Record High Water Creates Ideal Conditions for the Best Rafting Season in Decades
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, July 18, 2011– River rafting pioneer Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) will extend its Colorado River Cataract Canyon 2-Day Express trip into August for the first time in their 50-year history. This is over a month longer than usual.
Record runoff and high water flows have created what Brian Merrill, CEO, calls “ideal conditions. ”
The 2-day/1-night program begins and ends in Moab, Utah, traveling 100 river miles through Canyonlands National Park. Departure dates are July 18, 22, 25, 29, August 2 and 5. The per person rate is $575 (adult and youth ages 12 and up). After the exhilaration of a ride through 30 whitewater rapids where the canyon deepens to over 2,000 feet, dinner and overnight camping follow before greeting the water again the next morning. At the take-out, guests are returned overland to Moab.
"Water years like 2011 only come along once each decade, and there is still a lot of water left in the mountains -- 623% of normal to be precise,” Merrill said.
Excellent rafting is also anticipated through the summer on both 4-Day, Cataract Classic trips http://www.westernriver.com/trips/cataract/ (scheduled through the end of August) and 5-day Green River trips http://www.westernriver.com/trips/green/ exploring Desolation Canyon in Utah.
“People should take advantage and sign up. We'll keep running further into August if the water holds out,” Merrill said, adding that “2011 now ranks as the second highest year on record for water content in the mountains of the Colorado River Basin.”
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
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.
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