The Civilized Way to Rough It! Family Camping in Style on a Western River Expedition

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, April 19, 2022 – While DIY often has its charms, do-it-yourself limits can be stressful when organizing and executing a family camping adventure.

FUN is purportedly the goal of such an adventure; however, the following are a few of many challenges that inexperienced campers may encounter:

  • Deciding where to go and where to set up camp
  • Figuring out how to set up the tent, kitchen and common areas
  • Planning and delivering campfire cookery beyond hotdogs and marshmallows
  • Adhering to campfire etiquette – where and how to build a fire, gathering fuel,and taking steps to preventstarting a forest fire
  • Creating a checklist of necessary gear and equipment and then sourcing everything on the list, includingsleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking equipment, flashlights, and fresh water
  • Getting up to speed on camping etiquette when it comes to the potty, the what, where and how a comfort station is set up
  • Reading the weather and preparing for the worst
  • Coming up with fun things to do day and night to keep the family engaged and happy

Western River Expeditions (, the Utah-based company that has been conducting outdoor rafting and camping excursions for guests since 1961, has heard the confessions of many clients who at the 11th hour tossed their DIY notions and turned to these experts to manage their outdoor vacation experience.

Western River Expeditions calculates that it has bid “nighty night” to tens of thousands of campers who opted to take the more stress-free trail to camping under the stars. They opted to go with trained and knowledgeable professionals who can not only identify the Big Dipper, spot a big horn sheeponthe cliffs and prepare hearty meals three times per day, but who also have the knowledge and preparation for handling unpredictable weather and creating a spectacular outdoor journey for families, couples and solo travelers.

“We make wilderness adventure easy,” said Brandon Lake, co-owner and company CMO.“All you have to do is show up with your duffle bag of personal belongs (based on a suggested list) and we provide the rest.”

Here’s what “the rest” includes on every Western River Expedition: deluxe tents and cots, comfortable camp chairs, delicious Dutch-oven dinners, buffet breakfasts,and lunches, expertly trainedguides, and top-quality rafts and equipment. While some outfitters impose additional fees for camping gear and rafting equipment, Western River bundles everything together.

After decades of making camping easy for its guests, here are a few of many benefits to families by engaging in The Western River Expeditions Way (see:

  • Camping is a learning experience for kids, with guides serving as role models on how to conduct best practices in the wilderness
  • Parents can sit back and relax, because these same guides do most of the work, leaving families time together to bond and play
  • Chefs who are veterans when it comes to preparing incredible campfire meals understand and follow health department standards when it comes to storage and preparation—techniques that can be lost in the DIY world
  • Activities are planned to engage children and adults alike: hikes, beach games, arts and crafts, swimming, songs around the campfire and stargazing
  • A portable toilet and hand wash system is set up each day in camp in a secluded location that assures proper hygiene and privacy

The camping locales may vary, but many of the same sensory and magical experiences can be found in all of the regions where Western River Expeditions introduces the secrets of the wilderness – and universe – to active families. (See: Here are Western River Expeditions’ suggested best trips for families:

For questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the 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 the past eighteen consecutive years (2004-2021).

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