Family Adventure: Exploring and Rafting in Western Grand Canyon
Explore Western Grand Canyon and its natural history as you and your family whitewater raft the Colorado River, learn about the life of a cowboy and ride a helicopter above it all!
Program No. 9878RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Colorado River in the depths of the Grand Canyon. Spend a full day on the river with experienced guides and instructors, rafting 37 miles through the canyon and exiting the canyon via a spectacular helicopter flight to the rim. Along the way, learn about the geology, natural history and native peoples of Grand Canyon.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to one mile on uneven terrain. Must be able to get in, out of rafts. Elevations up to 7,000 feet.
Family Programs
Family Programs
Share your love of learning with your family. These programs are designed for any combination of generations: grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and children.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Drive the only road to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and picnic and play on a Colorado River beach, deep in the Canyon on the Hualapai Reservation.
  • Experience the unique desert environment of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon and learn about some of its human history and exploration.
  • Meet local cowboys and learn about Arizona cowboy life and lore, including roping and riding. Enjoy a campfire and s'mores.

General Notes

This is a Family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 9 and up. For a comparable intergenerational adventure for just grandparents and grandchildren, check out program #2519!
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Matt Turner
Since he decided to attend high school in Southwest Colorado, Matt Turner has been in love with the natural wonders of the Four Corners region prompting him to obtain a degree in Natural History from Prescott College. In addition to working as a field biologist and ecological consultant, he is an avid photographer, leads trips throughout the Southwest, across rivers and in the backcountry. As a naturalist, he hopes to impart a unique perspective of the region's natural environment in all of its visitors.
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