Grand Canyon Whitewater provides tents to all of our rafters. The tents we provide are easy to set up, breathable and are made for 2 people. If you join a Grand Canyon Whitewater rafting trip as a single person or with someone who you would choose not to share a tent with, that is totally fine. We’ve got enough tents so that you won’t get stuck sharing with someone else if you choose not to!
Each tent is big enough to fit 2 cots or sleeping pads and comes with a rain fly. They are great tents, but I and every Grand Canyon river guide would recommend that you don’t sleep in the tent unless the weather requires you to do so. Sleeping under the stars in the Grand Canyon is one of the most incredible experiences. Even first-time campers have exclaimed how the night view was one of their favorite parts of the Grand Canyon raft trip. Even if the weather looks a little rainy, I would recommend just setting the up the tent and sleeping outside nearby so that you can move your stuff inside the tent if the rain does happen to come.
If there is just really light rain, many boatmen choose to just wrap the ground tarp over themselves for the short duration of the rain. This can work, definitely, if the rain is just real quick and light.
A few more tent tips include:
- Make sure to weigh and stake down your tent. The wind in Grand Canyon can come up suddenly and send your tent flying … even WITH your bags inside.
- Set up your ground tarp just outside the door of your tent so you have a nice ‘patio’ area to take off your shoes prior to getting in the tent.
- Make sure to check the tent pockets at the end of your rafting trip so you don’t leave anything behind!