"We are now ready to start on our way down the Great Unknown. Our boats, tied to a common stake, chafe together as they are tossed by the fretful river. Their loads are lighter than we could desire, for we have but a month's rations remaining..."(Major) John Wesley Powell
Running the Colorado river for the first time was a hoot! The river was unique, the scenery was over the top. Northern Arizona reminded me of a Howard Hawk's western - I never stopped scanning the horizon lines. Please click here to read my trip journal and see some pictures from that first great trip. This journal has been split into six parts to facilitate faster loading.
I got another chance to visit heaven a year later. I hiked out at Phantom though, even though I knew it was a bad idea and not a smart move. But a week on the Colorado, I couldn't pass it up. Please click here to read the journal from the second trip - I didn't get many pictures on this one.
The next trip was unlike anything you'd ever plan for yourself. It was my permit this time and the situation before the put-in was hardly easy. The Grand Canyon was still heaven though. Please click here to read the 1992 journal and see some pictures from the third trip. I also cut this journal into six parts to facilitate faster loading.
This guy has been down the Colorado more than a few times and he tells it like it is in his own inimitable way. Click here to read about what you can expect from a trip down the river in the Grand Canyon. It's a real blast of fresh air.
Rocky Contos tells a story of a sureptitious Outlaw run down the Colorado. His fable first appeared in the rec.boats.paddle newsgroup in late January of 1997 and it was only fitting that it found a home here. Enjoy.
Three of us banded to gether to get a better chance in the lottery. After getting a September launch date, we still had plenty of things to iron out. Please click here to read my 2007 trip report.
- Jason Rackley's Grand Canyon trip August 28, 2004 is loaded with pictures of rapid runs - complete and detailed - you gotta see it.
- Robert Marley's Grand Canyon Private Boater's Page is very thorough. You must read this one.
- Tom Rampton's pages contain a neat description of a July 18, 1997 one-boat trip he took down the Colorado.
- Chris Schiller's pages show beautiful pictures of several canyon trips. Click here to see his October, 2003 Grand Canyon trip.
- Daphne Gould has published a complete description of her May 26, 1999 Grand Canyon trip that is loaded with gem-like photos. Another must-see.
- Ellen Cotton's elegant page describing her May 11, 1970 trip rafting the Grand Canyon with Georgie is a must-see.
- Bob Ribokas has an extensive collection of Grand Canyon photographs.
- Philip Greenspun took quite a few good photos while he was in the canyon. You can see them by clicking here.
- Terry Wright's 1995 Grand Canyon trip is not without a certain charm.
- Check out Roy Tennant's The Bubble Line Run.
- Check out these pages too.
A Trip Down the Colorado
A 1997 GC River trip
- Brady Black operates Moenkopi Riverworks, a full service Grand Canyon outfitter.
- Donny and Caroline Dove operate Canyon REO, filling the logistical needs of private boaters on the Grand Canyon.
- Scott Davis and Rachel Schmidt run Ceiba Adventures, which can provide everything needed for the private boater on the Canyon.
- Bill Tuthill's California Creekin' is a blast. Bill's pages include detailed descriptions of a broad variety of California whitewater plus some out of state runs. This is a must-see.
- California River Flow Information is pretty handy. There are also links to several Western River flows.
- Will Hansen's Whitewater Campsites is well worth checking out.
- Richard Grayson's Permit Info Page - Western US Rivers
- USGS California Real-Time Data Map
- My favorite Idaho Outfitters, Wilderness River Outfitters, are the Tonsmeires.
- N. California Outfitter Bill Mashek can be found at the Rubicon Whitewater web site.
- American Whitewater Association
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