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Rafting on Colorado River, Arizona
So youve decided to take Colorado River rafting trip. First
you should consider whether you wish to travel with a commercial
outfitter or on your own.
Non-Commercial River Permit
Obtaining a Non-Commercial River Permit through the Grand Canyon
National Park can be obtained by calling toll free 1-800-959-9164
or outside the U.S. at 520-638-7843. FAX number is (520) 638-7844.
You may also write to:
Grand Canyon River Permits Office
Grand Canyon National Park
PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
For any additional information regarding the permit, the fees
and the application, please visit the Grand Canyon Official web
The following commercial operators are National Park Service concessioners
that currently run river trips and/or offer boat and equipment rentals
on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. Most of them operate
April through October.
Commercial whitewater trips through Grand Canyon begin at Lees
Ferry (just 6 miles from Marble Canyon, Arizona) and vary from 3
days to 3 weeks in length. Some companies offer partial trips ending
at, or starting from, Phantom Ranch, which is accessible only by
trail from Grand Canyon Village or the North Rim. Partial trips
are also available from other points along the river.
Food, portable sanitation facilities, some or all necessary camping
equipment and guide services are provided by the river companies.
Rates can vary from $700 to $3000 depending on trip length and transportation
costs. Reduced family, children, group, and off-season rates are
sometimes available. Most offer private charter trips in addition
to their regularly scheduled trips, some offer trips for people
with disabilities. Since the number of visitors on the Colorado
River is limited, you must make reservations for these trips well
in advance. The larger your group or more restricted your time period
is, the more it pays to plan ahead.
Click here for a list of commercial tour
Official park information: