If there’s one thing you can be sure to expect when you visit the Grand Canyon, it’s breathtaking views—sweeping landscapes and jaw-dropping vistas lurk around every corner. If you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, knowing what else you can expect to experience during your stay can help you plan and prepare for your visit, leaving you with more time to brush up on your Canyon history, research viewpoints, and explore the Rim.
Every year, thousands of thrill-seekers descend deep inside the Grand Canyon to raft the white waters of the Colorado River. If you’re one of these lucky intrepid adventurers, the last thing you want is to be caught unprepared!
Multi-day rafting excursions take a lot of advanced planning and preparation – the National Park Service permits a very limited number of non-commercial rafting expeditions each year, awarded by lottery up to a year in advance. If you don’t want to wait a year or more to ride the rapids or if you aren’t quite ready to rough it inside the Canyon for multiple nights, single-day rafting trips offer more flexibility and are often ideal for first-time rafters and fledgling adventure-seekers.
If you’ve been holding off on taking your family to the Grand Canyon till your kids are old enough to truly appreciate the dramatic landscape, wait no longer. There’s a reason why five million people visit the Grand Canyon every year, and it’s not just the stunning vistas and viewpoints. The Grand Canyon’s many activities and adventures make it the perfect destination travelers of any age, including families – no matter how old your kids are.