Grand Canyon Kayak Trip – 2024
If you’re a whitewater kayaker we know you have a Grand Canyon kayak trip on your bucket list, so we invite you to join Current Adventures Kayaking and AZRA for a truly awesome Grand Canyon Kayaking Adventure! Our annual fully raft supported ( Large, quiet, motorized) trips offer a truly unique opportunity for experiencing, exploring and for capable paddlers the awesome experience of actually kayaking the Grand Canyon ! Check out this video of our 2018 trip as created by Arkady Rutkovskiy!
Grand Canyon Kayaking Adventure
We are now taking reservations for our September 4-17, 2024 trip. (<: These trips do always fill and typically months in advance of the start date, so let us know at your earliest moment if you are interested!
COST 2024: $5395
Prerequisites: Rafters- a sense of adventure and curiosity!, whitewater kayakers- Class III or better skills and a solid river roll
SUPPORT provided by AZRA, in the form of Motorized raft(s) for unparalleled safety and comfort. There is no Paddle or oar raft option but these motorized rafts are unbelievably quiet and comfortable! Large deck to walk around or laze about and really get to see everything there is to see as you meander down the Colorado, keeping pace with the kayakers.
We begin our Grand Canyon kayak trip at Lee’s Ferry. Not far downstream the rumble of Badger Rapid gets our hearts pumping. Badger is the first of the Grand Canyon’s many fabulous whitewater rapids. The adrenaline rush of successfully navigating exploding, intimidating rapids like Granite, Hance, Crystal and Lava offers a thrill like no other. World class waves offer unparalleled opportunity for hours of sweet kayak surfing with ear to ear grins. Of course, you don’t even have to be a kayaker to join the trip. Rafters or kayakers with lesser skills can easily participate and have as much or more fun riding the rafts and paddling kayaks or inflatable kayaks where they are comfortable.
On our fourteen day journey We experience a unique isolation from the modern world as we paddle over 225 river miles. Navigate exhilarating whitewater rapids, glide peacefully along breathtakingly beautiful flat water stretches and build friendships to last a lifetime. We surrender repeatedly to the siren calls and unique character of the Grand Canyon’s many magical side canyons and attractions as we embark on amazing side hikes and explorations.
- North Canyon’s red rock amphitheatres
- Chalky blue waters of the Little Colorado and Havasu,
- Inviting plunge pool of Elves Chasm
- Twisting labyrinth of Matkatamiba.
- Petroglyph studded patios just above plunging Deer Creek Falls.
[singlepic id=509 w=320 h=240 float=left] Big Horn Sheep balance on towering boulders placing wagers on which whitewater kayaker will run a good line through pounding Deubendorff Rapid. Mule Deer graze quietly among the rustling Tamarisk as twilight sets the stage for erratic bat ballets. Evening camp visitors may include those mischievous ringtail cats or other smaller morsel seekers.
As our kayak trip comes to a close we’ll take out at Diamond Creek and reluctantly head back to Flagstaff. We’ve never met a paddler yet though who hasn’t wanted to go right back to Lee’s Ferry to start the journey all over again.
Arizona Raft Adventures (AZRA) is the licensed concessionaire of Grand Canyon National Park and the outfitter that we use for all of our Grand Canyon trips and it is them who provides motorized raft support for the trip. Motor rigs are the perfect support vehicles for this extended whitewater kayak trip. Their ability to quickly cover river miles when needed adds safety, convenience and flexibility to our days on the water and helps us have a better chance to hit the best campsites and hikes and truly get the most out of our itinerary regardless of winds, weather, etc. . AZRA’s raft guides will enthrall you with discourses on geology, Canyon flora and fauna, Major Powell’s expedition and more while navigating the river or cooking a gourmet meal. Like us, you’ll likely count them as some of your new best friends by trips end !
Of course Current Adventures’ guides (including owner Dan Crandall and Canyon veteran Kim Sprague) are equally awesome. Dan’s been teaching kayaking for over 30 years and has led whitewater kayaking adventure trips around the World, including many trips down the mighty Grand Canyon. Dan, Kim and the other guides will help you build skills, camaraderie and memories that will last a lifetime.