Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Grand Canyon Spring Break 1-Day Rafting Tours

By Rick Sneeds

Are you wondering what to do for Spring Break this year? Are you getting bored with the usual spring getaway destinations? Then you should do something totally different, like go to the Grand Canyon and take a float tour. If you go to the South Rim, you can book a full day floating tour along the Colorado River.

Arizona Tours

All tours of the South Rim take off from the airport in Tusayan, Arizona, which is near the main gates of the National Park. You can book a basic tour or upgrade to the deluxe version.

The basic tour starts out with a 2 1/2 hour bus ride to the Glen Canyon Dam. The bus takes you to the pontoon raft where you begin your float tour, but the ride on the bus isn't wasted time since you'll see many interesting sights along the way. The raft flows along the river for 15 miles, giving you a unique perspective of the beautiful landscape around you until you arrive at Lee's Ferry where the floating trip ends.

The Deluxe Tours

When the river portion of your tour ends, you'll get back on your comfortable, air conditioned coach for the ride back. There will also be a stop-off for some handicrafts and souvenirs, as you visit the Cameron Trading Post, before heading back to the airport.

Now if you want something different and a little bit more 'VIP', then make sure you book a deluxe tour. Instead of the initial 2.5 hour bus ride, deluxe tours include a plane ride that will fly you over the South Rim, and past the Vermilion Cliffs, before arriving at the Glen Canyon Dam. Your air tour lasts about an hour, and you'll be treated to some spectacular views.

You'll also get to travel by Jeep before your floating tour begins. You'll ride with eight other passengers for a tour that includes highlights such as the mysterious Slot Canyons and Horseshoe Bend. The deluxe tour does cost more, but it is worth it.

Touring Along The River

No matter which tour option you choose, your river tour will be the same. The river tour is an experience you don't want to miss. Grand Canyon rafting in this portion of the river is only over smooth waters, so you don't have to worry about rough waters, you can just relax and soak up the amazing views. There are several beautiful beach areas along the tour where your raft will make a stop so you can explore on foot or swim. These tours are ideal for seniors and families since they stay on tame waters.

However, these tours are very popular, and they fill up quickly, especially during Spring Break. Therefore, you want to book your tour in advance, and the easiest way to do that is online. It's good to get your tour bought about two weeks ahead of time, but you could also book it after you book your hotel room so you don't forget. When you pay online with your credit card, your tickets will be guaranteed, and you will also enjoy the lowest possible rates.


Make this Spring Break an exciting one by taking a tour of the Grand Canyon that includes a raft ride along the Colorado River. Upgrading to the deluxe tour is recommended if you want the most comprehensive experience. However, the basic tour is great too and they both offer the same river experience. Either way you are going to have an awesome adventure that is completely unique to the Grand Canyon. Don't forget to buy your tour as soon as you can so you won't lose out on the chance to have a day of fun!

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