Grand Canyon Rafting's Best 1-Day Smooth Water Float Trip Excursion By Kirsten Konig ÂŠ 2012 http://www.grandcanyonwaterrafting.com/smooth-water-float-tour-with-airplane-jeepand-bus On the lookout for the Grand Canyon water-rafting tour which has it all? Here's one that includes a smooth-water float tour, a backcountry Jeep ride, and an plane flight which will cover in a half-hour what would take days to see on foot. This seasonal getaway (runs from April to November) begins with an plane trip from the South Rim's Grand Canyon Airport. The airplane bears east where you'll see The Painted Desert, the Navajo Indian Reservation, and the very stretch of Colorado River on which you'll be floating. You will get off the plane at Page, AZ, and transfer to a 4x4 Jeep for a backcountry trip to celebrated Antelope Canyon, where you can find slot canyons. These slim passages, some of which barely let a group walk single-file between them, are made of superbly weathered Navajo sandstone and are a photographer's paradise. The Jeep then takes you to imposing Glen Canyon Dam, a 700-foot giant that proudly tames the powerful Colorado River. You'll drill down through a two-mile access tunnel before you get to the riverbank where you are going to get on your professional-grade rubber pontoon boat. The float trip goes to Horseshoe Bend, a marvelous "U" in the river that beautifully contrasts the river's turquoise waters against the iridescent orange sandstone cliffs. Downstream, you'll get out on a sandy beach and take a quick walk to check out a set of ancient petroglyphs. You'll continue to pontoon down the Colorado until you get to the historic town of Lee's Ferry, founded by John D. Lee, who was retained by the Mormon Church to operate the ferryboat service so church members could make their way south. Development of Navajo Bridge in 1928 shut down the ferry. These days, the town, which consists of an old fort and trading post, is the kick off point for multi-day white-water expeditions.
Lee's Ferry is also where you'll transfer to a climate-controlled luxury tour bus and will be your mode of transport back to the South Rim. On the way, you'll see from ground level everything you covered previously by air. Additionally there is a stop at Cameron Trading Post, which sells real Navajo Indian handicrafts. During summer, bring lots of sun block and dress yourself in loose-fitting clothes. I also advise a hat with a brim. Swimming is encouraged, so either wear your suit at the get-go or wear your suit under your clothes. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, which will be provided as part of the trip. Great guides make this tour remarkable. The airplane portion has a taped narration translated in 10 languages. Your river guide understands the Colorado like the back of his hand and is thrilled to talk about the area's geology and natural history. Bus drivers are very well versed on the fantastic scenery and points of interest you'll be passing through on the way to the South Rim. I find this smooth-water float tour with airplane flight and bus trip to be one of the best trip packages available at the South Rim. It is also priced right. But savvy travelers can get a much better deal if they acquire it via the internet. Remarkably, I've seen it discounted by up to 35 percent. This one-day smooth-water float tour is a terrific way to experience the Grand Canyon. Making it an even more fantastic package are the plane, jeep, and bus segments. Children ages four years and up are capable of doing it. And there are no rigorous fitness requirements. All you have to bring is your sense of adventure. Then get ready for the greatest canyon experience of your life. #30#