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“Stunning once in a lifetime experience”

Colorado River Discovery
Ranked #2 of 44 Tours in Page
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Colorado River Discovery offers the most fantastic one day rafting trips anywhere on the mighty Colorado River. We provide half-day and full day tours that are perfect for the entire family (kids aged 4 and up). Departing from the scenic town of Page, Arizona, your trip will begin with an exciting and exclusive ride down the two-mile long Glen Canyon Dam access tunnel. At river level, with the dam soaring 700 feet above you, you will board a comfortable pontoon raft for your journey downstream. While on the River, you will experience one of the most dramatic stretches of river in the western United States. Your experienced guide will tell the story of the area’s soaring sandstone cliffs, crystal blue-green waters, abundant wildlife, exploration by Major John Wesley Powell and others, and the river's modern role in the Southwest’s water and power delivery system.A stop to view an impressive set of ancient petroglyphs will offer a you chance to stretch your legs and enjoy your lunch while bearing witness to the area’s former inhabitance by ancient native cultures. If you choose, you may also refresh yourself by wading in the cold, clear river. Come and visit the river that we love... You'll be inspired!
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed April 10, 2013

My husband, myself and our 12 year old son all agreed that this was the highlight of our visit to Page. We are still talking about what a wonderful day we had when we took part in the Colorado River Discovery. We had an excellent tour guide, Becky I think her name was, and she made the day extra special with her interesting info that accompanied the stunning views. It truly is a must do!

Thank Palsteen
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

I booked the trip three days ahead. I didn't think to ask if they altered the tour because of the Hwy 89 closure, but they have. Instead of going all the way the Lee's Ferry and taking the bus back, they stop at Horseshoe Bend and raft back to the dam since there is no good alternate driving route from Lee's Ferry. As a result, the "quick trip" from the dam to the stop for lunch and viewing the petroglyphs is now the majority of the tour. It was still very beautiful in the canyon, but would've liked to have been told about the changes ahead of time. Our guide was informative and had a good sense of humor. This was especially helpful since it was very cold and windy. It was a bit of a distraction from the weather. We had the Bistro lunch from the cafe. I though it was very good. Cost was around $10 for a tasty turkey sandwich, chips , apple, cookies, lollipop, and nuts/raisins snack. Water and lemonade on board the pontoon too. The long tunnel through the canyon rock to the dam is an experience. Everything was well organized other than not informing us about the route change. Regarding the time change, Arizona doesn't recognize DST, but the Navajo Nation does. So you may go in and out of time zones when visiting sites around Page.

2  Thank 749MAS
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

On March 25th we met Brent at Lee's Ferry for a backhaul back up the CO River with our kayaks. Brent was great fun. Enthusiastic, knew the sites to point out, helped us see the wild horses and then took us up to see the petroglyphs and explain what they meant. We enjoyed the ride twice as much because he was so helpful!!! By the way he is a GREAT artist too, check him out!

House Rock Road wasn't too bad with the truck and kayaks. Lots quicker than going all the way to Kanab and down..... Just FYI.

Thanks again! Leah and Jeff

Thank icnrsqu
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Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

We booked a 1/2 day pontoon ride for our family, which included a 8, 10 & 12 year old and we were all pretty bored. The company was amazingly organized and clean, which we appreciated upon check-in. They were amazing at letting us know what was hoo.g to happen next and why. But then we got in the pontoon and it was horribly long and boring. Maybe we picked the wrong tour. Maybe it was our guide. I don't know. Our guide tried and was kind and sweet, but she focused in how great it is to "work" on the river all day as a job. It just was repeated about 10 times, so it felt forced. She didn't have a lot of historical stories, unless asked, and then I wasn't sure if she was making it up. Overall there was a lot of quiet. We floated slowly downstream and basically looked at the walls. Even my 12 year old was bored. I thought when we stopped to look at the pertroglyphs, that we would get some history there, but I guess only 2 of the 4 guides go up there with the crowd. We stopped at the bathrooms and by the time we got there the one guide was all done with his discussion and the other guide was almost done. We were sad not to hear about what the pictures were thought to represent. Then, we arrived at horseshoe bend and we ride up along the side, looked up at 1 person in am overlook and turned around. I think it was because we were later than the other boats getting there and they had already turned around. Basically, I feel like we wasted $400+. Bummer.

1  Thank JenMiTy
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

We did the flat water float trip. It was our least favorite activity of a pretty jammed packed Sedona flagstaff/GC/page trip. Boat was crowded. Really slow and due to closed road we went only half way down and back. While we knew it wasn't going to be whitewater we got the "feeling" in first 10 slow minutes (faster if we had walked) And then it was boring. Add to that two outdoor adventurous teenagers and it wasn't worth the $$

Food bags prior in Page were great and a nice convenience.

Thank exBostonian
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