Contemplating Deer Creek Falls.
Photo by Kevin Porter.

Celebrated for its stunning scenery, amazing hikes, and astounding whitewater, Grand Canyon offers the longest stretch of roadless river in the lower 48 states. Floating down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon is, without doubt, the ultimate river trip.

Larry Stevens, Curator of Ecology at the Museum of Northern Arizona and author of The Colorado River in Grand Canyon. First published in 1983, it is now in its 22nd printing, with over 250,000 sold.  Photo by Kevin Porter.  

Larry Stevens, Curator of Ecology at the Museum of Northern Arizona and author of The Colorado River in Grand Canyon. First published in 1983, it is now in its 22nd printing, with over 250,000 sold. 
Photo by Kevin Porter.
 

We invite you to join Dr. Larry Stevens, Curator of Ecology and Director of the Springs Stewardship Institute at the Museum of Northern Arizona, as we explore beautiful tributaries that are some of the last pristine spring-fed streams in the West, frolic in their many waterfalls, learn about the natural and human history of the Canyon, or relax on the beach and watch the light change. Our 2018 trip is full, but you can sign up for the waiting list, or register early for April 2020.


These trips are scheduled in April. In the spring the Canyon is uncrowded, the wildflowers are spectacular, and the weather is cool enough for hiking. With the longest commercially available Grand Canyon trip, our pace will allow for plenty of exploration. We will take both rafts and dories, and a professional cook will plan the menu and prepare the meals. Chartered through Tour West, a family-owned outfitter, this trip will be led by an extraordinary crew with decades of experience. Larry Stevens has devoted the past 40 years of his life exploring Grand Canyon as a river guide with hundreds of trips, a researcher with dozens of peer-reviewed publications, and an avid hiker who simply loves the place. There is simply nobody alive with a greater knowledge of the Grand Canyon.

 

We will bring both rafts and dories -- elegant boats that offer an exciting and surprisingly stable ride. Photo by Kevin Porter.

 

We will meet at Marble Canyon on April 1, 2018 and depart from Lees Ferry on April 2, then float for 18 days through the heart of Grand Canyon. We will arrive at Diamond Creek on April 19 and return to Flagstaff, Arizona. We hope you can join us.

Proceeds from the trip will support the Museum of Arizona's Springs Stewardship Institute. Additional contributions are tax deductible.

 

Elves Chasm spring-fed waterfalls. We often stop here on river trips.
Photo by Bob Martin

The price for the full trip is $5,383 per person + optional fees. These fees that are NOT included in the full fare are:

  • Meals and lodging at Marble Canyon Lodge on April 1, the night before the trip, and meals and lodging in Flagstaff before and after the trip.
  • Transportation to Marble Canyon Lodge on April 1 ($35), or vehicle shuttle from Lees Ferry to Flagstaff ($225)
  • $27 for a river map and guide signed by Dr. Stevens
  • Credit card fees, 2.8% if you use a credit card. Checks are preferred.
  • NPS park entrance fee - $15
  • Optional post-trip dinner in Flagstaff on April 19 at the historic Colton House ($35)

 

 

Families are welcome, but the minimum age is 12.

Video by Kevin Porter of a dory running through Dubendorff rapid.

there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”
— Kenneth Grahame, the Wind in the Willows