|Grand Canyon Greenpan|
There are few places in the United States filled with more beauty than the Grand Canyon. When you travel to Las Vegas, Nevada and you go to see the Grand Canyon, you will first realize just how massive and grand it is! This amazing winding rock formation with a river nestled neatly in the bottom can be experienced either from above, by hiking down and up or by riding the rapids. We want to tell you why you should choose to raft your way through the crazy winding river.
|Grand Canyon Rafting expedition|
When you choose to travel down the Colorado River, you are in for a ride like no other. There are certain areas of the Grand Canyon National Park that have no other way of getting to them, just river access. This lends for a much more special trip, seeing places that few others have dared to go. You will find hidden treasures like waterfalls and side canyons. The whitewater of the Colorado River itself is a mysteriously fascinating and wild stretch as it rolls and twists through the valleys and rocky terrain of the Canyon.
|Whitewater rafting Colorado River|
From the beginning to the end (Lees Ferry to Lake Mead), rafting the Canyon takes an exhausting 17 days to complete. A seven day portion of the river from the South Rim to Phantom Ranch is a more common choice for those pressed for time or those who just can't imagine making a 17-day rafting journey. The 7-day portion is filled with some of the best and biggest rapids and some out-of-this-world views that you will never forget. The South Rim at its widest point is 21 miles across and at its deepest is 8400 feet deep. There are many vistas and rock formations to take in as you hike down and ready yourself to begin your whitewater journey.
In this stretch of the river you have all classes of rapids, from 1 to X. If you are looking for an exciting and challenging rafting experience, you will find one here like no other. Work your way through the rough rapids so you can relax through the calm flows. Look up at the massive canyon walls with no less than 43 colored layers of rock and sediment that almost makes a rainbow itself on the way up to the top. Each hard fought, high level rapid will be its own reward!
|Grand Canyon Beach Cove|
As you take your guided trip, you will have many opportunities to stop, relax, take photos, hike, enjoy the surroundings and have some fun side actions of your own. No matter which company you choose to raft with, all the guides are full of knowledge and ready to tell you everything! You will have the chance to learn a lot about the history of the Canyon and the rapids, you'll enjoy campfire stories and tales of Canyon explorers.
From the Ancient Pueblo tribes to the Cohonina, the area is rich with stories of ancient inhabitants. John Wesley Powell was an army Major and the first recorded white man to travel the Canyon by navigating the river. The area was thought to be rich in minerals, though it was discovered early on that mining the area would not be as profitable as hoped. Tourism was the destiny of the Grand Canyon's financial successes. By the turn of the 20th century, tourist facilities and travel accommodations to the site were becoming increasingly popular.
|Grand Canyon Rafting Waterfall|
Though there is no easy way into or out the Canyon and the rapids can be very intense at times, the trip is worth the challenge You will learn a lot, you will laugh a lot and you will gain a new sense of the beauty and the majesty that is the Grand Canyon. No matter how you choose to visit and explore the Grand Canyon, know that you will leave as a changed person. This is one place that everyone should definitely visit once in their lives!
This post including all the photos is provided by Western River Expeditions, a rafting outfitter that offers Grand Canyon Rafting trips. These trips are loaded with Native American history, soggy fun and bucket list worthy adventure. Imagine yourself listening to the mighty Colorado River as you stare up at a blanket of stars after an exciting day of Grand Canyon River Rafting. Learn more about rafting the Grand Canyon by visiting the website.
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