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We get such a thrill hearing about your adventures in the Canyon and elsewhere. Keep 'em coming!

L. Tillinghast

September 2021

"I worked commercially running rivers in Utah, Arizona, and Idaho in the '80's before graduating college. I can say with lots of experience that Ceiba's equipment, food, and whole shabang package is nothing short of world class!! It is also always a pleasure doing business with and seeing Scott."

N. Shikany

August 2021

"The Ceiba team was amazing in getting our trip put together. Everything went very smoothly and they were very helpful in answering all of our questions and concerns."

T. Daigle

August 2021

"Your put-in consultant Marilyn was so amazing and informative. She’s such a baddie and really knows her shit."

C. Lloyd

August 2021

"Marilyn was so amazing on rig day! Super efficient and thorough with all the gear and paperwork. All of the gear worked wonderfully, and there was so much thought put into the gear and the food! De-rig was also super efficient and they were super welcoming as we got off the river! Thank you so much for helping us have such an amazing experience."

D. Bohach

July 2021

"I am so glad we went with you! You guys made our trip so easy and we had so much more fun because we didn’t have to do all the hard work. Marilyn really was great at going over every single detail about the gear. She made the rig so easy! The food was absolutely amazing! Directions down to the last detail, we had so much good food we couldn’t eat it all. I can’t thank you all enough. You made our trip truly amazing!!!"

I. Miftode

June 2021

"Food was great and plenty and we still had ice left in the coolers at the end, so everything kept nice and cool. Thank you for putting everything together so neatly. It felt like you have done this before :-)"

J. Chin

May 2021

"I work as a guide and do a lot of planning for trips. I definitely appreciate how easy everything was because of the team at Ceiba."

G. Lightsey

May 2021

"Thanks again for everything you guys do! I am yet again super impressed with how Ceiba operates. You all truly make things incredibly easy and I appreciate it greatly!!"

N. Yvernault

April 2021

"We had a great trip! Ceiba did a fantastic job with the food pack. Dinner portions were spot on! We certainly did not go hungry. I thank you very much for putting it all together on such short notice. I like your systems... All in all, Ceiba styled our trip. I will be sure to call you again for my next trip and I will certainly be recommending Ceiba to all my friends. Thanks again for all your hard work."

D. Ruschke

April 2021

"Easy meal plans, boat map, and folder makes the first few confusing days much easier to figure out! Marilynn showed up with a crew that put all of our boats together and got us organized. We all have our own boats, but the whole shabang with boat rentals makes everything so easy we decided not to bring our own gear! It was a great decision."

A. Dhonau

April 2021

"I really appreciated all the pre trip communication that I had with all the office staff at Ceiba. Chelsea, Rachel, and anyone that ever answered a phone call would either answer my question, or make sure that I would receive a call back by someone that could provide an answer. The trip planner was extremely helpful in providing me with an outline of equipment and dates to follow as my trip launch came closer…

You guys were awesome. You took a lot of the challenges of planning this sort of expedition and made them yours. You put my mind at ease so that I could focus on my friends, the water, and the magic of the Grand Canyon."

Storms/MacKay - Cancellation due to COVID-19

March 2021

"...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."

K. Stokes

March 2021

"Ceiba's invoicing system is very clear and detailed. My point of contact was readily available to answer all my questions and help me stay organized as a first time GC boater and trip leader."

P. Sommers

March 2021

"Thank you so much and thank you to the whole Ceiba team, especially also Marilyn and Rachel and the drivers, who supported our trip. The food was great and we still had ice left on the final night! I really appreciated all your work and would definitely recommend Ceiba to others in the future."

S. Wolfe

January 2021

"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!"

J. Hardy

January 2021

"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!"

J. Yurcik

November 2020

"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!"

D. Mikalian

October 2020

"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."

C. Freeman

October 2020

"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!!!"

B. Dodds

October 2020

"You guys (gals) have obviously done this a while. Totally professional, extremely thorough. Thanks for a lifetime memory!"

B. Williamson

September 2020

"Great trip! Plan to use y'all again in the future. Thanks for everything. Hopefully be back down there soon!"

Kaplinski Lees Ferry Upstream Trip

May 2020

"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"

F. Brown - Daily Kayak/SUP Rental

May 2020

"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!"

I. London

March 2020

"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."

Nemens-Stowell Trip

March 2020

"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

March 2020

"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."


March 2020

“Dear Rachel, Scott and the entire awesome crew at Ceiba. We met on the Grand in 2018; then co-led our own trip in 2020; and now, we are pleased to announce that we have exchanged vows! Thanks for being a part of our journey and helping us to have 2 EPIC Grand Canyon adventures! Much love, A & B”

SCREE Expedition

January 2020

“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

January 2020

"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."

J. Hoiland

January 2020

"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!"

C. Montandon Trip

January 2020

"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!"

C. Dill

December 2019

“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.”

J. Barza

December 2019

"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."

D. Richardson

November 2019

"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!"

K. Chethik

October 2019

"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!"

S. Brown

July 2019

"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."

M. McKeon

July 2019

"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."

C. Wales - One Boat Motor Trip

June 2019

"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!"

B. Petersen

June 2019

"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."

T. Love-Chezem

May 2019

"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."

J. Wilson

April 2019

"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."

N. Roman

April 2019

"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."

D. Wilson

April 2019

"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."

B. Qualls

April 2019

"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"

J. Dimmitt

April 2019

"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!"

J. Anderson

February 2019

"If I pull a permit in the future, Ceiba will be my first phone call."

Gerard Trip

December 2018

"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!"

J. Ryan

November 2018

"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. "

Keller Trip

October 2018

"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!"

P. Townsley

October 2018

"The factors that most influenced my decision to use Ceiba were: Customer Service, Newest Equipment, Outfitter Experience. I will definitely repeat with Ceiba!"

T. Bright

October 2018

"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

September 2018

"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

September 2018

"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

August 2018

"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!"

A. Carter

August 2018

"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."

P. McDermott

July 2018

"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!"

J. Hazel

June 2018

"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."

J. Jensen

May 2018

"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."

T. Wilson

April 2018

"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."

A. Duane

April 2018

"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!"

D. Lowry

April 2018

"Chelsea, it was a wonderful trip! It’s been a pleasure working with you. Thanks. Until next time, Cheers, Dave"

V.S. Lane

April 2018

"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!"

Willits-Kangas-Hibbard “Grand Canyon Palooza” crew

March 2018

"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!"

Willits Group

March 2018

"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!"

Maffett Group

October 2017

"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

October 2017

"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 –"

T. Lester

October 2017

"Overall amazing experience and will highly recommend Ceiba to anyone I know with a canyon trip!"

Ben Saheb

September 2017

"Loved my trip with Ceiba. Everything was top notch. The Ceiba crew was so dialed. Can’t wait to come back!"

D. Clark-Barol

August 2017

"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."

N. Wiaderny

August 2017

"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

Summer 2017

"To the fabulous Ceiba crew, Thanks for your professional driving, great scheduling, and the amazing attitude of all your drivers."

D. Haines

June 2017

"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!"

K. Weiss

May 2017

"Ceiba did a great job. All 16 of us would use Ceiba again, and would recommend Ceiba to our friends."

R. Loerzel

April 2017

"Great customer service and very thorough planning. Chelsea was very helpful and friendly. Ceiba addressed every request we had."

J. Dryer

February 2017

"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."


January 2017

"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."

Tricia Chan

December 2016

"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."

S. Campbell

December 2016

"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)."

M. Stewart