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.
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Program No. 2114RJ
10 days
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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.
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