Originally Posted by TjRobert1
Commercial but I'm not entirely sure
You've stumbled into a forum for whitewater boaters. We run rivers on our own terms and guide ourselves. Many on this board have paddled or rowed the Grand Canyon and other more difficult rivers. If you know someone that's getting the trip together and you're not hiring an outfitter to row or motor you down the Grand, you're going on a private trip. If the trip will be with an outfitter who will take you to the river, row or motor you down, set up all the amenities while you're at camp, cook you dinner, and decide which places you stop and see, then you're going on a commercial trip.
Either way you go, the Grand Canyon is a spectacular place to be no matter how you do it, and it's a long way from the outlet stores or the DQ in Arab. Take hand lotion and remember to drink plenty of water and to wear your shoes even on the beach. Get in the front of the boat when you run rapids, especially Hermit. Learn about the geology, botany, and history of river running from the others on the trip. Read the books and stories that others are talking about here
to get yourself psyched up and learn a bit about the river running history.
Have a great trip - I wish I were going back sometime soon!