Originally Posted by jge1
I've sat by the banks of the Colorado for 24 consecutive hours without seeing a boat - no foolin'....
We came across a couple hikers on a late April river trip who came down from the rim to Nankoweap but were unable to make the trip back up. When we pulled in to the beach, they told us they were there for >3 days without seeing anyone either on foot or in boat. There were some pretty severe hydration issues and we ended up initiating a heli vac.
I've also given rides both across and down the river to backpackers, as there is always a spare pfd on every raft. Nothing more than a ferry, just more favorable interaction with fellow travelers.
I guess my point is that if you are down there and a flotilla is present, just say hi to them and share your story and you'll find yourself across the river in short time. If they are there it will be easy. But you can't count on it without allowing for at least a 2 or even 3 day window. So if you're prepared for that I'd say you'll find a ride within that window.
I'd also wager you just might find someone within this forum that will make an appointment with you down there on a specific day, but make sure you plan for both scenarios if you decide to take the leap of faith.