Best One Day Grand Canyon Float TourBertips.com | Searching for the Grand Canyon water-rafting tour which has it all? Here's one which comes with a smooth-water float tour, a backcountry Jeep ride, and an airplane ride that will cover in a half-hour what would take days to see on foot.
This seasonal trip (runs from April to November) kicks off with an airplane trip from the South Rim's Grand Canyon Airport. The plane heads east where you will see The Painted Desert, the Navajo Indian Reservation, and the very stretch of Colorado River on which you will be floating.
You'll get off the plane at Page, AZ, and switch to a 4x4 Jeep for a backcountry trip to celebrated Antelope Canyon, home to slot canyons. These narrow passages, a few of which scarcely let a group walk single-file between them, are made from magnificently weathered Navajo sandstone and are a photographer's paradise.
The Jeep then takes you to magnificent Glen Canyon Dam, a 700-foot behemoth that imposes its will over the awesome Colorado River. You'll drill down through a two-mile access tunnel until you get to the riverbank where you are going to board your professional-grade river raft.
The float tour goes to Horseshoe Bend, a fantastic "U" in the river that brilliantly contrasts the river's turquoise waters against the iridescent orange sandstone cliffs. Downstream, you'll get out on a sandy beach and have a quick walk to discover a set of old petroglyphs.
You'll continue to pontoon on the Colorado before you get to the historic town of Lee's Ferry, started by John D. Lee, who was hired by the Mormon Church to run the ferryboat service so church members could make their way south. Construction of Navajo Bridge in 1928 shut down the ferry. Today, the town, which consists of a preserved fort and trading post, is the starting point for multi-day white-water trips.
Lee's Ferry is also where you'll transfer to a climate-controlled luxury tour bus and will be your mode of transport back to the South Rim. En route, you'll see from ground level everything you covered previously by air. There's also a stop at Cameron Trading Post, which sells authentic Navajo Indian crafts.
During summer time, bring lots of sunscreen and dress in loose-fitting clothes. In addition, I highly recommend a hat with a brim. Swimming is encouraged, so either wear your suit at the get-go or wear your suit beneath your clothes. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, which will be provided as part of the trip.
Great guides make this tour amazing. The airplane portion has a taped narration interpreted in 10 different languages. Your river guide understands the Colorado like the back of his hand and is thrilled to expound on the area's geology and natural history. Bus drivers are well versed on the fantastic scenery and points of interest you'll be passing through on your way to the South Rim.
I find this float tour with plane flight and bus trip to be one of the best trip packages available at the South Rim. It's also priced right. But smart travelers can usually get a much better deal when they acquire it via the internet. Remarkably, I've seen it marked down by up to 35 percent.
This one-day smooth-water float tour is a fantastic way to enjoy the Grand Canyon. Making it an even more wonderful package are the plane, jeep, and coach segments. Children ages four years and up can do it. And there are no rigorous fitness specifications. All you have to bring is your sense of adventure. Then get ready for the greatest canyon experience of your life.
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Mr. Kravitz is a travel journalist who reports on all things Grand Canyon. He recommends checking out this Grand Canyon Rafting site for readers who want a special price on the float tour mentioned in this article.
Written By: Keith Kravitz