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Grand Canyon Rafting: Phantom Ranch to Diamond Creek

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

Visit: South Rim, Flagstaff

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Overview

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We meet on the banks of the Colorado River after youve hiked down the Bright Angel Trail from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We then climb into our rafting gear, board our rafts and off we go into some of the most renowned rapids in the Grand Canyon. Then comes a week of exploring beautiful side streams and falls, watching the rock layers rise and fall in the majestic interior of the Grand Canyon. Although we have no set itinerary, our daily 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 the legendary landscape of Grand Canyon National Park. We make a stop at a lookout point and scout the Colorado Rivers rapids below 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 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 down into the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail
    • Explore Elves Chasm, Deer Creek Falls, Matkatamiba & Havasu Canyons
    • Raft the the lower half of the Colorado River through the deepest section of the Canyon
    • Raft 23 major rapids, including Crystal & Lava Falls
    • Our Grand Canyon rafting trip concludes at Diamond Creek 138 miles below Phantom Ranch

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 163492
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 rafts and related equipment
  • Transportation by van from Diamond Creek to Flagstaff

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $4,553 ($414/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 National Park, Shinumo Creek, Blacktail Canyon, Deer Creek Falls, Matkatamiba Canyon, Havasu Canyon, Whitmore Wash, Diamond Creek, Flagstaff
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Lifter  

I'm not sure where to start since the entire experience was incredible. The Grand Canyon is the definition of grand which pictures don't do justice. Everywhere one looked was an inspiring view. At times I felt like I was in a giant geological and botanical lab. It was impossible to not appreciate the ecosystem and the delicate balance of life inside the canyon. The guides were awesome and impressive. The efficiency of there operation and the attention to detail made all the difference. I could not imagine trying to do this on my own. I didn't want the trip to end and I am resolved to make it back. Next time I will bring my daughter as this is an experience I don't want her to be denied.

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Nancy  

When I booked this trip, I really only wanted to raft in the canyon for 2-3 days; what was I going to do for 8 days?! Little did I know that 8 days would almost not seem like enough time! Each day rafting with a new guide made the trip all the better; learning about each of them, their experiences, all their knowledge of the canyon, and why they love the Grand Canyon as much as they do. Meeting new people from around the U.S., or from around the corner - all with the same excitement to see the Grand Canyon from the bottom made the trip even more interesting. Waking up each morning to freshly made coffee and a beautiful view of the canyon; anticipating what that day would bring - truly amazing. O.A.R.S made planning and booking the trip very easy, and they followed up on every detail to make sure that we were prepared!

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Senterline  

Everything about this trip was as advertised and then some. The canyon itself is absolutely full of post card perfect rock, river and skyscapes, and we sampled them all. We even had one lay-over day at the same camp site just so we could do more hiking. So many amazing creeks and waterfalls! But what surprised me most was how quickly everyone on the trip got connected. The combination of the canyon itself and the professional-but-really-fun-and-friendly guides created a fantastic sense of camaraderie and shared experience. We switched rafts and passengers almost every day and got to know each other really well. I enjoyed our meals together each evening as much as any other part of the trip. (And yes, the food was excellent.) Whenever the next time for a river trip comes around, I'm definitely going with them.

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Carol on her 50th b'day  

The guides were so knowledgeable of the history, plants, wildlife, geology, etc. Two guides were musical and had instruments with them. The trip leader was extremely helpful when I felt my downhill hiking was slow and wobbly - he made sure I was comfortable and unrushed and able to complete the very steep day hike without any rushing or embarrassment to me. We left the trip feeling like we had made several new friends - guides and guests.

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Bubba Al E Gator  

I am blessed with a wife who knows the joy a journey of this nature would bring me. Little did she or I know that they are the best available. The entire crew were very well-trained in their rafting skills, safe operation, knowledge/history of the Grand Canyon, and care for the journey participants. The free-spirited nature of the crew and their appreciation of nature was evident in all that they did. My largest regret was not having my wife with me for this fantastic trip.

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ag  

The Grand Canyon is in our backyard and we have hiked the canyon on numerous occasions. We had always talked about rafting it. It seemed inevitable, but life seemed to get in the way. So when our friends Mark and Ann said they were getting a trip together, we said yes! We put the jobs on hold, got the kids situated and spent way too much time and money at REI. Rafting the canyon was life changing. The quiet, the skies, the rapids, the grandeur, the laughter,our old friends and new, the dinners, the cocktails and the hiking. Erica and Scotty, the doctor and Steve, Billie and Ethan and Jimmy (could you get me a cold one?) We had the opportunity to hike to Thunder River and over to meet the rest of our travel companions. Spectacular and a little scary. Our guides were fun and focused on our experiences and safety. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat. My advice to anyone who asks - don't motor down the river - take and OARS trip.

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John J.  

Splendid adventure with some of the most knowledgeable guides I've ever met, and as a former world traveling photojournalist, I've met my share! John, Monty, Chelsea, Dave and Andrea are bright, fun, funny, experienced river runners who have a tremendous intuitive ability to "do the right thing," keeping all of us safe yet never yielding one INCH of adventure or thrill. I had a blast! The daily side canyon lunch hikes could be in the blazing sun yet took us to perfect falls or creeks where we'd swim and chill and catch our breath. The food was always phenomenal, with birthday cakes freshly baked in a dutch oven, fresh salads and vegetables throughout the trip and completely different types of meals every day. Camping was brilliant. Different types of camp each night. We played batchi ball in the evenings, learned local history all day and night if we wanted or just plain relaxed when we weren't running wild rapids. I have to admit that when we first began the trip and I stepped off the canyon's edge to hike down to Phantom Ranch, I wondered to myself, "What the heck am I going to do down there for TEN DAYS!? Float along and get bored?" But NOTHing could be further from my experience. I shoved my cell phone deep in my pack and never thought of it again! Within 24 hours I had my soul back and was one with the Canyon. I bonded with nearly 20 people I had never met before and made great alliances. This was a magnificent world we floated through for 10 timeless days, and my cares

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Shelley Lily  

What could be better than 10 glorious days and nights in God's Canyon?! Not only were the guides very knowledgeable about the river, geology, history, anthropology, and astronomy, but the food was fantastic; they know personally each twist & turn & eddy of that river (and all the sideshows up and down creeks, bluffs, canyons, and plains!); they have proven that they are prepared and level-headed when faced with the inevitable tumble or injury; they can mesmerize with perfectly-timed tales of the river; they provide musical entertainment! Beyond the great guides, the people on our trip were adventurous, helpful, and good sports - we all slept on sandy beaches, shared daily routines, and joyfully learned about one another. I laugh when I say that, in a former life I may have been a bird, or a sailor, but I can honestly say that I have NEVER been a mountain goat!! My significant anxiety of heights and climbing was one reason to come to the canyon and face up to it. All present were helpful, patient, and sincere, and I have returned a much stronger person, in many ways. I refer to the Grand Canyon as God's Canyon as I felt closer to heaven here than I ever have - the grandeur is beyond words. The emotions evoked can be breath-taking. The stars in the enormous sky, the movement of the moon, and the sound of the powerful Colorado River nearby at night all give to an incredible sense of the majesty of the world made by God. It is there for us to meet Him face to face, feel His brea

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OARS

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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