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.
  • We will reserve pre- and post-trip Flagstaff hotel rooms for Full and Upper Canyon participants. Lower Canyon participants make their own hotel reservations at the South Rim for the night before the trip. We will reserve post-trip Flagstaff hotel rooms.

"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

"[The Float Notes were] So complete! Every instruction was logical. Float Notes check list perfect. We made copies for each of us to keep track of what gear we needed as we prepared for the trip with the Bright Angel Trial hike out in mind." 2017

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

“Float Notes and catalog were very helpful since we had no gear or experience with a trip like this.  Gear checklist was very thorough.” 2012