Our river trip was operated by Canyon Explorations. We would definitely recommend them to anyone interested in a Grand Canyon trip. The guides were outstanding. It fun to paddle, but some days we were glad to sit back and relax in the oar boats. We'd definitely recommend spending the extra time to go on an oar/paddle trip instead of the motorized ones. The motorized trips don't have time to stop as much as we did, and it's hard to hear anything over the engine.
Before the trip, we read two books:
We also learned about a few other interesting books on the trip:
In Flagstaff, we stayed at the Fall Inn To Nature B&B. The name is kind of silly, but the room was comfortable and the breakfast was yummy. We also took advantage of the in-room massages they offered.
Meteor Crater seems super cheesy, but the crater itself is amazing, and the visitor center is actually pretty good.
Walnut Canyon National Monument is an interesting stop very close to Flagstaff.
The Museum of Northern Arizona had a small natural history section and lots of info on Native American cultures.
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