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KAYAKING IN GRAND CANYON

Kayak in grand canyon, have you always wanted to kayak in grand canyon on the mighty colorado river.

Anyone considering kayaking through the Grand Canyon must have solid Class 4 whitewater skills and a reliable river roll. If you have these two skills and a sense of adventure then kayaking in Grand Canyon alongside one of our rafting trips may be the journey for you. These two week expeditions are staffed with a safety boater(s). A safety boater is an experienced Canyon kayak guide who will assist in picking ideal routes and aiding in rescue if needed. Kayaking is an option for an individual or small groups of kayakers. Non-kayakers are welcome to join these adventures and may ride on one of the support rafts.  We offer three options if you’d like to kayak in Grand Canyon.

Option 1: Join one of our regularly scheduled kayak specific adventures. We have a couple of preferred kayaking outfitters. Both Current Adventures and Small World Adventures  run one or more trips a year with us.  Both of these renowned kayak establishments specialize in providing kayak adventure travel and kayak instruction. AzRA has been running trips with them for several years. Contact Current Adventures or Small World Adventures directly to inquire about their Grand Canyon kayak adventures. Extra charges to the kayaking outfitters will apply.

Option 2: Reserve on one of our existing 2 week Classic Adventures . If you or a small group of kayak friends (up to 5) want to kayak in Grand Canyon, this may be the option for you! You or your group will need to be approved by management after a questionnaire on your kayaking abilities. Additionally, you must provide your own kayaking gear and commit to kayaking the entire length of the river. Not all trips can accommodate the addition of kayakers and additional fees will be applied. Call or email our office at 800-786-7238 or [email protected] for additional details.

Option 3: Charter your own two week kayak adventure. We welcome kayak schools, groups, clubs and kayak adventure travel groups. This option usually needs to be organized 2 years in advance. Extra charges may apply. Please contact us for additional details for organizing a charter expedition for kayakers.

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Colorado River Smoothwater Rafting near Grand Canyon

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If you want to enjoy the beauty of the Colorado River without the whitewater rapids, a smoothwater rafting or kayaking  adventure is the trip for you. Smooth Water rafting and kayaking trips takes place at two different locations just outside Grand Canyon National Park. One takes place in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area a few miles above the park and actually ends at Lee's Ferry in Grand Canyon National Park. The other option is rafting and kayaking trips through Black Canyon below the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead , close to Las Vegas, NV. These are  great trips for families and first time boaters traveling in the Grand Canyon area. Read the guide below to learn more about smoothwater trips.

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Colorado River Smoothwater Rafting and Kayaking Options

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This scenic river trip begins outside of Page, AZ at Lake Powell's Glen Canyon Dam and ends at historic Lee's Ferry in Grand Canyon National Park. From Page, a two-mile ride through the Glen Canyon Dam Access Tunnel will bring you to the bottom of the dam, where you'll start your journey down the Colorado River. A trip the whole family can enjoy, this 15-mile ride will bring you past towering sandstone cliffs to historic Lee's Ferry. Ancient pictographs, desert wildlife, and awesome vistas await! After a relaxing day on the river you'll continue your tour in a comfortable coach bus or van, with a beautiful drive across the scenic Navajo Indian Reservation back to Page, AZ. This trip is also a short drive from the North Rim and South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Smooth Water Kayaking and Rafting Trips through Black Canyon

Kayaking or Rafting the Colorado River through Black Canyon is an adventure you won't soon forget.  The water runs clear and green through the lower Colorado River for a smoothwater kayaking and camping trip the whole family can enjoy. This stretch of river starts below the Hoover Dam and goes down river to Willow Beach.  On the way you'll have a chance to see bighorn sheep, raptors, and other desert wildlife. The trip includes numerous beautiful side canyons as well as Emerald Cave, one of the trips most photographed destinations. One of the highlights of the trip is experiencing Sauna Cave and the Arizona Hot Springs which are a short hike from the river. Stopping along the Colorado River’s beautiful beaches and sleeping under the stars makes this trip an incredible experience. Lake Mead is a short drive from here and Las Vegas Nevada is less than an hours drive.

One-Day Rafting and Kayaking Checklist

Below is a quick checklist for a one-day whitewater or smoothwater rafting trips through the Grand Canyon. This list is for people doing a motorized whitewater rafting trip with the Hualapai River Runners in the lower Grand Canyon or a smoothwater rafting or kayaking trip from Glen Canyon or Black Canyon.

Rafting Tours (Motorized Rafts)

Your Grand Canyon whitewater adventure uses motorized rafts that are designed specifically for traversing the Colorado River. The Colorado River uses a rating scale of 1-10. Rapids on the one-day whitewater trip are up to class 7. This is comparable to a class III+ to IV rapid on a regular whitewater scale. You will not encounter any rapids on the one-day smoothwater rafting or kayaking trip.

Kayak and Canoe Rentals

Canoe and Kayak rentals are a great way for boaters who are comfortable on the water and want to do their own trip but don’t have whitewater boating expereince. These rentals are only available for Black Canyon trips, Glen Canyon trips are guided rafting tours only.

Personal Gear & Packing List

  • We highly recommend the following personal gear:
  • Waterproof shorts (lightweight, fast drying material)
  • Rain jacket/poncho for use through rapids
  • Tennis/athletic shoes or river-type sandals
  • Lightweight jacket/polar fleece sweatshirt
  • Lightweight pants for sun protection *
  • Hat with retention strap
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Small bag for belongings
  • Swimsuit (optional)
  • Phones/cameras- We suggest keeping your phone/camera in a zip-lock bag, even when it is in your dry storage container or has a waterproof case when you're not using it.

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Choose your watercraft of choice ~ Kayak, Canoe, or Raft and propel yourself down the crystal clear Colorado river, teaming with fish and wildlife.

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Our comfortable Boats will first transport you upstream from the dock at Lee's Ferry above Horseshoe Bend where you can paddle the day back to your car at Lees Ferry

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The 2 bedroom 2 bath Hopi House OR Log Cabin/Deck is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Lee's Ferry.  vermilioncliffs.com.  After a great fulfilling day on the river cook up a feast for the whole family and watch the sunset over the Vermilion Cliffs.

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Kayak the Colorado provides backhaul taxi access upstream above Horseshoe Bend for our clients to then paddle downstream through the beautiful wild and peaceful environment of Glen Canyon NRA.   Our customers’ satisfaction stems from those moments that make them feel special. Book your appointment today.

Fast hardshell kayaks, stable inflatables, canoes, stand up paddle boards, and sit on top kayaks.

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All boating in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area from Lee's Ferry to the Dam is a smooth water float. You cannot continue downstream of Lee's Ferry. The total run from the dam is 16 miles in length (overnight) and 10 miles from Petroglyph Beach down ( Our suggestion for a day trip).  Day trips from the Petroglyph Beach @ 10m should take between 4-6 hours with lunch and a hike.  If you would like a shorter run just talk to the captain on the way up:)

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Everything we do at Kayak the Colorado is geared towards providing our customers with a unique personal experience. Kayak the Colorado is a small business owner operated.  Brady, is a Captain, and all captains provide special knowledge for an adventure that fits your individual needs. Brady has been renting hard shell kayaks, canoes, SUPs, and inflatables at Lee's Ferry and Grand Canyon for over 20 years. He IS a kayaker. Have questions? email [email protected] or give a holler 435-275-2925

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CAMPING OVERNIGHT ?

For overnighters we suggest taking our backhaul service upstream from Lee's Ferry to the dam, where folks can paddle downstream to any one of the 5 camps along the river with composting toilets, and stay overnight for a beautiful night under the stars.  Composting toilets clearly mark out camps, always camp with the Leave No Trace Principles.  Pack it In ~ Pack it Out!  Currently there are no permits necessary for camping if you paid the entrance fee, or have a national parks pass.

LIKE TO KAYAK AND FISH?

The Glen Canyon Recreation Area is a world class tail water fishery!  You will need to carry your fishing permit which can be purchased below.  The Colorado River does have a few special considerations like No Live Bait, and crimped barbs to name a few.  The AZ Game and Fish Websites has all the details if you like to fish.

KAYAK HORSESHOE BEND

For Day Trips we suggest utilizing our backhaul service from the Parking Lot at Lee's Ferry to Petroglyph Beach just upstream of  Horseshoe Bend, where folks can then spend the next 4-6 hours kayaking around Horseshoe Bend and back to their awaiting car at Lee's Ferry.  We will pickup your kayak at the ramp when you return to Lee's Ferry:). After you book we will supply all the directions for a fabulous day on the water.

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" Brady and Bobby were AWESOME! I thoroughly enjoyed my canoeing adventure! They were super flexible and understanding with our times and really communicative. They even called me prior to my trip to give me some additional information I needed. Super friendly and knowledgeable about not just the river, but also the history of the area. My friend and I really enjoyed getting to know the history behind everything. I couldn't recommend this company more! Truly an awesome family run company and I will definitely be back when I'm in town!"

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Join us for guided 1/2 day motorized or 1, 2, or 3-day self-guided kayak trips, where you'll find yourself immersed in the majestic canyon walls connecting Glen Canyon and Grand Canyon. Our guided motorized tours operate from March to October, while self-guided kayak adventures run from February to October in 2024. These smooth water adventures are ideal for those craving a Colorado River experience but are short on time.

Our guided motorized tours offer Half-day trip options, allowing you to float 10 river miles through the horseshoe bend, beginning at petroglyph beach. Self-guided kayak tours provide flexibility in trip duration. Floating all 15 river miles from the base of the Glen Canyon Dam can take 7-9 hours to complete, with the option to discuss the duration with your captain. Alternatively, beginning at river mile 10 offers a 4-6 hour float until you complete your trip.

For those seeking a longer adventure, you can extend your self-guided kayak trip to 2 or 3 days. Take time to explore the numerous side canyon hiking opportunities and enjoy camping at one of the many beautiful sandy beach campsites along the way. Additional information about self-guided kayak tours can be found in the latter part of this page.

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You will board the boat at Less Ferry and for a scenic backhaul boat ride up river past horseshoe bend at which point, the boat will turn around and float back down river. During this time you'll step into an invigorating 3.5-hour educational voyage via motorcraft through the immaculate waters of Glen Canyon – an indelible escapade for our shared guests! Stand in awe of the majestic 1400ft sandstone walls enveloping you as our seasoned guides unravel enthralling tales about the vibrant history of the indigenous peoples who once thrived in this extraordinary locale. Envision a pause at a captivating petroglyph panel, where our knowledgeable guides will submerge your group in the ancient enigmas of the region. Indulge in the diverse array of wildlife that graces the landscape, ensuring each moment is an unparalleled encounter with nature. On this adventure, you will learn about the canyon's history from your knowledgeable guide as you travel downstream on this guided smooth water float trip. Breathtaking views will leave you speechless as you gaze at the canyon walls standing thousands of feet in the air on either side of you. You will also make a stop to see ancient petroglyphs left by Ancestral Puebloans in this 200 million year old canyon. 

Your guides are not merely experts but also impassioned narrators, eager to divulge the mysteries and marvels of Glen Canyon to your group. This isn't just a journey – it's an odyssey of exploration, an opportunity for our guests to forge a connection with the splendor and history that render Glen Canyon and the Colorado River incomparable destinations.

The absolute pinnacle of experiencing the serene grandeur of the Colorado River is aboard our half-day Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip. This is a genuine delight for individuals of all ages and abilities. It's tranquil, picturesque, and uplifting as you gently drift 10 miles down the river, with stops at some of its most awe-inspiring sights.

Page, AZ Start & End:  BOOK H ERE Included with round trip transportation from Page, AZ, this half-day adventure ensures convenience from start to finish. Check-in begins at 7:15 am at the headquarters in Page, AZ. Departing promptly at 8 am, you'll travel comfortably in an air-conditioned bus for the 45-minute journey to Lee's Ferry. Upon arrival, you'll board a motorized pontoon for the backhaul upriver, marking the beginning of your raft trip. The float portion of the adventure will conclude upon your return to Lee's Ferry. Anticipate returning to Page, AZ around 1 pm, completing your unforgettable excursion. Please note that trips with round trip transpiration from Page do not launch on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. When : March 15 - October 31, Not Running Tuesdays or Wednesdays Meet:  Page, AZ Check In: 7:15am Launch : 8am Return: 1pm Trip Duration: 3.5 Hours On Raft, 5 Hours Total Adults $111.50  (16 & up) Children $98.38  (4-15) *Prices above do not include 9.9% Tax or gratuity

Marble Canyon Start & End:  BOOK H ERE For groups of 6 or more with their own transportation to Lee's Ferry in Marble Canyon, you have the option to commence and complete your journey at Lee's Ferry Marble Canyon AZ. Starting from Lee's Ferry presents a slightly more cost-effective choice, avoiding the 1.5-hour round trip transportation associated with starting in Page, AZ. Additionally, this option operates daily throughout the week from March 15 to October 31. Upon arrival, you'll embark on a motorized pontoon for the upstream journey, marking the beginning of your raft trip. You'll then float back down to Lee's Ferry, where the trip will conclude. As listed above, you may choose to begin and end in Page, AZ. When : March 15 - Sept 30 - 7 Days A Week Meet:  Lees Ferry Marble Canyon, AZ Check In: 30 min prior to launch Launch : 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm Trip Duration: 3.5 Hours Adults $105.93  (16 & up) Children $93.46  (4-15) *Prices above do not include 9.9% Tax or gratuity

*Lees Ferry is situated 45 minutes from Page, AZ, 2.5 hours from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and 4.5 hours from both Las Vegas, NV, and Phoenix, AZ.  

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About The Rafts These motorized pontoon rafts comfortably seat up to 22 passengers and run on quiet, clean and fuel-efficient outboard Honda marine motors. There will be plenty of moments when you'll quietly float down the river with the motor turned off, while your guide takes you back in time with stories of this historic and magnificent canyon.

Refreshments Cold water and Lemonade is provided on the raft. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch and small cooler with your own beverages.

Life Vests Because this is a smooth water trip with no rapids, life vests which will be provided for all, are optional for adults however children 12 and younger must wear a life vests at all times while on the raft.

*Cancellation Policy For Trips Beginning And Ending In Page, AZ:  You will receive a full refund minus a $10 per person processing fee for cancellations that meet the following criteria: Cancellations must be made 48 hours before the trip's scheduled departure. Cancellations within the 48 hour cancellation window and no-shows are subject to a 100% cancellation fee.

*Cancellation Policy For Group Bookings Beginning In Marble Canyon, AZ:  Cancellation Policy for group bookings: You will receive a full refund for cancellations that meet the following criteria: Cancellations must be made 7 days before the trip's scheduled departure. Cancellations within 7  days of the  cancellation window and no-shows are subject to a 100% cancellation fee.

*National Park Pass:  Proof of purchase of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area entry fee for adults 16 years of age and older is required to take the float trip. You may purchase the $15 individual pass at check-in or  here . here . 

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Kayak Trips - Self Guided - Half Day - Full Day - 2 or 3 Day

About This Trip On this adventure you will enjoy the peace and serenity of Kayaking the Colorado River through majestic Horseshoe Bend in your own or with a partner in a tandem kayak. You will meet and park your vehicle at Lees Ferry in Marble Canyon to begin your adventure. You will board a motorboat and be driven up-river to launch your trip, and kayak back downriver to Lees Ferry to end your adventure.

Half-Day (4-5 Hours) Put-in: Petroglyph Beach, just above Horseshoe Bend - 10 Miles of Kayaking Take-out: Lees Ferry

Full-Day (7-9 Hours) Put-in:  Kayak Beach - 14 Miles of Kayaking Take-out: Lees Ferry

2-3 Day Overnight Camping Put-In: Kayak Beach - 14 Miles of Kayaking Overnight Camping Take-out: Lees Ferry *The only additional charge for day 2 or 3 is the rental equipment **No camping permit needed ***5% NPS (National Park Service) fee is added to trip fare

Price: (Backhaul Service) $80/person. Half-Day - Full-Day & 2 or 3 Day = Same Rate (Taxes not included) Vessel/Rental Options: 12 To Choose From $35: Kayaks: Single Inflatable, Single Hardshell Sit-In, Single Hardshell Sit-On $50: Kayaks: Tandem (2 person) Inflatable, Tandem Hardshell Sit-In, Tandem Hardshell Sit-On $35: Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP) $80: 14 Ft. Canoe (2 person) $80: 10 Ft. Paddle Raft (4 person) $90: 10 Ft. Oar Raft (2 person) $5/day: Dry Bags $10/day: Sleeping/Paco Pad Cancellation Policy:  48 Hour Cancellation Policy, 3% processing fee. No Refunds wihtin 48 hours prior to launch date. Minimum Age:  5 Launch Months/Times: February: 9am, 11am March Thru October: 7am thru 1pm (Every 30 Min)

All Rentals include: Vessel, paddle and Life Vests (required) ***You are able to supply your own equipment: any watercraft, luggage or gear over 100lbs will incur a surcharge.

*Minimum Passenger Policy:  There is none however there is a $150 minimum spend.

*National Park Pass:  Purchase of a Glen Canyon National Recreation Area entry fee for adults 16 or older is required to take the float trip. You may purchase the $15 individual pass or $30 vehicle pass (good for 4 persons) on your way to the meeting location at Lees Ferry. There are other park pass options detaild here .

Why Page, AZ?

The perfect location for a quick getaway, Page Arizona is a hidden gem with an array of notable attractions and tours such as the Horseshoe Bend , Antelope Slot Canyon Tours Kayak Day Tours to name a few. There are 23 hotels and 22 restaurants within a 10 mile radius! Just 2 hour drive from Flagstaff, AZ and 2 hour drive from the South Rim, Grand Canyon Village

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Kayaking in Grand Canyon

Last Updated on September 2, 2023 by admin

Kayaking in the Grand Canyon is an unforgettable experience. With its stunning views, powerful rapids, and unique wildlife, the Grand Canyon is one of the most popular destinations for kayakers. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced kayaker, the Grand Canyon offers something for everyone. From the thrilling whitewater rapids to the tranquil flatwater stretches, the Grand Canyon has something for everyone. With its unique geology, diverse wildlife, and breathtaking views, kayaking in the Grand Canyon is an experience you won’t soon forget.

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Exploring the Grand Canyon by Kayak: A Guide to the Best Routes

Exploring the Grand Canyon by kayak is an unforgettable experience. With its breathtaking views, unique wildlife, and thrilling rapids, the Grand Canyon is a must-see destination for any outdoor enthusiast. However, navigating the canyon can be a daunting task. To help you make the most of your journey, this guide will provide an overview of the best kayaking routes in the Grand Canyon.

The Colorado River is the most popular route for kayaking the Grand Canyon. This route is divided into two sections: the Upper and Lower Canyon. The Upper Canyon is the most challenging section, with its steep walls and powerful rapids. It is recommended for experienced kayakers only. The Lower Canyon is more accessible, with calmer waters and fewer rapids. It is ideal for beginners and families.

The Little Colorado River is another popular route for kayaking the Grand Canyon. This route is much shorter than the Colorado River, but it is still full of adventure. The Little Colorado River is known for its stunning views and its unique wildlife. It is also home to some of the most challenging rapids in the canyon.

The Havasu Creek is a great option for those looking for a more relaxed kayaking experience. This route is known for its crystal-clear waters and its stunning waterfalls. It is also home to the Havasupai Tribe, who have lived in the canyon for centuries.

No matter which route you choose, kayaking the Grand Canyon is an unforgettable experience. With its stunning views, unique wildlife, and thrilling rapids, the Grand Canyon is a must-see destination for any outdoor enthusiast. By following this guide, you can make the most of your journey and create memories that will last a lifetime.

How to Prepare for a Kayaking Trip in the Grand Canyon

Preparing for a kayaking trip in the Grand Canyon is an exciting and rewarding experience. However, it is important to ensure that you are adequately prepared for the journey. Here are some tips to help you get ready for your kayaking trip in the Grand Canyon.

1. Research the Grand Canyon: Before you embark on your kayaking trip, it is important to research the Grand Canyon. Learn about the different sections of the canyon, the rapids, and the wildlife that you may encounter. This will help you to plan your route and ensure that you are prepared for any potential hazards.

2. Choose the Right Gear: Make sure that you have the right gear for your kayaking trip. This includes a kayak, paddles, life jackets, and other safety equipment. It is also important to bring along a first aid kit, a map, and a compass.

3. Get in Shape: Kayaking in the Grand Canyon can be physically demanding. Make sure that you are in good physical condition before you embark on your trip. This will help you to enjoy the experience and stay safe.

4. Pack Appropriately: Make sure that you pack the right clothing and supplies for your trip. Bring along plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen. Also, make sure that you have a dry bag to keep your items safe and dry.

5. Plan Your Route: Before you set out on your kayaking trip, it is important to plan your route. Make sure that you know the rapids that you will encounter and the best way to navigate them.

By following these tips, you can ensure that you are adequately prepared for your kayaking trip in the Grand Canyon. With the right preparation, you can have an enjoyable and safe experience.

The Benefits of Kayaking in the Grand Canyon: A Look at the Wildlife and Scenery

Kayaking in the Grand Canyon is an experience like no other. With its breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife, it is no wonder why so many people choose to explore this majestic landscape by kayak. From the towering cliffs to the winding rapids, the Grand Canyon offers a unique and thrilling adventure for all levels of kayakers.

The wildlife of the Grand Canyon is one of its most captivating features. From the majestic bald eagle to the playful river otter, the canyon is home to a variety of animals. Kayakers can often spot bighorn sheep, mule deer, and even the occasional mountain lion. The canyon is also home to a variety of birds, including the endangered California condor.

The scenery of the Grand Canyon is nothing short of spectacular. From the towering cliffs to the winding rapids, the canyon offers a unique and thrilling adventure for all levels of kayakers. The views of the canyon walls, the Colorado River, and the surrounding landscape are simply breathtaking.

Kayaking in the Grand Canyon is also a great way to experience the area’s rich cultural history. The canyon is home to a variety of Native American tribes, including the Havasupai, Hualapai, and Navajo. Exploring the canyon by kayak allows visitors to experience the area’s unique culture and history.

In addition to the wildlife and scenery, kayaking in the Grand Canyon is a great way to stay active and healthy. The physical activity of paddling helps to strengthen the body and improve cardiovascular health. Kayaking also provides an opportunity to explore the canyon in a way that is both safe and enjoyable.

Kayaking in the Grand Canyon is an experience like no other. With its abundant wildlife, stunning scenery, and rich cultural history, it is no wonder why so many people choose to explore this majestic landscape by kayak. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced kayaker, the Grand Canyon offers a unique and thrilling adventure for all levels of kayakers.

1. Is it possible to kayak in the Grand Canyon?

Yes, it is possible to kayak in the Grand Canyon. There are several companies that offer guided kayaking trips through the Grand Canyon.

2. What type of kayak should I use?

The type of kayak you should use depends on the type of trip you are taking. For a day trip, a recreational kayak is usually sufficient. For longer trips, a whitewater kayak is recommended.

3. What safety precautions should I take?

It is important to wear a life jacket at all times while kayaking in the Grand Canyon. It is also important to be aware of the weather conditions and to be prepared for any unexpected changes. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the potential hazards of the river, such as rapids and rocks.

Kayaking in the Grand Canyon is an unforgettable experience. It is a great way to explore the beauty of the canyon and its many wonders. The rapids and the scenery make it an exciting and thrilling adventure. With the right equipment and safety precautions, kayaking in the Grand Canyon can be a safe and enjoyable experience. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced kayaker, the Grand Canyon offers something for everyone.

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The first person to kayak the Grand Canyon was Alexander Zee Grant in 1941. There are photos of Grant’s boat at http://www.gcrivermuseum.org/river-heritage/the-boats/escalante/ Currently the Grand Canyon Heritage Coalition is gathering money to help fund a river history museum at Grand Canyon National Park. The museum will put on display all of the historic boats. The webpage has a lot of great information. The following Paragraph is taken directly from the Grand Canyon Heritage Coalition Website:

“Grant, in preparation, worked with Jack Kissner to produce a custom “sixteen-and-a-half foot, folding, rubber-covered battleship,” with “bulbous ends carved from balsa wood, and huge sausage-like sponsons along the sides, made from inner tubes of Fifth Avenue bus tires.” For added buoyancy he crammed in eight additional inner tubes and five beach balls. He named it the Escalante. Grant kayaked every rapid except Hermit and Lava Falls. In 1960 Walter Kirschbaum became the first person to paddle a rigid kayak through Grand Canyon, as well as the first to kayak every rapid without portage.”

Now to answer some common questions about kayaking in the Grand Canyon:

Why kayaking the grand canyon is such a special experience?

The Grand Canyon is the greatest place on Earth, and there is no better way to see it than via the Colorado River. The Colorado River winds 278 miles through the Grand Canyon. Along its way the river encounters over 150 named rapids, over 100 great off-river hiking opportunities, and at its deepest point you are about a mile deep in the gorge, surrounded by Vishu Schist rock that is almost 2 billion years old. Kayaking along the way is the icing on the cake. The river averages a drop of only 8 feet per mile, but 90% of that drop is in the rapids. This makes for big whitewater with nice recovery zones. Waves routinely reach 10-15 feet high and in Hermit, Granite, Crystal, Sockdolager, and Lava Falls they get even bigger. Everything about being right next to the water in a kayak is special. One of my fondest memories of kayaking in the Grand Canyon was running the last 10 miles of rapids solo. I just remember the sun glaring off the water before each rapid and having Johnny Cash songs spinning through my head, especially “Down, Down, Down into a burning ring of fire.” The whitewater is just part of the experience though, the camping, off-river hiking, and companionship of those on the river really add to the trip. I work for Colorado River & Trail Expeditions(www.crateinc.com) , and we make a point of making the most of each day by getting up early and taking as many off-river hikes as possible. The other things that are great about the Grand Canyon is that it doesn’t have bugs and mosquitoes, it has an ideal climate for kayaking because the weather is typically hot and dry, and if you get hot, you can always take a dip in the cold 50 degree water. Camping along the river is luxurious, we bring cots for our guests, getting them off of the sand and away from the bugs. The night sky is another great thing about any Grand Canyon trip. The area is relatively free of light pollution and looking at the stars, moon, planets, and meteors from this amazing place is definitely a special experience. Through 10×50 binoculars you can see the Andromeda Galaxy which is a spiral galaxy about 2.5 million light-years from earth. During full moons you can see your shadow and I sometimes lead full moon hikes, taking in the night view and seeing animals you may not see during the day.

The best part of Kayaking the Grand Canyon ?

It has to be facing Lava Falls rapid which is the biggest rapid on the Colorado River. Right before the rapid you can look up and see a small window on river right in the Basalt called the “eye of oden.” It is good luck to look at the eye. Then you are in the rapid. In a 37′ Motorized raft the rapid is exhilarating, in a kayak it is beyond words. The route one takes depends on water level. The right side generally gives the bigger ride, but many people who decide to run left lose their bearing and go straight into the “Ledge Hole.” On my last Grand Canyon trip this year we were eating lunch below the behemoth rapid when suddenly two 18′ Oar boats floated by us with their aluminum frames ripped off by flipping in the Ledge Hole. If you are running right you have to make it past the “Ledge Hole”, through the “v-wave”, stay off the “Black Rock” and survive the “Tail Waves.” If you run left you have to not lose your bearing on where the “Ledge Hole” is and make it past the “Chub Hole.”

And what sort of skill level you’d need to have – is there anyway a beginner could do it?

The Colorado River is a big volume river with gigantic waves and huge holes, but it has great recovery zones, and it is not really technical. Most of the rapids in Grand Canyon would be rated class III and Class IV with Lava Falls and Crystal possibly becoming class V at certain water levels. The first time I kayaked the entire Colorado through the Grand Canyon I did not have a lot of river experience, but I spent time in the pool perfecting my Eskimo roll until I could do a “Beer Roll.” A beer roll is where you roll over in your kayak without a paddle. You take an unopened beer or soda over with you. While you are upside down you open the can with one of your hands then slide it across the upside down kayak to the other hand. Then you roll the kayak without spilling your drink and enjoy your prize when you come upright. The Eskimo roll turned out to be very important on that first kayak run through Grand Canyon. I never swam, but I rolled the kayak multiple times in many of the rapids.

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Kayaking through the Grand Canyon is a great opportunity for introspection and growth. Kayaking is one of the most scenic ways to experience the Grand Canyon. The waters of the Grand Canyon are tranquil and serene. You can even go on a fishing expedition here. 

Do you love the feeling of kayaking down a river as the scenery changes around you? If so, then maybe your next vacation should include a trip to the Grand Canyon. As one of North America’s largest and most iconic landmarks, it is important for those who visit to take advantage of one of the many other ways to see and experience this natural wonder .

The experience will leave you feeling at peace, at the moment, and filled with sheer joy…! If you are planning your first trip to the Canyon before, don’t worry! Here are some things to keep in mind while planning your trip . 

Let’s begin with the following questions;

Grand Canyon Kayaking

Yes, a permit is required to kayak the Grand Canyon. These permits are issued on a weighted lottery basis in February. If you miss the draw, you’ll have to apply the following year again. If you do decide to go kayaking through the Grand Canyon, it’s best to plan your trip for a cooler month and avoid high water. As water temperatures in the Grand are consistently 52 degrees, you’ll need to pack clothes that dry quickly. You’ll also need rain gear, hiking boots, sun protection, and water shoes. First, you will need to obtain a permit to kayak in the Grand Canyon. The waiting list for a permit used to be 27 years long, but now it is a weighted lottery system. While your chances are lower, they are still good. There are two main ways to get a permit, either through commercially guided trips or by applying for private permits. The wait time is the same, but the wait for a permit is longer in the summer months.

If you wish to kayak in the Grand Canyon, you have come to the right place. The Colorado River flows through the Canyon, providing you with an unforgettable experience. It is also a great way to see the beauty of this National Park up close. Those who are new to kayaking may wonder if they’re up for the challenge. A guide can help you decide if the Canyon is the right place to try this sport. In the Grand Canyon, kayaking is a great option for those who want to see the natural beauty of the area from a different perspective. The river offers excellent scenery and is a great way to spend the day. The clear and shallow water makes kayaking more adventurous! There are two main sections of the Grand Canyon. The upper section begins at Lee’s Ferry and continues past the Angel Bright Trail, which is a landmark at the halfway point. Most guides split the river into two sections; the upper section begins at mile 89 and ends at mile 225. The lower section begins at mile 89 and goes all the way to the mouth of the Canyon. There are numerous outfitters that can provide you with the gear you need for the trip .

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Best 5 Kayaking Spots In The Grand Canyon

The Canyon is a vast landscape with many spots to paddle. Kayaking in the Grand Canyon is a great way to see the stunning scenery from a new perspective. If you’re a beginner, you should consider trying the Whitewater Rapid . This is a short, gentle, and relatively easy rapid. After you’ve gotten the hang of it, you can head for the Zambezi line to the right of the top pour-over. Be aware that the river can be rough and that you should be careful when choosing where to paddle.

Black Bridge

Kayaking is a great way to explore Western North America. The Black Bridge on the Colorado River, near the Grand Canyon, is one of the best kayaking destinations in the region.

Located at mile marker 203, the Black Bridge offers limited parking and attracts many people for its fishing spots and short hiking trails. It also provides easy access to kayakers who want to explore the off-the-grid canyon walls that surround it.

The black bridge is filled with trees, plants, and wildlife which are all abundant in this area. A rainforest would be very similar to this because there are many plants that grow in it. It is only accessible by boat or by hiking upstream from Black Bridge Campground over a not-so-easy but doable two miles hike. It’s a popular kayaking destination , where kayakers head to the Black Bridge for its scenic beauty and white water rapids.

Phantom Ranch River Trail

Kayaking in the Phantom Ranch River Trail is one of the best ways to experience the Grand Canyon. The trail boasts many offers for paddlers, from calm meandering rivers to steep whitewater rapids. Kayaking in the Phantom Ranch River Trail is one of the best ways to experience the Grand Canyon. The trail offers many offerings for paddlers, from calm meandering rivers to steep whitewater rapids. It’s perfect for both novice and experienced kayakers alike.

When you are kayaking down the river at Phantom Ranch, Arizona, you are one step closer to the Grand Canyon of Arizona. The river begins just below the Bright Angel Creek Bridge and stretches for 23 miles before emptying into the Colorado River at Phantom Ranch.

If you are a nature enthusiast or enjoy water-based recreation, this is a beautiful place to visit!

Granite Camp

Rowing on the gentle waves of the Granite Camp is not only a great way to take in the beautiful scenery, but it will also provide you with an unforgettable experience. In spite of the rich history, beautiful scenery is best experienced through kayaks.

The water here is fresh and clean, making it perfect for kayaking. It is no wonder that kayaking trips are one of the most popular things to do in this area. There are many different types of kayaks available for rent at the Grand Canyon National Park store.

The Granite Camp near Grand Canyon is a national park in Arizona where you can kayak down the Colorado River. You can also take advantage of other water recreation, including swimming, fishing with kayaking . On your way to the Granite Camp, you will see how different scenery looks depending on which side of the river you are on.

The Ruby Rapid 

Kayaking in the Ruby Rapid near Grand Canyon is a thrilling and adventurous experience that will leave you feeling exhilarated and accomplished. This is the first big rapid in the Grand Canyon. With a decent grade of 40 feet per mile and an average speed of 8 miles per hour, it’s no wonder this section of the Colorado River was named for its rich red hue.

The route to follow is on the far left, where you’ll find the best kayak line. It’s a great spot for those who want to make it as long as possible. There’s a large hole on the left side of the river, so be prepared for a big wave. It’s a challenging rapid, so be sure to check the water levels and the weather before you go.

Here, most of the kayaking trips consist of a two-day, one-night trip, and they include a meal at Phantom Ranch. With only 25 kayaks available per day, these excursions sell out fast, so contact your travel agent today!

Kayakers can explore these waters by day and then camp nearby to enjoy stargazing at night. Brands such as Jackson Hole Outfitters offer guided trips for different levels of kayakers, and rental gear is available for those who do not own their own kayaks and life jackets.

Kayaking in the Pipe Creek near Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring experience. Just six feet above the ribbon of water run through with white, wispy cascades of foam; one can spot damselflies, dragonflies, and butterflies perched on rocks. The occasional canyon walls rise abruptly along either shoreline—and redwing blackbirds perch on top, watching kayakers go by below.

If you are looking for an alternative way to enjoy one of America’s natural wonders, consider kayaking in Pipe Creek near the park.

How Long Does It Take to Kayak Through the Grand Canyon?

There are several ways to find out how long it takes to kayak through the Grand Canyon, but there’s no set time. Depending on the amount of water, it can take anywhere from four to six hours. If you’re wondering how long it takes to kayak through the Grand, it’s best to start early in the morning or even during the week. You’ll also see fewer other kayakers, which makes it less hard and much safer.

If you plan to kayak through the Grand, it can take about five to ten hours. You’ll want to pick a guide with some experience, but the cost can be prohibitive.

You’ll be able to choose between the two most popular routes. The first is the Cataract Canyon, which offers the best views. The second is the Westwater Canyon, which is famous for fishing . You’ll pass many large waterfalls, but you’ll have to wait for your turn at Horn Creek. If you’re looking for a more leisurely route, you can take the Colorado River, which has a lower gradient.

Grand Canyon Guided Kayaking Tours

Grand Canyon Guided Kayaking Tours are a great way to explore the world’s largest Canyon. If you are looking for an active adventure, this is the tour for you! You’ll paddle your way down the Colorado River through one of seven different routes, all of which have their own uniqueness. The more adventurous trips also venture into high-walled side canyons through narrow passages and even slot canyons.

Four Season Guides

Kayaking in the Four Seasons Guides has long been one of the most popular activities for tourists visiting the Grand Canyon. Visitors to the popular complex will be able to enjoy kayaking through calm waters surrounded by canyon walls or through fast-moving rapids, depending on their preference. There are also guided tours available. Kayaking is a great way to explore the Grand Canyon and see it from a new perspective!

The Four Season Guides offer many different programs for solo kayakers and groups alike. For individuals looking to tour the Canyon on their own, they offer a private 3-day kayak tour where you can explore at your own pace with one or two paddlers.

Arizona River Runners

Kayaking down rapids can be an exhilarating experience for those who have done it before. The Arizona River Runners provides a kayaking trip that is perfect for beginners or those who want to try something new. They offer a lot of different options – from just a few hours to a multi-day trip and from a scenic downriver run to a more challenging whitewater excursion.

The Arizona River Runners offers kayaking trips through the Grand Canyon and recently launched three new features for this summer’s season.

It can be accomplished by anyone who has kayaked before and is ready for a challenge. As you paddle your way down the Colorado River, you will experience an unforgettable way to enjoy all that Grand Canyon National Park has to offer.

Grand Canyon Kayaking Tips And Guidelines

Kayaking in Grand Canyon can be a thrilling experience, but it is also not without risks, especially if you have never been there before. Whether you are new to kayaking or experienced, these tips can help make your kayaking trip to Grand Canyon safe and enjoyable . To help with your trip, here are some kayaking tips for beginners.

Kayaking in the Grand Canyon is not difficult, but it does require prior experience and a leader for the trip. Moreover, the price of a permit to kayak in the Grand Canyon also varies depending on the size of the group and its length. The following is a guide to getting a permit to kayak in the Grand. Each year millions of people come to kayak in the Grand Canyon. The challenge is not just getting there, but how to enjoy the beauty and serenity the Canyon has to offer.

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Know The Rapids

The first thing you should know is how to navigate the rapids. If you have no experience with whitewater, try portaging or scouting ahead. The second thing is to make a plan, so you’re sure to get out and enjoy yourself. You can also hire a guide to help you navigate the Canyon. A guide will also give you tips on where to put your kayak. Once you’ve made a plan, it’s time to paddle.

The most popular rapids are Class III and IV. If you’re soloing, you need to be confident enough to run and scout these waters. Otherwise, you’ll have to endure a swim through a boulder garden, which is not fun. Once you’re past the Crystal Hole, you can paddle the Gems Rapid, which has several fun rapids: Tuna, Agate, Emerald, and Ruby. The Gems Rapid is another series of lateral waves. After the gems, you’ll reach Nixon Rock, which is a fun end to your trip.

Make Sure You Dress Accordingly

While the water is cold , it’s a great experience, and the best way to get there is by kayak. You can also rent a paddle to go kayaking and rafting. If you’re a first-timer, make sure to bring your own drysuit. A paddler’s floats are incredibly comfortable. The river’s currents are cool and make the trip an unforgettable adventure.

Don’t Forget The Essentials For Kayaking In The Grang Canyon

First, you’ll need a guide who’s familiar with the Canyon and a group leader. Then, you’ll need to bring your own gear because most airlines don’t accept kayaks and canoes. You’ll have to arrange private cargo shipping, which can be pricey, depending on the size and weight of your equipment. In this case, renting gear is the best option.

Grand Canyon Kayak Launch And Rent

If you want to spend a day in the Canyon, you can rent a kayak at a Grand Canyon kayak launch. While this may seem like an expensive luxury, you will be glad you did once you experience the stunning natural beauty. While you’re there, you can check out the nearby hiking trails and take advantage of free wifi. In addition to the boat rental, there are also many other places you can enjoy the outdoors. During your trip, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the sweeping Canyon.

The first place to launch your kayak is at the Bair Ranch Rest Area, which is on the Colorado River. This section of the river is home to a number of kayak launches, and you can get a permit from the Bureau of Reclamation. After you obtain your permit, you can begin your journey down Colorado. Once you’ve reached Yuma, you can paddle through Arizona and California. Then, you can paddle to the next destination.

Once you have your permit, you’ll be able to launch your kayak at the Grand Canyon. The river itself is so beautiful and so wild that you’ll be paddling through a world of beauty. However, the river can be very dangerous if you don’t know where to go. If you decide to kayak downstream, plan on being picked up or taking a towed upstream. If you’re going to see the sights, you might even spot some Anasazi petroglyphs or other fascinating rock formations. You can stop for a picnic at one of the Grand Canyon’s wash beaches.

Kayaking in the Grand Canyon is one of the most awe-inspiring adventures in the world. The Canyon’s depth and breadth are hard to comprehend when viewing it in person, but even harder yet when viewed through a photo. Experiencing the Grand Canyon up close and personal can be breathtaking; this is why many people take guided kayaking tours along the Colorado River that run along its edge.

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Kayaking in the Grand Canyon unveils millennia-old Native American settlements nestled within caves and canyons, offering an immersive experience in the region’s dynamics. Acquiring a permit is crucial, with allotments through a lottery system—planning ahead is key. Choosing the best time to visit ensures optimal water levels for kayaking and tackling the canyon’s challenges, adding to the adventure.

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Why go kayaking in the Grand Canyon?

Grand Canyon is a heaven for kayaking and rafting enthusiasts.

The Grand Canyon, carved by the Colorado River, stands as a must-visit in the United States. Its 277-mile length, 18-mile width, and 6100-foot depth offer unparalleled natural beauty. Protected for centuries, it’s rich in Native American culture, offering a unique glimpse into the Navajo Nation’s heritage. The Colorado River’s force has sculpted breathtaking features, making it an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.

The Grand Canyon stands out as a premier destination in the region. Securing a permit in advance ensures an unhindered exploration, facilitating guided trips for a more precise experience. Essential gear such as sunblock, hiking boots, rain gear, and water shoes is crucial for a comfortable and safe kayaking adventure in the area.

Places that you can go kayaking in the Grand Canyon

Kayaking on the Colorado River

The Grand Canyon stands out as a premier location offering unforgettable experiences along the Colorado River. This unique spot allows for close encounters with the national park’s diverse species, inviting exploration and an embrace of natural beauty. The crystal-clear waters offer an adventurous kayaking experience, allowing easy navigation through its varied landscapes.

Navigating these waters demands appropriate gear for the best experience. The canyon’s diverse landscapes make kayaking from one point to another a captivating journey.

For beginners, a tour guide is essential for navigating the gentle, short, and manageable rapids. Unlike more challenging areas with rapid water movement, these sections offer a more comfortable introduction to kayaking in this remarkable location. Explore some of the top kayaking spots within the Grand Canyon for an enriching experience.

Black Bridge

Located along the Colorado River, Black Bridge stands as a hub for diverse activities and exploration. Besides kayaking, it offers short hiking trails and fishing spots. This bridge becomes a meeting point for fellow kayakers, fostering interactions among enthusiasts.

The region is abundant with wildlife, plants, and trees, creating a thriving ecosystem. The surrounding rainforest adds to the area’s biodiversity, providing opportunities to interact with diverse marine and wildlife species. Black Bridge becomes an ideal gateway to embrace the richness of this vibrant region.

Lone Rock Canyon

When exploring this region, don’t miss Lone Rock Canyon. It’s a haven boasting unique species exclusive to this part of the world. The calm, clear waters offer a glimpse into thriving aquatic life. Enveloped by towering cliffs, this spot lets you observe canyon-dwelling animals in their natural habitat. If unfamiliar with the canyon’s diverse regions, hiring a tour guide is advisable to navigate and explore with ease.

Exploring Ruby Rapid in the Grand Canyon is a must for adventure seekers. As the largest rapid, it demands considerable kayaking expertise and caution. Depths here fluctuate between 10 to 50 feet, highlighting the need for experienced navigation. Following marked routes is crucial, especially without prior familiarity. Securing a guide is essential if you’re new to the area. Pre-booking kayaking trips is advisable for the best experience amidst the array of kayaks available in this region.

Phantom Ranch River Trail

Exploring the Grand Canyon through the Phantom Ranch river trail offers exceptional kayaking opportunities. With its serene waters, beginners can comfortably navigate, witnessing diverse wildlife and species. For those new to the area, exploring different zones unveils the unique thriving species in this remarkable part of the world.

Situated close to the Grand Canyon, Pipe Creek stands as an inspirational gem worth visiting. The river flows gracefully, revealing unique wildlife like butterflies and dragonflies among others. Enclosed by towering canyon walls, this area fosters diverse thriving species. To explore these regions, having the appropriate kayaking gear is crucial.

Granite Camp

Granite Camp stands as an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts seeking a captivating habitat teeming with diverse species. The picturesque scenery offers an unforgettable experience, inviting interactions with unique wildlife. The crystal-clear waters unveil various thriving fish species, contributing to the region’s fresh and pristine environment. Popular for kayaking, the area provides rental services for this engaging activity. Additionally, visitors can indulge in a spectrum of outdoor activities including swimming, fishing, and camping.

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Where is the Grand Canyon?

Is Grand Canyon kayaking a must-do experience for kayakers?

When is the best time of year to visit the Grand Canyon for boating purposes?

The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona and is one of the most well-known natural landmarks in the United States. For those who love kayaking, it’s an absolute must-see, and it draws kayakers from all over the world every year.

The Grand Canyon is an impressive piece of natural history with or without boating ; however, those who want to get up close to nature in this area are sure to enjoy the experience of kayaking in the Grand Canyon as well.

There are many different experiences you may enjoy when boating the Grand Canyon throughout the year. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

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  • In April, water levels are lower and the water is cold . However, flowers bloom at this time of year and tour space is limited, so it’s not very crowded.
  • May through June may be the best time of year when it comes to temperatures and crowds both.
  • July through August are the worst times of year to watercraft the Grand Canyon. Due to heavy rains, kayaking may be dangerous or impossible. Crowds also peak during this time, and temperatures may reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • September and October are warm, with cool nights, and with much fewer crowds. Motorized boats are not allowed on the river during these months.

Keep all this in mind when deciding which time of year is right for you to visit the Grand Canyon for boating.

Kayaking the Grand Canyon

Experienced needed: advanced.

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  • Portions of the Grand Canyon may be acceptable for Intermediate or Intermediate-Advanced kayakers .
  • However, it’s a good idea to have as much experience as possible before tackling this impressive body of water .
  • No matter your skill level, you should never take a completely solo trip on the Grand Canyon. Always have someone with you or very close by.

Location: Arizona; Grand Canyon National Park

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Portions Available for Boating:

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  • It is possible to boat much of the Grand Canyon in chunks. However, these portions still may take several days to complete, so keep this in mind when planning your trip duration.
  • If you choose to do the whole Grand Canyon in one trip, know that even experienced paddlers tend to take two to three weeks to complete this journey.
  • The Upper Canyon is the shortest trip, averaging around six days and 89 miles of river from Flagstaff to South Rim, Arizona .

How to Get to This Location:

  • From Las Vegas (the nearest major airport), take US-93 South to I-40 East.
  • Get onto I-40 East in Kingman toward AZ-64 N/West Historic Route 66.
  • Take exit 165 off of I-40 East toward AZ-64 North.
  • Continue on AZ-64 North until you see signs for the Grand Canyon.
  • Follow the signs to the public parking lots.

Ideal Trip Duration: Multi-Day

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  • It can take up to three weeks to paddlecraft from Lee’s Ferry to Diamond Creek—the 227-mile length of the Grand Canyon—and even shorter trips take nearly a week to complete. Ten days is a good amount of time to spend on the river when you don’t want to spend several weeks.

Family-friendly?

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  • No; the Grand Canyon is not a trip that is intended for children. Even teens should generally not undertake this kayaking challenge. Some older teens may be able to manage it, if they are in shape and experienced with boating. For the most part, however, this trip is for adults only.

Notable Sightseeing:

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  • Incredible rock formations – There is no shortage of amazing geology to look at and appreciate all along the Canyon. Take time to admire the walls of this amazing location.
  • Archeological sites – You can get out of your watercraft and hike to some unique and surprising archeological digs along the way.
  • Redwall Cavern – At Mile 33, this cavern is a great place to stop and enjoy some lunch. Camping isn’t permitted here, however.
  • Lava Falls Rapid – This is the last and most well-known rapid on the river. Groups usually stop on the shore just beyond the rapid to have a drink after making it through.

Onsite Rental Availability:

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  • Yes, there are watercrafts as well as rafts available for renting in the areas surrounding the Grand Canyon. However, you may still need to haul them into the Grand Canyon yourself, if the rental company doesn’t offer shuttle service. Check with your outfitter ahead of time to confirm this.
  • Group guided tours are readily available for booking year-round throughout the Canyon. These tend to meet on-site or some distance away, with shuttle service included to the put-in location.
  • Rafting tours are more common, but kayaking tours are still possible, especially at times of the year when the water is higher.
  • There is nothing quite like boating on the Grand Canyon, and most kayakers agree it’s the best river for paddling in the world.
  • The rapids on the Grand Canyon are steady and intense, but they aren’t impossible, so they’re perfect for kayakers who know what they’re doing.
  • There are plenty of guided group tours available for those who want a little additional assistance, but it’s entirely possible to take a self-guided Grand Canyon kayaking tour as well.
  • There are many sights to stop and see along the way, and hundreds of photo ops.
  • Because of changing environmental factors, the water levels are not as high as they used to be in the Grand Canyon, so the boating experience is always changing too.
  • There is a lot of flatwater on the Grand Canyon, and it may get very tiresome, boring, and lonely for some kayakers.
  • Kayakers who don’t know how to safely roll their watercraft will tip over time and time again in the currents of the Grand Canyon, even in unexpected locations.

Because of ecological damage to the Colorado River, permitting is required and strictly enforced in the Canyon.

So, are you ready to schedule your trip to the Grand Canyon? Keep in mind that many kayaking trips in this location book up at least a year in advance, and sometimes up to two, depending on demand and the time of year.

So why would you want to go to so much trouble to go boating in a busy place like this? Here are a few reasons to consider planning a kayaking trip to the Grand Canyon:

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  • The Grand Canyon is full of history as well as environmental, ecological, and geological information .
  • There are a lot of bragging rights when it comes to boating the Grand Canyon!
  • In this area, there is a lot of unique wildlife and plant life that can be seen from the safety of the boat.
  • With many whitewater experiences, this destination is perfect for more skilled and adventurous kayakers looking for a challenge .
  • It is easy to plan your kayaking trip along with camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities in the Canyon .

Whatever your reason might be, book your trip to the Grand Canyon and enjoy the sights from a completely different perspective!

5 Essential Tips for Boating In The Grand Canyon

  • Bring plenty of water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout the day.
  • Wear a life jacket at all times while kayaking in the Grand Canyon.
  • Be aware of the weather conditions before you go out on the water. Check for any potential storms or high winds that could make boating dangerous.
  • Pack a first aid kit in case of any minor injuries or illnesses while out on the water.
  • Be sure to research the area before you go, so you know what to expect and can plan accordingly.

ALSO: Consider taking a guided tour with an experienced guide who knows the area well!

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10 Best Grand Canyon Tours From Las Vegas That Are Worth Taking

T he Hollywood Wild West - Las Vegas is home to so much more than just clubs and casinos . And away from the desert lies a natural paradise with numerous touristy spots. While the West Rim of the Grand Canyon is at the least distance from Las Vegas, all the other spots are not that far away. Tourists love taking road trips from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon to experience adventure and zest.

A collection of tours from Las Vegas offer travelers a chance to explore the glory of the Grand Canyon along with the hidden gems of the sin city . This was once the land where ancestral tribes made their homes. However, erosion stripped everything off, and what remained was just layers of red rocks. Nonetheless, travelers enjoy splendid views from the rims of the Grand Canyon and other spots around the same.

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Explore The West Rim With Hoover Dam And Skywalk

Grand Canyon is one of the natural seven wonders of the world for good reason. The majestic expanse attracts people from across the world, and the West Rim has a lot of spots for tourists to cover. The Skywalk offers travelers a chance to see the depths of the Canyon. This magnificent 10-foot wide, horseshoe-shaped glass bridge spans 70 feet out over the Grand Canyon's rim and provides a clear view down to the Canyon's floor, which is 4,000 feet away. Nothing compares to the rush of walking out onto glass at the height of thousands of feet, yet there's no need to worry because Skywalk is sturdy enough to support 70 fully loaded 747 passenger aircraft.

Along with that, travelers can visit the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River on the same day.

  • Tour: Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour & Hoover Dam Photo Stop with Optional Skywalk
  • Cost: From $99.00/person
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes

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Dive Into The National Park Along The South Rim

The Grand Canyon is the second-most visited national park in the US, only behind the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, with an estimated 5.9 million visitors annually. When the park was first established in 1919, 44,173 people visited it annually. The Grand Canyon as we know it today was formed by erosion caused by the Colorado River and geological action. With its huge fossil records, a plethora of natural characteristics, and rich archaeologic past, it is one of the most researched landscapes in the whole world.

  • Tour: Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Bus Tour from Las Vegas
  • Cost: From $87.12/person
  • Duration: 15 to 16 hours

Go Kayaking In The Emerald Cave

If adventure and thrill are on the list for any traveler, they should definitely visit the Emerald Cave and go kayaking with a small group. The shiny marble-like tint of the Colorado River glimmers throughout the cave and creates an aura of tranquility and wonder. The cave is lit in green when the sun reflects off of brown rocks and the algae beneath the waters. It is truly amazing to think how a natural phenomenon creates something so picturesque.

  • Tour: Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour
  • Cost: From $115.00/person
  • Duration: 5 to 6 Hours

To get just the correct and photogenic shade of the river, try planning a visit between April to October.

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Walk Through The Antelope Canyon

Antelope is the most snapped slot canyon in the southwest of the United States because of its wave-like structure, which gives the canyon a distinctive appearance. Summer is the most popular season for exploring the canyon since the weather is milder and there is less possibility of rain. Visitors from all over the world come to see its magnificent red and orange sandstone cliffs, which were eroded over many years by wind and water. Because of the canyon's unusual geometry, the sunlight reflects off its walls in fascinating patterns, producing a constantly shifting light display.

  • Tour: Small-Group Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour from Las Vegas
  • Cost: From $249.99/person
  • Duration: 14 hours

The Navajo term for the Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánln, which translates to "the place where water runs through rocks."

Celebrate Art At Seven Magic Mountains

A celebration of art and color , it rises more than 30 feet above the Nevada Desert and is constructed of seven enormous towers built of enormous colorful neon stones. The Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone claims that the Seven Magic Mountains reflect the blending of the man-made and the natural, as well as the passing traffic on the highway and the nearby mountains and lakes. The unique juxtaposition of the brown landscape with the bright and vibrant boulders is very interesting for tourists to observe and marvel over.

  • Tour: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, 7 Magic Mountains Small Group VIP Tour
  • Cost: From $199.99/person
  • Duration: 12 to 13 Hours

Even though the sun glimmers over the boulders to make photographs more lively in the afternoons, it is best to visit the site during the early mornings to avoid crowds.

Explore Bryce Canyon And Zion National Park

Bryce Canyon, which is celebrating an entire century of wonder, is most renowned for its hoodoos, which are artistically sculpted rock spires that erosion has left intact. The greatest places to see hoodoos are along our day hiking paths, which provide a close-up and personal view of these unusual rock formations. The Bryce Canyon Amphitheater region is where you'll find the majority of the gorgeous day hikes and trailheads. In contrast, the backcountry paths of Bryce Canyon provide woods and meadows, breathtaking vistas of far-off cliffs, and isolation, but fewer hoodoos. On the other hand, Zion's distinctive collection of flora and animals will amaze you as you take in the past's rich history and the present's exhilarating experiences.

  • Tour: Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park Day Tour with Lunch from Las Vegas
  • Cost: From $130.38/person
  • Duration: 13 hours

Awaken Adventure At Primm And Hidden Valleys

When visiting Las Vegas, there's little more satisfying than getting a bit dirty, and the best way to do it is on an adrenaline-pumping RZR trip through the Primm and Hidden Valleys. Drive your own boosted RZR 1000s that are less than a year old on this trip, which departs from Las Vegas. Exhilarating adventure and spirit drive the tourists to undertake a tour on mountain bikes through the rugged terrains while enjoying the surrounding scenic spots, making it one of the most adventurous activities in Vegas and Nevada.

  • Tour: Extreme RZR Tour of Hidden Valley and Primm from Las Vegas
  • Cost: From $195.00/person
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours

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Horseback Riding At Red Rock Canyon

Grand Canyon is one of the biggest adventure hubs in the world. Any tourist seeking extreme fun and zest in life surely plan a visit to this wonder. From biking and hiking to camping and educational field trips, travelers can find their favorite activity and have a day of fun at Red Rock Canyon. Many tourists also enjoy horseback riding through the desert. Visitors may experience Red Rock Canyon's highs and lows from their car, bicycle, or horseback, thanks to the gorgeous 13-mile drive, which has several gorgeous rest spots and trailheads along the route. The upkeep and tourist amenities for this renowned picturesque route are supported by admission fees.

  • Tour: Red Rock Canyon Sunset Horseback Ride and Barbeque
  • Cost: From $189.00/person
  • Duration: 5 hours

Kayak Tthrough The Black Canyon

The Colorado River is perfect for kayaking and taking in the breathtaking sights that pass one by. The steep depths of the Black Canyon surround travelers from all sides. If one is lucky enough, they may also get to spot the Peregrine Falcon, one of the fastest birds in the world. Being the world's oldest rock lends the Black Canyon its name; it is also believed that the shadows made in depth have contributed to the darkness of the canyon.

  • Tour: Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas
  • Cost: From $149.00/person
  • Duration: 3 hours

Venture Across The South Rim

The Grand Canyon's South Rim, which draws 5 million people a year, is the area that is easiest to access. There are tourist centers, historical structures, over twenty overlooks, and trailheads on the South Rim. First-time visitors to the region typically select it because of the plethora of tourist services and family-friendly activities in addition to its stunning scenery. The South Rim is accessible all year. The South Rim has four different seasons due to its elevation of 7,000 above sea level.

  • Tour: Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades
  • Cost: From $121.00/person
  • ​​​​​​​Duration: 14 hours

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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours

Although there are many ways to see the Grand Canyon in all its glory, few will take your breath away like the spectacular aerial view aboard a Papillon Grand Canyon helicopter tour.

There's a reason people have chosen Papillon's premium Grand Canyon tours for over 50 years. From state-of-the-art aircraft to top-rated service, we provide flights that cannot be matched. With a Papillon helicopter tour, you can expect safety, comfort, great service, and the sightseeing experience of a lifetime.

Read on to discover your perfect Grand Canyon helicopter tour today.

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North Canyon Tour

Fly over the widest and deepest parts of the South Rim on this Grand Canyon helicopter tour - you'll see towering rock formations, the lush Kaibab Forest, and the Colorado River from above!

From: Grand Canyon National Park over Grand Canyon

Duration: Approximately 25-30 minutes

Features: Views of Grand Canyon National Park | Helicopter

A helicopter tour seen mid-flight over the Grand Canyon

Imperial with EcoStar

This Grand Canyon helicopter tour flies over the deepest and widest sections of the national park, for aerial views of 1.7 million-year-old stone! You'll also see the Kaibab Forest, the Colorado River, and tons of unique rock formations.

Duration: Approximately 40-50 minutes

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North Canyon Family Flight

This Grand Canyon helicopter tour shows you aerial views of the deepest and widest parts of the South Rim, as well as the Colorado River, the Kaibab Forest, and plenty of unique rock formations. The perfect family adventure!

From: Grand Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park

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Imperial Air Tour on Eco Family Flight

Explore the North and East Rims of the Grand Canyon on a helicopter tour offering 180-degree views and aerial sights of the deepest and widest parts of the park. Recommend for groups of 4+.

Duration: Approximately 45-50 minutes

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Grand Canyon with Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

Experience the wonders of the Grand Canyon at sunrise, and tour Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon all in one day. Take a helicopter from Grand Canyon National Park to Page, AZ, as you enjoy the pinks and reds of the sun’s early light across the Canyon. Once on the ground, take a guided tour that includes views of the spectacular Horseshoe Bend and an exploration of Antelope Canyon.

From: Grand Canyon National Park to Page/Antelope Canyon

Duration: Approximately 8½ hours from pick-up to drop-off

Features: Adventure Tour | Views of Grand Canyon National Park | Views of Antelope Canyon | Helicopter

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FAQs About Helicopter Grand Canyon Tours

What will you do and see during your helicopter tour of the grand canyon.

Your Grand Canyon helicopter tour will show you incredible aerial sights of the South Rim, including the widest and deepest rock gorges in the park. You'll also see the Kaibab Forest and the Colorado River beneath you. If you are flying to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas , you'll see Hoover Dam en route to the park as well as expansive desert scenery.

What time of day is best for a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon?

The best time for a Grand Canyon helicopter tour really depends on your own schedule! Papillon offers daily helicopter tours with departures from the early morning to the late afternoon, so you'll can experience the Grand Canyon from the sky with plenty of time left to enjoy your vacation.

How long are helicopter rides in Grand Canyon?

Papillon helicopter tours at the Grand Canyon National Park range from approximately 25-30 minutes to 45-50 minutes in length. You can also combine your helicopter tour with a ground excursion aboard an open-air Hummer vehicle for an extended tour of up approximately 3 hours.

How safe are helicopter tours over the Grand Canyon?

At Papillon, safety is our top priority. Our company is fully certified by the Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS), whose industry standards ensure safety and reliability throughout the air tour industry, and far exceed those set forth by the FAA. Learn more about our helicopter safety standards while preparing for your Grand Canyon tour.

Which helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon is best?

There's a reason people have been choosing Papillon's premium helicopter tours for over 50 years. With dozens of world-class helicopter tours to choose from, each individual has plenty of options to choose their dream Grand Canyon experience.

Here are a few of the best and most popular Grand Canyon helicopter tours.

  • Grand Celebration Helicopter Tour
  • Golden Eagle Helicopter Tour
  • Private Grand Celebration Helicopter Tour with Las Vegas Strip
  • Grand Voyager Helicopter Tour

Learn more about Grand Canyon helicopter tours with Papillon.

What is the best time of year to do a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon?

The Grand Canyon receives the most visitation during the spring and fall months. The weather at the Grand Canyon tends to be much more mild in the spring and fall, whereas winters can be chilly and summers can be very warm. Papillon offers daily departures to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas and helicopter tours at the Grand Canyon, so no matter when you plan to visit, you can experience the sights from the sky.

How much does a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon cost?

Papillon offers a variety of helicopter tours ranging in price, perfect for any group's budget. Our tours also include upgrade options like privatizing your helicopter for your party, adding additional adventures like Hummer tours, or flying aboard an EcoStar helicopter. Our competitive pricing makes us the premier provider of Grand Canyon helicopter tours.

What should you bring on your helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon?

If you're planning on joining a Grand Canyon helicopter tour, be sure to bring your smart phone or a camera to capture the incredible aerial views. Note that selfie sticks are not permitted to be opened within the aircraft. If you're touring from Las Vegas and your helicopter tour will land at the Grand Canyon, you can also bring sunglasses, sunscreen, or a jacket depending on the season and temperature.

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Discover Helicopter Tours of the Grand Canyon

Papillon offers a variety of Grand Canyon helicopter tours. Whether you want to spend the tour soaring over the Grand Canyon’s breathtaking landscapes or escaping the crowds on a private plateau of the Grand Canyon floor, Papillon has you covered. 

Even better, many of the helicopter tours offer upgrades such as making your aircraft private, touring at sunset, or tacking on additional experiences. The multitude of options allows you to create the Grand Canyon vacation that you’ve always dreamed of.

Helicopter Tours Departing Daily: Flying Over the Grand Canyon

Soar into adventure with a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon's spectacular landscapes. From the vantage point of a helicopter tour, you can gaze over the rim of the canyon to the Colorado River winding along its ancient floor.

Helicopter tours flying over the Grand Canyon are perfect for guests who are pressed for time or are looking to pack in as many Grand Canyon views as possible. We offer all-inclusive tours perfect for vacationers wanting to see the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Colorado River, and the spectacular Grand Canyon West all in just a few hours.

Bonus: we are the preferred provider for the Grand Canyon National Park and our helicopter tours are certified to fly the entire Grand Canyon.

Which Helicopter Grand Canyon Tour is Closest

The Grand Canyon National Park is just a little under 2.5 hours from Las Vegas via airplane, and is accessible via our airplane tours. At the National Park, also called the Grand Canyon South Rim, you can enjoy a helicopter ride over the deepest and widest canyon gorges, and see aerial views of the North Rim, the Colorado River, and the Kaibab Forest.

The Grand Canyon West Rim is over an hour flight from Las Vegas via helicopter. This is the only region of the Grand Canyon where helicopter landings on the very bottom are possible. The West Rim is also home to the Skywalk Bridge and several truly unique vantage points like Eagle Point and Guano Point.

Helicopter Tours that Land at the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon draws millions of visitors a year. With Papillon, you can escape the crowds and enjoy the serenity of this Wonder of the World on a private plateau. Your helicopter will descend 4,000 feet below the Grand Canyon West Rim for a landing at its base.

Certain Grand Canyon helicopter tours include champagne, a light picnic, and time to explore the raw beauty of the surrounding area. Or, layer on the luxury by opting for a private experience to the Grand Canyon with a dedicated aircraft and luxurious limousine-style pick-up.

Other landing tours include a bit more adventure, like a pontoon boat waiting for you at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. After your thrilling helicopter descent, you will board the boat for a rafting tour on the Colorado River between the skyscraping canyon walls.

Helicopter Tours with an Added Adventure

With Papillon, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one tour experience. Helicopter combination tours blend the thrilling aerial views of a world-class helicopter tour with  ATV excursions, river rafting expeditions, and more.

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