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Grand Canyon National Park

May 3, 2023

The Grand Canyon, and Colorado River: One of the Most Breathtaking Natural Wonders In The World: Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure?

Grand Canyon National Park
Colorado River

Visiting the Grand Canyon National Park is a must-see for any nature lover, adventure seeker, or history buff.

While Nantahala Outdoor Center is based predominantly in the Southeast, we HIGHLY advise everyone to get their adventure on throughout all of North America, as well as the ENTIRE World!

Many of our own Guides have completed this trip as well, so it’s definitely close to our hearts.


The Grand Canyon National Park is located in northern Arizona, and it is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the United States. With its vast canyon landscape, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural history, it offers endless possibilities for exploration and adventure.

Let’s explore this fascinating destination and the exciting ways to experience it!


Getting There

The Grand Canyon National Park is located about 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff, Arizona, and is accessible year-round. Visitors can arrive by car, shuttle, or even by train from Williams, Arizona.

While the park offers plenty of parking areas, most of them are normally hard to find. However, one of the benefits of the excursion that we offer is that we meet at a hotel and then everyone travels on a shuttle to the put in at the Colorado River.

Not only does this make the entire trip easy on the traveler, but also takes a load of stress away from everyone involved.

For an example itinerary, and to read more about this amazing trip, please visit: Adventure Travel Grand Canyon Paddling


Rafting and Kayaking

The Colorado River runs through the Grand Canyon, and it offers some of the most exciting whitewater experiences in the world. The excursion offers all-inclusive rafting and kayaking trips that take you through the heart of the canyon.

With professional guides and top-quality equipment, you’ll get to experience the thrill of navigating the rapids and taking in the beauty of the canyon.

Don’t forget to wear your personal flotation device (PFD) and pack your dry bags!


South Rim vs. North Rim

  • The Grand Canyon is divided into two main areas, the South Rim and the North Rim.
  • The South Rim is more developed and has more amenities, such as restaurants, lodges, and museums, making it the most visited side of the canyon.
  • On the other hand, the North Rim is less developed and more secluded, with fewer visitors and more opportunities for solitude and wilderness experiences. Depending on your preferences, you may want to choose which side of the canyon to visit. Either way, you’ll get to experience stunning views of the rock layers that make up the Colorado Plateau.



Hiking and Biking

  • The Grand Canyon National Park offers a variety of trails for hikers and bikers of all levels. The South Rim Trail is a popular hiking trail that offers breathtaking views of the canyon and its surrounding areas.
  • For a more challenging adventure, the North Kaibab Trail will take you on a 14-mile journey to the Colorado River, through the Pipe Creek and the Roaring Springs Canyon.
  • Biking is also allowed on some trails, but be aware of restrictions and regulations.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

  • For a unique and unforgettable experience, visit the Grand Canyon West and step on the famous Grand Canyon Skywalk.
  • This horseshoe-shaped glass walkway extends 70 feet over the edge of the canyon, offering a thrilling and panoramic view of the Colorado River and the surrounding rock formations.

Diamond Creek and Lee’s Ferry

If you’re looking for a more secluded and authentic experience, head to Diamond Creek and Lee’s Ferry.

These areas offer a more off-the-beaten-path experience, with fewer visitors and more opportunities to explore the canyon’s lore and history.

Lee’s Ferry is also the starting point for whitewater rafting and kayaking the Colorado River, offering an incredible adventure that takes you through some of the most iconic sights of the canyon.

Low Water Levels

While there may be a change in the levels of water due to climate change, fret not: This trip is still excellent for anyone seeking adventure.

Due to less water, this means that the rapids are more technical, making the paddling even more interesting!

Interested in the trip of a lifetime, but have questions? Chat with one of our Adventure Travel Specialists! Spots are filling up FAST!

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