The 77% of Americans who view outdoor recreation as an important part of their lives are in luck, because American the Beautiful is chock full of incredible national parks. These parks span from Glacier National Park in Montana, to the heavy, humid mystical Everglades national park in Florida. Every single one has unique opportunities for outdoor adventures, including hiking, biking, mountain climbing, rafting, bird watching and other types of boating.

For those looking to experience iconic Colorado rafting trips Grand Canyon national park is undoubtedly the way to go. Although the famous canyon is the not the deepest or longest canyon in the world, it is certainly one of the most stunning. “It’s all in the layers,” is the official catchphrase and refers to the beautiful striation of pinks and tans that spans as far as the eye can see.

Geologic evidence suggests that the Colorado river broke out the west end of the Grand Canyon about five million years ago, and it cuts right through a type of rock called schist, which is metamorphic rock dating back 1.75 billion years old — nearly half of the age of Earth! This makes a rafting tour not only a physical adventure, but a journey back in time and a chance to educate yourself about the physical geographical and geological history of this country.

Not only is the experience a deeply educational and spiritual one, but an extremely physical one. White-water rafting is one of the most strenuous and challenging outdoor activities, but you will be so hyped up by the beauty and the thrill of the experience, you won’t even notice how many calories you end up burning.

The average 155-pound person burns 352 calories during white-water rafting, while the 180-pound person burns 409. That makes a multi-day rafting trip a calorie burning bonanza. Paired with the other benefits of such a trip — not to mention the making of valuable friendships, well worth it several times over.

Experience the glory of the Grand Canyon in the midst of the force that created it — the mighty Colorado river. Leave the edge behind and plunge in with Colorado rafting trips Grand Canyon style.