Sign In / Sign Out
Navigation for Entire University
- ASU Home
- My ASU
- Colleges and Schools
- Map and Locations
If you are interested in rafting the Grand Canyon—with ASU geologists guiding you through the last 500 million years of Earth's history—let us know!
We are keeping a list of people who are interested in this trip.
Contact Julie Russ at email@example.com to get on the list!
Float the Colorado River though the Grand Canyon with the ASU Institute of Human Origins!
Tentative May-June 2021
One of those trips of a lifetime—floating and splashing down the Colorado River! Sleeping under the stars (or in a tent if you wish!). Looking up at towering rock cliffs during the day and a star-filled sky at night.
IHO will secure two boats for a week-long trip down the Colorado River guided by two ASU geologists—Chris Campisano PhD and Ramon Arrowsmith, PhD.
The trip will begin at Lee's Ferry and travel on quiet, motorized rafts from mile 0 to mile 187, where you will helicopter out to return to your car at Lee’s Ferry or catch a small plane back to the airport in Las Vegas.
You will be roughing it—but not totally! Sleep in tents or on cots under the stars, eat three meals under a bright blue Arizona sky, and travel down the river as we go back two billion years of Earth's history, revealed by our guides—ASU scientists with expertise in geology and the deep history of the Earth.
This is an amazing bucket list experience and includes not only some of the biggest, most famous rapids (negotiated expertly by long-time river operators Hatch Expeditions) but also the awesome beauty of the Canyon itself!
The 2019 price for the trip was $3,011 per person plus a request for a donation of $500 per person to the ASU Institute of Human Origins through the ASU Foundation for a New American University.
(The price of the trip includes only our cost to pay Hatch for their services and the cost of one of the scientists. IHO organizes these trips as “friend” and fundraisers to support IHO science, research, and student scholarships.)
Please let us know if you are interested! Canyon reservations are difficult to secure and spaces for this bucket list adventure will go fast!
We hope you will consider this adventure, which also includes support of IHO's research and science.
TENTATIVE May-June 2021
The drive from Phoenix or Las Vegas to Marble Canyon is about 4 ½ hours. There is a plane service (not included in the price) that can take you round trip from McCarren Airport before and after the trip.
The 2019 price per person for the river trip was $3,011 (price may be higher in 2021).
IHO organizes these trips as fund- and friend-raising events. A charitable contribution of $500 per adult* will be requested to support IHO student scholarships, field and laboratory research, and operations. A separate letter with information about this request will be provided to confirmed travelers.
*Single traveler supplement may be required. Your gift of $500 per person will be deposited with the ASU Foundation for a New American University, a separate nonprofit organization that exists to support ASU. Gifts in support of ASU are subject to foundation policies and fees. Please consult with your tax advisor regarding the deductibility of charitable contributions (IFAS 30002491).
Two ASU geologists—IHO Research Associate Chris Campisano and School of Earth and Space Exploration Professor Ramon Arrowsmith—will lead the trip to engage you in understanding the deep geological history of the Grand Canyon.
Campisano is an expert in ancient landscapes and evolution, and Arrowsmith studies geological faults, topography, and the geology of earthquakes. Both scientists have rafted the canyon in the past.
In addition, Hatch provides seasoned river runners to guide the boats and daily logistics and also provide a wealth of knowledge about the river and canyon.
The river rafting company is Hatch River Expeditions (link is external), a family-owned, long-time provider on the Colorado River. On the company’s website is a terrific FAQ page (link is external) that covers many questions that you may have!