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2019 Grand Canyon Raft & Hike

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April 27 - May 9, 2019


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**Trip Full** You can join the waitlist if you are still interested. You will be contacted if a space becomes available.

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Experience the Grand Canyon's hidden areas on this 12-day, hike-intensive raft trip. The trip begins with a one-night stay at Cliff Dwellers Lodge in Marble Canyon, Arizona. Here, we’ll have a group meeting to answer final questions and review our itinerary. The following morning we’ll meet our guides from Hatch River Expeditions and launch from historic Lee’s Ferry. This is the only point for hundreds of miles where one can easily cross the Colorado River from both sides, which made it an important landmark in the early exploration and settlement of northern Arizona.

The Grand Canyon, designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1979, is among the Earth’s greatest geological spectacles. Our professional guides will lead our group down 188 miles of river on 35-foot, motorized S-rig boats, while giving us access to hikes in areas that can only be reached from the river. The use of quiet, motorized rafts allows us to maximize our hiking time. As we explore, we’ll experience the canyon’s geology, history, and unique flora and fauna. In addition to out-and-back hikes which begin and end in the same location, there will be opportunities for point-to-point hikes where we hike from one drainage to the next with the rafts meeting us downriver later in the day. This is an ideal trip for the hiker who has always wanted to experience the Grand Canyon, but who doesn’t wish to make the 7-mile, 4,000-plus-foot vertical trek in and out.

The trip concludes with an outfitter-arranged helicopter ride from Whitmore Wash to the North Rim, followed by a short plane ride back to Marble Canyon.

The trip cost includes the guided rafting and hiking experience, national park entrance, outfitter-provided personal flotation devices, guide gratuities, and both the helicopter and plane rides at trip’s end.


Meals & Accommodations

Spend your first night at the cozy Cliff Dwellers Lodge in Marble Canyon, Arizona. This accommodation is included in the trip cost, but participants purchase their own dinner and breakfast. The lodge has an excellent restaurant.

For the next 11 nights we camp along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Our outfitter provides dry bags, camp chairs, tents, and sleep kits. The sleep kits include a ground cloth, cot, sleeping bag, sheet, and pillow. All meals, snacks, dishware, and utensils are provided.


Level of Activity / Difficulty

This trip offers a nice set of B and C-level hikes in side canyons along the river. All hikes are at an elevation below that of Denver. In general, there is more than one hike option available each day. Distances range from a half mile to five or more. The longest hike we undertake is about 9 miles with 2,000 to 2,500 feet of elevation gain. This is scheduled for later in the trip and a shorter variation is available on that day. Most of the hiking is off-trail or in creek beds and each hike has some degree of scrambling and modest exposure.  On out-and-back hikes, those who do not wish to complete the entire hike may join the group going part way. All hiking is optional and participants are welcome to rest at camp or stay with the boats. The Hatch River Expeditions guides lead all hikes.

It is highly recommended that participants have previous B and C-level hiking experience and are comfortable traveling off-trail. You must be able to adapt to the heat and cold of the Grand Canyon’s desert climate and be prepared for full-day hikes of considerable distance and elevation gain. You should be comfortable around water and the ability to swim will enhance your enjoyment of the trip.


Other Notes

A pre-trip meeting will be held to cover all aspects of the trip and to answer participant questions. This meeting will be held in January or February of 2019.


The trip leader will provide additional information to registered participants, including arrival and departure information, packing and equipment suggestions, and general tips on preparing for your trip.




Trip Leader: Pat McKinley

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