Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association
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To protect and conserve the environment and resources of the Grand Canyon with a particular emphasis on the Colorado River corridor; to provide a diverse range of the highest quality Grand Canyon river experiences for the professionally outfitted public; to support the people and places of the Grand Canyon river community.
The Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association is a non-profit trade group whose members include the sixteen professional river outfitters who provide public whitewater rafting trips in the Grand Canyon National Park. All members are licensed concessionaires of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Role of the Professional River Outfitter
GCROA’s members provide the public with safe access to one of the most unique and truly special backcountry river experiences available anywhere on Earth. Our ranks include many of the original river outfitting families who decades ago first pioneered what today we recognize as the sport of recreational river running. This is a rich and proud heritage in America’s great western tradition.
The Grand Canyon river experience is compelling and precious, yet highly individualistic. Our role is to provide a diverse means by which the American and international traveling publics can interact with the canyon and the river on deep and personal terms. No one goes away untouched. Even the unsuspecting are forever changed by the canyon’s sublime beauty, the river’s song, and the self-discovery that comes from new experiences in powerful places.
It is the goal of each GCROA member to interact responsibly with the Grand Canyon at all times. We employ a variety of resource protection strategies on an everyday basis. We take our partnership with the National Park Service very seriously and we are proud of our contribution. Through the services we provide, the National Park Service’s dual mission of providing public access to the Grand Canyon river experience while protecting the resource for future generations is fully realized.
The Grand Canyon Fund
The Grand Canyon Fund (formerly known as the Grand Canyon Conservation Fund) is a non-profit enterprise established in 1998 and managed by a group of Grand Canyon National Park's licensed river outfitters. Each year, roughly eighty percent of all professionally outfitted river trip passengers donate $1 per day of their river trip to the Grand Canyon Fund.
In turn, this money is awarded in the form of grants to non-profit conservation and special-interest groups, and those working to provide access to backcountry outdoor experiences for those with physical and socioeconomic challenges. The Grand Canyon Fund does not award grants to individuals, for-profit corporations, or government agencies.
The Grand Canyon Fund is managed by volunteers. There are no administrative overhead costs. One hundred percent of all donations go directly to protecting, conserving, and promoting the Grand Canyon and providing access to those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to share in the Grand Canyon river experience.
All donations made to the Grand Canyon fund are fully tax deductible as charitable giving. Grand Canyon Fund monies are held and distributed on its behalf by the Grand Canyon Fund, an Arizona non-profit public charity.