After and exciting day on any Grand Canyon raft trip, the rafts pull into camp in the early afternoon to begin the process of setting up for the evening. Camps vary in terrain based on their location in the Canyon. They are not selected in advance as other trips will be on the water as well. Guides generally maintain a conversation with any other trips encountered on the water to aid in camp selection.
The majority will be beautiful sandy beaches. Some camps are of a desert terrain with sand and rocks intermixed. Other camps will be rocky outcroppings or rock ledges. Each type of camp has pros and cons and guides make campsite selection based on logistics and size of the group. Though a rocky campground may seem less than ideal, it can sometimes be the perfect camp on a windy day.
Guides will emphasize the necessity to respect the campsites. Guests have the opportunity to select their individual place for the evening and guides will instruct the dos and don’ts of this. All guests must avoid blazing new trails or campsites and to protect the fragile habitats and keep them intact. Another important fact to note is that many guests will be using these sites after this trip departs. Respect the environment and make sure to leave the beach beautiful and pristine as it was when you arrived.
The kitchen setup always occurs close to where the rafts are parked and nearer to the river’s edge. Guests set up camps all along the sandbars as instructed by guides. Some guests set up tents and sleep inside thought the majority just set up cots under the stars. When meals are ready, guests congregate near the kitchen area and then head back to camp for the evening to settle in. Regardless of campsite, guests are sure to enjoy the scenery and calmness on any Grand Canyon raft trip.