Lower Canyon

The entire stretch of the Grand Canyon that we run is 225 miles long. The lower Canyon is 137 miles of this segment and can be rafted in 9-10 days on either a Classic (previously named hybrid trip) or an All-Paddle Adventure.

Plan to attend our 7:00 p.m. orientation meeting at the Maswik Lodge, 1 Village Loop Drive South Rim Grand Canyon,  the evening before your hike down the Bright Angel Trail. Bright and early on the morning of your trip, after meeting with your hiking guide back at the Maswik Lodge, we will send you, carrying your backpack of personal gear, on your way down the Bright Angel Trail.

Hiking the Bright Angel offers you the opportunity to experience some amazing Grand Canyon geology. The 7.5 mile hike descending down the Bright Angel Trail passes through ages of rock layers all of the way from the South Rim to the Colorado River.

Lower Grand Canyon Geology by Ralph Hopkins

Lower Grand Canyon Geology by Ralph Hopkins

Your guides will be awaiting your arrival at the Pipe Creek beach, where you will begin your trip. The hike down the Bright Angel Trail is extremely arduous and may be the hardest part of your trip. We don’t recommend the hike down the Bright Angel Trail for people with pain or previous injury to any lower extremity of the body including knees, hips, ankles, toes, feet, and lower back. These areas all become extremely exacerbated on the hike. Other factors that might make the hike difficult include being out of shape or overweight. If you are considering hiking the Bright Angel Trail, we recommend that you read our detailed page all about the Bright Angel Trail.

When you reach Diamond Creek* mid-morning of the last day, we will transport you by bus back to Flagstaff. The return time is usually between 3-7 p.m. but we do not guarantee the exact arrival time. Please see the Trip Details page for more information.

* Diamond Creek road is a dirt road along side Diamond Creek Wash and is the only road to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Although rare, it is possible in the case of severe flooding in Diamond Creek, that the road can become impassable. If this were to happen on the day of your take-out, we may have to continue down the river to Pearce Ferry Road at river mile 279, in which case, return time to Flagstaff could be late in the evening (or in extremely unusual cases, the following morning).