can of beer in the Grand Canyon

BYOB: Alcohol on a River Trip

Of course many of us appreciate an adult beverage or two while on vacation. We don’t expect this trip will be any different. You should know, Arizona River Runners (ARR) does not provide, nor do we sell any alcohol on the trip. So here are a few tips on how to stock up on alcohol before your river trip.

What Arizona River Runners provides:

  • Drinking water
  • Various sodas (of course some types of La Croix)
  • Lemonade mix
  • Electrolyte replenishment drinks i.e. Gatorade powder, Sqwincher packets
  • A block of ice and an ice pick to use for cocktails
  • Coffee and various tea packets
  • Our ARR mugs, provided at the beginning of the trip, work great for your evening beverage and your morning coffee

General tips to consider:

  • Beer should be in cans, not glass. Do not bring aluminum cans with screw top.
  • Wine should be boxed.
  • Liquor in glass bottles can be accommodated, but plastic is preferred.
  • You can also pour your wine or liquor into a stainless steel bottle like a Hydroflask or Yeti.
  • ARR doesn’t limit what you can bring, but some transportation options have weight restrictions. Find your trip type below for details.
  • We do not provide tonic water or other specialty mixers, but you are welcome to use the sodas or lemonade to make a mixed drink.
  • If you are the type of person who needs a certain kind of soda, you’ll probably want to bring your own and label it. We never know which beverages will be popular on a given trip.
  • We keep the beer cool by dragging it in the water, so labels won’t stick. This means that beer is on your honor. Meaning, you should only drink what you bring.

 

Convenient Vendors:

Las Vegas Liquor World
702-262-9100
169 E Tropicana Avenue
Within walking distance of the Desert Rose Resort and has a selection of wine, beer, liquor, and mixers.

Marble Canyon Lodge Store
800-726-1789
Hwy 89A
Located in Marble Canyon Lodge complex
They have beer, wine, and non-alcoholic mixers (e.g. tonic water). They do not sell liquor.

 

Trip Types:

Because it varies depending on your trip type and transportation option, please read carefully to find the best option for your trip type or give us a call and we’ll help you out.

3 Day Motor Trips

Your only option is to purchase alcohol in Las Vegas before we pick you up for your trip. The Bar 10 Ranch does not have alcohol. They do provide a cooler where you can chill it when you arrive. There is a 25 pound luggage limit (including beverages) on the charter flight, but there are no specific liquid restrictions. For groups, it sometimes works to split your beers among your bags so no one has more than 25 pounds. If you go over the weight limit, the airline may charge an excess baggage fee.

 

6 and 7 Day Motor Trips

Marble Canyon transportation option: Since you’ll be meeting us in Marble Canyon, please bring all of your luggage, including your beverages, to the orientation meeting so you can load it in our vehicles when we transport you to our rafts.

Las Vegas transportation option: If you prefer liquor, you’ll need to purchase it in Las Vegas the day before we pick you up. There is a 25 pound luggage limit (including beverages) on the charter flight, but there are no specific liquid restrictions. Beer, wine, and a variety of mixers (i.e. tonic water) can be purchased at the Marble Canyon Store after the orientation meeting on the first day of your trip.

 

8 Day Motor Trips

Since you’ll be taking a bus to Marble Canyon, there are no luggage weight restrictions. It speeds things up on the first day if you purchase your alcohol in Las Vegas the day before we pick you up, but you’ll also have a chance to buy beer and wine (no liquor) at the Marble Canyon Store if needed.

 

Oar Trips and Hikers’ Special Trips

For all of our Oar Powered and Hiking Trips, we will attach an alcohol order form to your information packet. Once you call-in  your order, our alcohol distribution partner will deliver your goods to our warehouse and will be waiting for you once you reach the boats.