About the Event

Get ready for six fantastic days experiencing the geology, history and beauty of the Grand Canyon from a distinctly Christian perspective! We have room for 28 people on the rafts including geologist Dr. Tim Clarey of the Institute of Creation Research.  Our adventure covers 188 miles with over 60 whitewater rapids, each day descending deeper into geologic time. You will travel by motorized rafts during the day and sleep under an awesome canopy of stars at night as you learn of God’s mighty hand of judgement, redemption and creation along the way. It is truly a trip of a lifetime.

First-class rafting adventure

Boatloads of fun!

Helicopter ride from the river

History where it happened!

Fantastic Fellowship

Memories for a lifetime

Event Highlights

The Grand Canyon is one of the most amazing features on the planet, descending over a mile into the earth and as much as 18 miles in width. Spend the week encouraging your faith as our guides reveal the truth of God’s creation found in this gigantic remnant of Noah’s Flood, and have a load of fun in the process!

We have chartered two rafts from Western River Expeditions in order to provide you with a safe, fun, and informative experience that is unique to all other tours offered in the Canyon. We have customized Western’s standard tour by adding Dr. Clarey to help us understand the geology, including park service fees  and suggesting modesty guidelines on dress for guests and guides (shirts and shorts, no bare midriffs, modest in coverage, style and appearance) to maximize your comfort and enjoyment. Please keep this in mind when looking over the outfitters guide. *If you have questions regarding exactly what is included, call Landmark Events at (210) 885-9351.

Big Horn Ram down for a drink!

Scenic flight to Marble Canyon

We believe Western River Expeditions is the best professional outfitter on the Colorado river and have contracted them to provide the rafts, crew and all the gear for our time in the Canyon. As mentioned above, we have customized Western’s standard trip to give you a uniquely Christian perspective in the Canyon both in interpretation and experience as much as possible. Our guides have been incredibly competent and hospitable on previous trips and we know they will serve you well. We have included links from Western’s website to give you helpful information on what to expect on the river, how to pack, physical capability and many other facets of the trip. You will also see a suggested outfitters guide that they have assembled for river trips. Please understand you do not need to rush out and buy everything they suggest, nor are you required to purchase through Western. It’s likely to be around 100 degrees in the Canyon when we are there and lows in the 70’s. If you have questions please call us at (210) 885-9351 and we can talk it through.


Institute of Creation Research Geologist, Dr Tim Clarey,  provides biblical geological interpretation.

Account of pioneers and mountain men

I actually enjoy camping and didn’t mind being wet and sandy all the time! Thank you for praying for meals and keeping everything in view of God’s perspective. It made time on the rafts and at camp so much more enjoyable.” —Jennie F.

Ticket Information

Included in This Tour

  • All food and equipment from 8/8/23 breakfast to lunch on 8/13/23
  • Overnight accommodation for 5 nights – riverside!
  • Exploration of the upper 188 miles of Grand Canyon over 6 days
  • Optional side hikes daily
  • Biblical teaching on Geology, History, Theology and Worldview
  • Exhilarating helicopter ride to Bar 10 Ranch from the canyon floor
  • Deluxe motor coach back to Las Vegas from Boulder City Airport
  • Fantastic fellowship and a lifetime of memories

Not Included

Transportation between your home and Las Vegas Marriott or Marble Canyon, guide gratuities.

Ticket Pricing

$3,995 Per Person

$500 non-refundable deposit per person due at registration. 50% of outstanding balance due March 1, 2023 and full payment due by May 1, 2023.

Must be at least 12 years old by August 8, 2023 to participate.

Pre-Trip Travel Information

Prior to the start of your rafting adventure, you may choose to meet in either Las Vegas, Nevada and take a charter flight to Marble Canyon, Arizona where our trip begins or you may meet us directly in Marble Canyon.

Meeting in Marble Canyon, Arizona

Your guides will meet you at 7:30 AM at the Marble Canyon Airstrip just across the street from the Marble Canyon Lodge. Complimentary parking is available at the airstrip. You will likely be driving to Marble Canyon the night prior to departure. Modest accommodations are available at the Marble Canyon Lodge and may be booked online at or by calling (928) 355- 2225. Mention that you are a Western River guest and request our discount. Make reservations early as the property does fill.

Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada
(additional charter flight cost applies – $325 per person)

Flight reservations are handled by Landmark Events, and cost $325 per person.  On Tuesday, August 8, meet in the lobby of The Las Vegas Marriott (325 Convention Center Drive) at 4:45am for bus transfer to the Boulder City Terminal and a flight to Marble Canyon.  Original picture ID is required for all passengers 18 and older. To reserve your flight from Las Vegas to Marble Canyon, contact Kevin @ (210) 885-9351 or kevin@landmarkevents.org and reference the Landmark Events 6-day trip departing August 8, 2023.   The Las Vegas Marriott is conveniently located near the Convention Center Monorail Station that goes to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. A light grab and go breakfast is available for Western River guests staying at the Las Vegas Marriott. Return time for guests on the charter flight is 3:00pm back to the Las Vegas Marriott on August 13. If you are departing Las Vegas Sunday, we suggest a flight that departs after 7:00pm.

TIP: Plan at least 1 night before and after your trip.

As a guest of Western River Expeditions, you’ll receive preferred room rates and availability at the Marriott. The 2023 rates are $172 for King rooms/ $182 for Two Queen Suites plus taxes and fees (these rates are based on double occupancy). Our blocks are limited and there are no cancellation penalties prior to 72 hours in advance of your stay. Once the block is sold out we cannot guarantee rooms or pricing. Click this link to make your reservations online as soon as possible.

If you are unable to reserve using our online link, you may contact Kristy, our specialist at the Marriott, directly at 1-740-332-2888 or direct email- Kristy.Fukuda@marriott.com. Please allow a 72-hour response window for messages. Be sure to mention the Western River Expeditions Block.


  • PARKING: $12 per car/ per day for hotel guests and $20 per car/ per day for non-guests
  • BAGGAGE STORAGE: $10.00 per bag/ per day for hotel guests and $20.00 per bag/ per day for non-guests
  • CANCELLATION & NO-SHOWS: Cancellations within 72 hours of the arrival date and no-shows will be charged 1 night’s room and tax.


Post-Trip Travel

Your river trip ends at Whitmore Wash (mile 188) mid-morning on the last day. You’ll bid farewell to your guides and board a helicopter to exit the canyon. A scenic 10-minute helicopter ride will take you from the river to Bar 10 Ranch near the rim of Grand Canyon. At Bar 10 Ranch you will have the opportunity to shower and have a light lunch before boarding the aircraft for your flight to Las Vegas or Marble Canyon (destination must be pre-determined—return flight is included in the trip cost, original picture I.D. is required for guests 18 and older). You will return to Las Vegas or Marble Canyon by about 3:00pm. Please inform us prior to your trip if your return plans change for any reason.

188 Miles in 7 Days!

Our Grand Canyon Adventure covers the first 188 miles of the Grand Canyon.Your trip begins at Lee’s Ferry (Mile 0) and concludes at Whitmore Wash (Mile 188). Over the course of these 188 miles, you’ll discover some of the most incredible sites within the Grand Canyon, many of which are accessible only by river.

Event Schedule

Note: Schedule days and venues subject to change.

Tuesday, August 8
4:45am   Coach departs Las Vegas Marriott for Boulder City airport
7:00am   Scenic flight to the Marble Canyon
10:00am   Board the rafts and embark on our adventure!
Night   Sleep under the stars! (tents are available)
Wednesday – Saturday,  August 9 -12
    River days — rafting, hiking, learning, basking in God’s creative beauty
Sunday, August 13
    Mid-morning helicopter flight from river to Bar 10 ranch for shower, lunch and flight to Las Vegas or Marble Canyon . Las Vegas arrival estimated at 3pm.

Cancellation Policy: We understand that we make our plans and the Lord directs our steps. Our philosophy regarding cancellations is driven by compassion and stewardship, not punishment. In its simplest terms, if we can resell your places, we will refund your money. Please understand that Landmark Events must prepay hotels, meals, transportation and other fees in advance, and we consider your registration as a commitment to attend. If you have to cancel, please let us know in writing as soon as you know so we both can work on getting someone else in your place. Keep in mind, registrations are fully transferable to a relative or friend. If you have any questions, or if we can be of service in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We strongly recommend you consider purchasing Travel Insurance – AAA and Visa offer coverage, as do most insurance companies.  Insuremytrip.com is a good place to start. 

Event Speakers

Dr. Tim Clarey

Dr. Tim Clarey received a Master of Science in Geology in 1984 from the University of Wyoming. He earned a Master of Science in Hydrogeology in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Geology in 1996 from Western Michigan University. For nearly a decade, Dr. Clarey worked as an exploration geologist at Chevron USA, Inc., developing oil drilling prospects and analyzing assets and lease purchases. He was Full Professor and Geosciences Chair at Delta College in Michigan for 17 years before leaving to join the science staff at the Institute for Creation Research in 2013. As Research Associate, he’s studying sedimentary rocks across the globe to find further evidence for the Genesis Flood. Dr. Clarey has published two college laboratory books and many papers on various aspects of the Rocky Mountains. He is the author of Dinosaurs: Marvels of God’s Design and a contributor to Guide to Dinosaurs.

Dr. Tim Clarey

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