Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the physical aspects of a Grand Canyon Whitewater trip. The truth is that most people find themselves being physically challenged at some point on their trip. Everything from the weather to getting on and off the rafts makes this adventure unique. A river trip is so much more than a whitewater adventure. Each day you’ll travel into the depths of the canyon to raft the wild Colorado River, hike to otherwise inaccessible wonders, and camp under a sea of stars. We’re here to help make Grand Canyon accessible by providing experienced guides, customized equipment, simple transportation, and delicious food. Grand Canyon rafting is best enjoyed by those who sign up with the proper expectations of the physical activities of the trip. You’ll find the minimum physical requirements on our Essential Eligibility Criteria. Researching how to prepare for your outdoor adventure is a great first step. Here are some helpful tips:
1. Choose the right trip
Choosing a trip that best fits you or your group is the key to a successful adventure. We offer a variety of trip lengths and difficulties. Some requiring the ability to be active outdoors for a week at a time. Other’s requiring an 8-mile trek in or out of the canyon.
2. Physically prepare for your trip
Adding activities such as walking, taking the stairs, and lifting a moderate amount of weight into your daily routine is a great way to gear up for a full canyon trip. Some guests have mentioned the unexpected challenges they found on the river such as standing on one foot to put shoes on or maintaining balance while descending large steps. These maneuvers are rare in most of our day-to-day lives but common on a rafting trip.
If you are considering a partial canyon or hiker’s special trip we will want to chat with you before a reservation can be confirmed. On these more physically demanding trips, we strive to book those who currently participate in a regular workout routine and are avid hikers. Each guest is also encouraged to train specifically for these trip types in the months leading up to the trip.
3. Be open-minded
Despite what our reviews say, not every single moment of the trip will be an awe-inspiring one. There will be times when you’re uncomfortably hot/cold, or dirty, or tired, or all three! That moment will pass and you’ll remember that you’re in the Grand Canyon doing grand things!
4. Challenge yourself
Congratulations! You’re already here and that’s a great place to start. We’ve taken lots of first-time campers and rafters down the river. And we’re happy to help discuss the ins and outs of a river trip with you. We bet you can do it 😉