Looking for Grand Canyon Rafting Tours But Don’t Want White-Water Rapids? Take a Smooth-Water Float Tour!
Float Tours are Open to Travelers of All Ages and DO NOT Require You to be a “Survivalist” to Enjoy the Thrill of the Majestic Colorado River…
Hi, I’m Erik Magnus, and I’m travel writer who is addicted to rafting the Grand Canyon. Nothing beats the thrill of pushing an adventure-class pontoon boat into the River, cranking up the outboard motor, and cruising the very river that from which the canyon owes its existence.
Most people are under the impression that you have to book a seven-day, $1,000-dollar white-water adventure in order to experience the River. Not true. Smooth-water float tours range from $170 to $300 per person and require just one full day. Oh, and you don’t have to be a triathlete to enjoy them either. Nor is age a factor: Kids as young as 4 are welcome!
I’ve scoured the Internet for the best float tours and I’m throwing my weight behind these 2 offered by Papillon Tours:
From South Rim (Grand Canyon National Park)
Grand Canyon 1-Day Rafting & Bus
Pick up/drop off at all Tusayan & South Rim hotels. Luxury bus to Glen Canyon Dam in Page, AZ. Lunch, professional river guide, drinks, pontoon boat included. See Horseshoe Bend, historic Lee’s Ferry, the Navajo Indian Reservation and Painted Desert on ride back. Stop-over at Cameron Trading Post for souvenirs. Trip is 12.5 hours total.
Grand Canyon 1-Day Rafting, Airplane & Jeep
Free hotel shuttle service to/from all Tusayan & South Rim hotels. Airplane flight to Page, AZ. Jeep tour to Antelope Canyon. Board pontoon boat at base of Glen Canyon Dam. Comes with drinks, lunch, professional river guide, adventure-class raft. Trip is 12.5 hours total.
South Rim trips are all-inclusive, which means everything is handled for you. Just make sure to pack along sunscreen, a hat, and a bathing suit if you want to take a swim. Lunch, snacks, and drinks are included.
In my opinion, these float tours are the most comprehensive way to see the Grand Canyon. In just a single day, you’ll see:
- The Navajo Indian Reservation
- The Painted Desert
- Glen Canyon Dam
- The Colorado River
- 15+ miles of the Grand Canyon from the bottom up
- Incredible wildlife
- Indian petroglyphs
- Nearly all of the South Rim
- All of the East Rim
- Parts of the solitary North Rim
…and so much more!
Now’s your chance to see the Grand Canyon from the ground up (and from the air if you fly to Page). It’s an experience you, your family, or group will never forget. Just bring your desire for adventure and you’re ready to water raft the magnificent Grand Canyon.
P.S. Smooth water float tours sell out fast. I strongly recommend you book in advance. Especially when it comes to Papillon’s river rafting tours…
P.S.S. Questions about which Grand Canyon float trip is for you? Give me a call at 1 (702) 530-8687 and I’ll be happy to assist.
About Us: Erik Magnus’ Grand Canyon Rafting company currently providing 1-day Grand Canyon smooth-water rafting tours that originates from the South Rim and the West Rim. Trips are available daily from March through November and are open to all including children 4 years of age and older. For more information, go here for additional pages about our canyon float trips.