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"Our rainy season is in August and since in a desert you don'ts see much rain." - CARM

Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Questions and Answers

Is it safe to go whitewater rafting on the Grand Canyon as remote as it is?

Statistically its very safe.

What levels of rapids do you travel through?

Its a class 3 river on a scale of 1-6. There are rapids in the Grand Canyon that go from mild to wild. We have smaller insignificant rapis all the way up to difficult technical and in some places even dangerous sections.

If someone has never been to the Grand Canyon but has had experience rafting in other places what would most liken it to?

Nothing its not comparable. Its a difficult comparison.

What kind of rafts are generally used on the grand canyon?

We use 35 foot pontoon rafts as the majority, on our smaller rowing trips we use 18 foot avon or 18 foot self bailing rafts if your not specific and thats kind of standard.

Whats the weather generally like?

Weather is fantastic, its a dry arid environment, you are in a desert, given that you can see temperatures in the 100 degrees in June July August, Our rainy season is in August and since in a desert you don'ts see much rain.

What kind of camping occurs on a typical rafting trip thats multiday?

Beach camps, and everything is set up for each evening, there is nothing at the campsite when you first get there its just a prestine clean beach. You bring everything from toilets to tables to cookware, tents, sleeping bags. Its very pristine back country type camping.

In general what do people bring when they are planning on going on this type of trip?

They bring clothes that allow them to walk in, shoes that they can get wet for stream crossings, raingear, hats sunglasses.

Whats the best time of year to go camping in the Grand Canyon?

If you don't do as well in the hot summer months the shoulder seasons of april may end of august through september for some cooler weather. If you like the hot weather which makes the rafting more fun than June, July August.

What is the age limit?

We ask the kids are 7-8 years old but it can be negotiated to infinity.


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