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Grand Canyon Rafting

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Grand Canyon Rafting

Have rafted the Green River and Cataract Canyon of the Colorado with Western River Expeditions with 1,000% satisfaction, Now have opportunity to join a group for a six day trip on the Colorado with Wilderness River Adventures. Reluctant to switch outfitters. Can anyone compare and contrast or comment on your experience with Wilderness River?

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Sharon,

There are 16 outfitters in Grand Canyon (www.gcroa.org) and, honestly, no matter which you choose to raft the Colorado in Grand Canyon, you will thoroughly enjoy your trip and think you made the best choice! Western River and Wilderness River are going to run a very similar trip in the general sense. It makes sense to choose whichever company has dates that work best for you. You won't be let down, regardless of which company you choose.

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It's not the provider, it's the Grand canyon. And most importantly, it's the team of passengers you go with. While this might not be a factor you can control, the mood and spirit of the guests will be reflected in the mood and willingness of the crew to make the trip the best for those they serve.

Choose your trip based on dates, itinerary and type of craft, not on the name of the company.

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I have the same question. Anyone been on a Tour West Trip. We've used Western but it's too pricey this go around with an additional person, etc.

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charliemclean, I took a Tour West trip in 2010 and would recommend them. I wrote a trip report here: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g143028-i157-k3926…

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I am interested in a two day one night motorized upper grand Canyon rafting trip the middle of September 2014.

I am a healthy 72 years old. I will appreciate any and all suggestions..

Dennis

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Traveler, give us some details. 2 day trips are rare and can only take place in the extreme western region of the canyon. While they technically are in the GC, they are way downstream from 95% of the canyon's most dramatic features.

You are not too old to do a longer and more complete canyon trip, if you have the time.

If you do the trip you propose, you will be able to say that you rafted the Colorado River, at the Grand Canyon, but you will not really have seen or experienced the real Grand Canyon.

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@Dennis, I'm not sure that there's even such a trip anywhere on the Colorado between Lake Powell and Lake Mead. Your options may be a 3-day or a daytrip. Options are limited because access to this part of the Colorado River for put-in/take-out is difficult.

Maybe contact Rivers and Oceans. They're a great resource for understand what's available from ALL of the different tour providers (800) 473-4576 / (928) 526-4575, email: Info@rivers-oceans.com. If there's a commercial trip available out there, they would probably know about it.

I know there are 2-day/1-night trips through Cataract Canyon, which is the Colorado River through Canyonlands NP. BIG white water.

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Note that the "upper canyon" trips go from Lees Ferry to Phantom Ranch ( or a nearby beach) and require a hike out of the canyon on the Bright Angel Trail, 9 miles and 4400 feet of elevation gain. Some outfitters include an overnight at Phantom and you hike out the next day. Otherwise, you start your hike when they drop you off.

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There's a 2 day trip that originates around Whitmore where the real trips drop off the full canyon rafters.

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Hi Sharon C and Dennis,

Sharon, did you decide on a Wilderness trip or stick with Western? As mentioned above, the type of trip offered by both companies is an amazing experience. One difference you will see with these two companies that was not mentioned, is the type of motorized boat they run. Wilderness run a boat referred to as an S-rig, and Western runs a boat that is referred to as a J-rig. Both boat options can be a very fun ride, but they do vary with how you sit and where you ride with each raft type. Both offer the option of exciting, moderate and mellow seats through rapids.

Dennis, were you able to determine which trip type best matches your two day preference? As Red Rox mentions above there are some shorter trips located in Western Canyon, or the option to run a 3 day motorized in the Upper Canyon segment. The Western Canyon trips typically start with a helicopter ride into Grand Canyon at mile 188, and then take out at mile 277 at Pearce Ferry on Lake Mead. This segment of the Canyon offers approximately 7 Class 1-2 rapids, until you enter into the headwaters of Lake Mead recreation area, at which point the rafting portion of the trip becomes a flat water and beautiful scenery experience. The upper canyon motorized trip starts at the put in point for all rafts traveling through Grand Canyon National Park (Lees Ferry) and finishes 89 miles down river at Phantom Ranch. As mentioned above, this upper canyon trip requires a hike out of Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. The hike is a strenuous 9.5 mile climb, gaining 4500 feet in elevation. This is important to keep in mind when deciding on a trip of 3 days. If you have more time available, there are some 6-8 day full canyon motorized trips that do not require a hike into or out of Grand Canyon. All Grand Canyon rafting trips are physically demanding. There are hiking options presented by the outfitters which can range from easy to strenuous, most are optional, and the guides give you description before you depart on the hike. In addition to the hiking options presented, rafting in Grand Canyon is a participatory experience, particularly in camp. Travelers need to be prepared to carry their bags across sandy or rocky beaches, able to walk on difficult terrain throughout camp, and be able to climb on and off the boats. It is important to keep these things in mind when deciding on a trip. If you feel confident in your physical fitness ability, then you may want to consider a longer trip option, as most consider this trip to be a once in a lifetime experience!