Upper Grand Canyon

5 Day Rowing Whitewater River Trips

Upper Grand Canyon
Rafting Trips

5 Day Rowing Whitewater River Trips

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The Upper Grand Canyon river trip is the first 90 miles of the Colorado River from Lees Ferry to Phantom Ranch. Participants leave the trip at Phantom Ranch and accompanied by a hiking guide, walk nine (9) miles up the Bright Angel Trail to Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim. Lodging, transportation, and other amenities are available at the South Rim.


This is a visually exciting section of the Grand Canyon, with spectacular views of both the north and south rims. There are dozens of exciting rapids, and there are many beautiful side canyons to explore. The outstanding highlight of the trip is seeing older and older geological formations appear along the river’s edge as you travel deeper and deeper into the canyon. The rim, only a few hundred feet above the river at Lees Ferry, rises 5,000 feet above you at Phantom Ranch!

The price includes transportation from Las Vegas to Lees Ferry to begin the river trip. When the river trip ends at Phantom Ranch, participants hike 9 miles from the river up to the South Rim. End-of-trip transportation is not included, but we provide you with information about various options. Please contact us for more information.

Create new memories, experience the excitement, and explore the hidden wonders of the Grand Canyon with Colorado River & Trail Expeditions. We recommend our river rafting expeditions for anyone who wants to see the Grand Canyon. No previous whitewater rafting or camping experience is necessary. However, the hike from Phantom Ranch up to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is strenuous. It gains nearly a mile in elevation and temperatures can swell over 100 degrees. Call us now at 1-800-253-7328 to reserve your space or get answers to any questions you may have.

Upper Grand Canyon 5 Day Rowing Whitewater River Trips - What's Included

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Featured Upper Grand Canyon Rafting Trips

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Grand Canyon Rafting Trips

An oar trip in 18-foot rafts rowed by guides. Totally non-motorized. Paddle raft is available on a rotation basis.

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Grand Canyon Rafting Trips

All participants must be able to paddle full time in 6-8 person paddle rafts. A motorized support raft carries all of the gear and supplies. Previous paddling experience recommended.

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Grand Canyon Rafting Trips

Travel aboard our 37-foot motorized expedition raft

About the Raft

About the raft​ used for 5 Day Rowing Whitewater River Trips

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We use 18′ rafts on our rowing trips. Each raft accommodates 4 passengers and is rowed by a licensed guide. Depending on the size of the group, we usually take 4-5 oar boats per-trip.

We also take one paddle boat, which holds 6-8 paddlers and a licensed guide who instructs participants on how to navigate the currents and paddle through the rapids.

Guests are encouraged to rotate between rafts so they get acquainted with other passengers and the entire crew. The guides will give instructions for when the boats go through the rapids.

18' Row Raft
Paddle Raft

Camping and Dining on 5 Day Rowing Whitewater River Trips

Our meals consist of a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products. They are nutritious and delicious. Although we do not serve a “vegetarian” menu, we do provide enough fresh produce and non-meat items that most vegetarian dieters get along fine for the week they are on the river.

We are willing to try and help with special diet requests, but if your food options are very restrictive or require extra time or preparations we may not be able to accommodate you. Please give us a call to discuss your particular diet needs. We may suggest that you bring some of your own food items to supplement our menu.

More About Rafting the Grand Canyon

Additional Information for 5 Day Rowing Whitewater River Trips

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37′ Motorized Rafts, Rowing Rafts, Paddle Rafts and More.

Enjoy great meals and camping on the river!

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What others are saying about rafting the Grand Canyon.

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Reviews of Grand Canyon Rafting Trips

Reviews Including 5 Day Rowing Whitewater River Trips
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lydiah991 - Brainbridge Island
lydiah991 - Brainbridge Island
Grand Canyon Rafting Trip Review
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Our group rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It was such a positive experience from reservation to the take-out. Our rafting adventure was so well-coordinated and we felt confident in our delightful crew from the first rapid to the last. Delicious meals, great conversations, challenging hikes, and yummy desserts. The crew checked in with us regularly to make sure we were comfortable and were accommodating for various levels of abilities. We even had poetry read to us each morning before we started our day. Would I go again? Absolutely! Would there be a few things I would do differently? Absolutely! Less personal items (you won't be shampooing as often as you think), less clothing, and a few more layering pieces. Overall, this was truly a trip of a lifetime.
Eric S.
Grand Canyon Rafting Trip Review
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I would just like to let you know how much we enjoyed our rafting trip! It was such a spectacular, once in a lifetime trip. Your staff should be commended. Their knowledge of the river and compassion is exceptional. They made this the most amazing trip that we have ever taken. I cannot possibly thank you entire crew enough.
Susie C.
Grand Canyon Rafting Trip Review
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I knew you were an original family run company and I think it showed. It was also part of the reason I chose your group when I started doing the research, as you were always so quick and helpful with your email replies. I figured it was likely to carry through to other parts of your company and it clearly does!
Dave F.
Desolation Canyon Rafting
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First to let you know that we had an exceptional trip through Desolation Canyon with Sybrena and her crew. Our guides made everyone so comfortable. From my wife sleeping under the stars, to daughter and grandkids challenging the rapids in the duckies. Could not have asked for more. Once again you (CRATE) exceeding my expectations.
Victoria Dowling | July 2018
Desolation Canyon
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You are all terrific professionals and CRATE is a first-class operations. After 3 Grand Canyon, 1 Cataract, and 1 Desolation trip with CRATE over the years, you’re clearly my go-to outfitter, and I will continue to talk CRATE and the western rivers and canyons up with all my friends in the northeast.
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