River Code of Conduct
Grand Canyon Rafting Blog
by RaftArizona
2M ago
Arizona River Runners is dedicated to (1) providing a safety-focused, interpretive, multi-day Grand Canyon whitewater adventure, (2) delivering a memorable and approachable river experience to the public, (3) protecting the natural resource through education, and (4) creating a respectful and inclusive environment for guides and guests. As river expeditions are a shared experience, individual actions affect the whole group. Each person is a valued part of the trip; therefore, all guides and guests agree to the following Code of Conduct: Respect for Yourself Take care of yourself. Wear clothin ..read more
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Protect Your Hands and Skin: Essential Tips and Gear for a Grand Canyon Rafting Adventure
Grand Canyon Rafting Blog
by Brannon
3M ago
Protecting your skin from the elements is crucial when on a journey through the Grand Canyon’s rugged terrain. The intense sun, arid air, and abrasive conditions call for thoughtful preparation, and one item that could make a difference is a pair of light gloves. While gloves aren’t mandatory, there are several situations during your river trip where they can prove beneficial. Sun Protection: Shielding yourself from the instense sun is paramount. Opting for sun-protective clothing like a sun shirt, lightweight pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and a sarong can significantly reduce your reliance on su ..read more
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Tribes Connected to the Grand Canyon
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by RaftArizona
4M ago
“We are still here. We are our ancestors. We will not be forgotten.” (Quote from Breath of this Land video) The story of Grand Canyon cannot be told without acknowledging and celebrating the importance of the canyon and the river that runs through it to the native peoples of the southwest. Connections to the canyon run deep in native cultures, with numerous tribes tracing the origin of their people – their literal emergence into this world – to specific locations in the Grand Canyon. Elements of westward expansion and public land acquisition are difficult to bear. Native peoples were wronged ..read more
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Refer a Friend, Win a Trip!
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by Dean
4M ago
We’re excited to announce an exclusive offer that combines the thrill of adventure with the joy of sharing it. For a limited time, when you refer a friend to book one of our multi-day Grand Canyon rafting trips, you’ll be entered into our contest to win a free seat on a 7-day Grand Canyon river trip! A $4,047 value! Guests already booked in 2024 are eligible if you get additional folks to book! How It Works: 1️⃣ Refer a friend to Arizona River Runners. 2️⃣ Make sure your friend mentions the contest while booking their trip. They’ll need to give us your name, email, and phone number (so we can ..read more
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We Won the Leave No Trace Community Partner of the Year!
Grand Canyon Rafting Blog
by Dean
4M ago
Arizona River Runners was awarded the Leave No Trace Community Partner of the Year award! Along with our sister company, Grand Canyon Whitewater, we recently received the award for our continued dedication to the Leave No Trace ethics. If you’ve been on one of our trips, you surely know how serious we take that. River guides help solidify that message continually throughout the trip. Leading by example, guides teach guests to pick up micro-trash, fish stray items out of the river, and teach a pack-in/pack-out mentality that everyone can learn from. Camping only in designated areas in the Grand ..read more
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Fishing in the Grand Canyon
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by Dean
10M ago
Whether you are an amateur or avid fisherman, casting a line out into the mighty Colorado is a fun and enjoyable activity on a river trip. However, it does require some additional planning and equipment. Here are a few tips and tricks. Licensing: Any adult planning to fish must purchase a fishing license. Some youth also need a license. You can read current regulations and purchase a license online through Arizona Game and Fish or in Marble Canyon, AZ the morning of your trip. If you are planning to purchase a license in Marble Canyon, they are sold at both the Chevron and Trading Post and are ..read more
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Grand Canyon Rafting For All Abilities
Grand Canyon Rafting Blog
by RaftArizona
11M ago
Over the years, Arizona River Runners has partnered with various organizations to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to raft the Grand Canyon. Recently, we’ve teamed up with Ability360 – a fantastic non-profit organization out of Phoenix, Arizona, that helps people with disabilities with employment, home care, and recreation. “Wilderness, by definition, is not accessible,” said Gus LaZear, Vice President of Operations with Ability360. It takes a lot of hard work, creative thinking, capable volunteers, and extra gear to make these trips possible. By working together, we have bee ..read more
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Industry Achievement Award
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by RaftArizona
1y ago
We are so happy to announce that our owners, Bruce Winter and Bill Gloeckler are winners of the George & Pamela Wendt Industry Achievement Award. They were presented the honor at the America Outdoors Association conference in Orlando. You can read the full nomination below. “We’re not looking for returns tomorrow or the next two, three years. We’re trying to look at what’s best for our company, what’s best for the industry, and the Canyon, ten, twenty years from now… If we take all these issues and look for the best thing for the long haul, we’ll come up with the right solutions.” -Bruce W ..read more
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Grand Canyon Rafting is a Fun Family Vacation for All Ages!
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by Kate
1y ago
An Arizona River Runners rafting trip is one of the best family vacations out there for those with children and/or teens. For starters, there is no cell phone service, no computer access, televisions, or gaming consoles. Woohoo! You’ll actually be able to chat with your kids without them constantly checking in with their friends via Facebook or zoning out on Fortnite. Secondly, there aren’t going to be any fights about where to go or what to eat. Once you’ve set off on your rafting adventure from Lees Ferry, you are officially on vacation, and the guides will take care of everything–they’ll de ..read more
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America the Beautiful – National Park Pass
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by Kate Orr
1y ago
A National Park entrance fee is required for each guest aged 16 and older who will be entering the park with Arizona River Runners. This money goes directly to the park to help maintain and protect one of the world’s greatest wonders. If you are an avid parkgoer, you might consider investing in a National Park Pass. As an ARR guest, a park pass will cover the entrance fee for up to four guests within the same party. To remove the fees from your river trip cost, you will need to purchase a pass and email us a photo of the front and back of your pass before your trip departs, preferably before y ..read more
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