After your initial reservation, you’ll receive a series of mailings from us providing detailed information about your Grand Canyon adventure. Our Float Notes booklet contains important logistical and general information: basic itinerary, how to get to Flagstaff, clothing and gear lists, packing and storage information, and weather.


Additional mailings include our Canyon Wren Retail Catalog offering river related gear and clothing at wholesale prices. The final mailing (received 5 months prior to your trip date) contains the Flagstaff Lodging Request Form and the Beverage Order Form.


Pre-trip Preparation for all trip types

  • Break in your footwear well in advance.
  • Read CLOTHING and GEAR DETAILS to make necessary purchases. See Float Notes.
  • Pack using the CLOTHING and GEAR CHECK LIST so you don't forget anything. See Float Notes.
  • Make your flight arrangements.
  • Make your hotel reservations with the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Flagstaff. If you are on a Lower Canyon trip make your hotel reservation at the South Rim for the evening before your hike.

“ Information on what to expect and list of what to bring was extremely helpful. I felt I was prepared for the trip.” - September 2020

“[I appreciated] your clear information about the trip with the emphasis on leaving the technology at home and experiencing Grand Canyon.” - May 2019

"I must have pulled up info on the website 1000 times before coming out on the river – great site and easy to navigate." 2017

"A wonderfully complete and useful guide to getting correct expectations, and getting us to pay attention to getting in shape for the hike. The gear list was complete and indispensable." 2017

"Float Notes were very useful and informative for planning and having the right equipment and clothing." 2016