What is the Ideal Trip Length for Grand Canyon Rafting? »
Week-long Grand Canyon rafting trips are the most popular - particularly on motorized rafting trips where you can travel much further into the canyon during that one-week time span. Motorized rafts (like Western's J-Rig) are able to cover more miles through the Grand Canyon in one week than an oar-powered craft, which can take a full week to travel only half the distance in the same amount of time as a motorized rig. Some oar-powered trips may take as many as 21 days to row through most of the canyon's 277 miles.
Why do the miles matter in Grand Canyon? No one likes "FOMO" (Fear of Missing Out). Simply put, miles matter when it comes to seeing and exploring all the Grand Canyon has to offer. Some outfitters offer 5 or 6 day trips that only travel 88 miles to Phantom Ranch. This essentially cuts the very heart of the Grand Canyon experience in half. That's sad. :(