Desolation Canyon Packing Guide

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Desolation Canyon Packing Guide

When we confirm your reservation we will send you a detailed clothing and equipment list that is appropriate for the expedition you have selected. This list includes suitable clothing, such as shorts, t-shirts and bathing suits, etc.

Below you will find a few of the recommended items that you should consider bringing on your trip.

Desolation Canyon Packing Guide Items to Consider Bringing

Which shoes to wear on a rafting trip.
River Sandals

Such as those made by Chaco, Teva, and Keen, to wear on the raft and on “wet” hikes. Choose those with comfortable fit, good fasteners, and non-slip soles.

boots Merrill
Hiking Boots

Most of the hiking we do, can be accomplished in sandals or athletic shoes. Bring hiking boots if you prefer extra support and protection.

Rain suit
Rain Suit

Two-piece waterproof jacket and pants for possible thunderstorms, and to offer protection during some of the rapids, especially on shady mornings or evenings.

shirt and pants
Quick Dry Clothing

Choose clothing with fast-drying fabric. Long sleeved shirts and pants will offer greater sun protection.

Sarongs near Colorado River
Sarong or Wrap

Sarongs can be great for multiple uses. Cover-up on the raft in you’re getting too much sun, get it wet and cool yourself off, or wear it around camp.

Mikenna wearing her take me to the river sweatshirt on a Grand Canyon rafting trip.
Sweatshirt or Light Fleece

Especially on early spring and autumn trips, weather could be a little cool. It’s always a good idea to bring something warm, just in case.

Raft Guide Mikenna

Bring a hat with a large brim for sun protection.  Make sure your hat has a tie to prevent it from blowing off in the wind and being washed off in the rapids.

Sunscreen brands
Sun Protection

Sun block, sun screen, lip balm, etc.

Raft Guide Mindy
Sun Glasses

Make sure to secure your sunglasses with a strap. It’s always a good idea to bring a back up pair.

Clothing Tip: You will be most comfortable in loose fitting clothing that is made from lightweight and quick-drying fabrics. Consider fabrics such as capilene, microfleece, and nylon-polyester blends, that work well with a layering system. There fabrics dry quickly, wick away moisture, and keep you warm even if they are wet. If the air temperature is cool-to- cold, it can be very cold in the rapids and warm clothing will be appreciated.

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