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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