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“GRAND CANYON PADDLE ADVENTURE”

Arizona Raft Adventures
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Owner description: Arizona Raft Adventures is a family run business operating 6-16 day rafting trips, as a licensed rafting tour operator within Grand Canyon National Park since 1974. Our adventures are both motorized and non-motorized (paddle or oar rafts). We believe that a trip down the mighty Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon is the trip of a lifetime, composed not only of exciting whitewater and world class scenery, but also lots of exploring and hiking in the many wondrous side canyons. Our adventures provide the time to experience it all, so come play with us in Grand Canyon!
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Without a doubt the best way to experience the Grand Canyon is a raft trip down the Colorado River. And the best way to run the river is the All-Paddle rafting trip offered by Arizona Raft Adventures (AzRA).

This summer marked my seventh trip with AzRA, and 1,000 river miles. The all-paddle trip this summer was the most fun of all the various types of trips I have been on.

Paddling the length of the Grand Canyon might seem like it would be more strenuous than you would want to get yourself into. But if you are in reasonable shape and have an adventurous spirit, it is a very rewarding experience. My fellow travelers ranged in age from 15 to 69. A third were in their 60’s and another third were in their 50’s. So this type of trip is not limited by age. Most had some experience on a raft, although none had been on a Grand Canyon trip before.

Paddling averaged about three hours in the morning and about the same in the afternoon. Most of the time you are drifting with the current and not actually paddling. The guides are experts at pacing the amount and duration of your paddling, and I don’t recall anyone saying they were exhausted at the end of the day.

What makes this type of trip rewarding is that you are actually an active partner in moving the expedition down the river, just as all the explorers that came before you have done.

Probably the best part of a paddle trip is the people you are sharing your adventure with. You are all sharing a common love of the Canyon and the joy of discovery as you progress down the river. The white water rapids are exhilarating, and conquering them together with your teammates quickly bonds the group together and makes for some lively conversation at dinner.

Occasionally a paddler will get knocked out of the boat and do a little swimming in the rapids. These people are known as the Swim Team, and have a sort of hero status in camp at the end of the day. All said they felt well prepared by the guides to safely ride it out until a boat could haul them back on board.

The all paddle trip is only offered a few times a year, so you may have to plan a year or two in advance. My wife and I have already booked a paddle trip for next summer. Maybe we will see you on the river!

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Sharon H, Public Relations Manager at Arizona Raft Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you tukanu22 for your comprehensive review of your All Paddle rafting adventure this summer with us in Grand Canyon and for rafting with us so many times! All trips in Grand Canyon have a tribe like element to them, but the all paddle trips especially so, because of how much teamwork is required to make the river miles each day on top of all the other group activities of a trip. We look forward to seeing you on the river again next year and thanks so much for going with us for over a 1000 river miles!

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Reviewed 12 September 2017

What an amazing adventure! I just got back from a 14 day Classic Adventure Full Canyon trip. Words and photos cannot do justice to the beauty and fun we had. The AZRA guides where absolutely wonderful and provided an insane amount of geological and historical knowledge about the GC and the area (we had geologists on our trip with us so they couldn't get away with wrong facts!). They made sure that every guest was taken care of and having a great time! They got all of us to let loose and act like kids again. The food was great! I was shocked at what kind of meals they can make for us day after day. No one went away hungry! As a brand new camper, and not sure if I'd like sleeping on the ground and not showering for two weeks, I came away from the trip wanting to go again! In my book that is the highest praise that can be given. If you can, book the full canyon trip. I found that we all hit our stride right around day 5 or so and if you book a shorter trip that is about the time you have to leave. Plus, the canyon is so different from week one to week two that you will miss a lot of awesome and amazing things. Book your AZRA trip now! You absolutely will not be disappointed.

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Sharon H, Public Relations Manager at Arizona Raft Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

SABNC thanks for your review and the photo from the South Canyon side hike of your rafting adventure. Thanks also for choosing Arizona Raft Adventures as your outfitter for your trip. We are happy you enjoyed the food and your crew so much! Yes, it does seem to take several days to get into the whole experience, so doing a full canyon is a great choice if you can swing it.

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Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I completed a six-day upper Canyon rafting trip with Azra. I can't recommend it highly enough. The boat guides were just excellent; we felt very safe with them. The guides had useful information about geology and we're always cordial and respectful. Not to mention the awesome meals they prepared.! This company is just terrific, from the pretrip orientation through to the guide who assisted us on the Bright Angel Trail. Just an amazing experience!

Thank Michael K
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Sharon H, Public Relations Manager at Arizona Raft Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thank you Michael K for your review on TA of your upper canyon rafting adventure with us! We are glad to hear you had such a terrific experience in all aspects of your trip with us! Thanks for rafting with AzRA!

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

The 14 day raft trip was amazing! The river guides and TL Jacob were very professional and kept the group as busy as they wanted. They were able to read the audience to ensure a pleasurable experience for all skill levels. The hikes were challenging and beautiful. The food was outstanding, fresh and tailored to any dietary needs. The friendships between the guests and guides were genuine. I highly recommend this trip to anyone seeking a multi faceted adventure.

Thank Keith M
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Sharon H, Public Relations Manager at Arizona Raft Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Thanks Keith M for your TA review and for choosing AzRA as your outfitter for rafting adventure in Grand Canyon. It sounds like you had a wonderful 2 week rafting adventure and enjoyed the hikes and the meals on the expedition. We try to accommodate as best we can most dietary needs, but it is not always possible for some dietary restrictions, as we have limited space for refrigerated or frozen foods.

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Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

If you are considering booking a trip with AZRA, stop reading right now and book it! We had high expectations for this trip, but all of our hopes and dreams were far exceeded by this amazing company and crew. We just finished a 9-day Classic Lower Canyon trip, which involved oar rafts and paddle rafts. We did a combination of both, deciding day to day how we wanted to experience the river.

There are many unknowns leading up to a trip like this. What will the people be like? Why do they keep suggesting I sleep under the stars instead of a tent? Where will I do my no. 2's? All of these fears and unknowns are answered on the trip as if you knew what to do all along. The guides and assistants on are trip were caring and accommodating and really worked to help our group become a "tribe," work together, help each other, and get in touch with the indescribable majesty of the Grand Canyon.

If you give in and have an experience like ours, mental clutches of work, life and social media will be released during your time with AZRA. If you are introverts like us, you will find that the people in your group become like family and conversation is invigorating and not draining like it can be in the doldrums of day to day existence in the "real world." Your mind may be quieted and you may forget what day of the week it is, what time it is, and what troubles you have left behind.

Most of all, adventure is yours to take. Beautiful hikes and excursions only accessible from the river will be available to you. The guides will help you through challenges you never thought you could face. Your other tribe members will lift you up if you need a push to get up that steep cliff. You will see beautiful, amazing places that I hesitate to describe here for fear of spoiling the surprise. The guides will take you through exciting river rapids and calm floating days where you can breath in the surroundings, spot a big-horned sheep or peregrine falcon, or get to know your tribe members on a deeper level.

If this review leaves you with more questions, do not hesitate to contact the AZRA staff in advance. They are extremely helpful. I also highly recommend their Facebook page. They have several videos and tips that helped us get a better understanding of what we would experience on the trip.

We would return to the Grand Canyon with AZRA in a heartbeat. We are very grateful to the company and our guides and assistants for this amazing experience.


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Sharon H, Public Relations Manager at Arizona Raft Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Thanks for the detailed and enthusiastic review of your recent 9-day lower Classic Adventure with us. It is amazing how even introverts can find a group expedition like this invigorating and that one can frequently find alone time as well. Thanks for mentioning our Facebook page we try hard to make it both informative and fun. We are happy you had a wonderful experience and that you chose AzRA as your Grand Canyon rafting outfitter.

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