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The Colorado River through Grand Canyon

Come discover depths you’ve never imagined

The Colorado River through Grand Canyon is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. You’ll experience exhilarating whitewater, float through calm stretches of magnificent canyon on oar-powered rafts, and go on rewarding hikes. This program includes an on-river service-learning component where you’ll work alongside scientists studying the Colorado River ecosystem.

Science service projects have included everything from monitoring endangered fish to removing invasive species. Each trip is unique because it is driven by scientists & project availability. Regardless of the project, you are guaranteed a hands-on opportunity to discover the wonders of Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Youth runs three sections of the Colorado River in Arizona.

Each is unique and offers a different perspective of the Grand Canyon.

Map showing our Grand Canyon trips

Upper Half: Lee’s Ferry to Pipe Creek

Travel through beautiful Marble Canyon and through the geologic layers of the Grand Canyon. Vasey’s Paradise, Redwall Cavern, and the Little Colorado River are just a few of the sites you’ll visit in the first 87 miles of Grand Canyon. Participants hike out via the Bright Angel trail.

Lower Half: Pipe Creek to Diamond Creek

The lower half is dramatic in its scenery, rapids, and overall magnitude. Deer Creek Falls, Lava Falls rapid, and Havasu Canyon are waiting to be explored in these 137 miles of river. Participants hike in via the Bright Angel trail.

Diamond Down: Diamond Creek to Pierce Ferry

This trip is accessed via the Diamond Creek road and ends on Lake Mead National Recreation Area. We run this 54-mile section March through May, primarily for custom programs. Youth spend 4 days learning about the area with professional guides in paddle rafts. If you are an educator or group leader who would like to arrange a custom trip, submit a Group Request Form and contact Emma Wharton, Executive Director.

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