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Hualapai River Runners

Peach Springs, AZ, USA
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About Hualapai River Runners
One Day White Water Rafting Begin to explore the Grand Canyon walls over the white water rapids of the Colorado River. Hike up to Travertine Falls, a natural waterfall, with your experienced guide. Hear about the history and culture of the Hualapai people. Look for local wildlife while enjoying lunch along the banks of the river. Continue through the Grand Canyon on a smooth water ride viewing the towering canyon from a unique perspective. Complete your adventure with a helicopter flight up to the top of Grand Canyon West, home of the Skywalk. Rafts depart from Peach Springs, Arizona on Historic Route 66 from the Hualapai Lodge and ground transportation returns you to Peach Springs. All this in just one day! 2-Day Paddle Rafting The 2-Day Paddle Rafting Trip is a weekend only excursion that will ramp off at Diamond Creek RM 225 at 8: 00 a.m. Designated stops will be held at Travertine Falls, Separation, and camping at Spencer Canyon. This trip will include lunch, dinner, breakfast and assorted snacks for paddle rafters. Operational hours will begin at Sunrise to Sunset. Cost is $650 per person and must be 12+ years of age. No additional services included.
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katie1616 wrote a review Oct 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia28 contributions12 helpful votes
We had an INCREDIBLE time on our rafting trip! We chose river runners because they offered a one-day white water rafting experience. The check in and booking process was easy and professional. The first part of the trip going through rapids was totally thrilling but also felt safe. We also really enjoyed the stop at the beach to climb into a cave with a waterfall. You felt like you were in another world. The second half of the trip boating down the river with views of the canyon on either side was absolutely stunning. We experienced the grand canyon in many ways (hiking, biking, even skydiving) and these were our absolute favorite views and experience of the canyon. This was our last activity on a 2 week road trip through national parks and this was undoubtedly a highlight. Don't come to the grand canyon without doing this! We want to give a special shout out to RANDY! He was a fun, professional, knowledgeable guide. He made sure we were all safe and had the best time navigating the rapids. He was also really interesting to talk to about his life and experiences growing up on the Navajo reservation. We had such a great time with him and would definitely recommend him to anyone! The only thing is that on the bus back to the pickup point people did not wear their masks (totally off) or did not wear them properly (noses out). The driver could clearly see this but did not enforce it. I understand the desire to not alienate your clients, but we are in a global pandemic and masks have been proven to work and I would have felt much more comfortable if masking had been enforced. It is not that hard to wear a mask for 2.5 hours people!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Richard S wrote a review Oct 2020
Phoenix, Arizona1 contribution
We did the three day trip 30 years ago at it was fantastic. Now we are ready to do a longer trip. I recommend Hualapai River Runners. I had never done a raft trip before this one and it was the most fun ever.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Stephanie wrote a review Sep 2020
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This was my first ever water rafting trip. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our guides, Jeremiah and Kevin, were great. And even the bus driver, Michael, was informative and friendly during the commute from the pickup point to start the raft trip and then on the way back to the drop-off point! It's a must-do if you visit the Grand Canyon.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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acollietraveler wrote a review Aug 2020
Temecula, California6 contributions6 helpful votes
We were on the single day trip which would have been the perfect day but for the driver and transportation to and from the launch. They had 25-30 people in a school bus with zero capacity or distancing measures in place. While they posted masks required they did not enforce it and only about 1/2 of the visitors voluntarily complied. When my husband mentioned it to the driver that there were too many people in the confined space with AC on and no windows that they can’t pass around signs( yes also with no sanitation measures) about masks they should enforce it. On the ride home, the driver said that while he doesn’t agree the masks do anything everyone especially in the back has to wear one. If someone really doesn’t want to wear one, he would see about switching seats to the front (ie where I was sitting as it was the most distanced seat available) so that the people in the back didn’t have to worry. While it didn’t come to me and my family moving, you can only imagine the scene that would have occurred if it did. Even with the less than firm reminder, many of the people didn’t wear a mask and we’re not required to do so on the 2 hour drive back. Again, our boat/tour guide was awesome and I felt relatively safe in the small groups outdoors. The anxiety from the bus rides ruined it. Comparatively, the Sky Walk/Rim tour shuttles all ran at half capacity with every other seat taped off and temp checks at the gate.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Amy L wrote a review Jun 2020
161 contributions39 helpful votes
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Meet at the lot across from the peach springs lodge by 8:30. Be prepared right now to wear a mask on the reservation, and on the bus, but not required on the raft. The bus ride down into the Grand Canyon, yes, that’s right “bus” (hiking is for the wimps), takes a little less than an hour. You can enjoy the desert and high canyon walls or allow the gentle vibrations to lull you to sleep. Highway to hell... au contraire mademoiselle...It’s a ride! Bring snacks if you choose but careful what you drink or it might spill all over on the ride down! There are port-a-potty’s down at the canyon floor before you get on the raft. The rafts are perfect for 8 people. I understand that they normally put 10 people on each raft but because of the covid-19 restrictions they are keeping it to 6-8 passengers. The rapids are amazing and the water unbelievably cold, around 50 degrees or below. For summer rapids, wear a long sleeve water shirt... I actually even got a sun tan through my long sleeve shirt! It will keep you warmer while splashing through the rapids and cooler when temperatures are over 100. I also wore a hat that I kept dunking in water and putting it back on to keep cool after the rapids were over. Also, BRING SUNSCREEN! Also, you actually only hit about 9 or 10 sets of rapids. Your in the raft by 9:30, stopping at some incredible waterfalls (Travertine Falls) around 10:30, finish the rapids at noon and then stop to eat lunch (a deli sandwich and chips). If you are going to be hungry, bring a small cooler with extra food. They have a cooler on each raft with some juice and gatorades. Also, most important, BRING A WATER-BOTTLE! They have a water cooler on board so you can refill. Back on the river for a while then another stop to jump off of canyon rocks, and some swimming. At this stop they had additional snacks such as nuts and snack cookies and granola bars. Also, some of what we were told before the trip was not totally accurate. We were told that our raft would stop halfway through the trip at a small dock that lead to some port-a-potty’s; this didn’t happen 😬... so just plan accordingly. Also, we were told that on the 2 1/2 bus ride back we would stop at a gas station and that also did not happen. We were SO thirsty and hungry. This was an amazing trip! Rapids through the Grand Canyon!!!! I loved it!!! We got back to Peach Springs at almost 8pm. It was a super incredible day but also a very long day. Concluding thoughts. It was great. Finishing touches make an experience over the top. A few idea that would make this amazing: First would be, more food for lunch. I’ve raised four kids and have learned that when you have lots of food and good food then you could do almost anything and the experience is great! Also, the final two hours on the boat, during summer months, are DRY AND HOT! An ice chest filled with drinks would be a nice added touch for the bus ride home. Something sweet or salty would help too because it is past dinner time for the ride home. A beautiful day! You will be exhausted when it’s over but you won’t regret being able to experience this side of the canyon!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from GrandCanyonSkywalk, Marketing Specialist at Hualapai River Runners
Responded Jul 22, 2020
runlowry, Thanks for rafting with us! We're glad you enjoyed the trip, but we apologize for your disappointing experience on the bus rides. Usually our bus drivers ask the guests if they would like to stop and do so accordingly. We're very sorry about any inconvenience at the end of your trip!
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