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.
Western River Expeditions is a nationally recognized outfitter headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona.
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
Las Vegas, Nevada
Marble Canyon, Arizona
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
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 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.
Western River offers trips March through October on selected waterways.
In addition to the best rafting vacations in the West, Western River offers tours via Hummer, horseback, jet boat, 4x4, airplane and mountain bike.
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 Expeditions Recent Awards and Recognitions:
- National Geographic Adventure Magazine “Best Adventure Travel Company”
- Utah Best of State
- The Official Best of Utah
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/
-Brandon Lake, Vice President
Phone: 801-942-6669 x101
-Widness & Wiggins PR