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Come explore the rivers of the southwest... and get your feet wet!
There’s so much to explore: rapids, side canyons, plants, beaches, geology, and wildlife! A Grand Canyon Youth trip is all about discovering who you are and learning about the world around you. Work as a team, take a chance, be a part of your community. Find out things you never new about the natural world and discover more about the person you are — and can become. This is a journey you’ll never forget. Discover your nature!
Where exactly will I go?
You can choose from trips in the Grand Canyon, on the San Juan River, or the Gates of Lodore. Click here to see a schedule with links to trip descriptions and maps.
So, I just show up at the river — right?
Like any adventure, our program takes a little bit of planning. We feel you will get more out of your river program if you take some time to prepare before your leave for your trip. There are three ways that you prepare: community service, youth earnings, and an educational project. These pre-trip aspects of the trip are well worth the effort.
How do I sign up?
In order to support you through the process of going on a trip, we have broken the process down to a few simple steps. First, you submit an interest form, which you can do online. Learn more...
Can I bring a friend?
Yes, you can bring a friend but please remember part of your adventure is learning about the people that you meet while on the river.
Where does my trip depart from?
Your trip will depart from and return to Flagstaff, Arizona. If you are coming from out of town, you will need to make arrangements to get to and from Flagstaff. Our staff can help you with questions about your travels. We also have host families that you can stay with in Flagstaff.
Can I bring my MP3 player, iPod, and cell phone?
No. We discourage you from bringing electronics on your river trip because they’re distracting from your wilderness experience and may get damaged anyway.
How can I best physically prepare for my adventure?
Our programs range in physical difficulty. You don’t have to be an avid hiker but it does help to be in moderate shape because you won’t want to miss out on any hikes, which vary in length from a quarter mile to 7 miles. If you are concerned about being physically fit, please contact our office.
Can I do more than one river trip in a season?
Yes! In certain situations, you may be able to combine specialty programs and participate in more than one trip. However, you can only do one Grand Canyon trip per year. We encourage you to participate over several years.