For many, it was the camaraderie of their fellow passengers. Because the Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, it attracts curious, adventurous people, just like you, from all over the globe. Put them together on a small raft and a medium-sized camp for a week or two, and they’ll emerge on the other side lifelong friends.
Whatcha waiting for? The biggest misconception about taking a Grand Canyon river trip is that there is a long waiting list. If you want to take a private trip, yes, there's a bit of a wait. But if you want to take a commercial trip you can book it right now for any month next summer.
All the food and gear is provided by the river company. You only need to bring personal items like sunscreen, toothbrush, camera and a change of clothes.
A seven-day motorized raft trip in the Grand Canyon costs about $2,500 for adults and $2,100 for kids 16 and younger. Oar trips cost a little more.
Wilderness River Adventures: 1-800-992-8022. www.riveradventures.com
Grand Canyon Expeditions: 1-866-360-4206. www.gcex.com
Western River Adventures: 1-866-904-1160. www.westernriver.com
Steven Law writes science articles and features for KSL.com, but prior to that he was a Grand Canyon river guide for eight years.
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