Grand Canyon National Park Tours
Outdoor Adventures in Grand Canyon National Park
Is there any one American landscape that that defines the U.S. West more than the Grand Canyon? Is there any other national park that more precisely defines the ultimate national park vacation than Grand Canyon National Park? Approximately 5 million annual visitors may agree that a visit to the Grand Canyon is a must-do and there is NO question that Grand Canyon rafting on the Colorado River is one of those life-changing, "bucket list" travel experiences.
The Grand Canyon
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon covers an area of 1,900 square miles, includes 277 miles of the Colorado River (446km), is up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and is a mile (1.6km) deep. Five Indian tribes populate the region, including the Hopi, Navajo, Havasupai, Paiute and Hualapai.
The Grand Canyon was initially protected in 1893 as a Forest Reserve and in 1919—three years after the creation of the National Park Service—it became a National Park. The canyon began forming six million years ago with the beginning erosion of the Colorado River. The river, which flows west and averages about 300 feet in width, 100 feet in depth, flows at an average speed of four miles per hour.
O.A.R.S. invites you to step out of your car, away from the park’s scenic overlooks, and into the heart of Grand Canyon National Park. Experience the world-famous rapids such as Crystal and Lava—the ones ito which all other rapids are compared. Hike the trails once inhabited by the Ancestral Puebloan, Cohonina, Hopi and Zuni Indians. Camp alongside the U.S. West’s most famous river and enjoy an unimpeded night sky. O.A.R.S. has been guiding Grand Canyon rafting trips for more than four decades, offering the best guide-to-guest ratio in the business. Rafting the Grand Canyon is our signature trip, offering you options to experience the canyon via a raft or aboard a sleek wooden dory, from 4 days to 19 days.