Multi-day rafting trips can run from a 2-day weekend adventure to multi-week journeys through the Grand Canyon. They come in all shapes and sizes, with varying levels of all-inclusiveness and true wilderness experiences. While you can find trips that are more glamping than camping, with a guide who does everything for you, you can also find trips where guide is a term used loosely, and camping is completely what you make of it. Every trip and every outfitter is different, so it’s best to do a little research to find exactly what you’re looking for. Here is a breakdown of some popular multi-day rafting trips in the western US, as well as what’s included and the total cost.
5 Day Cataract Canyon | Sheri Griffith River Expeditions, Utah
Experience the lap of luxury in the Grand Canyon with Sheri Griffith River Expeditions! This 5-day luxury rafting trip includes 2 nights lodging in Moab, Utah, a flight over Canyonlands, top-notch cuisine prepared by a professional chef, linen-laid tables with glassware and china, special wines paired with each meal, world class hors d’oeuvres prepared using fresh herbs, organic mixed greens chosen from our garden, grilled salmon, freshly baked desserts, and sleeping cots in large tents made up with high-quality bedding, fresh linens, a bedside table and nightlight for reading — all set up for you. You won’t have to lift a finger during this all-inclusive trip through the scenic Canyonlands National Park.
Price: $2,799 adults / $2,599 kids
3 Day Mild to Wild | AVA Rafting, Colorado
This is a great adventure for the rafter looking for a very guided, but still wilderness adventure. Your guide will pack the dry bags, food, and all the necessary supplies, help set up camp, and cook your meals. However, you still get the opportunity to “rough it” with a night spent on the riverside of the mighty Arkansas, either in a tent or, if you so choose, under the stars. You will get to experience the great outdoors without having to stress all the details.
Price: $699 ages 15+
Raft Rentals for Unguided Adventures | Colorado River Rentals, Colorado
Looking to really rough it on your multi-day rafting adventure? Skip the guided trip and opt for river rentals instead with Colorado River Rentals! This homegrown company located in Kremmling, CO will rent you all the gear you could possibly need, and then some. The friendly staff over at Colorado River Rentals will also drop the gear off for you at the river put in, as well as shuttle your vehicle to your take-out location. Take on the responsibility and challenge of planning and packing for your very own, unguided trip. This means that setting up camp, packing the food and water, and organizing the gear boat is up to you.
Price: Raft rentals start at $110/day
Ready to explore your options for overnight rafting adventures? Give our trip specialists at AVA Rafting & Zipline a call to discuss the ins and outs of multi-day rafting trips.