Colorado River Tour

Taking a Colorado River tour is one of the most memorable things to do in the Canyon. There are a variety of trips available and vary from 1 day to 25 days in length. Traveling on the Colorado requires a permit and private trips are allowed but it is much easier to book with a commercial guided tour as they will coordinate the necessary permits. There are different levels of trips from smooth water day trips to whitewater adventures. The trips will take you from campsite to campsite as you navigate down the Canyon. (Note, most of the tours are only available from March 1 through November 15 and all guests must be at least 4 years or older to participate.) The following are some of the highest rated and most popular tours available:

Scenic Canyon River Adventure (9.6 Editor Rating)

What’s Included:

  • Aerial views of the Eastern Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park and the Navajo Indian Reservation
  • Guided tour of Antelope Canyon
  • 15.5 mile rafting on the Colorado River
  • Short hike to ancient petroglyphs
  • Continental breakfast & box lunch
Colorado River Tour

Colorado River Tour

The Scenic Canyon River Adventure is the perfect pairing of a Grand Canyon airplane tour and a day on the Colorado River, rafting in Glen Canyon. The flight to the river crosses over large sections of the Grand Canyon’s Eastern Rim offering spectacular down-canyon views. Antelope Canyon, the second segment of the tour, is world renowned for its elegant sandstone shapes and shadows formed by many centuries of wind and water smoothing. The day continues with a 15.5 mile smooth water float trip down the mighty Colorado River, one of the main sculptors of the Grand Canyon. Midway down the river the trip pauses on the sandy banks for a short hike to see ancient Native American Petroglyphs. Click here for more information.

Canyon Smooth Water Bus Trip (9.5 Editor Rating)

What’s Included:

  • Eastern views of the Grand Canyon National Park and the Navajo Indian Reservation
  • 15.5 mile rafting on the Colorado River
  • Short hike to ancient petroglyphs
  • Picnic box lunch
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Canyon Smooth Water Bus Trip

Yearning for a bit more excitement than the usual family vacation version of fun that includes a ho-hum dip into a tepid hotel pool? Instead, let this be the year you and your family rise to the challenge of a 15.5 mile smooth water float trip through the majestic Glen Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. The excitement begins early on the day of the float, as a well appointed motor coach arrives at our Grand Canyon hotel to transport you comfortably during the three-hour trip from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, Arizona, where you will get up close and personal with the mighty Colorado River.

Before hitting the water, each participant will be supplied with a delicious box lunch to be enjoyed at their leisure during the float. These meals typically include luncheon meats, cheese, vegetables, chips, cookies and bottled water. Gluten-free and vegetarian meals are also available with 24 hours notice before departure.

With the river beckoning, your family will board a motorized raft, designed to comfortably hold 22 passengers. From the base of Glen Canyon Dam, the motorized raft will transport you up the Colorado River where you will find and view the ancient petroglyphs.

Back on the water, the flow of the river will provide you with relaxing, scenic canyon views as it carries you to Lee’s Ferry. When your raft arrives at Lee’s Ferry, you will once again board the waiting motor coach in anticipation of the return trip to the Grand Canyon. During this part of the trip, guests will be treated to views of the Navajo Indian Reservation and enjoy a brief top at Cameron Trading Post along the way. Click here for more information.

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There are six different boat options to choose from. Motorized Raft, Oar Raft, Hybrid Raft, Paddle Raft, Dory and Kayak. The Motorized Raft can comfortably hold a dozen passengers with a length range of 37 feet. Its powerful motor will guide your raft in and out of the rapids. The boat has enough space to hold food & supplies for a trip lasting more than a week. It should take eight days for those who want to travel…

There are several available river trips that are available. You can take your Raft from Lee’s Ferry to Lake Mead, Diamond Creek, Whitemore Wash, or Phantom Ranch. Alternatively you can try a trip from Phantom Ranch to Lake Mead, Diamond Creek or Whitmore Wash. Finally, you can choose a trip between Whitmore Wash to Lake Mead. The longest is riding all the way down to Lake Mead, that means going through the entire 280 miles of the canyon and would take…READ MORE



There are a few companies that will be able to provide you with a commercial guided tour. This will provide you with the best way to see the most of the Canyon by customizing a trip that suits your group. You will likely end up doing a combination of a river trip and hiking. When choosing a commercial guided tour, the most crucial factor…READ MORE

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with the Colorado River by going through the maps of the area. The river will goes through the Park’s three main sections, the South Rim, North Rim and the Inner Canyon. Click this Link to Download MAPS.