Driving time to river is approx. 120 miles; about 2.5 hours. Short hike of less than 1/8 mile over rocky terrain. Getting on/off raft; help carry personal and group gear to set up camp; camping on sandy beaches. Rafting up to 10 miles throughout the day; class 3 rapids. The Colorado River uses a 1-10 rapid rating scale; Class 3 rapids rated 6 – 7's locally; intensity of rapids depends on river conditions at the time of program.
At the hotel, the buffet will feature choices including waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.
We'll then set out from the hotel and travel through the Navajo reservation, Echo Cliffs, and Marble Canyon to arrive at the Lee's Ferry raft launch point where we'll board rafts and start our journey down John Wesley Powell's "Great Unknown." We will have a thorough safety orientation with our Group Leaders before getting on the rafts.
Buffet lunch on a canyon beach with cold cuts, beverages, and assorted goodies.
Continuing to raft down the Colorado River, we'll learn some of the fascinating story of the Grand Canyon's geology and natural history en route to the first evening's campsite. Upon arrival at our campsite after continuing downstream, we’ll help the crew unload the communal cooking equipment, food, and personal gear from the boats. We’ll each find our own space to set up on the sandy beach. Camp will be exposed to the elements and tents will always be available, but under clear skies most participants opt not to set up a tent and, instead, sleep under the stars. Some beach areas may be small and camping spots will be relatively close together. We will hope for and frequently enjoy balmy days but be prepared for shifts in the weather including cold fronts and wind. Once camp is set up, the crew will prepare a meal. A group toilet system will be set up at camp each evening, with a thorough orientation to the system and hygiene. During the day, female and male areas will be identified along the shoreline and bushes with a discussion of correct protocol.
In the open air, we’ll have a sumptuous meal. All river meals will be buffets. Everyone will be responsible for washing their own dishes and assisting with clean-up as needed.
At leisure. Enjoy the brilliant night sky and hit the sack early to rest up for the next day's adventure. Be ready to pack up camp and continue downstream in the morning.