Whitewater in the Grand Canyon is one of the greatest
things you can do in the park and will make memories that
will probably stay with you for the rest of your life.
Because the experience is such a rush, whitewater rafting
in the Grand Canyon is something you walk away but something
that will be around very vividly in your mind for years
and years to come. Not only is the rafting such a rush
and wonder, but so is the beautiful scenery which surrounds
you on your adventure. This experience is obviously desired
by many because of the long waiting list which is usually
close to 7,000 names long. If 7,000 names doesn't seem
long, than think about 10 years. If you would like to
get on the river, you will be waiting about this long.
get on the waiting list, you must first submit an application.
Applications for permits are received by the park during
the month of February only. If you would like to order
an application, call this number: (800) 959-9164. This
will get you started on your journey of running the river.
A small fee will be required when you turn in your application,
and an annual fee will be required after that to keep
you on the list.
add to the beauty of all of this is the knowledge that
no two river trips will ever be the same due to the condition
of water, sun, wildlife and much more. Also accessible
by raft are side canyons and some of the best scenery
that would be nearly impossible to reach by foot.
adventures will begin in Marble Canyon which was first
explored by John Wesley Powell. Coming out of Marble Canyon,
you will pass the following landmarks.
Bridge, Mile 4 - An engineering marvel, spanning
the canyon at 467 feet.
Mile 20.5 - After a rain, this tributary becomes a heaven
Grotto, Mile 29 - A beautiful, but dangerous, side
Paradise, Mile 32 - A lush sojourn.
Mile 33 - A huge, sandy bottomed canyon.
Granaries, Mile 53 - Cliff-bound Anasazi granaries
that make a good place to hike. With the confluence
of the Little Colorado River, the Grand Canyon officially
begins. The next stretch has many rapids.
Chasm (Royal Arch Creek), Mile 117 - A small tributary
that strikes many as enchanted - hence the name.
River, Mile 134 - Seen rushing from a limestone
cave, this is probably the shortest river in the world.
Very beautiful with good hike.
Creek, Mile 136 - A must stop for a dip in the pool
underneath a 100 foot high water fall. The hike above
travels through a canyon of pools with Anasazi petroglyphs.
Mile 157 - The "Land that is Green." Tribal
lands with wonderful hiking. Great waterfalls and swimming.
Falls Rapid, Mile 179 - Lava Flow creating an extreme
rapid which. This along would probably make a memorable
Canyon, Mile 240. This is the spot where three members
of Powell's expedition decided to strike out on their
own rather than risk their lives on what was once a
truly fearsome rapid. They were never heard from again.
your chance finally comes around the next decade, you
may be planning on hiring a commercial guide to take you
on the best whitewater on the river and to take you to
your destination safely. If you are one of the 70 percent
of the people who plan on this, make sure you are willing
to pay around $2,000 dollars per person. This is the average
charge of most commercial guides in the area.