Rafting the Grand Canyon

OK, this isn't for little kids, but if your kids are a little older and more adventerous, there is no better way to see the Grand Canyon than to raft down the middle of it. When you're deep inside the Canyon, you experience it differently. You get to watch the colors change on the walls throughout the day, you get to explore its cracks and crevicies and you ride on the river that created it. It's truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Grand Canyon rafting

I went on a trip with my mother run by Moki-Mac. They offer a full 14-day trip that runs the length of the Grand Canyon. In addition, you can split up the trip into two-pieces if you can't do the full run. My mother did the full trip, but I actually joined up with the group about half-way through, hiking down from the South Rim to meet them at Phantom Ranch.

Grand Canyon rafting

You ride on big rafts with four people each along with a guide. The rafting itself alternates from a few hours of smooth floating to rushing rapids that will give almost any adrelanie junkie a little shot. The raft guides take care of your breakfast, lunch and dinner with remarkable ingenuity considering they don't have refrigerators or microwaves on the boats. Each evening, you'll find a nice sandy beach to set up camp.

Grand Canyon rafting

Moki-Mac recommends that kids be eight or older to go on the trips. Frankly, it depends a lot on your kid. In fact, eight may be way to young for some. It's difficult to call it hard living when your meals are fully taken care of, but it can be hot and very dry at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Plus, once you push off, there aren't really many chances to get out. Can you kid live without electronic devices for two weeks? [Actually, maybe the better question is whether dad can.]

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