Grand Canyon rafting is a popular way to experience the Colorado River while admiring the canyon’s natural beauty. Depending on your preference, you can see the canyon like never before in a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure or a smooth and relaxing scenic boat tour. There are plenty of miles of river to explore and trips lasting from a few hours to an entire day.
Beginning about five to six million years ago, the iconic landscape was carved out by the Colorado River. In a Grand Canyon river tour, you can learn all about this natural masterpiece and its formation, as well as the people who once inhabited the area. Below are some of the highest-rated tours available.
Canyon Smooth Water Bus Trip
Enjoy a Grand Canyon rafting trip on the Colorado River as you gaze up at the canyon’s towering walls. In a raft that comfortably seats up to 32 passengers, there’s enough room for all your family and friends. Your experience begins at the Grand Canyon National Park area where you will be picked up and taken to the Eastern Rim.
During your ride, you will pass through the Navajo Indian Reservation and the Painted Desert. Aboard your Grand Canyon river raft, you will receive a complimentary box lunch to indulge in at any time. The raft will travel 15.5 miles on the Colorado River where you will discover a variety of massive rock formations at every turn. You will learn all about the canyon’s history, including the ancient people who once inhabited the area and the animals and plant life that continue to inhabit it today.
For a chance to see ancient petroglyphs up close, this Grand Canyon river rafting tour will take a brief stop along the river bank for a short hike. Your river tour experience will then continue through the famous Horseshoe Bend and conclude at the historic Lee’s Ferry. The fun doesn’t stop there. You will be transported by bus to the Grand Canyon area while passing the Navajo lands and stopping at the Cameron Trading Post.
- Breathtaking views
- 5 rafting trip on the Colorado River
- Short hike to ancient petroglyphs
- Complimentary box lunch
- Family friendly
Whitewater Rush with Heli Tour
For an exhilarating day trip from Las Vegas, pair a helicopter tour with white water rafting at the Grand Canyon. See the natural phenomenon from a new perspective as you navigate the Colorado River in an eight-person motorized river raft. You will be picked up in a comfortable air-conditioned van that will take you to Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs, Arizona. Here you will meet the highly-skilled and fully certified Hualapai River Runners who will guide you in your whitewater rafting adventure.
You will experience pure thrill and a feeling of togetherness with your group as you maneuver class four to seven rapids. This five and a half long Grand Canyon rafting adventure will also include a nature hike and lunch at the riverbank. After your river tour, you will hop on a heli for an exciting flight through the vibrant canyon walls. You will then be transported back to your Las Vegas hotel where you will be left with memories to last a lifetime
- Guided 40 mile rafting adventure on the Colorado River
- Nature hike and lunch
- Five to seven minute helicopter transfer
- Complimentary roundtrip transportation
Skywalk Getaway with Heli & Boat
Combine a Grand Canyon boat ride and helicopter tour with a trip to the Skywalk Bridge. From complimentary hotel pick-up to drop-off in Las Vegas, you will experience endless sights and adventures. This incredible day trip consists of a scenic flight over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon West Rim.
Upon landing at the bottom floor of Canyon Gorge, you will board a pontoon boat that will take you on a peaceful scenic float along the Colorado River. After experiencing the Grand Canyon river from below, you will board the helicopter for a ride back to the rim. Here you will receive VIP access to the Skywalk Bridge, which stretches 70 feet past the canyon’s edge.
- Spectacular aerial views
- Six and a half to seven hour tour
- Three to three and a half hours spent at the Grand Canyon
- 70 minutes of flight time
- Multi-lingual tour narration
- 15 minute pontoon boat ride
- VIP Skywalk Admission
- Complimentary Skywalk souvenir photo
- Complimentary Roundtrip Transportation
West Rim Bus Tour with Helicopter & Boat Cruise
Explore the West Rim with a combined luxury motor coach ride, helicopter tour and Grand Canyon boat ride. You will be picked up at a major hotel on the Las Vegas strip and taken to Grand Canyon West. Along the way, you will get to see the historic Hoover Dam, beautiful Lake Mead and the enchanting forest of Joshua trees through panoramic windows.
After your comfortable ride in the motor coach, you will be transferred to a state-of-the-art helicopter for a 4000-foot descent to the canyon bottom. A pontoon boat will await you on the beautiful Colorado River for a relaxing cruise.
After spending time on the Grand Canyon river, your helicopter will bring you back to the canyon rim where your bus tour will continue. You will receive a complimentary lunch to enjoy as you take in the scenery from Eagle Point and Guano Point. The trip will take approximately 12 hours to complete.
- 12 hour tour
- 4 hours spent at the Grand Canyon
- Helicopter ride
- Pontoon boat cruise
- Indian Village with Wild West Show
- Complimentary lunch
- Complimentary roundtrip to Las Vegas Strip