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“Amazing Adventure”

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 young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed June 15, 2014

Not being a fan of white water, I was feeling quite apprehensive about going on this adventure, however I am so glad that I did! It was an experience of a lifetime! The rapids were just enough to be thrilling without terrifying. The scenery was breathtaking and allowed us to get a completely new perspective on the magnificent Grand Canyon. With the reassurance & expert aid of our guide, Ted, I was able to clamber up (and down again) into a wonderful cave to explore a waterfall It felt like discovering a hidden secret. Ted provided us with all sorts of interesting information as we made our way down the river. The packed lunch was great and I felt that we were very well looked after. There is bottled water available, so all you need to take is: a water-proof camera, hat (with a secure chin strap), sun glasses, suitable clothing (track shoes or similar and quick drying clothing) plus a few $ or a credit card to buy photos at the end.

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Reviewed June 14, 2014

We just returned from our one day rafting trip with the River Runners and I want to say it was really the best ride we have ever had...My husband, daughter, granddaughter (16),grandson (14) and myself got a kick out of the great rapids and getting wet. Lunch was a deli style sandwich, chips, cold drink, and grapes. I would rate the rapids a 10 but the bus ride only a 5. The helicopter was an added treat. Everyone was super nice and helpful. Joseph was our guide and he gave us a ride to remember.

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Reviewed June 14, 2014

My grandson (11) and I went down the river with a group from Road Scholar and it was fantastic! The rapids are rough and the water is cold so be prepared. Wear long pants, a longed sleeve shirt, a hat that ties on, straps on your sunglasses and lots of sunscreen. Drink lots of water (they provide) but it helps to have a bottle you can strap on. The boat captains know what they are doing and seem to make it as rough or as easy (as possible) as they can depending on the people aboard. You WILL get thoroughly wet. The bus trip down is bumpy and beautiful. The helicopter ride to the top was great. The bus trip back to the lodge was long -- around 3 hours I think .. bring extra snacks which you can pack in one of their dry bags. We also some clothes to change into .. but really not needed since you dry off really quickly in the sun and heat.

Thank maggiesails
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

We stayed at the Hualapai Lodge and had read most of the reviews here previously so we arrived with our sun protection, waterproof jackets, and a change of clothes in dry-bags. The young lady at the lodge who checked us in was very helpful and when she learned that my wife and I can't eat any gluten she arranged for us to have our lunch with gluten free bread.

First the lodge. It was super convenient to stay there. The rooms are basic, but clean, and the restaurant is excellent. Get the nachos and wings! No beer or wine though.

On trip day everyone gathered in the lobby and was ready to go for the infamous school bus ride. I've seen reviews complaining about it, but for my crew (me, wife, 2 teen boys) it was just part of the adventure. Rough, but fun with great scenery. The bus driver was very friendly and made 2 stops for people to stretch, take pics, and use the convenient rock bathrooms (better for the men, than the ladies). Once you arrive at the launch site there are real bathrooms - port-o-potties to use before hitting the river. Recommended since there are no bathrooms for the rest of the ride other than in the river or find a rock.

The team does a great job getting everyone suited up with a life vest. My crew was worried about the cold water and had on rain jackets and wide brimmed hats which worked out great for us - but others in the raft skipped on that and seemed fine. Yes the water is cold, but it was also blazing hot out. If you don't mind some soaking with the cold water you may be fine without the rain gear. Sitting at the front of the raft or in the back center gets the most water. Our guide was Andre and he did an incredible job. Pointed out lots of interesting spots and made us all feel comfortable. The first pit stop was the waterfall, which was really neat. Second stop is for lunch which was a basic sandwich, chips, and grapes. The stop is just long enough to eat, take care of business and then head out. After lunch the seating changes a little to plane out the raft better so you can finish the ride taking in all the scenery. This part can be a little long and hot, but the canyon scenery is amazing.

Once we arrived at the Helicopter area, it can be a little hectic getting off and going. Our guides were not overt about tips, which was nice, but please don't get caught up and forget them. The crew at the helicopter area were very organized and get you going asap. This was our first ride and it was amazing.

Arrival at the top, means that the people going to the SkyWalk split up from the rest. If you aren't going then you have to wait at the airport for them to get back. We cleaned up but opted not to use our change of clothes, having dried out on the ride after the rapids. There is a snack bar there that you can get something from.

The ride back to the lodge is in a nicer bus than the school bus. The driver was the same from the morning and stops once on the way back for you to grab snacks and hit a real bathroom. We realized on the way back that we should probably tip him separately from the guides so we took care of that when we got to the lodge.

Overall a great day! Go with the flow and you will have a great time.

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Reviewed June 11, 2014

This trip was a highlight of our holiday. Yes we did travel to the river in a rickety school bus but the driver was excellent and considering the 'road' was really a track, he did his best to miss most potholes. The river rafting was exciting and the guides amazing. They provided food and drinks throughout the trip and gave us historical information regarding the canyon.
We did get very wet but it was so hot we soon dried out.
The day ended with a short but thrilling helicopter ride which ended the trip perfectly.
We can't recommend this experience highly enough and I'm 64 years young

1  Thank Patski64
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