Grand Canyon Dories > Grand Canyon Dories - Phantom Ranch to Whitmore Wash

Grand Canyon Dories - Phantom Ranch to Whitmore Wash

7 - 8 Days $4290
Trip Highlights
  • Hike down into the Grand Canyon on Bright Angel Trail
  • Explore Elves Chasm, Deer Creek Falls, Matkatamiba & Havasu Canyons
  • Colorado River rafting through Granite Narrows
  • Raft 19 major rapids, including Crystal & Lava Falls
  • Phantom Ranch rafting to Whitmore Wash ends with helicopter flight out of the Canyon
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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveller Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting)

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2016: Begin & End Dates
April 23-30; May 6-13, May 24-31;
June 14-21; July 5-12, July 27-August 3;
August 5-12, August 24-31,
August 28-September 4; September 6-13

2017: Begin & End Dates
April 22-29; May 23-30; June 13-20;
July 4-11, July 25-August 1; August 4-11,
August 23-30, August 27-September 3;
September 5-12


2016: $4290

2017: $4305

For Specific Prices and Availability call: 800-346-6277

Prices subject to National Park Service approval

River Rating Minimum Age
19 major rapids rated 5 or above on the Grand Canyon scale of 1 to 1012
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Grand Canyon Dory Trips: Phantom Ranch to Whitmore Wash - Overview

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Beginning at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, you hike 9.7 miles deep into the canyon down the beautiful Bright Angel Trail where we meet you at the Colorado River's edge. After repacking your river gear, we launch our dories and head straight into the biggest rapids of all on the Colorado to finish the Upper Granite Gorge section of whitewater. Following this exciting start, we experience a relaxing week of visiting beautiful side streams and falls, watching the rock layers rise and fall and running some of the larger Colorado River rapids fairly regularly. Spectacular side hikes pierce the shadows of the deep Inner Gorge of the Canyon: 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. We cap off by running the notorious Lava Falls - North America 's and the Grand Canyon's most renowned big drop. On the final day we arrive at Whitmore Wash where a helicopter whisks you to the rim to continue by small plane back to Las Vegas.

Phantom Ranch to Whitmore Wash: Itinerary at a Glance

  • Beginning at the South Rim, the Bright Angel Trail twists and turns over 9 miles to the banks of the Colorado River where you meet your guides
  • Almost immediately we reach some of the biggest whitewater in the canyon: Horn Creek, Granite and Hermit rapids
  • On one of the biggest whitewater days in the canyon, on a stretch of river known as the “Jewels” we encounter Crystal, Sapphire, Turquoise and Ruby rapids
  • Enjoy a hike to the green haven of clear pools, lush moss and ferns at Elves Chasm
  • View an excellent example of the geological phenomenon, the Great Unconformity at Blacktail Canyon
  • Enter the Middle Granite Gorge and a series of exciting rapids - 128 mile, Specter, Bedrock and Dubendorf
  • Recount the last few day's events with a group of friends, both old and newfound over a delicious dinner of grilled salmon with a crisp salad and seasoned vegetables, topped off with melt-in-your-mouth dutch oven brownies
  • Enter the Granite Narrows, the canyon's narrowest point and visit Deer Creek Falls for a refreshing dip in the clear pool beneath the falls
  • Hike the limestone chutes of Matkatamiba and the travertine pools and waterfalls of Havasu Canyon
  • Nearing the end of our journey into the depths of the Grand Canyon, we raft the notorious Lava Falls
  • Arriving at Whitmore Wash, we board a helicopter for a scenic flight out of the canyon. At the canyon rim, a plane meets you for a flight back to Las Vegas and a final farewell to the canyon

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of Grand Canyon National Park

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“The most recent Grand Canyon trip lead by Regan and Ote Dale Was......
In fact this just might be the best vacation I have taken in my entire life.......
I would have paid triple if I would have known what a great time we were going to have....
I cannot wait until my trip next year...... Thanks ”
Carl Dick ~ Castle Rock, CO

“I have never had a more PERFECT, MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE! There is nothing I believe needs improving. It shows that you love the Canyon and the River and love to share your love of these beautiful places with those of us lucky enough to tag along...Our leader and guides were AMAZING, KNOWLEDGEABLE, EXPERIENCED, FUN and made our trip PERFECT! Words can't do justice to how wonderful they made us feel, how much we appreciated their sharing their love of the Canyon and the River with us!
The BREATHTAKING beauty of the Canyon, your AMAZING river guides, our INCREDIBLY FUN group of new friends (guides & fellow travelers), the song of the Canyon Wren, the side canyon hikes, the raft, dory and kayak bronco ride on the river, the great food, the geology, ecology and history of the Canyon shared with us (your guides are just INCREDIBLE), swimming in the turquoise waters of the Little Colorado, sleeping under a blanket of millions of stars, the colors of the landscape, one of our guides singing and playing his guitar for us, meeting people who love nature and life, Phantom Ranch, our very nice "sweeper", the Bright Angel Trail hike - starting at 4 am in the dark with our flashlights, a golden color scorpion, sunrise in the canyon, appreciation for water, sky and wild places, friendly park rangers, accomplishing the hike out in 4.5 hours, the panoramic south rim view, celebrating with our travel group and planning our future reunion trip with OARS! PERFECT BLISS!!!!!!
Maren Coleman ~ Seattle, WA

"This was such an efficiently organized and well-run trip that it's difficult to narrow it down. I suppose running white water was the most memorable experience among many. We were very impressed with how organized, knowledgeable, accommodating, patient, hard-working and personable everyone was. There were no exceptions. It's a pleasure to write this review because this is the best organized trip we've ever been on. We're already planning another O.A.R.S. trip for 2011."
Brad Rohdenburg ~ Meredith, NH

“I am sending you a belated but heartfelt thank you for all you did to help make our trip down the Grand Canyon a magical experience for everyone. It was wonderful in every way. Everyone made it to Flagstaff, our guides were all great, the weather was cool enough and dramatic, the food was fabulous, the river, canyon and side hikes overwhelmingly beautiful and fascinating. Everyone made it out safe and sound via mule and foot. (The mulers saw a condor)...Many are eagerly anticipating a trip on the lower half at some point in the future. I know there are a million details and we were rather like worms "in" a can or a bunch of cats to be herded. But we all did get in the can and were herded eventually to our various destinations. SO THANK YOU! We know it went so smoothly because of all the hard work by you and others (many of whom we never met). For everyone from age 15 to 78, the experience of a lifetime was had by all (including happy Uncle Dave who at age 77, did hike out successfully, thanks, in part to an unusually cool morning). ”
Lisa Van Dusen ~ Palo Alto, CA

“Just a note to thank O.A.R.S./Grand Canyon Dories for another wonderful trip. This being the fourth dory trip I've done with O.A.R.S., your organization has again shown itself to be the class of the Canyon!!! Please thank the crew, they were exceptional; they were knowledgeable, easy to relate to and most importantly provided our group with a wonderful family based experience. Five years ago I did another trip down the Colorado on a motorized was loud, uncomfortable and went too fast to really experience the Canyon. I believe..."It's not how much of the Canyon you think you see... but rather what are you really able to see and experience!!"...Hope to be back on the river, any river, within the next couple of years!! Again, thanks for all your help and support.”
Paul Pontieri ~ Patchogue, NY

“Over the past few years our family has traveled from Moab, Utah to British Columbia and recently to the south Rim of the Grand Canyon to enjoy the excitement and splendor of white water rafting. This year we booked a trip on the Colorado River from Phantom Ranch to Whitmore Wash. From the minute we were met at Phantom to the time we left, our lives were obviously in capable, well trained and loving hands. We were lucky enough to join friends on this trip (and make new ones) who shared this wonderful experience. The extended family of guides that ran our trip were some of the most knowledgeable, caring, talented and understanding people we have met. They were always willing to share their skills and knowledge, along with a lot of laughs (and of course, plenty of food). The sights that we saw, the hikes that we made and the beauty that was ever present was always seen as a fresh and new wonder. This experience is one our family will treasure forever. Thank you O.A.R.S. and in particular to to the worlds best river guides! ”
The Christie's - Terri, Brian, Caitlin, Jackie and Dainielle ~ Matawan, NJ

“Thanks for an incredible adventure and for helping us push our limits. The trip struck the right balances between excitement and relaxation; hiking and whitewater; roughing it and being catered to; education and conversation; and, contemplation time and moments of terror! It is obvious that a lot goes into these trips - the planning, logistics, food, coordination, and safety - but, you did it so effortlessly. The meals were awesome... We learned a lot about ourselves, the Canyon, the environment, and life in general from your incredible boatmen. Thanks again for a memorable adventure where we learned so much, were challenged almost daily, and were able to totally disconnect from everything that wasn't related to the River. ”
John and Polly Armstrong ~ Palo Alto, CA

“I love O.A.R.S. -- I have done extensive research on other adventure outfitters -- and I would not even consider a trip without first (maybe even exclusively) thinking of O.A.R.S.”
Anna M. Baluyot ~ Chicago, IL

“The trip down the Colorado was great. We really became part of the canyon. [Our guide] said we wouldn’t be able to get it out of us. He was right.
The crew was unbelievable. All of them are such professionals on and off the river. [B & N] added so much so much with their years of experience and interesting backgrounds. (If I got the years right, there was at least 85 years of experience among the crew.)
[M.F.] was an important part of this unique experience. He engaged us both intellectually and emotionally all the way to Phantom Ranch. His love for the Canyon and its inhabitants adds so much.
And lastly, there was [S.S.], crew leader and voice of the Canyon. He is as colorful as the canyon walls themselves. His knowledge made us feel like we knew the Canyon as intimately as he does.
To all of the crew and O.A.R.S, Thank you for such a GRAND TIME! ”
Megan Busby ~ Columbus, GA

“We just completed our first trip through the Grand Canyon. O.A.R.S. was recommended by some friends of ours in Hawaii. We’ve been on several different rafting trips but this was the first with O.A.R.S. and through the Canyon. The trip was exciting and everything about it was wonderful. All the guides worked their tails off and made this a very special trip for all of us. We couldn’t get over how hard everybody had to work. Every detail was taken care of. The meals were wonderful and the crew did all their work without any complaints.
Safety was always a concern. Never did we feel any concerns, because the crew was always on top of everything.
We were thrilled with every aspect of our trip and the guides were what made the trip. They were efficient, fun to be around, full of information and stories, and kept us safe the entire trip. We just want to thank you for hiring such wonderful people. You are lucky to have such great guides.
We will definitely recommend O.A.R.S. to our friends and we will definitely be back on another O.A.R.S. trip in the future. This was truly the trip of a lifetime! Thank you to all of the awesome guides on our trip! ”
Coco, Ian & Scott Emberson ~ Makaweli, HI

“The canyon is a unique wilderness experience and speaks for itself; however we can't imagine enjoying it as much with any other group. The main reason for this is the outstanding high quality of our four guides. We especially appreciated [R.A.'s] excellent boatmanship, her knowledge of the natural environment, and her unique ability to promote personal interaction in the raft. She had us singing, reciting poetry, and laughing uproariously. [T] will be remembered for his power at the oars, his knowledge of the environment, particularly his passion for Bright Angel shale and especially his bighorn sheep-like sure footedness with carbon steel upper body strength to help two elderly hikers exceed our limitations, and with consummate grace, patience, and kind tolerance. Special mention we've saved however for the godfather and earth mother of the trip. I'm sure we can't say anything about [S.S.] that hasn't already been said. We are experienced wilderness traveller, raft trip customers and backpackers. We've never met anyone quite like [S] before, but beyond his unique personality we're talking about his encyclopedic knowledge of the environment, his firm command of the motley crew we brought him and his masterful skills at the oars. The supreme complement to his powerful mastery was the sublime influence of his second in command [S]. [S.S.] painted the broad strokes, [S] filled in the details, the color, the humor, the art. She does this with her knowledge and skill, acquired by experience, and with a uniquely delightful personality, a priceless gift.”
Susanne, Jim, John & Michael Kennedy ~ Novato, CA

“The whole experience was wonderful and very hard to put into words. This was a 60th birthday present for my wife and really turned out to be the trip of a lifetime. She was very worried that this trip might be beyond us but we managed to do everything and take it in our stride. If I can pick one highlight besides the scenery and the fun on the river it would have to be the staff who were tremendous.”
Dave Catt ~ South Newington, Oxon, United Kingdom

“This was at trip that was totally new to me. I was totally out of my comfort zone, but made to feel safe, and happy, no one ever made me feel stupid or crazy when I was apprehensive. As it turned out, I did everything the trip had to offer, and had one of the best times of my life! I can't think of one single thing I was disappointed in. The guides were utterly fantastic! Their knowledge of the canyon, its history & geography was amazing. Their love for the Canyon, and their jobs was so apparent. We never saw a bad attitude or complaint from our guides. They are truly a special family and part of your team. ”
Martha Halvorsen ~ Fort Myers, FL

“Your hiking was by far the best that I have had on a GC trip and I have taken five trips to date. I am a retired geologist and saw parts of the Canyon that I have never seen before. [R] and the crew made my trip with my daughter a very special trip for us. I plan on returning to the GC in the next three to five years and hope that OARS & GCD is still doing their wonderful job. ”
Dave Bennett "GeoDave" ~ Bolivar, OH

“My wife & I KNOW that we had the best boatmen for our trip. Their knowledge of the Canyon & their wit, their expertise navigating of the waterway, their cooking skills, their enthusiasm for what they're doing & their love for the Canyon is truly an unforgettable experience for us. We will have MANY tales to tell our children & grandchildren about this trip of a lifetime. Everything was perfect. Well maybe the UNIT could use some fine tuning. Keep up the great work! Thank You Boatmen from the bottom of our hearts, ”
Tom-n-Jane Skrobot ~ Willow Springs, IL

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Average Temperatures
Month High Low Precipitation
April 82° 56° .47"
May 92° 63° .36"
June 106° 78° .30"
July 106° 78° .84"
August 103° 75° 1.40"
September 97° 69° .97"
October 84° 58° .65"
There are no absolutes when talking about weather in the canyon. This chart should be used only as a general guide.
Water Temp: 45° (Lees Ferry) to 60° (Lake Mead)

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

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 Magazine 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 and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

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