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Hualapai River Runners

Peach Springs, AZ, USA
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About Hualapai River Runners
Whitewater rafting is a thrilling way to experience the Grand Canyon, and whitewater rafting at Grand Canyon West with Hualapai River Runners is truly an experience like no other. Choose from the only 1-day whitewater rafting tours of the Colorado River, or 2-day and 5-day adventures. Not only will you conquer whitewater rapids, you’ll hike Travertine Cavern Falls, see wildlife along the canyon and enjoy meals along the banks of the river. Rafters will learn about the Hualapai Tribe and their connection to the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River from their certified Hualapai Tribe river guides. You’ll continue down the river and through the Grand Canyon on a smooth water ride viewing the towering canyon from a unique perspective. Some tours include a helicopter flight up to the top of Grand Canyon West where guests can walk 4,000 feet above the riverbed on Skywalk. Rafts depart from Peach Springs, Arizona on Historic Route 66 from the Hualapai Lodge.
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Allen S wrote a review Jul 2022
Cape Saint Claire, Maryland14 contributions1 helpful vote
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Loved working with the lovely Hualapai people. We had originally reserved the full day raft trip with motorboat AND the helicopter take-out. The rapids were amazing as well as the hike - the first 1/3 of the trip. Our guide was knowledgeable, funny, and kept things interesting. What was unlovely was 2/3rds of the trip. Due to covid, the helicopter was canceled and our money reimbursed. Practically what I did not know is that our trip added another 3 hours of just cruising in the hot, 100-degree July sun. We arrive at the take out around 5:30 pm then had another 2.5 hours bus ride back. That put us back at the lodge around 8:30 pm. Looking back, I probably would not have done this trip without the helicopter.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Olivia C wrote a review Jul 2022
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Micardi and Dale were excellent guides, as well as Tatianna the photographer. The rapids were fun, not too crazy if you hold on and don’t mind getting wet lol. Definitely bring fast dry clothing, because you’ll be sitting for a long time wet. The hike in the beginning of the excursion was beautiful! You get to see waterfalls and great views of the canyon. We had 11 people, and our motor got stuck at the slowest speed, so the second half of the trip took a little longer than expected. But we got picked up by another boat and caught up with the rest of the other boats. The only critique would be for the owners or management to invest in better motors and pay it forward to the guides more…as they are out there with us doing hard work for 8+ hours everyday. Bring cash to tip them, they deserve it! Also, the whole excursion with the bus rides there and back is very very long, so get a good night sleep and be aware of what you’re in for! Also bring a dry change of clothes and a jacket for the bus ride back, you’ll thank me later.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Alexis wrote a review Jul 2022
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This was a truly amazing, bucket-list experience. Our son just graduated as a geologist and we took a week long vacation with the first half dedicated to touring various natural wonders. We were there Friday, 7/8/22. This was one of our favorites (a close second to the beauty of Carlsbad Caverns!). Victor was our "skipper" and he and the photographer were great people to have spent the day with. It was my husband, my son, myself, and a family of four (young-adult children) from the UK. We stayed the night at the Hualapai Lodge where we spent two pleasant evenings. The restaurant was basically cafeteria food, and no other real options nearby. But it was decent enough. The rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable and the staff was friendly. We were picked up that morning in the bus. It was a retired school bus with the windows down and the air temp was comfortable enough. The bus driver made sure to offer us water the entire ride which took about an hour and a half, with one or two stops for pics along the way (as requested by one of the other travelers). There were 35 of us that day. There are porta potties at the river before you take off. They had one very large drybag available to stash your things in, and we had already brought our own, so they stashed that for us, too. They had plenty of water and soda available in their cooler if you needed it. We started our very hot day riverside and before we hit our first rapids were given a quick safety lesson about what to do if we fell within or outside of the boat. At one point my husband slipped inside the boat after the most "severe" rapid and sat as told, until we were cleared. Viktor kept us safe and worked the rapids well. While still traversing the rapids, we stopped at the falls. I was surprised that the stop was so soon during the trip, but that's how the geography worked out. It was beautiful and an easy climb/hike up to the falls. The fresh water was cool and refreshing and we got to spend a good amount of time exploring the beauty of the area. After that stop we stopped 3 or 4 more times along the river. Once for lunch (which was simple but perfectly satisfying). We all had a deli meat sandwich with lettuce and tomato and cheese, a packet of mayo and mustard, and a bag of chips to choose from as well as a bag of carrots and water or soda to choose from. After that, we stopped another time to cool down in the water as the air gets super hot down there once the rapids aren't actively splashing you. (There is almost always spray coming at the front of the boat, so rotate there if you need to cool down.) They gave us more snacks to choose from- nuts/cookies/chips/etc. Another time we stopped for another cool down and one of the other riders in our boat asked if we could float down the river in our life vests for a while. Viktor obliged the request and we were allowed to float down the river for about half an hour until Viktor powered back up and came and scooped us out of the water- that was such an amazing experience! We stopped at least once more to cool down, it was about once an hour. The water is very cold- no more than 60 degrees (it gets warmer the further down the river you go). At one point we saw wild ram along the cliffside and Viktor made sure to stop and point them out to us so we could watch them hop un and down the cliffs. I saw the repeated warnings about the trip and was concerned that we'd not have a good experience, but we'd all do it again in a heartbeat!! Look, this is not a ride at an amusement park. This is mother nature. And she can be a real b!tch. These guys are working with decent equipment but are working on real rapids on a real river in real conditions. We had amazing skippers, more than enough food and water, and plenty of chances to stop to cool down. We did get some good water shoes with treads, a long sleeve UV shirt, and hats and glasses with straps because without them we most certainly would have lost them on the rapids. Also- a waterproof pouch for your phone is a good idea. We did bring snacks and water "just in case", but they were not needed. We stopped at the end of our day ("docked" about 5pm) at the Family Dollar where we grabbed some ice cream and snacks- but they still had plenty of powerade etc available for us if we needed/wanted it. There were some weak bladders on the bus, so we also had to stop at a gas station which delayed our 2.5 hour bus ride back home. The bus windows were up and the air was on, but it wasn't exactly cold air we had. That being said, it wasn't uncomfortable either. There is a QR code provided to access the professional photos that were taken on the trip. This really was an amazing adventure and we are so grateful that the Hualapai share the beauty of their canyon with us!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Fabrizio S wrote a review Jul 2022
Bari, Italy10 contributions1 helpful vote
I really think the one day Rafting white water adventure is good, but: 1. There must be not technical poblem with boat engines 2. It must be not cancelled by Hualapai Rivers runners 20 days before, like it happened to me yesterday. Considering this was for me 2 days planned in a very complex US vacation from Italy, now it is for me very annoying the need to find, last minute, something different to do. So stay away if you need a stable and reliable plan in your vacation.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Twain R wrote a review Jul 2022
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Was so excited about booking. Can the company comment to the June 2022 reviews. It reads like a train wreck with numerous safety and breakdown issues. Has management listened and changed things?
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Date of experience: June 2022
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