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Grand Canyon Dories: Phantom Ranch to Lake Mead

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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Your Grand Canyon river trip begins near Phantom Ranch after a scenic 9.7-mile hike down the Bright Angel Trail from the South Rim. A mile deep into the canyon, we launch our dories and immediately head straight into some of the most celebrated rapids of the Colorado River: Horn Creek, Granite, Hermit, and Crystal are all packed into the first two exciting days. We watch the rock layers rise and fall along the Grand Canyons walls, twisting and turning and changing from vibrant shades to dark lava hues. Side canyons suddenly appear, begging to be explored.

Our Grand Canyon hikes take us to oases of tempting pools lined with maidenhair ferns, spectacular plunging waterfalls, Anasazi petroglyphs, and more. Incredible scenery and plenty of other rapids, including Lava Falls America s most famous big drop. Below Lava Falls the canyon narrows one last time as we enter the Lower Granite Gorge. A jet boat meets us on our last day to take us the final distance to our take out at Lake Mead. From there, we transfew by van back to Flagstaff and civilization.

After hiking 9.7 miles into the canyon from the South Rim, we go straight into the biggest rapids of all to finish the Upper Granite Gorge. Horn Creek, Granite, Hermit, and Crystal rapids are all packed into the first two exciting days. Incredible scenery and spectacular side hikes pierce the shadows. Our itinerary may include the emerald paradise of Elves Chasm, the 100-foot drop of Deer Creek Falls, limestone chutes of Matkatamiba Canyon, blue-green pools and numerous waterfalls of Havasu Canyon, and many others. Once weve conquered the ominous Lava Falls, the canyon narrows one last time as we enter the Lower Granite Gorge. A jet boat meets us on our last day to take us to Lake Mead and our van back to Flagstaff.

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 down into the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail
    • Explore Elves Chasm, Deer Creek Falls, Matkatamiba & Havasu Canyons
    • Run the lower section through the biggest whitewater & the deepest part of the Canyon
    • Ride a dory through 28 major rapids, including Crystal & Lava Falls
    • Our dory trip concludes at Lake Mead 192 miles below Phantom Ranch

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 127863
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 Lake Mead to Flagstaff

Excludes

Price

Price person (sharing double) $4,999 ($454/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

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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United States Grand Canyon Village, South Rim, Elves Chasm, Bedrock And Dubendorf Rapids, Deer Creek Falls, Matkatamiba Canyon, Havasu Canyon, Whitmore Wash, Diamond Creek, Granite Gorge, Lake Mead
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Jeff  

This was our 4th family trip (Middle Fork of Salmon, Green River & Rogue River before) and each trip has been tremendous fun. This was the longest time away from civilization and was a welcome respite from the real world. Great guides, great food, great river, scenery, hikes, etc all add up to great vacation. I am not someone who would camp on my own but they we're organized, they make it easy. I am always impressed by the level of expertise of the guides (and how many years they are with the company). Recommend without reservation.

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Robot  

The crew exceeded expectations by making the entire trip a great deal of fun every day. There was something new and exciting to do every day. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone of any age.

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Anthony & Family  

Scotty, Kelly Jean, Tony, Billie, Chelsey, Michelle, Dave and Beverly... Wow! What an amazing crew!! They filled this trip with such adventure, fun, excitement, yet very safe and so memorable!! Their dedication and passion surpassed our highest expectations! The rapids were thrilling, the food was healthy and delicious! The organization was excellent and we only wish we could do it all over again!!!!

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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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