Grand Canyon Whitewater offers river trips in two different styles of rafts. The majority of our whitewater river trips are aboard motorized rafts. We also run a few trips aboard oar-powered rafts annually. Both motorized rafts and oar-powered rafts are rubber rafts designed specifically for whitewater rafting in Grand Canyon.
One of the many benefits of a motorized trip is they allow you to enjoy all Grand Canyon has to offer in a shorter amount of time. You’ll travel the full canyon on a motorized raft in about a week. The minimum age requirement is 8 years old.
Oar-powered trips run at a much leisurely pace, taking about two weeks to raft the entire 225 river miles. You must be 12 years old to participate in an oar trip. The likelihood of being a non-voluntary swimmer is greater on an oar raft. It is important to consider this possibility when choosing an oar trip. You should know Grand Canyon Whitewater’s oar trips are not a paddle trip. You will not be issued a paddle or oar. As a passenger, your job is to hang on, enjoy the ride and take in the beauty of the Grand Canyon.
We’ve put together a few pages that give more detail about our motorized rafts and oar-powered rafts.
More rafting questions? Call Grand Canyon Whitewater at 1-800-343-3121!