Individuals, families or groups can pick from a variety of pursuits while vacationing at the Grand Canyon. Sandy beaches and shallow ponds for the kids, hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, secret coves with secret waterfalls and, most invigorating of all, whitewater rafting the Colorado River.
There are several kinds of watercraft available for exploring the river. Large motorized rafts can be obtained through professional outfitters who also offer orientation and safety instructions prior to debarking. These rafts are specially built for cruising the rapids and hold up to sixteen people, two crew members, and a large quantity of supplies, which makes them the most popular boats on the water. Fast enough to traverse the entire Colorado River in one week; they are the ultimate choice for people with limited vacation time. Tourists who want to take the river at a more unhurried pace can select smaller craft that are powered by paddle and carry only four or five passengers plus a guide. These hand-operated boats take about 12 days to move from one end of the canyon to the other and make running the white water rapids a bit more adventurous than do power boats. A visitor can expect to get drenched almost daily when aboard one of these more compact craft, but for many people, that’s half the fun.
Besides these, catamarans and kayaks are also offered through professional outfitters, and are frequently also used by skilled campers on non-commercial trips. In relation to these, anyone organizing a river rafting trip without the help of an outfitter must be aware that they require a permit which must be issued and purchased before arrival. These permits are stringently limited in number and are allocated through a lottery system at least 12 months upfront, so one would be well-advised not to set out on a Grand Canyon river rafting trip without first acquiring the correct papers.
Having done so, however, anyone whose trip includes whitewater rafting and hiking in the Grand Canyon will have a summer to remember forever.
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Hatch River Expeditions offers amazing Colorado River rafting expeditions that are highly recommended by author Stephen Daniels. Their skilled guides will take you on the adventure of a lifetime, showing you the canyon as few see it; they will make sure that all your senses are well stimulated, and will educate you about the importance of conservation to preserve this natural wonder of the world.