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South Rim Smooth Water Bus Tour (BGP-4R)

You drove through the desert for what seemed like an eternity to get to Grand Canyon South Rim. Another round of that to get to Page, AZ for the Glen Canyon Float Trip is the last thing you’re in the mood for. You’d be perfectly happy to leave the driving to someone else if the price was right. Grand Canyon Coaches at your service!

On the Glen Canyon Smooth Water Bus and Raft Tour, kicking back, relaxing, and taking in some incredible scenery is all you have to do! On this world-renowned family-oriented rafting trip that’s safe for children 5 and up, you get:


  • Round-trip transportation by climate-controlled motorcoach from Grand Canyon South Rim to Page, Arizona
  • Views of the East Rim/Desert View Drive of the Grand Canyon
  • Stop at the historic Navajo Trading Post in Cameron (time permitting)
  • Ride down a 2-mile tunnel to the base of the Glen Canyon Dam
  • 15-mile float trip aboard motorized rafts through Glen Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Marble Canyon to historic Lees Ferry
  • Lunch
  • Opportunity to swim in the mighty Colorado River
  • Easy hike to an ancient panel of Ancestral Puebloan petroglyphs
  • Educational commentary by your coach driver and raft guide


What you miss:

  • Another 5+ hour drive
  • Wondering if your car’s GPS is steering you wrong – again
  • Getting the heebie-jeebies scared out of you in some of the biggest, baddest white water on Earth (this trip is all smooth)
  • Wondering where/when/how/what you’re going to eat
  • Driving back to the South Rim when you’re exhausted


Items to bring:

  • Government issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, state ID)
  • Camera
  • Bottle of water or preferred beverage
  • Layered clothing, including swimwear if desired
  • Appropriate shoes for walking on asphalt and sand (water shoes or river sandals preferred)
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses)
  • Towel to dip in the water and drape across lap or shoulders for cooling
  • Pack above items in a clear plastic or PVC bag in compliance with Glen Canyon Dam security regulations. Wallets, credit cards and cash should be carried in pockets. Purses, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags prohibited.



Trip duration: 12-13 hours. Trip operates March 1st – November 15th, weather permitting and possibly contingent on a certain number of passengers traveling.

8 Responses

  1. It would be nicer for everyone if we could see what a tour is going to cost up front. Also, there’s not even a link to book this tour on this website.

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      Thank you for your comment.
      We elect not to include pricing on the tour pages because they are always subject to change. We wouldn’t want to cause a conflict by quoting you one price, then having you get charged another price when it comes time to book.
      As for the booking link, I am not sure what happened to that, in the meantime please use this booking link for the Canyon Smooth Water Bus Tour.
      Apologies for the trouble,

  2. I took this trip 18 years ago with three boys under 13 and my mother. We are going back to the GC in 2020 and will do this trip again. This trip was/is amazing. I cannot say enough about this trip. This go around we are bringing friends from England. Can’t wait.

    1. Hi Tom,
      Thank you for recommending this trip to your friends from the UK – I’m sure they’ll love it, too! This time around, be sure to post a review about your experience on TripAdvisor, Yelp, Google, or your personal favorite consumer review site.
      Take care and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  3. i am interested in the south rim smooth water bus tour and antelope canyon tour in may 2019 could you provide some pricing information or a contact phone number so that we can talk. thank you

    1. Hi Frederick,
      The South Rim Smooth Water Bus Tour is operated by Grand Canyon Airlines. Their phone # is 928-638-2407
      For Antelope Canyon tours, there are several providers. For contact information for all of them, visit our companion site, http://www.AntelopeCanyon.AZ
      Thank you and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

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