Frequently asked questions
WHAT IS A BACKHAUL SERVICE?
99.9% of folks that want to explore the Horseshoe Bend and beyond will want to use the backhaul service from Lee's Ferry for $75/person with a $150 minumum fee. ***Kayak rental is not included with the backhaul service. Our Backhaul service is a jet boat that propels clients up into the Glen Canyon Wilderness Area so they can paddle down to their car at Lee's Ferry. There are no roads upstream of Lee's Ferry and no downstream boat traffic below Lee's Ferry. Below Lee's Ferry folks must be permitted for a 16-30 day trip. If you have your own kayak we are still happy to backhaul you and your kayak upstream. Gear over 50 lbs typically extreme overnight gear is an additional $35.
HOW LONG IS THE TRIP?
For a day trip we suggest the Petroglyph Panel down. This is approximately 10 river miles. The current is running 3 mph, paddle in the current if you want to go faster. There are several beaches and hikes along the way. Most people take 5-6 hours, 1 hour to Backhaul, and 4-5 hours to paddle and do a short 3/4 mile Waterholes hike. The dam is at 15 mile and will take approximately 6-9 hours depending on your paddle speed, weather, and stops. SImply tell the captain where you would like to be dropped Petroglyph or Dam, or how many hours you want to paddle and he will drop you accordingly.
WHAT DO I DO WITH MY KAYAK WHEN IM DONE?
After we wisk you from Lee's Ferry upstream via our jet boat service(1 hour) to Horseshoe Bend or beyond, folks can paddle the 4-9 hours back to Lee's Ferry and their awaiting parked vehicle at Lee's Ferry. Pull the kayak out of the water, leave it in the designated pickup spot at Lee's Ferry, and we will do the rest.
DO I NEED TO RENT A KAYAK WITH THE BACKHAUL SERVICE?
If you do not have a kayak you will need to rent a kayak with the backhaul service. The advantage to using our kayaks besides their high quality nature is that we will pick them up at the ferry for you when you are done:). If you would like to bring your own kayak that is no problem.
ARE THERE ANY HIKES ALONG THE WAY?
The GCNRA is a fragile eco system, and it is essential that any foot traffic off river is only done with Leave No Trace ethics. Wherever there is beach sand foot travel is easy and safe for the environment, but there are several soil forms that have taken centuries to form providing much need micro biotic soils for plants and wildlife to survive. With that said there is a great hike up Waterholes Canyon (4mile). The waterholes canyon hike is 1 mile long up a wash to an incredible amphitheater that cannoneers will rappel down the 300 foot headwall to the floor below. During flash flood events this canyon should be avoided! Flashfloods can appear from miles away with blue Skys above. During intense flash flood storms walls of water pass down this canyon with ferocious consequences. Always check the weather before you traverse the wilderness.
ARE THERE ANY RAPIDS OR OBSTACLES ON THIS STRETCH OF RIVER?
From the Dam down the Colorado river is a class I river, perfect for beginners. During wind events, waves can form making downstream travel difficult bringing the river to a class II river (waves). Typically the river is traveling 3 mph. The day trip we suggest from the Petroglyph beach is10 miles long. When the wind is howling the river can change from a mellow easy river to waves and splashy wet times. If ever you feel uncomfortable with the waves and feel capsizing is possible, simply pull over and have a snack, drink water, and relax. When there is weather, Wind often happens in pulses. Wind will howl for 15 - 30 minutes and relax a bit. When the wind calms down, push back out, get on the 3 mph current and continue downstream. Always check the weather before you travel. 20+mph winds are not recommended day trip travel. When in doubt call KTC for info 928-856-0012.
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
Dogs are allowed. A leash law is in effect. All waste must be transported from the GCNRA. Be kind to other visitors, don't bring agressive dogs. Make sure your dog has a properly fitted lifevest.
ARE FIRES ALLOWED?
Fires are allowed in designated fire barrels, burning trash is not allowed. All waste including fire waste must be removed from the Recreation area. Don't bring more than what you will burn. Wood not burned must be removed from the GCNRA. For an easy fire alternative, Consider a low impact flame by bringing coffee can candles and guitars:)
ARE THERE ANY OTHER ASSOCIATED FEES?
Currently there is no permit necessary for camping between the dam and Lee's Ferry. All cars visiting the Glen Canyon Recreation Area must have an Annual Parks Pass that can be bought online, or Glen Canyon Day pass that can be purchased 1 mile down Lee's Ferry Road at the roadside kiosk.
DO I NEED A PERMIT TO CAMP OVERNIGHT?
Currently there is no permit necessary for camping between the dam and Lee's Ferry. Visitors to the GCNRA must have an annuals park pass that can be purchased online or visit the kiosk 1 mile down Lee's Ferry Road. There are 5 campsites to camp along the river. 14 mile (The Ropes Camp), 11 mile (Ferry Swale Camp), 9 mile Horseshoe Bend, 8 mile Camp on Right, and 6 mile Camp(Last Camp). Lee's Ferry is 0 mile Dam is 15 mile. These camps are easily seen by the composting toilet at each camp as well as sign postage, your boat captain will point them out on the way up:) Leave No Trace Ethics Regulated. Carry all other waste downstream. Pack it In ~ Pack it Out!
Our cancellation policy is a 48 hour cancellation policy, MORE TIME is better so others can use the resource. There is a 3% service fee to recoup costs incurred in the transacation. Weather cancellation can be done at anytime by client, and may be done by KTC at anytime. To cancel an email to email@example.com is best, simply give your name on booking, time and any details that can assist with the cancellation.