It wasn't long ago that a trip to the Grand Canyon consisted of a drive through the area with a couple stops at lookout points along the road. There are now more exciting ways to see this national park, and float tours at the top of the list. You only need a single day to enjoy this type of tour, and it will deliver a Grand Canyon experience never to be forgotten. These experiences are great for couples or groups of friends, but they are also perfect for families since you only need to be four-years-old to participate.
It is easy to find companies offering this type of Colorado River tour if you head out from Las Vegas or in the South Rim area of the state park. Las Vegas outfitters only go to the West Rim, so you will explore the lowest portions of the river. This particular tour begins with a copter ride to the canyon floor. From the floor, a motor coach takes visitors to the base of the Hoover Dam and it's here wherein the 11-mile rafting adventure begins. The float tour ends at Willow Beach, Arizona.
1 day Grand Canyon rafting trips on the South Rim move from Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's Ferry. The most popular South Rim floating tours require you to first take a 2.5 hour bus adventure from the Grand Canyon National Park airport into Page, Arizona. Passengers are treated to some remarkable sights, including the Navajo Indian Reservation, the eastern part of the park and the Painted Desert.
After passing through a two-mile-long tunnel through the base of Glen Canyon Dam, the bus arrives at the boat dock. These adventure boats will hold up to seventeen passengers at a time. While this tour goes on for fifteen miles of water, there are several stopping points where the beauties of the canyon can be enjoyed. For example, after a short walk you'll see ancient Native American drawings on a rock wall. When you end at Lee's Ferry, remember that this is the starting point for exciting whitewater rafting trips.
If you choose the second one, you will fly into Page, Arizona to begin. Some of the sights you will see on this tour include the Zuni Corridor, Colorado River Confluence and the Desert Watchtower. A 4x4 ride through Antelope Valley kicks off this extended float tours.
Your ticket for this type of tour will usually include return transportation to the airport, all rental equipment, and lunch. A certified river pilot guides each tour. You will depend on your guide to see you through the canyon and ensure you are educated and entertained every step of the way.
The Grand Canyon is scorching hot in summer, so make sure you show up ready for the heat to be endured on your 1 day Grand Canyon rafting tour. Water should be provided in the price of your tour, but you may also want to pack sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, sandals, and lip balm. A change of clothing comes in handy as well, since you will be wet at the end of your tour.
Families and groups of all ages can enjoy this type of Grand Canyon tour. Children only need to be four to jump on the boat. Plan this excursion as a full day trip.
These smooth water trips typically sell out early, so you need to book your trip as much in advance as possible. If you book online, you can get special discounts that make the trip more affordable.