There are a lot of people who would love to take a Grand Canyon raft trip in theory, but just can’t bring themselves to actually book it.
Common doubts, like “I’m not a camper” or “I couldn’t do that,” might be what keep some people from taking the plunge. What these people might not know, however, is that river outfitters like Grand Canyon Whitewater make these exciting white water rafting trips as easy and comfortable as possible, for all types of people. All you have to do is bring your clothes, sunscreen, and camera, and an experienced river outfitter will take care of the rest.
Whether taking a trip with practiced or first time rafters, Grand Canyon river guides are there to help. Each guide has tons of experience with camping, rafting, and enjoying the outdoors, so they’ll easily show their group how to set up camp and get comfortable in the back country. While out on the river, all guests ride aboard a stable motorized raft, and each passenger will always have an approved life-jacket to wear. If you’re not a strong swimmer, you’ll feel safe knowing that your guide and your group is right there looking out for you.
Camp food is nothing to worry about, either. After a long day of rafting, you’ll get a chance to relax and get to know your river crew and make new friends with other guests over a delicious dinner. During your rafting trip you can expect nutritious and expertly prepared meals all day long, ranging from made-to-order omelets and pancakes in the morning to wild Alaskan Salmon or a juicy steak and potatoes at night. You may even want to top it all off with a mouth-watering Dutch-oven baked brownie. If you have any dietary restrictions or needs, your outfitter is sure to be accommodating.
When night rolls around, some people may not feel comfortable sleeping on the ground. Certain outfitters offer above-ground cots for their guests. Those who choose to will be able to set up a cot on top of the ground tarp and enjoy the stars from a little higher up. Sleeping “inside” is also be an option provided by a large two door tent. If you don’t have any of your own camping gear, sign up with an outfitter like Grand Canyon Whitewater, that will provide each passenger with a freshly-laundered sleeping bag, sheet, and pillow conveniently stowed in a waterproof bag.
For those who are worried about bugs, the Grand Canyon is truly unique. Mosquitoes and other flying insects are virtually non-existent in this desert environment, so even the people who do choose to bring bug spray usually won’t have to use it. Other critters like snakes and scorpions are also seldom seen down by the river, but most groups will have the opportunity to see a Desert Big Horn Sheep or a California condor. If your concern is more with general hygiene, you’ll have the option of bringing a solar shower. Most guests find that bathing in the river is actually quite refreshing.
Using the restroom is also nothing to fear! The “groover” is always the first thing to be set up at camp and the last thing to be packed away. With a shiny white toilet seat just like at home and a new vault for each day, guests will find the restroom situation to be much more comfortable and sanitary than expected – and with a great view!
Grand Canyon river outfitters are always accommodating, and strive to make each individual guest feel comfortable, safe, and happy. Whether you’ve never been camping or you’re an experienced river rafter, a trip rafting the Colorado River is sure to be an exciting and unforgettable experience. Now is the time to book your trip and have an amazing adventure in one of the most peaceful and gorgeous places on earth. No excuses!