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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (

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

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