We get such a thrill hearing about your adventures in the Canyon and elsewhere. Keep 'em coming!
Storms/MacKay - Cancellation due to COVID-19
"...just wanting to reply to say thank you for understanding and to let you know that I received a email from 'gateway notify' indicating the deposit.
I am sure Ken expressed our disappointment in unable to conduct our trip. There were so many elements in this trip that it was going to make it a lifetime highlight. With persistence we will make it happen.
Knowing how easy it is to work with you I know who we will be booking with when it happens and will most certainly be recommending Ceiba."
"And thank you and Ceiba for being so easy and professional to work with. I'll definitely be using your services the next time I go down the big ditch!"
"Thank you once again, you guys are wonderful and we will be recommending Ceiba to anyone and everyone and will be back to see you guys again!"
"Our menu option was the 24 day Winter Time. Everything was scrumptious. I was so very pleasantly surprised. No one was ever hungry.
Our trip leader made a real smart choice going with Ceiba adventures. All y'all did us right and then some!"
"Ya'll were amazing to work with, and I will definitely keep ya'll in mind for my next trip! I know the entire crew felt that way as well."
"You guys (gals) have obviously done this a while. Totally professional, extremely thorough. Thanks for a lifetime memory!"
"Overall our experience with Ceiba was great! I would definitely recommend Ceiba to other GC private boaters. The people at Ceiba made the planning and trip (especially Chelsea, Rachel and Marilyn) - so awesome to have so many badass women to work with!!!"
"Great trip! Plan to use y'all again in the future. Thanks for everything. Hopefully be back down there soon!"
F. Brown - Daily Kayak/SUP Rental
"Rachel was so kind and accommodating from the first call to the very end. She not only came in early to get us the paddle boards, she equipped us with extra pumps, gave us straps for the car, and met us late to return them. I would highly recommend ceiba for any of your outdoor excursions!"
Kaplinski Lees Ferry Upstream Trip
"Dear Rachel, Scott and Ceiba,
Thanks so much for all the gear. We had the best time! We hope you’re enjoying the forced “slow down” and this beautiful spring weather.
All the best from the Kaplinskis"
"I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to design a menu, dry boxes, and coolers, for 18 people, on a 21 day trip, without any access to restock. Despite the enormity of the challenge you guys really nailed it. The meals were delicious, diverse, and plentiful, not to mention quite affordable. I really loved the organization of the kitchen boxes and plan on doing something similar with my home camping setup. I loved the simplicity of yesterday’s dry goods box becoming today’s trash.
This was the trip of a lifetime, and your outfitting services really made it possible. We can’t wait for our next one."
"Dear Ceiba Employees,
Thank you on behalf of all of the members of my trip for all your hard work getting us on the river. Thank you for the part you all played in making it happen. We are thinking of you in these difficult times."
E. Bernhoft Trip
"Thank You Guys Again for making our trip possible. You all are fantastic. Hopefully we will be back in the coming years.
P.S. Re-entry was near catastrophic . I’m still trying to decide whether I should have tried my luck against Pearce Ferry Rapid as opposed to COVID. What’s clear is that we should have requested more beer and food and just kept going."
C. Montandon Trip
"Thank you so much for all your help! The trip was perfect in so many ways, but so much of it had to do with Ceiba!"
"I had an absolutely wonderful time and was so impressed with the food systems, organization, and packing! Thank you for an incredible experience, I so appreciate the obvious work and care you put into these trips!"
“Dear Ceiba, Thank you for your support and dedication to the Sesquicentennial Colorado River Exploring Expedition. Your willingness to travel far distances, fulfill special requests and adapt your services to fit the expedition are greatly appreciated. Your help made it possible for us to complete “our incredible journey” retracing John Wesley Powell and crew’s expedition. All along the way, we heard great praise for the food and organizational structure you provided.
We remain eternally grateful for your support and sponsorship. Thank you!”
SCREE Expedition Members – Chuck Minckley, Jessica Flock, Patrick Kikut, Ben Kraushaar
Rich Rudow & Rick Demarest Trip
"Back home & wanted to get a note out thanking all of you for everything you did to make this complex trip work.
Over the 10 years Rich & I have been doing the combination rafting & canyoneering trips Ceiba’s ability to accommodate all of the special requirements needed has been an integral part of the success we have enjoyed. I’m sure this last trip with the added backcountry days & a totally different way of packing the food was not an easy task on your part. It all worked perfectly though & made our trip all that more special. This was, without a doubt, the easiest trip we have even done in regards to the camp setup, kitchen & menu.
It’s been a pleasure working with all of you."
“Our Grand Canyon Rafting Christmas was amazing. We all learned a lot and benefitted from that trip in ways I’m certainly only a few people (Ceiba included, of course!) can appreciate. I, for one, had no idea how my learnings from previous rafting trips would and would not translate to the Colorado through the Grand and to such an extended trip. It is absolutely correct for me to tell you all that we (our crew) would not have come out the other side on speaking terms if it had not been for Ceiba’s boats, food stock, planning, and considerable experience. Thank you so much for your expertise!
Another aspect: I would never have been able to navigate the complexities of the trip without your patience. I am eternally grateful for your patience to help us even when helping us was hard, and during various holidays. Finally, I am grateful for your perseverance. Certainly I did not communicate early and often, but you took up that slack, and with a pleasant disposition in the face of my failure to engage sufficiently. You folks are a class act. Thank you for being so dependable, experienced, and patient. I, for one, will always recommend Ceiba for such adventures wholeheartedly. Your team can’t be beat.”
"Ceiba was great at answering any and all questions that I had as a first time TL. They were also very flexible as I was adding and dropping people up until just a few weeks before the trip launched."
"Thanks as always. Let Rachel and the team know that all of you did a great job on our outfitting. Since you guys are always so good, sometimes we take it for granted. Still… excellence is excellence and should always be bragged about!"
"Just wanted to thank you for the excellent food pack on our 21 day.
I worked as a professional boatman for more than 20 years, for a zillion different companies from Idaho, through Utah, CO & Grand Canyon and I appreciated your menu more than many commercial companies I worked for.
What absolutely made the difference was the combination of excellent ingredients; along with simplicity of prep & awesome cooler pack!"
"From the moment I initially called Ceiba, their customer service was top notch! The day of launch was incredible to watch. Marilyn was incredible; informative, educational, and motivational at the rig. I can’t recommend Ceiba enough. I was blown away at the time Ceiba spent with me over email and the phone to bring me up to speed."
"Because of Ceiba, we could focus on the big picture and trip planning and worry less about the details of packing. Ceiba is amazing! We ate well, we had everything we needed (and some things we didn’t know we needed but did!), and ultimately so friendly and helpful."
"Ceiba is the only way to go. We own all of our own rafts and commercial outfitting gear but still decided to go with Ceiba and we wouldn’t do it any other way. Rachel was extremely helpful with the early planning and logistics. The food was amazing and they paid special attention to accommodating my wife’s wheat allergy(aka gluten free). Finally Marilynn’s instruction at Lee’s Ferry was very thorough and helpful. We were super impressed and can’t wait to get another permit."
C. Wales - One Boat Motor Trip
"Everyone at Ceiba was 100 percent dedicated to making our Grand trip as awesome as possible. Thanks! There are an amazing cast of characters assembled at Ceiba, each person dedicated to making our river expericence as enjoyable as possible. The logistics could not have been better!"
"Thank you guys so much for the awesome help in getting us out on the water and all the great follow up. Can’t wait to use you guys on our next adventure."
"Thank you all so much! Everything worked out great. Your office staff was very professional and helpful. Marilyn did an extremely good job helping us set up and de-rig. Quick, efficient, positive, and intelligent. Couldn’t imagine a better experience. If we ever score another permit, we will be going with Ceiba again. We will absolutely recommend you to anyone else who is taking a private Grand Canyon trip."
"You all were really professional and easy to work with. I almost felt scared because so little was asked for us on the preparation end. I look forward to using you all on the next trip… and the next one. And Marilyn was absolutely outstanding on the rig and derig."
"I can’t recommend them enough. The food was excellent ,staff was friendly,and the boats were dialed. I had two professional oarsmen (fishing guide friends) on my trip and they were super impressed with how well everything on the boats were set up."
"Amazing service from start to finish. I can not imagine trying to wrangle up the gear and food for 16 people for 21 days, and you guys made it look easy. Thanks"
"We did have an awesome trip! Thank you guys so much for the hard work on everything. I thought the food pack was great, any chance you could forward us a copy of it for future reference? Thanks again for everything!"
"If I pull a permit in the future, Ceiba will be my first phone call."
"This is my third trip with Ceiba in three different capacities, but each has been great. Your team really excels at communication on the front side and flexibility with logistics. This was my first trip being the permit holder and you were a great resource for the unknown/tricky elements. Thanks for three straight years of great outfitting and I’ll be using you for any future trips!"
"We had a fantastic trip. It was a good team with good leadership, which is a big component to a successful trip but I just wanted to say that all of you contributed immensely in helping to make it as successful and easy as it was. A big shout out to Scott and Geoff for your equipment talk at the put-in, you slipped in so many wise river tips that wouldn’t have had the same impact coming from me. Also for the take-out crew, Dave and Lisa, you were full of good energy and helped us be off the ramp in 45 minutes! Unbeatable crew and seamless execution, cheers! I look forward to the next trip with y’all. "
"We appreciate all the organizing, packing, planning, cleaning – it was all so on point and professional! The food menu was perfect! All of the boats and gear served us well. And mostly the solid support we felt from the Ceiba crew in planning this expedition. Everyone was always patient and kind to us and answered all our questions. All the drivers were so supportive & safe. Rachel – your patience with the menu was so appreciated! Mary & Chelsea – always kind and supportive. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
"The factors that most influenced my decision to use Ceiba were: Customer Service, Newest Equipment, Outfitter Experience. I will definitely repeat with Ceiba!"
"The best decision I made in this whole process (and there were no dissenters among our group) was contacting Ceiba for . . . everything that you did for us. I didn’t hear a cross word spoken by anyone in our tribe during the entire journey down the river. I would never have thought that was possible. Perhaps it was largely because Ceiba made everything so incredibly easy for us that we remained comfortable and happy through everything the river and the skies through at us. The boat maps, all the help rigging the boats, Marilyn’s detailed and cheerful instruction on how everything worked, the detailed menus, shopping and cooking instructions, such high quality foods (the steaks, the salmon . . . and on and on), the packing of the coolers, all the work at Diamond Creek, Chelsea’s and Geoff’s and Mary’s and your availability for advising me and answering my questions and making adjustments throughout the long planning period . . . there’s no end to it. Two thumbs way up for you and your company."
S. Warner, Brunton Trip
"I thought this morning that I would like to mail you all a thank you card. Marilyn was particularly spectacular to work with. From the moment she met us at the put in until the last wave at your shop on the 27th, she was the epitome of kindness, professionalism and bodacious boatwoman cool. Please pass on my complements to the crew. Your recipes and gear were exceptional too. I have used other companies that did a great job too but your stuff was healthier, more thoughtful and ultra organized. The chicken curry and fish tacos were group favorites but even your snack selection was top notch."
Sheri R. Nolen, Canyoneers
"The Canyoneers Management & Staff would like to thank you and your staff for another great season. We greatly appreciate the super service you have provided throughout the summer and your dedication to quality service."
Alison Holland, Grand Canyon Youth
"Dear Ceiba – all of you! Thank you so much for being a huge part of GCY. Without you we could not run the programs that we do. Thanks so much for making the 2018 season such a huge success! I’m looking forward to next season already!"
"We would not have been able to do this trip without all of the support from the whole team at Ceiba. From our first tentative questions about renting equipment, to salad and dessert on our last night on the river, to our cars waiting for us in Peach Springs, everything was consistently better than we hoped for. They truly cared about doing everything they could to give us the trip of a lifetime, and they succeeded. Without hesitation, I would recommend them to anyone looking for any kind of support on a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon."
Howard Brandenburg, ASIR, Albuquerque, NM
Research trips from 2016 through 2018
"My family and I are shipping over to Australia for a new chapter in our lives. I just want you to know how much American Southwest Ichthyological Researchers (ASIR) appreciates working with you all. Speaking for myself, all my trips down the beautiful Grand Canyon were so smooth and successful in large part because of Ceiba. Your company/staff is so organized and knowledgeable and you are all wonderful people too. I have truly appreciated working with you."
"I’ve now done two private, non-commercial trips with Ceiba’s gear, foodpack, and shuttle service and I would never go with anyone else. They are incredibly professional, caring, and did everything in their power to ensure we had the best trip possible. Ceiba is awesome!"
"Thanks again for all the help and great customer service! We had a great time and would absolutely use Ceiba again. Such a great vibe around HQ."
"Chelsea, Rachel & Geoff, I want to thank Ceiba for getting our group and I to the river & back. I realize it is a group effort and the effort put forward by Ceiba is not one I plan on forgetting anytime soon. Fun it was… Above and beyond! Thank you all."
"Ceiba was great from the start. Very informative and quick to respond to any questions. 4 Boats were delivered and Marilyn was incredibly helpful in FULL assembly of the boats and very quick to accommodate. They were very responsive to any billing info. I would use Ceiba again, hopefully soon."
"Rachel, Chelsea, Scotty, JP, thank you so much for the work that you put in to support our adventure down the canyon. Scotty, your delivery of loads of information on rig day was concise, clear and relaxed. We are all going to spread the good word about what Ceiba is doing down here on the Grand. Take care!"
"Chelsea, it was a wonderful trip! It’s been a pleasure working with you. Thanks. Until next time, Cheers, Dave"
"Holy crap this is e-x-c-i-t-i-n-g!!! Note: Ceiba was not only our outfitter back in 2012 for my first time in, but each and every person I have asked (from a wide and varied circle) has said hands down you folks are the very best to work with and offer the best overall quality! Thanks for your consistent care for us river nuts!"
"Ceiba, THANK YOU for your excellent service. We had the trip of a lifetime, thanks in part to your excellent gear, staff, food pack, etc. (also: weather). We hope to work with you (and refer you unequivocally) for years to come!"
"We can’t say enough good things about Ceiba. Everything from the first call to your last, to the menu planning, to the ease of rig-in at Lees, to the quality of your boats and frames, to the thought of your systems, to the food itself, your recipes, the plastic coated cards in the kitchen box, the menus in the daily boxes… the ease and organization at the take-out… everything was awesome… we had a super trip, all thanks to you. Muy Muchas Gracias!"
"A big thanks for the support from you guys in getting our trip together – the whole experience with Ceiba has been professional, helpful, accommodating and patient. Rest assured you have 15 paddlers singing your praises and eager to recommend your services to any folk that may be considering or planning a trip down the Colorado River. We hope you guys have a great winter and fantastic rafting season ahead!"
D. & T. Lester
"Everyone at Ceiba – Our group just wanted to say thank you for everything! Ladies in the office, you are awesome. Than you for making planning & logistics so easy. Scott, everyone really appreciated your knowledge and help on Rig day. Thanks for making it so smooth. And thanks to our shuttle drivers Tyler & Brad! Cheers –"
"Overall amazing experience and will highly recommend Ceiba to anyone I know with a canyon trip!"
"Loved my trip with Ceiba. Everything was top notch. The Ceiba crew was so dialed. Can’t wait to come back!"
"Thanks for everything! It was an amazing trip and that is in large part thanks to your alls attention to detail. Will absolutely use you all for our next trip."
"You guys made my life so easy. I couldn’t imagine having to do this all by myself. Ceiba is god!"
Alison, Grand Canyon Youth
"To the fabulous Ceiba crew, Thanks for your professional driving, great scheduling, and the amazing attitude of all your drivers."
"I am finally rehydrated and truly enjoying my memories of the trip. I’ve travelled many places, even floated the CO River through the Canyon before — this trip just turned out perfect. Old friends, new friends, great food and great camaraderie. You guys are great. We really had a fantastic trip, and the Ceiba prep made it all happen smoothly. Oops, I’m gushing. AWESOME CEIBA!"
"Ceiba did a great job. All 16 of us would use Ceiba again, and would recommend Ceiba to our friends."
"Great customer service and very thorough planning. Chelsea was very helpful and friendly. Ceiba addressed every request we had."
"We were pleased with the service provided by Ceiba, and we were also impressed that they were able to take a random group of 16 people and have the perfect amount of food available every day for 23 days. I would recommend Ceiba to others."
"Thank you, thank you, thank you. From being flexible about combining trips to being understanding of payments to accommodating food, your customer service is top notch."
"Thanks to Ceiba for being THE BEST company to outfit on the Grand Canyon. This was our second trip with Ceiba and we couldn’t be happier. We are sure to recommend you to everyone we know headed that way… thanks again for helping us create a fantastic Canyon experience."
"I wanted to send a note of thanks for your incredible services on a recent trip. I was blown away at your preparedness and attention to detail. I am also incredibly appreciative of your attention to my dietary restrictions. You can be sure that if I have the privilege of rafting the Canyon again, I will absolutely use your services again (and encourage anyone else to)."
"Ceiba Team! Thank you so much for helping us plan and execute a safe and successful run through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado. You guys/ladies were spectacular in every way, from trip planning to execution. Thank you so much!"
"I can’t tell you enough how impressed we were with your company. Everything was great and I will tell everyone that I know in the paddling community that Ceiba is the company to use."
"Hi Ceiba!!! First of all THANK YOU for an amazing trip! I was beyond impressed with your organization, customer service and overall ‘dialed’ nature of your operations! We all had an amazing experience and there was not a day that went by that we did not comment on how awesome you all are!"
"Ceiba’s Office staff were rock stars from the beginning. It’s almost like you’ve done this about a million times…you’ve set a high bar!"
"Scott, I just wanted to thank you and Rachel and all your staff for the expert and professional services we received from Ceiba allowing our group of fourteen to experience a twelve day Whole Shabang Grand Canyon motor trip. We could not have asked for more. Your experience and attention to detail helped make our trip truly a ‘trip of a lifetime’, even for me with over sixty Grand Canyon trips."
"We had a great trip with the fun little boat. All the gear worked fine. No issues and it was also a real simple pick-up and drop off! You guys are running a top notch operation there. Thanks for all the help!"
"You guys are awesome and made the whole trip hassle-free from planning through on the river through post-trip! You will definitely get our business and recommendation! We loved Ceiba!"
"Love how organized and dialed in everything is. Everything has been thought through well! Things are easy to find, and you guys even think of the extra things like spices, condiments, the extra little things blew me away!"
Canyon Fields School (NPS)
"We want to thank you all so much for all the preparation and hard work you put in for our staff and camp participants this year. We could not have done it without you all, truly, we are so appreciative to have worked with such an outstanding river company."
Grand Canyon Youth
"Dear Ceiba, Your whole operation is so cheerful, so passionate and always so helpful. Thanks for your passion and time and thanks for making our 2016 season a huge success!!!"
"We love you guys and can’t believe how easy you made everything. It really is amazing how well organized you are, I can’t stop saying enough. Thank You!!!!!!"
"Our takeout went Great. Sarah and Sparky were waiting for us when we arrived and had helpful tips for landing in the crowded takeout. Thanks so much for helping make our trip happen!"
"Dear EVERYONE at Ceiba! Thank you so much for everything you did & provided for us!! We had such an incredible river trip & you all made it so easy from the very start!"
"Best customer service I have seen in ages."
"I received many compliments about the “trip leader” pre-trip planning packet that Ceiba presented and its level of organization."
"I would most definitely use Ceiba for any trip! The trip organization and help offered by the friendly staff is top notch. I feel confident that the folks at Ceiba will do anything in their power to make every trip the best trip ever. I have nothing but positive things to say about the whole experience with Ceiba and will sing their praises every opportunity I get."
"Speaking of GREAT, thanks to you and all the folks at Ceiba for great service! We had a wonderful trip, due in large part to all the work you did for us. Thanks very much!"
"I gave you guys high recommendations for your food especially. I was really impressed with the quality last trip, as was another friend who recently went down on a Ceiba outfitted trip. Glad we are able to come back for another round!"
"All-in-all we were stoked to have outfitted through Ceiba, and will definitely use you guys on our next GC trip!"
"Ceiba was on top of all communications – Very Pro-active, Ceiba is Great!"
"I was really pleased with the whole experience. I want to thank all of the staff that made the trip possible without a hitch. Your staff made it easy to plan this size trip with ease."
"I Thoroughly enjoyed the interaction and the ease with which it all gets accomplished. I hope to be working with Ceiba again next winter."
"We all had a great experience with Ceiba. I would recommend you to others and use your services if/when I take another trip on the river. I was particularly impressed by how well all of our food needs were accomodated. It was very helpful to be reminded of people’s allergies/needs in each day’s menu. And the gluten free baking mixes and cookies were all superb. Quite possibly better than conventional. Thank you for such a great trip and for always being so quick to help us with any questions."
D. Lentz Chief of Concessions Management
"The Concessions Management Staff at Grand Canyon National Park would like to thank you for your professionalism and customer service. We appreciate that this is not an isolated event, with your client T. Joyce. Ceiba Adventures is an important asset to many visiting the Park."
"We had an amazing time and I highly recommend Ceiba."
"Scott, Rachel and the entire staff of Ceiba Adventures, I would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU! You have a wonderful business and staff that I can see both of your hands and energy in the making of!"
"I just wanted to say thanks to Ceiba for such a pleasant and professional experience all the way around. You folks are good at what you do!"
"It was a pleasure doing business with Ceiba, you and all of your staff. We had a great time and everything you supplied was beyond what was expected. I will recommend Ceiba to anyone thinking of rafting the river."
"Our trip was amazing. The rafts were perfect – everyone made little lists of changes they want to make to their own rafts once we get home based on cool stuff on yours. The food was excellent and SUCH a huge treat to not have to provision our own trip. Thanks for all your attention to detail and perfect menus."
"Wanted to let all your crew know you guys are top notch with great equipment and go the extra mile to take care of your customers. I was expecting to lose some weight on the trip but with your fantastic menus and great food I actually gained a little. Thanks for the great work and looking forward to doing business with Ceiba again!"
"Dear Ceiba, Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the Gillam/Rowher trip. All of us will forever have fond memories of all of you – your warmth, responsiveness, great equipment, great food and amazing care for our group. We couldn’t have been more pleased and we’ll recommend you highly. Thanks again and best to all!"
"At our take out, Reed was waiting for us when we arrived, ready to go! He was great at directing and simplifying our de-rig. He’s awesome!!! So nice, funny, helpful, patient and knowledgeable. He was a serious entity, an incredible dude and funny to boot! Ceiba really does have an all-star crew, from the first moment to the last!"
"The trip was fantastic, everyone had a great time. The crew wanted me to tell everyone at Ceiba thanks for all your help. The gear was in great shape and everything worked out great. We will tell anyone we know headed your way about Ceiba and hopefully we will be in touch again for our next trip."
"Erin basically held my hand the whole way. The structure of how food and equipment was organized was so helpful. I felt like that was a huge aspect of what I was grateful for and paying for, was just the structure of how to keep everything organized."
"Hi Ceiba Crew, We had an awesome trip and felt so fortunate to be in the great hands of Ceiba. The shuttles were flawless, the gear top notch. Thanks for taking such good care of us! Many, many thanks and hope you have some fun canyon moments ahead of you! Cheers"
"Everyone was totally psyched, and it has been terrible settling back to daily life! Thanks again for all that you guys did to make our trip a huge success. The customer service, the food and the gear provided were all great! Everyone on the trip was super impressed by the job you guys did."
"Ya’ll are fantastic. I can’t say enough great things about you, thank you Erin, Scott and everybody else. I can’t wait to see you all again next fall!"
October 2014 (Original trip in 2013 cancelled due to government shut-down)
"I can’t thank you, Scott, Rachel, and the rest of the team enough for doing such a fantastic job setting us up for success. All of us, and especially our oarsmen and women, were supremely impressed with the rigs, food and service."