Grand Canyon Whitewater trips have several different ending points depending on the type and length of trip. One of our common take-out points for both passengers and Oar Rafts is Diamond Creek. Diamond Creek is 225 river miles downstream from the Lees Ferry put-in. Diamond Creek is the first place in those 225 miles where a road actually comes down to the river. For a fee and with a permit, people and river runners can access the Colorado River via Diamond Creek road. While Grand Canyon Whitewater passengers are finishing their trip at Diamond Creek, there are other people that begin a short rafting trip at Diamond Creek and head downstream.
Certain Grand Canyon Whitewater trips such as the 8-day Full Canyon Motor, 5-day Lower Canyon Motor, and the Full and Lower Canyon Oar-Powered trips end at Diamond Creek. Passengers disembark the Grand Canyon Whitewater rafts and take a Hualapai Bus from there to the nearby town of Peach Springs where they transfer to a air-conditioned charter shuttle to be taken either back to Flagstaff or South Rim, depending on the trip. Once the passengers have left, all motorized rafts continue on downstream to a take-out point called Pearce Ferry at mile 280. For the oar boats and guides, however, this is the end of their trip as well. The oar boats are pulled off the water at Diamond Creek and rinsed off (photo below: Matt cleaning his boat before deflating) de-rigged for transport back to our central operations facility in Flagstaff, AZ for a good cleaning and re-stocking for the next rafting adventure.