Backhauling Services

We also provide backhauling services from Lees Ferry upriver to just south of Glen Canyon Dam for paddle craft like kayaks, canoes, and personal rafts. You will meet a Colorado River Discovery raft at the Lees Ferry dock and be shuttled upstream to your desired location. After being dropped off at a beach, you can enjoy a self guided trip back down to Lees Ferry and your vehicle. Paddling from 1 mile below the Dam back down to Lees Ferry can be done in approximately 6 hours. You may also consider extending your stay in Glen Canyon by camping overnight at the 6 designated campgrounds along the river. Campgrounds are first come, first served and all have self-composting toilets and fire pits. Wood collecting is not permitted.

There is no camping fee or permit required to camp on the river. However, entrance fees apply; a 1-7 Day Vehicle Pass is $25 or a 1-7 Day Individual Permit is $12 per person. These fees can be paid at the automated fee machine at the entrance to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area at Lees Ferry. You may camp at one location for up to 14 days at a time.

The water flows at a varied rate, depending on water releases from the Glen Canyon Dam. Check with the Bureau of Reclamation for the day’s outflow at (928) 645-3978. Weather in canyon country can change at a moment’s notice. Be prepared. Dress for the season (up to 105ºF in summer; down to 45ºF in the spring and fall). The canyon gets wind in the spring and monsoon conditions in the summer.

Colorado River Discovery DOES NOT rent paddle crafts or gear.

Notice: Colorado River Discovery will shuttle passengers, paddle crafts, and gear aboard our rafts. We cannot accommodate rafts larger than 15 feet from bow to stern and WILL NOT tow crafts behind our equipment. Backhaul guests are required to secure all their equipment before departure. Colorado River Discovery is not responsible for any vessel or gear damage that occurs during a backhaul service.

Click here for National Park Service information about camping and kayaking in Glen Canyon

Backhaul Pricing
$28 per person
$24 per boat (kayak, canoe, raft)
$25 gear charge (camping equipment, etc.)

Pick Up Times
Pick up times vary depending upon availability:

March 1 – April 30 and
October 1 – November 15
Pick up at 2:00 pm

May 1 – September 30
Pick up at 2:00pm. Call our office for possible additional pick up times.

Please call our office at 888-522-6644 or 928-645-9175 for more information and availability.