Exploring & Rafting the Western Grand Canyon With Your Family

Explore the Western Grand Canyon with your family as you whitewater raft the Colorado River, learn about the life of a cowboy and ride a helicopter above it all!
Rating (5)
Program No. 9878RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,599 / ADULT
1,199 / CHILD
6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5B 4L 5D
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At a Glance

Share with your family the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Colorado River in the depths of the Grand Canyon. With experienced river runners, navigate exhilarating whitewater rapids. Take part in outdoor field trips on the water, on the ground and in the sky as you learn about the geology, natural history and native peoples of the Grand Canyon. Round out a rousing week with s'mores and stories by the campfire!
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 ...

  • Raft 37 wild and scenic miles of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
  • Take a spectacular flight by helicopter from the river to the rim of the Grand Canyon.
  • 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.

General Notes

This is a Family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 9 and up. Children must be 9 years old for rafting/helicopter rides. For a comparable adventure for just grandparents and grandchildren, check out "Exploring & Rafting the Western Grand Canyon With Your Grandchild" (#2519)! Please note, helicopters cannot fly in excessively hot and/or windy conditions for safety reasons. Although this happens very infrequently, it remains a possibility. In that event, the raft trip will be extended to a location where ground transportation can reach the group.
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Karen Landis
Karen Landis' front door opened up onto Route 66 for 38 years, giving her status as a Route 66 legend in the Seligman stretch of the road. In 1984, a customer at her Route 66 convenience store mustered the gumption to ask her to marry him, and Karen and Mike Landis — a legend himself and known as Arizona's No. 1 cowboy — ranched together for 29 years. Under Mike's tutelage and her indomitable spirit, Karen became a 'cowboy' in her own right and the two of them became one of the best-known ranching couples in northwest Arizona. Karen's independent spirit and ropin' and ridin' skills have opened up new perspectives to countless Road Scholar participants.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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