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Grand Canyon Dories: Phantom Ranch to Diamond Creek

Starts: South Rim, United States
Finishes: Flagstaff, United States

Visit: South Rim, Flagstaff

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Rafting

Overview

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We meet at the Colorado Rivers edge after youve hiked down the Bright Angel Trail from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Climbing into our boats, we push off and head straight into some of the hugest whitewater rapids of all on the Colorado as we finish the section of Upper Granite Gorge. After our exciting start to our Grand Canyon trip by dory, we enjoy a week of visiting beautiful side streams and falls, watching the rock layers of the canyon's walls rise and fall. Although we have no set itinerary, our adventures may include the fern grottoes of Elves Chasm, the 100-foot drop of Deer Creek Falls, limestone chutes of Matkatamiba Canyon, and blue-green pools of Havasu Canyon. Along the way we are awe-inspired by the majestic hues and rock formations that surround us as we float through this legendary landscape. We make a stop at a lookout point and scout the river below and then conquer the ever-challenging Lava Falls. Having conquered Lava we continue floating and negotiate fun drenching rapids along the way. Our last night is spent camping in the shattered Hurricane fault zone before we head to Diamond Creek for our take-out.

Your trip begins with the 9.7 mile hike down the Bright Angel Trail from the South Rim. We meet at the rivers edge and then climb in our boats to immediately conquer some of the biggest whitewater of the lower canyon. Although we have no set itinerary our adventures may include the fern grottoes of Elves Chasm, the 100-foot drop of Deer Creek Falls, limestone chutes of Matkatamiba Canyon, and blue-green pools of Havasu Canyon. Along the way we are awe-inspired by the majestic hues and rock formations that surround us as we float through this legendary landscape. Our last night is spent camping in the shattered Hurricane fault zone before we head to Diamond Creek for our take-out.

The Day Before Your Trip. . .

Arrive at the South Rim. Deliver your duffel to the Livery Barn (see Duffel Drop-off below). Purchase your breakfast and snacks, including at least two quarts of water for your hike the next day. Well meet at 7:00 PM. in the lobby of the Maswik Lodge on the South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park. You will have the opportunity to meet your hike escort, others on your trip, and ask any last-minute questions about the hike.

Duffel Drop-off at the South Rim

Your duffel needs to be dropped off at the Livery Barn at the South Rim by 4:00 PM the day prior to your hike into the canyon. The Livery Barn is located near the railroad tracks at the South Rim. If you exit the Bright Angel Lodge on the south side (not the rim side) and look straight out across the railroad tracks, you will see a very large barn and corral with mules. This is the Livery Barn. If for some reason you miss the deadline of 4:00 PM., please call the Xanterra Switchboard (928-638-2631) for instructions. A $10 additional charge (late fee) will be collected for late duffel pick-up, per call, not per duffel.

Highlights

    • Hike 9.7 miles into the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail
    • Explore Elves Chasm, Deer Creek Falls, Matkatamiba & Havasu Canyons
    • Ride a dory through the biggest whitewater & the deepest part of the Canyon
    • Raft 23 major rapids, including Crystal & Lava Falls
    • Our dory trip concludes at Diamond Creek 138 miles below Phantom Ranch

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 127861
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private##Private
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: South Rim, United States
Finishes: Flagstaff, United States
Duration: 11 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • Skilled professional guide service
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 through lunch on the last day
  • Two waterproof bags to hold your gear for the trip (approximate sealed size: 20” tall x 14” diameter). Your sleeping bag and pad must fit into one bag and your remaining gear will fit into the other bag. Please note: If you rent our gear it will come already packed in one of the two waterproof bags. Your remaining gear, therefore, must fit in one
  • One small waterproof bag for camera and film and other small items you’ll want during the day (approximate sealed size: 17” tall x 9” diameter).
  • Transport of one (1) duffel per person by mule from the South Rim to the Boat Beach
  • 2-person tents on a shared basis (there is a $35 charge for a private tent)
  • Personal flotation device (PFD) which must be worn at all times on the river in compliance with National Park Service regulations
  • 12-ounce insulated Klean Kanteen with Café Lid to use for drinks in camp
  • Camp chairs
  • Eating utensils, cups and plates
  • Highest quality dories and related equipment
  • Transportation by van from Diamond Creek to Flagstaff

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $4,707 ($428/day)

Deposit:

$1000 per person for bookings made 60 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 60 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

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United States Grand Canyon Village, Shinumo Creek, Elves Chasm, Blacktail Canyon, Bedrock Raids, Dubendorf Rapid, Granite Narrows, Deer Creek Falls, Matkatamiba Canyon, Havasu Canyon, Whitmore Wash, Diamond Creek
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Nia  

SUCH a great time!!!! Two days since the river today and have been missing it the whole time. Would be back in a heartbeat if I could. Ryan Howe, Eli Helvey (Queen of Strength), Catrina, John Shockley, Crystal, Ned(ley), Jeremy and Alicia were such a great guide family! Together with the people on the trip, the Grand Canyon experience was most def special and fun. Completely spoiled 24/7 with a lullaby of stars and river sounds lulling us the sleep after a gourmet dinner (seriously ate better than I do on a daily basis at home) and adventures spicy and mild to satisfy the palette. All this PLUS the musical and other talent represented by the guides. Seriously hope to run into these quality folks again! Thanks bunches for everything and can't wait to be back with friends and family.

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Miguel  

This trip exceeded our already high expectations. The guides were incredibly experienced, patient with all the questions they had been asked 1,000 times before, funny, superb culinary artists, talented and filled with more colorful history and historical facts than we could possibly absorb.The only thing that eclipsed them was the canyon itself! A trip not to be missed before you leave this earth.

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Iamtheonewithmud 

I can't say enough good things about Nick Grimes and his team. Everyone made us feel at home, even while they were working their butts off. Kristin's Panda head was kind of scary, though

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Tom H.  

My wife and I are in our 60's, in a little better than average physical condition, but not extreme. This trip was within our limits, but very exciting! I did a lot of research, and felt that we had the best team, equipment, etc. We saw how true that was on the river, as we stopped to rescue (really) travelers with less worthy arrangements. We went on many side hikes off the canyon, and it was amazing how different and varied they were. One of our crew (Katrina) was an MIT geologist with a huge love for the canyon, and her explanations of the canyon's formation, evolution, and future prospects were priceless. A final note... we live on a flat island (no hills), and we were very glad that we took seriously the advice on training for the walk down to Phantom Ranch.

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Bow Rider 

Riding in a dory is definitely the way to experience the rapids -- so much more fun than a raft! We had a good balance of hiking and river time. Going late in Oct. is ideal if you want to hike and don't like being hot. experienced guides make the rapids fun, not scary, know where to stop for lunch in the sun, share their knowledge of geology AND cook great meals. The canyon is ever changing. I am easily bored and 12 days was not too long on the river.

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Phil  

I've been fascinated by the idea of a dory trip through the Grand since the late 1980's. My looming retirement in September 2011 allowed me both the money and the time (at a near-perfect time-of-year) to finally book the expedition. It did not disappoint in any way. Even my own limitations (tendonitis) didn't detract from any aspect of the trip. Great boatmen/women and staff and thoughtful accomodations. I'll surely repeat.

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Della  

After I finished the first half of the Grand Canyon 20+ years ago I vowed to return for the second half. Cyndel, the trip leader, the guides, and the Canyon itself added up to another amazing trip. This adventure with them simply is not to be missed. We absolutely loved our trip!

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Jim 

This was my third trip with OAR's and it was just as thrilling and awesome as the first one. The OAR's guides are simply amazing. They really make the trip. The food, equipment and organization are outstanding. I recommend OAR's to anyone who loves the outdoors and enjoys the company of great folks. This trip was taken in early November so it was cold. The wonderful people and accommodations were so good we hardly noticed.

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Since 1969 O.A.R.S. has been setting the unforgettable standard in rafting, sea kayaking and hiking adventures, with destinations & unparalleled experiences on the most legendary rivers, coastlines & mountains in the world – from California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, British Columbia, and Arizona’s Grand Canyon to the opulent gorges of Fiji and the Galapagos Islands, O.A.R.S. specializes in first-class adventures throughout Western North America, South America and the South Pacific.

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the “Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S. trips have been honored as “50 Tours of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler.

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