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Colorado River & Trail Expeditions - Day Trips

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86022
800-253-7328
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Offers the greatest vacations in the world. CRATE has been operated by the original owners for over 40 years. The company is family owned and operated... more » Owner description: Offers the greatest vacations in the world. CRATE has been operated by the original owners for over 40 years. The company is family owned and operated and specializes in working with groups, individuals, couples, and families. CRATE operates its rafting trips with smaller group sizes and considers off-river hiking an important part of Grand Canyon rafting, the rafts are comfortable and not overcrowded. CRATE offers many options with its Grand Canyon rafting tours rangeing from 3-14 days in length and include paddle, rowing, motorized, and raft & ranch options. They offer complete Grand Canyon trips that travel all 277 miles of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon as well as partial rafting trips to or from Lee's Ferry, Phantom Ranch, Diamond Creek and Pearce Ferry. In addition to Grand Canyon the company also offers all-inclusive rafting tours in Utah and Alaska. « less
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Wilmington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We did the 11 day paddle/rowing trip, the 188 mile ride down the river (without the hum of motors). A river trip is a wonderful way to experience the Grand Canyon. Experience breathtaking hikes to side canyons, water falls, caverns, streams and Indian remains. Our group ages ranged from 9 to 70’s. Everyone had a wonderful time and everyone was... More

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Palm Springs, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
13 attraction reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I have been river running and doing outdoor adventures for my whole life. I wanted to see the great river and wanted to see it start to finish not a part. It would be like reading a book and only reading part of it. I wanted a 8day 7 night float trip for the full 300 miles. Too I wanted... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

We did the 11 day oar trip, which they only offer infrequently, I think people don't have that much time to spare. But it's worth the time commitment to float/ride wildly down the river without the hum of motors. The crew is top notch, explaining the biology, geology, history. They took care of this novice, helping me to feel comfortable... More

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Kennewick, Washington
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

There is no other way to see and experience the Grand Canyon. From the rim it is beautiful and massive, but the detail is on the river and in the side canyons. Things that you would never know existed!! Water falls, flora, and fauna and the excitement of rafting the entire canyon. Our Boatman, Ben Reeder and Jillian were the... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Just came back from this 8 day adventure trip with my 16 y/o son. Everything was better than expected. The river scenery was spectacular and the hikes were beautiful, rewarding & challenging enough but anyone in fairly good physical condition was able to do them without problem. The raft/boat was very comfortable for the group of 12, having soft mats... More

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Oakland, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We celebrated my sister-in-law's 50th birthday with a 7 day rafting trip thru the Grand Canyon with CRATE. Their crew of 4 took care of 21 family members and 2 boats beautifully. I must admit, I was a bit scared to go rafting down a big river with huge waves...roller coasters scare me, but with Walker and Alex at the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We took CRATE on a 10 day -- hiking emphasis -- raft trip. The full river, 280 miles. CRATE is fabulous. Best designed boats on the river -- front row seating (facing forward) for everyone. In the Canyon you want to get wet - it's hot down there. Many companies give you a side view, not a front view. We... More

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Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I have had the good fortune to go on several different trips with Colorado River & Trail Expeditions (CRATE). I would never even consider using a different company; when you've found the best guides in the business you stick with them! I have done many of their offered river trips on my own through private permits, so I have a... More

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Eugene, Oregon, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

It was a huge decision for us to decide to go on a trip of this magnitude and even larger finding the right guides to help make it perfect. After much searching and reference checking and more we ended up with CRATE and honestly it was perfect. Beyond our expectations. I simply cannot recommend them highly enough in every way:... More

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Cochranville, Pennsylvania
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We just returned from our second adventure with CRATE. Two years ago we went on the river through the Grand Canyon, and last week we floated an hiked our way through Cataract Canyon. Each trip was truly an adventure, an exceptional experieince, loads of fun, beautiful scenery, and a good balance between hiking and rafting. Our climb to the Doll... More

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