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Old 3 Weeks Ago   #1
 
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suggestions on which company to use for GC motor trip

I went down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon several years ago on a private trip with my Jack's Plastic cataraft-- it was great. We went from Lee's Ferry to Lake Mead. My wife cannot get more than 8 or 9 days off so a private trip will not work and a motor will be necessary to cover the full length of the canyon. I have looked at Grand Canyon Expeditions and Arizona River Runners websites.
Any suggestions on which company or companies offer the best motorised experience? I apologise if this is posted on the wrong forum.

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I've heard nothing but good things about https://azraft.com/ and while on the river their peeps all looked like they were having the time of their lives
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Ditto for AZRA
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I have liked all of the boatmen I've met from AZRA. They tend to be mature, intelligent, knowledgeable and thoughtful.

You likely will also have a good time with GCE. When I've encountered them on the river, I liked them.
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The only commercial raft trip I’ve ever done was with AZRA in the GC. All the guides were cool and a well organized trip. One was on the women’s Olympic raft team, another studying to be be a doctor and this was how he paid for school,etc. this was a long, long time ago.

The only downside was all the other customers were doctors or lawyers. How did I know? Cuz they tell you. Often.
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I recommend AZRA also. The guides on our oar trip were excellent and really tailored the experience to our group's interests and abilities. The food was exceptional too.
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Had a great time with GCE last summer. Good people there. Don’t think you can go wrong with any of them. Good luck.
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[QUOTE=griz;738987

The only downside was all the other customers were doctors or lawyers. How did I know? Cuz they tell you. Often.[/QUOTE]

Working in the outdoor industry for a good chunk of my life, and various blue color jobs and careers the rest of the time. I’ve been talked down to a bit by highly important.
Eventually, I realized, just how vulnerable they are, with out me, and others like me. If it were not for the practically minded, doing a lot of hard work, and watching out for them, they would be dead, literally.
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Well, never dis another person for what they do for a living, unless it is it is just plain evil, and wrong....
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Ditto for AZRA, did a dory & Stories by Brad Dimrock it was great. Can your wife hike in or out at Phantom Ranch? My sis and niece did that way back when on a private trip
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