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Add a thrilling outdoor adventure to any Las Vegas or Flagstaff vacation with this guided, 5.5-hour 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 journey through the canyon, taking a side hike to a travertine waterfall along the way. Helicopter transfer and boxed lunch are included, and an optional hotel pickup and drop-off is available.

Highlights

  • 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 of the mighty Colorado River
  • Enjoy a helicopter ride back to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Want to add transportation from Las Vegas? Click here for details

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What You Can Expect

Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour

Self Drive One Day Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Tour

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 a.m. 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 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. At the conclusion of the rafting tour, board a helicopter for a quick 4,000-foot ascent to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Then drive to Peach Springs for the return journey to Las Vegas or Flagstaff.

Customer Reviews

Hazelan J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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.

lmlobnitz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Trip of a lifetime!

Stephen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic day of adventure for all the family which will stay with us for many years!

EVELYN B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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.

Nina L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 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

Evelyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

Mrs k j B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Was a fabulous experience , staff and guides great, however we still have not recieved our photos which were promised

Martha R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

It was just anazing! Great people n our boat, stopped and learned about the cay onto from our guide. Great trip

Margaret M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This was an extraordinary day. Just being on the Colorado River IN THE GRAND CANYON is beyond imagining. The ride was fantastic and the vistas incredible and constant. There were 6 people on our raft plus the two river guides--they both were terrific. We did 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 rated rapids, and we were asking for more. This is a wild ride in the rapids and extremely calm between them. You definitely will get completely soaked, and the water is a year-round 45 degrees. Be sure to follow the what-to-wear and what-to-bring guidelines in the tour details. I would do this again and again and again.

Alison S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was the best day of our trip. The rapids were amazing we got soaked but we loved it. The canyon was beautiful and our guide was great even pulled over after lunch so we could jump of the cliffs and swim in the river. But to top all that the helicopter ride was spectacular .

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