White water raft the Grand Canyon and Utah’s Green and Colorado rivers

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White water raft the Grand Canyon and Utah's Green and Colorado Rivers

With a base in Salt Lake City, Utah, Colorado River and Trail Expeditions has been guiding Grand Canyon river rafting trips since 1971. Shortly after beginning Grand Canyon rafting tours it began conducting rafting trips on other sections of the Green River and Colorado River including Cataract Canyon, Desolation Canyon, and Westwater Canyon. In 1978 the outfitter included the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers in Alaska in their inventory of rafting tours. On its trips, the outfitter provides multiple off-river hiking opportunities. Guests have a chance to experience the rugged beauty of the river corridors on foot as well as in a raft. All rafting equipment, camping gear, dry bags, and the food is furnished. The outfitter’s fleet of boats and rafts includes 37-foot motorized rafts, 18-foot oar rafts, 16-foot paddle rafts, and fiberglass dories.

Grand Canyon River Rafting on the Colorado River

Cover the entire 278 miles of the canyon on the trip from Lee’s Ferry to the Grand Wash Cliffs at Pearce Ferry. Partial Grand Canyon rafting tours include entering or exiting the river at Phantom Ranch or entering or exiting by helicopter at Whitmore Wash. Depending on the beginning and ending points, a Grand Canyon river rafting trip may last from 3 to 13 days.

Cataract Canyon Rafting Trips in Canyonlands National Park

Raft through Big Drop Rapids. Raft the legendary section of river below the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers. Cataract Canyon rapids are at their most dramatic during spring runoff. The rapids are smaller during late summer and fall when the water level is lower. See Native American Puebloan ruins along the way. Colorado River and Trail Expeditions guides lead off-river hikes to see regional geology. Wildlife that may be observed along the trip include bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyotes, ring-tailed cats, and mountain lions.

Raft the Green River through Utah’s Desolation Canyon

The trip begins in Green River, Utah, and 5 days later at Swasey’s Beach. Green river has more than 60 class II and III rapids that may be run in an inflatable kayak. Camp on big beaches. Hike off-river. Learn about environmental ethics, canyon geology, flora and fauna biology and regional history. This trip is suitable for all ages and all levels of rafting experience. It’s a good trip for families. Minimum age is 6-to-8.

Raft Alaska’s Tatshenshini and Alsek Rivers

The Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Area is a World Heritage Site. From the headwaters in northwest British Columbia and Yukon, the network of river corridors, parks and preserves in the U.S. and Canada comprise one of the largest protected ecological regions in the world. Explore Walker Glacier. Helicopter portage around a Class V rapid. See dramatic contrasts in landscapes including floating icebergs as well as forests and meadows. Fish for salmon. Have the opportunity to see grizzly bears, black bears, moose, wolves, mountain goats, beavers, wolverines and bald eagles.

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