SALT LAKE CITY, UT, DEC. 13, 2010 – One of the oldest and most respected river and canyon outfitters in the American West (http://www.westernriver.com/) wants its guests to have it all.
Western River Expeditions’ appropriately dubbed “Red Rocks, Whitewater and Blue Sky” adventure combines three uniquely American activities into one active four-day/three-night package based in the iconic Moab, Utah region. The activities are 4x4 off-road exploring, whitewater rafting and hot air ballooning. The per-person rate is $897 ($815 ages 12-15). 2011 Departures begin May 4 and continue weekly through Sept. 25. See: http://www.westernriver.com/trips/moab-utah-multisport/
The setting is red rock canyons, exhilarating whitewater rapids and limitless blue sky horizons surrounded by two of the nation's most alluring national parks; Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Guests depart each day for a new adventure returning with the setting sun to the down-home comforts of Red Cliffs Lodge on the banks of the Colorado River.
First up is back-country exploring along isolated arroyos, sandstone fins and slickrock slopes via an American-built, specially modified Hummer® with engines powered by environmentally friendly bio-fuel.
The following day introduces guests to another truly American-made activity; whitewater rafting the Class II-IV rapids of the Colorado River through Westwater Canyon, named “The West’s Best Short Whitewater Trip” by National Geographic. While the sport of recreational rafting may have begun as early as 1940 in the American West, it was John D. Rockefeller who is credited with launching the first commercial float trip operation in 1956 at his family resort in Wyoming.
The final morning celebrates the vision of American Paul Edward Yost (1919–2007) the "Father of Modern Hot-Air Ballooning”. Rising before the sun, guests help stage and inflate their hot air balloon before climbing in with a veteran pilot to soar up to 4,000-feet above the maze of canyons, cliffs and desert surrounding Moab with Arches and Canyonlands National Parks below.
Before and after adventures guests have free time to browse the art studios and shops of Moab, Utah, rated by Trip Advisor as one of the United States’ Top 3 Outdoor & Adventure Destinations. Trips begin at the Red Cliffs Lodge, 25 minutes outside of downtown Moab. Travelers can fly directly into Moab and shuttle into town, or fly into Grand Junction, Colorado (1.5 hour drive) or Salt Lake City (4 hour drive) and rent a car.
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.
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 2010 recipient of "Best of State" through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program. This is the seventh consecutive year Western River Expeditions has earned this distinction.
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