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Grand Canyon Rafting -- Lees Ferry to Phantom Ranch

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: High intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling. May experience dramatic changes in altitude. Extreme activities included. Extreme
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
7 days
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  • Grand Canyon Rafting on the Colorado River
  • Explore Redwall Cavern & Nautiloid Canyon
  • Hike to Nankoweep & explore Native American ruins
  • Raft 19 major rapids like Unkar, Hance, Sockdolager & Grapevine
  • Lees Ferry rafting to Phantom Ranch ends with a hike out on Bright Angel Trail

Short Description

This 87-mile section of the Colorado River is an excellent introduction to the Grand Canyon as the rapids progress from moderate to extra large and the cliffs and rock layers rise higher and higher. We see some of the most striking and vibrantly colored limestone cliffs as we pass Arizona's Marble Canyon. Our Grand Canyon adventure includes visits to Native American ruins, the fern-fringed spring of Vasey’s Paradise, the cool recess of Redwall Cavern, ancient fossils and a swim in the turquoise blue Little Colorado. At the end of the week of floating, hiking and camping in the Grand Canyon's majesty, we arrive at the boat beach near Phantom Ranch, deep in the Granite Gorge. After a final night in the canyon, this Grand Canyon rafting trip concludes with a dramatic 9.7 mile hike up to the South Rim the following morning.

O.A.R.S. Grand Canyon, Inc. is an authorized concessioner of Grand Canyon National Park.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Flagstaff
End City Las Vegas

Travel Theme

High Adventure


United States

Cities & Attractions

Grand Canyon


Canoeing Hiking

Age Requirement


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Trip Includes

  • Transportation by van from Flagstaff to put-in at Lees Ferry
  • Expedition equipment, including highest quality rafts, two-person shared tent, personal flotation
  • device (PFD), helmet, waterproof bags, camp chair, eating utensils, plates and cups
  • Skilled, professional, experienced guides
  • Meals from lunch on day 1 to a sack lunch on your last day while hiking out of the canyon.
  • Overnight at Phantom Ranch on last night in a dorm (bunk beds, air cooled, shower, sink and toilet
  • facilities) or continue camping when not available*
  • Transport of one (1) duffel per person by mule from Phantom Ranch to the South Rim

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  • Shuttle from our meeting point in Flagstaff, AZ to our put-in below Glen Canyon Dam at Lees Ferry
  • We enter Marble Canyon and within the first few miles of the trip we see the first signs of the fascinating geology of the canyon as the Kaibab and Toroweap formations make their appearance, followed by Coconino Sandstone
  • Raft Badger and Soap Creek rapids before stopping to camp at a sandy beach
  • The first signs of Esplanade Sandstone appear in the canyon walls followed by the Wescogame, Manakacha and Watahomigi formations as we negotiate a series of 8 medium intensity rapids
  • As we float deeper into the canyon past Vasey’s Paradise we reach Redwall Cavern, a vast chamber in the canyon wall that Powell estimated would seat 50,000 people
  • Deeper still, we raft through Mile 36 Rapid and Mauv Limestone appears in the canyon walls followed by Temple Butte Limestone and Bright Angel Shale
  • A hike to the ancient Native American granaries at Nankoweap rewards us with one of the best downriver views in the Grand Canyon
  • The canyon begins to spread out in front of us as we encounter Tanner, Unkar, Nevills and the formidable Hance Rapid
  • Black Vishnu Schist and pink Zoroaster Granite (some two billion years old) appear in the canyon walls
  • Spend our last night in the canyon at Phantom Ranch before hiking 9.7 miles out of the canyon on the Bright Angel Trail the next morning


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Grand Canyon Rafting -- Lees Ferry to Phantom Ranch

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Amazing river rafting experience!

We did the river rafting adventure on the Tuolumne River!! It was an amazing adventure filled with excitement the entire day. We intend to plan all our vacations around areas O.A.R.S. offers such great adventures! You gotta try this in your lifetime and you gotta do it with O.A.R.S.
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Amazing guides!

We just did a 6 day trip on the San Juan river in Utah. As one can imagine, the canyons are breathtaking, the river was indescribably beautiful. But, the standout of the entire vacation, The guides are AMAZING: Jeremy, Thomas and Cade made this a great first camping trip for my 5 year old. They were nurturing, caring, passionate and encouraging all through the trip, now we cant wait to go again very soon.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Age Notes

Min. Age: 12

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Trip Excludes

  • Transportation to Flagstaff and back from the South Rim
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations and meals
  • Grand Canyon National Park Entrance Fee
  • Items of a personal nature (an equipment list will be provided)
  • Sleeping bags and pads (these items may be rented from O.A.R.S.)
  • Insurance of any kind, including travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities

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