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Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour

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Peach Springs, United States
Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour

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icon17 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Add a thrilling outdoor adventure to any Las Vegas or Flagstaff vacation with this guided whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River. Take a road trip to Peach Springs, Arizona, home of the Hualapai Indians at the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Then, challenge the mighty Colorado River’s varied rapids on a 40-mile (64-kilometer) journey through the canyon, taking a side hike to a travertine waterfall along the way. Boxed lunch is included, and an optional hotel pickup and drop-off is available to purchase.
  • Drive your own car to join your Grand Canyon whitewater rafting tour
  • Follow Native Hualapai Indian guides through the Grand Canyon
  • See beautiful natural waterfalls hidden throughout the canyon
  • Whitewater raft down 40 miles (64 kilometers) of the mighty Colorado River
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Hotel pickup and drop off
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Rescheduling within 30 days of date of travel will result in a USD$25 fee per person

Departure Point

900 AZ-66, Peach Springs, AZ 86434, USA

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Las Vegas, NV, USA

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Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

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Flagstaff, AZ, USA

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Arizona, USA

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Begin this exciting outdoor day trip by driving from Las Vegas or Flagstaff to Peach Springs, Arizona—a 2.5-hour journey southeast from Sin City and a 1.5-hour trek west from Flagstaff. From Vegas, drive over the breathtaking Hoover Dam Bypass to Kingman, Arizona, then continue east on famous Route 66 to the Hualapai Indian community of Peach Springs. From Flagstaff, drive through the Kaibab National Forest to Route 66 to Peach Springs. Alternatively, arrange for round-trip transportation.

Note: Please allow ample driving time to arrive in Peach Springs no later than 7:30 am for a van transfer to the river.

At the banks of the Colorado River, meet the Native American river guide, who will provide a brief safety orientation and equipment overview before boarding a pontoon raft. From there, the voyage continues along 40 miles (64 kilometers) of the Colorado River with a total of six sets of rated rapids before the water evens out. Stops are made throughout the trip to discover hidden canyons and waterfalls, including a side hike to a travertine waterfall.

Enjoy a complimentary boxed lunch in the solitude of the canyon and be sure to bring a waterproof camera for incredible photo opportunities.

Return by van to Peach Springs and your awaiting car for your return journey to Las Vegas or Flagstaff.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Grand Canyon National Park
Your native Hualapai guide will guide you through class 3 to class 6 rapids on your 40-mile (64km) journey through the Grand Canyon. Stops are made throughout the trip so you can discover hidden canyons and waterfalls, including Tavertine Waterfall. A boxed lunch is included which you can enjoy in the solitude of the canyon. Be sure to bring your camera for incredible photo opportunities!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
As we raft down the mighty Colorado we flow from the Grand Canyon National Park into the Lake Mead National Recreation Area where the tour ends at Pearce Ferry, Arizona.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Transportation option is only available from Las Vegas. Transportation is not available from Flagstaff or Sedona, Arizona.
  • Please note: rescheduling within 30 days of date of travel will result in a USD$25 fee per person.
  • Important: In order for local operator to confirm this tour ALL traveler names must be provided as they appear on a government issued ID such as a driver's license or passport. Your tour will not be confirmed unless all names are provided.
  • All travelers MUST bring a government issued ID on the day of the tour
  • We recommend you wear shorts and a T-shirt made with fast-drying material and a swimsuit underneath. Also, wear tennis shoes or river-type sandals (not flip-flops) and sun block.
  • We recommend you bring a light backpack, a hat with a retention strap, sunglasses, waterproof or Ziploc bag for your camera, and money (for souvenirs and tips). Please do not bring valuables.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Lets Go Grand Canyon Tours

If you cancel within 30 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 31 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
How long is the drive to the launch location for the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:The drive is about 180 miles in each direction from Las Vegas. Please allow ample driving time to arrive in Peach Springs no later than 7:30 am for a van transfer to the river.
Jul 2021
Q:
Is there an option that includes round-trip transportation from Las Vegas?
A:Yes! Please search "5167WWR" for the package with transportation included.
Jul 2021
Q:
How long do we spend on the water during the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:You will cover 57 miles (92 kilometers) of the Colorado River with a total of six sets of rated rapids. You will be on the water from approximately 8:30 am to 4 pm.
Jul 2021
Q:
Can I participate in the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour if I don't know how to swim?
A:Absolutely! Life vests are provided to keep everyone safe.
Jul 2021
Q:
How fit do I need to be to participate in the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:The raft is motorized, so you do not need to be in excellent shape. The most strenuous part of the trip is a short hike/walk up a sandy trail for approximately 5 mins to see the Mineral Springs Waterfall.
Jul 2021
Q:
Can I participate in the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour if I have no prior experience?
A:No prior experience is required, in fact, this is a great introductory trip for people who are new to white water rafting!
Jul 2021
Q:
How many people fit in a single raft during the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:Each raft carries eight people.
Jul 2021
Q:
What type of safety gear is provided during the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:Life vests and rain gear are provided to all guests.
Jul 2021
Q:
What should I wear on the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:Wear shorts and a t-shirt made with fast-drying material and a swimsuit underneath, close-toed shoes or river-type sandals (not flip-flops), and sunblock.
Jul 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:Bring a light backpack, a reusable water bottle, a hat with a retention strap, sunglasses, a towel, a waterproof bag for your camera (eg ziplock bag) and money (for souvenirs and tips). Please do not bring valuables.
Jul 2021
Q:
What kind of rapids will we encounter during the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:There are seven sets of rapids ranging from 3 - 5 1/2 on the National scale.
Jul 2021
Q:
What are grade 3 rapids?
A:Grade 3 rapids have waves up to 4 or 5 feet tall that will crash over the bow and provide plenty of excitement and fun with a guide at the helm!
Jul 2021
Q:
What are grade 4 rapids?
A:Grade 4 rapids have larger waves, narrow passages, and multiple obstacles to avoid. These rapids tend to be longer, steeper, and more "technical" which translates to turns, spins, and lateral moves across the current.
Jul 2021
Q:
What are grade 5 rapids?
A:Grade 5 rapids are bigger and more intense, with strong currents, big waves, and boulders.
Jul 2021
Q:
Are vegetarian or other dietary options available for lunch on the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:Yes, please list any dietary restrictions in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout. Be sure to contact the local operator at the phone number on your ticket to reconfirm any needs/requests.
Jul 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour.

Reviews

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star-5
A must do Grand Canyon experience
pamela-mcg
, Aug 2021
Loved every minute, our guide Trent was terrific, knowledgeable, adventurous, expert and funny and made our trip more than we could have imagined. Trent made the rapid's exciting, fun and told us stories of interesting parts of the canyon as we passed. We felt completely safe and loved the cooling off of the water even though we were completely soaked. The waterfall was a highlight too. We would highly recommend this all day tour. The 2nd half floating down stream after lunch could be a bit shorter if there was another place to disembark.
star-5
A Must Do experience!
Jessica_J
, Jul 2021
The entire experience was AMAZING! Our guide Elias was very nice and handled the Colorado river and it’s rapids with ease. Definitely a “must do” experience!!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Very glad you had a great time. Thank you for taking the time to tell us of your experience. I look forward to seeing you all next time. Randy
star-4
Good time on the colorado
Mark_Olbrych
, May 2021
Guides were great. Very helpful and nice. Great equipment. Distance a little bit long and flat at mid point.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
sorry it took so long for me to comment on your review. We are proud of our trip and this year has been a trying one on all of us. Demand has skyrocketed and we've been busy. The boats have been pushed hard and they are just getting the maintenance back in control. I appreciate you nice review as we do take pride in what we put out there. I hope to see you all again soon, Best to you and all of your family, Cheers, Randy
star-5
Excellent
Hemini_P
, Oct 2020
It was excellent and amazing experience!! Our guide Kevin was knowledgeable and funny and very helpful!! We had lot of fun and i will recommend this tour!!
star-5
White water experience.
Jeffrey_W
, Jul 2020
Excellent adventure. Well worth the price. Guide was competent, friendly, & made every attempt to accommodate..
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Caution! If it goes as planned great, but safety not a priority
Traveler29199870564
, Sep 2019
Caution!! Take waiver seriously. While everything went okay on our individual boat, and sights were phenomenal, another boat in our group flipped in the rapids, tossing all occupants and resulting in 2 serious head injuries and life flight. could have been avoided! No helmets are given out, NO instructions as to what to do if you go in. THE MOTOR FAILED on first boat that flipped and another boat the motor simply FELL OFF into rapids. We had to wait for a new motor to be put on our boat before we departed! No radios to communicate between boats. Ripped dry bags for your belongings. Horrible organization of bus rides to and from boats resulting in hour long waits back to your car. A lot of confusion. It was breathtaking, but go in knowing the risks you take. SAFETY was not a priority.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great way to celebrate your 30th birthday
b0udg
, Sep 2019
I booked this trip for my husband’s 30th birthday! It’s was so much better than we imagined! Tips: you will get wet and be in those wet clothes the whole time (but you also dry quickly)! Bring your camera with extra memory! They provide water the entire day and provide lunch! Wear sunscreen and a protective hat, you are in the sun most of the day! Shorty was our guide and he was amazing! Bring cash to tip your guide!
star-5
Experience of a Lifetime.
jbran37
, Aug 2019
I was a little apprehensive at first because of the price being a little above what I wanted to spend, but man I'm glad I did it. The action started right away with our van driver taking us down the winding dirt roads that lead to the river at a pretty good clip, I kinda felt bad for the van. As soon as we got on the raft our guides introduced themselves, gave a few pointers, don't fall off, etc... and it was into the rapids right away! The hike to the cave and waterfall was pretty short, but it was fun climbing the rocks to reach the cave. We continued downriver and hit a few more good rapids, then stopped at a scenic point to stretch our legs before having lunch on the river between rapids. Once past the bigger rapids the views kept us in awe and constantly snapping pictures. We opted not to take the helicopter out of the canyon early and stayed on the raft and ended up spotting a small herd of bighorn sheep. I really can't say enough good about our guides, very knowledgeable and friendly. We went in mid August, it was very hot. I highly recommend wearing lots of sun protection, hat, balaclava, long sleeve shirt, and lightweight fast drying pants, sunscreen will get washed off pretty quickly.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for that great review. We try very hard to put a smile on everyone's face and I'm glad we did it again here. Your review was thorough and accurate on the day and your tips are very helpful. Thank you again and we hope to see you on another adventure soon. Randy
star-5
Fun rafting
scn_from_sc
, Aug 2019
Excellent guides and wonderful experience! Fun enough for the experienced rafter, and not overwhelming for the novice. Breathtaking scenery of the grand canyon from the Colorado. This is an excellent way to raft the Colorado without having to spend multiple days. The visit to the cavern was also very cool. Our guides, Dennis and Evan, were very hospitable, safety conscientious, and planned extra stops along the way to enjoy lunch, more scenery, playing in the water, etc. We saw lots of wildlife on the way to the launch site and also along the river itself. The trip was almost a two for one deal. To get to the raft launch site, we literally went off roading on a >15 mile trip down a dirt / gravel road. To say the least, it was a teeth rattling experience but added to the fun of the trip. Why pay for a separate off road experience when you can get this from booking the rafting trip? The booking agents were also helpful. They will call you the day before to go over everything.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
HI guys, really strive to make sure everyone has that fantastic trip you experienced. I like to speak directly with all the customers prior to going as I like to make sure all the little things are mentioned and you are completely ready for your trip. Sounds like that off roading portion was great as well. That's one thing Arizona and Nevada will never run out of.... off roading locations. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers.
star-2
disappointed thought u actually...
Christopher C
, Sep 2017
disappointed thought u actually paddled thru the rapids did not realize it was motorized,lot of money,would not do it again
1 traveler found this review helpful

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