trip to the
Indian Reservations of the Grand Canyon could
be complete without a river raft trip down the
Our one-day trip begins in
school bus picked up the group at the lodge,
crossed Route 66 and turned onto
passengers collected themselves and crawled out of
the bus, we were broken up into groups, given life jackets, and
on the motorized pontoon boats. After
our gear was stowed, we were given the signal to board and take our
seats. There were about 6 pontoon boats
mid-morning, we beached the boats on the south side
of the canyon to hike a side trail to
of the ride was
an easy float with a little assist by the small outboard motor on the
back of the
boat. We were amazed by the rock
formations and tried to peer up into various side canyons we could see
river. We pulled over again for a lunch
break. Box lunches had been prepared for
each passenger. We had sandwiches,
chips, fruit and a soda. Mike and I hike
a short distance from the boat and climbed onto a ledge where we found
bit of shade and ate our lunch.
our trip, we saw mountain goats high on the
steep, rocky formations along the river.
A large buck was nudging along 3 ewes.
We were moving slow enough in the river to watch them for a few
The lava rock formations were also of
interest. Our guide was friendly,
entertaining and forthcoming about the Hualapai culture, sharing with
of the tribe’s history and legends.
Since we were visiting many different reservations and learning
various southwestern Indian cultures, we were honored that he felt
in answering our questions and sharing his beliefs.
We stopped one more time for a short side hike along a shallow creek coming out of another side canyon. This was an easy hike with very little elevation changes. Splashing in the cool creek was refreshing. Back on the river, it wasn’t long before we arrived at the take out and were shuttled via helicopter to the airport at Grand Canyon West on the top of a plateau. We spent a little time browsing in the gift shop before it was time to board the school bus for the ride back.
on Buck and
turns and more dirt roads, we turned out onto
Route 66 heading east back to Peach Springs.
Now that the road was smooth, most people nodded off for a short
after a fun-filled day on the
on this trip was friendly and helpful, from
the lodge employees to the river guides and bus drivers.
This was definitely a great day-trip on the
river and we would recommend it to anyone that has limited time and
get a taste of rafting on the Colorado River in the
Mike and Patty Poupart
(Date of Trip – September 2, 2006)
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