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Arizona

Rafting Grand Canyon’s Granite Gorge

Program No. 21044RJ
Few adventures in life can match the thrill of rafting the Colorado River. Come experience this journey as you join local experts to raft through the Grand Canyon and learn a whole lot!

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At a Glance

Rafting the Colorado River through Grand Canyon's Granite Gorge is the best way to access spectacular rapids and remote beaches. Experience the canyon on a hike-and-raft expedition in a little-seen part of western Grand Canyon uncovering a geologic past stretching back almost 2 billion years! Local experts provide knowledge and leadership on river and trail and prepare meals as you relax on spectacular riverside campsites.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking 2-5 miles. Rafting three days. Sleeping in tents on a pad with sleeping bag. Daytime summer temperatures in the inner canyon can exceed 100 F. Elevations up to 7,000 feet.
Micro Group
Micro Group
These adventures feature our smallest group size, with 12 participants or fewer.

What You'll Learn

  • Camp for three days in the Grand Canyon and raft the Granite Gorge through thrilling whitewater rapids.
  • Study the geologic and natural history of the Grand Canyon with a geologist/naturalist.
  • Spend a day hiking in Grand Canyon National Park for a comprehensive view of this incomparable destination.

General Notes

This is a Micro Group program, with 12 or fewer participants. River permits cannot be acquired until five months prior to program start date. Check with Road Scholar before purchasing plane tickets as program dates may change. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Stewart Lasseter
Stewart Lasseter completed studies in geo-science, natural history and Spanish at the University of Arizona. He then studied as the protégé of a Native American healer, learning from her practices of wholeness, kinesiology, mind-body medicine, and dyslexia correction. He has years of experience bringing groups in touch with the natural world and has completed post-graduate studies in health sciences at Prescott College.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Stewart Lasseter completed studies in geo-science, natural history and Spanish at the University of Arizona. He then studied as the protégé of a Native American healer, learning from her practices of wholeness, kinesiology, mind-body medicine, and dyslexia correction. He has years of experience bringing groups in touch with the natural world and has completed post-graduate studies in health sciences at Prescott College.
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Kristin Hooten has spent the majority of her life in the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona. She earned a bachelor's degree in Parks and Recreation Management with an emphasis in Outdoor Education and Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Kristin has worked in the outdoor industry in different capacities and enjoys her ongoing education with the surrounding region. When not in the office or field, she is found enjoying the great outdoors either on a paddleboard or in her camper.
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Meals
17 Meals
6 Breakfasts
5 Lunches
6 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Oct 01, 2024 - Oct 07, 2024
  • Oct 01, 2024 - Oct 07, 2024
  • Sep 17, 2024 - Sep 23, 2024
  • Oct 01, 2024 - Oct 07, 2024
  • Apr 22, 2025 - Apr 28, 2025
  • May 13, 2025 - May 19, 2025
  • Sep 16, 2025 - Sep 22, 2025
  • Sep 30, 2025 - Oct 06, 2025
3 nights
Flagstaff
Located 1/2 mi NW of the intersection of I-17 & I-40. Near shopping and restaurants; 1/4 mi from Northern Arizona University, 2 miles to Lowell Observatory and historic downtown Flagstaff; 6 mi from Sinagua ruins at Walnut Canyon Natl Mon, 15 mi from Sunset Crater National Monument, 38 mi from the ruins at Wupatki National Monument. 30 miles from the red rocks, galleries and restaurants of Sedona, AZ.
Colorado River Campsite
3 nights
Flagstaff
Incredible scenery; wild rushing river; millions of stars. Camps will be on beaches on the banks of the Colorado River. Participants will set up a sleeping pad and sleeping bag in their sleeping area. We carry tents in case of rain, high winds or cold temperatures. Tents will always be available but are rarely set up in good weather as everyone typically enjoys sleeping under the stars and often consider this as one of the highlights of the trip. NOTE: Sleeping bags are laundered by the program provider before every trip.
3 nights
Flagstaff
Located 1/2 mi NW of the intersection of I-17 & I-40. Near shopping and restaurants; 1/4 mi from Northern Arizona University, 2 miles to Lowell Observatory and historic downtown Flagstaff; 6 mi from Sinagua ruins at Walnut Canyon Natl Mon, 15 mi from Sunset Crater National Monument, 38 mi from the ruins at Wupatki National Monument. 30 miles from the red rocks, galleries and restaurants of Sedona, AZ.
Colorado River Campsite
3 nights
Flagstaff
Incredible scenery; wild rushing river; millions of stars. Camps will be on beaches on the banks of the Colorado River. Participants will set up a sleeping pad and sleeping bag in their sleeping area. We carry tents in case of rain, high winds or cold temperatures. Tents will always be available but are rarely set up in good weather as everyone typically enjoys sleeping under the stars and often consider this as one of the highlights of the trip. NOTE: Sleeping bags are laundered by the program provider before every trip.
3 nights
Flagstaff
Located 1/2 mi NW of the intersection of I-17 & I-40. Near shopping and restaurants; 1/4 mi from Northern Arizona University, 2 miles to Lowell Observatory and historic downtown Flagstaff; 6 mi from Sinagua ruins at Walnut Canyon Natl Mon, 15 mi from Sunset Crater National Monument, 38 mi from the ruins at Wupatki National Monument. 30 miles from the red rocks, galleries and restaurants of Sedona, AZ.
Colorado River Campsite
3 nights
Flagstaff
Incredible scenery; wild rushing river; millions of stars. Camps will be on beaches on the banks of the Colorado River. Participants will set up a sleeping pad and sleeping bag in their sleeping area. We carry tents in case of rain, high winds or cold temperatures. Tents will always be available but are rarely set up in good weather as everyone typically enjoys sleeping under the stars and often consider this as one of the highlights of the trip. NOTE: Sleeping bags are laundered by the program provider before every trip.
3 nights
Flagstaff
Located 1/2 mi NW of the intersection of I-17 & I-40. Near shopping and restaurants; 1/4 mi from Northern Arizona University, 2 miles to Lowell Observatory and historic downtown Flagstaff; 6 mi from Sinagua ruins at Walnut Canyon Natl Mon, 15 mi from Sunset Crater National Monument, 38 mi from the ruins at Wupatki National Monument. 30 miles from the red rocks, galleries and restaurants of Sedona, AZ.
Colorado River Campsite
3 nights
Flagstaff
Incredible scenery; wild rushing river; millions of stars. Camps will be on beaches on the banks of the Colorado River. Participants will set up a sleeping pad and sleeping bag in their sleeping area. We carry tents in case of rain, high winds or cold temperatures. Tents will always be available but are rarely set up in good weather as everyone typically enjoys sleeping under the stars and often consider this as one of the highlights of the trip. NOTE: Sleeping bags are laundered by the program provider before every trip.
3 nights
Flagstaff
Located 1/2 mi NW of the intersection of I-17 & I-40. Near shopping and restaurants; 1/4 mi from Northern Arizona University, 2 miles to Lowell Observatory and historic downtown Flagstaff; 6 mi from Sinagua ruins at Walnut Canyon Natl Mon, 15 mi from Sunset Crater National Monument, 38 mi from the ruins at Wupatki National Monument. 30 miles from the red rocks, galleries and restaurants of Sedona, AZ.
Colorado River Campsite
3 nights
Flagstaff
Incredible scenery; wild rushing river; millions of stars. Camps will be on beaches on the banks of the Colorado River. Participants will set up a sleeping pad and sleeping bag in their sleeping area. We carry tents in case of rain, high winds or cold temperatures. Tents will always be available but are rarely set up in good weather as everyone typically enjoys sleeping under the stars and often consider this as one of the highlights of the trip. NOTE: Sleeping bags are laundered by the program provider before every trip.
3 nights
Flagstaff
Located 1/2 mi NW of the intersection of I-17 & I-40. Near shopping and restaurants; 1/4 mi from Northern Arizona University, 2 miles to Lowell Observatory and historic downtown Flagstaff; 6 mi from Sinagua ruins at Walnut Canyon Natl Mon, 15 mi from Sunset Crater National Monument, 38 mi from the ruins at Wupatki National Monument. 30 miles from the red rocks, galleries and restaurants of Sedona, AZ.
Colorado River Campsite
3 nights
Flagstaff
Incredible scenery; wild rushing river; millions of stars. Camps will be on beaches on the banks of the Colorado River. Participants will set up a sleeping pad and sleeping bag in their sleeping area. We carry tents in case of rain, high winds or cold temperatures. Tents will always be available but are rarely set up in good weather as everyone typically enjoys sleeping under the stars and often consider this as one of the highlights of the trip. NOTE: Sleeping bags are laundered by the program provider before every trip.





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