Arizona Raft Adventures
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Arizona Raft Adventures is a family run business operating 6-16 day rafting trips, as a licensed rafting tour operator within Grand Canyon National Park since 1974. Our adventures are both motorized and non-motorized (paddle or oar rafts). We believe that a trip down the mighty Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon is the trip of a lifetime, composed not only of exciting whitewater and world class scenery, but also lots of exploring and hiking in the many wondrous side canyons. Our adventures provide the time to experience it all, so come play with us in Grand Canyon!
Flagstaff, Arizona

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SAB
1 contribution
Jul 2022
Wow, what an awesome experience it was to be in this majestic and remote place. I highly recommend the full 2-week trip to be able to truly decompress and let the peace and beauty of the canyon slow down your brain. Lots of hikes, hanging out in side canyons with beautiful waterfalls, and checking out other unique features of the Grand Canyon added even more to the fun.

AZRA was just stellar. The guides were competent, knowledgeable, joyful, goofy and full of fun, friendly and kind, and just all around impressive people. They each brought something unique that added a richness and depth to the experience. As previously reviewed, the food was excellent and abundant. Pads, sleeping bags, and tents were comfortable. I'm in pretty good shape so handled the hikes just fine (except as noted below), but they were generally steep and rugged, although not long. We had three people in their 70s on our trip who managed all of the hikes with a little help from the guides.

Unfortunately on day 10, I was not being careful, slipped off a ledge while hiking, hit my head on a rock, and had to be evacuated out of the canyon. I can't say enough about the impressive care that AZRA provided, both in the canyon and following my evacuation to the rim. The guides had clearly received excellent training in how to respond to an emergency, and the responding AZRA manager on the rim genuinely cared about my well being and was available for anything I needed.
Written July 7, 2022
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Thanks U7548CJsallyb for taking the time post trip to write a review about your Full Classic Adventure. We are sorry to hear that you had to cut it short by 4 days because of your fall, but happy you are fully recovered. Our guides and staff are well trained for emergencies, they must deal with the unpredictable nature of the canyon and one never knows what situations may occur. We are happy to hear you had such a great trip and agree the longer in the canyon the better!
Written July 12, 2022
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Teresa J
22 contributions
Jul 2021
We rafted the upper Colorado River for 6 days/5 nights with AZRA and would highly recommend them. They were great at communicating everything that we would need for a successful trip, including suggestions for getting in shape for the climb out of the canyon at the Bright Angel Trail. The guides were super - friendly, knowledgeable, excellent boat handlers, and awesome cooks. The food was fresh and delicious. We spent part of the day on the water and part on hikes or hanging around the camps. A highlight was playing in the blue waters of the Little Colorado River. It was an amazing experience.
Written July 26, 2021
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Thanks you 254teresaj for your review of your upper canyon rafting adventure with us, as well as for submitting some great photos of your adventure! We are happy your party had such a wonderful time and enjoyed our guide, the food and your side canyon activities and hikes!
Written August 27, 2021
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John C
10 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
I was on a private self-support trip kayak trip on the Colorado in the Grand Canyon. We were 7 very accomplished kayakers on a 14 day trip. We put in the same day as an AZRA trip. We tend to keep to ourselves when we boat, but we had the good fortune to paddle alongside AZRA when both groups were in the mood. All of us on our trip are/were past outdoor & river guides (2 currently guide on the ID Salmon and Snake rivers). 5 of us are old. We’ve seen a lot of commercial trips, and we observe them from a very unique perspective. Everyone on our trip agreed that if we were to take a commercial ride, we’d choose AZRA. Very cool and obviously competent guides. Their choices for campsites and hikes were first-rate, and their demeanor with their guests as well as with other groups (like us) was easy going and joyful. If I had to go commercial- these are the people with whom I’d choose to spend my time.
Written May 7, 2022
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Thank you F5937ZYjohnc for taking the time to review your experience with one of our trips and guides while you were on your kayak trip in Grand Canyon. We appreciate your observations and comments about your interactions and observations. And we are glad you had a wonderful time in the canyon boating on your private trip!
Written June 15, 2022
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Humphrey M
Ireland4 contributions
Aug 2022
They got this. The organisation, subtle details, the logistics, the food, the friendliness of the staff, the pre-trip advice, the food, the knowledge of the trip staff, did I mention the food and staff? I have been on countless trips and expeditions and it is easy to spot early in the process when an organisation is limping along or seriously on top of things. AZRA is ahead of the game.

I was on 14 day kayaking trip with AZRA raft support they were excellent. The regular and well spaced pre trip advice the online group page, the blue and white bags and the all important burlap sacks, the pre departure meeting, bus loading, trip stops traveling to the river, everything waiting for you to connect with at Lees Ferry, the spacing of information over the first few days so that you are not overloaded, the excellent menu and classy preparation, the kitchen and cleanliness systems, the individual rock and wave knowledge of every rapid and side canyon, the geological, ecological and cultural knowledge of everywhere, the flexibility and responsiveness of decision making, the reminders to be there and connect with the place and people, the relaxed nature of evenings and mornings, the line for loading and unloading rafts, the sleeping bags, liners, floor sheets, tents, free insulated mug, advice about bringing a sarong, the free pee bottle and the excellent packed lunch when we arrived at the end point. I could go on but why not just go yourself.
Written October 8, 2022
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Thank you 682humphreym for your extensive review of your adventure with us this late August! We appreciate you noticing the effort and detail our staff goes to into creating a successful and organized expedition. Thanks for the kind words we are happy to hear you had a grand trip!
Written October 10, 2022
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Whitney N
2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
AZRA organization is super organized, well trained wonderful guides - ALL of them, and wonderful food.

{I came on this trip very last minute (24 hours due to someone else unable to). I highly recommend going with at least one other person you know well. (Nothing to do with the organization - just a personal tip for those thinking going solo. If you love to raft, than go for it or if you are an extrovert). I went with 6 other couples I didn’t know. }

The attention to detail for gluten free was a relief. They are able to accommodate different food situations and did so with respect and openness.

I can’t say enough for our Team leader, Matt and the entire crew, including volunteers.
Thank you all!!
Whitney
Written July 7, 2022
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Hi Whitney N. Thanks for reviewing your experience with AzRA on your rafting adventure and your tips about solo travel on the river. We are glad you were satisfied with the accommodations made to our meals for a gluten free diet. We are happy you had a wonderful trip and enjoyed your guides and food!
Written July 12, 2022
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Wayne H
Melbourne, Australia29 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
I did the 9 day Lower Canyon trip. River Guides Riah, Ben, Ben, Landon, John, Sierra, and Simon were amazing, all bringing something different and unique to the trip. It’s hard to put into words how travelling down this river and through this canyon touches your soul so deeply. You start with a bunch of strangers and finish with friends you will remember for the rest of your life because you have shared something incredible together.
As for AZRA - what a professional company. Great comms, staff, great food on the trip, and all equipment is in good condition. You get value for money.
My only suggestion if you are considering this trip, if you have the time and money, do the full canyon trip. I feel like I missed so much by no seeing and experiencing the upper canyon section. Maybe I’ll just go back and do it again one day!!
Written October 9, 2022
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Thank you Wayne H for taking time to review your lower canyon Classic Adventure! We are glad you had such a great experience. We get that a lot that folks wish the hadnt missed the other half of the trip. We even wrote a post about it on our blog, called "Which Half Should I Choose". We hope you get to see the other half someday!
Written October 11, 2022
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Karen S
Des Moines, IA4 contributions
Sep 2020
I just completed the 10-day motorized raft trip of the Grand Canyon. The trip started as a "bucket list" item and quickly became much more meaningful than a check mark. Our guides created an atmosphere of community, kindness, and fun. We came from all over the country and most of us didn't know each other but quickly became a cohesive community. Our guides were Omar and Kelli and they were outstanding. They are knowledgable, passionate, and skilled raft guides (and they can cook some great meals).
Written September 26, 2020
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J4181WQkarens We are so pleased you had such a meaningful "bucket list" adventure! Yes everyone quickly becomes quite a team on the river, one of the many surprises of being on a multi-day rafting expedition in the backcountry! Thanks for choosing AzRA as your outfitter of choice and for doing a review of your 10 day motor adventure on Tripadvisor!
Written October 13, 2020
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Kim W
Parker, CO54 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Joined a group of friends- all aged 65+, for an 8 day motorized rafting trip down the Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon, with Arizona Raft Adventures. WOW! What a superlative bucket-list experience!! From our first interactions with the admin staff of AZRA , to our last day on the river with our guides, we were impressed by, and enjoyed the company of, the friendly and professional AZRA staff. Having worked in the field of logistics, I was amazed at the thoughtful, thorough, and diligent care and planning taken to see that all aspects of our trip went smoothly. All gear provided, rafts, safety equipment, waterproof bags, tents, etc. was first class. Good food, blue skies, starry nights, jaw-dropping scenery, exhilarating rapids, passionate and skilled guides, time with old friends and new… What a trip!
Written September 21, 2022
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Wow thanks Kim W for your comprehensive review of your rafting adventure with us. Thanks for noticing all the little details that everyone works hard at to make the trips a success.The guides works very hard as well as all our behind the scenes staff works hard to make everything run smoothly!
Written October 5, 2022
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John W
Baton Rouge, LA1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Friends
I did the 10 day motorized trip September, 2022. The entire AZRA staff was outstanding, from answering my pre-trip questions to the guides on the trip. The food on the trip was fresh and well prepared. Safety was a primary focus on the river and when in camp. Frequent hand washing was required and emphasized. The guide’s knowledge of the river, its geology, and many side hikes made the canyon come alive. A motorized trip benefit was the limited availability of ice for evening beverages. The tents and sleeping gear were high quality and easy to set up and take down each day.
Written October 18, 2022
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Thank you John W for your comprehensive review of your rafting adventure with us! Thanks for taking time to do a write up, we are happy you had such a wonderful trip!
Written October 19, 2022
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Isabel M
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Neither my husband or I had ever done white water rafting or camping, but I had to get to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and was ready for an adventure. I was a little nervous, but the amazing crew made all of us feel so comfortable. They are amazing cooks, story tellers, and yoga instructors.
There were 24 people on 2 river rafts that started the week as perfect strangers and left as friends. We helped and encouraged each other get through hikes, waterfalls, and setting up camp. The food was amazing, they catered to all of my dietary needs.
I’m ready to do it all again. I’ve had many vacations, but have to say this was my favorite. Thank you AZRA adventure for an adventure of a lifetime.
Written August 6, 2022
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HI Isabel M, thanks so much for your review on TA! We are happy you had the experience of a lifetime and that you enjoyed the crew and food on your adventure. Sounds like you left the trip with many new friends who were the other participants on your 8-day motorized rafting adventure!
Written August 15, 2022
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