Upper Grand Canyon Trip

Upper Grand Canyon Trip by Ralph Hopkins

Upper Grand Canyon by Ralph Hopkins

Upper Grand Canyon Trip

The first 89 river mile stretch of the Grand Canyon is what we refer to as the Upper Canyon. The Upper Grand Canyon trip can be rafted in 6-7 days on either a Classic (previously called our hybrid trip) or an All-Paddle Adventure. This trip begins in Flagstaff and ends with a 7.5 mile hike up the Bright Angel Trail ending up at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Plan to attend our 7:00 p.m. orientation meeting the evening before your Upper Grand Canyon trip departs. Bright and early on the morning of your trip, we will pick you up by bus and take you 2.5 hours up to Lee’s Ferry. At Lee’s Ferry you will meet your boat crew and begin your trip. On the morning of the last day, you will arrive at Pipe Creek generally between 7-9 a.m. Pipe Creek is located at the bottom of the Bright Angel Trail. You will repack your personal gear from our dry bags into your own backpack and begin the 7.5 mile ascent up the Bright Angel Trail. The hike up the Bright Angel Trail is extremely arduous and may be the hardest part of your trip. We don’t recommend the hike up the Bright Angel Trail for people with a history of heart problems, high susceptibility to heat related illness, or exercise induced asthma. Other factors that might make the hike out difficult include being out of shape, overweight or a smoker. 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 the top of the trail you will be in the Grand Canyon Village at the South Rim. From there you have a couple of options. You may arrange for hotel accommodations or catch a late afternoon van shuttle. Not knowing how long their hike out of the canyon will take, most of our guests choose to stay at the South Rim the evening of their hike out. AzRA Discovery does not provide a shuttle back to Flagstaff which allows you maximum flexibility at the end of your trip. There are shuttle options available to get from the South Rim back to Flagstaff. Please see the Trip Details page for more information.