Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Arizona River Runners Rafters' Reviews

Read these reviews from Arizona River Runners' Rafters.

"The geology of time that we passed never ceased to amaze me, The variations - spectacular, beyond anything I've ever seen before. The concentration of geological activity all in one place! I want to praise the guides - obviously very hard work and yet they were always cheerful and helpful. I always felt that they were concerned about our health and safety and yet encouraged us to have fun, and maybe push ourselves just a bit, while still reminding us to know our limits." (Marilyn M.)

"My trip throught the Grand Canyon wa a life-changing experience that I never could have managed on my own. Your guides restored my confidence in the next genreation, and the Canyon nourished my soul. Please extend my heartfelt thanks to TJ, Riley, and Kenny. (I intend to write a letter to the National ark Sevice praising your company)." (Sandy B.)

"It's hard to explain the calming influence this trip has had on our family- we have all changed for the better on so many levels. Our kids (teens) have asked if there are other trips that are out there that are similar - not sure if we can to it!" (Lori H.)

"Here's a taste of life on the river from our trip at the beginning of June - take a peek:

Thank you to all our rafters - we love your comments. At Arizona River Runners we want all our passengers to "experience the trip of a lifetime!"

To book your journey call us at 1-800-477-7238.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Duct Tape on Your Arizona River Runners Rafting Trip?

Really, when we reflect on the world of possibilities.... there are very few situations that can't be improved with Duct Tape. That's right. Consider that lowly, common roll of silver gray tape. It can be used to patch your sandals or fix the strap on a water bottle. A little known fact about duct tape is that each year a college scholarship is awarded to a student that makes their high school prom dress (or tuxedo) out of duct tape. Oh, but let's stick to applications of that common, linear stickiness to river purposes.

Arizona River Runner guides have it readily available, so no need for you to bring your own. Unless of course, you are hoping for one of the many bright colors they now come in. Real river rats only use silver. Let's just name a few of the most likely uses.

  • Tape over a blister rubbed by new sandals. Duct tape effectively protects your boo boos so that you can continue with your fabulous Grand Canyon adventure. Duct tape “band aids” work well for feet, hands and any other body part.

  • Tape that rip in your backpack. Or close up the hole left by a ring-tailed cat exploring your bag.
  • Re-attach the sole of your sandal to the strappy part. Repair any other "blow outs" that may have occurred.
  • Make a loop for your cup on your life jacket.
  • Repair damage to sunglasses or glasses.
  • Mend your britches.
  • Label your "Hefty trash bag" luggage. Sometimes this is your best choice when you are leaving the river.

  • Shore up your favorite hat that has served you well on your Grand Canyon trip but has suffered greatly during the week's escapades.

The applications for Duct Tape are endless. When you head out for your ARR raft trip, file this info in your brain so that when life happens, you have the limitless arsenal of duct tape as a tool to the solution of just about anything that comes your way.

"Go to the river and become whole." Unknown Author

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Arizona River Runners Flickr Photo Contest Winners "Nankoweap Sunset"

Our second winner is from jnetx "Nankoweap Sunset" - this is a beautiful photo taken at dusk.
Thank you for your great shot and for making the trip. Hope you had a wonderful time!

Arizona River Runners wants your rafting photos!
Go to
to post your pics of your rafting trip - who knows you may be the
next winner of our Grand Canyon Photo Contest!

Arizona River Runners Flickr Photo Contest Winners "The Little Colorado - Day 2"

Here are the two winners, yes two - we just can't pick one, for May!

This is from jmgard58 - "The Little Colorado Day 2." Thanks for posting and for going on the trip. We hope you had the time of your life!

Remember to keep posting your river rafting trip photos
on flickr! We pick a winner every month!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Arizona River Runners Provides All the Treats on Your Rafting Trip

Do NOT bring your own, personal snacks on a Grand Canon rafting's why. No matter how well they are wrapped or stashed away, the canyon critters will search and they WILL find them in your gear! The scent lures in these bandits to steal these delightful treasures. They will burrow and gnaw through whatever bag, box or backpack you have them hidden in, and they will scamper away in haste - totally excited by their heist! You won't even know it happened until you awaken in the morning. So, the travesty is twofold. One, you have lost your treasured tidbits. Two, you have a hole in your daybag or backpack where a very determined ring-tailed cat has knoshed.

There is LOTS of delicious food at meal time, and there are a variety of snacks on the boat for your enjoyment throughout the day; chocolate bars, granola bars, licorice, pretzels, nuts...There is even a cooler on every boat stocked with apples and oranges that are available at all time.
So do yourself a favor and don't put edibles in your personal gear. You will be sorry if you do!

For more information on what to bring and pack on your white water rafting trip with Arizona River Runners, give us a call at 1-800-477-7238 or visit

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Arizona River Runners Featured in Outdoor Photographer Magazine

Outdoor Photographer Magazine features Arizona River Runners in their June 2010 issue, p.60. Kerrick James, author and photographer, suggests seeing the Grand Canyon "from within." And Arizona River Runners concurs. One of the most spectacular sights of the world is best viewed from the bottom looking up. James says, "Be adventurous and get away from the hordes of tourists who crowd the plateau to see this natural wonder from a completely different perspective." There is nothing like a river trip to experience the vastness of the Grand Canyon, the excitement of the rapids, the vistas, the brilliant stars at night - the "grandness" of it all!

Not only does James give you a sweeping and beautiful narrative of the Canyon, but his insights and tips for shooting it are invaluable. He suggests how to pack, store and what equipment to bring on your Grand Canyon rafting trip. Remember to pack plenty of charged batteries, there's no electricity on the river!

James states, "There are a number of river companies permitted to operate in Grand Canyon National Park, but my favorite is Arizona River Runners, based in Phoenix, (800)477-7238,"

To read the article in its entirety, visit
To see Kerrick James' photography, visit

Monday, June 7, 2010

What People are Saying About Their Arizona River Runners Rafting Trip

Here are testimonials from two recent rafters on their Grand Canyon rafting trip.

"This trip was hands-DOWN one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I felt reconnected with nature, God and peace. There is such calmness of mind in the river and canyon. Combine that with laughter while getting soaked and eating Payday candybars - it was magical. I felt completely safe and taken care of. Felt like I was part of a tribe. Great staff. Great people. I went alone and had a blast. THANK You for having a company that provides a valuable experience for people. As a NYer, the Grand Canyon is one of the best kept secrets of the planet. ABSOLUTELY loved it. Cheers to you. You have a fan in me!" Amanda, 8 Day Trip, May 16th, 2010

"Sleeping under the stars was incredible. Food was excellent. The crew was phenomenal. The guides were very knowledgeable and insightful. Took time to talk about the canyon formation, plants, history and wildlife. Ranch experience was wonderful! The horseback ride, ATVing, food and entertainment was great. The ranch was clean, and sleeping in a covered wagon - unbelievable! This was the trip of a lifetime. Thanks very much ARR!" Paul, 3-Day Escape, May 28th, 2010.

To book your trip of a lifetime, call Arizona River Runners at 1-800-477-7238 now!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Zee Ziploc Ees Zee Best!

Ziploc loc bags are quite possibly your best friend on a Grand Canyon Rafting Trip

Why, you ask? Let me count the reasons:

  1. Wrap up dirty, mucky sandals or shoes.
  2. Corral wet clothes.
  3. Pack away a stinky, worn outfit.
  4. Keep your wallet dry in the bottom of your bag. You’re going to need it to get home.
  5. Shampoo and other gooey lotions and potions have boundaries is a baggie.
  6. Keep your toothbrush and toothpaste together. This is extremely handy.
  7. Tissues do much better in a bag.
  8. Put your “flying home” clothes is a bag of their own.
  9. Toiletries pack well in a simple ziploc baggie.
  10. Use a ziploc as your own personal trash receptacle in your campsite. Dispose of it in the morning.
  11. A ziploc bag with some ice makes a great ice pack for “boo-boos”
  12. Here’s the biggy…stash you camera(s) in a ziploc, it protects them from water and the sand!
These are just of the few ways to use baggies. There are plenty more. Remember for your trip, use them while packing, and then throw in a dozen more assorted sizes too. They don’t take up any room at all, and you’ll be glad you have them along!

Arizona River Runners is more than happy to assist you with all your packing needs. If you have any other queries call us at 1-800-477-7238.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Rosanne Rosanna Bandana and Arizona River Runners

The simple cotton bandana is one of the more practical items you can bring on your Grand Canyon rafting trip. Aside from the points you get for style, it has many other uses as well. Moisten it and wear it around your head, neck or shoulders and it will instantly cool you down. This is a good ploy throughout the day or for when you head out on a hike. Your friendly bandana can save you from sunburn… just cover the areas that are constantly in the sun, knees, feet or ankles, and ward off those blistering rays. For more traditional uses, you can blow your nose, wipe the sweat from your brow, or use it as a napkin! Don’t forget, there’s always the do-rag application or babushka for those bad hair days (and you will have them!). A few other ways to use your bandana: a headband or hair tie, clean your glasses, this comes in very handy as your glasses do get splashed. These are just a few of the ways your bandana can be functional. Above everything else, it’s easy to pack, inexpensive and comes in a plethora of colors. Make sure you have washed it a few times before you go if possible. The older the better. Wow! Get yourself one - even our guides wear them.
At Arizona River Runners, we want your rafting trip to be memorable. Call us today at 1-800-477-7238 for a river adventure of a lifetime!