SOME FAST facts about the Grand Canyon:
- about 4.5 million annual visitors to the national park
- around 40,000 visitors (less than 1%) will hike below the rim and camp
- around 25,000 visitors will actually get onto the river
Most of the river experiences are through commercial operators that offer a number of different excursions. But it is possible to do a self-guided river tour at the bottom of the Grand Canyon with a Non-Commercial River Permit. River trips can also include other adventurous activities like hiking, canyoneering, and rock climbing.
Diamond Creek to Lake Mead section
For shorter trips — 2 to 5 days — you can apply for the Diamond Creek to Lake Mead permit. These are given on a first-come first-serve basis and must be applied for at least one year in advance. Groups are limited to a maximum of 16 people.