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The Grand Canyon: Rafting the Gem of American Whitewater

There are few rivers more fabled than the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. The length of a journey down the canyon, paired with the unbelievable scenery and world-class whitewater make this a bucket-list trip for most boaters. Summer trips offer big whitewater, and searing temperatures. Many private boaters prefer the shoulder seasons when temperatures are moderate, and the whitewater remains plenty big. The commercial rafting season for the Grand is April-October. There are non-commercial permits available during this period, but private boaters will be sharing the river with commercial trips during this period. The Grand Canyon of the Colorado is an intermediate-advanced stretch of river in terms of whitewater difficulty.

 

About this guide

This guide outlines one continuous stretch of river broken into three sections. Those sections are Lee’s Ferry to Phantom Ranch, Phantom Ranch to Diamond Creek, and Diamond Creek to Pearce Ferry.

All data points were collected using GPS. This location information is provided. These locations were checked against Google Earth for accuracy. Distances are the averages of repeated trips that were GPSed.

The Grand Canyon rapids rating system is on a 1-10 scale. This is unlike most other rivers which operate on a 1-6 scale. A class V rapid on the Grand Canyon is an average-difficulty rapid.

River Info

Lee’s Ferry to Phantom Ranch is the first 90 mile stretch of the Grand Canyon. The Marble Canyon portion of this section contains some of the most beautiful scenery of the trip. There are some major rapids in this section, but for the most part the most challenging whitewater is in the second half of the trip. If you have group mates that can only do a partial trip you can exchange boaters at Phantom Ranch. Instructions for how exchanges work can be found here.

Phantom Ranch to Diamond Creek is the second half of a standard trip. This section starts out with a bang. Some of the biggest whitewater of the trip is just after Phantom Ranch.

Diamond Creek to Pearce Ferry is an optional, 55 mile stretch of river. This section is pretty, but the river mellows significantly. The waterline of Lake Mead can take the Colorado’s current to a standstill near Diamond Creek.

Safety

The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is an intermediate to advanced river run. While there are significant sections of mellow or flat water, it is important to note other challenges that are present. The Colorado has ripping eddies, massive flip potential, and many other features that can present real danger. As a private boater, make sure you join a party that has recent Grand Canyon rafting experience.

Permits

A noncommercial rafting permit is required to run the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. The main lottery is held for trips during the next calendar year. The main lottery is in February, and there are follow-up lotteries throughout the year. Learn more here.

The Grand Canyon of the Colorado on average runs between 6,000CFS and 16,000 CFS. The river is dam-released, and so prdedictabe flows are largely reliable. Generally, the river reaches its highest flows during the summer and mid-winter. Flash flooding, or the occasional planned high-water event can bring flows above their normal highs. During normal high-water events, the river remains runnable, although the consequences of flipped rafts and swimmers increases.

Sometimes the USGS flow image breaks. If this happens, here is the direct link.

Gauge data provided by the USGS.

Grand Canyon Guidebook

WARNING: Conditions change frequently and may make this guide useless. This guide is NOT a replacement for sound judgment. Go with someone with recent Grand Canyon rafting experience.

Class I Rapid

Class I rapid or river feature.

Class II Rapid

Class II rapid or river feature.

Class III Rapid

Class III rapid or river feature.

Class IV Rapid

Class IV rapid or river feature.

Class V Rapid

Class V rapid or river feature.

Class VI Rapid

Class VI rapid or river feature.

Class VII Rapid

Class VII rapid or river feature.

Class VIII Rapid

Class VIII rapid or river feature.

Class IX Rapid

Class IX rapid or river feature.

Put-In / Take-Out

The most commonly used access points.

Point of Interest

These include side canyons, waterfalls, and more.

Fun Zone

Well known surf waves, jump rock locations, and safe swim areas

Campgrounds

Grand Canyon campsites

Lee’s Ferry to Phantom Ranch – Class I-XIII

The first stretch of the Grand Canyon is known for its stunning scenery and exciting whitewater. Marble Canyon, the Roaring Twenties, and other phenomenal sections await!

Length

Lee’s Ferry to Phantom Ranch is 88.1 miles

Difficulty

Intermediate

Feet per Mile

Lee’s Ferry to Phantom Ranch is around 7.2 FPM

Shuttle Time

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Mile 0 – Lee’s Ferry: River Right. You made it! Stay organized as you get your gear together. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 0.1 – First Camp: River Right. First campsite. You can walk from camp to the cars/Lee’s facilities.

Mile 0.2 – Paria Riffle: Class I. This is a long, very gentle rapid.

Mile 0.9 – Paria River: River Right. There is a popular trail that ends here that starts up the Paria river ~40 miles and takes you through beautiful slot canyons. The average flow for the Paria is 44 CFS, with the recorded max occurring in 1932 at 638 CFS.

Mile 4.5 – Navajo Bridge: This historic bridge was completed in 1929. The completion of the bridge allowed for much easier crossings of the river than previously possible at Lee’s Ferry. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 5.9 – Six-mile Wash: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 8 – Badger: Class V. Welcome to the Canyon. This is the first substantial rapid of the trip. Left scout. The run for Badger is relatively straightforward. Look for the entrance-tongue in the middle of the river. Straight down the middle of the tongue will set you up for a smooth ride. Be careful for the large hole on the right-edge of the tongue near the top of the rapid. At medium and low flows, both sides of the rapid can be rocky – stick to the middle. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 8.1 – Badger: River Right. Badger camp has a tight pull-in after Badger Rapid. The name comes from Jacob Hamblin, who killed a badger in this canyon. The camp is less trafficked by hikers than Jackass, across the way.

Mile 8.1 – Jackass: River Left. Large Camp. Jackass camp has trail access from the rim, so be prepared to share with hikers. Male donkeys (jackasses) were released in the Grand Canyon area in the 1800s by various prospectors. While mules are still used today as pack animals, a campaign to remove wild mules from the Grand Canyon was put in place by the National Park Service. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 10.1 – Ten Mile Rock: This beautiful monolith rock is narrow and tall. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 11.3 – Soap Creek: River Right. Large camp. Soap Creek is located just above the rapid it is named for.

Mile 11.3 – Soap Creek Rapid: Class V. Right scout. Soap Creek is filled with fun waves – but it’s not all play. Be careful for the large rock in the center of the rapid. A right-of-center run is standard.

Mile 12 – Brown’s Riffle: Class II. Frank Brown was the president of the Pacific Railroad Company. In 1889 on an expedition trip to study the feasibility of placing a railroad through the Grand Canyon, he drowned in this riffle, when his wooden boat caught an eddy fence and turned over.

Mile 12 – Browns Inscription: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 12.4 – Below Saltwater: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 13.1 – Thirteen Mile: River Right. Medium sized ledge camp. Rocky.

Mile 14.3 – Sheer Wall: River Left. Small camp. Sheer Wall has solid ledge protection. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 14.4 – Sheer Wall Rapid: Class II. Read and run down the middle. There is a rock in the center of the river just below the rapid.

Mile 16.6 – Hot Na Na Wash: River Left. Medium sized camp. Hot Na Na has an upper and lower pull-in. Last camp before House Rock.

Mile 17 – House Rock: Class VII. Left scout. House Rock is your first big test. Pull right to avoid the huge holes on river left. Click here for a detailed description. 

Mile 17.2 – House Rock: River Right. Large camp. Tough pull-in out of the tailwater at the base of House Rock Rapid.

Mile 18.5 – Eighteen-Mile Ledges: River Left. Medium sized camp. Pull-in is tight. There are two small tributary streams coming in from The pull-in is at the bottom of the riffle created by the second tributary.

Mile 18.7 – Boulder Narrows : The Boulder Narrows are formed by a monolith rock sitting in the middle of the river. A massive flood in 1957 deposited the driftwood that still sits upon the top of the rock.

Mile 19.2 – 19.2 Mile: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 19.4 – 19.4 Mile: River Left. Large camp. Sandy.

Mile 20.2 – Twenty Mile: River Left. Large camp. Located on a debris fan.

Mile 20.7 – Upper North Canyon: River Right. Large camp. Just above North Canyon Rapid.

Mile 20.8 – North Canyon: Class V. Read- and-run.

Mile 20.8 – Lower North Canyon: River Right. Medium sized camp. Tight pull-in just below the rapid.

Mile 21.3 – 21 Mile: Class V. Read and run.

Mile 21.7 – 21.7 Mile: River Left. Large camp
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Mile 22.1 – Twentytwo Mile: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 22.8 – Indian Dick: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 23 – Indian Dick (23): Class IV. The cleanest line in 23 Mile is a left run. There is a steep, powerful hydraulic on river right on the bottom of the rapid. You might not see it it until you are on top of it, so it is better to avoid it altogether. The hydraulic is a raft-flipper if run improperly.

Mile 23.5 – 23.5 Mile: Class IV. Run center-right to avoid a pourover on the center-left of the rapid.

Mile 23.6 – Twentythree-Mile (Lone Cedar): River Left. Medium sized camp. Very tight pull in at the base of the rapid. Come in just below the pourover on the left side of TwentyThree Mile rapid if you decide to go for it.

Mile 24.3 – 24 Mile (Georgie): Class VI. Left or right scout. Also known as Georgie’s, 24.5 Mile is formidable at low water – less so at higher flows. There is an entrance tongue at the top of the rapid. There are huge lateral waves coming from both left and right at the base of the tongue. Running the right side is preferable, as the left lateral can easily surf a boat into the right lateral. It is posisble to run to the right of the tongue altogether and just catch the far right side of the right lateral. If you choose to run down the tongue itself, get yourself plenty of left-to-right momentum and punch the right lateral hard. Be careful for a potentially raft-flipping rock below the rapid on the right side of the river.

Mile 24.7 – Twenty-four and half: River Left. Medium sized camp. 24.5 Mile is located at the top of a large debris fan.

Mile 24.7 – 24.5 Mile: Class VI. Left scout. This is a center-to-left run and is easy to pull. Start in the center, and pull into the slackwater just below the large near the top on river left. If you catch that slackwater, you will have made the move to avoid nasty pourovers on the lower right side of the rapid.

Mile 25.1 – 25 Mile: Class VI. Left scout. Center-to-left run. Pull left to avoid holes and rocks on the right side of the river.

Mile 25.7 – Cave Springs: Class V. Center-right-run to avoid a pourover in the middle of the tongue.

Mile 27 – Tiger Wash: Class V. Read-and-run through the wave train. Hit them straight.

Mile 27.1 – MNA: Class II. Just after Tiger Wash there are a few large boulders that were deposited into the river. Be careful as you come out of Tiger Wash and run on either side of the boulders. Of note, of all the named rapids on the Grand Canyon, only three exist entirely from rockfall. This is one of them.

Mile 29.2 – 29 Mile: Class II. Read-and-run down the middle.

Mile 29.5 – Shinumo Wash: River Left. Large camp. Shinumo wash is an excellent camp with access to Silver Grotto Canyon.

Mile 29.5 – Silver Grotto: River Left. Silver Grotto Canyon ends on the upstream side of Shinumo Wash Camp. It is possible to scramble into Silver Grotto from Shinumo Camp and explore several of the pools. If your crew brings small-boats you can head downstream to a hiking trail on river left where you can access the top of Silver Grotto canyon. The canyoneering from the top is excellent. Be prepared to swim in deep pools. Click here for a detailed description here.

Mile 30.5 – Fence Fault: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 30.8 – Sand Pile: River Right. Medium sized camp at low water. Small camp at high water.

Mile 31.8 – South Canyon: River Right. Large camp. Pull in below the Debris Fan formed by South Canyon.

Mile 33.3 – Redwall Cavern: River Left. Redwall Cavern is a wonder to behold. Enjoy its beauty, and make sure you leave it cleaner than you found it. Remember, there is no camping allowed at Redwall. Click here for a detailed description. 

Mile 33.8 – Below Redwall: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 35.1 – Nautiloid: River Left. Large, very nice camp.

Mile 36.1 – 36 Mile: Class IV. Read-and-run rapid.

Mile 37.9 – Tatahatso: River Left. This is a medium-sized camp located a third of a mile below Tatahatso Wash. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 38.7 – Marthas Camp: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 39.3 – Redbud Alcove: River Right. Medium sized camp. Short hike from camp up to the alcove.

Mile 39.7 – Proposed Marble Canyon Dam Site: River Left. This was the proposed location for a dam that was very nearly built. There’s a test drill site here located on river left, with the material from the drilling piled on the left bank.

Mile 41.2 – Buck Farm: River Right. Large camp. There is a hiking trail from camp that leads into Buck Farm Canyon.

Mile 43.4 – Anasazi Bridge: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 43.6 – Lower Anasazi: River Left. Small camp. From pull-in there is walk through brush in order to reach the sandy camping area.

Mile 44 – President Harding Rapid: Class IV. Run left of the large boulder in the center of the river. Right side does not go. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 44 – President Harding: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 44.5 – Eminence Break: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 45 – Willie Taylor Camp: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 47.3 – Duck in the Quack: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 47.5 – Upper Saddle: River Right. Large camp. There is hiking access from camp into Saddle Canyon.

Mile 47.7 – Lower Saddle: River Right. Large camp. Below the Saddle Canyon debris fan.

Mile 50.2 – Dinosaur: River Right. Large camp. Pull-in is at the base of the mile 50 riffle.

Mile 52.1 – Little Nankoweap: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 52.4 – Nankoweap: Class III. Read-and-run rapid. Enjoy one of the longer rapids on the river.

Mile 53.1 – Upper Nankoweap: River Right. Medium sized camp. The pull-in is at the top of a large eddy, most of the way through Nankoweap rapid. Camping is possible at the bottom of the eddy as well. There is hiking access to the granaries from this camp.

Mile 53.2 – Nankoweap Granaries: River Right. The Nankoweap Granaries are an important historical site on the Canyon as well as a popular destination for hiking. The granaries were previously used by the Anasazi People for food storage. Click here for a detailed  description.

Mile 53.4 – Main Nankoweap: River Right. Large camp. Catch the eddy low. There is easy hiking from Main Nankoweap to the granaries. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 53.5 – Lower Nankoweap: River Right. Medium-sized camp. There is hiking access to the granaries from lower camp although the path cuts through the main camp.

Mile 56.5 – Kwagunt: Class V. Left to right run. There is a pour-over at the top of the rapid in the middle. Tuck in behind the pourover and move right to avoid a nasty rock on river left near the bottom of the rapid.

Mile 56.6 – Kwagunt: River Right. Large camp. There are hiking trails from camp into Kwagunt Canyon.

Mile 57.1 – Below Kwagunt: River Right. Small camp. Rocky.

Mile 58 – Malgosa: River Right. Small camp. Rocky.

Mile 58.1 – Opposite Malgosa: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 58.7 – Awatubi: River Right. Small camp in a debris fan.

Mile 59.1 – Below Awatubi Left: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 59.4 – Below Awutabi Right: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 60 – 60 Mile: Class IV. Read-and-run down the left/center-left.

Mile 60.2 – Sixty-Mile: River Right. Small camp. Pull in is just after Sixtymile Rapid.

Mile 61.1 – 61.1 Mile: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 61.6 – Above LCR: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 61.7 – Little Colorado River: River Left. Enjoy the beautiful blue water of the Little Colorado. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 62 – Below LCR: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 62.9 – Crash Canyon: River Right. Small camp. Near this location is where two planes collided in 1956, which at the time was the deadliest air accident in aviation history. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 65.1 – Carbon Canyon : River Right. Wonderful side-hike. Can be done as a through hike to Lava Canyon. This is a nice hike to get up and out of the canyon, if you’ve got Ditch Fever. Be careful during wet weather, as this hike requires a bit of scrambling over rocks, which can become a bit slick. Click here for a detailed description. 

Mile 65.1 – Carbon: River Right. Large camp.There is hiking up Carbon Creek from the back of camp.

Mile 65.9 – Lava Canyon: River Right. Medium sized camp . There are hiking options up Lava Canyon from camp.

Mile 66 – Palisade Creek: River Left. Large camp at the base of Lava Canyon rapid.

Mile 66.8 – Above Espejo: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 67.3 – Espejo: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 68.3 – Upper Tanner: River Right. Large camp.

Mile 68.7 – Tanner: River Right. Large camp.

Mile 69 – Tanner: Class VI. Enter Tanner in the center of the river and move left. There are large waves and several holes right of center. Move right as you get near the tailwaves. There is a cobble bar below the rapid on the left that can beach a raft.

Mile 69.3 – Below Tanner: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 69.9 – Basalt Rapid: Class VI. Right run to avoid a huge hole on river left.

Mile 70.1 – Basalt: River Right. Small camp. Tight pull-in.

Mile 71.6 – Cardenas: River Left. Medium sized camp. The camp has a tight pull-in that is easy to miss. There are many hiking options out of Cardenas camp. It is possible to link up with the Escalante and Hilltop Ruins trails from camp.

Mile 72.4 – Upper Unkar: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 72.7 – Unkar: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 72.9 – Unkar: Class VI. Tanner is a large right bend with features on both sides of the river. There are shallow rocks on river right than can beach a raft. There are rocks, as well as some large hydraulics against the left cliff. At most flows, a good run starts near the center in the tongue. Pull right to stay off the wall and make your way down the center of the rapid.

Mile 74.2 – Below Granary: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 74.6 – Upper Rattlesnake: River Right. Medium sized camp. There is a hiking trail up a Butte to the west of camp.

Mile 76 – Nevilles: Class VI. Left scout. A solid run down Nevill’s starts center-left and works left to avoid large pourovers in the main channel in the center and near the bottom of the rapid. In a pinch, it is possible to split through the pour-overs, but the cleanest run will stay left.

Mile 76.1 – Nevills Camp: River Left. Large camp. There is a hiking option behind camp into Seventyfive Mile Canyon.

Mile 76.3 – Papago Camp: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 76.4 – Below Nevills: River Right. Small Camp.

Mile 77.1 – Hance: River Left. Medium sized camp. Just above Hance Rapid.

Mile 77.2 – Hance: Class VIII. Right or left scout. The right scout gives a better view of the rapid. Hance Rapid follows a left bend in the river. The current in Hance pushes right, and the left entrance is blocked by large boulders. Work hard left after the entrance in this rapid to stay out of the large waves at the bottom center of this rapid.  Click here for a detailed description. 

Mile 79.1 – Sockdolager: Class VII. Left scout. Sockdolager is best done as a down-the-center run. There is a large hydraulic near the top on the right side. Once you have passed to the left of that, read-and-run your way down the middle.

Mile 81.7 – Grapevine: River Left. Large camp. Tight pull-in. Beautiful views of the Vishnu Schist. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 82.1 – Grapevine: Class VII. Left scout. A center-right entrance is standard. There is a hole on the left-side of the tongue at the top, and a rock pile on the right. Enter just to the left of the rocks on the right and then work your way back towards the center. There is a hole at the bottom of the rapid on the center-right that is to be avoided by passing to the left. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 83.3 – Bright Angel: Class III. Read-and-run.

Mile 84.2 – 83 Mile: Class IV. Read-and-run.

Mile 84.6 – Clear Creek: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 85 – Zoroaster: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 85.2 – Zoroaster: Class V. Center-left entrance for a read-and-run line. The current pushes right which can get too close for comfort on the right wall.

Mile 85.8 – 85 Mile: Class III. There are two holes in the center of the tongue of the rapid. You can run left or right of the holes.

Mile 87.7 – Upper Cremation: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 87.7 – Lower Cremation: River Left. Medium sized camp. The current is slow enough that it is possible to row to river right, drop off exhange hikers to walk to phantom, and row back.

Mile 88.1 – Black Bridge: Also known as the Kaibab Suspension Bridge, this bridge opened in 1928 and connects the North Kaibab Trail to the South Kaibab Trail. At the time, it was the only bridge crossing the Colorado River for hundreds of miles.

Mile 88.2 – Phantom Ranch Beach: River Right.

Mile 88.2 – Phantom Ranch Ranger Station: River Right. The Historic Phantom Ranch is an enjoyable break mid-trip. At the Ranger Station, you can find a weather forecast posted next to the front door. If you continue up the path just a bit from the station you will find the general store where you can buy goods and send mail. Click here for a detailed description.

Phantom Ranch to Diamond Creek – Class I-IX

The second half of a Grand Canyon journey. Many boaters choose to take-out at Diamond Creek given that the river mellows significantly after Diamond. Note that it is possible to continue past Diamond Creek to Pearce Ferry or South Cove.

Length

Phantom Ranch to Diamond Creek is 137.8 miles.

Difficulty

Intermediate to Advanced.

Feet per Mile

Phantom Ranch to Diamond Creek is around 8FPM.

Shuttle Time

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Mile 88.5 – Silver Bridge: Also known as the Bright Angel Trail Bridge, this was built in the late 1960s and connects to the Bright Angel Trail.

Mile 89.6 – Pipe Creek: Class III. Center-left run.

Mile 89.9 – Below Pipe Creek: River Right. Small, rocky camp.

Mile 90.8 – Horn Creek: Class VIII. Right scout. The “Horns” of the rapid are two large rock-pile pourovers at the top center-left of the rapid. The right side of the rapid has large holes in the current, especially at lower flows. At medium-high flows, when the horns are covered, it is possible to “split the Horns.” Click here for a detailed description. 

Mile 91.7 – 91 Mile Creek: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 92.1 – Trinity: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 92.8 – Above Salt Creek: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 93.1 – Salt Creek: Class III. Read-and-run.

Mile 93.8 – Granite Camp: River Left. Large camp. The pull-in is at the top of the pool above Granite rapid. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 94 – Granite: Class VIII. Left scout. A fantastic rapid with fast-paced run down the “Dragon’s Spine.” Click here for a detailed description. 

Mile 94.8 – 94 Mile Canyon: River Right. Small camp. Rocky.

Mile 95.4 – Hermit: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 95.5 – Hermit: Class VIII. Left scout. Straight down the middle for a good time. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 96.4 – Bull Schist: River Right. Small camp. If Schist camp is available, it makes sense to skip Bull Schist and continue just downstream. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 96.6 – Schist: River Left. Medium sized camp. This is one of the nicer camps available in this stretch. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 97 – Boucher: River Left. Medium sized camp. Pull-in is just below Boucher rapid.

Mile 97.1 – Boucher: Class IV. Read-and-run.

Mile 98.7 – Upper Crystal: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 98.9 – Crystal: Class VIII. Right Scout. Crystal undoubtedly is one of the most anticipated rapids on any river trip – and for good reason. There are numerous features that make this a complex and exhilarating run. The three main features are the “Crystal Hole,” the left wall, and the rock garden below the rapid. Click here for a detailed description. 

Mile 98.9 – Lower Crystal: River Right. Medium sized camp. This rapid has a challenging pull-in. All boats must run to the right of the holes in Crystal Rapid. Hug the right bank as the river turns right and pull-in opposite the rock garden. Celebrate a clean run.

Mile 99.7 – Tuna Creek: Class VI. Tuna Creek is best run from right to left. The right side of Tuna is relatively clean up until the sharp bend in the river to the left. Make sure to make your move left as the river bends to avoid getting pushed up against the right wall in the sharp turn.

Mile 100.1 – Lower Tuna: Class IV. Lower Tuna is the section of Tuna rapid forming the left bend. Stay left and avoid getting pushed up against the right wall as the river bends.

Mile 100.3 – Nixon Rock: Class III. Nixon Rock is a large rock in the center of the river. It is easiest to run left although right side works in a pinch. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 101 – Agate: Class III. Read-and-run. Welcome to the Gems. This is a fantastic section of river with back-to-back rapids that are all pretty similar – big wave trains abound.

Mile 101.8 – Sapphire: Class VI. There is a large hole in the center of Sapphire. It is possible to run left of the hole or hit it straight on at lower flows.

Mile 102.5 – Turquoise: Class III. Read-and-run.

Mile 103.5 – New Shady Grove: River Right. Very small camp.

Mile 104.4 – Emerald: River Right. Small camp, Pull-in is just above Emerald Rapid.

Mile 104.4 – Emerald: Class V. Read-and-run.

Mile 105.2 – Ruby: Class V. Run through the wave train on river right – enjoy the ride.

Mile 106.5 – Serpentine: Class VII. Left scout. Enter Serpentine in the center-left of the rapid. Make your way right just below two pour-overs at the top-right of the rapid. There is a fun wave train similar to Ruby below the pour-overs.

Mile 108.1 – Hotauta: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 108.4 – Ross Wheeler: River Left. Small camp. The Ross Wheeler, a heavy, metal boat, is perched above the high water line at this camp. The boat was used in an unsuccessful Canyon run in 1915.

Mile 108.4 – Bass: Class IV. Left or right run.

Mile 108.6 – Parkins Inscription: River Right. Small camp. Geo W. Parkins inscribed his name in 1903 onto the rock on the upstream side of the beach.

Mile 108.9 – Bass Crossing: River Right. Very small camp.

Mile 109 – Bass: River Right. Large camp. Bass camp gets significant winter sunlight. There is a network of hiking trails that extend out of the back of Bass Camp. Click here for a detailed description. 

Mile 109.2 – Shinumo: Class IV. Read-and-run.

Mile 109.7 – 109 Mile: Class II. Center-left entrance for a read-and-run.

Mile 110 – One-ten Mile: River Right. Large camp. This is your last good opportunity for camping for five miles.

Mile 110.4 – 110 Mile: Class III. Read-and-run.

Mile 111.3 – Hakatai: Class IV. Read-and-run.

Mile 112.8 – Walthenburg: Class VI. Right scout. Walthenburg can be run on the left or the right. There is a large hole in the middle of the rapid that is to be avoided. There is a large wave train down the left side of the rapid that can be run to bypass the middle hole. It is also possible to hug the right shoreline for a shallow, dry run that also avoids the middle hole.

Mile 114.9 – Upper Garnet: River Right. Small camp. Pull-in is just below the debris fan.

Mile 115.1 – Lower Garnet: River Right. Small camp. Pull-in is also just below a deris fan similar to Upper Garnet.

Mile 117.2 – Elves Chasm: River Left. Hike up the creek to reach a gorgeous waterfall. Click here for a detailed description. 

Mile 118.7 – 118.6 Mile: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 119.2 – 119 Mile: Class II. Easy run down the right side of the rapid.

Mile 119.4 – Big Dune: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 119.8 – 119.8 Mile: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 120.4 – 120 Mile: River Left. Large, sandy camp.

Mile 120.6 – Opposite Blacktail: River Left. Small camp. Pull-in is above Blacktail Rapid.

Mile 120.6 – Upper Blacktail: River Right. Small camp. Pull-in is at the top of the Blacktail Canyon debris fan. You can hike from camp into Blacktail Canyon. Canyoneers can hike up and around the left side of the canyon and run a series of short rappels back to camp. Near the mouth of the canyon make sure to look for the Great Uncomformity. There is a section of 550 million year old Tapeats Sandston layered on top of 1.6 billion-year-old Vischnu Schist.

Mile 120.7 – Blacktail: Class III. Read-and-run rapid.

Mile 120.8 – Lower Blacktail: River Right. Small camp. Hug the right side of the riffle to hit the pull-in eddy near the top. There is a steep climb up a rocky bank to get to a remarkably pretty camp. There is camping on the Tapeats ledges next to the canyon as well as on the debris fan itself. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 120.8 – Below Blacktail: River Left. Large camp. Rocky.

Mile 121.4 – 121.4 Mile: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 122.2 – 122 Mile: Class IV. Read-and-run.

Mile 122.3 – 122.2 Mile: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 122.8 – Onetwentytwo-Mile: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 123.2 – Forster: Class V. Read-and-run.

Mile 123.3 – Upper Forster: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 123.7 – Below Forster: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 124.2 – Enfilade: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 125 – Above Fossil: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 125.4 – Fossil: River Left. Large camp. There is hiking access to Fossil Canyon from camp.

Mile 125.4 – Fossil: Class V. Right-of-center entrance. Read-and-run as the river winds back and forth. There are fun waves down the rapid. Be careful of hitting the right wall.

Mile 126.1 – Below Fossil: River Left. Medium sized camp. The sand bank at pull-in is steep. There is a flat camping ledge with gorgeous upstream views on the downstream side of camp. There is hiking acccess to Fossil Canyon from camp. Click here for a detailed description. 

Mile 127 – Randys Rock: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 127 – Randy’s Rock Rapid: Class I. A giant slab of tapeats sandstone is left of center which probably would have gone unnamed and barely noticed except that a 22 foot boat wrapped here on a commercial trip. This feature is just downstream from Randy’s Rock camp. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 127.3 – 127 Mile Rapid: Class III. Read-and-run.

Mile 129.1 – 128 Mile Rapid: Class III. Read-and-run rapid.

Mile 129.8 – Specter: Class VI. Left scout. Center-right run. There is a large hole in the center of the rapid. There is a clean line running between the hole and the right wall.

Mile 131 – Bedrock: Class VII. Right scout. Bedrock Rapid is a consequential rapid. Go to the right of the center island at the bottom of the rapid. Pull along the right shore in order to do this. Many boats flip by missing the move and hitting the center rock.  Click here for a detailed description. 

Mile 131.8 – Below Bedrock: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 132.2 – Galloway: River Right. Large camp.

Mile 132.3 – Dubendorf Rapid: Class VII. Left scout. Dubendorf is a fun one. Get left to-right momentum at the top for a center-right run. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 132.5 – Stone Creek: River Right. Medium sized camp. There is a short hiking option up the creek.

Mile 133.7 – Talking Heads: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 134.2 – Racetrack: River Right. Medium sized camp. This is your best option for camping if your party wants to do the excellent Thunder River Hike. If you choose to do the hike, several people will need to row your boats down to Deer Creek Falls where they will meet the hiking group later in the day.

Mile 134.3 – Tapeats Creek / Thunder River Trailhead: River Right. The trailhead for the very popular Thunder River thru-hike. Start the hike on the left side of Tapeats Creek. This is a favorite for many Grand Canyon boaters, and we highly recommend it. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 134.4 – Tapeats: Class V. Straight down the middle. There are holes on both sides of the river.

Mile 134.4 – Below Tapeats: River Right. Large camp.

Mile 134.8 – Above Owl Eyes: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 135.2 – Owl Eyes: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 135.4 – 135 Mile: Class III. Also known as “Helicopter Eddy,” 135 mile is a right-run. There is an extremely powerful eddy on river left that is to be avoided. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 136.7 – Junebug: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 136.8 – Opposite Deer Creek: River Left. Medium sized camp. This camp has tricky terrain but provides one of the most gorgeous views on the river. Deer Creek Falls is visible from much of the camp. Make sure you get far enough upstream before starting your move across the river from Deer Creek to camp. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 136.9 – Deer Creek Falls: River Right. This is a sacred site, so no camping is allowed. Beautiful waterfall, with a swimming hole for the daring. From here, you can hike up into the Deer Creek slot canyon, which is an absolute must. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 137.1 – OC’s: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 137.6 – Ponchos Kitchen: River Left. Large camp. A large overhang in Poncho’s provides remarkable shelter from the elements with plenty of room for cooking and camping if it is raining.

Mile 137.6 – Football Field: River Left. Large camp. Football field is just downstream of Pancho’s. At low flows, Football Field is identifiable by the large “football field” sandbar that forms by the river.

Mile 137.7 – Backeddy: River Left. Medium sized camp. Pull-in is just after Football Field. The camp is slightly overgrown.

Mile 138.3 – Doris Rapid: Class IV. Stay left. There is a very sharp hole right of center that can flip boats easily. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 138.6 – Doris: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 138.9 – 138.9 Mile: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 139.1 – Above Fishtail: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 139.1 – 138.5 Mile: Class III. Read-and-run.

Mile 139.6 – Fishtail: River Right. Medium sized camp. There is a steep cimb up a debris fan to reach camp.

Mile 139.8 – Fishtail: Class IV. River left through the wave train for a big ride. Right line is mellow.

Mile 140.4 – Keyhole: River Left. Medium sized camp. One Hundred and Forty Mile Canyon is a very pretty backdrop to camp.

Mile 141.8 – 141 Mile: Class II. Read-and-run.

Mile 143.9 – Above Kanab: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 144 – Kanab: Class III. Read-and-run. This is a long one. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 144.8 – Below Kanab: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 145.9 – Above Olo: River Left. Medium sized camp. There is a tight pull-in following a debris fan.

Mile 146.1 – Olo Canyon: River Left. Small camp. Rocky.

Mile 148.3 – Matkatamiba: Class II. Read-and-run.

Mile 148.3 – Matkatamiba Canyon: River Left. This is a great side hike, located just at the beginning of Matkatamiba rapid. This impressive canyon carves several miles into the Grand Canyon walls, allowing as much or as little exploration as you want. Be advised that the eddy for this hike is quite small, with a rapid just downstream, so don’t get caught sleeping here. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 148.9 – Matkat Hotel: River Left. Medium sized camp. From the Matkat pull-in you will be able to see if Below Matkat is taken.

Mile 149 – Below Matkat: River Left. Medium sized camp. Below Matkat is a gorgeous camp that allows for camping just before Upset Rapid. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 150.1 – Upset: Class VIII. Right  Scout. A right dry line, or an exciting line on the left side are both possible. Avoid the hole in the center-bottom of the rapid at all costs. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 150.7 – Upset Hotel: River Left. Small camp. Pull-in is along a rocky shoreline and camp runs along the base of the cliff.

Mile 151.7 – Upper Ledges: River Right. Medium sized camp. Similar to main Ledges Camp. You will be able to see if there are boaters at Ledges before the pull-in for Upper Ledges. Upper ledges provides a fun opportunity to camp on flat limestone ledges.

Mile 151.9 – Ledges: River Right. Medium sized camp. Tight pull-in. Ledges camp is known for its flat limestone ledges both upstream and downstream of camp. This is a popular camp that provides a unique camping opportunity along flat limestone ledges. This is the last good camp above Havasu Canyon.

Mile 154 – Sinyella: Class II. Read-and-run.

Mile 156.3 – Last Chance: River Right. Medium sized camp. This is the last opportunity for an actual campsite before Havasu Canyon. If you have to camp above Havasu, but downstream of Last Chance, look for places on either side of the river to pull-off and camp on your boats.

Mile 157.2 – Havasu Canyon : River Left. Havasu Canyon is breathtaking. The blue-green waters of the canyon are renowned for their impossible beauty and are sacred to many. If you choose to enjoy the canyon, tie off your boats at the mouth. Be careful to leave no trace as you explore. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 157.2 – Havasu: Class III. If you have stopped at Havasau Canyon, the easiest run is to exit the Havasu eddy and run the tight channel on river left. There is a rock island in the middle of the river that makes it difficult to get to the right side from the Havasu eddy. If for whatever reason you are not stopping at Havasu, the right run is open and easy.

Mile 158.3 – First Chance: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 158.7 – 158.7 Mile: River Right. Medium sized camp. Tight pull-in.

Mile 159 – Second Chance: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 160.5 – 160.5 Mile: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 161.3 – Onesixtyone-Mile: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 165 – 164 Mile (Tuckup): Class II. Read-and-run. Stay right if you intend on camping at Tuckup.

Mile 165.1 – Tuckup Canyon: River Right. Large camp. Pull-in is along the shore just below Hundred and Sixtyfour Mile Rapid. There is excellent hiking up Tuckup Canyon that is accessible from camp.

Mile 165.4 – Below Tuckup: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 167 – Upper National: River Left. Small camp. There is good hiking up National Canyon accessible from both Upper and Lower National camp.

Mile 167 – National: Class II. Read-and-run.

Mile 167.1 – Lower National: River Left. Large, sandy camp. There is good hiking access up National Canyon.

Mile 167.5 – Below National: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 167.8 – 167.7 Mile: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 168.5 – Fern Glen: Class II. Read-and-run.

Mile 168.7 – Fern Glen: River Right. Large camp. Pull-in is below Fern Glen Rapid. There is hiking access into the beautiful Fern Glen Canyon from camp.

Mile 171.6 – Stairway Canyon: River Right. Medium sized camp. There is hiking access to Stairway Canyon from camp.

Mile 171.9 – Gateway: Class III. Read-and-run. Go left below the rapid to avoid boulders in the current.

Mile 172.1 – Mohawk: River Left. Large camp. There is hiking access to Mohak Canyon from camp. Day use permits from the Hualapai Nation are required for hiking.

Mile 172.6 – 172.6: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 174.7 – Upper Cove: River Right. Large camp. Pull-in is at the top of the debris fan formed by Cove Canyon.

Mile 174.8 – Lower Cove: River Right. Large camp. Pull-in is halfway down the debris fan formed by Cove Canyon.

Mile 176.3 – Below Red Slide: River Right. Large camp.

Mile 177.6 – Honga Spring: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 178 – Above Anvil: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 178.2 – Vulcan’s Anvil: Vulcan, the Roman God of Fire. This anvil is large volcanic rock in the right channel, a great indicator of where you are and what’s just downstream.

Mile 179.5 – Above Lava: River Left. Medium size camp. This is a better camp than Just Above Lava unless you want to stare at the rapid all night.

Mile 179.7 – Just Above Lava: River Left. Small camp. Cutting it close.

Mile 179.7 – Lava Falls: Class IX. Right or left scout. The most anticipated rapid on the river. Lava is known primarily for its enormous feature, the Ledge Hole. At low-mid flows, a right run is standard. At higher flows, a left run is possible. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 180 – Son of Lava (Lower Lava): Class IV. You’re not through yet… Read-and run through Lower Lava. Get ready to pull right if you want to celebrate on Tequila Beach.

Mile 180.1 – Below Little Lava: River Right. Large camp. This is also known as Tequila Beach. Usually, boaters stop here to celebrate a successful lava run. Alternatively, it can serve as a spot to recover from a disaster. If you have the option, there are nicer camps downstream.

Mile 182.9 – Upper Chevron: River Right. Large camp.

Mile 183 – Lower Chevron: River Right. Medium sized, sandy camp. Lower Chevron is a great option for post-Lava camping. The camp gets a fair amount of Winter sun. It is a very sandy camp.

Mile 183.1 – 183.1 Mile: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 183.3 – Below Chevron: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 183.5 – Below Old Helipad: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 185 – 185 Mile: River Left. Medium sized camp. Rocky.

Mile 185.9 – Upper 185 Mile: River Right. Large camp. Pull-in is just after the rapid.

Mile 186 – Lower 185 Mile: River Right. Large, sandy camp.

Mile 186.4 – Oneeightysix-Mile: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 186.6 – 186.6 Mile: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 187.5 – Whitmore Helipad: River Left. Medium size camp.

Mile 188.3 – Whitmore: Class III. Read-and-run.

Mile 188.4 – Whitmore Wash: River Right. Large camp.

Mile 188.6 – Lower Whitmore: River Right. Large camp.

Mile 189.4 – 189.3 Mile: River Left. Small camp. Brushy.

Mile 189.8 – 189.8 Mile: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 190.7 – 190.7 Mile: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 191.5 – Upper Fat City: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 192.3 – Fat City: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 192.8 – 192.8 Mile: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 193.3 – 193.3 Mile: River Left. Small camp. Brushy.

Mile 194.6 – Hualapai Acres: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 196.9 – Froggy Fault: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 199 – Parashant: River Right. Medium sized camp. Parashant pull-in is tucked at the bottom of the Parashant Canyon debris fan. There are good hiking opportunities out of camp. Parashant Canyon notably contains the “Book of Worms” just a few hundred yards up the canyon from camp. The “Book” is on the right side of the canyon where a huge chunk of Bright Angel Shale has fallen. Look for the outlines of the worms in the green rock.

Mile 199.3 – Below Parashant: River Right. Large camp.

Mile 202.4 – 202 Mile: River Right. Medium sized camp. This is a solid camp, and has hikings access to rock paintings. Hike north west from camp to the base of the limestone cliffs. The rock paintings are located at the base of the cliff. Make sure to appreciate them from a distance.

Mile 202.9 – 203 Mile: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 205.8 – 205 Mile: Class VI. Left scout. 205, also known as Kolb, is a good one. Start center-left and move left through the rapid to avoid getting swept into a right-side eddy as the river bends left. Once you have cleared the turn, get ready to move right to avoid a large eddy on river left as the river bends back to the right.

Mile 207 – Indian Canyon: River Right. Medium sized camp. There is hiking access from the back of camp up to an overview point.

Mile 207.9 – 207.9 Mile: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 209.1 – Granite Park: River Left. Large camp. There is good hiking access from camp.

Mile 209.1 – 209 Mile: Class V. Right scout. There is a very large hole in the center of the river that is to be avoided. A good run starts on river left. Pull left through the rapid to pass by the hole on the left. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 209.8 – 209.8 Mile: River Right. Large camp.

Mile 210.1 – 210.2 Mile: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 211 – 211 Mile: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 211.8 – Upper Fall Canyon: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 212 – Lower Fall Canyon: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 212.5 – Little Bastard: Class III. Center right run to avoid a pourover in the middle of the rapid.

Mile 213.2 – Pumpkin Springs: River Left. You have finally made it to the Grand Canyon’s most notorious hot spring. No drinking or soaking, unless you love arsenic. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 213.3 – Pumpkin Springs Camp: River Left. Large camp just downstream of Pumpkin Springs.

Mile 213.9 – The Diving Board : River Right. The Diving Board is a 35 foot jump rock that makes for some great late-trip excitement. Wear your PFD! Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 216 – Three Springs: Class II. Left-of-center run.

Mile 216.1 – Opposite Three Springs: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 217.2 – 217.2: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 217.8 – 217 Mile: Class V. Read-and-run.

Mile 218 – Below 217 Rapid: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 220 – Upper Twotwenty: River Right. Large camp. This is a good option for camping on the last night of a trip taking out at Diamond. There are two other camps that share the debris fan that Upper 220 is located on.

Mile 220.1 – Middle Twotwenty: River Right. Large camp.

Mile 220.2 – Lower Twotwenty: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 220.8 – Granite Springs: Class II. Read-and-run.

Mile 221.6 – Twotwentyone-Mile: River Right. Large camp.

Mile 222.3 – Twotwentytwo-Mile: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 223.7 – 224 Mile: River Left. Medium sized camp. This is the last solid option for camping above Diamond Creek.

Mile 223.8 – 224 MIle: Class III. Read-and-run.

Mile 224.9 – 224.9 Mile: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 225.6 – Last chance above Diamond: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 225.9 – Diamond Creek Take-Out: River Left. Make sure to pull in high if the area is crowded. You do not want to get pushed into Diamond Creek Rapid! Click here for a detailed description.

Diamond Creek to Pearce Ferry – Class I-VI

Some boaters choose to continue past Diamond Creek to Pearce Ferry, or South Cove (16.5 miles downstream of Pearce). This section of river is pretty, but it is notably much slower than upstream of Diamond. Lake Mead extends deep into this section of river which can reduce the current to a standstill.

Length

Diamond Creek to Pearce Ferry is 54.6 miles.

Difficulty

Beginner.

Average Gradient

Diamond Creek to Pearce Ferry is around 3.1 FPM.

Shuttle Time

Hire a professional shuttle service. Phone numbers for services on this page.

Mile 225.9 – Diamond Creek Rapid: Class IV. Read-and-run.

Mile 226.2 – 226.2 Mile Camp: River Right. Large camp.

Mile 227.3 – 227.3 Mile: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 227.3 – 227.3 Mile Rapid : Class III. Read-and-run.

Mile 229.2 – Travertine Rapid : Class II. Read-and-run.

Mile 229.4 – Opposite Travertine Canyon: River Right. Large camp.

Mile 230.7 – Travertine Falls : River Left. Beautiful waterfall, with water trickling over a beautiful travertine formation. Travertine generally forms as calcium carbonate precipitates out of water, often due to evaporation.

Mile 231 – 231 Mile Camp: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 231.2 – 231 Mile Rapid : Class V. Right run to avoid large features on the left side of the rapid.

Mile 232.6 – Honeymoon Rapid: Class VI. Right scout. Also known as 232 Mile Rapid or Killer Fang Falls, this is a notorious rapid for late-trip boat devastation. There are several schist fins in the current at the bottom of the rapid with very high wrap potential. It is crucial to move left of the fins. There is a large left-lateral wave at the top of the rapid. If you bust through lateral with enough momentum it is easy to clear the fins once you are out of the main current.

Mile 233.9 – 234 Mile Rapid : Class V. Read-and-run. Watch out for pour-overs at low water.

Mile 235.1 – 235.1 Mile Camp: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 235.4 – Bridge Canyon Camp: River Left. Small camp.

Mile 235.4 – Bridge Canyon Rapid : Class IV. Read-and-run.

Mile 236 – Gneiss Canyon Rapid : Class V. Center-left run.

Mile 236.1 – Gneiss Canyon Camp: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 238.8 – Bridge City Camp: River Left. Large camp.

Mile 239.8 – Separation Canyon Camp: River Right. Large camp. This is the spot where three men left the Powell expedition in 1869. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 243 – 243 Mile Camp: River Right. Medium sized camp.

Mile 246.3 – Spencer Canyon Camp: River Left. Medium sized camp. You must get a Hualapai permit in order to camp at Spencer.

Mile 248.7 – Surprise Canyon Camp: River Right. Large camp. There is nice hiking up Surprise Canyon accesible from camp.

Mile 249.9 – 250 Mile Camp: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 259 – 259 Mile Camp: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 262.3 – Floating Dock #1: River Left. Hualapai River Runner’s offer a 2.5 hour pontoon trip that launches from this dock and the one just downstream.

Mile 265.6 – Floating Dock #2: River Left.

Mile 265.6 – Grand Canyon Skywalk Viewpoint: River Left. From this point on the river, you can look high up to left and you’ll see the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 269.9 – 269.9 Mile Camp: River Right. Small camp.

Mile 274 – 274 Mile Camp: River Left. Medium sized camp.

Mile 279 – 279 Mile Camp: River Left. Large camp. This is the best option for camping before Pearce.

Mile 280.5 – Pearce Ferry Take-Out: River Left. Congratulations on a great trip! Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 280.8 – Pearce Ferry Rapid: Class X. Do not miss takeout as you do not want to run this rapid. Click here for a detailed description.

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