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Off the Map: Rafting Grand Canyon's Colorado River

Fulfill the dream of a lifetime and come to the Grand Canyon to raft the Colorado River! Plus, learn about the natural history and archaeological ruins of this remote corner of the U.S.
Rating (4.71)
Program No. 2114RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
3,999
Arizona

Off the Map: Rafting Grand Canyon's Colorado River

Fulfill the dream of a lifetime and come to the Grand Canyon to raft the Colorado River! Plus, learn about the natural history and archaeological ruins of this remote corner of the U.S.
Length
10 days
Starts at
3,999
Program No. 2114 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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May 19 - May 28, 2021
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3,999
DATES & starting prices
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May 19 - May 28, 2021
Starting at
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At a Glance

Looking for a rigorous and rewarding adventure? This is it. The venerable Grand Canyon and the mighty Colorado River come together to form a place where geology, water and time have created one of our nation's most spectacular natural wonders. Aboard motor rafts and on short hikes with experts, explore and learn about the canyon's incredible natural history, John Wesley Powell’s 1869 journey through the canyon, the pioneers and explorers who followed Powell and the Native Americans who consider it the birthplace of humanity.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
This program is rated as Outdoor: Challenging, requiring the highest degree of physical preparedness. Before enrolling, please consider the level of endurance and stamina needed. Eight days camping and rafting on Class IV river, strong currents, large waves. Upper body strength is required to get in and out of raft, carry gear and navigate rugged, rocky, steep, sandy terrain around camp. Participants should be able to ascend and descend two flights of stairs carrying a 20-pound bag without using a handrail in 90-degree heat; rise from a seated position on the ground many times per day; step up on a chair, stand up, and return to the floor easily. Weather is often adverse (extreme heat, cold, rain). Elevations up to 7,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Immerse yourself in 2 billion years of geologic majesty as you spend 8 days camping in the canyon and learning about the history of this spectacular world.
  • Relive the journey of John Wesley Powell as you experience 225 miles and 85 rapids of the Colorado River while enjoying your river outfitter’s gourmet meals.
  • Enjoy expert-led hikes through the canyon’s rugged terrain and pathless, side canyons to archaeological ruins, waterfalls and other treasures accessible only by river.

General Notes

This program is part of our “Off the Map” series, exploring truly remote areas of the United States as a way to connect with local culture and landscapes, and disconnect with the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Our goal is to bring you to places that have limited (or no) access to Wi-Fi, cell service and other technology so you can enjoy authentic learning experiences without modern distractions. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West
by Stegner, Wallace
Here Wallace Stegner, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, gives us a thrilling account of Powell's struggle against western geography and Washington politics. We witness the successes and frustrations of Powell's distinguished career, and appreciate his unparalleled understanding of the West. "Stegner's most exciting work." (San Francisco Chronicle) 496pp
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
by Reisner, Marc
The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecologic and economic disaster. In Cadillac Desert Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West. Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden--and Eden that may be only a mirage. 608pp
An Introduction to Grand Canyon Ecology
by Houk, Rose
56pp
The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons
by Powell, John Wesley
Full text of Powell's 1,000-mile expedition down the fabled Colorado in 1869. Superb account of terrain, geology, vegetation, Indians, famine, mutiny, treacherous rapids, mighty canyons. 240 illustrations. 432pp
There's This River... Grand Canyon Boatman Stories
by Christa Sadler
An anthology of stories and artwork produced entirely by the river guiding community of Grand Canyon. Often hilarious, sometimes bittersweet and always entertaining, these true tales tell the stories of a landscape, a lifestyle and a unique community.
Breaking Into the Current: Boatwomen of the Grand Canyon
by Teal, Louise
In 1973, Marilyn Sayre gave up her job as a computer programmer and became the first woman in twenty years to run a commercial boat through the Grand Canyon. Georgie White had been the first, back in the 1950s, but it took time before other women broke into guiding passengers down the Colorado River. This book profiles eleven of the first full-season Grand Canyon boatwomen, weaving together their various experiences in their own words. Breaking Into the Current is a story of romance between women and a place. Each woman tells a part of every Canyon boatwoman's story: when Marilyn Sayre talks about leaving the Canyon, when Ellen Tibbets speaks of crew camaraderie, or when Martha Clark recalls the thrill of white water, each tells how all were involved in the same romance. All the boatwomen have stories to tell of how they first came to the Canyon and why they stayed. Some speak of how they balanced their passion for being in the Canyon against the frustration of working in a traditionally male-oriented occupation, where today women account for about fifteen percent of the Canyon's commercial river guides. As river guides in love with the Canyon and their work, these women have followed their hearts. "I've done a lot," says Becca Lawton, "but there's been nothing like holding those oars in my hands and putting my boat exactly where I wanted it. Nothing." 178pp
Introduction to Grand Canyon Geology
by Price, L Greer
This overview of Grand Canyon geology is perfect for the first-time visitor or the seasoned Grand Canyon traveler. Chapters cover the basic priciples of geology, the history of geological exploration at Grand Canyon, the canyon's structural features, and the Colorado River. Includes over 70 photos and illustrations, an index, and glossary. 63pp
The Man Who Walked Through Time: The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon
by Fletcher, Colin
The remarkable classic of nature writing by the first man ever to have walked the entire length of the Grand Canyon. 256pp
Field Guide to the Grand Canyon
by Whitney, Stephen R
This book describes and illustrates the area's plants and animals, and offers fascinating in-depth information on the natural history and geology of this dramatic region. 272pp
Living at the Edge: Explorers, Exploiters, and Settlers of the Grand Canyon Region
by Anderson, Michael F
A comprehensive look at the pioneer history of the Grand Canyon Region, from its earliest residents to the creation of the national park at the end of the pioneer era (circa 1920). Included are close to two hundred historic photographs, many never published before, and 12 custom maps of the region. 184pp
I Am the Grand Canyon: The Story of the Havasupai People
by Hirst, Stephen
I Am the Grand Canyon is the story of the Havasupai people. From their origins among the first group of Indians to arrive in North America some 20,000 years ago to their epic struggle to regain traditional lands taken from them in the nineteenth century, the Havasupai have a long and colorful history. The story of this tiny tribe once confined to a too small reservation depicts a people with deep cultural ties to the land, both on their former reservation below the rim of the Grand Canyon and on the surrounding plateaus. 276pp





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