Serenity of the Night
While rapids are what lure many people to the river, it is only part of the story. This part of the canyon is crisscrossed with hundreds side canyons each with its own personality and attraction. While it would be impossible to explore each and every one in a lifetime, you will be able to visit some of the most outstanding little corners on earth. Typical stops include the fern covered Elves Chasm and hiking above Deer Creek Falls and winding your way up Matkatamiba. Conditions permitting you might even swim the turquoise pools at Havasu Creek and hike the talus to where Thunder River gushes form a rock wall several miles from and a thousand feet above the Colorado River.
After a day of boating and exploring you pull in to camp on sandy beaches for the evening. Your crew sets up the kitchen while everyone finds his or her ideal camp spot. As dinner sizzles on the grill or camp stove you can relax with a cool drink, read, take an evening stroll up a side canyon or just get better acquainted with your fellow river passengers. As the sun disappears, the stars begin to glisten and the quiet serenity of the universe spreads out above your bedroll. You will be awestruck by the beauty of this powerful place. This first class adventure will not be soon forgotten.
Grand Canyon Greater Lower Rafting
- The Greater Lower Canyon - Phantom Ranch to Pearce Ferry, Lake Mead
- 199 miles
- Class I - X rapids
- 10 mile hike in
Begin your day with a hike down the famous Bright Angel Trail from the Grand Canyon South Rim to Phantom Ranch. (This hike is considered strenuous that requires you to be in good physical health.) As the trail descends 5,000 feet to the river it passes through three climate zones. Starting at the Ponderosa Pine forest on the rim through the Pinion-Juniper scrub and down to the Sonoran Desert. Each turn of the trail affords stunning vista views and numerous photo opportunities. At the midpoint lies the oasis of Indian Gardens where Garden Creek babbles below overhanging cottonwood trees. Below Indian Gardens the trail cuts through the layers that comprise some of the oldest exposed rock on earth. Upon reaching the river the trail parallels the Colorado River until it crosses and continues to either Phantom Ranch or the Boat Beach. Your rafts and guides will be waiting at Boat Beach where lunch is served and preparations made for the river adventure ahead.
After leaving the cool depths of Phantom Ranch you will descend into the Upper Granite Gorge amidst fast-flowing water to challenging rapids that lie ahead. You will plunge through the mountainous waves of Horn Creek, Granite and Hermit. The famous Crystal rapids and "The Gems" follow with Deubendorff and Upset. Downstream basalt outcrops alert you of your proximity to Lava Falls and soon you will hear the thunder reverberating from the canyon walls. Passage here demands a good long look before dropping into one of the biggest of the "Big Ones." Numerous streams will appear as if from no where. Some will be like raging torrents others as magnificent as waterfalls and some content to cascade gently down into a hidden side canyon.
Phantom Ranch to Pearce Ferry
Motorized raft, oar raft or paddle craft
Rapids Class I - X
Night camping on the banks of the Colorado River
10 mile hike in
Fresh foods and delicious meals
Tour Times: varies
Tour Lenght: 5 to 10 days
|Craft||No. of Days||Price starts at|
|Motorized||5 - 7||from $1,595 pp|
|Oar||8 - 10||from $2,165 pp|
|Paddle||8 - 9||from $2,065 pp|
Reserve your rafting tour by contacting our Rafting Tour Specialist.
CONDITIONS & CANCELLATION POLICY:
Your credit card will be charged at the time of booking or upon tour confirmation.
If confirmation is not immediate, an authorization is made with your card, then charged at the time of tour confirmation.
Charges may apply, if you change or cancel your booking.
Cancellations outside 48 hours prior to pick-up time will result in a $35 per person processing fee.
Deposits are non-refundable at any time on all tours except the bus and VIP tours.
For cancellations within 48 hours from pick-up, there will be no refund.
No-shows will be responsible for the entire cost of the tour.
To talk to a live person call 702-655-6060 or 800-222-6966.
Email our Rafting Tour Specialist with any questions or comments.
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Thank you for helping us to organise the Grand Canyon trip for our large party. It was simply a wonderful experience for us all. The plane ride was amazing and not sure I can fine words to describe what I thought of the canyon itself. It was simply breath-taking. From the transfer drivers, to the ladies on the desk who checked us in, to the wonderful pilots everyone went out of their way to ensure we had a great time. Thanks again, Jenny
Thanks Grand Canyon Tour Company for a wonderful day on the South Rim tour Monday 9th March. I make particular thanks to the driver (bus 1), Mark, whom went above and beyond with the customer service received for this tour. He was an absolute gentleman, who always had a smile, willing to assist and was very knowledgeable! My highlight of the tour was to see and feel snow for the 1st time (back home in Australia, snow is a non event). I couldn't have asked for a better way to see snow then at the Grand Canyon. The Grand Central Cafe was a delight to have lunch with a beautiful selection of food! The tour price was exceptional and value for money!! We look forward to visiting your beautiful city again. Until next time! Thank you and with love,from your Australian visitors
Hi There!! Just a note to tell you how much we enjoyed the trip to the South Rim on Oct. 26. The driver was so well informed & knew all kinds of trivia that he shared with us.George
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I am writing to say thank you for a wonderful trip my husband and I took yesterday to the Grand Canyon South Rim. We really enjoyed our time, the very nice bus, the driver's comments and knowledge of the area, and information he provided. He had a great sense of humor and overall he provided a great day for us! We would like to make sure he is recognized for the great effort he puts into each trip. He is a first class tour bus driver! Thanks again!!Brandy and Jaime
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