2020 Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Excursion

Are you ready for the trip of your life?

You're in luck! Upper Iowa University invites alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the University on the 2020 Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Excursion for up to 12 days in May or June.

Being in the Canyon, and on the River, we will RELAX, ENJOY, and SOAK UP THE ATMOSPHERE AND GRANDEUR of the Canyon. Within a few hours of departure, we hope that you will have forgotten even what day it is, let alone your cares back home, and concentrate on the river, on the Canyon and on our excursion through time.

Thrill-seekers will travel 188 miles on large, motorized, rubber boats and camp each night along the winding Colorado River of Arizona and the Grand Canyon corridor. The scenic view you'll experience changes with every twist and turn of the river. The outfitter provides licensed and experienced guides, life jackets, camping gear, waterproof duffel bag and amazing meals along the way. Participants enjoy relaxation, fishing, hiking, swimming and lots of free time to explore.

2020 Trip Itinerary

two people looking into canyon

Monday, June 29, 2020: Depart from UIU's Fayette campus!

June 29 - July 1: The road trip kicks-off with stops at Rocky Mountain National Park, Zion National Park, and Arches National Park - or stops as determined by the group. Camping accommodations provided.

July 1: Guests arrive at Cliff Dwellers Lodge motel near Marble Canyon, AZ. Check in time - 4 p.m. Those who opt to fly or drive on their own will meet the rest of the group here. Your hotel room at Cliff Dwellers is included in the trip fee for a night, and we will have a short group meeting at 6 p.m. that evening.

July 2 - July 8: Boats launch early in the morning at Lees Ferry (near Page, Arizona) and travel 188 river-miles to Whitmore Wash. This is more than just a boat float; you'll experience the thrill of more than 100 rushing rapids, 50-degree water, hikes along the way, gorgeous waterfalls, geology and ecology tours, Native American history, and a million stories about the Colorado River.

person at base of waterfall

July 8: Helicopter picks up participants and their personal gear in the morning at Whitmore Wash for the short ride to Bar 10 Ranch on the north rim, where showers, a snack bar and a gift shop are available while we wait to board a fixed-wing aircraft for the return to Marble Canyon, AZ.

July 8 - July 10: The journey back to UIU's Fayette campus includes stops at amazing sites such as Mesa Verde National Park, or stops as determined by the group. Shared hotel accommodations for one night are included in the trip fee.

Please note: the timeline varies depending on your personal travel preferences en route to the Grand Canyon. A cost share National Park Tour is an option for all guests traveling with UIU. This trip itinerary is subject to change.

Your trip cost includes...

Everything from all whitewater rafting (7 days) necessities to the tip for the guides. Every meal is included while on the river. Our guests will receive the royal treatment - everything from steak dinners and pork chops to hot breakfasts, plus eating utensils, water, tea and juice. Camping is made simple with all the items you'll need - dry bags, sheets, sleeping bags, pillow, carabiner, souvenir hatch mug, 3-person tent (for each 2 people) camping cot and camp chairs. A packing list will be provided to all registrants. Hotel accommodations are included at near Marble Canyon, AZ. 


Those participating in the pre- and post-rafting National Park tour will enjoy park admission fees, and camping/hotel accommodations, as part of your package price. 

*Food while enjoying the National Parks tour and other meals off of the river are not included in the trip fee. 

Please Note: All Deposits and Payments are Non Refundable.

Download Grand Canyon Excursion Payment Form (pdf)

For more details contact us:


Daryl Grove M.Ed.
Assistant Dean of Student Life
Office:  2nd Floor of UIU Student Center

Dr. Kata McCarville
Associate Professor of Geosciences
Office:  Liberal Arts