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Events of LifeA river trip through the Grand Canyon is the experience of a lifetime.  Join Canyon Ministries as we raft the Colorado River and experience God’s creation up close and deeply personal.  Our trips are 4,7, or 9 days in total length, and cover either 90 or 187 miles of the Grand Canyon’s mighty Colorado river.  See the QUICK LINKS section below for more information on the trip logistics. 

On all trips, not only do we have a thrilling experience, but we also we spend time each day discussing the Grand Canyon in light of both science and scripture.  Teachings throughout the trip include the Biblical creation model of earth’s origin, as well as interpretation of the canyon’s formation regarding its geology, human history, and ecology.

We have a great team of guides specially devoted to providing you with top-notch teaching and a memorable adventure.  Many of our trips also include great teaching from various PhD’s and trained specialists in geology, astronomy, biology, and more.  Learn about some of our guides and speakers on Our Team page.

During the trip all the equipment you need to enjoy camping under the stars along the riverbank at night is provided, including comfy cots, bedding, tarps, and tents if needed.  Amazing food is also included.  Many folks say they eat better on our river trips than they do at home!  A packing list of suggested items to bring will be included in your trip information packet. Click on trip itineraries for details on the variety of trips offered by Canyon Ministries.

All 4-day trips start and end in Las Vegas.  For our 7 and 9 day trips you can either meet the trip at Marble Canyon, AZ or in Las Vegas, NV, and then return to either location.

Meeting the trip in Las Vegas requires an optional flight to Marble Canyon on the morning of the first day. The cost of the flight is extra and current cost information will be listed on the trip registration page.

The trip price does not include the National Park Entrance Fee of $20 per person age 16 and over, which may be waived if you have a National Park Pass.


Grand Canyon River Rafting Trips



Below are our upcoming river trip dates.  Our river trips tend to fill up quite quickly, often more than a year in advance.  Because of this, we publish the dates as soon as possible.  If you don’t see a particular upcoming year yet, it’s because we don’t have the trip dates solidified ourselves currently, and will make them available to you as soon as we can. 
Our exclusive outfitter is Arizona River Runners (ARR), who provides the logistics of the trip and an outstanding river crew.  When you click the green RESERVE NOW button, it will automatically take you to ARR’s reservation system to register and pay the deposit.  If you have any trouble registering, please call Arizona River Runners at 800-477-7238
Trips tend to sell out quickly, but cancellations do occur.  If a particular trip is already filled, we may be taking names for the wait list.  If that’s the case, you will see a blue JOIN WAITLIST button.
If both the trip and wait list is completely full, you will see a gray TRIP FULL button.  We will not be taking additional names for that particular trip.

2019 DateDaysTypeCostTrip 
4/26 - 5/49Upper River$3,015Answers in Genesis: In-depth Geology
With Dr. Andrew Snelling & Nate Loper
5/18 - 5/214Lower River$1,565Grand Canyon Night Sky Stargazers Special
with Nate Loper
5/30 - 6/24Lower River$1,565Focus on the Family charter trip
By invitation only
6/14 - 6/174Lower River$1,565Experience Grand Canyon with Jon Albert
6/24- 6/307Upper River$2,865Answers in Genesis: Geology by Day, Astronomy by Night
With Dr. Danny Faulkner & Dr. Bill Barrick
7/9 - 7/157Upper River--- Christian Leaders Trip
By invitation only
8/9 - 8/157Upper River$2,865Answers in Genesis, In-depth Geology
With Dr. John Whitmore & Jon Albert
8/17 - 8/204Lower River$1,565Answers in Genesis:
With Bryan Osborne & Jon Albert
8/24 - 8/274Lower River$1,565Biblical Studies: Genesis 1 to 11
With Dr. Bill Barrick & Nate Loper


2020 Grand Canyon River Trips

2020 DateDaysTypeCostTrip 
4/24 - 5/29Upper River$3,135Answers in Genesis: In-depth Geology
With Dr. Andrew Snelling & Jon Albert
5/16 - 5/194Lower River$1,635Experience Grand Canyon with Jon Albert
5/28 - 5/314Lower River$1,635Focus on the Family charter trip
By invitation only
6/12 - 6/154Lower River$1,635Experience Grand Canyon with Jon Albert
6/22 - 6/287Upper River$2,975Answers in Genesis, In-depth Geology
With Dr. John Whitmore & Nate Loper
7/6 - 7/138Upper River--- Christian Leaders Trip
By invitation only
8/7 - 8/137Upper River$2,975Answers in Genesis: Geology by Day, Astronomy by Night
With Dr. Danny Faulkner & Jon Albert
8/15 - 8/184Lower River$1,635Answers in Genesis:
With Bryan Osborne & Jon Albert
8/22 - 8/254Lower River$1,635Biblical Studies: Genesis 1 to 11
With Dr. Bill Barrick & Nate Loper


A deposit of $400 per person is required to secure your reservation.  Final payment is due 120 days prior to launch.  You may see our cancellation policy in FAQ’s.

All trips are chartered through an authorized concessionaire for Grand Canyon National Park.


Due to the overwhelming popularity of our river trips, and our limitation on the number of trips the Grand Canyon National Park allows companies to run through the canyon each year, we are working hard to make reserving a river trip experience with us as smooth as possible.  Often people make plans for the river trips years in advance.  Sometimes that means trips fills up very quickly from our previous year’s wait list alone.  These are folks who are unable to get on that particular year, and therefore get first shot at the next year, just prior to our publishing the upcoming dates on our website. 

If you are not planning on joining us in 2020, but would like to be added to our pre-release email list to have early availability to book a 2021 trip before we publish our schedule publicly, please click here to be added to the list.  We anticipate dates to be finalized winter of 2019/2020.