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November is here! Time to book for 2023.

by Kristl 3. October 2022 10:45
Happy Autumn!  

The leaves are changing, there is a skiff of snow on the mountain, and we are gearing down.  We've only a few trips left this year, and then we will be packing up the boats, cleaning up the warehouses and then start preparing for another great season next year.

This time of year is the best time to start thinking about next year's trips!  Our 2022 pricing is only good for a few more weeks, so if you are thinking about booking a trip for next summer, book before November 15th to get this year's pricing.

We ask for a $300 per person deposit to confirm your reservation, and the remaining balance isn't due until 45 days piror to departure.

Are you thinking about a chartered trip?  With a low 10 person minimum, you can charter any of our trips, but only if we still have launches available, so plan early to make sure you get the trip that you want!


River Guide Photo Contest 2022

by Kristl 28. July 2022 12:29
Our guides are AMAZING!  And they get some awesome photos of our beautiful Rivers and Canyons while they are out on river trips.

This year, we decided to have a photo contest, where our guides submit photos from their river trips.  We pick out some of the best, and then have our guides and staff vote on their favorites.

We've had some amazing submissions, and so far, Hannah has swept the competition!  Her photos of the Yampa River and Gates of Lodore received the most votes from her co-workers.

Here are the photos!

May First Place Photo--Yampa River taken by Hannah S.
Yampa River
 May Second Place Photo--Happy Guides taken by Joe L.
Happy Guides on a 4x4 trip pre-season
 June First Place Photo--Gates of Lodore taken by Hannah S.
Gates Of Lodore
 June 2nd Place Photo--Fisher Towers (Colorado River) submitted by Brenda M., taken by a guest.
Fisher Towers on the Colorado River


Desolation Canyon Explorer Trip

by Kristl 30. March 2022 11:30
We're always excited to offer new options on the river!  This year we have had requests for longer Desolation Canyon trips, so we are offering a Desolation Canyon Explorer trip!  

This trip will have all the fun and splashy whitewater of Desolation and Gray Canyons, but will move at a slower pace as we take time to really explore the canyons, hiking to sites that we typically miss on our shorter 5 day Desolation Canyon trips.

Trip dates for this trip in 2022 are August 30th and October 2nd.  You can book online by clicking HERE, or find out more about the trip by clicking THIS LINK.


Fuel Costs and Surcharges

by Kristl 15. March 2022 07:08
Costs they are a rising...unfortunately.  We've watched the price of gas in our town jump by over $1.00 per gallon in the last week, and we don't see them dropping any time soon (though we do have our fingers crossed!!!).  

We are doing all we can to conserve and keep our costs such that we don't have to increase our prices by too much, but as the cost of fuel is rising so dramatically, we have found that we need to add just a small surcharge (1%) to all of our rafting trips this season.  This surcharge will show up starting with trips booked March 15, 2022. 


Arches National Park Entry Changes

by Kristl 13. December 2021 06:27
It is  no secret that Arches National Park has been extremely crowded over the past few years.  We received official word this morning of a pilot program that will be put into place beginning April 3, 2022: 
"The National Park Service today announced its intention to implement a temporary, timed entry reservation system at the highly visited Arches National Park in 2022.

“By implementing a temporary, timed entry reservation system, our goal is to better spread visitation throughout the day to reduce traffic congestion and visitor crowding. We believe this will create a higher-quality experience while maximizing access for our visitors,” said Arches National Park Superintendent Patricia Trap. “Additionally, we will use data gathered from this pilot to adapt and improve this system throughout the season, as well as to inform our future responses going forward.”  

The pilot will run from April 3 to October 3, 2022. Visitors can book reservations first-come, first-served on beginning at 8 a.m. MST on January 3, 2022. The park will release reservations three months in advance in monthly blocks. 

After booking a reservation, visitors will receive a Timed Entry Ticket. Timed Entry Tickets will be required to enter the park from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and will allow visitors to enter the park during a one-hour specified window of availability.

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When you are planning your Moab visit, plan early.  The ticketing for Arches National Park opens on January 3rd, and we are sure that tickets will go fast.


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New Availability Page on our Website

by Kristl 16. July 2021 12:40
We've just added a new page to our website that has the availability of our trips listed in a quick glance format.  You can check the page out at this link.

We'll try to update the page weekly this fall.  These are public departure dates.  We can offer some chartered dates through the end of October.  

Trip Specials!  Wanno go rafting, but want to save some money, too?  Call Kristl and ask for the "Blog Post" discount, which will save you 30% off any of the trips listed on our Availability Page.  (This offer is only good for a limited time.  Reservations must be made prior to July 31, 2021.)


The 2022 Rafting Season is Just Around the Corner

by Kristl 12. July 2021 11:14
Did we miss you in 2021?  We'd love to see you in 2022!  Start planning your trip now to secure the best dates for 2022.

Are you thinking about chartering a trip for next year?  Some of our most popular dates go early, so book early to make sure that you don't miss out.

Reserving your trip before October 31st will lock in the 2021 rates for your 2022 dates, too!

Call Kristl at 800-332-2439 to discuss all the possible options.


Exciting News! New Flights to Moab are Coming Soon!

by Kristl 5. March 2021 08:58
We got some exciting news today!  We've heard rumors that there would soon be flights from Salt Lake City to Moab again, but they were all just rumors...

Today SkyWest (Delta) announced that flights from Salt Lake City to Moab would start on May 5, 2021.  Currently, there are 2 or 3 daily flights out of Denver with SkyWest (United) that are roughly $135 each way.  The new flights out of Salt Lake City will be roughly $94 each way.  

We are excited to have another way for our guests to get to our "out of the way" corner of the world.  We think that these new flights out of Salt Lake City will make traveling to Moab just a little bit easier.

We do understand that in a time of COVID, flying on planes can be a little scary, but we are confident that SkyWest (both with Delta and United) is doing all that it can to keep their passengers as safe as possible.  Even with vaccinations happening more and more each day, many companies are still maintaining COVID protocols to keep their guests safe.   We definitely are.

We look forward to seeing our old friends and meeting new friends this summer.  We'll see you soon!

For information on the new flights to Moab, check out these websites:


John Wesley Powell 150 Years Later

by Kristl 19. February 2021 07:50
In 1869 and 1871 Major John Wesley Powell organized expeditions to explore the Green and Colorado Rivers.  His Expeditions were made even more famous by false claims that they had failed!! Crazy, right?  

Major Powell set the record straight with news articles and other publicatios upon his return to civilization.  He also wrote a book in 1895, "Canyons of the Colorado", in which he included his journal entries from the trip and many photographs, drawings and maps from his expedition.  I recently picked up the reprinting "The Exploration of the Colorado River and its Canyons" to read so that I would have some better understanding of his expedition.  I expected a "dry" read, but was pleasantly surprised to really enjoy the book!  The read is pretty quick, and the photos/drawings are intriguing.  

One of my favorite quotes from the book (I have a few of them!!) is as follows: 
  “That is the merry mood of the river to dance through this deep, dark gorge, and right gaily do we join in the sport.” John Wesley Powell
He wrote this about Whirlpool Canyon, which is a canyon in the Gates of Lodore section of the Green River.

If you are planning on joining us for any of our expeditions, or especially if you plan to join us for our 22 Day John Wesley Powell Anniversary Expedition, I really suggest that you pick up a copy of Major Powell's book for an excellent read.


2021 Is a Year to Celebrate!

by Kristl 9. February 2021 11:08

Celebrate!!2021 (NOT 2020 won) is a year to celebrate! 150 years ago, Major John Wesley Powell began his second expedition down the Green and Colorado Rivers, taking time to map, document and photograph the beautiful canyons and plateaus of the places we now call home. 50 Years ago, Sheri Griffith and her brothers started taking people down the river.  Sheri loved it so much she built an awesome business that is still thriving today!  1 year ago, the world was plunged into a vast pot of uncertainty, but 2020 didn’t win, and we look forward to celebrating the victory of the human spirit!  Over the next few weeks we will be celebrating the things that make our 7 Wonders of the West (aka 7 Awe-Some River Canyons) so amazing.  To learn more about our favorite rivers or to learn about our Epic John Wesley Powell Expedition, call our office at 800-332-2439.