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Date Saturday  4/22/2017
Group State CMC
Event Title Best of the Grand Canyon – Colorado River Raft & Hike 2017
Status Approved
Leader Blake Clark
Co-Leader Rosemary Burbank
Member Price $4,730.00
Non-member Price $4,872.00
Available Participants 5
Type Outings


Grand Canyon, Arizona 12 Day Raft & Hike Trip from Lee's Ferry to river mile 188 at Whitmore Wash on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.


The trip is ALL INCLUSIVE from the time we meet the outfitters at Lee's Ferry until we return to our vehicles for the drive home.  It also includes one night's lodging before the trip at the Cliff Dweller's Lodge in Marble Canyon, AZ.

For more info Contact


Blake Clark and Rosemary Burbank. Please contact leaders for availability: 303-871-0379 or

Leader Qualifications:

The leaders have led this CMC GC Raft & Hike trip 8 times from 2008 - 2015. They have also led 4 trips to Yellowstone for the CMC. They have been on 29 one-week Grand Canyon backpacks.)


Trip Dates: 

April 22 - May 4, 2017


Number of Days: 



Trip Overview: 

This unique trip to the Grand Canyon offers participants the opportunity to experience this World Heritage Site on a motorized raft for 188 miles through the best of the canyon, departing from the historic Lee’s Ferry and ending with a helicopter ride from Whitmore Wash and a plane flight back to the start.  It is especially ideal for those who would like to hike in areas that can be reached only from the river, and those who have always wanted to experience the canyon but who do not wish to make the 7 mile, 4500’ trek in and out.


Our outfitter, Hatch River Expeditions, has been guiding river trips through the canyon for over 75 years.  We will have 4 guides and 20 participants on two 35’ S-rig boats running 30 hp 4stroke outboard engines (fuel efficient and quiet).  Each boat holds 18, so for this trip we will have plenty of room.  An average motorized raft trip through the Grand Canyon is for 7 days with short daily hikes.  Hatch is adding 5 days to the trip with over 100 possible hikes, depending on the group’s interest and the weather.  They offer us daily-guided hikes at different hiking levels, or one may choose to rest in camp.  There are several opportunities for point-to-point hikes where we may hike from one drainage to the next and the raft will pick us up later in the day.


Type of Activity/Level of Activity:

 Daily hiking and scrambling suited for B and C hikers via raft support with Hatch River Expeditions.



Maximum # of Participants:

18.  This trip must fill one year in advance.



First night at the Cliff Dwellers Lodge. The next 11 nights camping next to the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Tents are provided by the outfitter.


Skills & Training Requirements:

For maximum enjoyment, one may wish to participate in several CMC hikes prior to the trip. The hikes will vary in difficulty in the range of the CMC levels of B, and C.  In general, a couple hiking levels will be available on most days.  There is always the option to take the day off and rest in camp or at the river.  All of our hiking will take place below the altitude of Denver (the river is at about 2,500 feet). 







Cancellation Policy:

Trip deposit of $500 is payable to the CMC at time of registration and is completely non-refundable. Final payment is due November 10, 2016. For cancellation on or before November 10, 2016 there is no refund. After November 10, 2016 a full refund less the non-refundable deposit will be made only if a qualified replacement is found. Travel insurance is recommended.