See the Canyon from the River – Colorado River Discovery

When you are standing on the edge of Horseshoe Bend, you may notice some blue and green rafts floating down the river. These visitors are enjoying the only half-day rafting trip on the Colorado River from the base of Glen Canyon Dam.

Colorado River Discovery offers the most fantastic one day rafting trips anywhere on the mighty Colorado River. They provide half-day and full day tours that are perfect for the entire family (kids aged 4 and up).

Rafting the Colorado RiverDeparting from the scenic town of Page, Arizona, your trip will begin with an exciting and exclusive ride down the two-mile long Glen Canyon Dam access tunnel. At river level, Glen Canyon Dam soars 700 feet above you, where you will board a comfortable pontoon raft for your journey downstream. For the next 3 hours, you will experience one of the most dramatic stretches of river in the western United States. Your experienced guide will tell the story of the area’s soaring sandstone cliffs, crystal blue-green waters, abundant wildlife, exploration by Major John Wesley Powell and others. You will learn more about the river’s modern role in the Southwest’s water and power delivery system.

A stop to view an impressive set of ancient petroglyphs will offer a you chance to stretch your legs and enjoy your lunch while bearing witness to the area’s former inhabitance by ancient native cultures. If you choose, you may also refresh yourself by wading in the cold, clear river. The Half Day Float through Glen Canyon to the Grand Canyon is not a rafting trip you will forget. Bring your family and enjoy an incredible day on the the Colorado River.



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Chris Oatman - October 22, 2016

Can you go on a one day flot trip through Horseshoe Bend, my wife and I both whitewater kayak and SUP. What is the class, mileage and cost please?! Thank you very much and have a great day!
Chris Oatman

    Alley Keosheyan - February 1, 2017

    Hi Chris, this is an excellent question!
    You can indeed go on a one-day float trip through Horseshoe Bend in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. This section of the Colorado River has no rapids, so whitewater rafting experience is not necessary. For trip cost and more information, visit this link ->:
    By the way, if you’d like to do some SUP, Lake Powell offers excellent opportunities for doing so! Click here for more information ->:
    Hope that helps – have a great time!

Dawn - January 7, 2017

Which tours are better the 730am or 11pm?

    Alley Keosheyan - January 30, 2017

    Hi Dawn – the answer to your question depends heavily on the time of year you’re visiting. If, for example, your trip is taking place in May or September, the weather is still mild enough to where the 11 AM tour would do just fine for you. However, if you’re traveling during June, July or August, temperatures in Glen Canyon exceed the 100 degree (Fahrenheit) mark, which makes the afternoon trips VERY hot. Hence, the 7:30 AM departure is recommended for summertime visitors.
    Hope that helps – have fun!

Sandra Marin - January 16, 2017

it’s any transportation how can get to the Colorado River Discovery from Tusayan??



    Alley Keosheyan - January 30, 2017

    Dear Sandra,
    Yes, there is transportation to get to the Colorado River Discovery tour from Tusayan, Arizona. It’s an all-day package tour that includes round-trip bus transportation from your hotel in Tusayan and lunch. Click on this link for more detailed information ->:
    Thank you for visiting and have fun!

Pam Lassila - February 27, 2017

I have always wanted to go to the grand canyon! It is definitely on my bucket list. It looks so beautiful. Rafting the grand canyon would be so much fun to do.

    Alley Keosheyan - February 28, 2017

    Hi Pam,
    As someone who’s rafted the Grand Canyon, I can tell you that IS a lot of fun to do! For what it’s worth, I recommend taking a full-canyon trip from Lees Ferry to at least Whitmore Wash. This will require a minimum time commitment of 7-8 days for a motor trip, 9-10 days for an oar trip. Grand Canyon White Water Rafting trips are offered May through September, and with such a limited season (plus a limited number of spaces on each trip), they do book up months, sometimes up to a year in advance. There are approximately 15 concessionaires that offer Grand Canyon White Water tours, all are good companies licensed by the Park Service with excellent safety and service records. Which one you choose to go with won’t depend so much on who they are, but which one has the trip offering that best fits your schedule. To help you narrow down the search faster, I recommend working with Rivers & Oceans out of Flagstaff, AZ. They work with all the white water concessionaires and are experienced river guides themselves. To contact them, visit
    Happy rafting!

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