Grand Canyon River Rafting Expedition

$7,895

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To really experience the Grand Canyon, you need to get to the bottom of it, and there is no better way to do that than to raft down the Colorado River!

For many, rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is the dream of a lifetime. Float through the deepest canyon on earth on a comfortable motorized raft and capture spectacular images of canyons, waterfalls, and streams along the way. Experience a truly life-changing event – enjoy moments of pure thrill and periods of absolute serenity while making a deep connection with nature. You’ll learn about the history and geology of the Colorado River, form bonds with wonderful new friends, and create memories that will last you a lifetime. And, you’ll do it all under the guidance and experience of the best guides in the business.

Arizona Raft Adventure’s (ARA) motorized rafts are a great way to experience a rafting adventure down the Colorado River. While the rafts are comfortable with plenty of room to keep our camera equipment safe and dry, they are also nimble enough to offer excitement as we go through the rapids. Our journey from “put in” at Lee’s Ferry to “take-out” at Diamond Creek will take us down 225 miles of the Colorado River. You will see places you have never seen before, do things you’ve never done before, and awaken every morning to beauty so breathtaking the images and memories will last a lifetime. Because our group size is limited to just 12 photographers, everyone will be ensured a “best seat in the house” both on the river and during our side canyon adventures.

Our rafting adventure will begin in Flagstaff, Arizona, two days before the start of our expedition. In Flagstaff, we’ll spend time reviewing elements of composition, camera techniques, shooting strategies, and how to protect our camera equipment in preparation for our expedition. ARA will then guide us on our eight-day expedition rafting down the Colorado River. Everything we need will be carried with us on the raft. Throughout the trip, our guides will share our itinerary, location, logistical considerations, and canyon geology. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the cool waters of the river, explore intriguing side canyons with streams and waterfalls, relax in the warm sun with cool refreshments, and share intimate evenings with new friends. All camping equipment and services will be provided by ARA including portable showers and toilets, tents for sleeping, and all meals.

Following our eight days on the river, we’ll spend a final day back at the hotel in Flagstaff where we’ll review and work on our images. In addition to sharing images taken during the expedition, we’ll also learn a variety of post-production techniques to help you improve your post-production processing skills. We’ll have plenty of space to set up our laptops and participate in post-production lessons.

This expedition will leave you with a much deeper knowledge of landscape photography and the satisfaction of having benefited from a truly life-changing experience.  You’ll return home with a trove of spectacular images and memories to cherish the rest of your life.

 

Itinerary & General Information

  • August 13th – Arrival at the hotel throughout the day / meet-and-greet at 5 PM in the hotel followed by a group dinner.
  • August 14th – We’ll do a sunrise shoot our first morning using the techniques and skills we will have learned to manage high contrast and dynamic range in our online classes prior to the workshop. After breakfast and some time to relax, we’ll meet in a private conference room for post-production lessons and work on our images. We’ll have an early dinner at 5 PM followed by a 7 PM Orientation Meeting with Arizona Raft Adventures guides.
  • August 15th – After an early breakfast, we’ll board the bus for a two-hour ride to our “put-in” location at Lee’s Ferry where we will load and board our private motorized raft for the expedition. After a short day on the river, we’ll camp for our first night of sleeping under the stars in the Grand Canyon!
  • August 16th to August 21st – You’ll sleep under the stars for the next seven nights in one of the most spectacular locations in the world! Throughout the trip, our guides will share our itinerary, location, logistical considerations, and canyon geology. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the cool waters of the river, explore intriguing side canyons with streams and waterfalls, relax in the warm sun with cool refreshments, and share intimate evenings with new friends. You will see places you have never seen before, do things you’ve never done before, and awaken every morning to beauty so breathtaking the images and memories will last a lifetime. All camping equipment and services will be provided by ARA including portable showers and toilets, tents for sleeping, and all meals.
  • August 22nd – This will be our last morning on the river. After breakfast and a short drift downstream, we’ll arrive at our “take out” location at Diamond Creek where we’ll transfer all our personal items to the bus and begin our drive back to Flagstaff. Diamond Creek (the only road to the bottom of the Grand Canyon) is a dirt road that runs alongside Diamond Creek Wash, so our adventure will continue throughout this last leg of the expedition! Stopping for lunch in a park along the drive, we should reach our hotel mid-afternoon with plenty of time for check-in, clean-up, and relaxation before dinner. Our guides will be invited to join us for dinner, providing all of us an opportunity to reminisce our adventure and to thank our guides for their service.
  • August 23rd – After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll meet at 9 AM and spend the day working on our photos in a private conference room. We’ll have plenty of space to set up our laptops, share some of our images taken during our time on the river, participate in post-production lessons, and work on our images. Late afternoon, we’ll break for the day and enjoy a final group dinner. Our final night at the hotel is included in the expedition.
  • August 24th – Travel home.

John Bosma Fine Arts Photography is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.

What to Expect

The majority of our days will start early. After a quick cup of coffee or tea, we’ll be off on a new adventure into a side canyon or back on the river.

Sleep under the stars for eight nights in one of the most spectacular locations in the world! Throughout the trip, our guides will share our itinerary, location, logistical considerations, and canyon geology. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the cool waters of the river, explore intriguing side canyons with streams and waterfalls, relax in the warm sun with cool refreshments, and share intimate evenings with new friends.

Arizona Raft Adventure’s (ARA) motorized rafts are a great way to experience a rafting adventure down the Colorado River. While the rafts are comfortable with plenty of room to keep our camera equipment safe and dry, they are also nimble enough to offer excitement as we go through the rapids. Our journey from “put in” at Lee’s Ferry to “take-out” at Diamond Creek will take us down 225 miles of the Colorado River. Because our group size is limited to just 12 photographers, everyone will be ensured a “best seat in the house” both on the river and during our side canyon adventures.

All camping equipment and services will be provided by ARA including portable showers and toilets, tents for sleeping, and all meals. You will see places you have never seen before, do things you’ve never done before, and awaken every morning to beauty so breathtaking the images and memories will last a lifetime.

You’ll benefit from our guidance, hours of capture time in the field, and several days of classroom instruction/sessions as you learn new techniques and strategies for creating dynamic images both before and after our time on the river.

 

Tuition & Payment Terms

 
What’s Included in Your Tuition:

  • 11 nights lodging (4 hotel / 7 camping)
  • All meals, snacks, and soft drinks during the workshop
  • All permits and park fees
  • All ground transportation during the workshop
  • All camping equipment and meals on the river
  • Tips for crew, drivers, and guides
  • Waterproof dry bags (excluding your camera gear), mug, and Colorado River Guide Book
  • Workshop course materials
  • Photographic guidance, instruction, and review from your photo instructors
  • Online prep & orientation classes prior to the workshop
  • Post-production classes and techniques during the workshop
  • Online post-production classes after the workshop

What’s Not Included in Your Tuition:

  • Transportation to/from your home to the hotel in Flagstaff
  • Lodging beyond the 11 nights included in the workshop
  • Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (required)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Anything not listed as included

Payment Terms:

  • Your deposit of $3,495 will hold your space in this workshop (Non-Refundable)
  • An interim payment of $3,000 is due by November 1, 2022 (Non-Refundable)
  • Any remaining balance is due no later than January 1, 2023 (Non-Refundable)
  • These payments are non-refundable under any circumstances which is why we recommend that you get trip cancellation insurance. These travel workshops take place at locations that require significant arrangements and planning, insurance, and permits. If you wish to protect your investment in the workshop and travel costs, you may wish to investigate travel insurance with a carrier such as Travelex. All of our other standard Terms and Conditions apply
  • Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just contact us

 

What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop

Please see our How to Prepare For Your Workshop page for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.

This budget includes Arizona Rafting Adventures outfitting services @ $3,375 & $610 gratuities per person.