Searching for the Grand Canyon smooth-water rafting excursion that has it all? Here's one that features a smooth-water float trip, a backcountry Jeep ride, as well as an plane flight that will soar over in thirty minutes what might take days to experience by walking.
This seasonal trip (runs from April thru November) begins with a plane flight out of the South Rim's Grand Canyon National Park Airport. The plane heads east where you'll see The Navajo Indian Reservation, Painted Desert, as well as the very stretch of Colorado River on which you'll be touring.
You are going to deplane at Page, AZ, and transfer to a 4x4 Jeep for a back country trip to well-known Antelope Canyon, home to slot canyons. These narrow pathways, a few of which hardly allow a bunch walk single-file between them, are made of beautifully weathered Navajo sandstone and therefore are a photographer's paradise.
The Jeep then takes you to awe-inspiring Glen Canyon Dam, a 700-foot behemoth that proudly tames the mighty Colorado River. You'll burrow through a two-mile access tunnel until you get to the banks of the river where you'll board your professional-grade, motorized river raft.
The float ride travels to Horseshoe Bend, a wonderful "U" in the river that beautifully contrasts the river's turquoise waters against the iridescent orange sandstone cliffs. Further downstream, you'll get out on a sandy seaside and go on a rapid walk to view a set of historical petroglyphs.
You'll carry on and pontoon down the Colorado before you reach the historical town of Lee's Ferry, established by John D. Lee, who was hired by the Mormon Church to run the ferry service so church members could make their way south. Building of Navajo Bridge in 1928 closed down the ferry. Nowadays, the town, which includes an old fort as well as trading post, is the kick off point for multi-day white-water expeditions.
Lee's Ferry is additionally the place you'll transfer to a climate-controlled luxury coach and make your way back to Grand Canyon National Park. On the way, you'll see from ground level whatever you covered previously by air. Additionally there is a halt at Cameron Trading Post, which sells real Navajo Indian crafts.
During summer, bring plenty of sunscreen and dress in loose-fitting clothes. I also recommend a hat along with a brim. Swimming is encouraged, so either wear your trunks at the get-go or put on your suit beneath your garments. Avoid dehydration by drinking lots of water, which is going to be supplied as part of the excursion.
Excellent guides make this trip amazing. The aircraft section has a recorded narration translated in 10 languages. Your river guide is familiar with the Colorado like the back of his hand and is pleased to talk about the area's geology and natural background. Bus motorists are well qualified on the wonderful scenery and points of interest you'll be passing through on your way back to the South Rim.
I find this float visit with airplane journey and bus journey to be one of the best trip deals provided at the South Rim. Additionally it is priced right. But savvy travelers can get a much better bargain if they buy it on the Internet. Amazingly, I've observed it discounted by nearly 35%.
This 1-day smooth-water float tour is an excellent method to enjoy the Grand Canyon. Making it a much more wonderful bundle would be the aircraft, jeep, and bus segments. Kids aged 4 years and up are able to do it. And there aren't any rigorous fitness needs. All that you should bring will be your feeling of adventure. Then prepare yourself for the best canyon encounter of your lifetime.