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Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour

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Peach Springs, United States
Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour

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icon17 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Add a thrilling outdoor adventure to any Las Vegas or Flagstaff vacation with this guided whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River. Take a road trip to Peach Springs, Arizona, home of the Hualapai Indians at the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Then, challenge the mighty Colorado River’s varied rapids on a 40-mile (64-kilometer) journey through the canyon, taking a side hike to a travertine waterfall along the way. Boxed lunch is included, and an optional hotel pickup and drop-off is available to purchase.
  • Drive your own car to join your Grand Canyon whitewater rafting tour
  • Follow Native Hualapai Indian guides through the Grand Canyon
  • See beautiful natural waterfalls hidden throughout the canyon
  • Whitewater raft down 40 miles (64 kilometers) of the mighty Colorado River
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Round-trip transportation from Las Vegas (if option selected)
Hotel pickup and drop off
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Rescheduling within 30 days of date of travel will result in a USD$25 fee per person

After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

This activity will end right where it started.
Begin this exciting outdoor day trip by driving from Las Vegas or Flagstaff to Peach Springs, Arizona—a 2.5-hour journey southeast from Sin City and a 1.5-hour trek west from Flagstaff. From Vegas, drive over the breathtaking Hoover Dam Bypass to Kingman, Arizona, then continue east on famous Route 66 to the Hualapai Indian community of Peach Springs. From Flagstaff, drive through the Kaibab National Forest to Route 66 to Peach Springs. Alternatively, arrange for round-trip transportation.

Note: Please allow ample driving time to arrive in Peach Springs no later than 7:30 am for a van transfer to the river.

At the banks of the Colorado River, meet the Native American river guide, who will provide a brief safety orientation and equipment overview before boarding a pontoon raft. From there, the voyage continues along 40 miles (64 kilometers) of the Colorado River with a total of six sets of rated rapids before the water evens out. Stops are made throughout the trip to discover hidden canyons and waterfalls, including a side hike to a travertine waterfall.

Enjoy a complimentary boxed lunch in the solitude of the canyon and be sure to bring a waterproof camera for incredible photo opportunities.

Return by van to Peach Springs and your awaiting car for your return journey to Las Vegas or Flagstaff.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Grand Canyon National Park
Your native Hualapai guide will guide you through class 3 to class 6 rapids on your 40-mile (64km) journey through the Grand Canyon. Stops are made throughout the trip so you can discover hidden canyons and waterfalls, including Tavertine Waterfall. A boxed lunch is included which you can enjoy in the solitude of the canyon. Be sure to bring your camera for incredible photo opportunities!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
As we raft down the mighty Colorado we flow from the Grand Canyon National Park into the Lake Mead National Recreation Area where the tour ends at Pearce Ferry, Arizona.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Transportation option is only available from Las Vegas. Transportation is not available from Flagstaff or Sedona, Arizona.
  • Please note: rescheduling within 30 days of date of travel will result in a USD$25 fee per person.
  • Important: In order for local operator to confirm this tour ALL traveler names must be provided as they appear on a government issued ID such as a driver's license or passport. Your tour will not be confirmed unless all names are provided.
  • All travelers MUST bring a government issued ID on the day of the tour
  • We recommend you wear shorts and a T-shirt made with fast-drying material and a swimsuit underneath. Also, wear tennis shoes or river-type sandals (not flip-flops) and sun block.
  • We recommend you bring a light backpack, a hat with a retention strap, sunglasses, waterproof or Ziploc bag for your camera, and money (for souvenirs and tips). Please do not bring valuables.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Lets Go Grand Canyon Tours
You can cancel up to 31 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • If you cancel less than 30 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 30 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 31 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
How long is the drive to the launch location for the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:The drive is about 180 miles in each direction from Las Vegas. Please allow ample driving time to arrive in Peach Springs no later than 7:30 am for a van transfer to the river.
Jul 2021
Q:
Is there an option that includes round-trip transportation from Las Vegas?
A:Yes! Please search "5167WWR" for the package with transportation included.
Jul 2021
Q:
How long do we spend on the water during the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:You will cover 57 miles (92 kilometers) of the Colorado River with a total of six sets of rated rapids. You will be on the water from approximately 8:30 am to 4 pm.
Jul 2021
Q:
Can I participate in the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour if I don't know how to swim?
A:Absolutely! Life vests are provided to keep everyone safe.
Jul 2021
Q:
How fit do I need to be to participate in the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:The raft is motorized, so you do not need to be in excellent shape. The most strenuous part of the trip is a short hike/walk up a sandy trail for approximately 5 mins to see the Mineral Springs Waterfall.
Jul 2021
Q:
Can I participate in the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour if I have no prior experience?
A:No prior experience is required, in fact, this is a great introductory trip for people who are new to white water rafting!
Jul 2021
Q:
How many people fit in a single raft during the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:Each raft carries eight people.
Jul 2021
Q:
What type of safety gear is provided during the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:Life vests and rain gear are provided to all guests.
Jul 2021
Q:
What should I wear on the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:Wear shorts and a t-shirt made with fast-drying material and a swimsuit underneath, close-toed shoes or river-type sandals (not flip-flops), and sunblock.
Jul 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:Bring a light backpack, a reusable water bottle, a hat with a retention strap, sunglasses, a towel, a waterproof bag for your camera (eg ziplock bag) and money (for souvenirs and tips). Please do not bring valuables.
Jul 2021
Q:
What kind of rapids will we encounter during the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:There are seven sets of rapids ranging from 3 - 5 1/2 on the National scale.
Jul 2021
Q:
What are grade 3 rapids?
A:Grade 3 rapids have waves up to 4 or 5 feet tall that will crash over the bow and provide plenty of excitement and fun with a guide at the helm!
Jul 2021
Q:
What are grade 4 rapids?
A:Grade 4 rapids have larger waves, narrow passages, and multiple obstacles to avoid. These rapids tend to be longer, steeper, and more "technical" which translates to turns, spins, and lateral moves across the current.
Jul 2021
Q:
What are grade 5 rapids?
A:Grade 5 rapids are bigger and more intense, with strong currents, big waves, and boulders.
Jul 2021
Q:
Are vegetarian or other dietary options available for lunch on the Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:Yes, please list any dietary restrictions in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout. Be sure to contact the local operator at the phone number on your ticket to reconfirm any needs/requests.
Jul 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "Wear sunscreen and a protective hat, you are in the sun most of the day!" See review
  • "No helmets are given out, NO instructions as to what to do if you go in." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-1
Viator should be avoided at all costs!!!!!!
Kathleen_S
, Sep 2021
Booked with Viator believing they were an honest company. Had an amazing river trip and loved having the Hualapai tribe take us down the river. However, Viator doubled the price and when questioned and asked for their "meet the price" refund, they began giving every excuse in the book, even sending me an empty website with no trips whatsoever on it. I will never book with them again!!! Do your homework when you find a tour and avoid Viator!!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
I'm am surely happy you had a great time on the tour as that is the most important thing. As for the pricing issue, there are many different types of Grand Canyon Water Tours from Pontoons to up river trips that are substantially less than the White Water. Our pricing has been in line with everyone for 20 years. I hope this solves the mystery Best Randy
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Loved it!
Joanna_T
, Sep 2021
Riding the rapids was so exciting. Our raft guide made sure we were safe while having maximum fun! The water is quite bracing at first but feels nice an a warm day. Then after lunch it is a calm, slow ride to the pick up area. Bus driver was wonderful too! Just remember there are no restrooms while on the River. The ride to and from the river is very bumpy because of dirt roads. If you get motion sickness take precautions.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It's nice to see all these great reviews as we all know things can sometimes go wrong and we appreciate those who take time and acknowledge the good ones. Best to you and your family. Randy
star-5
A must do Grand Canyon experience
pamela-mcg
, Aug 2021
Loved every minute, our guide Trent was terrific, knowledgeable, adventurous, expert and funny and made our trip more than we could have imagined. Trent made the rapid's exciting, fun and told us stories of interesting parts of the canyon as we passed. We felt completely safe and loved the cooling off of the water even though we were completely soaked. The waterfall was a highlight too. We would highly recommend this all day tour. The 2nd half floating down stream after lunch could be a bit shorter if there was another place to disembark.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for the review. We are always happy to see positive reviews and are glad to see your family had a great time. Hope to see you again soon, Randy
star-5
A Must Do experience!
Jessica_J
, Jul 2021
The entire experience was AMAZING! Our guide Elias was very nice and handled the Colorado river and it’s rapids with ease. Definitely a “must do” experience!!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Very glad you had a great time. Thank you for taking the time to tell us of your experience. I look forward to seeing you all next time. Randy
star-4
Good time on the colorado
Mark_Olbrych
, May 2021
Guides were great. Very helpful and nice. Great equipment. Distance a little bit long and flat at mid point.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
sorry it took so long for me to comment on your review. We are proud of our trip and this year has been a trying one on all of us. Demand has skyrocketed and we've been busy. The boats have been pushed hard and they are just getting the maintenance back in control. I appreciate you nice review as we do take pride in what we put out there. I hope to see you all again soon, Best to you and all of your family, Cheers, Randy
star-5
Excellent
Hemini_P
, Oct 2020
It was excellent and amazing experience!! Our guide Kevin was knowledgeable and funny and very helpful!! We had lot of fun and i will recommend this tour!!
star-5
White water experience.
Jeffrey_W
, Jul 2020
Excellent adventure. Well worth the price. Guide was competent, friendly, & made every attempt to accommodate..
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Caution! If it goes as planned great, but safety not a priority
Traveler29199870564
, Sep 2019
Caution!! Take waiver seriously. While everything went okay on our individual boat, and sights were phenomenal, another boat in our group flipped in the rapids, tossing all occupants and resulting in 2 serious head injuries and life flight. could have been avoided! No helmets are given out, NO instructions as to what to do if you go in. THE MOTOR FAILED on first boat that flipped and another boat the motor simply FELL OFF into rapids. We had to wait for a new motor to be put on our boat before we departed! No radios to communicate between boats. Ripped dry bags for your belongings. Horrible organization of bus rides to and from boats resulting in hour long waits back to your car. A lot of confusion. It was breathtaking, but go in knowing the risks you take. SAFETY was not a priority.
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great way to celebrate your 30th birthday
b0udg
, Sep 2019
I booked this trip for my husband’s 30th birthday! It’s was so much better than we imagined! Tips: you will get wet and be in those wet clothes the whole time (but you also dry quickly)! Bring your camera with extra memory! They provide water the entire day and provide lunch! Wear sunscreen and a protective hat, you are in the sun most of the day! Shorty was our guide and he was amazing! Bring cash to tip your guide!
star-5
Experience of a Lifetime.
jbran37
, Aug 2019
I was a little apprehensive at first because of the price being a little above what I wanted to spend, but man I'm glad I did it. The action started right away with our van driver taking us down the winding dirt roads that lead to the river at a pretty good clip, I kinda felt bad for the van. As soon as we got on the raft our guides introduced themselves, gave a few pointers, don't fall off, etc... and it was into the rapids right away! The hike to the cave and waterfall was pretty short, but it was fun climbing the rocks to reach the cave. We continued downriver and hit a few more good rapids, then stopped at a scenic point to stretch our legs before having lunch on the river between rapids. Once past the bigger rapids the views kept us in awe and constantly snapping pictures. We opted not to take the helicopter out of the canyon early and stayed on the raft and ended up spotting a small herd of bighorn sheep. I really can't say enough good about our guides, very knowledgeable and friendly. We went in mid August, it was very hot. I highly recommend wearing lots of sun protection, hat, balaclava, long sleeve shirt, and lightweight fast drying pants, sunscreen will get washed off pretty quickly.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for that great review. We try very hard to put a smile on everyone's face and I'm glad we did it again here. Your review was thorough and accurate on the day and your tips are very helpful. Thank you again and we hope to see you on another adventure soon. Randy

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