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Trip Report Canyon River Adventure at Grand Canyon

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Canyon River Adventure: flight to Page, Antelope Canyon, and Flat Water float trip.

First thing in the morning, we flew across Marble Canyon to Page, Arizona. At this point we met our guide for Antelope Canyon, who told everyone how to adjust their cameras for low light, and assisted anyone who could not figure it out. A short ride in an open-air truck with no apparent springs took us to Upper Antelope.

It is spectacular, and I got some great pictures. The guides do the best they can to keep groups from stepping on one another’s heels, but when they have three groups of 20 or so people going through a slot canyon a quarter of a mile long – well, don’t expect a solitary experience. It is more a Disney experience than a wilderness trek.

We were dropped off at the riverboat headquarters where the guides asked for our pocket knives (and any other weapons, but no one volunteered anything but a knife) and did a cursory check of our bags for Homeland Security purposes.

Box lunches were in the bus, and a short drive through a two-mile rock tunnel took us to the base of the dam. The boats are large motorized pontoon boats which hold up to 20 or so. Our guide told us about the geology, birds, wildlife, history, ecology of the river pre- and post-dam, and was very informative.

The bus driver met us with the air-conditioned bus at Lee’s Ferry. She gave a lively commentary for the first 10 miles or so, then told us she was going to be quiet to let us sleep. The ride back included a half-hour stop at the Cameron Trading Post to use the bathroom and buy souvenirs or snacks.

The trip lasts from 6 AM (earlier if the bus picks you up at a South Rim hotel) to about 6:15 PM. This full day is well worth the money. Another tour offered is a bus ride to Page, the flat-water raft trip, and the bus ride back. I would recommend paying the extra money for the Colorado River Adventure instead, and also get the plane ride and Antelope Canyon.

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