Expedition Style Paddle Rafts

What does an “expedition style paddle rafts” mean?

Expedition Style Paddle Rafts

Expedition Style Paddle raft Photo Eric Christenson

AZRA’s philosophy is to run expedition style paddle rafts, which means all rafts carry gear. In a conscious effort to limit our environmental footprint in the Canyon, we take only six boats rather than seven or eight boats which would be required if we ran “empty” paddle boats. This may be different than other paddle boat experiences you have encountered before where the paddle boat only carries people; our paddle boats carry both some gear and people. We take three additional support oar boats for the bulk of the heavier gear on our all paddle trips. As for the rapids, having some weight in the paddle boat allows our guides to have have plenty of fun by more confidence to paddle into the big waves rather than skirting rapids for safety. Although, non-motorized rafts flipping in Grand Canyon are expected to happen a few  times every year,  it is never an intention to flip a boat in the Grand Canyon and flipping or turning over is more likely to happen in an empty boat.