The question: Can you give me a timeline or daily itinerary for what side hikes we’ll do, what camps we’ll stay at, what we’ll see every day?
The answer: Just go with the flow! (That is a pun, by the way.)
One of the most important things to realize on your raft trip is that everything is flexible. Our trip leaders do an amazing job of picking side hikes, finding awesome camps and overall leading you guys through that amazing place called the Grand Canyon. But! Things always change; he or she could plan on doing a side hike up this awesome slot canyon but, after getting there, they decide the threat of a flash flood may be too high. Or they could be gunning for a favorite camp spot and turn the corner to see another group is already there. The point is, the trip leader always has a plan for the day but there are so many factors that can make that plan go from A to B, then C, D and even E.
Your only job is to be as flexible as your trip leader! That’s what I mean by “go with the flow.” But I can give you a rough idea of what the average day is like. Check it out.
The guides will call coffee EARLY! That is your alarm clock to start waking up and getting your things packed up. They’ll then call breakfast. After that you’ll help load up the boats and start rafting anywhere (usually) between 7-8 a.m. You might raft for a few hours and stop for a side hike to a slot canyon or waterfall. Then back on the boats, then stop for lunch, then back on the boats and maybe another stop for a side hike in the afternoon. Usually you’ll get into camp anywhere between 3-5 p.m. Then rinse and repeat for the next day.
So that’s average; as you’d probably guess the next thing I’m going to say is that the plan can always change. So be flexible and have fun!