Grand Canyon River Rafting

The Colorado River flows through the Grand Canyon from Arizona to Utah. Along the way there are many whitewater rapids, ranging from Class 1 (very small) to Class 6 (the highest ranking there is). No matter one's experience level, seeking out a rafting trip throughout this area is a must-do: rafting enthusiasts believe this should be included on everyone's life to-do list.

Grand Canyon river rafting offers travelers a chance to experience these rapids. Some trips carry people over the smaller rapids, so they can enjoy the scenery and tranquility of the Canyon, while others will take you from a Class 1 rapid to a Class 6 rapid in a matter of minutes (making you wonder exactly at which rapid you left your stomach).

Grand Canyon river rafting can be done in one day, seven days, fourteen days, or even as long as twenty-eight days. How long one goes for depends strictly on how long an adventure they are up for. The longer ones do involve sleeping out under the stars and, in general, “roughing it”, but they are definitely worth it, especially if someone enjoys the outdoors.

Many Grand Canyon river rafting trips are guided, while there are others people can experience themselves. No matter which rafting trip is chosen—guided or on one's own—the visitors of the Grand Canyon and rafting enthusiasts will have to apply for a permit to raft the Colorado side of the canyon.

Rafting does not necessarily mean riding in a “glorified” rubber boat. There are several types of craft that those choosing to raft can choose from. These include regular inner tubes (for that quiet float down the calm parts of the river) to those which must be paddled, to motor-driven craft. There are even some hybrid craft, for those who are trying to do everything the “green” way.

Expect to get wet on these trips, but, hey, that’s part of the fun. Rafters should just make sure they have some kind of waterproof or water-resistant footwear. This will help maintain their balance in the raft, as well as protect their feet from rocks and other sharp objects when they have to get out of the craft.

All one needs is a bathing suit, old clothes and an abundance of sunscreen (especially if they are planning on taking a summer trip). Get ready to enjoy a Grand Canyon river rafting trip!

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