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See the Canyon from the River – Colorado River Discovery

See the Canyon from the River – Colorado River Discovery

For Reservations call Colorado River Discovery
Toll Free – (888) 522-6644
Local – (928) 645-9174

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.

For Reservations call Colorado River Discovery
Toll Free – (888) 522-6644
Local – (928) 645-9174

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Ryan

Ryan is an avid hiker and long time resident of Page, AZ. What he lacks in spelling and grammatical expertise he makes up for with extensive knowledge from a lifetime of questionable choices and the ability to ask for help from great editors

16 Comments

  1. Sharon Walsh

    We have our own kayaks and want to paddle through Horseshoe Canyon from Glen Canyon dam to Lee’s Ferry. Can we provide our own transportation for this or do we have to use a commercial service. We want to leave one vehicle at the dam and the other at Lee’s Ferry to put in and take out. Is this possible? I have the National Parks Lifetime Park Pass.

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    • Alley Keosheyan

      Hi Sharon, thank you for visiting, and for your question!
      Private vehicles may not be parked at Glen Canyon Dam for security reasons, but they can be parked at Lees Ferry. You would then need to use an authorized backhauling service to get your kayak to the base of the dam so you could paddle down through Horseshoe Bend, etc. Colorado River Discovery in Page, AZ provides this service. For more information, visit http://www.raftthecanyon.com/raft-the-river/back-hauling-services/ Your lifetime park pass would then grant you access to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, of which Horseshoe Bend is a part. If you wish to camp on the river, the maximum stay length is 14 days.
      Thanks again for visiting and have a wonderful trip!
      Alley 🙂

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  2. Becky Lutz

    Hi, Are there any float trips available for the elderly that use a walker? We are bringing my 82y mother and know she would love the trip but pretty sure she can’t sit on the floor or rim of a raft. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    • Alley Keosheyan

      Hi Becky,
      Seniors enjoy the Colorado River Discovery float trip every day, including those that use a walker or cane. If your mom requires extra back support, you may wish to bring a folding stadium seat with you. Another option would be to call Colorado River Discovery directly and let them know your concerns. They may be able to pre-assign her a seat based on her need for additional back support. Their phone number is 928-645-9175.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley

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  3. Karen Spina

    We are interested in the 1/2 day float trip from Page, AZ at 7:30 am in June. Where do you pick up from? We are also considering doing an Antelope Canyon tour — don’t know whether we could fit that in on the same day. I see you have a slot canyon and raft tour. Is the pick up for that in Page as well? Do you recommend the slot canyon over antelope canyon or should we try to do both (are they different enough?)
    Thanks!

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    • Alley Keosheyan

      Hi Karen!
      The Colorado River Discovery Half-Day Float Trip picks up at the tour company’s welcome center at 130 6th Avenue in Page. It would conclude at the same place at approximately 12:00 Noon, so you could fit an Antelope Canyon tour in the same day.
      However, due to the almost overwhelming demand for Antelope Canyon Tours this year (What To Do If Antelope Canyon Tours Are Sold Out), the CRD Raft/Slot Canyon Combination tour definitely warrants consideration. The slot canyon in this case is Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon, aka Secret Canyon, which is said to “rival Antelope Canyon for nicely lit, swirling formations” and best of all, has fewer people to jockey with for the perfect photo op! The combination tour from CRD includes lunch, and pick-up/drop-off for both tour components is at the CRD Welcome Center.
      Hope that helps. Have a great trip!
      Alley

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  4. Kristin

    Can you kayak the horseshoe bend self guided or through a tour only?? Thank you!

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    • Alley Keosheyan

      Hi Kristin, great question!
      If you’d like to kayak through Horseshoe Bend, you will need to hire a backhaul service from Lees Ferry through Colorado River Discovery. You can then paddle the river self-guided to Lees Ferry through Horseshoe Bend! For more information click here ->: Kayak Backhauling Service
      Hope that helps.
      Have a great trip!
      Alley

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  5. Pam Lassila

    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.

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    • Alley Keosheyan

      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 http://www.riversandoceans.com
      Happy rafting!
      Alley

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  6. Sandra Marin

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

    Best,

    Sandra

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    • Alley Keosheyan

      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 ->: http://horseshoebend.com/canyon-smooth-water-bus-trip/
      Thank you for visiting and have fun!

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  7. Dawn

    Which tours are better the 730am or 11pm?

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    • Alley Keosheyan

      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!

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  8. Chris Oatman

    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

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    • Alley Keosheyan

      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 ->: http://horseshoebend.com/see-the-canyon-from-the-river-colorado-river-discovery/
      By the way, if you’d like to do some SUP, Lake Powell offers excellent opportunities for doing so! Click here for more information ->: https://lakepowellpaddleboards.com/
      Hope that helps – have a great time!
      Alley

      Reply

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