2114
Arizona
Rafting Grand Canyon's Colorado River: The Ultimate White Water Adventure
Fulfill the dream of a lifetime and come to the Grand Canyon to raft the Colorado River! Plus, learn about the region’s natural history and hike to archeological ruins.
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Program No. 2114RJ
Length
10 days
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10 days
9 nights
26 meals
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Getting There
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Flagstaff, AZ
D
La Quinta Inn

Afternoon: Program registration in the hotel lobby from 4:00 - 4:15 PM followed immediately by orientation and introductions.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant at 5:15 PM.

Evening: Arizona Rafting Adventures rafting company orientation 7:00 - 8:30 PM where you'll get your dry bags. Final packing of personal gear after meeting.

DAY
2
Lee's Ferry via Navajo Res., Load & Launch, Raft Col. River
Grand Canyon, AZ
B,L,D
Grand Canyon Campsites along river

Activity note: Sit on a raft watching the canyon flow past, get on and off raft, help carry gear to set up camp, optional short hike to a scenic wonder.

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: After breakfast, travel through Cameron and along the Painted Desert, Echo Cliffs and Marble Canyon to Lee's Ferry raft launch point. Board rafts start our journey down John Wesley Powell's "Great Unknown".

Lunch: River lunch on a beach with coldcuts and assorted goodies.

Afternoon: Following a beach lunch, Continue traveling down the Colorado River beginning the fascinating story of Grand Canyon's geology and natural history en route to the first evening's campsite.

Dinner: Another sumptuous meal cooked in the open air. Count on at least one night of dutch oven cooking.

Evening: Help the crew unload the boats and get used to the camp set up, finding your own site to set up your camp. Once camp is set up, crew will prepare a meal. Relax in the evening under the stars.

DAY
3
Rafting Marble Canyon, Incomparable Views & Stunning Stops
Grand Canyon, AZ
B,L,D
Grand Canyon Campsites along river

Activity note: Sit on a raft watching the canyon flow past, get on and off raft, help carry gear to set up camp, optional short hike to a scenic wonder.

Breakfast: “Wake up early to the shout of “coffeeeeee!” as your guides prepare tasty fixings to include, depending on the day, scrambled eggs, french toast, fresh fruit, bacon, orange juice, bagels...“

Morning: Break camp and help load the raft. Rafting downstream with interpretation of geologic, natural and human history anecdotes en route.

Lunch: River lunch on a beach with coldcuts and assorted goodies.

Afternoon: After lunch, continue rafting downstream, further into the Grand Canyon, with stops for short side hikes.

Dinner: Freshly prepared meals every night. You may offer to help the crew in prep and clean up. Wonderful fare served up every night in beautiful riverside settings.

Evening: After setting up camp for the evening, enjoy chatting with new friends, take a hike before dinner or wash up in the cold water of the river!

DAY
4
Another Day in Paradise
Grand Canyon, AZ
B,L,D
Grand Canyon Campsites along river

Activity note: Sit on a raft watching the canyon flow past, get on and off raft, help carry gear to set up camp, optional short hike to a scenic wonder.

Breakfast: “Wake up early to the shout of “coffeeeeee!” as your guides prepare tasty fixings to include, depending on the day, scrambled eggs, french toast, fresh fruit, bacon, orange juice, bagels...“

Morning: After breakfast by the river, assist in loading raft, climb aboard and float downstream.

Lunch: River lunch on a beach with coldcuts, peanut butter and assorted goodies.

Afternoon: After lunch, raft down the river, deeper into the Grand Canyon, with stops for short side hikes. Continued interpretation by raft guides about passing sights.

Dinner: Find a spot on the beach to enjoy another delicious and filling meal.

Evening: Enjoy the evening chatting with the group, writing in your journal or looking up from your campspot as the stars begin to pop out.

DAY
5
Following the Rhythm of the River, River Odyssey
Grand Canyon, AZ
B,L,D
Grand Canyon Campsites along river

Activity note: Sit on a raft watching the canyon flow past, get on and off raft, help carry gear to set up camp, optional short hike to a scenic wonder.

Breakfast: “Wake up early to the shout of “coffeeeeee!” as your guides prepare tasty fixings to include, depending on the day, scrambled eggs, french toast, fresh fruit, bacon, orange juice, bagels...“

Morning: Before breaking camp, breakfast by the river. Then float downstream, running rapids, learning how to read the river and stopping for side hikes.

Lunch: River lunch on a beach with coldcuts, peanut butter and assorted goodies.

Afternoon: After lunch, continue rafting downstream, approaching the halfway point of the river's path through the Grand Canyon. Cool off with a river dunk before reboarding boats after lunch. Exploration of side canyons/hikes at the discretion of river guides.

Dinner: Once the crew has set up facilities for the evening, they will prepare dinner.

Evening: Another evening in a different camp with a different view. Aaah, life doesn't get much better than this!

DAY
6
Exploration of the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon, AZ
B,L,D
Grand Canyon Campsites along river

Activity note: Sit on a raft watching the canyon flow past, get on and off raft, help carry gear to set up camp, optional short hike to a scenic wonder.

Breakfast: By now, you know the drill! "Coffeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!"

Morning: Gaze in wonder at the Canyon's many geologic sites while scanning the beaches and rocky crags for desert bighorn sheep, mule deer while swallows skitter just above the river's surface in search of rare insects.

Lunch: River lunch on a beach with coldcuts, peanut butter and assorted goodies.

Afternoon: After lunch, more exploration of the Grand Canyon and its side canyons. Engage all your senses - sights, sounds, smells, the sun's heat, the chilling refreshment and power of the river's water - while experiencing the wonders of the Canyon.

Dinner: Sometimes the crew will set out cheese and crackers before the evening meal is prepared.

Evening: After completing the day's rafting, camp will be set up, and dinner prepared.

DAY
7
Continue Rafting with Hiking & Scenic Stops
Grand Canyon, AZ
B,L,D
Grand Canyon Campsites along river

Activity note: Sit on a raft watching the canyon flow past, get on and off raft, help carry gear to set up camp, optional short hike to a scenic wonder.

Breakfast: “Wake up early to the shout of “coffeeeeee!” as your guides prepare tasty fixings to include -- depending on the day -- scrambled eggs, french toast, fresh fruit, bacon, orange juice, bagels...“

Morning: You and the river are now in sync. The camp routine is second nature and you look forward to another day in paradise, another day of new sights, another day with new friends.

Lunch: River lunch on a beach with coldcuts, peanut butter and assorted goodies.

Afternoon: Relish every moment. The journey continues...

Dinner: Find a spot on the beach to enjoy another delicious and filling meal.

Evening: Once camp is set up for the evening, the crew will prepare dinner.

DAY
8
Side Canyons & River Views
Grand Canyon, AZ
B,L,D
Grand Canyon Campsites along river

Activity note: Sit on a raft watching the canyon flow past, get on and off raft, help carry gear to set up camp, optional short hike to a scenic wonder.

Breakfast: “Wake up early to the shout of “coffeeeeee!” as your guides prepare tasty fixings to include, depending on the day, scrambled eggs, french toast, fresh fruit, bacon, orange juice, bagels...“

Morning: After breakfast, break camp, load the boat which has become your home away from home, and embark on the last full day on the river.

Lunch: River lunch on a beach with coldcuts, peanut butter and assorted goodies.

Afternoon: After lunch, rafting and exploration in the lower end of the Grand Canyon. Take note of the awesome power of lava in the preserved lava flows in this part of the Canyon.

Dinner: Find a spot on the beach to enjoy another delicious and filling meal.

Evening: Your last night on the river. As much as you look forward to a shower, now is the time to breathe deeply of the Canyon's essence and preserve in your mind the special place you've had a privilege to experience during the last week. Feel the sand between your toes one last time as you drift off to sleep under a star-filled sky...

DAY
9
Diamond Creek, Historic Route 66, Arrive in Flagstaff
Flagstaff, AZ
B,L,D
La Quinta Inn

Activity note: Help unload raft.

Breakfast: By now, you know the drill! "Coffeeeeeeee!"

Morning: After breakfast, raft to Diamond Creek on the Hualapai Reservation and the take out. Unpack and load the bus for the trip back to Flagstaff. Please note: The road from Diamond Creek to Seligman includes 20 miles of dirt road and is often bumpy and rutted. Those with back concerns should request sitting in the front of the bus.

Lunch: "River-style" lunch in Seligman. You won't want to miss the Snow Cap Drive-In, a Route 66 Institutiton. Flush toilet at last!

Afternoon: Travel through the Hualapai Reservation to Route 66. Late afternoon arrival back to "civilization" , hotel check in and a long, hot shower in Flagstaff.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow intrepid adventurers!

Evening: Time to recap the trip of a lifetime and plan your next Road Scholar adventure with new friends.

DAY
10
Program Concludes
Flagstaff, AZ
B

Breakfast: Program ends after breakfast with independent departures.