The Day Before the Trip Begins: We recommend staying at the designated hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona, as this is where you will be picked up early on the morning of your trip. Lodging information is available here. Multiple shuttles depart daily from Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) in Phoenix for the 3-hour ride to Flagstaff. Contact Groome Transportation (928-350-8466), Airport Shuttle of Phoenix (480-710-3441), or Flix Bus. Alternatively, you could rent a car in Phoenix or fly into Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG).
The Morning of the River Trip: A complimentary breakfast will be available for every river trip passenger at the designated hotel. Get breakfast and then meet in the lobby by the check-in area by 6:00 a.m. It is important you are packed and ready to go so we can leave promptly. You should be dressed for the river and have only your river gear with you. All passengers will board our shuttle for a 2.5-hour ride to the launch point, Lees Ferry. The guides will give an orientation, and you will repack your gear into the provided dry bags. You will be heading down the mighty Colorado River by midmorning.
On the River: You will be traveling 225 river miles on your journey through the Grand Canyon. Each day, you will experience whitewater rapids and various side-canyon hikes.
The Final Day: The river portion of your trip will end in the morning at Diamond Creek, river mile 225. You will ride on a Hualapai bus for about an hour along a rough dirt road to the main highway in Peach Springs, AZ, where an air-conditioned shuttle will be waiting to return you to the designated hotel in Flagstaff. Estimated return time in Flagstaff is around 2:00 p.m.
*Due to the remote nature of the trip and multiple forms of transportation, we cannot guarantee our exact return times. We strongly advise passengers to spend the night in Flagstaff at the end of their trip and to depart for home the next morning.