Western River Expeditions

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.
 
Office Locations
Western River Expeditions is a nationally recognized outfitter headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona.
 
Annual Guests
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
Moab, Utah
Las Vegas, Nevada
Marble Canyon, Arizona
Stanley, Idaho
Boise, Idaho
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
Vacation Variety
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 Guides
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.
 
Season
Western River offers trips March through October on selected waterways.
 
Other activities
In addition to the best rafting vacations in the West, Western River offers tours via Hummer, horseback, jet boat, 4x4, airplane and mountain bike.
 
Specialty Trips
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 is committed to not only providing the best rafting trips in the world, but also to protecting those valuable resources in the environment we operate in and giving back to our community. See: http://www.westernriver.com/whywestern/environment.php
 
Awards
Western River Expeditions Recent Awards and Recognitions:
  • National Geographic Adventure Magazine “Best Adventure Travel Company”
  • Utah Best of State
  • The Official Best of Utah
 
Reservations
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/
 
Contact Information
 
-Brandon Lake, Vice President
Phone: 801-942-6669 x101
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Western River Expeditions Announces Healthy Snowpack Leading to High Water Rafting through Cataract Canyon

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, June 5, 2024 – Western River Expeditions reports that for the second consecutive year an above-average snowpack in the Colorado River watershed augurs well for multitudes of thrills on upcoming river rafting journeys in the region.

“Anyone looking for a high-water trip (bigger rapids, waves,and splashes) can still enjoy the annual peak runoff well into June and possibly even early July this year on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon,” advises Kam Wixom, former guide and current Marketing Director for Western River Expeditions.

He explains that a cool spring and repetitious storms in the Colorado, Utah and Wyoming Rockies have delayed the typical spring runoff, storing more water for release throughout the spring and summer.

“The storms have also brought above-average snow water equivalent (SWE), the amount of water in a volume of snow measured by weight. As of June 5, the SWE was running 200% percent of normal (median measured over the past 30 years),” he says.

Throughout the season, the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon presents as a series of technical, rock-filled rapids. In high water, some of these rapids disappear into huge rolling wave trains while others create massive holes and eddies.

The river’s volatility affects the mode of transport. To navigate high water, Western River Expeditions uses custom J-Rigs. These are the largest craft in the fleet and offer greater stability than smaller oar and paddle rafts. When the water returns to normal flows, rafters switch to oar and paddle rafts on the 4-day trip, continuing to experience wild rides through rapids that guarantee an adrenaline rush. Guests on high-water trips spend less time on the river because they are virtually speeding from one camp to the next. This translates to more time for side canyon hikes and exploring the terrain around their river camp. Please see video: https://www.westernriver.com/cataract-canyon-rafting/videos/highwater-cataract-unbelievable-ride

Brian Merrill, Western River Expedition’s CEO, notes: “Cataract Canyon in the peak flows are the highest whitewater rapids in North America – big enough waves to make the 37-foot-long J-Rig do exactly what it was designed to do: stand on end and glide right over whitewater rapids that want to swallow it whole.”

The best trips to experience the ultimate ride in high-water conditions are the 4-day Cataract Canyon and 2-day Cataract Express trips departing from Moab, Utah.

  • Cataract Canyon Express 2-Day Adventure at $955 per person for adults and youth (12+) engages high-speed, custom rafts to rapid journey through the Colorado River’s legendary 100-mile Cataract Canyon in just two days. https://www.westernriver.com/cataract-canyon-express
  • Cataract Canyon 4-Day Expedition at $1,935 for adults and $1,425 for youth (10-15) is a four-day rafting journey combing the beauty of Canyonlands National Park with on-river thrills. Off-river hikes include explorations of ancient Native American ruins and pictographs. Guests conclude this adventure with a stunning flight over Canyonlands National Park on the return to Moab. The trip covers 100 river miles with the pleasures of camping under the stars and dining on chef-prepared meals. https://www.westernriver.com/cataract-canyon-rafting

Other rafting trips on the Colorado and neighboring Green Rivers in Utah are also expected to have excellent high water levels this spring and summer. They include five day trips through Desolation Canyon on the Green River and full day trips into Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River just upriver from Cataract Canyon.

To see the latest Colorado River watershed snowpack report, see: http://snowpack.water-data.com/uppercolorado/index.php

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2024 catalog and to ask questions about the trips, availability and reservations, call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669), or visit: http://www.westernriver.com/.

About Western River Expeditions

Annually from March through October, Western 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 and Idaho rafting, and international multi-sport trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. In 2023 it was chosen by the readers of USA Today 10Best as a top rafting company in the nation. In 2024 it was selected as one of the top rafting companies in the U.S. by the readers of Newsweek Magazine. The company is also the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for the past twenty consecutive years (2004-2023).

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Western River Expeditions Prescribes Two Rafting Adventures for the Ultimate Digital Detox

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, May 29, 2024 – In today's fast-paced, technology-driven world, the concept of a "digital detox" is gaining significant attention as a vital practice for mental and physical well-being. With increasing evidence linking excessive screen time to negative health outcomes, many individuals are seeking ways to disconnect from their devices and reclaim their lives. 

Kam Wixom, Marketing Director of Western River Expeditions, offers a refreshing solution: a digital detox through immersive rafting adventures.

"When you find yourself gasping for air in your self-made digital stratosphere, it’s time for a good shake-up," advises Wixom. "Our multi-day rafting trips provide the perfect opportunity to unplug because these vast, remote regions lack cell and internet service."

Understanding Digital Detox

A digital detox involves taking a break from electronic devices such as smartphones, computers and tablets. This practice can range from short daily breaks to extended periods of digital abstinence, tailored to fit individual lifestyles and needs. The goal is to reduce the constant bombardment of digital stimuli and promote mental clarity and relaxation.

The Benefits of Disconnecting

Engaging in a digital detox offers numerous benefits:

●      Improved Mental Health: Reducing screen time can alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression. Constant exposure to social media often leads to unhealthy comparisons and feelings of inadequacy. Taking a break allows individuals to focus on their own lives without the pressure of curated online personas.

●      Enhanced Sleep Quality: Prolonged use of digital devices, especially before bedtime, interferes with sleep patterns. By limiting screen time in the evening, individuals can experience deeper, more restorative sleep, essential for overall health.

●      Better Work-Life Balance: Digital detoxing can help establish boundaries between work and personal life. This balance is crucial for reducing job-related stress and improving job satisfaction.

●      Increased Mindfulness and Presence: Disconnecting from devices fosters mindfulness and allows individuals to engage more fully in real-world activities. This can lead to more meaningful interactions and a greater appreciation for the present moment.

Preparing for Your Digital Detox Adventure

To maximize the benefits of a digital detox, Wixom suggests:

●      Inform family and colleagues of your offline dates.

●      Find alternatives to digital interaction, such as a notepad for jotting down thoughts and ideas.

●      Reflect on your ability to thrive without digital connectivity.

●      Engage in meaningful conversations without the distraction of devices.

●      Observe improvements in sleep quality and dream vividness.

●      Experience the awe of nature firsthand, far from digital screens.

"Our brains weren't built for the constant bombardment of beeps, likes, and breaking news. All that screen time leads to lower attention spans, worse sleep, and a general sense of being, well, fried," reflects Wixom. "But out on the river, something magical happens. We call this forced focus. Your biggest worries shift from notifications to navigating rapids and soaking in breathtaking views. You're 100% present."

Adventure Prescriptions for Digital Detox

  • Desolation Canyon 5-Day Expedition

This trip takes you through the vast wilderness of Desolation Canyon, a region with no roads, towns or cell service. As you traverse 291,000 acres of the Bureau of Land Management’s largest Wilderness Study Area, you'll navigate over 60 Class II-III rapids on the Green River, perfect for beginner to intermediate rafters.

Trips begin and end in Moab, Utah, with the adventure starting with a flight over the canyons and a hike to the river. Each day brings new breathtaking views and thrilling experiences. The per person rate for adults (age 16 and up) is from $2,085 and for youth (age 5-15) from $1,335. Learn more about Desolation Canyon rafting trips.

  • Cataract Canyon 4-Day Expedition

This adventure explores the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers, where the Colorado doubles its force, carving a deep, 100-mile-long chasm through Canyonlands National Park. The journey features Class III-V whitewater, off-river hikes to ancient ruins and a concluding flight over Canyonlands.

Trips run from May through September, with rates for adults at $1,935 and $1,425 for youth (10-15). Learn more about Cataract Canyon rafting adventures.

About Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions provides unforgettable, guided river adventures that offer a perfect escape from the digital world. With expert guides, luxurious camping, and thrilling whitewater rafting, Western’s trips offer a unique way to reconnect with nature and oneself.

Annually from March through October, Western 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 and Idaho rafting, and international multi-sport trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. In 2023 it was chosen by the readers of USA Today 10Best as a top rafting company in the nation. In 2024 it was selected as one of the top rafting companies in the U.S. by the readers of Newsweek Magazine. The company is also the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for the past twenty consecutive years (2004-2023).

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Top River Rafting Companies Suggest “Shortcations” so the Time-Stressed Can Recharge Batteries

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, May 15, 2024 – The gurus of epic rafting vacations in the American West offer a potpourri of wilderness immersions for time-stressed souls who can commit only a few days to their well-being.

Western River Expeditions and its division Moab Adventure Center, recently selected as two of the top rafting companies in the U.S.by the readers of Newsweek Magazine, have fine-tuned their “shortcations” that offer most -- if not all -- of the time-out benefits of longer escapes.

“Recent findings show that 40 percent of working Americans take only 4.4 vacation days a year,” reflected Brandon Lake, CMO and co-owner. “With this in mind, we have ‘shortcation’ river rafting trips that even for a day or two will help set your batteries on high-speed recharge.”

Following are adventures of only three or fewer nights available for the upcoming 2024 rafting season. These journeys begin and end in the red rock playground of Moab, Utah, except for one home-based from Las Vegas, Nevada,and one leaving from Merlin, Oregon.

  • Cataract Canyon Express 2-Day/1-Night Rafting Trip: Cataract Canyon, the section of the Colorado River that flows through the heart of Canyonlands National Park, may be the nation’s premier river trip in terms of excitement and diversity. This 2-day adventure is offered May through July when traditionally the river offers the most thrilling rides. Customized, high-speed rafts add to the excitement of dropping through the canyon into a series of nearly 30 whitewater rapids along this 100-mile journey. The $955 per person rate (ages 12 and up) includes transfers, rafting, hiking, one night of camping under the stars,and meals. For details on the 2-day trip,please see https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/cataract-canyon-express
  • Cataract Canyon 4-Day/3-Night Rafting Trip: This longer version of the 100-mile river adventure is offered May through September with a choice of conveyance depending on the level of thrill-seeking: J-Rig, Oar Boat,or Paddle Raft.  On off-river excursions there’s time to explore Native American ruins and pictographs.  Guests seal memories of the canyon with a stunning return flight over Canyonlands National Park. The per-personrate is $1,935. The youth rate is $1,425, minimum age 12 in May and June; age 10 July through September.  Rates include transfers (including the scenic flight), rafting, hiking, three nights of camping under the stars,and meals. For details on the 4-day trip,please see https://www.westernriver.com/cataract-canyon-rafting
  • Lower Grand Canyon 3-Day/2-Night River Trip:  This April through September adventure that is based out of Las Vegas traverses 89 of the river’s lower miles with enough class II and III rapids to keep everyone on their toes. Hidden waterfalls and pools carve their way down to the river frequented by Blue Heron, hawks and eagles. The per-personrate is $1,895 for ages 9 and up. Rates include a flight to the river, a scenic helicopter flight into the depths of the canyon; bus transfers from the river back to Vegas; rafting, two nights of camping under the stars, hiking,and meals. For details on this 3-day trip,please see https://www.westernriver.com/grand-canyon-river-trip
  • 4-Day/3-Night Moab Vacation Southwest Sampler:  This adventure,available from June through August,combines the best of the red rock playground of Moab, Utah, with a 2-night stay at the Moab Marriott and one night camping on the Colorado River. This is one of Western’s most popular family experiences. First up is a morning exploration of Arches National Park with a van and walking tour alongside knowledgeable guides. Then comes an afternoon exploration of red rock country in an off-road Hummer Safari. The followingtwo days guests will raftthrough class I and II rapids on the Colorado River and experience the fun of camping overnight on the river. This adventure is open to families with children ages 5 and up. The per person rate is $895; $765 for ages 5-15. Rates include transfers to listed activities, two nights of hotel accommodations in Moab, rafting, one night of camping under the stars,and meals while on the rafting adventure.  For details,please see https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/southwest-sampler
  • 4-Day/3-Night Rogue River Lodge to Lodge Raft Trip, Oregon: This journey, available from May through September, offers the advantages of lodge – instead of tent – accommodations. The Rogue begins near Crater Lake in the Cascade Mountains and runs westerly through southern Oregon to the Pacific Ocean. This river remains so remote that boats still deliver the mail in some regions where the river is the only road. Wildlife sightings may include river otters, deer and black bears. Guests raft this legendary waterway along 45 miles, with whitewater classified class II-IV. There is a choice of Oar Boat, Paddle Raft,or Inflatable Kayak. The per-personrate is from $1,990 for adults and $1,920 for ages 7-16. Price includes rafting, hiking, meals,and lodging. For details, please see https://www.westernriver.com/rogue-river-lodge-trip

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2024 catalog, for questions, availability and reservations,call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the website at: http://www.westernriver.com/. For information on Moab Adventure Center programs,call 866.904.1163 or visit https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/.

About Western River Expeditions and Moab Adventure Center

Founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey, Western River Expeditions annually escorts more people on rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon.  In 2023 it was chosen by the readers of USA Today 10Best as the #2 rafting company in the nation. In 2024 it was selected as one of the Top rafting companies in the U.S. by the readers of Newsweek Magazine. The company is also the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for the past nineteen consecutive years (2004-2022).

Moab Adventure Center is the largest single tour provider in Moab, Utah. Located at 225 South Main St. in Moab, the center has a 2,000-square-foot space booking tours and selling adventure related gear, clothing, maps and souvenirs. In April 2024, it was also voted as one of the Top Five rafting companies in the nation by the readers of Newsweek Magazine.

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Rare Opportunity: Limited Slots Available for 2024-2025 Grand Canyon Rafting Adventures with Western River Expeditions

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, March 21, 2024 — Western River Expeditions, a trailblazer in rafting adventures, announces a unique opportunity for adventure enthusiasts. A few coveted slots have opened for the 2024 and 2025 Grand Canyon rafting seasons. This unexpected availability offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to embark on an exhilarating journey through one of the world's most iconic natural wonders.

Act Now for a Grand Adventure: Typically booked years in advance, these Grand Canyon trips represent a rare chance to experience the majestic Colorado River up close. From thrilling rapids to serene hikes, the journey is a testament to the raw beauty of nature. Prospective adventurers are encouraged to visit Western River Expeditions' website to secure their spot immediately, as spaces are expected to fill quickly.

A Word from Our Co-Owner: "This is a golden opportunity for those who thought they had missed their chance," said Brandon Lake, co-owner and CMO of Western River Expeditions. "We're excited to offer this rare availability but remind everyone that flexibility with dates will be key to securing a spot."

Experience the Grand Canyon Like Never Before: With trips running from April to September, adventurers can choose from a range of experiences:

  • 6- and 7-day expeditions featuring class III-V rapids for guests 12 and up.
  • 3- and 4-day journeys with class II-III rapids suitable for those aged 9 and above.

Every expedition is enhanced by Western’s exclusive J-Rig raft, designed to provide a safe and thrilling ride for first-timers and seasoned rafters alike. Off-river hikes lead to hidden waterfalls, slot canyons, ancient ruins and geological marvels, sights that remain unseen by the millions who visit the canyon’s rim each year.

Enhance Your Journey with Knowledge: Aaron Swanson, a seasoned guide with Western River Expeditions, recommends enriching your trip by delving into the history and lore of the Grand Canyon. From tales of pioneering adventures to insights into the lives of its indigenous peoples, his curated list of 10 books and a podcast offer a deeper understanding of this magnificent landscape.

Books to read before your trip:

  • Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: author Wallace Stegner
  • Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell’s 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy through the Grand Canyon: author Edward Dolnick
  • Woman of the River – Georgie White Clark, Whitewater Pioneer: author Richard E. Westwood
  • The Very Hard Way – Bert Loper and the Colorado River: author Brad Dimock
  • I am the Grand Canyon: The story of the Havasupai People: author Stephen Hirst
  • The Emerald Mile – The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in the History of the Grand Canyon: author Kevin Fedarko

Book to read during your trip:

  • There’s this River – Grand Canyon Boatman Stories: author Christa Sadler

Books to read after your trip:

  • The Doing of the Thing: authors Vince Welsh, Cort Conley, Brad Dimock
  • Sunk Without a Sound: The Tragic Colorado River Honeymoon of Glen and Bessie Hyde: author Brad Dimock
  • River to Rim: author Nancy Brian

Swanson also includes a podcast in his list: Big Adventures with Brian Dierker. “This is a great podcast about a legend still running the Grand Canyon and who on occasion, will snipe your campsite. Brian brings on a large array of guests from rock nerds (scientists) to salty river runners with stories of the good old days.”

He also recommends author Wayne Brindle’s The Best Joke Book Ever because this light reading prepares clients for all the bad jokes and puns the guides will doubtless spring on them.

For book details and access to them on Amazon, please see his blog post:  https://www.westernriver.com/blogs/stories/ten-books-to-read-before-and-after-you-visit-the-grand-canyon

Book Your Adventure Today: Don’t miss this unexpected chance to explore the Grand Canyon with the experts. For more information on rafting adventures, visit Western River Expeditions’ Grand Canyon Rafting. To request an annual catalog or for any inquiries, please call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the website at www.westernriver.com.

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 (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

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. In 2023 it was chosen by the readers of USA Today 10Best as a top rafting company in the nation. The company is also the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for the past twenty consecutive years (2004-2023).

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Veteran Western River Expeditions’ Guide Shares What She Wished She Knew Before Her First Raft Trip

SALT LAKE CITY, February 21, 2024 – She claims it to be one of her life’s biggest ironies. While her parents first met while guiding rafting trips, she never ran a river herself until she turned 20.

Then, training to be a professional river guide for Western River Expeditions, Hailee Houston learned a great deal that first year. Now, five years later, she claims that river water courses through her veins.

With experience and history under her belt, Hailee is wise beyond her 20-something years when it comes to ways of rivers and how best to enjoy being on the water. In her recent blog on the Western River Expeditions website, she details what she wished she knew that first time rafting. She shares overlooked strategies that can yield huge benefits when it comes to comfort and safety on a river adventure.

Packing essentials

  • Bring disposable wet wipes so you don’t have to carry around a damp washcloth. You’ll feel refreshed if you feel clean and sand-free when crawling into your sleeping bag.
  • Pack sufficient sun protection in the form of sunscreen, a hat, a quick-dry sun hoodie, and loose clothing that covers your upper and lower body. For her, a sarong comes in handy.
  • Be sure to bring a lightweight rain jacket to don before entering the fun of splash-filled rapids or braving a late-day thunderstorm.

Staying healthy

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, whether the sun is shining or not, whether you’re on the water or on dry land. Monitor your body and moods. Grumpy and down can signal hydration issues. In dry climates, you may perspire without even noticing it.

Going with the Flow

  • You’re on vacation,and your inclination may be to sleep in. Forget it. Wake-up time on the river can be as early as 6 a.m. Your guides are already up, making breakfast and planning the day for your enjoyment. They want to get on the river before other groups of rafters; they want to get to the next riverside camping site before it is occupied so you will have more leisure time to swim and hike. Don’t resist; get with the program.

Bring an Open Mind

  • Weather, river conditions,and unexpected issues revealed by other participants on your trip all have the potential to harbor stress. But this is your vacation but also the vacation of everyone around you. Rise above; accept challenges; be a team player, empathize with others,and meet each current with an open mind.

For more of Hailee’s blog please see https://www.westernriver.com/blogs/stories/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-my-first-river-trip

With over 60 years of experience orchestrating rafting trips for novices up to experts, Western River Expeditions is the “go to” rafting company. Due to an unusually heavy winter snowpack, favorable conditions this year for rafting well into late summer are as good as they get.

Following are Western River Expeditions’ suggestions for the best trips for beginners to experience an unplugged escape into the wilderness – and to beat the heat – while drifting and splashing over cool waters.

Desolation Canyon/Green River 5-Day Adventure is ideal for families with children as young as five. There are weekly departures June through August, with space still available for 2024. The 5-day/4-night adventure begins and ends in Moab, Utah, and includes a scenic flight that lands atop a dramatic desert plateau where the group begins a short descent on foot to the river put-in. Then comes the voyage through class II-III rapids over 88 river miles. The per person rate for adults (age 16 and up) is from $2,085 and for youth (age 5-15) from $1,335. For details see https://www.westernriver.com/desolation-canyon

Grand Canyon 3-Day Expedition travels a river distance of 89 miles over class II and III rapids with two nights spent camping under the stars along the river. The per-person rate for adults and for youth (minimum age 9) is from $1,895. For details, see https://www.westernriver.com/grand-canyon-river-trip

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2024-25 catalog, questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the website at: http://www.westernriver.com/

Day Trips on the Colorado River from Moab, Utah offer ways to accommodate a rafting excursion, be it for a half or full day while in Moab. Each program offers guests a choice of a paddle boat, with everyone manning a paddle or two-person inflatable kayak. The rate for each trip includes a complimentary flip-top water bottle, snacks, transportation to and from the river, complimentary hotel pickup available upon request, lifejackets, rafting equipment, and guides. See https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/moab-river-rafting (from sister company Moab Adventure Center)

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 (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

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. In 2023 it was chosen by the readers of USA Today 10Best as the #2 rafting company in the nation. The company is also the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for the past twenty consecutive years (2004-2023).

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Rafting with Western River Expeditions Along the Legends of Desolation Canyon Considered the West’s Top Family Trip

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Feb. 7, 2024 – The granaries where ancient Indigenous Americans stored crops of corn are scattered around Utah’s Desolation Canyon.  But the Fremont didn’t know about the reserves of oil and coal under their feet.

Until recent history the Osage had no knowledge of oil reserves on their lands to the east on the Great Plains where once the buffalo roamed.

In 2024 these tribal stories intersect. Here’s how.

One contender in the Academy Awards (March 10, 2024) is Killers of the Flower Moon, a story set in the early 1900s concerning oil, greed, murder and the Osage.

Were Academy Awards handed out for this country’s best family river rafting adventure, Western River Expeditions bets that Utah’s Desolation Canyon 5-Day Trip would win hands down. This journey traverses a National Register of Historic Places cited for connections to ancient peoples, to surviving outlaw hideouts filled with stories of past adventures, and to the remnants of lost dreams testified by abandoned ranches and homesteads.

An example of an abandoned ranch is Rock Creek Ranch built in the 1930’s, today exhibiting the remains of small, huddled cabins near a freshwater spring used to irrigate the land. Western River Expeditions’ guests can still enjoy fruits from an edible mulberry tree.

Contrary to its name, Desolation Canyon is anything but desolate, except for the fact that it is part of the Bureau of Land Management’s largest Wilderness Study Area in the Lower 48. Nearly 291,000 acres comprise the area that includes deep systems of canyons, some up to a mile deep. There are no roads, no towns and no cell service.

Desolation Canyon was carved over millennia by the 730-mile Green River that is spawned by glacial melts on the Continental Divide in the wilds of northern Wyoming. The Green, flowing for 450 miles through Utah, is less strident than the Grand Canyon’s rollicking Colorado River. Instead of the world-class rapids on the Colorado River, whitewater on the Green River is playful, marked along the rafting course by over 60 family-friendly Class I-III rapids. The minimum age for this trip is just 5 years old.

Hailee Hughston is a second-generation river guide for Western River Expeditions. She has made a study along the 88 river miles of this canyon, affectionately dubbed “Deso”. She shares with guests her findings about locales and what’s known about the Fremont and still extant Ute tribes who subsisted along the Green River that provides water to this desert region. She shares stories of rugged farmers and famous outlaws. Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch found that the rugged terrain here offered a perfect hideaway. Everyone, in some way, depended on the water flowing through the canyon. See: https://www.westernriver.com/blogs/stories/highlights-of-desolation-canyon

Hailee writes: “A short hike from the river, thousands of Fremont petroglyphs can be found hidden throughout. The Fremont people inhabited the land from around 600 to 1200 A.D., living as semi-nomadic and moving with the change of the seasons. As we show respect to the relics of ancient inhabitants, it is even more important to respect the present native inhabitants who still claim the land. The Ute/Ouray tribe owns the land spanning the left side of the river.”

Supported by stories of real people around the river, Hailee introduces 40 million years of geologic history: “towering stepped walls boasting wild rock formations and the shades of green (a switch from yellow) that seem out of place in a desert setting. These vertical monuments that rival the Grand Canyon offer precarious refuge for pinyon pine and juniper, bighorn sheep, black bear, and even wild horses.”

Over 60 named class two and three rapids thrill boaters, and the gradual increase in size and difficulty of rapids make it an ideal place for beginner to intermediate boaters to develop their skills. Many rapids reflect the passion for this region’s lore: Little Wild Horse, Wire Fence, Moonwater, Steer Ridge, Three Fords, Range Creek, Firewater, Trail Canyon, Saleratus, Coal Creek, Poverty and Rattlesnake.

On this journey guests choose how adventurous they want their on-water time to be. They can team up as paddlers in two-person inflatable kayaks or sit back in a guide-powered oar boat and watch the world go by.

As with all Western River Expeditions’ itineraries, all the ingredients for host-prepared hot and fresh meals (sourced from local farmers and producers) and for deluxe camping on sandy beaches come with the thrill of rafting and with guided exploratory hikes along the river route.

The 2024 trips are scheduled to begin in June and continue through August. The adventures begin and end in Moab, Utah.  Guests will experience a trip highlight on day one, where a morning flight over the canyons of the Green River lands guests atop a desert plateau. From here, the choice is a hike or van ride to the river’s edge, a float down calm waters and majestic canyons, and the first night of camping on the banks of the Green River.

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2024 catalog, questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the website at: http://www.westernriver.com/.

For more details on this trip please see https://www.westernriver.com/desolation-canyon

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 (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. In 2023 it was chosen by the readers of USA Today 10Best as the #2 rafting company in the nation. The company is also the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for the past nineteen consecutive years (2004-2022).

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Western River Expeditions Promises the Moon and Stars Plus Free Rafting to Group Organizers

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Jan. 9, 2024 – Remember that long-ago song: “The best things in life are free”? On a Western River Expeditions’ rafting adventure, the freebies include the moon and stars and eye-popping vistas of the vast West.

Plus, if you happen to be the lucky soul who organizes a group trip that checks all the boxes for this company’s group charter requirements, you can take in the whole experience – for free!

Western River Expeditions is accepting group charters now for longed-for rafting trips in 2024 for river canyon destinations in Southern Utah. These include 2 to 5-day expeditions through the world-renowned Desolation Canyon and Cataract Canyon as well as multi-adventure packages in Moab, Utah.

The company stresses that the early bird who organizes and books private/exclusive river trips and combination charters gets the best choice of departure dates and destinations. Plus,they reward group organizers with complimentary passage if they meet departure quotas that come with each trip.

Once the itinerary and departure date are selected, Western River Expeditions provides private Direct Group Booking Links for any kind of groups: friends and family reunions, women-or guys-only, corporate retreats, those sharing a common interest like photography, geology, yoga, painting, and creative writing. The list is endless.  User-friendly links also come with supplemental trip information, all designed to make the organizer’s task stress-free. Each group member uses this private link to sign up and pay for their own reservation.

When the trip organizer has turned a group over to the experienced staff, his/her goal then is to get enough people on board to meet the requirements leading to complimentary passage for the organizer. While anticipating the river rafting adventure, the group organizer may want to arrange for custom/personalized t-shirts, hats or other keepsakes that can be ordered through Red Rock Outfitters. They can custom embroider t-shirts and hats as desired.  https://redrockoutfitters.com

“A private charter is a great option for groups ranging from extended family to corporate to non-profit. The benefit of going with your own group is the promise of building deeper bonds through shared adventures with family, co-workers, or others. Western River Expeditions offers one of the few travel experiences that allows everyone to be doing the same thing at the same time in an extraordinary place - with absolutely no distractions. It’s an unbelievable experience that keeps group organizers returning year after year with new groups.” says Brandon Lake, co-owner and CMO.

Following is a short list of adventures available; each awards a complimentary space when a specific minimum quota is met:

Desolation Canyon, Green River: 24 booked earns organizer space - https://www.westernriver.com/desolation-canyon A five-day Desolation Canyon adventure is a favorite with families (ages 5 and up) and youth, school and church groups.

Cataract Canyon, Colorado River:29 booked earns organizer space - https://www.westernriver.com/cataract-canyon-rafting. This four-day adventure is recommended for couples/adult and corporate groups.

Southwest Sampler: 24 booked earns organizer space - https://www.westernriver.com/moab-utah-vacation-sampler. For four days, guests river raft, explore Arches National Park and fall in love with the moon and stars.

Details on these and other group charters are found at https://www.westernriver.com/group-rafting-trip.  For questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the website at: http://www.westernriver.com/.

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 (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. In 2023 it was chosen by the readers of USA Today 10Best as the #2 rafting company in the nation. The company is also the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for the past nineteen consecutive years (2004-2022).

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Western River Expeditions Opens 2025 Reservations on November 28, 2023, On the World’s Most Coveted Rafting Trip

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Nov. 2, 2023 – The scramble for seats on the world’s most coveted river rafting vacations begins on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. Mountain Time (5 p.m. Pacific, 7 p.m. Central and 8 p.m. Eastern), announces Western River Expeditions.

This annual event will attract adventure lovers, domestic and international, who yearn to bag a seat on a coveted river rafting expedition through Arizona’s Grand Canyon.

“On Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. we’ll be taking reservations for river rafting itineraries that begin in 2025 as early as April and continue through the month of September,” explains Brandon Lake, co-owner and company CMO. “We encourage anyone interested to visit https://www.westernriver.com/grand-canyon-raft-trips-2025 and join our email list for updates and reminders.”

This is the widely anticipated opportunity to secure reservations now for what many rafting aficionados consider one of the world’s ultimate river rafting experiences. These early bird booking dates are expected to secure reservations for up to 90 percent of Western River Expeditions’ 2025 Grand Canyon vacations inventory. Historically demand outpaces supply, and within hours of the reservation window opening, many departures are sold out. For trip details, please see visit Western’s Grand Canyon Rafting page.

“People ask us why we are taking reservations now for 2025; why not just focus on 2024?” says Lake. “Due to these high-demand trips, we must look two years ahead. Western’s 6- and 7-Day Grand Canyon trips for 2024 are sold out, and space is very limited in the upcoming season for shorter departures of 3 and 4 days. Travelers interested in possibly rafting the canyon in 2024 are still urged to call Western’s sales office. Because people book so far in advance, cancellations do happen. Getting your name on the waitlist is advised.”

The river rafting season on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon runs from April into September. The longer 6- and 7-day trips with the thrills of class III-V rapids are open to guests as young as 12. The minimum age is nine for 3- and 4-day trips that come with class II-III rapids. Western’s exclusive J-Rig raft provides accessibility for all levels of rafters on even the largest whitewater rapids in the Grand Canyon. Rafting trips include plenty of hiking in side canyons that allow access to waterfalls, slot canyons, native ruins, rock art, and geologic wonders that the 5 million or so casual hikers from the rim will simply never see.

For details on the trips, Western River Expeditions offers complimentary Expedition Guides in PDF format (https://www.westernriver.com/expedition-guide). The comprehensive guides include river maps, overviews, full itineraries, camping and weather information, details on physical requirements, packing lists, and more.

Grand Canyon trips are always in high demand and fill quickly. To protect the Canyon and maximize one’s enjoyment of nature, the National Park Service closely regulates the number of rafting participants traveling through the Grand Canyon each year, creating space limitations and a scramble for reservations. 

For those who are flexible and perhaps miss the boat on Grand Canyon reservations, two lesser-known options to rafting the Grand Canyon include a four-day trip through Cataract Canyon, often referred to as the “The Grand Canyon’s Younger Sister”.

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

“If you’re planning to travel with kids, an option that families often enjoy even more than Grand Canyon is a spectacular five-day family-oriented journey down Desolation Canyon on the Green River in Utah. This is a mellower but equally breathtaking rafting experience. Like Cataract, it also departs from Moab, Utah, and because it is lesser known, it has good availability for 2024,” he adds.

To access Grand Canyon reservations or obtain a copy of Western River Expeditions’ annual catalog, call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the website at: http://www.westernriver.com/.

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 (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. In 2023 it was chosen by the readers of USA Today 10Best as the #2 rafting company in the nation. The company is also the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for the past nineteen consecutive years (2004-2022).

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Western River Expeditions Will Reveal Their 2025 Grand Canyon Rafting Departures In Early December 2023

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Oct. 5, 2023 – In 2023 nature graced the Rocky Mountain West with perfect rafting conditions in the Colorado River's majestic canyons of Utah and Arizona. Those who had the foresight to book months in advance were rewarded with an unparalleled rafting experience through the iconic Grand Canyon.

However, as Brandon Lake, co-owner and CMO of Western River Expeditions, points out, "Every silver lining has a cloud. Last-minute surges in interest this summer surpassed our expectations, and, unfortunately, we couldn't accommodate everyone." While some rafting enthusiasts managed to schedule for 2024, availability is already sparse for next year.

To meet this soaring demand, Western River Expeditions will unveil its 2025 rafting dates in early December 2023, offering three-, four-, six- and seven-day Grand Canyon trips. For seasoned rafters, this is an eagerly anticipated annual event. Historically, most departures are snapped up within hours of the booking window's opening.

Lake advises, "Our six- and seven-day expeditions fly off the shelf. Mark your calendars for our December booking date to be announced in mid-November, and be poised to book your adventure online the moment we open reservations." He further recommends having alternate dates and considering shorter trips or the less-traveled Cataract Canyon Expedition.

For those who need a nudge, Western River Expeditions has curated the "Seven Surprises of a Grand Canyon Trip" to amplify the allure:

  1. The Cadillac of the Colorado: Navigate the Grand Canyon on Western’s exclusive J-Rig, the only large raft on the Colorado River with forward-facing seats. Guests can opt for the thrilling "gusto" seats or the adventurous "buckin’ bronc" seats. Discover the J-Rig experience here: https://www.westernriver.com/river-rafts.
  2. Spectacular Side Hikes: Bask in the Grand Canyon's splendor as you explore thundering waterfalls, secluded grottoes and ancient Native American traces.
  3. Unparalleled Relaxation: The rhythmic flow of the river, coupled with an all-inclusive experience, ensures total relaxation. Just bring your essentials, and our guides will handle the rest.
  4. Gourmet Delights: Our meals, which have even impressed French critics, are more than just sustenance; they're a culinary journey.
  5. A Deep Dive into History: Engage with the Canyon's rich history through ancient ruins, breathtaking vistas, and tales of explorers like Major John Wesley Powell.
  6. Digital Detox: Embrace the disconnection and enjoy nature in its purest form, surrounded by like-minded adventurers.
  7. Stellar Vistas: Marvel at the starry night sky, enveloped by the Grand Canyon’s awe-inspiring walls.

The river rafting season on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon runs from April into September. The longer six- and seven-day trips with the thrills of class III-V rapids are open to guests as young as 12. The minimum age is 9 for three- and four-day trips that come with class II-III rapids. Western’s exclusive J-Rig raft provides accessibility for first-time rafters on even the largest whitewater rapids in the Grand Canyon. Rafting trips include plenty of hiking that allows access to waterfalls, slot canyons, native ruins and geologic wonders that the five million or so casual day visitors atop the rim will simply never see.

For details on the trips, Western River Expeditions offers complimentary Expedition Guides in PDF format (https://www.westernriver.com/expedition-guide). The comprehensive guides include river maps, overviews, full itineraries, camping and weather information, details on physical requirements, packing lists, and more. Also see https://www.westernriver.com/grand-canyon-rafting.

Grand Canyon trips are always in high demand and fill quickly. The National Park Service regulates the number of rafting participants traveling through the Grand Canyon each year, creating space limitations.  However, there are comparable (but perhaps lesser known) rafting destinations throughout the West such as Cataract Canyon and Desolation Canyon in Utah. For families wishing to experience a river rafting trip, Desolation Canyon is arguably one of the best family rafting adventures on the planet.

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ annual catalog, questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the website at: http://www.westernriver.com/.

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 (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. In 2023 it was chosen by the readers of USA Today 10Best as the #2 rafting company in the nation. The company is also the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for the past nineteen consecutive years (2004-2022).

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Western River Expeditions Sees Surge in Last-Minute Bookings For 2023 Rafting Adventures

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Aug. 24, 2023 – Since mid-July, Western River Expeditions has experienced a 60 percent increase in last-minute bookings when compared to last year. Two of the biggest movers have been Western's Cataract Canyon and Desolation Canyon trips. These are four and five-day trips, respectively.

Brandon Lake, Co-Owner and Chief Marketing Officer of Western River Expeditions says, "With our longer four and five-day rafting expeditions, guests have generally planned their trip ahead for months or even years. This is still the case with the vast majority of our guests, but since mid-summer, we are seeing more guests than ever book our longer four to seven-day trips and they’re doing this up to a week before departure!”

Lake attributes these unprecedented last-minute requests to

●      News of epic winter snow pack predicted great water late into late summer; this may have delayed some in making plans.

●      An absence of forest fires and hazy skies in the Rocky Mountains this year.

●      The need to digitally disconnect.

●      The advantages of the later (September) season with fewer children, cooler days, the dry climate and off-season lodging rates.

With just a few seats remaining across several departures before the season finishes, Western hopes the last-minute booking trend continues.

As this exceptional rafting season begins to wind down, the good news is that there is still some availability in late August and September for, among others, enjoying the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon in the heart of Canyonlands National Park. Here’s a list of 2023 last-minute adventures that still have some availability. The four and five-day itineraries are on rivers in Utah, Idaho and Oregon.

September 5 & 12: Utah’s Cataract Canyon 4-Day Expedition https://www.westernriver.com/cataract-canyon-rafting

September 6: Idaho’s Main Salmon 5-Day Expedition https://www.westernriver.com/main-salmon-river

September 12 & 17: Oregon’s Rogue River 4-Day Lodge to Lodge https://www.westernriver.com/rogue-river-lodge-trip

August 25 and September 2 & 17: Idaho’s Snake River Hells Canyon 5-Day Expedition  https://www.westernriver.com/hells-canyon

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2023 and 2024 catalogs, questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the website at: http://www.westernriver.com/.

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 (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

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. In 2023 it was chosen by the readers of USA Today 10Best as the #2 rafting company in the nation. The company is also the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for the past nineteen consecutive years (2004-2022).

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