Middle Fork River Expeditions

April/May Grand Canyon Rafting trip in 2012

Check out the itinerary from Tour West from the trip we did last spring. Amazing trip, Photos included below.

Grand Canyon Rafting Information Packet
14 Day Rowing Trip
April 24- May 7, 2012

Thank you for joining Tom and Cathy Crum again for a Magic in the Grand Canyon trip April 24- May 7, 2012. The trip is offered thru Tour West. James Ellsworth, and Kate Stoddard from Middle Fork River Expeditions are on board for the trip as well, so you may know some of the guides. Bruce Keller will be the Trip Leader and is a longtime friend of James and an amazing guide. John Yost is the co-founder of Sobek and runs trips throughout the globe. We are bringing 2 Inflatable Kayaks for the more adventurous types.

You need to arrive in Las Vegas on April 24 by 1pm and depart Las Vegas after 3pm on May 7.

Please carefully read this information packet as it will answer many of the questions you will have about your trip. Keep this information packet as it will also be a guide to you as you prepare and pack for your trip. We also suggest you re-read this packet after you are finished packing.

For this entire trip you will be on Pacific Time

Your trip assembles in Marble Canyon, Arizona.

Flying to Marble Canyon, Arizona
We have arranged for charter services to Marble Canyon through the Bar Ten Transportation Services in conjunction with Vision Air. Vision Airlines reserves the right to charge a gas surcharge fee before you board your flight. This fee will range from $3-$30 per person depending on the price of gas. This fee is not included in your tour cost

Plan on arriving in Las Vegas no later than 1:00 p.m. the scheduled date of your trip. This will give you enough time to pick up your luggage and check-in for your flight to Marble Canyon.

To meet for this flight please go to the information booth outside of the one baggage claim area at McCarran airport. Approximately 20 feet from the booth is a set of escalators with a sign above them reading, “Level Zero” please proceed down the escalator to level zero, where a Vision Air representative will meet you between 2:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and will be holding a sign which will read, “Tour West Colorado River Rafting”. You will then board a Vision Coach which will shuttle you to the North Las Vegas airport, where you will board your flight for Marble Canyon. Please make sure to meet your representative at 2:45 p.m. pacific time. If for any reason the Vision Air representative is not at level zero by 3:00 p.m. to meet you, please wait at level zero for you Vision Coach to arrive. If you miss the coach please call Vision Coach Services at 1-800-256-8767 or Bar 10 Transportation Services at 1-800-582-4139. They will make every effort possible to connect you with your charter flight to Marble Canyon .

Please note: the FAA requires anyone who is 18 + years to present photo ID for this flight.

Air craft: Dornier 228–19 passenger plane (for smaller groups another plane may be used).

Upon arrival in Marble Canyon no one will be there to meet you so please walk across the street to the Lodge and check-in.

FIRST NIGHT OF YOUR TRIP: ____April 24, 2012 ____________________________(motel night)

You will spend the night at the Marble Canyon Lodge. You are on your own for your dinner this night and breakfast the next morning. There is a small restaurant located at Marble Canyon.

Orientation Meeting at 8:00 p.m.

You are scheduled to meet for an orientation meeting at 8:00 pm this night with your guide and the rest of the group. This meeting is held behind the convenience store in the conference room.


A van provided by Marble Canyon Lodge will pick you up in front of the motel in the morning and transport you 6 miles to Lee’s Ferry where you will launch on your river trip.

You will travel 188 river miles through the Grand Canyon. Each day you will run exciting rapids, explore unique side canyons, and enjoy the majestic grandeur of the Grand Canyon. Each night you will camp under the stars along the beaches of the river.

LAST MORNING OF YOUR TRIP: ____May 7, 2012 ________________________________

The river portion of your trip will end at Whitmore Wash. From this point you will enjoy a scenic, 10 minute helicopter ride from the river to the Bar Ten Ranch. A charter flight from the ranch will take you back to Las Vegas. Vision Airlines reserves the right to charge you a gas surcharge fee before you board your flight. This fee will range from $3-$20 per person depending on the price of gas. This fee is not included in your tour cost. You should arrive between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Transportation will be provided to the main Las Vegas airport (McCarran Airport). Please note: the FAA requires anyone who is 18 + years to present photo ID for this flight. Please do not schedule any flight arrangements out of Las Vegas before 3:00 p.m. this day!

Tour West, together with selling agents, acts only in the capacity of agent for customers in all matters pertaining to hotel accommodations, sightseeing tours, and transportation whether by railroad, motor car, steamship, boat, airplane, or any other means, and as such is not responsible for any damage expense or inconvenience caused by late train, plane, or ship arrivals or departures, or by any change of schedule or other condition nor from any loss, injury or damage to any person or property from any cause whatsoever, The right is reserved to alter the sequence of sightseeing in any of these tours. Tour West is proud of its efforts to insure the safety and enjoyment of our passengers. We feel that our customers are safer with us that they are traveling to and from the river. However, no outdoor activity is without the possibility of unforeseen hazards. It is important that each Tour West passenger recognize that there is an element of risk in any adventure or activity associated with the outdoors. Each passenger must be fully aware of the risks and the elements of cold river water, and or loss or damage to personal property. Knowing of the inherent risks, dangers, and rigors of river running, each passenger must decide if he/she is desirous and capable of participating in the river trip experience. Even though losses rarely occur, we recommend that passengers have their own travel insurance to protect personal items. It is also recommended that you have your own health and accident insurance.

If you get a group of 10 or more together we can get your own trip going with MFRE guides from your Middle Fork Salmon or Main Salmon River rafting adventure.

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