Rafting the Colorado River

Press release date: 10th June 2011

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  • If you have always wanted to have an adrenaline-fuelled adventure on your next holiday, a Grand Canyon tour from Las Vegas could be exactly the break you are looking for. A canyon adventure tour is one of the most adventurous treks you can take, offering a true taste of America's wild west! Departing from glittering Las Vegas, you'll travel straight to the heart of the action - the majestic Grand Canyon.

    Averaging one mile in depth and stretching a length of almost 280 miles, the Grand Canyon is one of the world's most spectacular natural sights and you will be able to explore it right down to its hidden nooks and crannies as you travel along the mighty Colorado River.

    White water rafting in the Grand Canyon offers an unforgettable opportunity to get a unique perspective of this spectacular geological marvel. You don't need any previous rafting experience to join an exciting river tour - although you should feel comfortable being around water. However, you don't need to worry if you are not a strong swimmer - many people who sign up for rafting adventures aren't - as you will be required to wear a life preserver approved by the US Coast Guard at all times while you are on the river.

    A typical day on your exhilarating American holiday will begin before dawn as the first stretches of sunlight begin to dance on the upper walls of the canyon. Camping during your trip is a great way to really feel as though you are getting back to nature - remember that you are not likely to be able to access a mobile phone signal for most of your week away - but you'll still be able to enjoy some home comforts, like a freshly-cooked breakfast, before you set out on the river.

    The Colorado River is a contradiction - you'll experience exhilarating rapids and tranquil moments of calm, sometimes within minutes of each other! As you paddle down the waterway under the instruction of your guides, you'll be able to see some truly spectacular sights. It is not uncommon to spot fascinating wildlife throughout the canyon - keep your eye out for great blue herons and golden eagles, among many other creatures.

    Of course, you'll want to allow yourself plenty of time just to take in the majesty of the canyon. Your group will stop to explore some of the narrow, exquisitely-sculpted washes in the canyon - some are so narrow that you need to tilt your head back to see the sky. Where the South Canyon intersects the river, you'll be able to see the spectacular Vasey's Paradise. In a dramatic contrast to the dry red rocks usually associated with the Grand Canyon, you'll be stunned to encounter lush ferns and moss growing here, as well as a spectacular waterfall. The Grand Canyon is also home to countless caves to explore, including the gigantic Redwall Cavern, which is large enough to house a baseball diamond.

    While rafting is the main mode of transportation during your trip, you'll also have several opportunities to explore the canyon on foot. Saddle Canyon is one of many places where you can hike, giving you a close-up view of blooming moon lilies and the incredible walls of the canyon. Nankoweap, an ancient Native American site featuring fascinating ruins, is another place where you can enjoy a hike, allowing you to enjoy a close-up look at the remains of this intriguing and mysterious culture.

    In the evenings, you'll be able to refresh yourself with a delicious freshly-cooked meal - river raft guides are masters at gourmet cooking in a Dutch oven - before you take one final look at the river below. As the sun slips below the horizon, you'll be treated to a stunning view of the night sky - no light pollution means you'll be able to view the stars as the Native Americans and early explorers did centuries ago. On some clear nights, you can even see the Milky Way.

    Rafting in the Grand Canyon and sleeping under the stars is an incredible way to have an unforgettable adventure in America and tours have been known to book out quickly. You'll want to make sure you reserve your place well in advance - before you know it, you'll be making your way down the mighty Colorado River!

  • For Media and Press Enquiries please contact:

    Michelle Smithson, Senior Account Manager
    Tel: 01482 227227
    Email: michelle@fredquarters.co.uk

    Amy Jackson, Account Manager
    Tel: 01482 227227
    Email: amy@fredquarters.co.uk

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