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Take a rafting trip and sleep under the stars or at Phantom Ranch at Grand Canyon National Park.

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Sleeping next to the Colorado River is just part of the unforgettable experience of rafting through the Grand Canyon. You also get day hikes, amazing white-water, and a unique perspective from which to view the canyon's many features. Some trips start or end at Phantom Ranch, where hikers and mule trekkers can also stay or camp. Located at river mile 87, these rustic cabins and bunkrooms are set in a grove of Cottonwood trees one mile below the South Rim.

How to Do It
Start planning early! Longer rafting trips, which are so popular they may fill up a year or two in advance, include the full length of the Canyon and the infamous Lava Falls. Trips on this section of the Colorado River range from 1/2 day to 18 days. Lots of people book trips during summer's peak period: June through August. If you're flexible, take advantage of the Arizona weather; May to early June and September are ideal rafting times in the Grand Canyon. You can also stay at Phantom Ranch's cabins or campground if you hike or mule ride down into the canyon (again, reserve far ahead).

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  • RudolphRedNose on May 21, 13 at 07:11 PM

    I love to bring my family on trips including the Grand Canyon. We are going in June for a rafting trip. Sleeping under the stars, fresh air, amazing rock formations in the desert. Plus we'll get away from PC folk for a bit, since the previous comment suggests they won't be there. Yay! :)

  • motortoss on Jun 29, 10 at 11:12 PM

    I would love to go to the grand canyon and regret that I will not be able to visit as long as Arizona maintains racist immigration laws and opposes ethnic studies in schools.