Grand Canyon Rafting Companies

Grand Canyon Rafting Companies

There are two types of Grand Canyon Rafting Outfitters. The first called licensed commercial rafting outfitters are the 16 companies that take people on trips down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. The second are the five Grand Canyon private trip outfitters also called the non-commercial trip support companies. These companies provide food and gear for groups that have won a private permit on the river.

Due to the popularity of rafting the Colorado River through Grand Canyon it can be challenging to find space. While there is a rumor that you have to contact companies years in advance, every year there are many spaces that go unused. Below is contact information for all the Grand Canyon rafting outfitters as well as suggestions on how to find an available trip (even this year!).

Grand Canyon National Park Licensed Commercial Rafting Outfitters

Here is a review of the 3 to 18 day whitewater rafting trips through Grand Canyon National Park offered by the 16 outfitters. The company location may or may not be in the same city where they meet trips. There are also one-day and two-day Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trips offered by the Hualapai. A word on the quality of guides for each outfitter, since the Grand Canyon is such a desirable place to work all the outfitters have good guides.

Arizona Raft Adventures (AzRA)

Types of trips: motor, hybrid, all paddle
Launch Points: Lees Ferry, Phantom Ranch
Take-Out Points: Phantom Ranch, Diamond Creek
Trip Length: 6 to 16 days
Meeting Location: Flagstaff, AZ or South Rim Grand Canyon
Ending Location: Flagstaff, AZ or South Rim Grand Canyon
Cost: $2300 to $4700
Minimum Age: 10 years-old

4050 East Huntington Drive Flagstaff, AZ 86004
800-786-7238
[email protected]
azraft.com

Arizona River Runners (ARR)

Types of trips: motor, oar
Launch Points: Lees Ferry, Phantom Ranch, Whitmore Wash
Take-Out Points: Phantom Ranch, Whitmore Wash, Lake Mead
Trip Length: 3 to 13 days
Meeting Location: Marble Canyon, AZ or Las Vegas, NV
Ending Location: Marble Canyon, AZ or Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $1500 to $4325
Minimum Age: 8 years-old

P.O. Box 47788 Phoenix, AZ 85068
800.477.7238
[email protected]
raftarizona.com

show Arizona River Runners motor raft running a big wave in the Colorado River through Grand canyon
Grand Canyon Whitewater Motor Raft

Canyon Explorations/Canyon Expeditions (Can X)

Types of trips: hybrid
Launch Points: Lees Ferry, Phantom Ranch
Take-Out Points: Phantom Ranch, Diamond Creek
Trip Length: 7 to 16 days
Meeting Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Ending Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Cost: $2925 to $4775
Minimum Age: 12 years-old

P.O. Box 310 Flagstaff, AZ 86002
800.654.0723
[email protected]
canyonexplorations.com

Canyoneers

Types of trips: motor, oar
Launch Points: Lees Ferry, Phantom Ranch
Take-Out Points: Phantom Ranch, Diamond Creek
Trip Length: 4 to 14 days
Meeting Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Ending Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Cost: $1575 to $4125
Minimum Age: 8 years-old

P.O. Box 2997, Flagstaff, AZ 86003
(800) 525-0924
[email protected]
www.canyoneers.com

shows what whitewater rafting looks like
Tour West Oar Boat

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions (CRATE)

Types of trips: motor, hybrid, all paddle
Launch Points: Lees Ferry, Phantom Ranch, Whitmore Wash
Take-Out Points: Phantom Ranch, Whitmore Wash, Lake Mead
Trip Length: 4 to 11 days
Meeting Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Ending Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Cost: $1680 to $4285
Minimum Age: 8 years-old

P.O. Box 57575, Salt Lake City, UT 84157-0575
(800) 253-7328
[email protected]
www.crateinc.com

Grand Canyon Discovery

Types of trips: motor, hybrid, all paddle
Launch Points: Lees Ferry, Phantom Ranch
Take-Out Points: Phantom Ranch, Diamond Creek
Trip Length: 6 to 16 days
Meeting Location: Flagstaff, AZ or South Rim Grand Canyon
Ending Location: Flagstaff, AZ or South Rim Grand Canyon
Cost: $2300 to $4700
Minimum Age: 10 years-old

4050 East Huntington Drive Flagstaff, AZ 86004
800-786-7238
[email protected]
www.grandcanyondiscovery.com

Grand Canyon Dories (Dories)

Types of trips: dory
Launch Points: Lees Ferry, Phantom Ranch,Whitmore Wash
Take-Out Points: Phantom Ranch, Whitmore Wash, Diamond Creek, Lake Mead
Trip Length: 5 to 18 days
Meeting Location: Flagstaff, AZ or Las Vegas, NV
Ending Location: Flagstaff, AZ or Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $2749 to $6199
Minimum Age: 12 years-old

P.O. Box 216, Altaville, CA 95221
(800) 877-3679
[email protected]
www.oars.com

Grand Canyon Expeditions (GCE)

Types of trips: motor, dory
Launch Points: Lees Ferry
Take-Out Points: Lake Mead
Trip Length: 8 to 14 days
Meeting Location: Las Vegas, NV
Ending Location: Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $2830 to $4479
Minimum Age: 8 years-old

641 N hwy, US-89, Kanab, UT 84741
(800) 544-2691
[email protected]
www.gcex.com

Grand Canyon Raft Adventures

Types of trips: motor, hybrid, all paddle
Launch Points: Lees Ferry, Phantom Ranch
Take-Out Points: Phantom Ranch, Diamond Creek
Trip Length: 6 to 16 days
Meeting Location: Flagstaff, AZ or South Rim Grand Canyon
Ending Location: Flagstaff, AZ or South Rim Grand Canyon
Cost: $2300 to $4700
Minimum Age: 10 years-old

4050 East Huntington Drive Flagstaff, AZ 86004
800-786-7238
[email protected]
www.azraft.com

Grand Canyon Whitewater (GCW)

Types of trips: motor, oar
Launch Points: Lees Ferry, Whitmore Wash
Take-Out Points: Whitmore Wash, Diamond Creek, Lake Mead
Trip Length: 3 to 15 days
Meeting Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Ending Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Cost: $1475 to $4250
Minimum Age: 10 years-old

PO Box 2848, Flagstaff, AZ 86003
(800) 343-3121
[email protected]
www.grandcanyonwhitewater.com

Grand Canyon outfitter paddle raft

Hatch River Expeditions (Hatch)

Types of trips: motor, oar
Launch Points: Lees Ferry, Phantom Ranch
Take-Out Points: Phantom Ranch, Whitmore Wash
Trip Length: 4 to 12 days
Meeting Location: Marble Canyon, AZ; South Rim Grand Canyon
Ending Location: Marble Canyon, AZ; South Rim Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $1416 to $4554
Minimum Age: 9 years-old

5348 East Burris Lane, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(800) 856-8966
[email protected]
www.hatchriverexpeditions.com

O.A.R.S.

Types of trips: oar
Launch Points: Lees Ferry, Phantom Ranch,Whitmore Wash
Take-Out Points: Phantom Ranch, Whitmore Wash, Diamond Creek, Lake Mead
Trip Length: 5 to 18 days
Meeting Location: Flagstaff, AZ or Las Vegas, NV
Ending Location: Flagstaff, AZ or Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $2749 to $6199
Minimum Age: 12 years-old

P.O. Box 67, Angles Camp, CA 95222
(800) 346-6277
[email protected]
oars.com

Outdoors Unlimited (OU)

Outdoors Unlimited runs one of the faster oar and paddle trips through the canyon. They are know for running all-paddle trips where everyone is required to paddle the entire river.

6900 Townsend Winona Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(800) 637-7238
outdoorsunlimited.com

Tour West

Based in Utah, Tour West runs mainly motor trips and a few oar and paddle raft trips. Tour West also runs other rivers in the western U.S.

P.O. Box 333, Orem, UT 84059
(800) 453-9107
twriver.com

Western River Expeditions (Western)

Western runs mostly motor trips and runs a few oar trips. In addition, they run other western U.S. whitewater rivers.

7258 Racquet Club Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84121
(800) 453-7450
westernriver.com

Wilderness River Adventures – Aramark (Wilderness)

Aramark is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They have a warehouse and office near Lee’s Ferry. Wilderness runs mainly motor trips with a few oar trips sprinkled in.

P.O. Box 717, Page, AZ 86040
(800) 992-8022
riveradventures.com

Finding a Company with Available Grand Canyon Rafting Trips

The best Grand Canyon rafting company is the one that has a right type of trip that works with your schedule and has enough spots. Some people find an outfitter with the right trip for their group by calling a company years in advance to set up a reservation. This option is best for larger groups with limited flexibility regarding when they can run the river. Even then large groups can struggle to find a launch. It is also key to know when outfitters are going to open up their next years dates.

Smaller groups and couples have an easier time especially when they have flexibility in their availability. This summer, like every summer still has space available. The difficulty for smaller groups is finding the best available trip for them from the 16 outfitters offering over 100 different trip options from 3 to 18 days. While people will call all the companies until they find a trip that works with their schedule and needs, many find it easier to make one call or email to Rivers and Oceans (they book with all the companies). They guarantee the same price the outfitter is offering and can point you towards the best company and trip for you.