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 Celebrates First Trip of the 2020 Season - Reflects on Value of White Water to De-stress in Time of COVID

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, June 22, 2020 –Western River Expeditions announced that as of June 16 its river rafting vacations in the Grand Canyon are fully operational. This news comes after a several-month hiatus mandated by the National Park Service over COVID-19 concerns.

The company’s sought-after rafting vacations in the Grand Canyon normally begin as early as April. Reservations are coveted, with bookings at near capacity already for 2021.

With a 2020 season shortened by 10 weeks, Western’s team has been tireless in its efforts to accommodate this season’s bookings. Those who lost seats during April, May and the first half of June due to closures have been slotted into later departures or rescheduled for next year.

“Of the trips we’re able to run, most of our guests have stuck with us and we’ve been able to refill where there have been cancellations,” said Brian Merrill, Western River Expeditions’ CEO. “People who are coming are comfortable with travel and the precautions we have put in place.”

The first rafting trip Western hosted this year was on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon, departing the week of June 7. Merrill met the guests at the end of their river journey and escorted them to an airstrip for a scenic return flight to Moab, Utah. This is headquarters for the company’s river operations for Utah.

“Groups are always pumped when they come off the river, but this group was especially excited,” observed Merrill. “They were gleeful, almost childlike in their enthusiasm for just being out there. They remarked just how great it was to get out and forget about everything going on in the world for a few days.”

Tending to new protocols and the concerns of 20 guests was, noted Merrill, “a bit stressful for the guides because they felt so responsible for everybody. But the guides began to relax when they sensed their guests were on board with what the guides were doing.”

Western employs some 70 guides for its Utah and Grand Canyon operations. Their work begins long before they reach the river.

“So much goes on behind the scenes to make it happen on the river,” said Merrill. “I tell our guides this is a kind of industrial job with lots of machines rolling around while packing up a 54-foot semi-trailer box truck that delivers what guests and guides require for several days or a week on the river.

This company with nearly 60 years of river rafting protocols under its belt, scouted, navigated and maneuvered around the unforeseen flash flood and high-profile rapids caused by the pandemic.

Getting a foothold in the river bank this year has been, to say the least, a challenge for this company. Losing 10 weeks of a rafting season that is only 22 weeks long is akin to a year-round business being shut down for a year. And once Western River Expeditions was able to operate, how to do so took weeks of planning and training around new procedures and protocols.

“Even though our river rafting model is already conducive to social distancing, sunshine, fresh air and remote wilderness, we were tasked with submitting operation plans to National Park Service boards, Bureau of Land Management and associations within our own industry,” Merrill explained.

Jason Taylor, Utah Operations Manager for Western River Expeditions, took a deep breath. He met up with this first group at the beginning of their adventure.

“There was no apprehension. People were excited to be on the trip. Almost everybody had read our COVID mitigation plan that we have developed. Regarding our protocols, they commented that we were doing what we said we were going to do and that they never felt at any time they were at risk,” said Taylor.

Now with approved COVID-19 protocols in place, Western underscores what some experts have said – that whitewater rafting may be the safest way for a family to vacation this summer – especially for those within driving range of Moab, Utah, where activities begin.

Vacations that embrace fresh air and the healing powers of nature can work wonders on pandemic-driven nerves.

Western River Expeditions for nearly 60 years has operated star-quality river rafting vacations. This year they are also applying their decades of professionalism to pandemic-related challenges. For more details on Western River Expeditions’ protocols please see https://www.westernriver.com/downloads/COVID-19-operations-plan.pdf

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2020/2021 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 sixteen consecutive years (2004-2019). 

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Western River Expeditions Announces Official Re-Opening of River Operations on June 14 with Limited Availability on Previously Sold-Out 2020 Grand Canyon Rafting Trips

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, June 2, 2020 – With the official announcement from Grand Canyon authorities that river operations will again resume on June 14, many are looking to get a spot on an epic outdoor adventure this summer.

Snagging seats on 2020 Grand Canyon rafting trips was impossible just a few months ago.However, pandemic-driven cancellations by international travelers has opened up seats for some of Western River Expeditions’ 2020 departures. 

“Select departures June through September of 2020 now have limited availability,” said Brandon Lake, company CMO. “Normally last-minute inquiries would be directed to 2021 or even 2022 selections. This is an incredible opportunity for those who are making last-minute plans and feel like an outdoor adventure may be the best choice for a summer adventure this year.”

Vacations that embrace fresh air and the healing powers of nature can work wonders on pandemic-driven nerves. “On these iconic expeditions our guests immerse themselves in a remote world that provides a much-needed escape from civilization,” explains Lake. “A trip through the Grand Canyon becomes not only a celebration of the river and its untamed surroundings, but of life, providing a way to reconnect and refresh.”

This is Western River Expeditions’ promise for a true trip-of-a-lifetime far removed from the stress and challenges of today’s world. The more time spent on the river, the more the canyon reveals its sublime mysteries.

Western River Expeditions’ 6 or 7 Day Grand Canyon Rafting Vacation carries guests 188 river miles in custom-designed J-Rig rafts, maneuvering Class III-V rapids and each day descending deeper into geologic time, before a helicopter transports them back to the rim.

Their Grand Canyon 4 Day River & Ranch Tour and Grand Canyon 3 Day Lower Canyon Trip brings visitors down 100 river miles over Class II and III rapids. But first there’s a scenic helicopter ride to access the put-in. Guests on the 4-Day tour enjoy a pre-excursion overnight at Bar 10 Ranch on the North Rim of the Canyon, complete with horseback riding and optional ATV adventures.

Western River Expeditions for nearly 60 years has operated five-star-quality river rafting vacations. This year they are also applying their decades of professionalism to pandemic-related challenges. For more details on Western River Expeditions’ protocols please see https://www.westernriver.com/covid-19.

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2020/2021 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 sixteen consecutive years (2004-2019). 

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Six Decades of Professionalism Support Families Traveling in 2020 with Western River Explorations

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, May 26, 2020 – Where in the world – and how – will families vacation this summer?

Given months of pandemic-driven lock-down orders, stay-at-home summer vacation won’t be high on many lists. What will be attractive will be vacations that embrace fresh air and the healing powers of nature that can work wonders on family spirits and recovery.

Western River Expeditions (https://www.westernriver.com/ for nearly 60 years has operated top-quality river rafting vacations for individuals, families and friends. This year they are also applying their decades of professionalism to pandemic-related challenges. Here are some of many steps this company is taking to counter COVID-19 fears.

  • Screening Employees: Every day before work, each employee must pass both a temperature and pulse oximeter screen, and then answer a detailed questionnaire.
  • Screening Guests at Check-in: Guests exhibiting temperatures of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed to travel with Western River Expeditions at the time they planned; instead, they will receive an “Adventure Credit” which allows the guest and any members of the group who were currently living at the same physical address during any of the 7 days prior to the trip to use the full paid value of their trip as a credit for a future trip at a later date.
  • Screening while on Multi-Day Trips: All trip participants and guides will have a daily temperature and pulse oximeter checks and fill out a daily review of symptoms questionnaire.

In addition, there are new protocols in place should someone experience COVID-19 symptoms during a trip. In such case, steps will be taken to protect other guests from exposure during the remainder of that trip. There also will be protocols for toilet facilities, hand washing stations and social distancing (when feasible) as well as reduced number of guests per raft.

The company will also implement specific guidelines that address everything from life-jacket use and sanitation, to meal prep and service, use of shuttle vans, number of people per shuttle vehicle, sanitation of rafts, dry bags, cots, sleeping bags and all associated equipment. For more details on Western River Expeditions’ specific protocols please see https://www.westernriver.com/covid-19

Western River Expeditions hopes to still operate late spring and summer 2020 trips, subject to the easing of government-mandated closures. Three suggested trips ideal for families are:

  • Desolation Canyon, a five-day trip through breathtaking Desolation Canyon and Gray Canyon on the Green River in central Utah. Trips are scheduled to departJune 7 through Aug. 12 with a minimum age of five years old. For details see https://www.westernriver.com/desolation-canyon
  • Southwest Sampler, a four-day adventure that includes an off-road Hummer Safari, Arches National Park tour and overnight rafting trip as well as a stay at Moab's Marriott SpringHill Suites. Departures are scheduled May 26 through Aug. 26. If National Park closures affect the operation of the Arches National Park tour, guests will explore another stunning location in Moab. For details see  https://www.westernriver.com/moab-utah-vacation-sampler
  • Grand Canyon, the three-day option still has some limited space on certain dates from June 21st through September. Conveniently departing and returning to Las Vegas, NV, this 100-mile journey is suitable for families with kids as young as nine. For details see: https://www.westernriver.com/grand-canyon-river-trip

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2020/2021 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 sixteen consecutive years (2004-2019).

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Virtual Rafting Tours Provide Connection and Stimulate Adrenalin During Pandemic Shutdown

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, April 7, 2020 – Sitting on the shoreline of life pretty much sums up where the world is at.

“As a pandemic runs its global course, immobilized though we may feel, we don’t have to respond like a deer in the headlights,” said Brandon Lake, CMO of Western River Expeditions headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. “Now is a great time to dream about future adventures and plan for the time when life returns to the new normal. This not only gives us something to look forward to, but I believe that exploring the outdoors with loved ones, when it’s safe to do so, will become an important part of our recovery process, providing people with a sense of connection, interaction and celebration.”

This active travel company specializes in rafting the rivers of the Colorado River Basin. But for the first time in Lake’s memory, the rafts are empty, sitting on the shoreline. On April 1, Grand Canyon National Park closed, including river operations through May 21, 2020. Resumption of river trips will be evaluated later in May pending current CDC guidance.

To accommodate clients whose trips have been delayed by the pandemic, Lake and his team have been able to re-allocate their allotted permit spaces on some trips in the Grand Canyon for departures later in the 2020 season. They are assisting people in solidifying changes in plans and looking to open slots for them later this summer and in 2021.

Lake said he is “confident we will be able to find an available date for clients disrupted by early season cancellations who are still interested in doing a Grand Canyon rafting trip.

The company has posted its latest Covid-19 news and trip status on its website to keep the public up-to-date. See: https://www.westernriver.com/covid-19

Between now and when guests are able to re-embark on rafting adventures, Western River Expeditions encourages people to experience the Grand Canyon and other breathtaking locations via virtual tours. “We put these together before this all happened, but never thought we would be using them for accessing these special places in a time we would not be able to in person.”

See: Virtual Galleries in 360° Views

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6 & 7 Day Grand Canyon Expedition

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3 & 4 Day Grand Canyon Adventure

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4 Day Cataract Canyon Adventure

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5 Day Desolation Canyon Adventure

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With these 360° virtual tours the viewer is present, surrounded by the action of a river expedition in the comfort of their own home or office. Get lost in the moment and find oneself in a magnificent cavern. Tucked in a sleeping bag on the shoreline. Standing under a thundering side canyon waterfall. Viewing ancient Native American rock art. Running the West’s most famous rapids. And standing in line for a grilled salmon dinner topped off with warm Dutch-oven chocolate cake. The 360° technology is stunning.

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2020/2021 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 sixteen consecutive years (2004-2019). 

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Dave Wiggins: 720.301.3822 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Follow Western River Expeditions:

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Rejuvenate Your New Year's Fitness Resolutions by Planning for an Epic Rafting Journey with Above Average Snowpack

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, Feb. 10, 2020 – When there’s deep snow on the Rocky Mountains, spring and summer waters run flush. Currently, the Upper Colorado River drainage is running 116% of average on this calendar date.

This means sweet music to river rafters who hope to challenge the rapids at the earliest sign of spring.

The anticipation of an exciting outdoor adventure can often be just the thing to bring those all-too-quickly-forgotten fitness resolutions back to life! A stellar fitness level is not a requirement by any means to experience a Western River Expedition, but it certainly never hurts to visualize yourself participating in a much awaited adventure to help move you along.

Here are a handful of pre-rafting season, physical prep suggestions from Western River Expeditions, the experts on all things river rafting.

●       Make that stair stepper your new best friend by envisioning winding switchbacks hiking the many trails emanating from deep inside Cataract Canyon. You’ll love the spectacular hike while taking time out from navigating the swirls and eddies of the Colorado River on a four-day Cataract Canyon rafting adventure. The daily investment in 3000 stair steps now is building stamina, too, for the excitement of class II-IV Colorado River whitewater. Here in the heart of Canyonlands National Park is a 100-mile-long chasm that winds through dazzling geologic formations. Native American ruins and pictographs are add-ons to the action that ends with a flight over the scene, returning to Moab, Utah. The season is May into August, with rates from $1,625.

●       Weighted body squats may feel grim now, but consider the strength you’ll build between now as you look forward to grabbing your dry bag and locating the perfect campsite on a sandy beach along the banks of the river. On a five-day Desolation Canyon adventure you do just this -- camp for four nights along the Green River whose 60 class II and III rapids wind 88 miles on a journey through a wilderness of twisted mountains, dramatic cliffs and towering plateaus. The wonder begins while flying from Moab for the introduction to 40 million years of geologic history, outlaw hideouts, ancient dinosaur habitats and Fremont Native American petroglyphs. The season is June through August. The rate is from $1,745.

●       Your other new best friend is the rowing machine. Envision yourself paddling your inflatable kayak as captain of your own vessel. Aim for 1000 meters and eyeball Idaho’s Main Salmon River rife with class II-IV rapids on an 82-mile river journey.  Rich in scenic wonders and history, the Main Salmon River drops 1,200 feet over these miles, creating some exciting memories along the way. The blue-green waters, known as the "River of No Return," warm up to very comfortable temperatures in July and August. Calm sections and deep pools are perfect for relaxing, swimming and simply absorbing the country's splendor. Pine forests, granite mountains, abundant wildlife, rock paintings and homestead cabins embellish the landscape. The season is June through August. The rate is from $1,490.

●       Run an extra lap to celebrate. This pre-rafting physical prep, after all, is targeting not only cardiac strength but also the celebration of the river adventure, of pristine wildlands and abundant nature. You’ll be on the water soon but plan ahead to get on a Grand Canyon rafting trip in 2021, when much of 2020 is already sold out!

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2020 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 sixteen consecutive years (2004-2019).

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Dave Wiggins: 720.301.3822 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Follow Western River Expeditions:

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What You Need to Know About Costa Rica Before You Book Your Next Vacation

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Nov. 26, 2019 – When it comes to a vacation in Costa Rica, the experts advise that “you gotta know the territory.” But how can you if you’ve never been there?

Follow the tips of Western River Expeditions, soon to enter its 59th season of award-winning adventure travel. Here are a few of many questions this company suggests you ponder before booking a Western River Expeditions’ 9-Day Costa Rica Vacation Package.

  • When is the best time to visit Costa Rica? This is the question that everyone asks and the answer is, “It depends!” Mid-December to April can often be drier, but due to this, and the fact that it’s a popular time to get away to warm destinations, the crowds can be greater. During May through the first half of December, daily rainfall is more common. It’s a period the locals refer to as “the green season.” During this period, you might experience different wildlife and fewer crowds. Generally, the rain doesn’t last all day and guests find periods of lovely sunshine each day as well.

But here’s a little secret! In some years, visitors reap the rewards of Costa Rica’s “Little Summer” (Veranillo de San Juan or Little Summer of Saint John) in July. Because of a little-known weather phenomenon that in-the-know wildlife lovers are keen to, July is one of the best times to visit Costa Rica. The secret is a drier break after the rains of May and June that yield flowering trees and fruits, which attract a lot of wildlife.

  • Do you appreciate crowds or are you looking for something more secluded? The time of travel will affect the crowd levels in popular destinations such as Arenal and Manuel Antonio, but Western River Expeditions has built in to its Costa Rica itinerary a few days of blissful seclusion. In the heart of the jungle sits the Pacuare Lodge, a remote rainforest paradise. Guests raft in with a small group and, once at the lodge, participants find themselves surrounded mostly by dense jungle and the sounds of the nearby river. A hike along centuries-old trails to the top of the Talamanca Mountains brings a visit with the Cabécar Indians, the largest indigenous group in Costa Rica. This is only one of the eight lodge-based activities to choose from. Extending a stay at the lodge (optional) gives visitors even more time to participate in the various experiences offered. 
  • When is the best time to go rafting in Costa Rica? The Pacuare River (rated among the top 10 rivers in the world by National Geographic) offers 38 Class II-IV rapids over 16 river miles with the caveat that the excitement varies by how high and fast the river is flowing. During the dry season of January to April whitewater rafting in Costa Rica is more sanguine than during the misting and green months of May through December. That said, there can always be unpredictable rainfall any time of year that raises the water levels - and the excitement levels.
  • Is birding a passion? From a bird watching tour at the Pacaure Lodge, to the Mistico Hanging Bridges tour which boasts over 200 species of birds, to the Manuel Antonio National Park which is home to more than 180 different species visitors will find plenty of rare picture taking opportunities. 
  • Interested in surfing? Experienced surfers appreciate the bigger waves of September and October on the Pacific Coast. Adrenaline-seeking travelers wanting to take optional surfing lessons while in Manuel Antonio (highly recommended), might appreciate the somewhat tamer surf during the remainder of the year. 
  • Do you love authentic wildlife viewing? You’ll likely find wildlife in Costa Rica no matter when you choose to visit. One of the top destinations on the Western River 9-Day Costa Rica itinerary is the Manuel Antonio National Park. Home to a variety of mammal species, it is a thrill to be personally greeted by multiple curious Mono Titi monkeys on a day tour. 

“Our guests experience Costa Rica by the activities they choose, such as river rafting, zip lining over the rainforest canopy and a 3km walk over 15 bridges suspended from the ground to the treetops. But guests are also taken to the base of the Arenal Volcano where they can soak in therapeutic cascading hot springs, through the sights and sounds of primitive rainforests and jungles as well as to Manuel Antonio National Park (named one of the world’s 12 most beautiful national parks by Forbes). This park is home to 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. Here on the Pacific Ocean are the sandy beaches and gentle surf that fulfill the requirements of a great vacation,” said company CMO Brandon Lake. 

The basic rate is from $3,705 per person, double inclusive of transfers, hotels, activities, 11 meals and most activities. 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 tour utilizes four distinguished properties selected for panache, location and comfort. In the gateway city of San Jose is Hotel Grano de Oro. At Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort guests enjoy a swim-up bar, local and international gourmet cuisine and they are positioned to explore the geology of Arenal Volcano and nearby hot springs. While on the Pacuare River guests enjoy Pacuare Lodge (National Geographic Traveler World’s Best Ecolodge). Tulemar Bungalows (a Travel + Leisure World’s Best award winner)in Manuel Antonio National Park offers and ocean and beaches.

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

For more on how Costa Rica weather varies from season to season, see https://www.westernriver.com/costa-rica-vacation-package/weather.

To request a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2019-2020 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 sixteen consecutive years.

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Western River Expeditions Taking Reservations on Nov. 12, 2019 for 2021 Grand Canyon Rafting Vacations

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Oct. 30, 2019 – The clock is ticking. At 6 p.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, Western River Expeditions begins taking reservations for coveted rafting vacations on the Grand Canyon for 2021.

The company anticipates that the majority of departures for coveted Grand Canyon rafting trips will sell out by end of this year, many of the most popular dates filling within minutes.

Due to limited availability and annual popularity, 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 years to get on the water. Except for those lucky few who might grab a cancelled spot for next summer, Western’s 2020 Grand Canyon space is already filled.

Two incredible, but lesser-known options to Grand Canyon include a four-day trip through Cataract Canyon, often referred to as the The Grand Canyon’s Younger Sister or a five-day family-oriented 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 Brandon Lake, Western’s CMO.

If you’re planning to travel with kids, an option that families often enjoy even more than Grand Canyon, is Desolation Canyon on the Green River, a mellower but equally breathtaking rafting experience. Like Cataract, it also departs from Moab, Utah and has good availability for 2020 and 2021.

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

●       Grand Canyon- http://www.westernriver.com/grand-canyon-vacation. Bookings open Nov. 12, 2019 for 2021 trip dates. 2020 is mostly sold out.

●       Cataract Canyon 4-day- http://www.westernriver.com/cataract-canyon-rafting.
         Cataract Canyon 2-day - http://www.westernriver.com/cataract-canyon-express. These adventures through Canyonlands National Park on the Colorado River are rated as one of the best rafting trips in America. Thrilling rapids combine with explorations of ancient Native American sites and dark-sky star gazing.

●       Desolation Canyon - http://www.westernriver.com/desolation-canyon. Rates for five days include a spectacular scenic flight from Moab to a dramatic desert plateau where the adventure through 40 million years of geologic history begins. Think outlaw hideouts, ancient dinosaur habitats and Native American petroglyphs. Children as young as 5 years old are welcome.

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2019/2020 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 sixteen consecutive years (2004-2019).

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River Rafting Is at Its Best In Late Summer in Utah, Says Western River Expeditions

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, July 17, 2019 – While some adventure-seekers may prefer the springtime when runoff is at its peak, most river runners will agree that rafting in southern Utah is at its best come late summer. Here the Colorado and Green Rivers and their significant tributaries ripple and roll into early fall, promising more moderate whitewater and scenic floats combined with off-river wilderness adventure.

The guides and crew of Western River Expeditions, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, put their heads together and came up with five solid reasons why the late summer season is prime for mixing up vacation days with river currents. Company CMO Brandon Lake, shares their thoughts.

  1. Bigger beaches- As water levels begin to drop, big, sandy beaches start to appear along the river's edge, making for wonderful campsites and ideal lunch stops, perfect for a game of volleyball or horseshoes.
  2. Warmer water temperatures- As the river slows, it has more time to warm in the intense rays of the sun, offering very comfortable temperatures for floating and swimming.
  3. Inflatable kayaks- If you like to try paddling your own boat, this is the perfect time of year to do it on Western’s Desolation Canyon and Southwest Sampler trips.
  4. Fewer bugs- While higher water levels can be exciting, they also tend to attract more bugs. As things dry out later in the season, the bugs dissipate.
  5. More availability– As school seems to kick back into gear earlier and earlier each year, these last weeks of summer offer more reservation availability, giving you time to maybe even squeeze in one more adventure before the 2019 summer and early fall come to a close.

Lake offers this selection of trips that have still have good 2019 late-summer/fall availability:

  • A 4 Day Cataract Canyon Rafting Trip features playful Class III-IV rapids over 100 river miles in oar and paddle-powered boats with off-river hikes to ancient Native American ruins and fascinating pictographs. Just south of Moab, UT, where the Green and Colorado rivers meet in a majestic setting called "The Confluence," Cataract Canyon begins. 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. Guests experience a fly-over through the park on the return to Moab, after camping under the stars. The 2019 per person rate is from $1,570. The minimum age is 10.
  • A 5 Day Desolation Canyon itinerary brings guests into a remote wilderness where no roads or towns exist. This canyon was carved over millennia by the 730-mile Green River that is spawned by glacial melts on the Continental Divide up north in Wyoming. On its journey south into Utah, the Green has created such an unforgettable universe that Desolation Canyon has been singled out as a National Register of Historic Places.

The river promises thrills galore while rafting 88 river miles over 60 fun-filled Class II and III rapids. Guests may choose to paddle two-person inflatable kayaks or sit back and enjoy the scenery in an oar-powered raft manned by an experienced guide. The fun begins with a scenic flight from Moab to the top of a dramatic desert plateau. Rates are from $1,690. The minimum age is 5.

  • A 4 Day Southwest Sampler Vacation explores the red rock vacation playground of Moab, mixing up rafting, sunset Hummer Safaris and hiking in Arches National Park. Guests can choose oar or paddle boats or duckies while rafting 20 river miles over Class I-III rapids on the Colorado River. One night is spent camping under the stars and the other two at the new Marriott SpringHill Suites in Moab. Rates are from $690. The minimum age is 5.   
  • A 4 Day Westwater Multisport Vacation delivers the thrill of Class III-IV rapids in oar and paddle boats over 26 river miles, with different adventures daily and the comforts of home at Red Cliffs Lodge at night. Westwater Canyon is legendary. National Geographic named this experience “The West’s Best Short Whitewater Trip.” Hummer safaris and optional horseback riding offer scenes and vistas straight out of favorite Western movies. Rates are from $699. The minimum age is 12.

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 sixteen consecutive years.

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 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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