River Internet Links Directory

GC River Trip Planning

Lottery Application, Private Rules, and other NPS Links (note if links are not “active” copy and paste link into your browser – if a link doesn’t work please notify webmaster@gcpba.org - got a link you’d like to add contact editor@gcpba.org)

Grand Canyon National Park – Gateway to all GCNP web information http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

General River Trip Information – covers both commercial and private trip opportunitieshttp://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/whitewater-rafting.htm

Two to Five Day Commercial Trips – Shorter whitewater experienceshttp://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/overview-diamond-ck.htm

Three to Eighteen Day Commercial Trips – Longer whitewater experiences http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/river-concessioners.htm

Twelve to 25 Day Private Trips – Planning information for most non-commercial GC trips - http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/overview-lees-ferry-diamond-ck.htm

Colorado River Management - Launch calendars, GCNP River related news

Available Noncommercial River Launch Dates

NPS - Grand Canyon Colorado River Management Plan:


Non-Commercial Trip Regulations – Important information to know in planning and carrying out a GC river trip (PDF File)  -- http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/Noncommercial_River_Trip_Regulations.pdf

NPS - Available Noncommercial River Launch Dates, current and archived river recreational launch calendars:  https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/cancelled-dates.htm

Launch dates currently available: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/cancelled-dates.htm

Launch calendars, current and archived: http://www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/crmp_rec_launch_archive.htm

NPS - Noncommercial River Permit Weighted Lottery:http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/weightedlottery.htm

Identifying the OLD HIGH WATER line - a short NPS video showing how to recognize the old high water line (re dam high water line: http://www.nps.gov/common/commonspot/customcf/audio_video/dspEmbeddedObject.cfm?vFileName=/media/imr/avElement/conv/grca-high-water-zone_480x270.mp4&vWidth=480&vHeight=270&vCCFilename=/media/imr/avElement/grca-high-water.xml

NPS - Helpful Links for Noncommercial River Trips: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/noncommercial-riv-docs.htm

NPS- Grand Canyon River Ranger Blog - The river rangers perspectives on what's going on along the river. http://www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/crmp_ranger-log.htm

Lottery FAQ – Comprehensive information about the GC river lottery:http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/river-faq.htm

NPS - Sunrise/Sunset Times and Moon Phases: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/sunrise_set_moon.htm

Leave No Trace Camping - Camping techniques to preserve the environment:http://lnt.org/learn/7-principles

Whitewater Campsites - A comprehensive compendium of camping and campsite photos on whitewater rivers in the western USA, including the Grand Canyon http://www.whitewatercampsites.com/

Grand Canyon History

Nature, Culture and History at the Grand Canyon – Arizona State University site.http://grandcanyonhistory.clas.asu.edu/

The Powell Expedition - Overview of John Wesley Powell 1869 expedition down the Green River and Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. http://www.rockhounds.com/grand_hikes/powell/canyons_of_the_colorado.shtml

Major Powell's photos - https://www.oars.com/blog/john-wesley-powell-grand-canyon-first-descent/

Low flow photos from 1963 at 2,500 cfs - http://photographic-exploration.com/belknap63/default.html (1963 Low Flow photos)

Northern Arizona University low flow photo collection - http://archive.library.nau.edu/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=all&CISOBOX1=%09NAU.PH.96.4.*&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOOP2=all&CISOBOX2=rivers&CISOFIELD2=subjec&CISOROOT=all&t=s&CISOSTART=1,41

Historic River Boats Afloat - About building and operating pioneer Canyon, replica, non-commercial water craft. http://www.historicriverboatsafloat.org/

Grand Canyon River Heritage Coalition – River running history: http://www.gcrivermuseum.org/river-heritage/river-history/


Grand Canyon Historical Society - http://www.grandcanyonhistory.org/

Grand Canyon Place Names: http://www.grandcanyontreks.org/place.htm#A

Western USA Water Flows - Current Conditions

Arizona: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/az/nwis/current/?type=flow

Grand Canyon specific water data:

Water Forecast Information – Two month river flow information- http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/gcd.html

USGS Water Data at Lees Ferry - http://waterdata.usgs.gov/az/nwis/uv?09380000

USGS Water Data at Phantom Ranch - http://waterdata.usgs.gov/az/nwis/uv?site_no=09402500

USGS Water Data at Diamond Creek - http://waterdata.usgs.gov/az/nwis/uv?cb_00060=on&cb_00065=on&cb_00010=on&cb_00095=on&format=gif_default&period=30&site_no=09404200

Idaho: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/current/?agency_cd=usgs&parameter_cd=staname,datetime,00065,00060,00010,median&group_key=basin_cd

Utah: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ut/nwis/current/?type=flow

Colorado: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/current/?type=flow&group_key=huc_cd

New Mexico: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nm/nwis/current/?type=flow

Texas: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/current/?type=flow

California: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ca/nwis/current/?type=flow

Oregon: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/current/?type=flow


Alaska: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ak/nwis/current/?type=flow

Bureau of Reclamation - Glen Canyon Dam Operations:


Grand Canyon Hiking



Grand Canyon Hikers and Backpackers Association: http://gchba.org/

Grand Canyon River Books - River Guides, Hiking Guides, Maps, Books about the Grand Canyon

GCPBA Store - guide books, river tales, safety books, members discounts - http://gcpba.org/wordpress/store/

Vishnu Temple Press - excellent waterproof river guide, river hiking books, adventure books http://vishnutemplepress.com/

Fretwater Press - books about Colorado River adventure and characters http://www.fretwater.com/Fretwater_Press/index.html

Grand Canyon Association - books about everything Grand Canyon http://grandcanyon.org/

Books about the Grand Canyon - http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=grand+canyon+river+guide+books

Weather in and around the Grand Canyon

Coconino Plateau Weather Forecast: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=AZZ007

Grand Canyon Weather History at Phantom Ranch - http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?azphan

Grand Canyon Village - South Rim: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=36.053096029465166&lon=-112.18757629394531&site=fgz&unit=0&lg=en

Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=36.10054564089445&lon=-112.0993423461914&site=fgz&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text

Grand Canyon Trip Outfitters for the Noncommercial River Runner

Moenkopi River Works - http://www.moenkopiriverworks.com/

Canyon REO - http://www.canyonreo.com/

PRO River Outfitters - http://www.proriver.com/

Cebia Adventures - http://www.ceibaadventures.com/

Shuttles – getting your truck or car shuttled from the launch to the take out



Internet Forum Linksriver discussion groups where you can participate in online conversation about all things GC and river.

GCPBA Web Page Forum make trip connections here http://gcpba.org/wordpress/forums/forumpress-2/

GCPBA Facebook Page –https://www.facebook.com/groups/1424392787831584/?ref=br_tf

Mountainbuzz – http://www.mountainbuzz.com/

River Related Links – River Organizations and Companies / Agency / Organization Links

Grand Canyon River Guides - http://www.gcrg.org/

American Whitewater - http://www.americanwhitewater.org/

Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program - http://www.usbr.gov/uc/rm/amp/index.html

Glen Canyon Institute - http://www.glencanyon.org/

The Whale Foundation - http://www.whalefoundation.org/whoweare.htm

Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center - http://www.gcmrc.gov/

Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program - This site contains information on the operations of Glen Canyon Dam. http://www.usbr.gov/uc/rm/amp/ More about the adaptive management program with emphasis on experimental high flows http://www.gcdamp.gov/

Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association - http://www.gcroa.org/

Grand Canyon River Runners Association - http://www.gcriverrunners.org/

River Runners For Wilderness – http://www.rrfw.org

Gear LinksRetail river gear suppliers

Down River Equipment (Denver) - Down River Equipment

Wet Dreams River Supply (in Flagstaff, AZ) - www.wetdreamsriversupply.com

Tuff Stuff River Gear - http://tuffriverstuff.com/

NRS Gear Swap - http://community.nrsweb.com/gear-swap/

NRS River Supplies - http://www.nrsweb.com/

Aire Boats - http://aire.com/AIRE/

Source for Hollaender Speedrail Fittings - http://www.budget-fence.com/htm/hollaender/h125.htm

Hyside Inflatables - http://www.hyside.com/

Jack’s Plastic Boats - http://www.jpwinc.com/

Sierra Trading Post - http://www.sierratradingpost.com/

Seattle Fabrics - http://www.seattlefabrics.com/

Other Canyon/River Running Related Links

Leave No Trace Principles - https://campingcooks.com/leave-no-trace-principles-for-camping/

Proposed Navajo Sponsored Tramway and Restaurant Complex at the Confluence of the Colorado River and Little Colorado River - gag me - http://grandcanyonescalade.com/

Wilderness Medical Association - http://www.wildmed.com/

Stupid Guide Tricks - http://www.stupidguidetricks.com/index.html

River God Blog - http://www.river-god.com/

Byron’s Dutch Oven Recipes - http://papadutch.home.comcast.net/~papadutch/dutch-oven-recipes.htm

Chuckwagon Supply Recipes - http://www.chuckwagonsupply.com/recipe%20archive.html

Durango Bill’s River Compendium - http://www.durangobill.com/GrandCanyonTour.html

Colorado Canoe Trails - Jerry's Local River Guide - This not so little river guide focuses on canoe and kayak rivers in Colorado. http://home.mesastate.edu/~jerry/guide/index.html

Blacktail Enterprises - http://www.blacktail-enterprises.com/

Wayneswords Lake Powell Information -http://www.wayneswords.com/

Mike Quinn’s Photo Expedition of GC - http://photographic-exploration.com/

Paul Walters’ River Shots -http://www.rivershots.net/index.html

Mexico River Trips - SierraRios - A nonprofit conservation organization of rivers in México and Latin America http://www.sierrarios.org/index.html


NPS Grand Canyon Geology pages: http://nature.nps.gov/views/layouts/Main.html#/GRCA/geology/

Earthly Musings - Wayne Ranney's Geology Blog: http://earthly-musings.blogspot.com/2011/09/my-10-day-rafting-trip-through-grand.html

Overview of Grand Canyon Geology and Rock Formations - http://www.rockhounds.com/grand_hikes/geology/overview.shtml

Grand Canyon Explorer: Geology of the Grand Canyon - Basic information on Grand Canyon Geology.  http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/geology/gc_geol.htm

Geological History of the Grand Canyon - Another overview of basic Grand Canyon geology.  The site also has pages on the rock layers missing from above the kaibab, which are found in the Vermillion Cliffs and and other areas surrounding the Canyon.



Grand Canyon Plants - The NPS site describing plants found at Grand Canyon: http://www.nps.gov/grca/naturescience/plants.htm


Animals at Grand Canyon -The NPS site describing animals found at Grand Canyon. http://www.nps.gov/grca/naturescience/animals.htm


California Condor Restoration - Information on the Peregrine Fund's efforts to reintroduce California Condors back into the Grand Canyon ecosystem. http://www.peregrinefund.org/projects/california-condor

Building Boats and Boat Building People

Brad Dimock - boat builder, river guide, author: http://fretwaterlines.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-11-07T16:02:00-08:00&max-results=15&start=43&by-date=false

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