See the Canyon from the River – Horseshoe Bend Rafting Trip

When you are standing on the edge of Horseshoe Bend, you may notice some tan or brown 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.

The Horseshoe Bend Rafting Trip offers the most fantastic one day rafting trip anywhere on the mighty Colorado River. These half-day tours are perfect for the entire family (kids aged 4 and up).

Departing 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 placid, yet 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 inhabitancy 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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  1. Alley

    Looking to plan ahead for August of 2021. Assuming operations return to somewhat normal, our family of 9 would include a 1 1/2 year old. I saw the minimum age limit of 4 for the half day Horseshoe Bend tour. Just checking to see if this is more of a “suggestion”. Or a rule ? Boating family and bay is on a boat all the time with his parents who of course will be there with him.

    1. Hi Greg,
      Sorry to have to tell you that the age limit of 4 on the Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip is not a guideline, but a strictly enforced rule.
      If a water-based activity is on your “must-do” list — and I don’t blame you if it is! — you’ll need to explore alternatives that are open to pre-K and younger children. The one we recommend is the Antelope Canyon boat tour from Antelope Point Marina.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Dear Noor,
      Due to the brevity of your inquiry, it’s difficult to discern what information you are requesting.
      If a snapshot of currently available tours and attractions is what you wanted to see, here’s what’s open in Page, Arizona:
      Tours & Activities:
      – Horseshoe Bend Overlook
      – Grandview Overlook Park
      – Wahweap Marina
      – Antelope Point Marina
      – The Chains
      – The Hanging Garden Trail
      – Lone Rock Beach
      – Page Rim View Trail
      – The “New” Wave and Radio Tower Rock
      – Wahweap Overlook
      – Glen Canyon Dam Overlook
      – Alstrom Point
      – Skylight Arch
      – White Pocket
      – Wire Pass/Buckskin Gulch
      – Lees Ferry & Lonely Dell Ranch
      – Navajo Bridge & Interpretive Center
      – Glen Canyon Conservancy Flagship Store
      – Kayak Tours on Lake Powell & the Colorado River
      – Private Boat Charters
      – Airplane & Helicopter Tours
      – Glen Canyon Dam Steel Arch Bridge
      – Jeep/ATV Tours
      – Electric Mountain Bike Tours
      – Big Water Visitors Center (Big Water, Utah)
      – “The Moon” (Big Water, Utah)

      Here’s what’s closed:
      All Navajo Indian Tribal Parks, including:
      – The Antelope Canyons
      – Monument Valley (Goulding’s Lodge open, providing tours with modified routes)
      – Four Corners
      – The Little Colorado River Overlook
      Lake Powell Boat Tours
      Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip
      Glen Canyon Dam Tours
      Carl Hayden Visitors Center
      Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Park Headquarters

      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  2. I am planning to visit Page, Zion and Peekaboo canyons in October but would definitely want to experience the rafting trip.
    Is there any way to book in advance for 1st week of October in case it gets open, don’t want to miss this because of unavailability of tickets at the last moment.

    Thanks

    1. Hi KS,
      Unfortunately, the Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip has been cancelled for the remainder of the season according to Wilderness River Adventures.
      At this point, you should be considering alternatives, which would be to drive down to Lees Ferry (~1 hour from Page, AZ) where you can rent a kayak, get backhauled to the base of the Glen Canyon Dam, then paddle with the gentle current of the Colorado River for 15 miles through Horseshoe Bend and back to Lees Ferry. Prior kayaking experience is not required, and everyone I’ve talked to who has done this said they had a blast! There are several companies offering this type of experience, but the one we’re most familiar with is http://www.KayakHorseshoeBend.com
      Time permitting, you can make a nice day out of this area by taking a hike to the Lonely Dell Ranch area, walking across the historic Navajo Bridge (keep an eye out for California Condors sunning themselves on the steel arch struts!), and enjoying a meal at Cliff Dweller’s Restaurant, one of the best-kept culinary secrets of Northern Arizona!
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  3. Hi,

    Besides Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry tour, do you offer any services from Antelope Point Launch Ramp, AZ 86040 to Antelope Canyon?

    1. Hi Sudeep,
      At the present time, boat tours from Antelope Point Marina are on hiatus due to COVID-19. However, boat rentals and kayak rentals and tours are still being offered. There are several companies offering such services, but we are most familiar with Lake Powell Hidden Canyon Kayak. For more information on how to sign up for a tour, read this piece on our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ: Antelope Canyon Kayak Tours
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Monique,
      I sure wish I knew a little bit more about your trip, namely, where you’re starting out of (Las Vegas? Phoenix? Someplace else?) and whether you wanted to do a white water raft trip (with rapids) or a smooth water raft trip (no rapids). That does make a difference in how I would advise you.
      I assume that whichever the case, one day is all you would have to allot to such a trip. If you are wanting to do a trip with rapids, the only single-day white water rafting trip offered in the vicinity of the Grand Canyon is offered by Hualapai River Runners. Based out of Peach Springs, AZ, this trip is conducted by the Hualapai Indian Tribe at Grand Canyon West, which is approximately 2.5 hours from Las Vegas, NV and/or Grand Canyon South Rim. 1-day white water package tours are available that include round-trip transportation, or you can self-drive there. Since the raft trip starts very early in the morning, and Peach Springs, AZ, is quite remote, you would probably want to spend the night there the night prior, and possibly the night after since the trip can range from 12-14 hours in length depending on how you exit the river. Since social distancing has reduced capacity on boats, don’t be surprised to find these trips are already sold out for your dates of travel.
      Another good option for shorter white water rafting trips is Moab, UT. Trips starting at half day in length and up are offered on the Colorado River through an area known as Cataract Canyon. Like Peach Springs, AZ, Moab, UT, is also quite remote, but a little more “cosmopolitan” in its hotel, restaurant, and tour offerings. Here again, if you choose a Moab, UT, white water raft trip, you should probably plan on staying the night prior to the trip in Moab, and the night after the trip, at the very least. Moab, UT, is also the gateway community for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, with lots of fun things to see and do, so a minimum stay of 3-4 nights is highly recommended for this area! Things to do in Moab, UT
      If you prefer a smooth water raft trip (no rapids), unfortunately, the most popular trip of this kind (the Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip out of Page, AZ) has been placed on hiatus until further notice due to COVID-19. The Black Canyon Adventure out of Boulder City, NV, has also been suspended, but they are aiming to restart after Labor Day. If you have small kids in the party, or those who do not wish to travel through rapids, this might be a good alternative for you. Again, due to social distancing guidelines, capacity will very likely be reduced on their boats and other ancillary vehicles, so make reservations ASAP if this activity interests you.
      If your travels are taking you to Page, AZ, another activity you might consider is driving to Lees Ferry (~1 hour from Page, AZ), renting a kayak, and riding a backhaul boat to the base of the Glen Canyon Dam. You would then paddle the 15 mile stretch of Glen Canyon back to Lees Ferry. Obviously, kayaks are a natural for social distancing. No previous kayaking experience is required, but there may be some age limits to contend with. For more information, visit http://www.KayakHorseshoeBend.com
      Hope that helps. Please feel free to contact us again if we can provide further guidance to you.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. Hi Alley,
        Quick question about the Kayak Horseshoe Bend trip. Is there any current that makes the kayak an easier 15 mile run? How long does it normally take. We have kayaked before, but are questioning our ability to do the 15 mile trip. Is it easy?

        Thanks,
        Phil

        1. Hi Philip!
          Thank you for this great question about the Kayak Horseshoe Bend.
          The flow of the Colorado River is controlled by the Glen Canyon Dam, therefore, the current occurring in the 15-mile stretch between the base of the dam (where you get backhauled to) and Lees Ferry is very gentle. First-time kayakers take this trip every day and enjoy it thoroughly. In fact, recent reviewers on Google rated the trip as “easy and smooth” and “the most beautiful experience of my life!” If you have any questions about the trip, feel free to call Kayak Horseshoe Bend at (928) 355-2211.
          If you take the trip, and have a minute after your vacation, feel free to write in again and tell us how it went!
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  4. Question, for the rafting experience as of July, would it be possible to book with our own group of 6 or is there any other private options to abide current social distancing regulations?

    1. Hello Kesh,
      The Horseshoe Bend Rafting Trip has been cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19. In the event it does resume running in July, they don’t offer private tours, but will probably reduce passenger capacity on each raft in order to promote social distancing. What that will actually look/feel like, no one knows yet, unfortunately.
      One possible work-around would be to, shall we say, “reverse engineer” the problem: rent a kayak at Lees Ferry, ride a back-haul boat up to the Glen Canyon Dam, then paddle back down the river to Lees Ferry. For more information on these services, visit http://www.KayakHorseshoeBend.com
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

        1. Hi David,
          Since you posted your inquiry on the Horseshoe Bend Rafting Trip page, I’ll assume that you’re asking about that tour specifically. Unfortunately, the answer is “no.” It has been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19. A good alternative, however, would be to drive down to Lees Ferry, rent a kayak, book what’s known as a “backhaul” service up to the Glen Canyon Dam, and paddle back down to Lees Ferry. Granted this will probably take as long or longer than the Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip, but in exchange, you have the freedom to pull over to any beach that strikes your fancy and enjoy a refreshing dip in the Colorado River (it’ll be short – water’s cold) or a leisurely picnic lunch. There are several companies in the area that offer backhaul services, including Wilderness River Adventures, and Kayak Horseshoe Bend.
          If you were actually referring to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, it is open, in fact, it’s one of a handful of attractions in Northern Arizona that never closed. The parking lot is open from sunrise to sunset, parking fee is $10/passenger car or RV or $35/light commercial vehicle.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

        1. Hi Christy,
          Not sure where you are seeing the Horseshoe Bend Rafting Trip as being “bookable,” because it is still on suspension until August 31st at the earliest.
          A good alternative would be to go down to Lees Ferry (~ 1 hour from Page, AZ), rent a kayak, get backhauled to the base of the Glen Canyon Dam, then paddle the 15-miles through Glen Canyon back to Lees Ferry. For more information on this Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip alternative, visit http://www.KayakHorseshoeBend.com
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley 🙂

  5. I am seeing that you do not have anything available until July for the Horseshoe Bend Tour. Do you hold waitlists for possible cancellations? Super Bummed!

    1. Hi Redd,
      The Horseshoe Bend Rafting Trip is on temporary hiatus due to the potential dangers posed by COVID-19. Since social distancing isn’t really practical on a raft, the possibility of exposure to and from other tourists is simply not worth the risk.
      As to whether a wait list is taken, that’s doubtful, but to inquire about it, please call Wilderness River Adventures (the concessionaire) directly at 928-645-2496.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    2. Me also !! Was planning to come to Arizona June 22
      I don’t even know how long to postpone if they might not open at all the whole summer .. does anybody have any info ?
      Does this mean visiting horse shoe bend by foot is also closed if float trip is closed

      1. Hi Shelly!
        No need to postpone your trip if you don’t want to — Horseshoe Bend is open. It is one of the few attractions in the Page, AZ, area that remained open the entire time throughout the COVID-19 shutdown period. Other nearby attractions on Navajo Tribal Land such as the Antelope Canyons and Monument Valley are closed, but are shooting for a re-open date of mid-June. To be put on an e-mail list to be notified as to when that happens, visit our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ
        Glen Canyon/Lake Powell is in the midst of a “phased” reopening of facilities and activities and *fingers crossed* will be back in full swing by the time you visit!
        Good luck and safe travels,
        Alley 🙂

          1. Hi Tammi,
            Yes, you read correctly. The Navajo Tribe has been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 virus, so if that’s what they need to do, we’d totally be behind them.
            Fortunately, there are several slot canyons in the local area that are not dependent on the Navajo Reservation reopening. The closest ones are Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch, located off US89 down the House Rock Valley Road between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT; and Peek-a-Boo Canyon aka Red Canyon, near Kanab, UT, down BLM Road #102 off US89. While neither of these technically require a guided tour to visit, we strongly recommend taking one since both access routes are unpaved and visitors in rental cars would void their insurance by driving off-road.
            For Wire Pass Canyon/Buckskin Gulch Tours, contact one of the following licensed guide services:
            – Paria Outpost & Outfitters, 928-691-1047, http://www.paria.com
            – Grand Staircase Discovery Tours, 928-614-4099, http://www.grandstaircasediscoverytours.com
            For Red/Peek-A-Boo Canyon (BTW, there’s another Peek-A-Boo Canyon located Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument — this isn’t the one we’re referring to!), contact:
            – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
            – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
            – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
            Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels!
            Alley 🙂

    3. I’m
      Also bummed but I heard it’s not because of sold out it’s because they aren’t planning to open till July 1.. possible sooner possible later
      They won’t know til June 8 so I hear .. if you find out any further info please relay !

  6. Hi. Is there any way to rent a raft or kayak and float at a leisurely pace in horseshoe bend? With covid we would like to be in our own boat without a guide and other tourists. Thanks!

    1. Hi Erika,
      The float trip described on this page is not operating at the moment due to the very reason you cite. A kayak rental might be a good compromise, but you would still need to be backhauled from Lees Ferry to the Glen Canyon Dam by a certified boat pilot.
      For more information on kayak rentals and backhaul services, visit http://www.KayakHorseshoeBend.com or http://www.KayakTheColorado.com
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  7. Hi and Good Morning( for me)!

    I apologize if this has been asked there are a lot of questions on here. I was at Horseshoe last summer with a tour group and we only spent one hour or so. I have wanted to come back on my own since then. I have not seen if it is possible for people( me) to take my own personal kayak down the river, camp and then hike out of the canyon at another location? Can you tell me where I find information for river access that is not guided, or does all of it need to be with a certified guide?

    Many thanks

    Ryan

    1. Hi Ryan and thank you for this excellent question.
      It is possible to take one’s personal or rented kayak through Horseshoe Bend. You would need to utilize a backhaul service from Lees Ferry to the base of the Glen Canyon Dam, and you would simply paddle down from there.
      Wilderness River Adventures, the concessionaire for the Horseshoe Bend Rafting Trip, offers such a service. For more information, visit http://www.riveradventures.com
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  8. We are in town from Oklahoma…. a lot of places are closed due to Covid 19. Is there still away to see Horseshoe Bend?

    1. Hi Lindsey,
      As of this moment, Horseshoe Bend remains open, but that status could change without notice rather quickly if the situation warrants. However, the Antelope Canyons are closed until further notice. In light of that fact, plus considering that there are over 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (including several dozen fatalities) in Northern Arizona, and many popular nearby attractions such as the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, and Monument Valley are closed, we strongly recommend that you seriously consider whether your visit is 100% necessary at this time. Please bear in mind that most areas of Northern Arizona are quite rural and remote, with very small medical facilities that have already been taxed beyond their limited capacities.
      If you do decide to come, please follow social distancing and cleanliness protocols as outlined by the CDC and WHO:
      – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
      – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
      – Practicing social distancing (stay at least 6′ away from other people) and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
      – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
      – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
      – Most importantly, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley

  9. Hello, I would love to get married at horseshoe bend. Is that possible? If doi can I please get the info to contact and set up? Thank you so much!
    Katie Raylynn

    1. Hi Katie and thank you for your excellent inquiry!
      Yes, it is possible to get married at Horseshoe Bend. You are required to get a special use permit, plus arrange for an officiant, photographer, catering, etc. If all that sounds like a pain, it can be, which is why we recommend you consider utilizing a local wedding planning service to make all these arrangements for you. We recommend Monumental Arizona Weddings & Events. We know the owners personally and know they’ll make your special day an amazing one! For more information, visit http://www.HorseshoeBendWedding.com
      Good luck, safe travels, and congratulations on your nuptials,
      Alley 🙂

  10. Hello! My fiance and I are eloping in Sedona on 7/20 and we are looking to spend a day visiting Horshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon. Ideally we would like ot hike to to the top of HB and float around it as well and get to go through the canyons. We have absolutely no time restraints and can be gone all day so would like to know if this is doable?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Linda, and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!
      If you want to do all the things you list, you need to spend the night in Page, AZ.
      First off, the drive from Sedona, AZ, to Page, AZ, is 3 hours each way. The Horseshoe Bend Rafting Trip is a half day commitment; trip duration is 4.5 hours, which breaks out as ~3.5 hours on the river, 1 hour in transit. During peak tourist season, there are 3 daily departures, 7:00 am, 10:30 am, and 1:00 pm (check-in required 1 hour prior to departure). In July, I strongly recommend that you take the early morning departure, mainly because afternoons in the canyon get SUPER hot. Besides, mid-day to early afternoon is when you want to be in Antelope Canyon. The interior of the slot canyons tend to stay a constant, comfortably cool temperature! If you opt to visit Upper Antelope Canyon, that is when those beautiful light beams appear. The best time to visit the Horseshoe Bend Overlook during the summer — again, this is for the sake of convenience and comfort — is right at sunrise. In late July, sunrise occurs at about 5:15 AM.
      Long story short, a better plan than trying to do all this stuff in one day would be to do this:
      Day 1 – drive from Sedona to Page, AZ, tour Antelope Canyon in the afternoon, stay overnight in Page
      Day 2 – get up early, hit Horseshoe Bend, then do the Horseshoe Bend Rafting Trip, then drive back to Sedona
      Whatever you decide, be sure you start the return drive to Sedona so you’re not doing any of it in the dark, especially that drive through Oak Creek Canyon. Most roads up here are very dimly lit, and deer, elk, and other wildlife can congregate on the shoulder of the roads, making nighttime driving especially dangerous in this part of the U.S.
      Hope that helps.
      Good luck, safe travels, and stay well!
      Alley 🙂

  11. Hi, Thank you for posting these questions and answers – very helpful. We are interested in doing the Horseshoe Bend Raft trip. My 77 year old sister is concerned about sitting on a backless seat for an extended period of time. I see there is one stop for the petroglyphs. Is there another stop? Would she be able to stand on the raft to stretch? Would she be able to sit on the floor of the raft and lean against the side? Basically I am asking how long she would have to sit without back support without a break?
    Thank you – stay well.

    1. Hi Maureen,
      Yours is the first inquiry NOT related to COVID-19 that we’ve received in weeks, and it’s a good one!
      First off, you’ll be happy to know that seniors enjoy the Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip all the time. Those with concerns about back support do have several options:
      1. Request a seat near the boat pilot; these tend to have more support. You might want to make reservations by phone so you can put in an advance request for this.
      2. Ask the boat pilot if it’s OK to stand and take a stretch; there are multiple opportunities to do this throughout the trip, and as you can see on the tour company’s website, people stand to take photos all the time, usually when the pilot turns off the motor and lets the raft coast.
      3. Bring or purchase a portable folding stadium seat. Amazon has many different models you can order in advance, or simply stop at the Super Wal-Mart in Page, AZ, or elsewhere on your trip and pick one up in the camping section.
      Hope that helps. Good luck, safe travels, and stay well!
      Alley

    1. Dear Mr. Ocean,
      As of this moment, Horseshoe Bend remains open, but that status could change without notice if the situation warrants.
      In light of the fact that there are over 150 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (including some fatalities) in Northern Arizona, and that many nearby attractions such as the Grand Canyon and the Antelope Canyons are closed, we strongly recommend that you seriously consider whether your visit is 100% necessary at this time. Please bear in mind that most areas of Northern Arizona are quite rural and remote, with very limited medical facilities that have already been taxed beyond their respective capacities.
      If you do decide to come, please follow social distancing and cleanliness protocols as outlined by the CDC and WHO:
      – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
      – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
      – Practicing social distancing (stay at least 6′ away from other people) and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
      – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
      – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
      – Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley

      1. I turned 60 on 4/22.
        I have never seen the Grand Canyon,only in photos. So me,& Larry my Pomeranian Chihuahua medical alert dog. Want to taje the back rosds up to Page. Highways: 60 to 93 to 89. Play tourist in Jerome,& then overnight in the Grand Hotel. Highway 89 to Page. Now the canyon is closed.
        Would it be worth the drive to Page from Phoenix? What would you recommend?

        1. Hi Phillip,
          First of all, happy belated birthday!
          Second of all, you are correct in that the Grand Canyon is closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
          However, Horseshoe Bend remains open. As to whether it would be worth it for you make the drive all the way up from Phoenix, consider these facts:
          – The Antelope Canyons, another popular attraction near Page, AZ, are closed until further notice
          – There are over 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (including several dozen fatalities) in Northern Arizona
          – All visitor facilities at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, aka Lake Powell, are closed until further notice (although the park itself technically remains open)
          – Most areas of Northern Arizona are quite rural and remote, with very small medical facilities that have already been taxed beyond their limited capacities
          If you do decide to visit, we ask that you please follow social distancing and cleanliness protocols as outlined by the CDC and WHO:
          – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
          – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
          – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
          – When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
          – Practicing social distancing (stay at least 6′ away from other people) and avoid congregations of 10 or more people. In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
          – Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
          – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
          – Most importantly, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.
          Good luck and safe travels,
          Alley

  12. Is it too cold to do the float trip in late Oct/early Nov? What time does it begin and end, please? What is the restroom situation?

    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      Under normal circumstances, the Horseshoe Bend Float Trip runs until October 31st. With the disruption caused by the COVID-19 virus, the schedule may be extended, but obviously, that remains to be seen.
      As for whether it’s too cold to comfortably enjoy in late October/early November, if the weather is good, then no. Temperatures on the river tend to be somewhat warmer than they are on the rim, so the air temperature should be pleasant, although a little too cold for swimming. Again, this is providing that the weather that day is good. If it happens to be raining or even snowing, that could change things. Weather patterns tend to remain most stable through mid-October, then winter weather patterns start to assert themselves later in the month.
      The Horseshoe Bend raft trip requires check-in at 10:00 AM, the trip start time is 11:00 AM, and approximate return time is 3:30 PM. You would have access to restrooms before the start of the trip, at Petroglyph Beach, which is midway down the river portion of the trip, once more at Lees Ferry where you pull off the river, then back at the trip headquarters at the conclusion. The longest you would be without access to a restroom is 90 minutes-2 hours at any given point.
      Hope that helps.
      Good luck, safe travels, and wash your hands 😉
      Alley

  13. We are staying at the RV park at the South Rim. What are our travel options to Page for the 1/2 day Horseshoe Bend float trip? I’d rather not have to take the RV to Page. We’ll be there July 1 & 2. There are 7 of us.

    1. Hi Renee,
      I totally get not wanting to unhook your RV at the crack of dawn, spend 5+ hours on the road driving up to Page, AZ, and back, then having to re-do your RV hookup in the dark. Fortunately, there is not one, but two possible solutions to this problem: the Horseshoe Bend Rafting package with round-trip bus transportation from the South Rim, or the Scenic Canyon River Adventure, which includes a scenic sunrise fixed-wing airplane flight from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, a tour of Upper Antelope Canyon (another must-do in the Page, AZ, area!), and the Horseshoe Bend Float Trip. Return transport to the South Rim on the Canyon River Adventure is by bus.
      Since you are traveling around the 4th of July weekend and have such a large party, I would strongly encourage you to make reservations for your Horseshoe Bend Rafting tour ASAP.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Michelle,
      If you are wanting to bring your service dog on the trip referenced on the page you commented on (the Horseshoe Bend Rafting Trip), then you should contact the tour company directly to make arrangements. The company that operates the Horseshoe Bend Rafting Trip is Wilderness River Adventures, their phone # is 800.992.8022.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  14. Ally,
    We are coming in late March and are looking to do an upper and lower antelope canyon tour and a boat tour around horseshoe bend. Is there a combo tour? If not, is there two tours we can book in same day? We will be staying in Page and would really like to use one company for the tours Thank you.

    1. Hi Jody, this is a great question, and unfortunately the answer to whether you can book the tours you desire as a combo is “no.” As to whether you could take them all in a single day, probably not at the time of year you’re visiting.
      The only boat tour that goes through Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River is the Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip. In late March, it departs once a day, at 11:00 AM (10:00 AM check-in) and returns at 3:30 PM. You might be able to “bookend” Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon around this tour, but you’d have to get a really early start to your day, and with daylength being relatively short at the time of your trip (sunrise at ~6:15 AM and sunset at roughly 6:45 PM), you might be cutting it a bit too fine to pull it off comfortably. As of right now, the earliest tour of Lower Antelope Canyonn is at 7:30 AM, and takes roughly 2 hours. You would then need to book it over to Wilderness River Adventures to catch the float trip. If for some reason your tour departs late, or gets held up in any way, causing you to be late for the float trip, the tour company will not wait for you, which means you could be out a considerable sum of money. The latest departure of Lower Antelope at that time of year occurs at 4:00 PM, which means you would need to high-tail it from the float trip over to the Tribal Park entrance in order to check in 30 minutes prior to departure, which is required.
      IMO, that’s too much rushing around to pull it off in a day, with too many variables that could throw a kink in your plans. A better idea would be to do the float trip one day, then tour Upper and Lower Antelope on a separate day.
      Hope that helps. Good luck, safe travels, and Happy New Year!
      Alley 🙂

      1. Alley,
        This helps so so much. I do believe we need two days and that is what we are going for. Do you guys book both types of tours, the upper and lower antelope and the glenn canyon boat tour? Is there a specific website to go through? It is probably on here somewhere but all the info is very overwhelming. Thank you so much for your help. You have no idea how much I needed it.

        1. Hi again, Jody!
          For Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon tours, visit our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ “How To Book A Tour For Antelope Canyon” and look for the “Upper + Lower Antelope Canyon” tour bundle.
          For the Glen Canyon Float Trip, we haven’t yet managed to bundle that in with the Antelope Canyon tours, but we’re working on it! For now, though, you’ll need to book that tour through the concessionaire. For more information, visit Wilderness River Adventures | Glen Canyon Half Day Float Trip.
          Have fun!
          Alley 🙂

  15. We are interested in traveling from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to Glen Canyon Dam for a raft trip on the Colorado. Is there any transportation to get us there if we don’t have a car?

    1. Hi Karin,
      There are two tours from Grand Canyon South Rim that go to Page, AZ, for the Glen Canyon Float Trip: the Canyon Smooth Water Bus Tour and the Antelope Canyon With Rafting Tour.
      Both tours are approximately 12 hours in length. The Canyon Smooth Water Bus Tour includes round-trip bus transportation from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ; the Antelope Canyon w/Rafting Tour includes a sunrise fixed-wing airplane flight from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, AZ, and return transportation by motorcoach.
      That said, I’m curious as to how you’ll be getting to Grand Canyon South Rim without a car?
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  16. I had booked a lower antelope canyon tour on Oct 7th for 9:15 am (I may be able to change this to 8:45 or as late as 4:15pm). The rafting trip for horseshoe seems to be at 11am. Is this enough time to be able to do both? Do you have another suggestion. There is 2 adults and 2 children ( 12 and 7 yr old.) I would appreciate your expertise in this matter.

    1. Hi Heather!
      I would strongly recommend changing your Antelope Canyon tour to an earlier time slot, or a later one, and not the time slots you’re presently proposing.
      2-2.5 hours should be allowed for touring Lower Antelope Canyon, factoring in advance check-in, and the inevitable “bottleneck” that builds up as the day goes on. Even an 8:45 AM departure will put you in danger of missing the required check-in for the Glen Canyon Float Trip, which, at the time of year you’re visiting, is 10:00 AM. The Glen Canyon Float Trip typically concludes at 3:30 PM in October, so, theoretically, you could make it on time for a 4:15 PM tour of Lower Antelope, but again, that’s only theoretically. While the check-in locations are not too far away from one another, a 4:15 PM Antelope Canyon tour will require you to check in at 3:45 PM. Therefore, you’d have to hope and pray that your trip ends on time, then rush over to the departure point for your Antelope Canyon tour. No time to linger, shop, or bid your raft captain a proper good-bye.
      If availability of Lower Antelope Canyon tours isn’t cooperating with you taking the tour on October 7th, I’d recommend doing the tour the following morning, or perhaps the day prior. Another option would be to consider Antelope Canyon X, which is similar in looks and physicality to Lower Antelope, but group sizes are kept smaller.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  17. we are going to be in Page AZ the week of the 22nd and I can not find phone, email or web page to book the Glen Canyon Float Trip?
    can you help me with info to contact some one?
    thanks.

    1. Hi Joddy,
      Sorry for the troubles you are experiencing.
      Wilderness River Adventures can be reached by phone at (800) 992-8022 or (928) 645-3296. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a suitable e-mail address to use to contact them for reservations.
      Hope that information at least helps.
      Alley 🙂

  18. Hi there,
    We will be there August 7th, traveling w/a 6 yr old. All the upper antelope tours seems to be booked and the only one I found kids need to be 8 years old to tour w/them. What other tours can you suggest? We are driving in from Las Vegas and had planned a day for Page,Az. Flying back home through Phoenix.

    1. Hi Erika,
      Sorry for the troubles.
      At present, only two out of four Upper Antelope Canyon tour companies allow children younger than 7: Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours and Roger Ekis’ Antelope Canyon Tours.
      If you find those companies’ tours sold out, you might look at Antelope Canyon X. It does involve a few stairs and ladders, but they do allow infants and pre-K children on their tours.
      For more information on touring Antelope Canyon with children, check out “FAQ: Bringing Kids To Antelope Canyon
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Karen,
      No, the float trip does not pick up from Grand Canyon North Rim. If you would like to take the Glen Canyon Float Trip, you would need to drive to Page, AZ, which is ~2.5 hours from GC North Rim.

      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  19. hello
    Who are the other merchant who operate river rafting in page/horseshoe? i need late afternoon timing and wilderness river adventure dont have that?
    who are the provider for aeroplane/helicopter in horseshoe bend?
    thanks

    1. Dear Sachin,
      Wilderness River Adventures is the only tour company operating float trips in Glen Canyon. If you’re wanting to do a water-based activity in late afternoon, you might consider a boat tour on Lake Powell. There are two operators of these: Lake Powell Resort and Antelope Point Marina. Another option might be a kayak tour, there are 3 companies that run these: Kayak Lake Powell, Hidden Canyon Kayak, and Lake Powell Paddleboards & Kayaks. Keep in mind that these activities take place on Lake Powell and not in Glen Canyon.
      For airplane tours, operators are: Westwind Air Service, American Aviation, and Scenic/Grand Canyon Airlines. For helicopters, contact Papillon/Grand Canyon Helicopters
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  20. Hello!! I often kayak Up Colorado River 15 miles from down river below the Hoover Dam, and turn around. Is this possible to launch down river from the dam at Lee’s, kayak up river, to turn around and return? Thanks in advance!

    Jenny

    1. Hi Jenny,
      Yes, you can do something like that in Glen Canyon! You would need to employ a backhaul service to port your kayak to the base of Glen Canyon Dam, and you could then kayak down to Lees Ferry. Backhaul services are offered by Wilderness River Adventures.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

      1. So it is not possible to paddle up river? Is there a good phone number to call and ask very specific questions? I am traveling from Mammoth Lakes and it is about an 11 hour drive. I need to make sure all of my ducks are in a row! Lee’s Ferry ain’t answer phones:(

        Thank you for your quick response!!!! 🙂

        1. Hi Jenny,
          I believe you have to get backhauled up to the dam, but for specific information, call Wilderness River Adventures at (928) 645-3296.
          Best regards,
          Alley

    1. Hello Lee,
      This particular video does not belong to our company, it was shot by Colorado River Discovery, the former concessionaire for the Glen Canyon Float Trip. The concession contract for the Glen Canyon Float Trip was recently re-awarded to Wilderness River Adventures, so you would probably want to coordinate with them to use any video footage of the float trip so you can relay the most accurate information to your viewers. For more information, visit https://www.riveradventures.com/glen-canyon-float-trips/glen-canyon-float-trip-experience/ Their local phone number is 928-645-3296.
      Best of luck to you,
      Alley 🙂

  21. Due to stay at lake Powell 1st and 2nd November this year
    Is there trips still available in Colorado river this time of year?

  22. Hi, I’m Muriel from France, we would like to rent a kayak, canoe or stand up paddle and paddle through Horseshoe Canyon from Glen Canyon dam to Lee’s Ferry. Is that possible ?

  23. I have a query regarding the “half day glen canyon float tour” and “canyon adventure boat tour (2.5 hours)”. I have already booked the glen canyon float trip and was wondering if it makes sense to do “canyon adventures boat tour” as well. Any recommendations on how different they are and if it makes sense to do both.

    1. Hi Rajat and thank you for your excellent question!
      The Half Day Glen Canyon Float Trip traverses a stretch of the Colorado River that lies downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam. You will see canyon walls rise on both sides of you as you make your way down to historic Lees Ferry, the terminus.
      On the Canyon Adventure Boat Tour, you will see part of Lake Powell. This area lies upstream of the Glen Canyon Dam, which impounded the waters of the Colorado River behind it to form a large reservoir. You will see high rock formations, but they will be more spread out on the lake.
      Doing both activities certainly wouldn’t be a bad use of your time, but 1. I wouldn’t recommend doing them on the same day and 2. before you commit to doing both, I would prioritize the Glen Canyon Float Trip first as it’s one of the “Big 3” must-do’s in the Page, AZ area and 3. speaking of the “Big Three,” make sure you’ve set aside enough time to visit the Horseshoe Bend Overlook and for an Antelope Canyon tour. The latter, as well as the Glen Canyon Float Trip, must be booked in advance.
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  24. Hi Alley
    Is there a company that offers both the float trip and secret canyon as one tour? If not, is it possible to fit both tours in one day?
    Kind regards Tasha

    1. Hi Tasha,
      These two attractions are not offered together as a package tour, but they can certainly be seen in one day’s time.
      Assuming you’re traveling during peak visitation period (late Spring through early Fall), you should take the 7:00 AM morning departure of the float trip, which will conclude at about 1:00 PM. You could then tour Secret, or any of the other slot canyons in the Page, AZ area, in the afternoon.
      Advance reservations should be made for both activities.
      Thank you for visiting our site!
      Alley 🙂

  25. we are doing the full day float trip on the 3rd week of may. do we wear swim suits? are we able to just jump in?

    1. Hi Julie,
      You are welcome to wear swimsuits on the Glen Canyon Float Trip, but any swimming you do will be brief: the water in the Colorado River is a constant, cold 45 degrees (Fahrenheit). Wear whatever you’re comfortable with, preferably light layers you can easily shed and stash in a bag, and put on again if the need arises. The best opportunity to enjoy a quick dip will occur at lunchtime, or when you pull over to Petroglyph Beach to take an easy walk to see a panel of ancient pictographs.
      Have fun!
      Alley 🙂

  26. Hi there
    I am coming from Australia on August 29th and would like to book the float tour to Horseshoe bend down the two-mile long Glen Canyon Dam access tunnel for 9 adults but cannot find anywhere to contact or do a booking. Please advise company/website for this.

    1. Hi Jill,
      Sorry for the troubles, the concession contract transitioned to another company this year and bugs are still being sorted out! The Glen Canyon Float Trip is now run by Wilderness River Adventures, the website to use to book is https://www.riveradventures.com/glen-canyon-float-trips/glen-canyon-float-trip-experience/
      Best wishes for safe travels!
      Alley 🙂
      P.S. We would strongly recommend taking the morning departure that time of year as daytime high temperatures on the river are very hot, plus afternoons run the risk of monsoon storms, which are sometimes severe enough to warrant cancellation of the trip.

  27. Hi Alley!
    Thanks for your information and kind responses! It has been very useful when planning our trip.
    I’m travelling in may with my wife, a 2.5 year old child and a 9 month baby.
    Do you think a boat trip (a short one) is suitable and available for us?

    For the instance, we are including (one day each): Bryce NP, Upper Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend, and travelling around the Grand Canyon. We will be renting an RV from Las Vegas. Any additional suggestion about adding/removing something?
    Thanks!!

    1. Hi again, Diego!
      With children that young, you will be limited on your options, such as the Glen Canyon Float Trip. Children have to be at least 4 to take part in that. Guess you’ll have to make plans to come back 😉
      The shortest boat tour would be an Antelope Canyon waterside tour from Antelope Point Marina. They last about 1 hour. Do read the information carefully before committing, though.
      Another observation: since you’re coming from Las Vegas, you might consider working Zion National Park into your trip. Since the roads through the park are quite steep, what you might do is drive as far as Springdale, take the shuttles into the park for sightseeing, then continue on to Page. Also, be sure to make reservations for all the RV parks and campgrounds you plan to stay at on your trip.
      Best wishes for safe travels!
      Alley 🙂

  28. Hi
    We are a family of 4 planning a boat tour from Page on 9th July 2018. Can you inform about duration, start time, price and availability ?
    Regards
    Torben (Denmark)

    1. Hi Torben and thank you for your inquiry.
      Lake Powell Boat Tours vary in length from approximately 90 minutes to 6+ hours. Which one you take depends on what you want to accomplish, sights you want to see, etc. For example, if you wish to see Rainbow Bridge National Monument, you’ll want to take the Rainbow Bridge Boat Tour from Lake Powell Resort, which is on the longer end of the time variance. Depending on the level of Lake Powell – which is forecasted to be on the low side this year – it could involve a 3-mile round-trip walk to see the Bridge itself. In July, that could be quite uncomfortable due to extreme heat.
      If you’re just wanting a taste of what Lake Powell looks like from the water, you might choose a shorter tour like the Canyon Adventure boat tour or the Canyon Princess Dinner Cruise.
      Whichever one you choose to do, be sure to make reservations in advance of your arrival. Keep in mind that Lake Powell Resort is located within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, so an entrance fee is charged to drive to the Resort.
      Hope that helps. Have a wonderful visit!
      Alley 🙂

  29. Hello
    We are a family from Portugal, and we go in vacation next August to USA.

    Is possible make the booking to the 26 August to the full motor trip??

    What the price to 2 adults and my daughter (16 years old).

    Please send me a mail with all the informations because I tried to make the booking in the web site but don’t work.

    Waiting for news

    Best regards

    Carlos Pereira

    1. Hi Carlos,
      So sorry for the trouble! The concession contract for the Colorado River Float Trip was recently awarded to another company and apparently they haven’t updated their booking information yet. I will contact you personally when I find out when they have.
      Apologies again,
      Alley

  30. 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.

    1. 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 https://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 🙂

  31. 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.

    1. 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

  32. 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!

    1. 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

    1. 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

    1. 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

    1. 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!

  33. 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

    1. 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 ->: https://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

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