of a Lifetime.
jbran37, Aug 2019
I was a little apprehensive at first because of the price being a little above what I wanted to spend, but man I'm glad I did it. The action started right away with our van driver taking us down the winding dirt roads that lead to the river at a pretty good clip, I kinda felt bad for the van. As soon as we got on the raft our guides introduced themselves, gave a few pointers, don't fall off, etc... and it was into the rapids right away! The hike to the cave and waterfall was pretty short, but it was fun climbing the rocks to reach the cave. We continued downriver and hit a few more good rapids, then stopped at a scenic point to stretch our legs before having lunch on the river between rapids. Once past the bigger rapids the views kept us in awe and constantly snapping pictures. We opted not to take the helicopter out of the canyon early and stayed on the raft and ended up spotting a small herd of bighorn sheep. I really can't say enough good about our guides, very knowledgeable and friendly. We went in mid August, it was very hot. I highly recommend wearing lots of sun protection, hat, balaclava, long sleeve shirt, and lightweight fast drying pants, sunscreen will get washed off pretty quickly.
Response from Host, Aug 2019
Thank you for that great review. We try very hard to put a smile on everyone's face and I'm glad we did it again here. Your review was thorough and accurate on the day and your tips are very helpful. Thank you again and we hope to see you on another adventure soon. Randy
Fun rafting
Stacey_N, Aug 2019
Excellent guides and wonderful experience! Fun enough for the experienced rafter, and not overwhelming for the novice. Breathtaking scenery of the grand canyon from the Colorado. This is an excellent way to raft the Colorado without having to spend multiple days. The visit to the cavern was also very cool. Our guides, Dennis and Evan, were very hospitable, safety conscientious, and planned extra stops along the way to enjoy lunch, more scenery, playing in the water, etc. We saw lots of wildlife on the way to the launch site and also along the river itself. The trip was almost a two for one deal. To get to the raft launch site, we literally went off roading on a >15 mile trip down a dirt / gravel road. To say the least, it was a teeth rattling experience but added to the fun of the trip. Why pay for a separate off road experience when you can get this from booking the rafting trip? The booking agents were also helpful. They will call you the day before to go over everything.
Response from Host, Aug 2019
HI guys, really strive to make sure everyone has that fantastic trip you experienced. I like to speak directly with all the customers prior to going as I like to make sure all the little things are mentioned and you are completely ready for your trip. Sounds like that off roading portion was great as well. That's one thing Arizona and Nevada will never run out of.... off roading locations. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers.
disappointed thought u actually...
Christopher C, Sep 2017
disappointed thought u actually paddled thru the rapids did not realize it was motorized,lot of money,would not do it again
1 traveler found this review helpful
We had an amazing time. We plan to...
Patricia H, Aug 2016
We had an amazing time. We plan to do it again sometime. Totally worth the money spent. Our boat driver was Gina, we LOVED her!!
This was a trip of a lifetime with...
Hazelan J, Jul 2016
This was a trip of a lifetime with my family. It was more than I expected: cliff diving, rock repelling, etc, etc. Joseph our trip leader was the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!! He was so responsive to our needs and always answered our questions no matter how silly. We loved the whole experience and the helicopter ride was a 1st and only wished that it was longer.
Fantastic day of adventure for all the...
Stephen C, Aug 2015
Fantastic day of adventure for all the family which will stay with us for many years!
It as AWESOME!! It was everything we...
EVELYN B, Jul 2015
It as AWESOME!! It was everything we were hoping for and more. I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for a white water rafting trip, I am 63 years old and this trip was FANTASTIC!! I is a trip for all ages.
Beautiful scenery , well organized...
douglas m, Jun 2015
Beautiful scenery , well organized raft trip. Only drag was not oared raft so they motor through the rapids. Safer while taking away some excitement compared to other raft trips. Great for novices
1 traveler found this review helpful
Was a fabulous experience , staff...
Evelyn S, Apr 2015
Was a fabulous experience , staff and guides great. A fantastic lunch on the shore and a excellent hike to a water fall. I highly recommend this to everyone.
The drive down to the canyon was...
Nina L, Apr 2015
The drive down to the canyon was spectacular with blooming cacti. I would recommend fast drying clothes and a chnge of clothes at this time of the year. The ride after lunch got chilly for the people in jeans. The ponchos did not bring enough protection. Everthing else was stellar and worth the mone

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