Glen Canyon Rafting Half Day & One Day

Our Half and Full-day smooth water trips are an excellent option for those who are short on time yet want to experience rafting on the Colorado river. On these guided 1/2 day motorized and 1/2 or 1 day self-guided Kayak trips, you’ll be surrounded by the majestic canyon walls that connect the Glen Canyon and Grand Canyon. Our tours on the Colorado River are offered between March through October, 2022. The motorized float trips begin and end in Page, Arizona with return transport from the take-out at Lees Ferry in Marble Canyon being provided. The self-guided Kayak trips begin at Lees Ferry in Marble and end, you’re then motored up-river to begin your trip, and kayak back down to Lees Ferry to end your adventure, where you parked your vehicle. Lees Ferry is an imaginary line where the Glen Canyon National park ends and Grand Canyon begins. Our Colorado river tours travel either 15 river miles when beginning at the base of the Glen Canyon Dam (motorized & kayak trips) or 10 miles (kayak trips) when put in at petroglyph beach.

Half Day Motorized Raft Trips

On this half-day trip, you’ll meet in Page, AZ and be driven down to the base of the mighty Glen Canyon Dam where you will board a motorized pontoon to begin your float trip. You will learn about the canyon’s history from your knowledgeable guide as you travel downstream on this guided smooth water float trip. Breathtaking views will leave you speechless as you gaze at the canyon walls standing thousands of feet in the air on either side of you. You will also make a stop to see ancient petroglyphs left by Ancestral Puebloans in this 200 million year old canyon. You will raft all 15.5 river miles through Horseshoe Bend to Lees Ferry in Marble Canyon, the start of Grand Canyon. Upon completion, you will board an air conditioned motor coach for the ride back to Page, AZ. Cold water and Lemonade is provided on the raft.

Grand Canyon Rafting Half Day Tours

Half Day Motor Rafting – Guided BOOK H ERE

Approximately 4.5 hours
Adults (16+) $99.37 (+$9.84/tax)
Children (4-15) $87.68 (+$8.68/tax)
*Prices do not include park entrance fee of $15.00 – Children and National Park Pass holders are exempt

March 1 – April 14 & October 1 – October 31, 2022
10:30 am departures
(9:30am Check in, 3:30pm Return)

April 15 – September 30, 2022
7am departures
(6am Check in, 11:30am Return)

10:30am departures
(9:30am Check in, 3pm Return)

1pm departures
(12pm Check in, 5:30pm Return)

About The Rafts
These motorized pontoon rafts comfortably seat up to 22 passengers and run on quiet, clean and fuel-efficient outboard Honda marine motors. There will be plenty of moments when you’ll quietly float down the river with the motor turned off, while your guide takes you back in time with stories of this historic and magnificent canyon.

Life Vests
Because this is a smooth water trip with no rapids, life vests which will be provided for all, are optional for adults however children 12 and younger must wear a life vests at all times while on the raft.

*Minimum Passenger Policy: We do require 12 full-fare passengers to launch a Half-Day Trip. In the odd event that the minimum is not reached, the trip will be cancelled. Anyone already booked for the trip will receive 100% refund and an opportunity to re-book for another trip.

*Cancellation Policy: Full Refund minus a $10 per person processing fee for cancellations that meet the following criteria: Cancellations must be made 48 hours before the trip’s schedule departure. Cancellations made within the 48 hour cancellation window and no-shows are subject to a 100% cancellation fee.

*National Park Pass: Please note that Grand Canyon national park passes are not eligible for fee exemption on this trip. Only Glen Canyon national park passes or America the Beautiful (Annual/Access/Senior/Volunteer/Military) national park passes exempt passengers from the $15 entrance fee. Children 15 and under are admitted free.

Kayak Trips – Self Guided BOOK HERE
Half Day – Full Day – 2 or 3 Day

Enjoy the peace and serenity of Kayaking the Colorado River through majestic Horseshoe Bend in your own or with a partner in a tandem kayak. You will meet and park your vehicle at Lees Ferry in Marble Canyon to begin your adventure. You will board a motorboat and be driven up-river to launch your trip, and kayak back downriver to Lees Ferry to end your adventure.

Half-Day (4-5 Hours)
Put-in: Petroglyph Beach, just above Horseshoe Bend – 10 Miles of Kayaking
Take-out: Lees Ferry

Full-Day (7-9 Hours)
Put-in: Kayak Beach – 14 Miles of Kayaking
Take-out: Lees Ferry

2-3 Day Overnight Camping
Put-In:
Kayak Beach – 14 Miles of Kayaking
Overnight Camping
Take-out: Lees Ferry
*Only charge for day 2 or 3 is rental equipment
**No camping permit needed
***5% NPS (National Park Service) fee is added to trip fare

Feb/March/Oct/Nov, 2022
7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm Departures

April/May/June/July/Aug/Sept, 2022
Multiple Launches Between 6am and 2pm

$75 person – Half – Full & 2 or 3 Day = Same Rate
*Prices do not include tax or park entrance fee of $15.00 – Children 15 & under and National Park Pass holders are exempt.
Minimum age: 6

Kayak Rental:
$35-$45 Single Passenger
$50-$55 Double Passenger Tandem Kayak (inflatable)
*Additional watercraft options may be available (Oar/Paddle Rafts/Paddle Boards etc)- View options and rates on our Booking page.
**Rentals include Vessel, paddle and Life Vest
***You are able to supply your own equipment: any watercraft, luggage or gear over 100lbs will incur a surcharge.

Life Vests
Life vests are required on these Kayak trips. If renting a Kayak, life vests are provided. If bringing your own Kayak, you will need to provide your own life vest.

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*Minimum Passenger Policy: There is none however there is a $150 minimum

*Cancellation Policy: Click “Book Now” button above for details

*National Park Pass: Please note that Grand Canyon national park passes are not eligible for a fee exemption on this trip. Only Glen Canyon national park passes or America the Beautiful (Annual/Access/Senior/Volunteer/Military) national park passes exempt passengers from the $15 entrance fee. Children 15 and under are admitted free.

Why Page, AZ?

The perfect location for a quick getaway, Page Arizona is a hidden gem with an array of notable attractions and tours such as the Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Slot Canyon Tours Kayak Day Tours to name a few. There are 23 hotels and 22 restaurants within a 10 mile radius! Just 2 hour drive from Flagstaff, AZ and 2 hour drive from the South Rim, Grand Canyon Village

Getting to Page, AZ – Driving directions

  • From Phoenix, AZ, click here
  • From Sedona, AZ, click here
  • From South Rim, Grand Canyon, click here
  • From Flagstaff, click here
  • From Las Vegas, click here
  • Alternate Transportation Options visit our transportation page here
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We are a team of experts, having voyaged every route in every raft down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon and are ready to help you plan your trip!

One Day Grand Canyon Rafting

White water rafting the Grand Canyon in 1-day is perfect for those who are short on time and want a true Grand Canyon rafting experience. Run rapids on the Colorado River, hike to Travertine Falls, have lunch on the river bank, and take a helicopter to the rim – all in one day.

Discover the rich traditions of the Hualapai people and travel down river with a native guide. For those who want a bird’s eye view, the helicopter transport to the rim adds a highlight to your Grand Canyon rafting trip. In addition, this trip requires no hike in or out of the Grand Canyon.

***The helicopter portion of this trip is not available this year. Alternatively, our 3-day Grand Canyon Rafting trips use a helicopter to get everyone into the canyon. Additionally, you can do a separate helicopter tour of Grand Canyon which we find to be the best value for those interested in a helicopter experience.

Only One-Day Grand Canyon Rafting Trip

This is the only one day rafting trip in the Grand Canyon and the only one-day whitewater rafting trip in the area. There is smooth water float discussed as “one day Grand Canyon rafting trip”. It starts near Page, Arizona just upstream from Grand Canyon and floats through part of Glen Canyon to Lees Ferry the start of the Grand Canyon.

Longer Grand Canyon Rafting Tours

Those that are looking for more adventure can take a 2-day, 3-day or longer Grand Canyon rafting trip. Not sure which Grand Canyon trip is best for you, give us a call. We’ll answer your questions and guide you through the process. Find your perfect Colorado river rafting trip at the same price you would get directly from the outfitter.

$399 per person

Children: $359 (ages 8 to 12 on trip date)

Includes: transportation from the Hualapai Lodge to the Colorado River and back, picnic lunch, beverages and snacks.

Optional: Helicopter add $189 per person (currently unavailable for 2022)
Skywalk add $59 per person (Skywalk only available with the helicopter)

Rapids: Class II-III+

Length: 1 day/35 river miles. Note: Not taking the helicopter means an additional 19 miles of flatwater (2.5 hours) to finish the day.

Minimum Age: 8 years

Meeting Place: Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs, AZ.

Meets: 7:30am
Returns: Between 5:30 – 7:30pm
***Please note this is a wilderness expedition and at times trips get back hours later.

1-Day Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Details

The Hualapai Legacy

Your whitewater rafting adventure takes place on the Hualapai Indian Reservation with Hualapai River Runners guides. This is a unique opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon with people who have a rich history within the Canyon and still call it home. Being mindful of cultural differences and keeping a flexible outlook will enrich your adventure.

1-day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Video

Getting to Peach Springs

Drive times to Peach Springs from neighboring cities are as follows:

  • Grand Canyon South Rim, AZ: 2.5 hours, 133 miles
  • Las Vegas, NV: 3 hours, 155 miles
  • Kingman, AZ: 1 hour, 50 miles
  • Seligman, AZ: 35 minutes, 37 miles
  • Williams, AZ: 1.5 hours, 80 miles
  • Flagstaff, AZ: 2 hours, 110 miles

We recommend staying at the Hualapai Lodge the night before (more information below) as the day begins early. In addition, round trip transportation from Las Vegas is available for an additional fee. Read about travel from Las Vegas to Peach Springs.

Your Whitewater Experience

The raft will be a 22-foot, motorized inflatable pontoon carrying 6-8 people. Typically 6-8 boats travel down river in a group.

Grand Canyon Rapids

The action begins with eight whitewater rapids within the first ten miles. You will get wet! The rapids are rated II and III+, which makes for a roller coaster ride of wave trains. If you have back issues, please know the rafts have metal benches. Going through the rapids is a rough ride. After the rapids, 25 miles smooth water provide incredible Grand Canyon views.

River Stops

During the day, you will hike and explore a beautiful side canyon with a waterfall called Travertine Falls. Then run more rapids, and enjoy a picnic lunch on a sandy bank. Lunch consists of deli-style sandwiches with chips, fruit, cookies, and trail mix. In addition, snacks, water, and soft drinks are always available. Dietary restrictions due to allergy or medical conditions can generally be accommodated.

River Bathrooms

Urination during the day, while not near a port-a-john, must take place in the river or in the wet sand next to the river per Grand Canyon National Park Service regulations.

Transportation out of the Canyon

If you choose the express helicopter lift out of Grand Canyon, you will arrive at your take-out point, Quartermaster Canyon having rafted 35 river miles. Otherwise, you will raft an additional 19 miles to take out at Pearce Ferry. Either way, you will have had an exciting day rafting the Colorado River.

Option 1: Helicopter Out

If you choose to add-on the helicopter lift you will arrive at Quartermaster Canyon between 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. From here a quick 6 to 7-minute helicopter flight takes you back to the rim of the Grand Canyon. Patience is a must as the helicopter can only take four people at a time. There is a covered waiting area located at the helicopter pad.

After your helicopter flight to the rim, you will wait in an air-conditioned building for the entire group to arrive, including the Skywalk group. Once everyone has arrived, you will take a 2-hour shuttle back to the Hualapai Lodge. Expect to arrive back between 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. depending on the group size.

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Option 2: No Helicopter

Alternatively, you will continue rafting for approximately two more hours. Enjoy the scenery of Grand Canyon for 19 additional river miles and arrive at Pearce Ferry. At this point a 2 to 3-hour bus ride will take you back to Peach Springs. Expect to return to the Hualapai Lodge between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The Skywalk is not available with this option. We recommend taking the helicopter out of Grand Canyon, especially in the summer months, as the additional hours on the river make for an extra-long day.

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Grand Canyon Skywalk

The Skywalk is the only place where visitors can step out onto a glass walkway and see 3,610 feet down into the Grand Canyon. You can add the Skywalk option to your rafting adventure at our discounted rate (price is at the top of the page). Rafters who choose to do the Skywalk will be helicoptered to the rim first and have approximately a 30-minute visit at the Skywalk. Unfortunately, the Skywalk option is only available if you choose the helicopter lift out of Grand Canyon.

WHERE TO STAY

Hualapai Lodge

We recommend staying at the Hualapai Lodge the night before and/or the night of your expedition as it is an early start with a full day of activity. This is the only lodging option in Peach Springs. For light sleepers we recommend bringing ear plugs to minimize the sound from the nearby train tracks.

Discounted Rates

We have discounted rates for the lodge and are happy to book rooms for you. Our discount rate varies throughout the season and can be seen through our online booking portal by selecting a desired date.

Your lodging reservation can be cancelled up to 3 business days before your check-in date in order to receive a refund. Cancellations within 3 business days of your check-in date cannot be refunded.

Please know that the Hualapai Lodge has limited space. If we cannot secure a room there are other lodging options nearby.

Weather

Typical Grand Canyon weather patterns:

  • March, April and May have cooler temperatures and can bring strong winds.
  • June through August are the hottest months with temperatures between 95°F – 115°F.
  • Monsoon season, July thru September, brings afternoon clouds and rain showers. (See more about monsoon storm related cancellations below.)
  • September and October have cooler temperatures.

Monsoon Storm Season: Rafting in July, August, or Early September

When an intense rainstorm occurs the night before a trip, the dirt road down to the river may wash out. In this situation the Hualapai River Runners will do their best to clear the road allowing you to raft that day.

This could delay your launch by one to two hours, which will affect the pacing of your trip. If the road is unable to be cleared your trip will be cancelled and you will be given the opportunity to reschedule or you have the option of a full refund.

Water Temperature

The Colorado River water is around 50°F – 55°F year round. You will get wet on this whitewater rafting trip and the water will be cold!

What to Bring Rafting

We provide a detailed packing list once you book your trip. No matter what time of year, we highly recommend you bring waterproof rain gear (jacket and pants) to protect you from the splash of the rapids, rain and wind. There will be times when you’re in the shade and if you’re wet – even in the summer – it can get uncomfortable.

For spring or fall rafting you’ll want to bring layers to keep warm. Sun protection is a must as you’ll be spending a long day out in the Arizona sun. We have more gear information here (please note this gear is for all river trips and is not specific to the 1 day trip).

Payment and Cancellation Policies

Payment in full is required at the time of booking your 1-day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting adventure. More than 30 days prior to the original trip date it is possible to cancel by forfeiting $75 per person. The remainder of the total amount paid will be refunded. Cancellations received within 29 to 1 day prior to the trip date and/or no shows will forfeit the total amount paid.

Please know that Rivers & Oceans is subject to the outfitter’s policies and cannot make exceptions. We are also subject to any changes made to the trip itineraries, departure dates, prices, and/or their reservation policies at any time.

Date Changes

After reserving the trip, you may change your trip date one time by paying an additional $35 per person fee up to 2 days prior to the trip date. Date change requests received within 2 days of the trip date will be treated as cancellations and will forfeit the total amount paid. Please note, if you change your trip date and need to cancel your trip, the total amount paid will be retained and no refunds will be issued.

A Note About the Helicopter

If, for your safety, the helicopter is grounded due to weather (wind, rain, severe heat) you will raft down river for an additional two hours to a different take-out point where you will take a bus back to the Hualapai Lodge. You will receive a refund for the helicopter portion of your expedition and Skywalk if applicable. See pricing listed above.

DROUGHT AND THE COLORADO RIVER

Lake Powell lies just upstream of Grand Canyon and has to release water to Lake Mead for use by Las Vegas, Phoenix and California. Even in drought years, this will provide raftable flows for the entire season (March-October). Read our article about how drought is affecting rafting in the west.

One Day Grand Canyon Rafting 2023 Season

The one day rafting trip is best for those who are short on time or want a taste of a true whitewater experience a mile deep in Grand Canyon.

Native Culture

Discover the rich traditions of the Hualapai people and travel the Colorado River with a native guide.

Action Packed

Run rapids on the Colorado River, hike to Travertine Falls, have lunch on the river bank, and take an optional helicopter ride to the rim – all in one day.

Optional Helicopter Ride

For those who want to fly, the helicopter transport up to the rim an added highlight. While those who prefer not to fly stay on the raft and float downstream.

No Mandatory Hike

There is no requirement to hike in or out of the Grand Canyon.

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“I cannot tell you how impressed I was with the trip, the organizational skills, and knowledge. Once I decided to go every detail of the adventure was planned, organized and implemented without a hitch.”
– Steve G.

Grand Canyon 1-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

Your 1-day Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trip takes place on the Hualapai Indian Reservation. This is a unique opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon with people who have a rich history within the Canyon and still call it home.

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You will raft the Colorado River for 35 miles from Diamond Creek to Quartermaster Canyon. From here either take a helicopter ride to the rim of Grand Canyon West or stay on the river for 19 more miles of rafting to Pearce Ferry. Lunch is provided. If you choose to fly out by helicopter there is also an option to visit the Grand Canyon West Skywalk.

There are nearby 1/2 and full day smooth water rafting trips without rapids.

family at travertine falls, Grand Canyon

helicopter taking people out from rafting trip

One Day Grand Canyon motor raft stop

This is a full day of Grand Canyon white water rafting and exploration.

One Day Grand Canyon Whitewater (2023)

Meeting in Peach Springs

  • Rafting Trip: $399/person + tax (8.5%), $359/child (8 to 12 years old) + tax
  • Helicopter + Rafting Trip: $598/person + tax Not currently available
  • Skywalk + Helicopter + Rafting Trip: Not currently available
    ***Approximate costs. To find the costs for specific dates use the button above.

Pick Up / Drop off in Las Vegas

  • Rafting Trip: $613/person
  • Helicopter + Rafting Trip: $812/person Not currently available
  • Skywalk + Helicopter + Rafting Trip: Not currently available
    ***Approximate costs. To find the costs for specific dates use the button above.

ONE DAY GRAND CANYON RAFTING FAQ’s

The Grand Canyon whitewater rafting price is $433 per person (tax included) in 2023 for those who wish to drive to Peach Springs, Arizona. Price includes all river related safety gear, transportation from the Hualapai Lodge to the Colorado River and back, picnic lunch, beverages and snacks.
The following can be added to your one day Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trip:
Helicopter out of Grand Canyon $199 per person (tax included)
Visit to the Skywalk – Not an option in 2023

Yes, we offer one day Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trips with transportation from/to Las Vegas. You will be picked up and dropped off at your hotel. If you’re staying in a vacation rental, pick ups can be arranged at the nearest hotel, casino, or grocery store.

One day Grand Canyon rafting trips run every day from March 15 to October 31st.

Yes, all rafters must be at least 8 years old.

The trips begin at the Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs, Arizona. Peach Springs is a 3 hour drive from Las Vegas and a 2.5 hour drive from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. On the day of your trip, you will check-in at 7 a.m. From the Hualapai Lodge, you will take a bus ride to the Diamond Creek put-in on the Colorado River.

The closest and only one-day whitewater rating trip in Grand Canyon is this, the Hualapai River Runners, one-day trip. It is a 2+ hour drive from the South Rim to the meeting location in Peach Springs. The 4 to 8-day Upper Grand Canyon rafting trips end with a hike up to the South Rim. While 5 to 12-day Lower Grand Canyon trips start with a hike down from the South Rim. In addition there are half day floats in Glen Canyon lying just upstream from Grand Canyon with a 2+ hour drive from the South Rim to Paige, Az.

For $199 per person you can add a helicopter lift out of Grand Canyon to your trip. You will raft 35 river miles and arrive at Quartermaster Canyon between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Here you will take a quick 6-7-minute helicopter flight back to the rim of the Grand Canyon. From here, you’ll take a bus back to the Hualapai Lodge, arriving between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

If you forgo the helicopter you will continue rafting for approximately two more hours. Enjoy the scenery of the Canyon for 19 more river miles and arrive at Pearce Ferry, where you will take a bus ride back to Peach Springs, arriving the Hualapai Lodge between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The Skywalk is not available with this option.

Yes! The action begins right away with eight Grand Canyon whitewater rapids within the first ten miles. You will get wet! The rapids are rated II and III+, which makes for a wild roller coaster ride of wave trains. After the rapids, the rest of the river trip will be smooth water and incredible Grand Canyon views.

During the day, you will hike and explore a beautiful side canyon with a series of waterfalls called Travertine Grotto, run more rapids, and enjoy a picnic lunch on a sandy beach.
Lunch typically consists of deli-style sandwiches with chips, fruit, cookies, and trail mix. Snacks, water, and soft drinks are always available. If you have food allergies, let us know. Most dietary allergies can be accommodated.

Your raft will be a 22-foot, motorized inflatable pontoon, which carries 6-8 people. There are typically 6-8 boats traveling down river in a group.

The Grand Canyon West Skywalk is the only place where visitors can step out onto a glass walkway nearly 4,000 feet above the floor of the Grand Canyon. If you want to experience the Skywalk you will need to add on the helicopter to your trip. Rafters who choose to do the Skywalk will be helicoptered to the rim first and will have approximately a 30-minute visit at the Skywalk. For 2022 it is unclear if rafters will be able to stop at the Skywalk.

If you are driving yourself, we recommend staying at the Hualapai Lodge the night before and/or the night after your expedition as it is an early start with a full day of activity. This is the only lodging option in Peach Springs. We have discounted rates for the Lodge and we are happy to book your rooms for you.

Historically speaking weather patterns in Grand Canyon are as follows:
March, April, May: cooler temperatures, strong winds
June, July, August: hottest months, temperatures between 95°F – 115°F.
July, August, September: Monsoon season can bring afternoon clouds and rain showers.
September, October: cooler temperatures
Learn more about Grand Canyon weather for rafting.

The Colorado River water temperature is around 50°- 55°F all year round. This is a whitewater rafting trip, so you will get wet!

When you sign-up you’ll be provided with a detailed packing list. No matter what time of year, we highly recommend you bring waterproof rain gear (jacket and pants) to protect you from the splash of the rapids, rain and wind. If you’re rafting in the spring or fall, you’ll want to bring layers to keep warm. Sun protection is a must as you’ll be spending a long day out in the Arizona sun.

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