The rafting trip departs daily from the Hualapai Lodge on Historic Route 66 in Peach Springs, AZ at 8:00A.M. Guests are driven down the only road that leads to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Diamond Creek Road (only accessible with a permit from the Hualapai Tribe). The rafts launch from the riverbanks on 8-passenger whitewater rafts specifically designed for traversing rapids of the Colorado River. The first set of rapids is just down stream from the launch point providing a taste for what lies ahead. The raft then docks along the riverbanks where guests can take a short hike up to one of the most beautiful hidden treasures of the Grand Canyon, Travertine Falls. The rafts continue downstream until they stop at a sandbar for lunch right on the riverbanks. A few rapids later the rafters reach the bottom of Grand Canyon West, where the take an exhilarating flight 4,000 feet up to the top of the canyon via helicopter. After the flight, guests are driven back to the Hualapai Lodge—back between 5:00 and 6:00 P.M.—where they can stay the night at the Lodge and enjoy the saltwater pool, Diamond Creek Restaurant, and Native American culture or continue on their journey.