One of the vital awesome things to do when visiting Grand Canyon National Park is to go on a 1-day float tour down the Colorado River. That will help you take advantage of this adventure, listed below are 5 tips that I’ve collected through the years that make this trip one you will always remember.
My first tip is to book your float tour in advance. More specifically, try to buy it a minimum of a few weeks ahead of time. By all means, avoid buying it within 24 hours of departure. For those who do that, two things will result: 1) the value of the tour will increase (quite a bit); and a couple of) the tour will probably be sold out.
My second tip is always purchase your rafting adventure online. It is super convenient and safe, but most significantly, it is where one of the best deals are posted. In fact, I’ve see water-rafting trips marked down by up to 35 percent during certain times of the year. And if you are considering paying cash, don’t. Because you’ll end up paying the total retail price and that’s horrendously expensive.
Tip #3 is to think about the deluxe option. This is the one which gets you to Page, AZ, which is where the float tours start, by airplane. The reason why this is so great is that the plane only takes 60 minutes to fly to Page. This is significant when you consider that it takes 2.5 hours by bus. Further, the deluxe tour includes a 4×4 Jeep ride to the slot canyons, which are fascinating and ideal if you’re into photography.
My fourth tip is get a tour that is all-inclusive. The float tours that I like to recommend are, and so they include all taxes, fees and permits, in addition to all gear, lunch, water/soda and an expert river guide who will narrate the trip as you float down the River. For those who fail to get a set-fare, all-inclusive tour, you might end up paying extra at each stage of the tour.
Tip #5 is bring a dry bag with clothing and items that can protect you from the sun. That is Arizona and it’s hot. So pack a protracted-sleeved shirt, a brimmed hat, sunglasses and river sandals or running shoes. I also recommend you pack loads of sun block that is not any lower than SPF 50. And make sure to reapply it throughout the trip. Lastly, bring a salty snack like trail mix and an additional bottle of water.
Bonus tip: Take the short hike into the hidden canyon and consider the ancient Indian rock art. This is actually special and the route is simple. Further, the art is 100% authentic and done by Native American’s who amazingly called the underside of the Canyon their home. I especially recommend you do that if in case you have kids in your group. From my experience, they love this part of the trip.
I hope these 5 tips about the way to have a better 1-day Grand Canyon float tour helped you plan your adventure. For those who need more information, I welcome you to stop by my website where I’m available to speak. I even have a free Grand Canyon rafting guide that I can email you upon request. Have an important day and I will see you on the River!
The author is an expert on Grand Canyon tours and recommends that readers go here for one of the best 1-day South float tours that start from the South Rim of the National Park: http://www.grandcanyondaytrips.com/float-trips/