Colorado River Rafting

#7 in Best Things To Do in Grand Canyon
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To see the Grand Canyon from a different point of view, consider taking a rafting trip down the Colorado River. If you're not up for an adventurous whitewater experience, consider a daytrip with a company like Glen Canyon Float Trips, which offers half-day and full-day trips in the northeastern section of the canyon on calm waters.

If you're looking for a more intense daytrip, travel with Hualapai River Runners. This company takes passengers through the westernmost part of the canyon between Diamond Creek and Lake Mead where the river is rougher.

For a more extensive rafting trip, O.A.R.S, Canyon Explorations/Expeditions and Outdoors Unlimited all offer multi-day trips. However, because these companies only offer oar and paddle boat tours, you'll need to be confident in your rafting/paddling skills. If you'd rather not row or paddle yourself, Wilderness River Adventures offer motorized raft tours.

No matter which trip you take, make sure to pack a change of clothes, water and sunscreen. Schedules and prices depend on the company and the type of rafting experience offered.

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Grand Canyon Village is the most popular entryway into the park and, as such, often suffers from heavy crowds during the peak seasons in spring, summer and fall. But there's a reason the area is so appealing. It's home to Yavapai Point, one of the best places to view the canyon. If you don't like camping but want to stay within the park, you should consider looking for lodging here.

If you're staying elsewhere, anticipate spending at least half a day visiting the village's sights. Stop by the rustic Grand Canyon Railway Depot, which welcomes Grand Canyon Railway passengers to the village. Here, you'll learn about how the expansion of the railroad had an impact on Grand Canyon tourism. For authentic Native American souvenirs, head to the Hopi House, an adobe-style building representing a traditional Hopi crafts studio. Meanwhile, art aficionados should stop by the Kolb and Lookout studios for works of art inspired by the Grand Canyon.

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