Western River Expeditions

Founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey, Western River Expeditions is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon with 13,000 user-days, and the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT. Western River offers trips through the natural wonders of Utah, Idaho and Colorado for adventurers of all ages and levels.
 
Moab Adventure Center
At Western's Moab Adventure Center, you can create your own experience with as many half to full-day activities as you wish, plus stay in a comfortable hotel each night. The center is your place for all the gear and souvenirs for your trip too.
 
Office Locations
Western River Expeditions is a nationally recognized outfitter headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona.
 
Annual Guests
Western services over 30,000 guests on trips each year through river vacations and the Moab Adventure Center.
 
Points of Departure
Western River currently has seven points of departure for its trips, depending on which adventure you choose. They include:
Salt Lake City, Utah
Moab, Utah
Las Vegas, Nevada
Marble Canyon, Arizona
Stanley, Idaho
Boise, Idaho
Grand Junction, Colorado
 
Waters to Raft
  • Western River provides professionally guided rafting trips on:
  • Colorado River in Utah and Arizona
  • Grand Canyon (188 or 100 miles)
  • Cataract Canyon (100 miles)
  • Westwater Canyon (16 miles)
  • Moab Day Trip (14 miles)
  • Green River in Utah
  • Green River, Desolation Canyon (84 miles)
  • Idaho Rafting Trips
  • Main Salmon River (89 miles)
  • Middle Fork Salmon River (100 miles)
  • Snake River through Hells Canyon
Vacation Variety
Everything from day trips to week-long escapes, from everyday adventurer to first-time fun-seekers, from extreme thrills to tame chills, from roughing it in the elements to pampering at four-star resorts and spas.
 
Price Range and Duration
Fully-equipped, multiple-day expeditions are all inclusive in their prices. Some trips will have optional add-ons (such as flights and shuttles). All multi-day trips include transportation to the river, food (meals and snacks), drinks camping equipment, safety equipment and professional guide service. For a complete list of trips and prices, see our printable summary sheet: http://www.westernriver.com/comparisons/
 
Western’s Guides
Western’s staff includes over 60 licensed and professionally trained guides, all with their own stories and experiences to share. Each Western guide experiences nearly 300 hours of training before escorting his or her first guest down the river. This training includes swift water rescue certification, CPR and First Aid Certification, a state licensing test, food handler's education, on-river cooking courses, geology and interpretation classes, and Western's renowned custom guide-training program.
 
Western’s Fleet of Vessels
Western uses 4 different types of vessels to navigate the waters, including:
  • 20 J-Rigs
  • 25 Row Rafts
  • 20 Paddle Boats
  • 30 Inflatable kayaks
Western’s Special Hummers®
Western’s professional guides operate custom Hummer® vehicles with raised seating in the rear for optimum passenger viewing. With 16 inches of ground clearance and an extremely low center of gravity, the Hummer® can navigate virtually any terrain imaginable.
 
Season
Western River offers trips March through October on selected waterways.
 
Other activities
In addition to the best rafting vacations in the West, Western River offers tours via Hummer, horseback, jet boat, 4x4, airplane and mountain bike.
 
Specialty Trips
Western offers trips for everyone and every group, including:
  • Women’s Adventure
  • Corporate Retreats
  • Group and Family Reunion Trips
 
Western’s Culinary Arts
Western’s guides are not only trained in the outdoors and geography of the area, they are also talented campfire cooks. Expect anything but your normal camping food on trips with Western River. Look forward to plates of steaming flapjacks, fresh fruit and scrambled eggs every morning and tasty chicken and veggie wraps or perhaps chicken salad pitas as part of Western's mid-day buffet. Dinner every night is different including grilled chicken breasts, tender steaks, pasta, or fresh fish.
 
Guiding Green Philosophy
Western River is committed to not only providing the best rafting trips in the world, but also to protecting those valuable resources in the environment we operate in and giving back to our community. See: http://www.westernriver.com/whywestern/environment.php
 
Awards
Western River Expeditions Recent Awards and Recognitions:
  • National Geographic Adventure Magazine “Best Adventure Travel Company”
  • Utah Best of State
  • The Official Best of Utah
 
Reservations
Western River Expedition’s helpful reservations specialists are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. MST at (801) 942-6669 or toll free at (866) 904-1160. You can also book your trip online at: http://secure.westernriver.com/express/reservation/
 
Contact Information
 
-Brandon Lake, Vice President
Phone: 801-942-6669 x101
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Western River Expeditions Named the World’s Best White Water Rafting Tour by USA TODAY Readers

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, June 4, 2019– The results are in! After nearly a month of online voting, the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for the world’s best white water rafting tour goes to Western River Expeditions!  

“Western River Expeditions (https://www.westernriver.com/) has more than 50 years of experience guiding trips along the rivers and canyons of the American West,” states USA Today. “Today, the company offers itineraries in Arizona (Grand Canyon), Utah, Idaho, Oregonand Costa Rica. From white-knuckle rapids to more relaxed family floats, rafting is a great way to add a dash of adventure to a trip.”

Dozens of nominees were chosen by a panel of relevant experts who include editors from USA TODAY and 10Best.com plus relevant expert contributors. Winners were chosen by highest total votes accumulated in an online voting forum. Members of the public could vote once daily from April 22-May 20. The final results were announced to the world on Friday, May 31, 2019.

“We want to thank the editors and staff of USA TODAY 10Best along with all the loyal travelers who voted for Western River Expeditions,” said Brian Merrill, company CEO. “Our staff works hard to make every trip an exceptional experience and it’s very rewarding to be recognized for our daily efforts!”

The Top 10 finishers in the category of Best White Water Rafting Tour are as follows:

  1. Western River Expeditions
  2. U.S. Rafting
  3. Wildman Adventure Resort
  4. Barker Ewing Whitewater
  5. Zoar Outdoor
  6. OARS
  7. Arkansas River Tours
  8. Downstream Adventures
  9. Three Rivers Whitewater
  10. Far Flung Adventures

Three outside travel experts helped select the 20 original nominees for the awards voting. They were, Lisa Ellen Niver, an award-winning travel expert on KTLA TV who has explored 101 countries and six continents. Her website, We Said Go Travel, is read in 212 countries. LiLing Pang is founder and CEO at Trekaroo, a travel resource and online community of "families inspiring each other to travel the world." Jeremy Clement is a Co-Founder at Project Expedition, a website where travelers can discover and book tours and activities in destinations around the world.

About

Western River Expeditions is an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. Annually from March through October it escorts more people down rivers on professionally guided rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon and the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT, through its division Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions, providing Grand Canyon rafting, Utah and Idaho rafting, and international multi-sport trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. It has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company is the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for sixteen consecutive years.

For more details on the contest see https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-white-water-rafting-tour/

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2019 catalog, questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669), or visit: http://www.westernriver.com/.

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Western River Expeditions Offers Rafting and Wildlife Adventures on Oregon’s Wild Rogue River

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, May 30, 2019 -- Imagine a river so remote that mail to riverside residents comes by jet boat. Here a lush eco system harbors a profundity of wildlife along a 45-mile section defined by Class II-IV whitewater thrills.

Western River Expeditions hosts multiple departures of a floating wildlife safari this season. Rogue River Rafting and Lodge combines whitewater rafting on Oregon’s wild and scenic Rogue River with hiking, wildlife spotting and overnight stays in comfortable lodges along its course. The boats used on these adventures range from oar to paddle boats and inflatable kayaks.

The 2019 Rogue River three-day program is $1,095 per person double (single supplement $500) with availability on June 8, 22; July 27 and Aug 24. The 2019 Rogue River four-day program is $1,375 per person double (single supplement $600) with availability June 2, 16; July 14, 21, 28 and Aug 4, 11, 18, 25. The minimum age is seven. The gateway is Merlin (Medford), Oregon. See: https://www.westernriver.com/rogue-river-lodge-trip

Rainy winters and sun-filled summers create ideal river running conditions along the Rogue’s course that begins near Crater Lake in the Cascade Mountains and runs westerly through southern Oregon to the Pacific Ocean.

“Western River Expeditions has river rafting programs in Costa Rica where wildlife viewing is always exciting. But stateside, the Rogue can’t be beat when it comes to the wildlife our guests may see,” said Brandon Lake, CMO of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/). He cited a recent study by a colleague in the river rafting industry who reported on the chances of spotting the following wildlife during a typical four-day river rafting trip:

  • Black-tailed deer - 95% chance of seeing
  • North American river otter - 65% chance
  • American black bear - 50% chance
  • North American beaver - 10% chance
  • Osprey - 95% chance
  • Ouzel - 95% chance
  • Great Blue Heron- 95% chance
  • Bald Eagle- 50% chance
  • Rough-skinned newt- 95% chance
  • Steelhead - 90% chance
  • Salmon - 50% chance
  • Sturgeon - 10% chance

“On most of our other rafting trips, guests can experience camping under the stars, but on the Rogue we feature the luxury of lodge-based accommodations. With so much daytime whitewater and wildlife excitement along the Rogue, we depend on our lodge hosts to calm and pamper our guests at night with sumptuous dining and cozy beds,” Lake added.

The Rogue River was one of the first (in 1968) rivers designated a Wild & Scenic river ecosystem.

Another non-camping option offered by Western River Expeditions is its Westwater Canyon Rafting & Multisport Trip on the Colorado River in the back country around Moab, Utah. In addition to rafting 26 miles in oar and paddle boats over Class II-IV rapids, guests enjoy exploring off-river on a Hummer® Safari and the option of horseback riding. Nights are spent in riverside cabins at the stunningly located Red Cliffs Lodge, surrounded by red rock country and Arches National Park. This adventure is available June through September. The minimum age is 12. The gateway is Moab. For details see https://www.westernriver.com/westwater-canyon.

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2019 catalog, questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the website at: http://www.westernriver.com/.

About Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions is an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. Annually from March through October it escorts more people down rivers on professionally guided rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon and the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT, through its division Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions, providing Grand Canyon rafting, Utah and Idaho rafting, and international multi-sport trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. It has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company is the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for the past fifteen consecutive years (2004-2018).

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Western River Expeditions Gears Up for Possible Record High Water Thanks to Deep Snowpack in March

SALT LAKE CITY, March 21, 2019 – Measurements of snow pack in the Upper Colorado River Basin taken on March 22, 2019, are the highest they have been in seven years.

Compared to depths measured on this date since 2013, the snow pack stood at 137.9%. This early spring snow pack and probable continuing seasonal rains bode well for river rafting vacations this season on the Colorado River System, reports Western River Expeditions.

“Thanks to an active El Niño year, I think we can safely predict an above-average, possibly even record whitewater year and a robust spring runoff from all the snow the Rockies have received. If spring temperatures are normal or cooler than average, the mountains will preserve a lot of this massive snow pack moisture until normal run-off time in May through mid-June. If the spring is wet, then it will be an epic high-water year. If it’s dry, I'm confident that it will at least be average and average is awesome!” said Brandon Lake, CMO of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/).

This news is music to the ears of avid rafters who love the thrills of high-water rafting. High water also gives rafters more time for side canyon hikes and exploring terrain around their river camps because they get to the camps faster.

The river system of the Upper Colorado River Basin is built by flows from numerous western rivers. The data that Lake’s team works with for the Colorado River Basin impacts the company’s Cataract and Westwater canyons and Green River trips.

The snow pack news is also a call to action at Western River Expeditions that is gearing up with equipment and guide training for a high-water year. The high water gives Western River Expeditions greater flexibility to match up rafting experience with the level of white water. And it can switch out the craft it uses depending on the water’s intensity. For the beginning of this season Lake expects that the J Rig, the largest craft in their fleet (offering greater stability than smaller oar and paddle rafts), would be the vessel of choice for rafting on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon.

Lake explained that Cataract Canyon near Moab, UT, begins where the Green and Colorado Rivers meet. Bolstered by the Green River, the Colorado River doubles its force and carves a deep 100-mile-long chasm through the heart of Canyonlands National Park. Here guests experience the thrill of class III-V whitewater.

Western’s Cataract Canyon4-day trip mixes running the rapids with off-river hikes to ancient Native American ruins and pictographs. Guests conclude this adventure with a stunning flight over Canyonlands National Park on the return to Moab. The trip covers 100 river miles with the pleasures of camping under the stars and dining on chef-prepared meals. The 2019 per person rate (16+) $1,570. For details see https://www.westernriver.com/cataract-canyon-rafting

Other rafting trips on the Colorado and neighboring Green Rivers in Utah are also expected to have higher than average water levels this spring and summer. They include Desolation Canyon on the Green River and Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River just upriver from Cataract Canyon.

To see the latest snowpack reports see: http://snowpack.water-data.com/uppercolorado/index.php

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2019 catalog, questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669), or visit: http://www.westernriver.com/.

About Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions is an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. Annually from March through October it escorts more people down rivers on professionally guided rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon and the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT, through its division Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions, providing Grand Canyon rafting, Utah and Idaho rafting, and international multi-sport trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. It has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company is the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for twelve consecutive years.

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Western River Expeditions Anticipates One of Its Best Years in History Thanks to Strong Early Bookings

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Jan. 17, 2019 –One river rafting company anticipates one of its best years in its history is just around the bend, thanks to the unprecedented strength of its early season bookings.

Western River Expeditions reports that its 3, 4, 6 and 7-day Grand Canyon trips for 2020 are full on many dates. And 2019 is already completely sold out. Western River is taking a wait list for spots that open up due to cancellations.

Opening day to place 2020 reservations was Nov. 15, 2018. “We booked over 1,000 seats on that day alone,” says Brandon Lake, CMO of Western River Expeditions.  “Online bookings are way up, with over 70 percent of some trips being booking online. Compared to the 40 percent average norm, this is a huge increase!”

He adds that, “other rivers are also seeing booming interest and bookings.” Bookings for 2019 five-day trips on Desolation Canyon, Green River are up three-fold over 2018. ”We have as many bookings for Desolation Canyon now as we usually end the year with.”

Other rivers favored in this booking uptick, comparing same time 2018 and 2019 include

Lake attributes these record sales in part to:

  • Good overall US economy (to this point),
  • Swell of retiring Baby Boomers,
  • Popularity of the bucket list and desire to experience lifelong dreams like running the Grand Canyon and Cataract Canyon, 
  • Increasing interest in National Parks, particularly Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park which many guests visit while in Moab, Utah, before their trip to Desolation Canyon or Cataract Canyon.
  • Many new, excellent accommodation choices and availability for pre and post-trip stays on adventures that depart from Moab, Utah (Cataract Canyon and Desolation Canyon).

For those chomping at the bit to get on a raft in 2019, Western River advises that people call soon to reserve their space. “There are still some spots on some of our most popular expeditions and this is going to be an incredible year to experience the river.”

Lake explains that Western River is bound by the permits granted to them. These permits limit the number of guests that can travel with them each year. “This number doesn’t change, but guest demand for what is essentially a limited opportunity does.”

Utah’s Cataract Canyon, deep within Canyonlands National Park, is near enough in scale, appearance and proximity to the Grand Canyon that it works the same kind of magic found in the Grand herself. Just one canyon upstream on the Colorado River in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park is hands down the best alternative to a Grand Canyon rafting vacation,” he says.

Farther north from the confluence, Utah’s Desolation Canyon was carved by the 730-mile Green River, born from glacial melts on the Continental Divide in the Wyoming Rockies. The Green has created such rare and unique universe that Desolation Canyon has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. The Green’s whitewater promises soft adventure thrills over 60 fun-filled Class II and III rapids.

Calling Desolation Canyon “the ultimate, back-country family river trip,” Jason Taylor, an operations manager who oversees all of Western River Expeditions’ trips in Utah, noted that the five-day program is appropriate for children as young as 5. It’s also a great river trip for extended families and first-time rafters.

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2019 catalog, questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the website at: http://www.westernriver.com/.

About Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions is an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. Annually from March through October it escorts more people down rivers on professionally guided rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon and the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT, through its division Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions, providing Grand Canyon rafting, Utah and Idaho rafting, and international multi-sport trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. It has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company is the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for fifteen consecutive years (2004-2018).

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First Time Rafting? Western River Expeditions’ Offers Fun and Serious Tips for Novice River Runners

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Dec. 10, 2018 – Taking on a new challenge is exhilarating and sometimes a wee bit frightening. This is when advice from the experts comes in handy.

Western River Expeditions (https://www.westernriver.com/) has been putting people and rafts on rivers since 1961. Over this nearly 60-year span of time they have probably seen just about everything guests and nature can deliver. Through this experience, the company has compiled a list of nine sage tips for the novice when it comes to rafting.

Pack like a minimalist. You really won’t need a third pair of pants or additional sneakers. That extra hoodie? That fifth t-shirt? A second high-powered lens for that camera? Leave all this stuff – and your boom box -- at home.

Please unplugPeople always seem to overpack by bringing unneeded electronics. The canyon is a dead zone so your cell phone won’t work. That iTunes collection and those Bluetooth headphones only drown out the cool sounds of nature. Wouldn’t you rather listen to the wind, the rippling water and resident wildlife? Without that digital distraction you can have a real conversation. Turn off your lantern and you can see satellites and the Milky Way. A Colorado River rafting trip can be life-changing and inspiring -- but only if you let it. Also think about limiting or banning electronic devices for your kids while on the trip. Pack a book instead. Other trip participants will appreciate it.

Do bring and use your camera. But be sure to bring a waterproof case or bag. You will want to also bring spare batteries and memory cards. Remember to prepare for a full day on the river, your guide can’t stop the raft in the middle of a rapid so you can change a GoPro battery.

Plan to journal along the wayThe isolated surroundings of a whitewater rafting trip provide the best place to clear your mind and reconnect with thoughts and emotions that usually are buried and untapped in the bustle and noise of the “civilized” world. Try to take a few moments in the evening to jot down the location of your camp, what impressed you during the day, and what emotions and feelings you may have had. And when the guides start cracking jokes, remember them in writing as well!

Ditch the expensive duds. So you thought about placing that online order for that high-tech shirt that repels dirt, water and mosquitos and still smells sweet on day six? Forget it. You already own what you probably need. Do you know what guides wear? Thrift store dress shirts with long sleeves and a collar to protect against the hot sun. Most likely they are cotton so they stay wet and cool most of the day. They also cost just four bucks. After they wear out or get ripped and torn on a side canyon hike in the Grand Canyon, or mud-stained and red in Cataract Canyon – you can just toss them in the trash and shop for more.

You don’t need a tentOf course, one is provided but if it doesn’t call for rain, don’t even unpack it. Why everyone wants to sleep in a tent is something guides will never understand. A stuffy tent in the Utah and Arizona desert can be downright stifling. You will actually sleep happier under the stars. The night sky is breathtaking. Trees and thick vegetation in camp will provide all the privacy walls you’ll need for changing.

Accept the fact that you may lose anything you bring. Use this simple guide: if you can’t lose something in camp or in the river without falling into a fit of depression, just don’t bring it with you. Sure, losing a camera or pair of sunglasses can be expensive, it’s the heirloom jewelry or other irreplaceable items that need to be left at home.

PLEASE! Listen to your guide. If yourguide tells youtodrink water all day and wear sunscreen, do both. The first symptoms of dehydration include dizziness, a headache and irritability. No one wants an irritable raft mate and being stuck on the water with other suffering guests can be unpleasant. The happiest campers are those who did not get over-baked and sunburned in the first 20 minutes. If you want to remain happy through day four, be sure to put on sunscreen every day. Also, if guides say not to dive off that rock ledge into the river -- DON’T. They all know or have heard stories about that knucklehead who got hurt doing exactly what you may be thinking about doing.

Most of all, relax. Seriously, relax. It’s why you decided to put your faith in the hands of a professional outfitter and a crew of seasoned guides for your vacation. They know how to best pull off an extraordinary experience with plentiful, delicious food, expert navigation of the rapids, topnotch equipment and ample time allotted to kick-back and enjoy the unforgettable scenery. Go ahead, pull your hat over your eyes, lean back, and enjoy a rare nap in the sand. You have earned it!

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2019 catalog, questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the website at: http://www.westernriver.com/.

About Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions is an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. Annually from March through October it escorts more people down rivers on professionally guided rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon and the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT, through its division Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions, providing Grand Canyon rafting, Utah and Idaho rafting, and international multi-sport trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. It has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company is the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for fifteen consecutive years (2004-2018).

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Western River Expeditions Taking Reservations Starting Nov. 15, 2018, For 2020 Grand Canyon Rafting Trips

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 17, 2018 – Western River Expeditions is taking reservations as of Nov. 15, 2018, for river rafting adventures in 2020 on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

For those chomping at the bit to get on a raft in 2019, the company advises that its Grand Canyon programs are already sold out; however Western River can take bookings now for comparable river rafting trips for the 2019 season on whitewater rivers through Cataract Canyon (Colorado River) and Desolation Canyon (Green River).

“We’re experiencing significant increases in the number of people booking rafting trips further out and in the number of private charters that take over an entire trip departure,” said Brandon Lake, CMO of Western River Expeditions. He explained that Western River is bound by the permits granted to them. These permits limit the number of guests that can travel with them each year. “This number doesn’t change, but guest demand for what is essentially a limited opportunity does.”

To book a 2020 Grand Canyon rafting trip, visit westernriver.com at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Nov. 15, 2018, to secure spots. The Western River reservation team will also be ready to assist with phone reservations. Call toll-free 866-904-1160 or 801-942-6669. 2020 reservations will require a $500 per person non-refundable deposit.

Those who can’t wait until 2020 may want to consider experiences similar to the Grand Canyon that also combine spectacular scenery with wild whitewater. Western River Expeditions points out that a four-day Cataract Canyon Rafting Adventure doesn’t play second fiddle to the Grand Canyon. It’s just a different section of the river and as remarkable in its own way.

Utah’s Cataract Canyon, deep within Canyonlands National Park, is near enough in scale, appearance and proximity to the Grand Canyon that it works the same kind of magic found in the Grand herself. Just one canyon upstream on the Colorado River in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park is hands down the best alternative to a Grand Canyon rafting vacation,” said Lake.

South of Moab, UT, where the Green and Colorado Rivers meet in a majestic setting called "The Confluence," Cataract Canyon begins. Expanded in size and now fortified by the waters of the Green, the Colorado River carves a deep chasm through the red rock heart of Canyonlands National Park. During spring runoff, the ride can rival the most legendary whitewater anywhere in the world. The remainder of the year river rafters are treated to fun Class III-IV rapids interspersed with calm stretches ideal for a swim under spellbinding canyon walls and geologic formations. Ample time is allotted for side canyon hikes and exploration of ancient Native American sites. The adventure ends with a scenic flight over Canyonlands on the return to Moab’s Canyonlands Field Airport. See: https://www.westernriver.com/cataract-canyon-rafting

Farther north from the confluence, Utah’s Desolation Canyon was carved by the 730-mile Green River, born from glacial melts on the Continental Divide in the Wyoming Rockies. The Green has created such rare and unique universe that “Deso” has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. The Green’s whitewater promises soft adventure thrills over 60 fun-filled Class II and III rapids. The fun begins with a scenic flight from Moab to the top of a remote desert plateau. Winding through a wilderness of twisted mountains, dramatic cliffs and towering mesas carved by an ancient inland sea, the river reveals stories that stretch back over 40 million years in geologic time as guests paddle and splash 88 river miles.

Calling this “the ultimate, back-country family river trip,” Jason Taylor, an operations manager who oversees all of Western River Expeditions’ trips in Utah, noted that the five-day program is appropriate for children as young as 5. It’s also a great river trip for extended families and first-time rafters. For more details please see https://www.westernriver.com/desolation-canyon.

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2019 catalog, questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the website at: http://www.westernriver.com/.

About Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions is an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. Annually from March through October it escorts more people down rivers on professionally guided rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon and the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT, through its division Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions, providing Grand Canyon rafting, Utah and Idaho rafting, and international multi-sport trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. It has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company is the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for fourteen consecutive years (2004-2017).

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Western River Expeditions’ Guests Can Now Zip Line to Breakfast or Lunch On 9-Day Costa Rica Vacation Package

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, July 25, 2018 – An adventure to Costa Rica with Western River Expeditions packs as much activity into each day as guests can handle with time out to be romanced by the tropical surroundings including, new this season, an invitation to zip line to breakfast or lunch.

Pacuare Lodge, a premier eco-lodge, is one of four accommodations where guests dine and sleep on Western River Expeditions’ 9-day/8-night Costa Rica Vacation Package. Here early risers can birdwatch at dawn, then zip line 130 meters through the canopy to land at The Nest in a Kapock tree for breakfast. A midday canopy tour will also position guests onto this elevated structure for a three-course lunch. After dining comes an invigorating rappel off the 20 meter-high platform to terra firma between the lodge’s on-ground reception area and main restaurant. The Nest accommodates one seating (for up to five people) daily for breakfast and lunch. (Supplies are delivered by a pulley system.)

Breakfast menus consist of a choice of a seasonal selection of tropical fruits (papaya, pineapple, watermelon) with granola, eggs (any style) with ham, a choice of organic banana pancakes, French toast, or the traditional Gallo pinto (rice & beans) flavored with herbs and bean broth, served with sour cream, scrambled or fried eggs. Lunch menus offer a selection of fresh organic salads with grilled chicken, seared yellowfin tuna, or grilled vegetables with avocado and local Turrialba cheese. The kitchen follows a farm-to-table philosophy featuring organic and locally grown ingredients. They produce much of the fruit, vegetables and tubers served from Las Nubes de Tuis, a private, organic farm in the mountains above the Pacuare River.

Western River Expeditions’ core Costa Rica program can be arranged for just two people or for up to 25 and can be customized by lengthening or shortening the trip and by adding or deleting activities. Year-round departures on a space-available basis can be tailored to travelers’ schedules. The per person rate from $3,395 includes eight nights at four properties with five breakfasts, three each lunches and dinners; two half-day trips rafting class II-IV white water on the Pacuare River; two Pacuare Lodge activities; soaking in the thermal waterfalls and pools of Tabacón; a guided 3km walk over 15 suspension bridges (part of a guided two-mile walk in a private nature reserved); a tour of Manuel Antonio National Park and airport (San Jose) and interior destination transfers. The zip line-birdwatching-breakfast is $85 per person; the zip line-canopy tour with lunch is $125 per person.

The tour utilizes four distinguished properties selected for panache, location and comfort: San Jose’s personable Hotel Grano de Oro; Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort where guests enjoy a swim-up bar, local and international gourmet cuisine and are positioned to explore the geology of Arenal Volcano and nearby hot springs; Pacuare Lodge (National Geographic Traveler World’s Best Ecolodge); and Tulemar Bungalows (a Travel + Leisure World’s Best award winner)in Manuel Antonio National Park offering oceans and beaches.

For details please see http://www.westernriver.com/costa-rica-vacation-package.

To request a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2018 catalog and for questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the award-winning website at: http://www.westernriver.com/.

About Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions is an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. Annually from March through October it escorts more people down rivers on professionally guided rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon and the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT, through its division Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions, providing Grand Canyon rafting, Utah and Idaho rafting, and international multi-sport trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. It has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company is the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for twelve consecutive years.

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No Roads, No Towns, No Connectivity: Instead Families Focus on Nature and Whitewater on the Green River in Utah’s Desolation Canyon

SALT LAKE CITY, May 15, 2018 – One of the most remote (no roads, no towns, no cell service) destinations in the continental United States also tops the list when it comes to family rafting vacations.

This is Utah’s Desolation Canyon, carved over millennia by the 730-mile Green River that is spawned by glacial melts on the Continental Divide in the wilds of northern Wyoming.

The Green is less strident than the Grand Canyon’s rollicking Colorado River. Instead of the world-class rapids on the Colorado, whitewater on the Green is playful, marked by over 60 warm-water Class I-III rapids, packed with more than enough splash to elicit excitement for ages 5 and up.

From June 1 through Aug. 8, a small plane transports guests from Moab, Utah, on a scenic, 40-minute flight to a desert plateau overlooking the Green River where after a short hike, Western River Expeditions’ 5 Day Desolation Canyon family rafting vacation begins.While paddling on the Green, guests typically surrender their senses to twisted mountains, dramatic cliffs, and towering plateaus carved by an ancient inland sea. Rates are $1,645 for ages 16 and up and $1,025 for ages 5-15 including…

  • exploring 88 river miles
  • the option to paddle two-person inflatable kayaks
  • or, relax in a guide-powered oar boat
  • witnessing 40 million years of geologic history
  • maneuvering 60+ fun-filled Class I-III rapids. One of the greatest features of this expedition is that the rapids are spread fairly evenly throughout the length of the trip so the action keeps it exciting all journey long.
  • visiting famous Wild West outlaw hideouts. Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch found that the rugged terrain here offered a perfect hideaway.
  • wondering about the past at now-derelict homesteads built of native materials
  • getting to know an ancient culture that both foraged and planted corn from the 7th to the 13th centuries, leaving behind Fremont Native American petroglyphs
  • hiking off-river with a seasoned guide well-versed in the region’s history and geology
  • deluxe camping on broad, sandy beaches along the river bank
  • enjoying host-prepared adult and children’s meals sourced from local farmers and producers
  • sunbathing on and off the water shaded by ancient cottonwoods
  • watching a Trip Jester entertain the children so parents have some down time

On its journey south through Utah towards the confluence with the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park, the Green has created such an unforgettable universe that Desolation Canyon has been singled out as a National Register of Historic Places.

Calling this “the ultimate, back-country family river trip,” Jason Taylor, an operations manager who oversees all of Western River Expeditions’ trips in Utah, noted that the five-day program is appropriate for children as young as 5. It’s also a great river trip for extended families and first-time rafters. Five guides are assigned to trips that accommodate up to 25.

One plus that families come to love is the fact that in this remote environment cell and data service are non-existent. Instead of connecting to electronic devices, the connection is with family, guides and other guests. Children focus on the designated Trip Jester who, in a fun and informative way, shares insights with kids of all ages into this world of wonder. Creative games, swimming, arts and crafts are all part of the fun.

While some time- and career-stressed parents may have difficulty connecting with their own children, Taylor said that by trip’s end, they’re melding with their families and creating stronger family bonds and memories.

“We see children transform from being needy and whiney to independent and happy. Everybody grows on this trip. In fact, this truly is the perfect family vacation. Some families come back every couple of years,” he said.

For more details on this trip please see https://www.westernriver.com/desolation-canyon

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2018 catalog, questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the recently enhanced website at: http://www.westernriver.com/.

About Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions is an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. Annually from March through October it escorts more people down rivers on professionally guided rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon and the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT, through its division Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions, providing Grand Canyon rafting, Utah and Idaho rafting, and international multi-sport trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. It has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company is the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for fourteen consecutive years (2004-2017).

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Southern Utah’s Rivers, Canyons and Parks, Refuse to Play Second Fiddle to the Grand Canyon

 The Region Encompassing the Colorado and Green Rivers, Along the Utah & Arizona Border Boasts More National and State Parks Per Acre Than Anywhere Else in the World  

 SALT LAKE CITY, March 26, 2018 – Some of the best whitewater in North America froths deep within the canyons of Arizona and Utahon the Colorado and Green Rivers. People hopeful of river rafting here in the 2018 season are advised that the Grand Canyon portion of the river is nearly sold out for the season with space beginning to fill for 2019 trips as well. 

However, comparable adventure options on the water and on land are still available if you follow the Colorado River north into Utah. 

When active travelers seek experiences similar to the Grand Canyon that also combine spectacular scenery with wild white water, veteran tour operator Western River Expeditions (https://www.westernriver.com/) suggests that a Cataract Canyon raft tripis as rewarding and remarkable in its own way. 

“Utah’s Cataract Canyon, deep within Canyonlands National Park, is near enough in scale, appearance and proximity to Grand Canyon that it works the same kind of magic found in the Grand herself. Just one canyon upstream, above Lake Powell on the Colorado River System is hands down the best alternative to a Grand Canyon rafting vacation,” said Brandon Lake, CMO of Western River Expeditions.

Cataract Canyon begins downstream from Moab, UT at the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. Expanded in size and now fortified by the waters of the Green, the Colorado River carves a deep chasm through the red rock heart of Canyonlands National Park. During spring runoff, the ride can rival the most legendary whitewater anywhere in the world. The remainder of the year river rafters are treated to fun Class III-IV rapids interspersed with calm stretches ideal for a swim under spellbinding canyon walls and geologic formations. Ample time is allotted for side canyon hikes and exploration of ancient Native American sites. The adventure ends with a scenic flight over Canyonlands on the return to Moab’s Canyonlands Field Airport.

Western's Cataract Canyon 4-day trip offers departures in May, June, July and August. A per person double rate for adults (ages 16+) is $1,520; and $1,130 for ages 10-15. The rate includes equipment and guides for rafting, hiking and camping, plus guide-prepared meals, transfers from Moab to the river and the return scenic flight over Canyonlands National Park and shuttle to Moab. A two-day program on this stretch of the river is also offered in May, June and July. See Western’s Cataract Canyon Express, https://www.westernriver.com/cataract-canyon-express.

Also on the Colorado River north of the Grand Canyon Western River Expeditions offers a four-day Westwater Canyon Rafting & Multisport Adventure combining rafting on Class III-V whitewater plus a Hummer® Safari off-road adventure. Guests return evenings to Red Cliffs Lodge on the banks of the Colorado River for overnights and breakfasts. Westwater Canyon was named "The West's Best Short Whitewater Trip" by National Geographic. This program is available June through September at $695 per adult (age 13+) and $670 for age 12 (minimum required).

Full and half-day rafting programs on the Colorado River out of Moab are also available from Western’s affiliate, the Moab Adventure Center. See: https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/moab-river-rafting

Looking further north on the Utah’s Green River, families will discover five days of rafting through Desolation Canyon featuring 60 playful rapids and captivating off-river hiking.  After a spectacular scenic flight from Moab to a dramatic desert plateau, the adventure begins through 40 million years of geological time. Think outlaw hideouts, ancient dinosaur habitats and Fremont Native American petroglyphs. The minimum age for this trip is 5, making it ideal for young families. The rate for adults (16+) is $1,645 and $1,025 for ages 5-15. Departures are May through August. See: https://www.westernriver.com/desolation-canyon.

Western’s vacation consultants also suggest adding extra time in the area to explore the many national and state parks nearby. Guided adventures out of Moab, Utah, the undisputed adventure capital of the West encompass activities like rappelling, canyoneering, biking, hiking, flightseeing, and four-wheeling the surrounding landscape. For ideas and details see https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/. Some popular ideas:

  • Tour Arches National Park
  • Air Tours of Arches, Canyonlands and Monument Valley
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • 4x4 Hummer Safari overlooking the Colorado River
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Colorado River
  • Zipline, Canyoneering and Rock Climbing
  • Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding, Jeep Rentals
  • Day rafting trips in Castle Valley or Westwater Canyon

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2018 catalog, and for questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the interactive website at: http://www.westernriver.com/.

About Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions is an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. Annually from March through October it escorts more people down rivers on professionally guided rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon and the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT, through its division Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions, providing Grand Canyon rafting, Utah and Idaho rafting, and international multi-sport trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. It has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company is the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for twelve consecutive years.

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Demand So Great for Grand Canyon Rafting Trips, Western River Expeditions Now Booking Two Years Out

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Does rafting through the Grand Canyon top your bucket list? One company that specializes in rafting western rivers says a dollop of patience is required to make dreams come true.

“We’re putting people on wait lists now for our three-, four-, six- and seven-day 2018 Grand Canyon trips that are already 100 percent booked,” reports Brandon Lake, CMO of Western River Expeditions. Although there still may be some cancellations for 2018, to secure a trip of a lifetime, he advises looking at the company’s 2019 calendar of departures to try to secure a space when bookings are accepted starting Nov.15, 2017. Currently over 1,000 guests have indicated interest and put their names on the 2019 wait list.

“Unprecedented demand for Western River Expeditions’ trips through the Grand Canyon is outpacing our capacity,” Lake adds. “Having trips sold out this far in advance is a first in this company’s 50-plus year history and is a bit of a dilemma for our sales team who don’t like to say ‘no’ to a client.”

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, a trip through the Grand Canyon, appears to sell itself. However Western River Expeditions’ sales team is tasked with suggesting suitable alternatives for sold-out Grand Canyon space for those river enthusiasts who just can’t wait.Two good alternatives include a four-day trip through Cataract Canyon, often referred to as the “Grand Canyon’s Younger Sister” or a five-day journey down Desolation Canyon on the Green River.

“Utah’s Cataract Canyon, deep within Canyonlands National Park, is near enough in scale, appearance and proximity to Grand Canyon that it works the same kind of magic one will find in the Grand herself. Just one canyon upstream on the Colorado River in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park is hands down the best alternative to a Grand Canyon rafting vacation,” explains Lake.

Western’s vacation consultants also suggest swapping the extra days you’d spend on a Grand Canyon trip for a few days of adventure in Moab, Utah - the undisputed adventure capital of the West. Activities like rappelling, canyoneering, biking, hiking, and four-wheeling the surrounding landscape can add an expanded vacation experience to a four-day Cataract Canyon rafting trip.

Another rafting option highly recommended for families and first-timers by Western’s sales team is Desolation Canyon on the Green River, a mellower but equally breathtaking rafting experience. Like Cataract, it also departs from Moab, Utah.

For more details on Western River Expeditions’ most popular rafting vacations, please see

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2018 catalog, and for questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669), or visit the interactive website at: http://www.westernriver.com/.

About Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions is an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. Annually from March through October it escorts more people down rivers on professionally guided rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon and the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT, through its division Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions, providing Grand Canyon rafting, Utah and Idaho rafting, and international multi-sport trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. It has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company is the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for twelve consecutive years.

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