Horn Creek Rapid

About Horn Creek Rapid

Horn Creek is the second Class VIII of the Grand Canyon, and the first you will come upon after stopping at Phantom Ranch. Horn Creek marks the beginning of Granite Gorge, in which some of the tougher rapids on the canyon lie.

How to run Horn Creek Rapid

Horn Creek Rapid should be scouted from the right, and you can see the rapid in its entirety from this vantage point. At lower flows, you’ll notice that two large pourovers at the left side of the rapid at the top. These are known as “The Horns”. You can split the difference between these two pourovers, An alternate line is to start just to the right of the right horn and pull hard to the left through the rapid.  You will really have to work hard to the left to get out of the smokin’ wave train.

A clean run through the horns at Horn Creek Rapid.

A trip’s worth of boats running right to left in Horn Creek Rapid.