Tour West Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum age for your trips?

The minimum age for our trips is 8 years old. Except on our 12-night Grand Canyon row trip the minimum age is 12 years old.

Do you offer travel/cancellation insurance?

We strongly encourage all of our clients to purchase travel/cancellation insurance incase of any unanticipated events. We recommend Allianz Global AssistanceAllianz Global Assistance, one of the leading travel insurance companies in America. You can click on their link here to contact them directly.

Is there a preferable time to go?

Glen Canyon Dam controls water flows in the Grand Canyon, therefore the water flows and rapids are fairly consistent April through September. The Salmon River and the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon are free flowing rivers; therefore, the water is higher in the spring and gradually drops throughout the summer. As for temperatures: Spring and Fall daytime temperatures in Grand Canyon are between 70 and 85 degrees, with nighttime temperatures about 15 degrees cooler. In the Summer temperatures are usually between 85 and 105 degrees, and nighttime temperatures are 10 to 20 degrees lower. Cataract Canyon temperatures average 5 to 10 degrees cooler than the Grand Canyon. The temperatures in June on the Salmon River average between 70 and 80 degrees, with nighttime temperatures between 45 and 55 degrees. In July and August the temperatures average between 75 and 90 degrees, with nighttime temperatures between 55 and 65 degrees.

What about bringing cameras?

It is ok to bring along a 35-mm camera. We provide an ammo can to put your camera in, but also suggest you have a waterproof case to insure its safety. For smaller cameras ziplock bags work well. The ammo cans are water-resistant not waterproof.

What beverages does Tour West provide?

We provided water and lemonade during the day. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are provided during the morning and evening hours. You may bring beer, liquor and soft drinks (in reasonable amounts, 2 cans per day). You may purchase these items either the night before the trip, or on your way to the put-in.

Can we expect rain?

We never know for sure when it will rain, so even if you are taking a summer trip it is recommended that you bring a two-piece rain suit.

Can we fish?

Yes, the upper stretch of the Colorado River from Lees Ferry to around the Little Colorado is excellent trout fishing. On ">Cataract Canyon you can catch catfish and carp. On the Salmon River you may occasionally catch trout, but you will mostly catch whitefish and carp. You are responsible to obtain a fishing license before you depart on the trip. Call us for details.

Can we swim in the river?

The water in the Grand Canyon comes out of Glen Canyon Dam cold year round, about 46 degrees so swimming is not recommended in the main channel. On Cataract Canyon and the Salmon River the water is cool during runoff, but in July it has warmed up to between 65 and 75 degrees. We also take inflatable kayaks on our trips through Cataract Canyon and the Salmon.

What’s the difference between motor and oar trips?

Motor boats are larger and more stable, and move faster than oar boats. Oar boats travel at river speed and are smaller in size and carry fewer people per boat allowing for a more intimate experience.

Do you offer discounts for families, youth and senior citizens?

Yes we do. Our most popular discount is our family plan where the first 2 people pay the regular rate and the rest of your immediate family receives a 10% discount. This discount is given to immediate family members only (e.g., husband, wife, children). We also offer a 10% discount for youth 8-16 years old. (Not applicable to Grand Canyon trips.) Senior Citizens(65+) discounts(5%) are available on our Salmon and Cataract Canyon trips. Not available with group discounts. Only one discount will apply to your trip.

What equipment does Tour West provide and what do I need to bring?

We provide all necessary camping equipment. This includes a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, waterproof duffel bag, small waterproof day bag, tent and a cot (Only on motor trips). Some important items you may want to bring are a two piece rain-suit, a wide brimmed hat to protect you from the sun, sunscreen, and a pillow. A more detailed list will be provided after booking your trip. You can also click on our trip packets for an complete packing list.

Can Tour West accommodate people with a special dietary needs or people with disabilities?

Each meal on a trip is well balanced with a variety of foods. We can accommodate people with special dietary concerns, as well as vegetarians. Please let us know if you have any special needs when you book your trip. We are also able to accommodate people with disabilities, as well as groups of special populations. Please contact us for pricing and specific questions.

What is the Grand Canyon Conservation Fund?

The Grand Canyon Conservation Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity established in 1988 and managed by a group of the Grand Canyon’s licensed river outfitters. Each year, roughly seventy percent of all professionally outfitted river trip passengers donate $1 per each day of their river trip to the Grand Canyon Conservation Fund.

In turn, this money is awarded in the form of grants to other non-profit conservation groups and those working to provide access to backcountry outdoor experiences for those with physical and socioeconomic challenges. The Grand Canyon Conservation Fund does not award grants to individuals or for-profit corporations.

The Grand Canyon Conservation Fund is managed wholly by volunteers. Administrative costs are less than two-tenths of one percent per year. That means over 99.8% of all donations go directly to protecting and conserving the Grand Canyon and providing access to those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to share in the Grand Canyon river experience.

All donations made to the Grand Canyon Conservation Fund are fully tax deductible as charitable giving. Internal Revenue Service documents granting the Grand Canyon Conservation Fund its tax exempt status as a non-profit public charity are available for public inspection at 119 E. Terrace Avenue, Suite A, Flagstaff, Arizona, during normal business hours.

Please feel free to contact us with any other questions you may have regarding our trips.