River Trips: Colorado River, Grand Canyon, Arizona

The options can be daunting, so we've narrowed it down to five trips you shouldn't miss.

Jul 15, 2013
Outside Magazine
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Rafting the Grand Canyon.    Photo: Justin Bailie

WHEN: June 1–August 20

The Grand has unreal views and Class IV rapids and gets you away from it all for more than three weeks. Permits are tough, but your odds go up each time you apply and when you apply for the off-season. Go with OARS ($2,271). DIY: Rent everything from Flagstaff’s Pro River ($265 per five days).