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Western River Expeditions

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Local Specialist
Established
  • 1961
Headquarters
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Trips
  • 2
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I would definitely choose July 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Loved my trip through the Grand Canyon! The guides were so personable and knowledgeable, not to mention a great sense of humor. If I ever get the chance to go again, I would definitely choose WRE! Thank you!
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absolutely amazing! July 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Where to start....no wifi, no problem! My children (17 and 18) and I traveled with family friends for an adventure of a lifetime! The trip was filled with challenges, relaxing moments, delicious food, and laughter - lots of laughter. Strangers soon became friends and our guides were absolutely amazing! It reset all of our lives and brought a fabulous new perspective to life. I will be reminiscing about this trip for years!
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The experience was just amazing July 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Trip of a lifetime! On a scale of five stars, Western River gets ten! The experience was just amazing. Six days was not enough, seven days next time. Thank you so much for a wonderful week Evan, Scottie, Steve and Mackay! My son even looked at me and said “thank you so much for bringing me!”. He just had the time of his life! You guys rock!
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Amazing July 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
6-Day Grand Canyon trip, plus I did the 3-Day Grand Canyon trip last year. Hands down the best trips of my life. The Western River guides are amazing (and outstanding cooks, too!). I'm already looking at next year, which would be my 3rd year in a row.
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Awesome experience July 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The 4 day Ranch and River tour turned out to be exactly as i hoped it would be, a truly awesome experience i will never forget. I took the trip with my 17 year old son who is going in to his senior year of high school. I wanted something we could do together before he gets into his college years. Every aspect of the trip, from Bar 10 ranch, to going to the river, the awesome sights and food was spectacular. The guides were amazing. Our fellow rafters were wonderful people. We all had a blast. I will be going to the Grand Canyon again and it will be with Western River.
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Amazing trip! June 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was an amazing trip! Our guides...Kurt, Scotty, Parker and Laura were awesome! We met some truly wonderful people on this trip! It was 5 star all the way!

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Founded in 1961, Western River Expeditions offers a unique way of exploring the rivers and canyons of North America. Join a tour to see why they’ve been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies in the World” by National Geographic Adventure magazine.

What Makes Western River Expeditions Stand Out?

  • Most popular white water rafting vacations in US
  • Exploration of national parks, jungles, and ancient habitations
  • Camping in remote locations under starry skies
  • Caters to all rafting levels
A screenshot of a youtube video promoting Western River Expeditions

When it comes to active adventure travel, you couldn’t do better than a rafting trip with Western River Expeditions. They are a premier river rafting company, operating several trips for various skill levels and ages. Their skilled guides help provide you with a unique way of exploring the outdoors, as you experience a perspective on nature only possible  while on a rafting trip.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Western River Expeditions?

  • Adventure and adrenaline seekers
  • Lovers of nature and the great outdoors
  • Solo and group travelers
  • Ages 12+
  • Ages 5+ for Family Trips

Western River Expeditions rafting trips are designed to meet the interests of all rafters from novice to advanced, and fall in mid-budget range. Those that decide to join a tour should be moderately fit at the very least.

a group of people whitewater rafting

Rafting trips often include a hiking portion, where trails will be uneven, rocky, and steep. Multi-sport tours offer a range of exciting additional activities such as horseback riding and off-roading safari adventures.

Top Destinations

  • Grand Canyon
  • Utah’s Cataract Canyon
  • Oregon and Idaho
  • Costa Rica

Western River Expeditions operates their exciting rafting tours all over western United States, covering the Colorado, Green, Salmon, Snake, and Rogue rivers. On a Western River Expeditions Grand Canyon rafting tour, you’ll discover hidden waterfalls, soft glowing sunrises, and breathtaking canyons that are only accessible by river.

guy looking down at a desert valley with a river

Looking to go somewhere more exotic? Go on a white water rafting tour down the banks of Pacuare River in Costa Rica. Whatever the destination, you’ll be sure to find yourself in the midst of incredible landscapes, natural wonders and starry skies.

Western River Expeditions Travel Style

a tent in the mountains at night

Trips with Western River Expeditions are designed to be an all encompassing experience, with deluxe camping and meals provided. Western River Expeditions’ Grand Canyon and Utah trips are a great option for you if you’re interested in a more rustic camping experience. You’ll get to pitch your own tents (or sleep under the stars), set up your own cots, and sleeping bags. Have lunch on sandy beaches, use river waters to bathe, and portable toilets as restrooms. Meals are often served buffet or family style, filled with hearty and well-balanced meals.

Prefer a hot shower and cozy bed at the end of your day? Oregon and Colorado tours include stays at comfortable and well-located lodges. Think private patios, swimming pools, deck dinners, and local wildlife roaming around.

view of the costa rica jungle and an active volcano

For those interested in dreamy and luxurious accommodations, Costa Rica tours with Western River Expeditions will be perfect for you! Stay in a luxurious eco-lodge situated along the banks of the river. There’ll be candlelit dinners and canopy draped beds - it doesn’t get any better than that!

Aside from rafting, you’ll be given time to do some additional hiking, or relax and socialize with your new group of friends. Depending on the tour, there are options for National Park tours, You’ll be on the rafts for roughly 6-7 hours per day, with meal breaks or excursions every hour or so. Tours hold a maximum of 18 people on 1-boat trips, and 28 people on 2-boat trips.

Why Choose a Tour With Western River Expeditions?

Their trips are designed for the daring and adventurous soul, who’s not afraid of the water, and who loves being outside. It also helps if you don’t mind working your muscles a bit! If you want a lot of choice when choosing your trip, Western River Expeditions offers everything from fully customized trips, to options for solo travelers, to couples, to teambuilding, to photography trips, and more. For a complete escape from everyday life, this is the perfect tour for you.


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FAQ

When do the trips happen?

Annually from March to October

What are the physical requirements?

You must fit into their Type 5 life jacket, securely grip ropes, traverse and navigate uneven terrain, and hold your own dry bag.

What will the weather be like?

Many of their trips run in the desert, expect all sorts of weather like sun, rain, and wind. Maybe even in the extreme.

Do they cater to special dietary requirements and allergies?

They cannot accommodate special dietary requests such as kosher and vegan, but offer vegetarian, dairy, and gluten free substitutions. Those with severe or life-threatening food allergies may not be suitable for multi-day rafting trips.


From Western River Expeditions

After 50 years guiding adventurous travelers through the most spectacular rivers and canyons in the West, Western River Expeditions has carefully crafted what we consider to be the best rafting vacations in the world. The setting and pace of an all-inclusive Western River rafting trip give you something you don’t find in other vacations.

Join Western on a whitewater rafting trip and discover the relaxation of drifting down river without a care in the world, the exhilaration of rafting America's most legendary whitewater, the exploration of seldom-seen natural wonders, the peaceful reflection of gazing up at the star studded sky. On a Western River Expedition you will quickly discover why so many are calling this “the best vacation of their lives.”

Western River Expeditions helped pioneer the concept of rafting vacations over five decades ago. Since 1961, consistent dedication to quality, excellence in trip safety, integrity, and experience of guides provides ample confidence that you're traveling with the best. Every year, Western River Expeditions escorts more people down the rivers we run than anyone else. In addition to thousands of repeat customers, over 75% of our new guests come each year as a result of the recommendations of past guests.

Associations:

Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association

Awards:

National Geographic Award10 Time Winner

4 days
Group Tour
Basic - 2 star
Physical :
From: $ 1,699

Highlights

  • Grand Canyon river rafting adventure,
  • Rig rafts enter awesome Lower Granite Gorge with a series of moderate rapids including Granite Spring, Diamond Creek and Travertine
  • Time to hike, explore and play at Travertine Grotto
  • Savor your final morning in Grand Canyon as you head down river and across Lake Mead to where a shuttle will return you to Las Vegas.
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Highlights

  • Hike a short distance to 1,000-year-old Fremont Native American petroglyphs
  • Hike to a historic homestead rich in folklore and outlaw history
  • Enjoy a beautiful hike or van ride to the river’s edge.
  • The biggest whitewater on the Green River.
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