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When you’re reading the back-in-the-day stories of running the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon – of the riffles and rapids – remember that things have changed since the completion of the Glen Canyon Dam (built primarily to prevent silt buildup at the downstream Hoover Dam) in 1966.

The day’s CFS affects how many miles you can travel in a day – especially for oar trips.

Before construction of the Glen Canyon Dam, the sectio Read More

"We were fortunate to have been able to ride each day with a different guide. Kelly, Brian, Dominic, Lena, Rico and Sean. We felt each oar guide was extremely well qualified and experienced on the Colorado River, informative, personable, helpful and encouraging. Each guide was also most respectful of Kelly as the trip leader and complemented her kind leadership abilities. . Also, extend my deepest thanks to Steve Hatch, who we met briefly at Lee’s Ferry, to hiking guide Misty, and menu credit to Michele. This adventure has been on our ‘bucke Read More

The Motor Stats

Grand Canyon motorboats are typically propelled by a conventional 30 hp four-stroke Honda Marine outboard and on average, operate for about four to six hours per day. Each boat carries two motors (one in reserve) and burns approximately fifty gallons of fuel while traversing 300 river miles over six to eight days. Each season, 100 motor rigs are used to conduct about 425 such trips. Grand Canyon motorboats travel at approximately eight to ten miles per Read More

Floating on rivers is a unique way to enjoy the outdoors. From a raft, kayak, or canoe adrift on the water, a river traveler can watch a heron silently flying overhead, observe the record of millions of years of geologic time, or experience the thrill of running a turbulent rapid. River corridors have always provided an ideal channel for exploring America’s wild places. Historically, early river pioneers were searching for furs, precious metals, minerals, and routes to the Pacific Ocean. The Grand Canyon stretch of the Colorado was first run Read More

"Most of us are back in business but believe me it is really hard because while I’m all dressed up with my tie and ironed shirt on and sitting in my office, all I’m waiting for is Dave’s call for ‘camp meeting!’ I still miss wearing neoprene, short trousers, t-shirt and sandals. My special thanks to Brian for taking care of my wife Sabine when running the paddle-boat safe, perfect and spectacular ‘Geronimo’ and thanks to Dave for taking care of me."

Michael M. Germany. kayak support trip. August-September Read More

If you don’t already own a pair of sport sandals, consider making a purchase well in advance of your river trip. From balancing on raft pontoons, wading in the river to pee, walking in the lush beach sand at camp, short side canyon hikes and plunges into rocky stream beds and under torrential waterfalls – your feet will take a beating!

Happy feet make for happy Arizona river rafting campers! Consider traction, stability and protection when making a purchase or figuring out which shoes to bring that you already own. Teva or Chaco (a riv Read More

First, you’ll need a fishing permit.
Non-resident permits are available at the following locations: Canyon Village Marketplace (tel. 928/638-2262) in Grand Canyon Village; at Marble Canyon Lodge (tel. 800/726-1789 or 928/355-2225), a quarter-mile west of the Navajo Bridge on Highway 89A; at Lees Ferry Anglers Fly Shop (tel. 800/962-9755 or 928/355-2261); and at Cliff Dwellers Lodge (tel. 800/433-2543 or 928/355-2228), 9 miles west of Navajo Bridge on Highway 89A. Fishing licenses are not available on the North Rim.

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Same trip, different folks:

"After 6 days on that nasty red muddy river, I decided you, Steve Hatch are a genius. You managed to put together and motivate an outstanding group of six river guides. Our nine North Carolina group river runners could not get over saying nothing but great compliments about Dave, JP, Lena, Kelly, Dom and Brian. They were all outstanding individuals, worked together very smoothly, very helpful, fed us well. including B.S. about the place, boated well and kept us safe. Man, what an all star team they were. We Read More

Ever wonder who else will be on your raft? Do you wonder if there will be other kids for your children to play with? What about if you’re single and the rest of the trip is filled with couples and families?

It’s all good!

The rafts are big enough if you want some space or small enough to get to know your new travel buddies.

You’ll make fast friends as you share the excitement of white water rapids, discover new plants and animals along the daily hikes, and chat before dinner.

And, who knows. You may travel the Grand C Read More