Hance Rapids, Grand Canyon Colorado River

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Hance Rapids


Hance Rapids is one of the most challenging rapids along the Colorado River deep within Grand Canyon National Park. You’ll find challenging whitewater and a preview of all the adventures to come as you raft these exciting Grand Canyon waters.

  • Hance Rapids are at mile 76.6 on the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  • This is challenging whitewater on an exciting river trip through the canyon
  • Hike to Hance Rapids on the Red Canyon Trail
  • Hance Rapids are Class 7 to 8 whitewater

What are Hance Rapids?

Hance Rapids are Class 7 to 8 rapids on the Colorado River at the bottom of Grand Canyon. The rocks under these waters create powerful hydraulics. Within the inner canyon these waters provide a true adventure, with the colorful canyon walls and much beauty surrounding.

Where is Hance Rapids?

Hance Rapids are at mile 76.6 on the Colorado River. You can access them via a boating trip down the river, or by hiking. The Red Canyon Trail (also called the New Hance Trail) will bring you to these waters within the canyon. The trailhead for this trail is a mile west of Moran Point on the South Rim. You have to park at Moran Point and walk to the trailhead.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

You can contact one of the many river-rafting outfitters in and around the Grand Canyon area for a trip down the Colorado River. If you have more questions, call Grand Canyon National Park’s visitor information phone at (928) 638-7888.


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