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Raft the Grand Canyon with ASU geologists guiding you through the last 500 million years of Earth's history!
Confirmed dates—May 29 through June 5, 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 has secured 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 freshly prepared meals each day 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 River Expeditions) but also the awesome beauty of the Canyon itself!
The price for the trip is $3,317 per person—the cost to Hatch River Expeditions—plus $123 per person to support two ASU geologists as guides for a total of $3,440 per person.
The Institute of Human Origins organizes these trips as friend and fund-raising ventures, and so requests a donation of $500 per person to benefit research, student scholarships, and public outreach for the ASU Institute of Human Origins through the ASU Foundation for a New American University.
Please contact Julie Russ at email@example.com or 480-727-6571 if you are interested! Canyon reservations are difficult to secure and spaces for this bucket list adventure will go fast!
We hope you will join us on this incredible adventure!
May 29 through June 5, 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 price per person is $3,317 per person—the cost of the trip to Hatch River Expeditions—plus $123 per person to support two ASU geologists for a total of $3,440 per person.
IHO organizes these trips as fund- and friend-raising events. A charitable contribution of $500 per adult* is requested to support IHO student scholarships, field and laboratory research, and public outreach. A separate letter with information about this request will be provided to confirmed travelers.
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!