Rafting Grand Canyon’s Granite Gorge

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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Program No. 21044RJ
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Originally we registered for an August trip, but then reconsidered due to reviews about hot weather. So we rescheduled for September and were glad we did. The weather was warm, but not hot. This trip had outdoor guides from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and smaller rafts and the opportunity to paddle. Jake our Rhode scholar trip leader and all of the NAU guides were great and very kind. Jake's enthusiasm for the Grand Canyon was evident and enriched his historical and educational talks.The hikes interspersed with rafting time and camp set up was perfect. We slept outside on cots, but there were also options for tents. The 7 days was a perfect time frame. You are out in the wilderness with time to connect with the natural beauty of our world. Highly recommend.


21044 River Rafting the Granite Gorge was the best yet of the two I have taken, mainly because it was a bit out of my comfort zone. I love the learning part that goes with the program, partly because I love to learn about my world, but also because the learning part and activity ratings weed out the people that would slow down the group. Everyone in our group was enthusiastic, fun, ready to help and share. I enjoyed it immensely and can’t wait for #3. I travel by myself and have no qualms doing that as a female who is an active 71. Thank You Road Scholar!


Exceptional experience. This was our first Roads Scholar course and will not be the last. Professionalism is a constant. Top quality Guide/Instructor (thanks Mike...hope we meet again) who’s exceptional knowledge of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River, great rafting skills, affability, and outstanding people skills made this adventure so enjoyable. Top quality rafting crew....four friendly and energetic young men who give me hope for the future (thanks Clint, Evan, Alex and Quinn...great job). Camping under the stars or in a tent was fantastic. Food top notch. You really forget about the outside world while on this trip and marvel at the natural wonder and treasure that is the Grand Canyon. As a bonus, you meet great people who you can form lasting friendships in the future. Loved small group...eleven students. A perspective on the Grand Canyon that is a MUST if you’re up to the challenge.


A terrific experience -- rafting through the Grand Canyon, on moderately challenging rapids, camping on the riverbank, sleeping under the stars, eating great food, and with a fun group of participants, boatmen, and guide. All around, an A+ experience!

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This was an outstanding trip. We had 4 days of beautiful sights from the Colorado River. Side hikes took us to secreted away waterfalls. Our guide, Jeff, had an astounding wealth of knowledge about the area, and the crew from NAU (Clint, Evan, Benny and Alex) were marvelous.


I loved experiencing the Grand Canyon from a unique perspective! The first day’s hike along the South Rim is a great start to learning about the history and geology - our Road Scholar trip leader Jeff is an encyclopedia on everything about the Grand Canyon. The first 2 rafting days are class 3-4 whitewater. I had no whitewater experience but always felt safe with our very experienced river guides. The guides also took us to beautiful waterfalls via easy hikes, and if anyone in our group needed help, the guides were there to provide assistance. Camping on the river is not for everyone but I loved it. The stars are spectacular! You need to be able to carry your dry bag up sandy beaches. I was most worried about the “groover” but it was easy. The meals provided by the river guides were very good. This trip was AWESOME and I highly recommend it!


If you've ever dreamed about white water rafting down the Grand Canyon, this may be the trip for you! Paddling down the river with fun, experienced raftsmen, enjoying great meals prepared by them, and sleeping under an amazing star lit sky are only a few of the benefits of this program. Do this trip - you will be so glad you did!


A wonderful, exciting, beautiful week of rafting, hiking and camping under the stars. The food was amazing, the staff and group leader were kind, knowledgeable and welcoming to everyone. Amazing, I would recommend this to anyone who really wants to experience the Grand Canyon "up close!"


My husband and I really enjoyed the small size of the group. Our guide was a walking encyclopedia of all things Southwest and very anxious to answer all questions. The river guides were all young in their 20’s and enthusiastic and helpful. This is a rough ,dirty ,adventure in a very hot environment. We slept on the ground in dirt and sand with a pad under us. Hard for my wife was having to lug our heavy dry bag over rocks or up slippery sand to find a spot to camp and it was kind of a long trek to find the proper spot. Food was just ok. Be sure to drink water all the time. Having said all this we felt we fulfilled out dream of rafting the Grand Canyon in harsh conditions and would encourage anyone who loves the beauty of the outdoors to sign up. You will love the millions of stars shining down on you.


A great experience. I wasn't expecting the hot temperatures (in June) in the Canyon (up to 110 degrees). If you don't like hot weather conditions, this is not the trip for you.

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