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“Long, but decent day”

Hualapai River Runners
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed May 27, 2008

Our day started out with the bus trip to the bottom of the canyon. Our bus driver was very nice and told us some history about different areas on the way down to the bottom. She explained what was ahead of us for the day and what we needed to do when we got to the bottom. Getting fitted for the life jackets was easy and we were given group #'s. Our group was group 1 with a guide named Gary who was a great guide and really a joy to spend the day with. The stop at the waterfall was very pretty and I didn't feel rushed while there at all like some of the prior reviews had stated. The rapids were fun, but I was a little disappointed that in all I think we only went through about 3 rapids, I was expecting more. After lunch was all smooth water and it was really hot outside so even though the water was only 45 degrees, in really hot water it is very refreshing. It did get very windy towards the end of the trip and there was question if the helicopter would be able to pick us up, but it worked out that they were able to. When we got to the landing pad for the helicopter it was very unorganized and nobody seemed to know what to do or when they were supposed to get on the helicopter. The ride in the helicopter was very short, but for me who does not like flying to begin with, I found it to be pretty scary. However, in total the trip was a lot of fun and I would recommend doing it. The only negative about the trip was the long trip back to the hotel (2 hours in an old school bus on dirt roads) and the few rapids that you go through. However, the rapids are perfect for first timers.

Thank sol789
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Reviewed May 2, 2008

We did the one day Hualapai River Runners trip on 4/14 as part of our 10 day San Simeon/Grand Canyon/Las Vegas Road trip.

We had stayed at the Hualapai Lodge the night before and checked in with the river runners desk at 7:30am, where they gave us tickets to board the bus at 8am. We got on the bus, which is actually an old dusty school bus and set off down the very bumpy Diamond Creek road, which took about an hour. About half way down to the river we stopped for a few minutes to feed a family of wild burros that live in the area.

Upon arriving at the river, we stowed our gear in the waterproof bags, put on our life jackets and were off and into the rapids! About 45 mins in we stopped for a short hike/crawl up to Travertine Falls, which was beautiful, and then it was back in the water for the biggest rapids of the day. This part was the most fun, and gave us a taste of some big rapids, but I don't know if I could hang on to the boat with my slippery wet hands for a multi-day trip, so this day trip was perfect.

We then stopped for a lunch of sandwiches, chips, carrot sticks, sodas and water bottles. Then it was smooth waters the rest of the afternoon. Our guide pointed out interesting things as we rode along, and we stopped around 1:30 or so for a bathroom break and snacks.

Around 3pm or so we arrived at the end of our journey on the boats, and walked up to the helicopter landing strip. We then got a wonderful but short (10 mins) ride up to the rim, our first ride in a helicopter. Upon landing at the rim we got in the waiting van (not the school bus again) and headed back to the Hualapai Lodge, arriving back around 5pm.

All in all, if you want a little taste of some rapids, and can't do a multi-day trip, I think I would recommend the Hualapai raft trip to others. We had a lot of fun, and the people running the raft trip seemed to care a lot more and were much more professional than the workers at the Hualapai lodge.

This was just a quick overview of our day, if you want a more detailed description and a link to a lot more pictures, you can find my full trip report in the forums section of this site.

Thank calivalley92
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Reviewed September 19, 2007

Slighty hairy journey by school bus down to the launch. Large stable motorised raft with cheerful indian driver. Probably tame by serious trips but great fun for beginners in the rapids. Brilliant to be down in the canyon at river level. Got caught in a rain shower & suddenly very cold. (You do need your waterproofs available even if blue sky at the start.) Short scramble up to the waterfall worth it. Lunch just adequate but plenty of drinks. Helicopter ride short (10mins max) but great fun. Would have been a late night if back by bus only-heli may be cancelled for storm especially in summer. We stayed in Hulapi night before-early start & Kingman night after at Hampton-much better. Kingman had a Walmart for stuff we needed for the trip-nothing between Grand Canyon & Peach Springs! Take a waterproof camera/case.

5  Thank Cranleigh
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Reviewed August 13, 2007

7:30 We gather at the lodge for instructions. There is a large group from Elder Hostel and grandchildren abound. I am traveling with my two grandsons, 11 and 9 years old.

We followed all the direcxtions and brought all of the suggested items. Two buses started out from the lodge to the river. Our bus broke down half way there on a remote rocky road.. No problem the other bus will come back for us. Our bus driver recommended we start walking. OOOOPs! the bus that went on to the river had all of the water!!!! Temps are now close to 90 degrees.

Finally we arrive at the river, we are told get lifejackets first, staff will assist you. Sullen adolescents are amiably chatting amongst themselves and could hardly be concerned about assisting customers with life jackets.

We are told to go to raft #5, we don't see raft #5, then "Rambo" told us we were group 5 and to get on raft 6. We take off two hours behind schedule. The river is raging and muddy, we are soon laughing as we look at each other and our muddy faces. The water is 45 degrees, our outfitter delights as the passengers are hit by each cold muddy sheet of water.

We stop to see the water fall, climb the rope ladder, hurry, hurry. The kids ask for snacks. Our guide seems hesitant but finally comes up with sodas and chips and peanuts. The snacks are soon soggy from the water spray. Lunch was later passed out sandwiches but with little time to eat them because we were behind schedule.

The weather turns, rain, wind, lighting! Helicopters will not be able to land. We wil have to go one another 2 1/2 hours to Lake Mead to the take out. The other guides seem to be sharing a joke with our guide as they pass us by. There is something wrong with the moter. The guid keeps stopping and starting the
motor. It gets clogged with debris. He says that we have a loss of power. The other rafts reach the lake an hour ahead of us.

Buses await, to dirve us back to the Lodge, 2 1/2 hours away. The bus drive admits he does not know if we have enough gas to make it.
We do make it. The lodge did prepare ataco supper for us when we returned at 9:30PM.

The Hualapai Indian staff were insolent and obviously resentful of their customers. They took delight in our discomfort and anxiety. At one point our guide stated that if we were unhappy he would just let us out on the side of the river and we could wait there until the helicopters could get us the next day.

Imust say that the other family in the raft wiht us were excellent , and good sports but it was far beyond funny. We were seriously concerned for our children.

14  Thank grandmaharvey
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Reviewed July 24, 2007

This is a 1 day raft trip down the Colorado in the Grand Canyon and there are just no words to adequately describe it. The raft trip was incredible and the people who ran the operation were outstanding.

They bus you down the only road to the bottom where you load into your boats. Then you take off on the most magnificent trip. The rapids are perfect!! They provide drinks thru out the day and a huge sandwich for lunch. We stopped at a waterfall that we climbed up to that was just beautiful. At the end of the ride (about 5 hours) you take a helicopter ride to the top (I believe this was Grand Canyon West where the Skywalk would be...but we didn't go to it). Then they bus you back to the Hualapai Lodge (which is where we stayed & I would highly recommend).

If you have the time...this is a MUST do...I am hooked on rafting and can't wait to go back.

5  Thank jetsetterwannabe
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