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How to Prepare for a Rafting Trip Through the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Rafting Trips are some of the most adventurous and scenically beautiful ways that anyone can see this nation's most impressive natural wonder. Following the Colorado River, rafters have a choice between several different trips on both motorized and non-motorized boats that last between 3 and 14 days. Any first-time rafter should take a few minutes to familiarize themselves with the trip and should follow the steps below to ensure that he or she is prepared for the journey.
Step One: Evaluate Physical Condition
Rafting down the Colorado River requires a certain amount of physical exertion. While motorized boat tours are appropriate for most visitors over the age of 12, all participants must be in good enough physical condition to handle hikes along rough and steep terrain in addition to whitewater rafting.
Step Two: Decide Which Parts of the Canyon to Visit
The Colorado River runs through about 277 miles of the Grand Canyon, and rafting the entire thing takes around 14 days. There are shorter trips that traverse only the upper or lower Grand Canyon that can be completed in as few as three days, though, which visitors on a shorter time frame might consider more appropriate to their needs.
Step Three: Make Reservations
Find a licensed and insured rafting company to book a tour with. Make sure to ask about different routes and clarify any time constraints prior to booking a trip.
Step Four: Learn About the Route
All participants should take a few minutes to learn a little bit about the routes followed by Grand Canyon Rafting Trips and what they entail. Those who are going through a dedicated rafting company will find that there are other activities such as horseback riding, hiking, jet boat rides, helicopter rides, and even skeet shooting available to them as well. Knowing what to expect will improve the chances of a successful and enjoyable journey, so it's worth checking out all of the options.
Step Five: Get Packing
Most commercial rafting trips provide the basic necessities for participants, such as camping gear, food, and water-resistant dry bags. Most of the time guests must pack only their clothes and personal items. They should also be sure to bring along a photo ID and a credit card for identification purposes in the unlikely event that their tour group must be evacuated.
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