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 Sponsors “Share the Love” Photo Contest From Now until Feb. 13, 2014

Winner Based on Total Social Media Shares to Receive $3,000 Trip Credit for 2014 or 2015 

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Jan. 30, 2014– After a half century of  navigating the West’s wildest rivers, whitewater rafting pioneer Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) invites past guests and future rafters to participate in a “Share the Love” photo contest with the grand prize being a $3,000 trip credit on, among others, Grand Canyon rafting departures. http://www.westernriver.com/photo-contest/

The entry achieving the highest quantity of social media shares by midnight on Feb. 13, 2014, will receive a Valentine's present of a $3,000 credit towards a Grand Canyon 3, 4, 6 or 7 Day Trip (valued from $1,265 to $2,925); Cataract Canyon 4 Day Trip (valued from $1,365/person) or Desolation Canyon 5 Day Trip (valued from $1,495/person). The trip credit must be used for departures in 2014 or 2015. Space is subject to availability.

Winners of the contest that began in mid January will be announced on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2014.

To enter, participants are asked to post a photo or video of a past Western River expedition, explaining why they loved their rafting adventure; or people can post a photo or video describing why they want to take a trip with Western River Expeditions.   See: http://www.westernriver.com/photo-contest/entryform.php

Entrants will be notified within 48 hours with a link to a page they can share to gain votes via social media. Outside votes will also be coming from Western River's fans and followers on various social media.

Entrants are encouraged to get friends and family to view and share their entry via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc). The winner will be determined by the tally of social media shares of that post. Comments made directly on individual’s blog posts will also be added into the tally. The top three contestants will be asked to verify social media accounts before the final tally is made.

To view current entries, see http://www.westernriver.com/blog/photo-contest-2014/.

Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) 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 rafting, and Idaho rafting 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 nine consecutive years.  For 2014 season reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 or 801.942.6669.

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Western River Expeditions Receives Excellence Award from Small Business Institute

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Oct. 22, 2013– Celebrating over 50 years of navigating the West’s wildest rivers, whitewater rafting pioneer Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) has been selected for the 2013 United States Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce (SBIEC).

Each year the SBIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer-driven stature that United States is renowned for. 

Western River Expeditions has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by SBIEC marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow. 

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a yearlong immersion in the business climate of the United States. 

About SBIEC

The SBIEC is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meets its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally. 

Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership. More information on SBIEC can be found at www.sbiec.org 

About Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) 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 rafting, and Idaho rafting 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 nine consecutive years.  For 2014 season information, trips, departure dates, prices and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 or 801.942.6669.

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Western River Expeditions Invites Guests to Raft Grand Canyon April / May 2014 With Two Renowned Photographers

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Aug. 5, 2013 – Celebrating over 50 years of navigating the West’s wildest rivers, whitewater rafting pioneerWestern River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) announces for 2014 two photo workshops to be held in conjunction with multi-day rafting and camping adventures down the Grand Canyon.

Both trips are seven days, all-inclusive, on-river adventures with world-class photographers Willie Holdman on the first trip and Kerrick James on the second.

The Grand Canyon River Run Workshop from April 3-9 with Willie Holdman is for ages 12 and up. The per person (single or double) rate is $2,655 inclusive all camping and rafting equipment, all freshly prepared meals, guided rafting of the Colorado River for nearly 200 miles over 60 rapids, guided hikes, transfers from a designated hotel to the Las Vegas Airport and a helicopter exit from the canyon at trip’s end. Guests can snap on their own cameras waterfalls, turquoise-colored waters, deep-side canyons and grottos filled with ferns and desert wildflowers. Enroute Holdman, who has floated down the Grand Canyon numerous times on photography expeditions, will facilitate an ongoing photography workshop. See: http://www.willieholdman.com/workshop/

In association with Arizona Highways magazine and photographer Kerrick James, the second workshop is May 6-12. Rafting the Grand Canyon Photography Workshop with Kerrick James is for ages 12 and up as well. The per person (single or double) rate includes pre and post-trip workshops and on-location instruction, roundtrip transportation from Las Vegas, outfitter fees and complete camping set-ups, all chef-prepared meals, park and other fees, and one night lodging (May 6) at La Quinta Inn & Suites in Las Vegas. See: http://www.ahpw.org/workshops/2014/Grand-Canyon-Rafting-Colorado-River-Photo-Workshop-2014-05-07/

About Willie Holdman

Landscape photographer Holdman is a native Utahn. He started experiencing the wonders of nature photography at an early age by assisting his father, Floyd, on photography assignments throughout the country for National Geographic .His Utah landscape photography experiences began when he managed to slip out and photograph the rural areas of Utah while at Brigham Young University where he received his BFA degree with an emphasis in photography. A popular Utah landscape photographer, Willie lives at the base of majestic Mt. Timpanogos in Orem, Utah. Although he has photographed nature all over the world, it can't compare with the versatility and beauty of his home state, Utah. Whether he is high in an alpine meadow experiencing Mountain photography, or low in the red rock desert, concentrating on National Park photography, this is home. http://www.willieholdman.com/

About Kerrick James

Kerrick James took a BFA degree in photography from Arizona State University in 1982. Since then he has photographed the lands and cities of the American West, Mexico, and the Pacific Rim, with increasing emphasis on Alaska, Hawaii and Baja California. His work has appeared in more than 200 book and magazine covers and numerous feature stories in travel and inflight magazines like Arizona Highways, Alaska, Voyageur, Virtuoso Life, Outdoor Photographer, National Geographic Adventure, Sky, Sunset and Conde Nast Traveler UK. In addition to providing covers for two books by National Geographic, he has also shot guidebooks of the Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Las Vegas, and San Francisco for Compass American Guides. For Insight Guides, he has shot travel guides of Arizona, Utah, California and San Francisco. He is an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Through Each Other’s Eyes and is president of the Travel Journalist’s Guild. He lives in Mesa, AZ, with sons Shane, Royce and Keanu. kerrickjames.com

Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) 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 rafting, and Idaho rafting 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 nine consecutive years.  For 2013 and 2014 season reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 or 801.942.6669.

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Western River Expeditions Announces Rare Late Season Grand Canyon Space Availability On the Raft Trip of a Lifetime

Offers Fun Reasons to Consider a River Cruise over a Typical Ocean Cruise

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, June 4, 2013 – Celebrating over 50 years of navigating the West’s wildest rivers, whitewater rafting pioneerWestern River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) announces that rare late season space has just opened up for this summer’s 6-day flagship rafting adventure through the Grand Canyonhttp://www.westernriver.com/trips/grand6day/

Available departure dates as of early June are July 31-Aug. 5, Aug. 13-18, Aug. 21-26, Aug. 22-27, Aug. 28-Sept.2 and Sept. 11-17 for a 7-day program. Trips begin and end in Las Vegas, NV, or Marble Canyon, AZ. All-inclusive per person rates are $2,585 for rafting nearly 200 miles through 60 world-class rapids and surreal scenery. The rate includes a helicopter lift out of the canyon at trip’s end, equipment (cots, tents, sleeping bags, chairs and water-resistant bag), all meals and return flight to Marble Canyon, AZ or Las Vegas.

“This trip combines the epic thrill of seeing the Grand Canyon from the river perspective with side canyon hikes to waterfalls, our deluxe-style of all-inclusive catered camping and sumptuous campfire cuisine,” says Brian Merrill, CEO of Western River Expeditions. “Plus you’ll be surprised by how much more personal service, value and diversity you’ll experience compared to another popular summer escape - the big ship cruise vacation.”

Merrill likes to point out that, unlike cruise ships that charge for shore excursions, there are no hidden fees on a rafting holiday that includes hiking to Native American ruins with mind-numbing views and splashing through a100-foot waterfall cascading right to the river's edge. Instead of a dining room seating 2,000 in staggered seatings for dinner, guests mingle for cocktails and games or relax on the sandy beach, perhaps taking an 11th hour dip, as the camp chef prepares meals Dutch-oven style, with all the flavor and flair you’d expect from a fancy restaurant.

“We don’t want to go overboard pointing out the differences between rafting and cruising on a mega-ton ship. Just suffice it to say that time and again our guests tell us they’ve had the best vacation of their lives with us in the Grand Canyon,” adds Merrill.

Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) 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 rafting, and Idaho rafting trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. Today it pursues a “guiding green” philosophy and belongs to some of the top environmentally conscious organizations in the world: Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association, American Rivers, Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, Utah Rivers Council, America Outdoors, and National River Cleanup Week. See: http://www.westernriver.com/whywestern/environment.php

Western River Expeditions has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company was honored last spring as the 2012 recipient of "Best of State" through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program. This is the ninth consecutive year Western River Expeditions has earned this distinction.  For 2013 season reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 or 801.942.6669.

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Western River Expeditions Suggests Three Ways to Introduce Comfort-Style River Rafting to Families and Friends This Summer

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, March 27, 2013 – Celebrating over 50 years of navigating the West’s wildest rivers, whitewater rafting pioneerWestern River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) suggests three ways to experience river rafting that range from inn-to-inn hospitality to multi-sport adventure to a sampler of overnight, all-inclusive camping. 

“Until someone has experienced the beauty of sleeping under the stars on a riverside beach, they can be reluctant to sign up for an overnight rafting adventure,” says Brandon Lake, Chief Marketing Officer of Western River Expeditions. “We realize that many want to experience a one-of-a-kind overnight rafting adventure without sacrificing the roof over head. Some folks just want to sample a single night under the stars before signing up for a longer experience.” 

With this in mind, Western River Expeditions offers three experiences to accommodate those searching for an adventure vacation with all the comforts of home. The waterful choices are rivers in Oregon and Utah. 

Oregon’s Rogue River near Medford remains so remote that boats deliver the mail in some regions where the river is the only road. Wildlife sightings may include otter, deer and black bear. Whitewater on this itinerary is classified Class II-IV. Three and four-day whitewater rafting trips include overnights at riverside lodges where dinner and breakfast are served. The per-person double rate is from $959. The trip accommodates ages 5 and up.  See http://www.westernriver.com/trips/rogue-river-rafting/

Utah’s four-day Southwest Sampler includes two nights at Moab, Utah’s hip and trendy Gonzo Inn with a scenic off-road Hummer Safari and a tour of Arches National Park.  The final two days are spent rafting a mild but breathtaking section of the Colorado River with guests experiencing one night of all-inclusive, Western River-style beach camping. 

“This trip is incredibly popular as it allows guests to ‘sample’ a single night under the stars and dine in the most amazing setting. Once they realize how easy it is to camp with us, they often come back for a longer rafting experience,” says Lake. The per-person double rate is from $615. The trip accommodates ages 5 and up. See http://westernriver.com/trips/southwest/ 

Moab, Utah is also home base for Western’s popular Westwater Multisport Adventure that includes three nights at Red Cliffs Lodge on the banks of the Colorado River, an off-road Hummer Safari on a trail known as “Hell’s Revenge” and a full day of rafting through Westwater Canyon, one of the best short whitewater trips in the West. Whitewater on this itinerary is classified Class III-V. The per-person, double rate is $675. The minimum age is 12. See http://westernriver.com/trips/westwater/

Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) 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 rafting, and Idaho rafting trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. Today it pursues a “guiding green” philosophy and belongs to some of the top environmentally conscious organizations in the world: Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association, American Rivers, Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, Utah Rivers Council, America Outdoors, and National River Cleanup Week. See: http://www.westernriver.com/whywestern/environment.php 

Western River Expeditions has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company was honored last spring as the 2012 recipient of "Best of State" through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program. This is the ninth consecutive year Western River Expeditions has earned this distinction.  For 2013 season reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 or 801.942.6669. 

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Western River Expeditions Reveals Seven Surprises While Rafting Colorado River through Grand Canyon

Limited Space Still Available for April, May and August Departures

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Feb. 22, 2013– River rafting pioneer Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) reveals seven surprises for guests on multiple-day Grand Canyon rafting trips.

And what may come as the eighth surprise is the fact that with the exception of a few departures in 2013 trips are nearly at capacity and the company is taking reservations now for 2014 adventures. Limited space is still available in April, May and August for 2013.

“The Grand Canyon, one of Seven Wonders of the Natural World, continues to surprise even us, and we’ve been rafting between its walls for over 50 years,” said  Brian Merrill, CEO of the single largest rafting outfitter in the Grand Canyon National Park in terms of numbers of guests hosted and numbers of days on the river.

The Grand Canyon is Western River Expeditions’ signature trip conquering over 60 major rapids during a 187-mile run in six or seven days. Per person rates for 2013 begin at $2,585. There’s an option to do a shorter three or four day trip covering 100 river miles from $1,240 per person. Surprises begin in April, a time preferred by professional photographers for flowers, cooler temperatures and thunderous waterfalls. The season continues through mid-September.

Here are the seven surprises in store for guests on six and seven-day Grand Canyon Itinerary:

Spectacular side hikes: At continual stops throughout the canyon, guests stalk silence in narrow side canyons, cool off in dripping grottoes and fathom trailside a waterfall’s roar – hidden places only seen from the river.

Delectable food: Guests ponder the perfection of meals prepared by river guides who are also accomplished campfire and Dutch oven chefs, working daily with fresh produce and prime cuts of meat and fish.

History: Interpretive guides pry curiosities revealing lore of cultural and natural history focused on Native American rock art and ruins as well as the geologic history of the Canyon.

Unplugging: The setting and pace of a rafting trip provide for the long overdue need to completely get away from it all, recharging one’s batteries rather than those of your devices. (Guides are not fully unplugged and can access civilization via satellite phones in case of emergency.)

The night sky: Astonishing describes the vivid depth of the heavens viewed from within the depths of the canyon. Black walls rise then gape open to reveal a star-studded crack of sky, with a dusting of the Milky Way. No artificial light masks the sky so far from the nearest town or city.

The unique J-Rig raft: Western River Expedition’s J-Rig Raft, the “Cadillac of the Colorado," is the only large-capacity raft on the Colorado River with forward-facing seats. Guests can choose up-front “gusto" seats or buckin' bronco seats on the row behind. Plus, unthinkable on most rafts, guests can even walk around!

It couldn’t be easier: People often think of a remote wilderness adventure as logistically stressful or challenging. Yet the opposite is true.  On an all-inclusive Western River adventure, guests simply show up in Las Vegas or Marble Canyon, Arizona with a duffle bag of clothes.  After a short flight or bus ride to the river, Western River takes care of the rest.

Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) 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 rafting, and Idaho raftingtrips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. Today it pursues a “guiding green” philosophy and belongs to some of the top environmentally conscious organizations in the world: Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association, American Rivers, Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, Utah Rivers Council, America Outdoors, and National River Cleanup Week. See: http://www.westernriver.com/whywestern/environment.php

Western River Expeditions has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company was honored last spring as the 2012 recipient of "Best of State" through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program. This is the ninth consecutive year Western River Expeditions has earned this distinction.  For 2013 season reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 or 801.942.6669.

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6,400 Pound Excavator Tackles the Grand Canyon With Western River Expeditions, Experts at Navigating Rapids

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Jan. 17, 2013– An 89-mile, waterful journey into night recently engaged the Utah-based rafting company, Western River Expeditions http://www.westernriver.com/ in a two-day task called successful when a 6,400-pound Bobcat Excavator was offloaded at its destination at Phantom Ranch on the bottom of the Grand Canyon. 

The project commissioned by Lake Powell Construction & Dev., Inc. of Page, AZ, for the National Park Service required the on-site equipment to replace a portion of underground cable at this popular National Park site. 

“Because only hiking and mule trails access the ranch, the only way to get the excavator here without the cost of an expensive airlift was by floating it down the river,” explained Trent Keller, raft captain for Western River Expeditions. He said the team rigged a (18’ wide x 36’ long) raft that departed Lees Ferry for the first leg of the journey, a 56-mile float to just above Quagant rapid where they pulled the rig over for the night. 

By first light they ran through Quagant, past the Little Colorado River and entered into the Inner Gorge, the deepest part of the Grand Canyon that had been causing Keller sleepless nights. 

Why? 

“This is where the largest rapids we’d face are located,” he said. “We had to back the raft motoring upstream to slow the passage, allowing us more time to maneuver around large waves, holes and rocks. With a lot of creative spins, entries and eddy hopping, it went fine through Georgie, Unkar, Socdolanger, Grapevine and on to Phantom. It was a super-heavy load and made a really slow boat. It didn’t spin well either with the weight heavily concentrated and low in the middle.” 

The raft pulled into Phantom a day ahead of schedule and 55 minutes later the excavator was off-loaded and ready to go to work. The trip normally takes three days by motorized raft and six days by rowed raft. 

“What allowed us to accelerate the trip is the fact that there were no guests on board,” he added. 

“This time the equipment will stay on site,” Keller said. Maneuvering equipment on the river to this site was first accomplished by Keller’s father in 1980. That year, Lynn Keller took a Case 580C Backhoe down river, and then again in the early 2000s by Mark Pierce. When the earliest equipment completed the project, it was helicoptered out in pieces. The second time Western’s crew took it out. 

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Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) 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 rafting, and Idaho rafting trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. Today it pursues a “guiding green” philosophy and belongs to some of the top environmentally conscious organizations in the world: Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association, American Rivers, Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, Utah Rivers Council, America Outdoors, and National River Cleanup Week. See: http://www.westernriver.com/whywestern/environment.php

Western River Expeditions has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company was honored last spring as the 2012 recipient of "Best of State" through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program. This is the ninth consecutive year Western River Expeditions has earned this distinction.  For 2013 season reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 or 801.942.6669.

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Western River Expeditions Freezes 2012 Rates On Eight Iconic Rafting Expeditions for 2013 If Reservations Made by Sept. 21, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Sept. 12, 2012– When Summer 2012’s door closes in a few weeks, the summer of 2013 beckons for early birds who book a two to six-day river rafting adventure with Western River Expeditions in Utah, Idaho or Oregon for the 2013 season.

The rates on rafting trips for next year if booked by Sept. 21, 2012 will be held at 2012 prices, representing considerable savings for anyone who can plan now for next summer’s vacation.

Multi-day river expeditions are featured on a total of six iconic western rivers including; the Colorado, Green, Rogue, Main Salmon, Middle Fork of the Salmon and Snake. All-inclusive rates begin at just $290 per person per day for adults and $190 for youth (5 to 15) plus tax on a trip through Desolation Canyon on Utah’s Green River. Air to the gateway city not included. See: http://www.westernriver.com/lp/rates-deal/.

River trips included in this promotion are:

Utah – Cataract Canyon / Colorado River, 4 Days, May-August http://www.westernriver.com/trips/cataract/

Utah – Cataract Canyon Express / Colorado River, 2 Days, May-July http://www.westernriver.com/trips/canyonlands/

Utah – Desolation Canyon / Green River, 4 & 5 Days, May-July http://www.westernriver.com/trips/green/

Oregon – Rogue River Lodge to Lodge, 3 & 4 Days, June-August http://www.westernriver.com/trips/rogue-river-rafting/

Idaho – Middle Fork of the Salmon, 5 & 6 Days, June-August http://www.westernriver.com/trips/middleforksalmon/

Idaho – Lower Salmon River Canyons Family Trip, 5 Days, July-August http://www.westernriver.com/trips/salmon-river-canyons/

Idaho – Hells Canyon / Snake River, 4 to 6 Days, May-September http://www.westernriver.com/trips/snakeriver/

Idaho – Main Salmon River, 5 Days, June-August http://www.westernriver.com/trips/mainsalmon/

There is also a promotion where by a trip organizer can go free if they can fill a trip with a minimum number of guests (usually 14-28 people). Call 866-904-1160 for details.

Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) 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 rafting, and Idaho rafting trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. Today it pursues a “guiding green” philosophy and belongs to some of the top environmentally conscious organizations in the world: Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association, American Rivers, Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, Utah Rivers Council, America Outdoors, and National River Cleanup Week. See: http://www.westernriver.com/whywestern/environment.php 

Western River Expeditions has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company was honored last spring as the 2011 recipient of "Best of State" through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program. This is the eighth consecutive year Western River Expeditions has earned this distinction.  For Reservations call: Toll-Free: 866.904.1160 or 801.942.6669. 

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Western River Expeditions Aligns Strategies For Maximum Rafting Enjoyment This Season Despite Record Low Waters on Popular Utah Rivers

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, June 21, 2012– Twelve months after one of the highest water years in recent memory on Utah’s Colorado and Green rivers, the story has changed. This year’s near-record-low run off is prompting concerns by some river outfitters for a soft rafting season.

However, Western River Expeditions http://www.westernriver.com plans to have just as much fun (and business) as ever and advises river rafters not to cancel or delay their river enjoyment another year.

According to Western River Expeditions, low water has its advantages! For starters, low flows can, in some instances, actually create bigger rapids than in high water periods which can actually swallow up the rapids for a fast, but less exciting ride. Plus the water is warmer.

Some weeks ago Western River Expeditions began adapting river trips and equipment to take full advantage of the increased fun and positives of this low-water year. The company is using smaller boats and more paddle rafts instead of larger row and motorized craft. Also, they’re utilizing to more inflatable kayaks and (new for this year) stand up paddleboards.

"For those who equate excitement and fun only with high water – we’re here to say that’s just wrong,” says Brian Merrill, CEO of Western River Expeditions.

Because camping is intrinsic to the company’s formula for river fun, Merrill explained that camps and beaches are better at low water. “They are bigger and more numerous.” He noted that day trips in Moab, Utah are up 15 percent over last year, which was a record high-water year.

Following is a conversation with Merrill on how the company is adapting this season to specific rafting courses:

Westwater Canyon- At higher water levels, we use primarily 18ft row boats where the guide does all the rowing and the guests hold on.  In lower water, we operate mostly paddle boats where each of the guests gets a paddle, the guides give commands and everyone participates in getting down the river.  The boats are smaller (16 ft), and the diameter of the tubes is smaller so it is a much splashier ride.  The participatory nature of a paddle boat also really adds to the excitement of going through rapids. See: http://www.westernriver.com/trips/westwater1day/

The rapids in Westwater flush over and flatten out in higher water, so everyone prefers to raft there when the water is low.  The rapids are fun and the canyon takes on an entirely different look.  It's like you are going through a series of chutes and slides and there is plenty of time to enjoy the unique scenery and beauty that often gets overlooked in higher water.

Cataract Canyon- In Cataract, we will not be running the large J-Rig rafts this year.  Instead, we are using 18ft. rowing rigs and 16ft. paddle boats.  Even with low water, the rapids in Cataract Canyon are significant, especially when using the size of boats we are using.  This is more "high adventure" but not too crazy.  People always come back raving about paddling Cataract Canyon (something that’s not offered every year). See: http://www.westernriver.com/trips/cataract/

Desolation Canyon- We haven't really changed the boat configuration for this trip, but the best thing about low water in Desolation is much bigger and more plentiful camps.  The water gets incredibly warm and many of the guests would swim all day if they could.  Another bonus is that the mosquitoes are significantly reduced when the water is low. See:  http://www.westernriver.com/trips/green/

Day trips out of Moab, Utah- We always run paddle boats on this stretch of river, but with low-water, we feel comfortable encouraging more use of inflatable kayaks. In an inflatable kayak, you paddle yourself down the river while supervised by a guide.  You are close to the water and even small waves are a lot of fun.  Inflatable kayaks are much more stable than hard-shell kayaks and can be enjoyed by all age groups. See: http://www.westernriver.com/trips/oneday/

Stand Up Paddleboard Tours- These are our brand new offering this year, and the timing couldn't be better.  Stand up paddleboards are a large surfboard that you stand on and control with a really long paddle.  The boards we use are very stable and are designed for novice to intermediate paddlers.  This trip is operated on very mild stretches of the Colorado River.  The low water gives us the flexibility to play with the boards on several different reaches outside of the Moab area.  Stand up paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and the Colorado River near Moab is one of the most scenic places in the world to try it out. See: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/moab-stand-up-paddle-board-tours/

WesternRiverExpeditions

Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) 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 rafting, and Idaho raftingtrips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. Today it pursues a “guiding green” philosophy and belongs to some of the top environmentally conscious organizations in the world: Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association, American Rivers, Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, Utah Rivers Council, America Outdoors, and National River Cleanup Week. See: http://www.westernriver.com/whywestern/environment.php 

In 2009, Western River Expeditions was named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company was recently honored as the 2011 recipient of "Best of State" through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program. This is the eighth consecutive year Western River Expeditions has earned this distinction.  For Reservations call: Toll-Free: 866.904.1160 or 801.942.6669.

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Western River Expeditions and Moab Adventure Center Receive Coveted Best of Utah Travel Award For 9th Consecutive Year

 

Salt Lake City, UT, May 9, 2012 – Utah whitewater rafting pioneer Western River Expeditions http://www.westernriver.com/ and its sister company, the one-stop multi-activity Moab Adventure Center http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/ are recent recipients of the Best of State Award for Adventure Travel from the state of Utah, announced Brian Merrill, CEO and spokesperson for both companies.

The Best of State award is Utah's premier recognition and awards program created to recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses in Utah.

This is the 9th consecutive year that both of these Utah-based companies have won medals in the Travel & Tourism category and more specifically "Adventure Travel".

An Awards Gala to be held May 22, 2012 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City will feature dinner, live entertainment, and celebrity presenters. Merrill will be present to accept the Best of State Gold Medal for Western River Expeditions and the Moab Adventure Center. 

Moab’s Red Cliffs Lodge, with which both companies partner on many of their multi-day active itineraries, also won in the Hospitality category for best “Vacation Resort.” 

Western River Expeditions has been operating whitewater rafting expeditions on the Colorado and Green rivers since 1961 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. It holds concession contracts with the National Park Service for Canyonlands. Arches and Grand Canyon national parks and has Special Recreation Permits with the Bureau of Land Management allowing it to guide trips in Westwater Canyon, Desolation Canyon, on the Colorado River above Moab, and on 4x4 trails in the Canyonlands area.

Each year, contract and permit holders are rigorously evaluated on everything from safety, to trip quality, to customer service, to compliance with regulations.  Western River Expeditions has never received anything less than a perfect score on any evaluation in the history of the company. 

Annually, from March through October, Western River Expeditions escorts more people down rivers on professionally guided rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the single largest licensed outfitter  in the Grand Canyon. 

In 2003 the company launched Moab Adventure Center when they recognized that travelers needed a truly convenient location and website to plan the myriad of adventures available in the Moab/Arches/Canyonlands region.  This included day trips, multi-day trips and Moab, Utah vacation packages that combine lodging and activities. Travelers responded and since 2003, the Moab Adventure Center has experienced growth in every single year, including through the recent economic downturn.  Advanced bookings for 2012 reflect a 25% increase over 2011. Growing from just under 3,000 guests per year to over 36,000 guests in 2011, more people are choosing to experience Moab through Moab Adventure Center than any other single company.  

This customer-centered concept provides a "one stop" location that also allows Moab Adventure Center to represent other local outfitters by selling into their trips showcased at a high-profile, downtown walk-in booking location.  From the Moab Adventure Center, visitors can sign up for whitewater rafting in Moab, Hummer tours, Jeep rentals, guided hiking in Arches National Park, horseback riding, mountain biking, scenic flights, rock climbing and  canyoneering, jet boat tours, hot air ballooning, stand up paddleboarding and more.  The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear and clothing as well as souvenirs. 

Contact Information:

Western River Expeditions / 866.904.1160 / http://www.westernriver.com/

Moab Adventure Center / 866.904.1163 / http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/ 

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