Unlike the 1869 journey of discovery down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in wooden boats led by John Wesley Powell, today’s adventurers have it easy. Specially built and comfortable 23 foot “backhaul” or “shuttle” outboard-powered boats depart Lees Ferry launch ramp and landing five times daily beginning early morning. The Lees Ferry backhaul boats are under the command of a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain.
If you are using your personal kayak or standup paddleboard (SUP) for your Horseshoe Bend/Colorado River
float and paddle, your vehicle will be waiting where you parked it in the lot immediately adjacent to the launch ramp.
There is a parking fee, administered by the National Park Service. Be sure correct fees are paid and the receipt is properly displayed.
If you are using one of our rental boats, return the kayak to the Lees Ferry boat launch ramp at the conclusion of your downriver trip, return to your car and you’re off to the North or South rim of the Grand Canyon or wherever you cho
ose including eating and overnighting at Cliff Dwellers Lodge just up the road. If you have questions about kayak or paddle board rentals or drop-off, making reservations at Cliff Dwellers Lodge or Cliff Dwellers Restaurant, phone 928-355-2261.