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Why One Day Grand Canyon National Park Water Rafting Tours Are So Fantastic
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If you're looking for something unique and exciting to do when visiting Grand Canyon National Park, try a 1-day float tour. These fantastic single day float tours are great for groups and families to enjoy together and you'll see many scenic views you'll remember forever.

These trips start at the South Rim and meet up at the Grand Canyon Airport in Tusayan. From there, you'd take a bus or a plane to Glen Canyon Dam, the base of which is where the action starts.

Options For The Tours

One advantage of taking the plane option is you can add a fun side trip through Antelope Canyon in a Jeep on your way to the Colorado River, which you access by driving through a tunnel in the Dam. The bus option takes you directly to the raft dock to begin your tour and omits the trip through Antelope Canyon.

The great thing is that the trip down the river is rapids-free but not completely without some challenges. This trip is so pleasant that children as young as four years old can take part in the trip. Active seniors can enjoy these floating tours as well. You may be wondering if kids enjoy these kinds of tours and you can be assured they will love it.

As you float down the river, your kids can search for all kinds of wildlife, rock formations, and plants. There are quite a few to be seen and everyone looks out to see what he or she can spot. This is great fun and everyone keeps a keen eye to see who spots the most animals and other interesting things to see.

About Rafting

The birds and wildlife are drawn to the river water and you might be tempted to enjoy a refreshing swim too. The rafts used in these tours are sturdy craft made for sightseeing. These motorized rafts hold 19 passengers and the seats are arranged so there are no bad viewing spots.

A key thing to remember about these tours is that they are very popular and you need to plan this a few weeks in advance. This is important so that you are not disappointed if you call with only short notice. Plus when you book early, it is easier to get enough seats for your entire group to tour together and you get to pick the tour dates and options you really want.

Smooth-water rafting is a far cry from whitewater rafting, as there are no rough patches where you have to hang on for dear life. There is still plenty of excitement since you can enjoy activities like a picnic on the beach, swimming, and an excursion to an inner canyon to see authentic rock art.


I hope this article about smooth-water rafting inspired you to consider booking one when visiting the South Rim. The Grand Canyon is filled with adventure, but floating down the river is one of the most fun for families and groups, plus it is fun and safe. But book this tour in advance because it's very popular and has a tendency to sell out quickly, especially during the summer months.

The author is a specialist on Grand Canyon National Park tours and suggests beginning your trip planning here: Then this page to view the Canyon's very best one day river rafting tours:

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