Thursday, February 23, 2017


On August 21 this year there will be a total solar eclipse crossing the US for the first time in 38 years. It will only be partial from the Colorado Plateau (meaning the moon will cover about 75% of the sun as seen by folks in Arizona and Utah) but it will still be pretty impressive. It's being called the All-American Eclipse because everyone in the US will get to see part of it. Even better for river guides it will happen in later morning and around noon depending on the time zone so it will be high in the sky so even river trips in the Inner Gorge of Grand Canyon will see it. Because only part of the sun is covered everyone would need solar eclipse glasses to view it. Should be very cool!

Still time to reserve a spot on the August 20 All the Grand full canyon river trip.
Call Canyoneers today - 800-525-0924!!

Friday, July 1, 2016

 A big thank you to Daniel Jones and photographer Janie Osborne for the terrific article in the New York Times travel section. 

Of the surviving three vintage cataract boats on the Colorado River, only one remains in use today, the ‘Sandra,’ and we were sitting in it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dear Owner of Canyoneers,

What a fabulous experience we had last week. This was due to several facts - our team lead and pilot, Justin, was the best. His experience and passion for his job and his love for the Grand Canyon was seen each day and we knew we were in excellent hands. David was also excellent. He brought the stories of the Grand Canyon to life and, again, was committed to his role on the boat and did a masterful job. The two of them managed to deal with an entire group of women and that was probably no easy feat!  Their primary focus was safety and this was much appreciated, as we were novices on this type of trip. Their attention to detail was great, they (along with John and Leo in the other boat) were outstanding chefs!  We had hoped to have shed a few pounds on the trip, but that was not the case!

This was really a once in a lifetime experience. I had wanted to do this trip since I heard my Dad's stories when he returned from a trip down the Canyon in the early 1970s!  For our trip last week, I reached out to all my friends to see if they'd like to join me on my "retirement adventure" (as I just retired at the end of 2015) and they did!  No doubt, the word will spread about this fantastic trip!

Again, a huge thank you to Justin and David and to the Canyoneers team for an exciting, memorable and awesome adventure!

With thanks,
Nancy Simpson
Markham, Ontario, Canada

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

To the Canyoneers Staff,

I can’t begin to tell you how special the rafting trip down the Grand Canyon was to me and our group.
Our pilot Brandon Green and his crew of Jason and Tomas helped to make this a trip of a life time for everyone on board.

We don’t know how they could have improved on anything except maybe the weather and the sand!
Food was delicious, I learned so much about the history of the Canyon and Brandon handled the boat
like we were riding in a Mercedes!!

We never once felt uneasy or afraid as we knew that our crew were experienced and really cared about
our safety and enjoyment.

We will certainly tell all my friends that this trip should be on their bucket list and that they must go
with Canyoneers.

Our group put together a poem that we shared on talent night, and we would like to share it with you.

Ode To The Grand Canyon and the Canyoneers
By:  Karen, Alix and The Canadians (Diane, Marilyn & Sherry)

When Karen called and asked me to do a trip down the Colorado River on a raft,
I thought the woman was truly daft.
After thinking about about it, I decided to go.
The raft was motorized and I didn’t have to row.

We arrived at the river on Saturday with fear and trepidation, after our
orientation with a fine young man named Jason.

Through wind, rain and sand we did roam
and all I wanted to do was go home!

We formed a line to empty the boat - Kitchen first - over the moat.
Tents, chairs, dry bags, ammo boxes and especially wine to compliment our fine dine.

The Grand Duke comes ashore with always a view.
Pee in the bucket and use it for pooh.

The Lava Falls brought out their colourful clothes.
Jason took the helm and that day joined the pros.

Tomas knew the flowers, birds and bees, and was definitely able to identify all the trees.

There was not a rapid to fear as we knew our pilot, Brandon could steer.
River left, river right he always kept the rocks in sight.

If people tell me they saw the Canyon from the top, I would smile to myself and think “ NOT”.
The Colorado River from below is a trip of a lifetime, few will know.

I would be remiss not to mention last night.
When our camp almost was blown out of sight.
We looked in the morning to check on the boat and were happy to see it was still a float.
In this groups good natured manner we set off to sail.
Knowing there was a hell of a tale to tell.

I finally became the river man I always wanted to be, for now I, too , can stand up and pee!

On the good ship Filamena
stories, snacks and lots of scenia
And the passengers pray,
can’t we just have a sunny day!

Hope you enjoyed the above.
We certainly loved our trip and your staff of Brandon, Jason and Tomas were amazing.

Best regards,

Sherry Steele (For Karen Anderson, Alix Morin, Diane Weir and Marilyn Copeland)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

COMING IN 2017!!

August 31, 2017
All the Grand String Quartet 10-day motorized Grand Canyon trip!!

Canyoneers is proud to present a full canyon 10-day motorized trip featuring a string quartet from the Seattle Symphony. They will be performing in the majestic natural auditoriums of the Grand Canyon. Their music will be provided in special venues along the river, various side canyons, and some evenings in camp. This trip provides a once in a lifetime experience for music lovers and adds an emotional depth for all participants.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Don't miss out on this great opportunity!
Special promotional discounts apply to new reservations only!
Call 800-525-0924 for reservations — space limited so call NOW!

May 1, 2016 — 15% Discount — Save $393.75
All the Grand7-day full canyon motorized river trip (trip details)
 June 5, 2016 — 15% Discount — Save $393.75
All the Grand7-day full canyon motorized river trip (trip details)

All the Grand full canyon motorized river trips take you through the
entire Grand Canyon and all of its thrilling rapids.
Each mile reveals new sights, rock formations, side canyons and hikes.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Canyoneers Operation Manager

Canyoneers is proud to introduce our Operation Manager John Crowley (pronounced crow-ley—like the bird!) John has been with Canyoneers for 8 years, but has a very extensive river history.

As a 3rd generation Arizonian, he was raised hiking the Grand Canyon and started boating in 1992. He hasn't been away from the river since! He loves to row boats, drive motor boats, and play with old wood boats!

John is married with 2 lovely daughters and has lived in Flagstaff for 22 years. He is a graduate of Northern Arizona University.

His favorite Canyon rapid is Sapphire Rapid — "big, twisty, and scarey!" His favorite hike is Saddle Canyon — "unique because of elevation change, beautiful vegetation and waterfall, and the upper canyon catches a wonderful red hue on the hike down."