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Cataract Canyon 2, and 4 Day Reviews

Glenn Clinton - Bermuda
Josh, Tex and Cari worked tirelessly to ensure our experience was perfect, whilst suffering through throat ailments in silence. They are a credit to your organization.
The entire trip was fabulous.

John Winters - Brodhead, WI
Absolutely excellent trip! Great guides, great food, lots of excitement when we hit the rapids. Most importantly, a great group of people traveled with us as we rode down the river and we made fast friends with people from all over the world!

Kelly and London Wilson - Little River-Academy, Texas
The trip was fantastic ...London and I had a wonderful experience...the guides (Tex, Scott, Kari, Shad, Josh, and Jacob) were outstanding and made the trip a huge for the other people on the trip...each and everyone of them were so amazing that I will never forget them ...thank you all so much and if any of you make it to Texas.....look us up...we will show you what we have to offer in our state....

Cory Richter - Sebastian, Florida
This was a very enjoyable trip, the crew (Mark, Scott, John, James & Becky) where great, they entertained us and where very knowledgeable about the river and the surrounding area. We would highly recommend this trip to anyone and will be looking to do some of the other river trips you offer.

Karen Studebaker - West Alexandria Ohio 45381
This was absolutely a blast. Our guides were remarkable women who knew their stuff on the river. They kept us entertained (Gee Whiz. The meals were outstanding and not what you would expect camp food to be- 5 star dining to be sure. I met so many new friends and we shared so many laughs with each other. I already miss each and everyone of them.

Lois Wetzel - Houston, Texas
This was a magnificent six-day trip of a lifetime, and I highly recommend it. Our guides were amazing, the food was awesome and the care provided by them was over and above the expected.

If you are going to take a river trip, Western River is the group to hire.

David Wroe - UK, now living in Minnesota
Had an absolutely great time riding the front of Eric's raft on the Cataract Canyon Express. Eric ensured we got the maximum thrill out of every rapid without dumping a single sole overboard :) We came back tanned, well fed and making plans for our next rafting adventure.

Lila Schantz - Santa Cruz, CA
Hi Erik and Corey,

Reid and I want to thank you again for the wonderful time that we had on the river with you and the other guests. We are looking forward seeing you again in the near future.The next time we do the Colorado river with you, we would like to come in May like you suggested. We will never forget experience that we had. You guys took very good care of all of us and your such good cooks, but I have to say I'm back on my 21 day cleansing. Reid and I think that we had the best group of people with us, which six of them were boys, they were a lot of fun. So if anyone ever wants to go on the River I highly recommend Western River Expeditions, They are experience, they point out the great sights and tells the story be hide it, great cooks, nice people, fun, exciting and the canyon are so beautiful. The flight back was amazing, I got to sit next to motor bike guild (owner) and he pointed out all the sights on top of the canyon, which I was very lucky to have him on my flight. the next time we are in Moab we are going to do a motor bike tour with him, I think that he said he goes on a 200 mile ride, which I am looking forward to, I didn't get his name so if he is reading this Thank you ever much. The adventure was so much fun, I miss everyone already. Thank you Western River Expeditions
see you soon! Lots of hugs to you all,
Lila and Reid

Quinn Fradet - Bend, Oregon
In a word: AMAZING!!!!
The trip itself was awesome: beautiful scenery, exciting rapids, awesome night skies....but really, it was the people that made the trip what it was!
Fellow rafters: an extraordinary group of folks from all over the US, we really melded into a river "family"!
The crew: Josh, Mark, Shad and John took such great care of all of us, were knowledgeable about the river, and were entertaining, fun, and *funny*!!!
This was definitely a trip to remember: I'm feeling a bit of post-river withdrawals, but thinking back on the great times we all shared, makes me smile all over again!

If you're considering doing a raft trip w/Western, don't hesitate!!! You'll be so glad you did! :)

Sharon Craig - Sacramento,california
Loved the trip and our guides Lucky and company.

Verena Taylor - Brussels
This trip was definitely a highlight of our holiday! We met great people in our group and the guides were committed, enthusiastic and professional. The river was sometimes wild and sometimes gentle, sleeping under the stars a wonderful experience! Flying back to Moab with the small plane was the perfect end to a perfect rafting/camping experience!

Donna Cerutti - New York City
Our trip was amazing; I felt like a kid again. The guides were wonderful and really helped make the experience a great one. I would love to do this again!

Austin Allison - Weatherford,Texas
This trip was the best!

Beau Franklin - Memphis, TN
We had the most amazing River guides on our trip- The trip leader- Grace was wonderful and experienced in river navigation as well as the local lore. All of the guides, Molleee, Ashley, Annie, Joslyn, Jennifer, and Kenna did all that they could to make the trip enjoyable and safe. Hip Hip Hooray for our all women river guides!!!

Samantha Woodward - Salt Lake City, UT
(Women's Trip) What an awesome time. I loved every minute of it. The girls were great. Thanks again, SAM (one of the massage therapists).

Jennifer Smith - St. Louis
I just returned from the Women's 4 day trip through Cataract Canyon. It far exceeded my expectations. The guides, all amazing women, introduced us to a beautiful canyon, encouraged us to try new experiences, and took outstanding care of us. The yoga was a great way to start the mornings, and the massages in the evenings were outstanding. It was an experience I won't forget, and I'm already planning to take another trip with Western, with my husband.

Dan Craig - New Jersey; Trails End Camp
Our trip was awesome! Thank you so much!

Tara Moretti - Chicago
Hey guys, I just got back from a 2-day Cataract Canyon trip and had a riproaring good time. Shout out to Erik and Reece (for the love of God, would someone get the man a shirt with the correct spelling?) You guys were both extremely knowledgable and a pleasure to be around! Thanks for calming my sea snake/scorpion fears and for putting up with our ridiculous ham jokes. You guys made it a truly memorable trip. I'm recommending you to all my friends & family. Take care guys!

Janet Durbin - Phoenix AZ (now Seattle)
My fiance and I took four of our grown children on the four day trip. We had an exciting time on the rapids. My girls and one son were thrown out of their rafts on the class five rapids. My older son was recuperating on the "big boat" after getting dehydrated on the Dollhouse hike. I want to thank everyone for their assistance and comradery. Cari you are a very special person. Thank you for the hat and the support. The guides and food were great.

Tim Dial - El Dorado Kansas
I had a great time on this trip, I would recommend this trip to anyone. The guides were unbelivable, they made the trip even better. Their knowledge of the river and the canyons were second to none. Besides their knowledge, the guides were alot of fun to talk with and listen to their stories. I expected to have a good time on the trip, and my expectations were met tenfold. Oh yeah, Big Al was worth some laughs also.

Jane Gendelman - Carmel Valley, CA
Excellent trip all the way around. I have a nearly 16 year old daughter and twin 13 year old sons. Not an easy age for most but my children are tremendous and loved it too. We have been through some really difficult times the last several years in many areas. This was my opportunity to focus forward again with my kids, who are the greatest of human beings, do something really different and relax. The guide (Eric) and the other family we shared the boat with only added to the experience.

Kaweah Ferraro - California
To Eric our tour guide. "The hours we spend absorbing life's beauty...Are the hours we truly live".

Russell Eason - Haleyville, Alabama
Wonderful trip, with memories of rapids, mountains and great people!

David Phoenix - Los Angeles
Terrific, exhilarating, demanding, filled with camaraderie and subtle joy. Never seen so many stars! Our Cap'n Tony was a great leader(low-key, professional, witty), guide Jocelyn was a sweet-hearted Drill Instructor I'd follow anywhere, and the rest of the staff were charming, competent, helpful, always informative and a pleasure to camp with. I never questioned their judgment and when accidents did occur, they were on the spot and did what was necessary with minimal fuss and maximal professionalism. In essence, this trip was excellent because this particular team was superior. I'd go anywhere with them. I give 'em all an A.

Christine Garant - Fredericksburg, VA
Absolutely Awesome. Tour guides were Mike Estenson and Erik Thompson. Great adventure, water, food, history. Would and will do it again. Western River Expeditions is TOP NOTCH.

Cari (Caroline) Hertogs - Hastings, Minnesota
Hello fellow rafters! The four day trip was a memorable experience. I may have only had 4 days to get to know you, but each of you made a lasting impression on me. Thank you for the memories. Hopefully those who were injured on the rapids and left behind on the treacherous hike are all doing well. Please send a note through the website to let us know how you are doing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. As always...Cari

Kevin Minton - South Carolina
Great trip! Really nice service the whole trip. Very accommodating. Appreciated the naration by the guides of interesting points along the way. Food was really good, well prepared! We enjoyed it. Did the last part of the Grand Canyon trip 2 years ago. Overall a first class operation. Thanks!

Lee Goetz - SLC, Utah
Erik, Anthony, and Reese were awesome guides. This was such an adventure! The scenery and the rapids were amazing. My family will never forget it. Especially 13-yr old Krystal! (P.S. - my middle finger was broken, but that was a small price to pay for so much FUN!). We can't wait to see some photos. And we'll surely be back again.

Jessica Peters - New Hampshire
Oh, what can I say? The trip was a BLAST! Thanks to our amazing guides- Tyse, Ryan, Shad [K-Shad/Just Shad ;)] Tom, Grace, and Ashley accompanied by Tara and Grace's lil bro Phane. You all did a great job! Thanks for keepin us smiling even in the high wind storms and hail! (D-I-S-C-O...) I'll miss you guys so much but I'll see you again I'm sure =D Ryan, thanks for takin me down the rapids, you did a great job at rowin (and and even greater job at getting me soaked ;]) And Tyse, I'm suffering from those river withdrawals but the sand helps like you said =D To my river mates, you guys were so much fun to be around, you made my trip the most memorable. I'll never forget it, and I definitely can't wait to go again! I'll miss you all.

Love always,
Jessica and family (Heidi, Cindy and Josh) aka the Northerners/New Hampshire people

Richard Ovalle - Grand Canyon, Az
Eric and Anthony rocked! My wife and friends and I had an awesome time! Que viva los big drops!

Beverley Jane McNeill - London, United Kingdom
I came with my two boys, aged 18 and 10 and we all had an absolutely fantastic time. Our guides, Anthony, Jesse and Erin were fabulous - always patient, helpful and created amazing food out of nowhere. It was the trip of a lifetime. Thanks so much. Jane McNeill

J Brandon Giuda - New Hampshire
Unbelievable ! Best trip we've ever been on. Awesome guides - Sarah, Jeremy, Corey, and Jeff. Great group - can't say enough ...

Stephanie (& Wade) Johnston - Peachtree City, GA
Our "Family Float 2006" included three generations of the Kwech clan which consisted of14 members. It was almost minus one when we lost our #13. Thankfully, with the help of some wonderful staff at the Western River office, we were reunited with our #13 (thank you...I never got your name!) and began our awesome journey through the Cataract Canyon. It is a trip that will forever be remembered. Our two sons, ages 11 & 13, continue to talk like "pirates"! It is difficult to describe the spectacular scenery, delicious food, wild rapids, and wonderful pampering that we experienced during this trip. I can only suggest to try it and you won't regret it. Lastly, a big THANK YOU to our personal "pirates" (guides), Jordan and Matson, for: the cheese whiz moments, putting up with 2 silly sisters, answering sooooo many questions, the campfire entertainment and for giving this family a trip to talk about for years to come. Remember, our clan grew to 16 by the end of the trip....we'll see you at the cabin in Wisconsin!

Barbara Mendelson - Scottsdale, Arizona
Awesome trip, wonderful guides (Jesse, Anthony, and Erin), excellent food, and the best tripmates anyone could have. Thank you! Many "life-changing moments"! If anyone didn't get my email list, email me at

Lou and Peggy Torcivia - Atlanta, Ga
Our trip was fantastic!! The whole family thought it was the best vacation ever! Our guides were the greatest. They were friendly, great cooks and were always keeping us entertained. There was never a dull moment. We hated to leave all our new friends behind at the end of the trip. Can't wait to raft the Grand Canyon!!

Kathryn Gibson -
Sarah and Grace you guys kicked butt. Thanks for letting me have a little extra fun. You girls are awesome. Chris thanks for navigating us down the river without a hitch. Brad and Tyson great fun with you all. I did not know you could put 4 life jackets on one person. Keep smiling.

Kathryn Gibson - Texas
This was the greatest trip ever. The guides were super friendly and far exceeded my expectations. The food was great and the camp sites were nice as well. I can't say enough about the crew. had a blast great job.

Erica Lapham - Bloomington, MN
Tony,Kelly, Tyce, and Ryan are awesome! we had so much fun. i can't really explain in words but the memories will be with me forever.

"if you're nervous and you know it take a smiley break"....oh tyce...we weren't that bad at paddling...

Emily Tibbets - Lubbock, Texas
Tyce- you're amazing. Loved the groover impression. You're a fabulous guide.
Tony- Hope your date went well. You're a great guide! You and Tyce are hilarious
Kelly- you're so sweet. I enjoyed you.
Ryan- Congrats on your fist time! I'm honored to have been the guiney pig. Good luck on further expeditions!

e-mail me-

Emily Tibbets - Lubbock, Texas
Wow! How do I describe this years vacation? It was absoulutely amazing. Everything was so beautiful. If it weren't for Tony, Tyson, Kelly, and Ryan- I wouldn't of had as much fun! You guys were all great! I had a lot of fun in the paddle boat Tyce. E-mail me sometime guys!!! Thanks!

Lauren Mihlethaler - Missouri
Wow. I can honestly say that this was the best vacation I have ever been on. I had way too much fun! From going down the rapids to sleeping under the stars, everything was perfect. I never thought I would make it that long on the river...let alone fall in love with it like I did! Everything was so beautiful.
And it definitely wouldn't have been as great if it weren't for the people on the trip or our guides: Matt, Anthony, Nick, Tyson and Kelly. Kudos to all of you! It was amazing.

Allie G. - California
I had the time of my life. It was by far the greatest vacation ever!!! Words cant even explain how much fun it was.... From the food to the view everything was just amazing.... thanks to the wonderful guides: Anthony.Matt.Nick.Tyson.& Kelly.... ur the best ever!!!!

Dave Halterman - Draper Utah
This trip was a blast. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever done. The guides were so cool. They really knew a lot about the river, you could ask them anything and they knew the answer. The guides also were amazing cooks, you could not go hungry the food was delicious, they were also lots of fun. They knew so many facts about the river. Casey is a stud he had a bean dip challenge and I finished it so I got to drive the big S-Rig. Sara was a lot of fun and very funny (when you could hear her because her voice was so pretty and soft). The guides cooked up some great grub. Please keep in touch with me at Dave at

Dinah Polzin - Brookfield, Wisconsin
Justin,Jordan, Sarah, Casey and Stephanie. What can I say. THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME! I believe the Guides, and Group of People make it all come together. Through in the the sites from the perspective of rafting is simply undescribable...actually leaves me speechless, and that takes a lot. Glen and I plan to do this again. Hopefully we get the same crew.
The views, hiking, camping, stars at nite, food, smiling, rapids, lunching and so much more. The Creator certainly provided the scenery, and took me to places I have never seen before.
Thank you all from the River Guides to the Company for being there to share the beauty, laughter and awe of such a trip!

Heidi Kimball - Phoenix
Absolutely fabulous trip with an awesome guide (Mike). My teenage sons loved it, wished we could have taken a longer trip! This is a great opportunity to bond as a family and enjoy the wonder of nature - away from the distractions of the electronic age! We'll be back for the Grand Canyon!

Kathi (Grandma) Kwech - Celina, Texas
The guides were the best!!!! The food was scrumptious. I still am amazed at having popsicles in 103 degrees on the river. The scenery is spectacular and so interesting with the tidbits added by the guides. Stomp, Stomp!!!! I only wish there was a ladder to get back into the raft from the water so I could have looked like a mermaid instead of a beached whale.

Ginny Kwech - Milwaukee, WI
What a trip!! Jordan and Mattson did an incredible job guiding us on our adventure. Their professionalism and humor made it a trip to remember. Our 2 teenage sons can't stop talking about it and have repeated the jokes and stories the guides told over and over (Thanks guys!!). The wonderful food and beautiful scenery made roughing-it fun for this city girl. It was a trip none of us will ever forget!! Thanks so much Jordan and Mattson! Keep in touch with us older folks! We'd love to hear from you!

R.William Kwech - Dallas,TX
Our guides were Jordan and Matson. We were on a family vacation. A group of fouteen, which included children from ages seventeen to ten. Our guides were wonderful they catered to all of us on a very prfessional and friendly manner. Our food was wondeful and served very professionally.
We never seem to be bored with the time spent on the river. The evenings were spent enjoying one another's stories and playing new games suggested by our guides. In short the wish of having a family vacation of peace, quiet and bonding with one another was fullfilled by the wonders of the Canyon and river along with the help of a very professional outfitter known as Wester River Expedition.. THANk YOU!

Allen Stoffel - Columbus, OH
The Cataract Express was pretty good. The water was higher than I'd experienced before and the type of boats made the rapids experience quite unique. I miss doing the hikes and other stops for scenery that you get on the four day trip, and there were no bell jokes told. The smaller group is good, but there is a lot to be said for the larger group on the four day trip. All in all, it was a great experience, up to Western standards for everything.

Mike &scott Koponen - Bellmore, New York
WOW!!! Took our first trip to Cataract in 2000. Best trip we've ever been on, until we took our 2nd. May 2006. Spectacular!! Thanks Justin, Sara, Jordan, Casey and Steph. Can't wait to do it a 3rd time. Western is the Best!

Jessica Bomm - New Jersey
Cataract Canyon June 6-9, 2006 - Howdy ya'll! Damian and I had a blast on our trip through Cataract Canyon... even though we never did see any waterfalls! I posted some pictures under our trip number at - email me if you don't have the trip number (it was on the confirmation we received in the mail when we first booked the trip) -

Our guides, Kelly and Casey, were very knowledgeable and always kept up a positive attitude - even in the burning midday sun with a bunch of cranky campers who wanted to see a waterfall! The Dollhouse hike was definitely a highlight - thanks for taking us, Casey (Sorry Damian! And sorry to everyone on the beach who got stuck in the sandstorm!). Even though we only had rapids one day of the four we were out there, they were really fun - ESPECIALLY if you were able to get a seat up front (sometimes not easy to do - ha ha). Anyway, most of all we want to say thank you to (sorry in advance if I spell your name wrong) Edie & Edie, Sandy, Caleb, Kevin, Dan, Megan, Roger, Bonnie, Debbie, Dick and Mike for being the best camp-and- raft mates anyone could ask for! It's because of you guys that this trip turned out to be as memorable as it was. We know we were very lucky to have such a fun bunch of people out there with us. Stay in touch everyone!

Jess (& Damian)

Michael Sacchetti - Phila.
Being as I never camped in my life I had the best time.The guides, the food,and the equipment were all top rate,5 STAR. Thanks Again for a great trip.

Susan Nolan - Naples Fl
Popsicles on the beach..when it was 100 degrees, Satans Gut,Hell to Pay...need I say more! Great Guides, Wonderful new friends..

Patricia Rand - Houston, Texas
This was the vacation of a lifetime! No kidding! Everything from the stars at night, the meals, the rapids, the fun-loving people, the hiking, .... the memories are incredible and we just can't quit talking about it! Oh, and THE GUIDES! Justin, Casey, Sara, Jordan and Steph, too! What an AWESOME group of people they are. They MADE the trip. I'll do this again...and can't imagine doing it any other way but the Western River Way!

Patricia Rand - Houston, Texas
This was the vacation of a lifetime! No kidding! Everything from the stars at night, the meals, the rapids, the fun-loving people, the hiking, .... the memories are incredible and we just can't quit talking about it! Oh, and THE GUIDES! What an AWESOME group they were. They MADE the trip. I'll do this again...and can't imagine doing it any other way but the Western River Way!

Stan Shipley - Montebello, New York
At the end of the trip, I was thankful that the guides took good (let me change that) great care of us and made it fun for all. For us, Jesse, Troy, Nick, Jason, and Sara were outstanding.

My two sons (10 and 13) thought it would be boring. Boy, they were surprised and now insist that we do it again next year with their friends. I am still amazed at the food, which was truely outstanding.

But perhaps most important of all is the life changing beauty that we saw and the friends that we made. For a family vacation, I cannot imagine a better four days than this river journey.

Carol Birdyshaw - Florida
Hats off to our wonderful guides: Casey, Matson, Sara, Nick and Chris. They are the best. The entire trip was wonderful from the stories, music, food, entertainment and of course the river. Met some amazing people. And the sights were absolutely breathtaking. A trip for all who enjoy the great outdoors.

Charles McTargett - Indianapolis, Indiana
We've traveled a lot and this was the BEST family vacation. The guides (Deeters, Anthony, Jeffery, Grace and Chris) were excellent hosts and made the trip (and they were awesome cooks as well!). The Sorrell River Ranch is amazing, first class and very relaxing...don't miss it and the drive out to it along the Colorado River is beautiful. Take the flight back too. If you are considering this vacation you will not be disappointed. E-mail me for more rave reviews ( I've traveled to 35 countries and this ranks as one of the best vacations in my book!

Charlie McTargett, Indianapolis, Indiana
Sorrel River Ranch and Cataract Canyon 6 day trip, July 31, 2005

Doug Bell - Chino Hills, California
First off, Casey, Sara, Tyson and our own personal guide, Matson, were all super people and guides. They kept us on our toes and shared everything they could. We had a great trip, enjoyed the scenery, made new friends and ate too much! We had some confusion at the end about contacting some new friends and sharing pictures. If I missed anyone with picture sharing, please contact me at I'll send a note to you to share, what I hope, were some great pictures.

Kim Hebert - Stormville, New York
What a Ride! 7/12-7/15 We wish to extend a huge THANKS to the guides and our fellow rafters for an amazing time. Two years in the planning and it exceeded our expectations. Tyce, Jordan, Justin, and Grace- You guys were great and made this a vacation our girls will talk about for years to come.

P.S. A special thanks to Tyce for getting Steph through the "Big Drops".

Becky Phillips - Provo, Utah
Thank you for an unforgettable experience. It was an adventure from the start. The scenery was breathtaking, the rapids awesome, and the guides were incredible. We appreciated Mike and Jordan and all they did to make our trip a wonderful celebration of life and nature!

Howie Kurtzberg - Merrick, NY
6/28 - 7/1/05
It's all about the guides: Justin, Adam, Chris and Tyce provided a wonderful trip. This was my second time on Cataract (Memorial Day weekend '99 was the first). This time was even better than the first. From the hikes, the rapids, the food, the campfires, the company of wonderful's all great.

Take the's fantastic.

Regards to our new friends from Minnesota, Washington, Utah, California and all the others. Thanks for good times and we'll always have the Stanley Koob.

Rick Gorel - Arizona
To my fellow rafters --

"Nothin' But Love" -- in 7 languages no less!

Rick with a big "R"

Michelle Gorel - Tempe, Arizona
What a great trip, the scenery superb, the rafting was great -- and even though out of my comfort zone (thanks) it was a thrill. the food was terrific, the stars awesome.

Our river guides -- Casey, Adam, Anthony and Riser were the absolute best -- professional, friendly, knowledgable -- they made the trip. They really went out of their way to make everyone feel comfortable and ensure they were having a good time.

Thanks for the memories!

Robert Michael - Fort Collins, Colo.
An off-the-edge experience. INCREDIBLE food, great companions, FANTASTIC geology, (I'm a geologist); just enough terror in the rapids to spice everything up.

Rick Carter - Indianola, Iowa
The trip was a blast. A great group of people. Enough can not be said about our guides. Justin, Jordan, R.D. and Matson. You guys are the best. After four days it was like leaving a group of old friends. Looking forward to another trip next year. Thanks WRE.

Lil Conley - Wilmington, N.C.
We had THE BEST guides ever!! Very professional, extremely competent, great personalities, team workers, fabulous cooks, self-sacrificing, great story tellers with a wonderful sense of humor and most accomodating to everyone in the group. Our hats are off to Andy, Adam, Jeff and Becky for giving us a trip of a life time. Andy showed exceptional leadership as we were a very large group of 38 inexperienced rafters and campers. All the guides worked tirelessly to make everything perfect for the group. We did not have a check with us at time of departure and would like to know how we can forward a tip to these outstanding guides. Also, how do we contact other members on our trip?

Michael Solovay - Miami Beach, FL
My friends and I had a fantastic time. Our guides, Justin, Casey, Jordan and Jeremy really made our trip fun and memorable for years to come. We plan to tell all our friends that couldn't make it that they better sign up for next year. This was my second time down the Cataract Canyon and it's better every time I go. Also, it was great to make some new friends along the way.

Steve & Saundra Linn - McKinney, Tx
Thanks to Casey, Justin, Jordan and Jeremy for a terrific week on the Colorado. You impressed our entire family with your commitment to both safety and making sure everyone had a great time. This is a vacation/expedition that we'll remember for the rest of our lives.

Shawn Ellis - Moab
Absolutely stellar!! Justin, Casey, Jeremy and Jordan were unbelievably competent, talented and friendly. The service was incredible and the attention to small details mind boggling! We will be back!

Patty Kickham - Guelph, Ontario, Canada
It was 5 years ago that my four sisters and I took this fantastic trip. I just recommended Western River to a friend who wants to go whitewater rafting. I still have many fond memories of the breathtaking scenery, the GREAT food, the companionship and the excitement! I'd go again at the drop of a hat given the opportunity again.

Steve Arthur - Virginia
I was trip leader on a private Cataract trip launching July 8 and taking out on July 13. One of your trips caught up with us at the camp site registration box below the confluence. I've been a private boater for years and have met many commercial guides, but your guides, especially Chad were the most friendly and helpful of any I've encountered. Over the next few day we crossed paths with them and every time they surpased their previous generosity.

Mike Goddard - Vernal, Utah
I was on the July 6th, 2004 trip, the trip was fantastic, your guides, Justin, Matt (Fashion), Stacey, Cam, and Grace were very qualified and made everyone comfortable. My compliments to you and your staff, I will plan a future trip with Western.

Joy McKenna - San Antonio, New Mexico
Just can't say enough good things about the Western River Crew!!! I went down the Grand Canyon with another Western Crew a few years ago and had the same wonderful experience. Beautiful landscapes, great hikes, good food, entertainment, and FUN!!! Both old timers (like myself) or young'ins would enjoy the ride.....highly recommended.

Bruce and Jackie Wuollet - Minnesota
To Adam, John, Chris, Cameron, Audrey & Lindsey

Bruce and I want you all to know how much fun we had on the river with you as our guides. We met so many great people. The entire trip was a wonderful learning experience for this "city girl". A major team building experience. From the awesome hikes and tasty rides on the river,to the delicious meals,we thank you. Bruce throughly enjoyed sharing some of his talent with you all. It was a different experience for him to play in a non-smoke filled arena. He played his newest song, "Cataract Canyon", for the fans at his latest gig. It was a hit! Thanks again. We hope our paths cross again one day.

Joan Kilgallon - Ocala, Florida
My daughter and I spent two days at the Sorrel River Ranch and the scenery and horseback riding was wonderful! Then on to the rafting! Our guides were just awesome. They were the most pleasant and entertaining people and boy could they cook!!! The food was fantastic. We had a really great group also. It was just a fantastic trip and one I would love to repeat. I can't say enough about the experience, background and friendliness of our guides. Thank you for a truly memorable experience!

Elling Lyslo - Brooten, Minnesota
Fantastic trip, Great Guides, and a wonderful bunch of people. A once in a lifetime trip. It was everything I had hoped it would be. The Hummer trip that I took after this one was Icing on the cake.

Jean Cortes - Connecticut
This was an incredible trip for our family. We have not stopped talking about how much fun we had and how great the people were that we met. As great as everything was, truly the guides were the key to making this trip so fantastic. They were all absolutely amazing; they were not only expert rafters, but great cooks, funny, outgoing, kind, etc., etc. We all miss them.

We have so many wonderful memories. This trip was a true gift. We will treasure it for the rest of our lives.
Thank you for a family vacation of a lifetime.
The Cortes’s

Vicki Nelson - Blackfoot, IDaho
Brodie, Shawn, Justin, and Sarah----you guys were incredible! Thanks so much for all the fun and laughs. I was really impressed with your knowledge, skills, and professionalism. You guys rock! Thanks for your smiles! Love ya all!

Norm Collins - San Antonio
This is the site seeing trip of a life time. The rapids on the third day are a tremendous bonus. I must admit, though, that this was the only adventure trip that I have ever taken that I gained weight. The food and service was so good. Hard to imagine a 5 star restaurant in the middle of no where. Bird, Cam, Drew and Tea were the greatest/funniest guides. Ask for them!

Jack White - Woodland Hills, CA
I recently returned from a trip down Cataract Canyon. It was a great trip. I did a trip last year with another company and only wish I could have found Western a year ago. You are truly a class act. The equipment was fantastic (cots, folding chairs and new clip tents), food was great, and the guides for sure made the trip. I would not hesitate to recommend Western to anyone and everyone.

Michelle Kain - Hollywood, FL
My husband, daughter and I had a wonderful time on your trip in late June. We can't say enough wonderful things about the river guides who were friendly, professional and fun! From the breathtaking scenery and exhilarating whitewater to the quality of the supplies and substanial menu with excellent food, the trip was an adventure of a lifetime. Nothing was overlooked. We were particuarly impressed with the care taken for the environment. We literally left only footprints behind.

We hope to return in the not to distant future for another incredible experience.

Mary Speirs - Salt Lake City, Utah
As a local I am often asked why I don’t go on Vacation in California or Nevada. One look at some of pictures from some of our river trips ( this is my third trip with Western Rivers ) and what does Disenyland or Las Vegas have to compare. Disneyland has no ride to match thrills you get when you hit white water. As for the gilter of Las Vegas, the Milky Way far out shines anything Las Vegas has to offer. The food is great and you just can beat the ambiance, Dinner served at sunset with the red rock in the back ground is quite breath taking. Will I do another river trip? The answer is yes I will.

Pit Hesterly - New Orleans, LA

Red canyons lay on a smiling moon
Zuni and Pueblo in a desert tune
Gray clouds are high above the river
Sand and stars run along forever
Sun unfolds in a warming kiss
Rapids are fierce a spiraling twist
Wind goes smooth rock is sharp
Night moves a string in a lonely heart.

Kim LeBlanc MD - New Orleans, LA
This was the greatest trip that I have ever been on and the most enjoyable. Everything was so well planned and executed, we didn’t need or want for anything, it was all there!

Terri Sacharoff - Florida
Loved the trip...loved the crew!
We had a great time.

Matt Gardner - New Orleans, LA
This trip was a graduation present given to me by my dad and it turned out to be the best gift I was ever given. The guides were awsome and I met a lot of really great people who were along for the ride as well. Thank you all for everything

Brian Lucas - Salt Lake City, Utah
This was a great trip and Vanessa and I had a blast. The rapids were incredible! The food was great. The group we went with were awesome and we all became good friends. The weather was beautiful the entire trip and I’d recommend this trip to anyone. It was truly spectacular and I already miss it.

Roberta Phillips - Utah
You guy’s are the best!! That’s why my family and I are going again this year! And I can’t wait!

Marissa Winsser - Massachusetts
The trip was amazing! I am 11 years old and from my point of view it was very fun - there were other kids to for me to play with. The scenery was beautiful. I would go on this trip again anytime! And the tour guides were the best ever! I recommend everyone of all ages to go on this trip!! ~*~marissa~*~

Eric Krafft - King Of Prussia, PA
Awesome trip with great guides and beautiful scenery. The food was very good. I will be taking the 6 day Grand Canyon trip in April of 2003. I look forward to exploring the canyon and running the rapids.

Steve and Karen Jankowski - Long Beach, CA
Outstanding experience!! Guides were great, very knowledgeable and entertaining. The food and activities exceeded our expectations. Several of our friends have heard our stories and seen our pictures and now they too want to experience a rafting trip. Thanks for everything. We’ll remember this trip for a long time.

Debi Swift - Martinez, GA
I had SUCH a great time on our raft trip. I could NEVER get tired of looking at the awesome scenery. Thanks to our guides, they made us feel so comfortable! Especially He-man and Skeletor!
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Iain Ross - Inverness, Scotland
There was a very personal feel to the whole trip, the river guides did everthing the could to make the whole trip an expierence of a lifetime. The fun didn’t stop when the rafting finished for the day, many an hour was spent singing as the sun set down below the canyon walls - Can’t wait to go back!

Klint Hutton - Litchfield Park Az.(Moab)
What can you say other than "It was a Grand Trip." It was the best. My son and I went, and I for one have priceless memories. Our guides, Justin & Ashley, Roo, Cam, and Russ made the trip a blast. With their "Life Changing" stories, jokes, histoy and geology, they made the trip a great time. And the food, fantastic. But being from Moab, the best part was being back on the river and in the canyons with my son where I truly love and consider home. Sleeping out under the stars where God did some of his finest work is something that is hard to put in words. It does really put things in the right perspective. It lets you know that everything is going to be all right, don't worry about everything so much. As long as there are places like this where you can go and enjoy, take in the beauty, have fun, and be with new friends and family, life is great.
Thanks for everything and hopefully see you next summer.

Brookings, South Dakota
The scenery was breathtaking, the food was simply delicious, the hikes were unbelievable, the rapids were incredible, and the camps were pitched in postcard-perfect settings.

Grand Canyon 3 and 4 Day Reviews

Michael Torney - Chicago
The trip was wet and wild and beautiful.
The food was terrific even though I ate some sand too.

Louise & Jim Crawford - Bathurst, New Brunswick Canada
This trip has suppassed our expectations. The guides Lucky, Fireball Kelly and helper Beek made our first visit to the Grand Canyon, the most incredible trip ever...none of that 6 1/2 minute This is the ONLY way to see the Canyon. The screnery was unbelievable, the guides were AWESOME, the food SO DELICIOUS, the company was SO MUCH FUN!!! At our age we never thought we would enjoy story time SO MUCH...thanks Lucky, you were so ENTERTAINING and made our trip so much FUN!!! We will recommend Western River to all our friends and have already done so to many strangers in Vegas after our trip. Hope to see you again sometime...thanks again guys!!! Have a great summer.

Connie LaFleur - Spofford, NH
I cannot say enough about this experience. The guides Marty, Corey, and Tyler were excellent in all areas, from skill, knowledge, interpersonally, and cooking! They and the entire group made me feel welcomed and included as a single traveler. The organization of everything was superb and it truly was an "expedition" I'll always remember and hope to repeat.

Steve Winterfeldt - Florida

Kathy Wilson - New Palestine, Indiana
Great trip. Jeremy & Ben are the best guides on the river! What a wealth of knowledge and experience. They made our trip very special. I loved the hiking and sleeping out under the stars. Foods was excellent. Loved it!

Robert Klein - Centerport,New York
I would follow Western River down the Ganges,the Nile or anywhere else they choose to lead me. This is a professional,skillful organization designed to give the biggest,safest ride possible.The food is great,the planning impecable and the attention to detail is something to marvel

David Mann - Michigan
Excellent trip. Boatman / swamper both highly competent and focused first on safety, then on quality and fun experience. Also great cooks and knowledgeable and interested in geology, natural history, flora and fauna along the river and in the canyon. They made for a relaxed atmosphere and helped group members get into the trip and get to know each other. Awesome rapids, wonderful campsites under sheer cliff faces and on delightful rivers' edge sandbanks, delicious food. Altogther a terrific experience!

Robin Sellers - Virginia
Fantastic trip this August. Newtie and Lee did an absolutely outstanding job as guides. Could not have asked for more.

Rachel Belanger - Hudson, MA
Thanks for the memories John and Wiley. I had the time of my life. The food, the poetry, the stories by John, and, of course, our own folksinger, Wiley, and his many adventures. The trip down the river was awesome, beautiful scenery, wild rapids, and sleeping under the stars - a week in paradise. It truly was the experience of a lifetime. Thanks

Colleen Mumley - Swanton, Vermont
Great ride and guides!
Great food and potty views!
Great joking and music folking!
What a hoot!!!

Colleen Mumley Swanton, Vermont

Peter Lechner - Vienna, Austria
How could we describe our 6-Day Grand Canyon with Western River Expeditions trip to a friend? How overwhelmingly beautiful the Grand Canyon is? How excellent our guides Ben, Jeremy, Shad and Shadrach had been? (Thank You, guys!) How charming the other people had been? How delicious the meals, how very impressive the nights under the stars and how perfect the organization of this trip were? How much fun we had during the entire trip? All this applies. But it could never express what this trip really meant to us. Therefore, we would say to our friend: Remember how your heart was beating at your first kiss! Our hearts were beating like this all the time on the river. And will do so whenever we remember this fantastic adventure.

Annelore and Peter Lechner, Vienna, Austria

Dean Daniels - St. Louis, MO
This was my 3rd Western River Grand Canyon trip. I went in 1989 with friends, 2 couples & me. I went again in 1991 with my 2 sons. I was 54 on the first trip and 72 this year. Nothing has changed with regard to the excellance of Western River in all phases of this adventure. Planning, guides, equipment, gear & food. Of course, the canyon never disappoints. Despite these 3 trips I have never been able to describe it adequately to anyone. It must be experienced. Then it is yours to savor forever. It is an emotional and jaw dropping awe inspiring experience and will make you a better, stronger person for having made the decision to do it. I strongly recommend this trip to anyone and particularly via Western River, of course.

Aaron Jonathan - Knoxville, TN
Where do I begin??? I had high expectations going into this trip and unlike many vacations you don't always say that your expectations were meet. With this trip I can say that all my expectations were meet and then some. I was quickly amazed with one after another beautiful panoromic photo opportunities with every bend in the river. I think you could spend all your time just taking all the unbelieveable scenic photos. The majestic beauty of the Canyon is hard to describe but it was simply amazing. The strength of the Colorado is humbling (Socktalinger for those on my trip) and the adrenaline rush of looking up and seeing nothing but huge waves of water while running Horn, Granite, Hermit, Crystal and Lava brings a coy smile. Needless to say you won't be disappointed with the white water. At night laying there staring up at the sky to see all the stars and shooting stars was amazing. Our guides John and Latimer took great care of us and were fantastic cooks. All in all without question one of the best trips of my life and I will do it again someday. I would recommend this trip to anyone that has an interest. You won't be disappointed.....

Christopher Brown - Knoxville, TN
I had a great time; felt like this vacation was easily the best & most relaxing I've ever taken. The guides, Jon & Lattimer, made the trip well worth the money I spent. Hermit's Run was tamed!!! I will definitely recommend this trip and any other Western trip to anyone I talk to about vacationing on a guided expedition. I will be back, hopefully on a Salmon or Snake river trip. I loved this trip!!

Krista Paull - Salt Lake City, Utah
I'm running out of adjectives to describe our experience on this trip. Fabulous, incredible, amazing, fantastic. We had terrific guides. Ben, Jeremy, Shad & Shadrach took such good care of us. We certainly got the best crew. That's why Western is the best. If only we could do this every year! Thanks guys for making it such a wonderful experience. Ben, it's time to pop the question. Jeremy,congrats on the new baby & marriage. Shad, the UofU has an archeology program you need to look into, as well as Weber. And Shadrach, can't wait to see you without your braces. Love you guys. Let's do lunch. I have great video of Lava rapid. Way to go Jeremy on your first run! I knew we were in good hands. Our best to all of you.

Ronald Deichert - New Jersey - south part
The trip was very organized. The food was excellent. the guides on our raft were very very good. Ben the guide and Chad the assistance. Made the trip more interesting and fun.

Sandy Harmer - Salt Lake City, UT
What a privilege it was to go on my 20th Grand Canyon trip with Western. I have been very fortunate to be able to go and I have to say this was one of the best trips I have been on. Our trip leader, Marty, did a wonderful job, making all of the guests feel welcome, safe, excited, and giving us as many opportunities to hike as possible. I'll be back for as long as I can.

Kathryn Ward - North Carolina
This trip was one of the most fantastic experiences of my life. My sister and I went to celebrate her 50th birthday and left our husbands at home. The river changes you. It humbles you, it emboldens you, it makes you feel insignificant and it makes you feel you can do anything. Truly wonderful!

Eric Perry - Knoxville, TN
Great trip. I hope to get to do it again someday. Guides, Jon and Latimer, were awesome; very knowledgable of the river and great cooks too. If you have a chance to go, do it. The sites and sounds both day and night are amazing. It only rained half of one day while on the water and probably over 1000 waterfalls spilled over the canyon walls; absolutely beautiful. Oh yeah, the rapids were intense and BIG!!! Thanks for everything.
Eric Perry
Knoxville, TN

Toni Santana - Ventura,CA
At 13 years old I went down the river with my parents on a Western River Expedition. Over the years many of my memories grew vague, and my dad passed away, but the magic of the canyon stayed with me, and I always knew Id somehow find my way back. It took me 30 years and Im sorry I waited so long. I felt like the tomboy little girl I used to be; swimming in icy waterfalls, climbing up rocks, daring myself to sit up front for the big rapids, picking out constellations from a sleeping bag and feeling in sheer awe at what a big, wonderful world we live in. It truly cleanses the soul. . I feel as if Ive left a piece of my heart down there. Thank you Ty, Erin, Marty and Brian for the trip of a lifetime. (I know JT will never forget blowing out candles for his 18th birthday in the canyon.) We are forever grateful!

Barbara Anderson - Salt Lake City, UT
Mark Pierce was an excellent guide--everything he did was the BEST!!!
Tony Newman and Shawn Johnson were also excellent!
Would not hesitate to go on any rafting trip with them. Thanks

Karen Mowers - Charlotte, North Carolina
The best, most incredible vacation of my life. Truly a life-changing experience. Greatly exceeded expectations at all levels. Learned life lessons I never expected. Will view and enjoy life from a completely different perspective. Will recommend this experience to everyone.

Michael Hewes -
We had the best time and your evan and co. were amazing. I talk to several friends and many of them are looking into a trip with you. thank you again.

Louis Cunningham - Ogdensburg New Jersey
My wife and three adult children all agree that this experience cannot be surpassed. The scenery and rafting speak for themselves as anyone could imagine. The guides, Cash, Cory, Joe and Kelly provided the history, geology, care and service that honestly brought a tear to our eyes when it was time to say so long.....

James Anderson - St. Paul, MN
It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It was challenging and exciting but the guides (Cash, Corey, Kelly and Joe) kept us safe by giving us proper instruction and reminders and being there if anyone got into trouble. I would recommend this trip to my friends. A trip I will never forget.

Gigi Mukherjee - Las Vegas, NV
What an amazing ride!!! The timing was perfect and the trip couldn't have been better planned. Our guides were adorable and so much fun, and the people we met were truly unforgettable. I miss my week and new friends already!! Thanks so much for an amazing experience I'll never forget.

Cecily Hewes - New Jersey/ NY metro
Thanks to our guides for keeping us safe and taking such good care of us. We will never forget them, the other friends we made, and the incredible experience of Crystal rapid! I'm telling everybody about the trip, and recommending they get a booking with WR Asap.

Anthony McMahon - Hawaii
John and Jeremy were excellant guides
Knowlegable, repectful, safe and fun

Michele St.John - Hawaii
What an amazing gift to be able to see that part of our planet earth. With great friends, fantastic guides, not to mention the FOOD. Not sure how I got so hungry on the river. Always felt safe in the hands of John and Jeremy. When they had to save un-maned rafts, they bolted into action along with Ben to take charge and do what needed to be done. Erin making sure all was calm and all concerned questions were answered. It's not Disneyland out there. It's real and it's BETTER.
Have a new found respect for those who came before us . And again it's driven home just how very blessed and lucky we are...... Always Aloha, M

Kevin McDowell - Ny
Except for my wedding day and the birth of my 2 children, the most fantastic 3 days of my life. Thanks Lucky, Kelly and Beek for so many fine memories.

Jeanne Ediger - Little Rock, AR
The Grand Canyon rafting trip was an incredible experience; it was truly the chance of a lifetime and I definetly want to come back. Many thanks to Cash and my boat crew; you guys truly rocked!!!!

Terri Shaw - Nanton Alberta
My husband and I just returned from a 3 day trip in the grand is was planned and looked forward to for a long time. there are probably not enough superlatives to express how much we enjoyed every aspect of the journey. it was the holiday of a lifetime. Our guides: Mark, Parker and John were so great--knowledgeable, caring, helpful and above all fun!! i will never forget sleeping under the stars and moon in the canyon!
thanks to you all for giving such a memorable time.

Best Regards
Terri Shaw

Kathy Kelly - San Diego, CA
What an amazing trip this was. I'm going back next year for a 6 day trip. Thanks to Evan and Kelly for all their hard work for us- they kept us informed, entertained and well fed. The scenery was so beautiful, my pictures just didn't capture it. Thank you again.

Frank Freeman - ME - summer, FL - winter
Loved our trip. Crew was great!

Jacqui Gill - England
This trip was to celebrate my 50th birthday, which it did in style. From start to finish the trip was brilliantly organised with fantastic food and terrific guides. A special thanks to Grace Tom Newman and JD who ensured it was a trip of a life time. We'll be back!

Terri Ray - Athens,Ga
Raging rapids,new friends,silent beauty,pure joy. Who could ask for more? Our guides Mark, John and Parker were a great team. Knowledge,humor and energy were a wonderful combination. I'll recommend Western River to all my friends!

Dean and Gail Graves - Watkinsville, GA
This was an experience of a lifetime! I can't say enough good things about this trip -- Mark, Jon and Parker were outstanding guides. The group on this trip were friendly and made the 3 days so much fun. I have always had respect for nature and our national parks but this trip just made me want to be an activist for the protection and maintenance of all our national parks!

Jennifer Phillips - Tahlequah, Oklahoma
It was a great adventure. My sister and I (both just over 60 years old) along with my 12 year old grandson enjoyed the trip tremendously. I'm so happy my grandson has this as part of his childhood memories. Our guides were absolutely super, food was great. their information/stories were throughly enjoyable but the water is COLD. Would definitely recommend it!!

Lynn Hathaway - Sharon Springs, NY
This was the greatest trip ever so far. Our trip mates were great and it was just a really great memory.

Debbie Labella - Phoenix
it was great! evan, kelly & courtney were the best. friendly, knowledgeable, funny, safe. couldn't ask for better guides.

Alex Kilgour - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
What a fantastic trip! Great to meet all of you. A big thank you to Tom, Grace, Tony and R.D.!!


Jeff Clarke - Uk
You must do this short trip for two reasons. First because it is definitely one of lifes great experiences - a way to really see the Grand Canyon. Second because it will help you plan more effectively for the longer trip that you will want to do next time.

Cheryl Anderson - Gresham, Oregon
A lifetime experience was enhanced by the crew to provisions for an unforgetable trip by our group of 5 nurses.
Thanks for providing the opportunity.

Margie Earp - Caney,Kansas
We went on the 3 day trip and wished it had been the 6 day. The best time our family has had together in a long time. Our guides were one of the reasons and of course the beauty of the canyon. We would reccomend Western River anyone that wants to have a great time and to be treated with the best service possible. Hope to go again on the 6 day trip next time.

Jodi Spitzer - Rochester Minnesota
This was an incredible trip, full of firsts! My first helicopter ride, first time whitewater rafting, first time sleeping in the open under the stars and seeing the Milky Way! The guides were the best! Very knowledgeable and helpful, kind, and very good cooks! We did a lot of laughing! I enjoyed every minute, and hope to come back for the 6-day trip soon!

Andrew Tatton - Refugio, TX
Wow is all I can say. Connecting with the desert for the first time, plus meeting the canyon and the river up close and personal, were unbelievable. The guides (Newman, RD, Tom, and Gracie) were spectacular, and Western River runs a really tight ship as fas as organization. It was truly a "Trip of a Lifetime!"

Susan Galea - Pennsylvania
We had a great time and will definitely be back for more!

J.R. and Sue Netherland - Plano, TX
We had a great time with our 17 and 19 year old sons. We highly recommend this trip with Western River. Marty and Erin were great guides on our raft! Our pictures could not capture all the fun and grandeur of the majestic canyon. We will definitely do this again!

Dot Downey - Lacey, Washington
I really enjoyed our trip and the guides were awesome. Would recommend it to all. My first taste of rapids and I am glad I did it.

Wes Harrington - Scottsdale
What a great trip. Had a blast and saw the Canyon from a new perspective. The guides were great. Food was great. Loved the entire trip.

Maryus Hogge - Moon, Virginia
We enjoyed our trip. It was a real experience and a beautiful trip. The crew was professional and knew their subject. Great cooks also. I would recommend this trip to everyone.

Kenneth Kugler - Valley Stream, New York
This trip was perfect. The crew members were funny, informative and helpful. The mixture of guests on our two boats were great. We blended into an extended family. We supported each other and had a great time together.
My brother and I had the best time.
Thank you Western River, your people were great.

Bruce Fauth - Midlothian, Virginia
My wife and I have had some very wonderful and adventurous vacations but truly the best vacation we have ever had. I am passing your website around to many others with the highest recommendations. Thanks for a wonderful trip.

Lisa Martinez - Moreno Valley, California
This truly was an adventure of a lifetime! We saw sights and learned so much about the Canyon, the River, and each other! We had the best guides--Kelly, Joe, Cash, and Cory were awesome and definately made our adventure well worth every penny. They were extremely knowledgable and a lot of fun to be around. Cory made the best coffee in the morning!! I have to say that the guides we had made our trip complete--they thought of everything and more! This truly was an opportunity of a lifetime and I recommend everyone take this river trip at least once--you will walk away with lifetime memories.

Julie Maschhoff - Illinois
This trip was absolutely fantastic. Cash, Joe, Cory and Kelly are the best guides ever! This experience was life changing and I would encourage everyone to become a "river runner" and experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon.

Andrea Alonso - New York
Till my last days I will remember my ranch and river rafting trip as one of the most marvelous things I have ever done. I hope my teenagers feel the same way. I think they do. Thank you WR for the beautiful trip.

David Nemeth - Michigan
Sorry this took so long in writing, I had to catch my breath following the trip. I have witnessed the beauty of the G.C. from the rim 4 times and have always wanted to go inside on the river. Well I did, and your trip exceeded my expectations as well as everyone on the trip. Not only was the inside of the G.C. as beautiful as I had thought it would be, but the whole experience was fantastic. Your guides, boats, food, tour information, planning etc. were the best of the best. Everyone that I have spoken with about this wonderful trip I have told them about your wonderful company. I wish I had your business card to pass around.

Leslie Jaffe - Chicago
An adventure like none other. Though our family had no idea what the trip would be like, Wren, Tice, Marty and Nathan made ours one that will forever be treasured. Thank you for sharing this marvel and for providing us with an experience of a lifetime.

Mary Taylor - Hope Mills, NC
My family had a wonderful experience. It was truly amazing the scenic sites, the pure adventure of the trip. I highly recommend that you go to have fun, make the most of every aspect, and just revel in the beauty of your surroundings. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to have made the trip and hope to do it again. Thank you to all that worked so hard to make my families experience the best ever. May God continue to bless your work in life, The Taylor and Goodin Family

Robert Mann - New Hamshire
This was one of the best experiences in our lives. The folks at Western are fantastic! The guides where fantastic, the food and camping fantastic. The Folks at the Bar 10 Ranch where fantastic! There is nothing that we didn't love about this trip. The opportunity to do this should not be missed. I plan to bring the whole family next time.

(... did I mention that this trip was fantastic? ;-) )

Kimberly Taylor - Charleston Sc
great trip, the guides were wonderful. We had several families and these guys were awesome with all the kids as well as adults. They made sure everyone had a wonderful experience. This is the ONLY way to see the Canyon!!!!! I have already recommended this trip to several other folks.Thanks!PS The folks at Bar Ten Ranch should not be forgotten as they ALL work super hard to make sure everyone has a great time!!!!Pass it on !

Bill Brand - Corunna, Indiana
After talking with someone who had been on the trip before, I had high expectations. They were all exceeded! The guides were wonderful, the food was great, the rafts were great, and the scenery was beyond belief. If I had the time and money, I would be back twice a year.

Heather Crowder - Annapolis, Md
Everything about the trip was fabulous - guides, food, transportation and most of all THE CANYON! Would do it again in a heartbeat!

Caroline Zander - Texas
The trip was an amazing, once in a life time experience!

Chris Sikora - Phoenix Az
It was great! Will be going on 7 day next year.

Joseph Lakovits - Glenview, IL USA
Our guides were fabulous!

Katie George - Baltimore
This was a trip of a lifetime that was made that much better by our guides; Lucky, Cash, Kelly and Corey. I have to say that they were perfect. They were very knowledgable, fun and entertaining!! I would not go again unless at least one of them was part of my trip.

Dennis (Denny) Miller - Riverside, Ca
My son (Brad) and I went on the three day trip with the Tom & Nina Herndon group on July 28-30. The whole trip was outstanding. We were very impressed with how organized the crews and the rafts were. We both had a great trip, and there were no negatives at all. Lucky, Cory, Cash, and Kelly were our river guides, and they really made the trip fun. They all showed a high level of professionalism: they kept us safe, they educated us about the Canyon, they worked hard to protect the natural environment, they got us organized in camp, they fed us (the food was wonderful), and they entertained us. They accomplished all this and kept a really positive attitude about all aspects of the trip. As a former teacher, I know how hard this is to pull off.

I would recommend your company to anyone interested in doing one of these trips. In fact, my son and I think we just might try to organize another trip for next year.

Thanks again,
Dennis (Denny) Miller

Bob and Betsy Holland - Downers Grove, IL
We took our daughter, her husband and four grandkids on the four day Grand Canyon trip and had a great time. Transportation was unbelievably organized, food good, ranch lots of fun and rapids exhilarating. This will be a trip long remembered by all.

Jennifer Madison - Downers Grove, IL
I went on this trip with with my family of 6 and my parents. It was fun for all ages. Our guides (Greg, Leigh, Tyson & Aaron) made the trip enjoyable. From the food to the information about the Canyon, they worked hard to make sure we had the best possible experience! We met wonderful people and the scenery was amazing. I hope to enjoy another trip with Western River again soon!

Howard Lawrence - Sacramento
My friend and I enjoyed our Grand Canyon experience. The staff worked very hard to provide an interesting and stimulating experience. I certainly feel that I received full value for the cost of the trip.

Nelson Family - Chicagoland Area, Illinois
Awesome trip with 14 family members, ranging from 10 to 82 years old, on one raft!!! Everyone had a wonderful time, with the 10-year olds vying for the front of the raft. Our guides were friendly, very mature, and attentive to our needs (great chefs, too!!) We enjoyed everything, from the Desert Rose Hotel, to the Bar 10 Ranch and sleeping under the stars. My daughter says it was "my best vacation EVER"!!! Perfect family trip.

Steve and Cheryl Wallace - Casper Wyoming
Though we lost our camera in Las Vegas with all our magnificent pictures of our trip, it is a trip we will never forget! If we have the good fortune to do it again, we will certainly contact Western. Thank you so much for a most incredible experience!!!

Reba Bond - Bloomfield, New Jersey
Our friends and family were surprised that we chose this trip, but it was one of the best vacations we've ever taken. We had been imagining sleeping under the stars in the Grand Canyon for months, but still weren't prepared for the awe-inspiring spectacle of the universe spread above us. If that weren't enough, the moon rising late at night to light our campsite gave us a sense of how "grand" this place really was and how fortunate we were to experience it in this way.

Kathy Lawless - Texas
Every expectation was met and the guides went above and beyond. We had a fantastic time in the Grand Canyon and would so recommend this trip to everyone!! It really was not as hot as you think it would be but you do need lots of sunscreen. We thought the meals were outstanding!!

Joel & Scarlet Bradley - Phil Campbell, Alabama
AWESOME! If you are reading the guestbook, trying to decide which company to book with based on user experiences, please take my word for it, this is the company to go with! From start to finish this was a wonderful trip! The food was amazing, the views breath-taking, and thanks to our wonderful guides, we were never in need of anything! I can't imagine any guides being better than Wren or Andy. All four were terrific, but these two stood out over them all! We shared the experience with people from all over the globe, and they too were very friendly and we are thankful for all the friendships that were made on this expedition! Thanks again to our guides Wren and Andy, and to all that helped make this one of the best vacations we've ever experienced.

Jolinda Latham - Louisiana
This was a trip of a life time for me and my kids! The guides were wonderful and definetly added and extra touch to an already amazing ride!

Steve Poer - Birmingham, Alabama
Thanks to our guides Wiley, Grace, Justin and Stephanie for a memorable vacation. The trip went off without a hitch from the time we were picked up at the Desert Rose in Vegas until we were dropped back there 3 days later. The scenery in the canyon was absolutely awesome and the logistics and the food were perfect. The rapids weren't as wild as I had hoped on this stretch of river but that will bring me back next year for the 6 or 7 day trip farther back up stream. Thanks again for a wonderful stress free vacation that I will long remember. Steve Poer

Angela Redovian - Ohio
The trip was great I will never forget the friends I met on the trip. I cannot wait until my son gets old enough to go because I would love to experince this trip with him. I would encourage anyone at any age to go on this trip because I am so thrilled I did.

Kate Kliewer - Redding, CA
Don't "Think" about it, just "Do It!". I promise you won't be sorry...Check out my photos for a taste of what it was like, but of course, the pictures don't do it justice. Thank you so very much to our wonderful guides Bill & Erika. You guys worked your butts off and made it such an enjoyable experience! Amazing company, food, scenery and plenty of laughs! Think I'll try the 6 or 7 day next year. Hope to see you then!

Robert & Katrina Leon - Acampo, CA
We were absolutely amazed at the magnitude of the Grand Canyon. Magnificent scenery coupled with interesting and knowledgeable guides made this trip a MUST do. I would love to watch the packing process for these adventures...our guides had everything!!! You definitely do not get hungry! Thank you so much Craig, Amber, Steve, and are all awesome!

Susan Bilotti - Sarasota, FL
This was the trip of a lifetime. Good food, Good friends, Good time. Can't wait to do it again. Thanks for helping me work on my bucket list. Thanks for the line Lucky!

Audrey Whelan - Maryland
My dad, sister and I just returned from the four day trip. It was absolutely amazing. I am 12, and I found this trip so much fun! Its gorgeous in the canyon, and I really enjoyed the wonderful adventure. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasnt yet experienced how beautiful and awesome Grand Canyon is....
I liked the rapids the best. Kolb wins the gold and the 230's got silver. :) It was a fantastic trip.

Joan Castellano - Long Island New York
the experience of the three day western river expedition through the Grand Canyon was amazing! we took a helicopter into the canyon, and rode the colorado river on rafts for three days. we camped and slept under the stars and I was amazed by the beauty and serenity. the gudes were wonderful and i must say my two guides were very handsome (you know who you are). hahaha!!! we met great people and this trip was life changing and awe inspiring. i highly recommend it. Greatest trip the kids and I ever took. My daughter didnt take kindly to the roughing it (she prefers hotel to camping) but would not have traded the experience for anything. my son and I loved every second of it. The desert rose was a great hotel as well. Great Trip!!! cant say enough about it, and you have to experience it for yourself to truely understand the beauty of it all. Words could not appropriately decsribe it.

Jorge Cano Family - West Palm Beach, FL
The trip was fabulous!! The guides were informative and attentive. Best vacation we have ever taken. Great for families!

Harv and Bev Thorstad - Fairview, Oregon
This trip was a 20-year dream come true for Bev; plus a celebration of our 5th wedding anniversary and our 70th birthdays. Everything exceeded our expectations! Andy and Andrea, our guides, were absolutely THE BEST. Now, we're getting ready for 2010.

Charles Martin - Concord, Ohio
Flying by copter, I was riding shotgun, was a great thrill. We were a little late getting to the rafts, but the guides handled it well and once on the way the experience was just beyond expectations. The guides perpared us for each event on the river and the meals were setup and made beore we knew it. The guides were friends by the trips end.

Jeanne Ediger - Little Rock, AR
The 3 day plus ranch trip is really worth the money; the Bar 10 Ranch is awesome and Mr Garth is the best!!!! My raft crew rocked; Cash and Newman really are the most professional guides; the other boats crew was awesome as well....Grace and Ben, you are the best! Thanks for the medical attention you gave me when I slipped on that rock.....i am a million times better now. The rapids were ok, not the best...but the photography and scenery was out of this world. I loved the trip, overall, and want to do this again sometime next year.

Pamela MacRae - Nashua, NH (Boston area)
This was more than a vacation, it was an adventure. Viewing such a natural wonder from the river was spectacular. Western River has this trip down to a science for travelers of all ages. You will not regret one moment of this journey or the investment you made to go. As a side benefit you will meet fellow travelers and fantastic tour guides that will not only share in the experience but enhance it.

Russ Kubiak - San Francisco area
The trip was wonderful, and made so by the extremely professional and cheerful staff. I hope to get all my friends to take one of these trips.

Shelly Contreras - Stockton, CA
Too cool!

Richard Solano - Akron Indiana
Our 4 day trip was AWESOME! All our connections and travel arrangement went off without a hitch. Our stay at the Bar 10 Ranch was very nice. Lots of things to do and a great way to get ready for the river. Bar 10 staff was attentive to our needs. They provided lots of good stories about the history of the area and treated us to a fun "variety show"! Bar 10's food was very good and plentiful.
Our trip down the river was fantastic. Our guides, Newtty, Leigh, Ronnie, and Wren were great. Their attention to safety, and knowledge of the river and geology was outstanding. Lots of great conversation was had by all. We had enough food to feed a small army...and it was all good! I was suprised to have cheese cake for desert and steak for dinner on our last night. WOW. The staff did a great job setting up at night and tearing down in the morning. The hikes and scenic stops seemed to be perfectly timed to get folks off the boats and moving around. This really helped to keep our boys active and interested in what was passing before them.
All in all, our family vacation (three boys, two adults and two grandparents) experience was fantastic. I couldn't ask for a better experience.
I would have no problem recommending Western River Expeditions as a top notch company to trust for their family trip!

JoJo Conroy - South Lake Tahoe CA
Our family just returned from a 3 day river trip June 9-11th, and it was THE BEST family vacation we have ever experienced! Western River is so professional, everything was perfect and went off without a hitch! The scenery, the rapids, meeting new people, sleeping under the stars, THE FANTASTIC FOOD--everything was memorable! And our guides--Evan, Reese, Jeremy and Tyson--were absolutely awesome and only added to an already incredible Grand Canyon experience! They even baked a birthday cake for a woman in our group who was celebrating her 40th birthday--now that's going the extra mile! Our family hopes to be back on the river for a 6 day trip in the near future.

Gaye Stathis - Atlanta, GA
Just got home from one of the most memorable experiences of my life on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. My husband and our 13 year old son and six other family members made the trek together and it was a great way to spend time together. My 75 year old father said it was "the trip of a lifetime" for him. The scenery was incomparable and the guides worked so hard to make us have an experience that we'll never forget. I highly recommend this trip for family groups. It was so nice to put the annoyances of modern life behind for a few days and spend time in nature's grandest cathedral.

Jeffrey Burdick - Saugus, CA
Awesome Trip!!! The Beauty and Solitude
are overwhelming!! Can't wait to do the 7 Day! ;)

The Burdicks

Rick Monroe - Northport, New York
This trip far exceeded my expectations. Ben, Wren, Marty and Nate were fantastic! They worked so hard to make sure the trip was flawless and they pulled it off with flying colors!
In retrospect, three days actually flew by! By the end of the trip I didnt want to leave. The scenery, the water, the campsites, our guides, the food and our fellow campers made this one of the most memorable trips ever!

JOhn Smrecansky - Columbus, Ohio
What a great trip, I was worried about roughing it for 3 days, I wish the trip would have lasted for 3 more days. The guides were awesome, Lucky , Steve Riley? and Pink were full of knowledge and professionals, my next trip I will request them, thanks alot, John

Diane and Bill Piroth - Tallahassee, Florida
We just returned from the Grand Canyon 3 day trip and hope to do the longer trip in the not too distant future. It was absolutely wonderful! Initially I was hesitant about taking this trip as I hate roller coasters and was concerned about doing the rapids. DO NOT BE AFRAID! I was often wet but never nervous. The rafts are very stable, never threatened to turn over and there are many choices regarding where to sit and how to hold on. Our guides (Justin and Nate on our raft, Steve and Reese on the other raft) were fun, informative, caring and good cooks. If you have the choice, sleep under the stars (even if you get rained on) and not in a tent - the sky is spectacular at night! Don't forget to bring a camera with lots of memory or lots of film - you'll need it.

Doug Hartzell - Reno
Great crew; great food; great fun; great trip.

Everything was very professional.

Jennifer Livingston - Corona, California
We had a great time on our trip. Lucky, Amber, Kelly & Cash, our guides, were the best! They took great care of us and I really learned alot about the history of rafting on the Colorado from them. This is a great adventure that I highly recommend.

Paul Swartz - West Virginia
Excellent trip, will recommend to everyone I know.

Kathy Holt - Auburn, Washington
My husband Bob and I had the best time on this trip. We consider it one of the top trips we have ever taken. Thanks to our guides; Wiley, Joe, Erin and Shad. They were wonderful!

Amelia Schair - Atlanta
We had a great group of people traveling with us on our rafting adventure! Wiley, Shad, Erin, & Joe were great guides!!! I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to everyone but I meant to!!! Promise!

Sandy Iannotti - Sun City West, AZ
It was a great trip! I went with my son, Greg and his friend.

Cathleen Norman - Salt Lake City Utah
What an amazing trip. Great guides, and the views were fantastic.

Gwen Arp - Marietta, GA
I had a wonderful time. This was a great adventure.

Scott Easter - Georgia / Alabama
The 3 day trip was great. I'll do it again oneday. Maybe even a 6 day.

Burt Heacock - Vienna, VA
What a GREAT experience. I feel truly privileged to have seen the Grand Canyon from this perspective. The Western River guides were WONDERFUL.

Renee Ziemathis - Niagara Falls NY
We had a group of 18. Girls Scouts and their families. The trip was everything we wanted and more. Steve and Marty along with Spike made our trip fun and knowledgeable. The girls were full of questions that they were all to happy to answer. The food was great and the kids got to be pretty good at the fireline with some practice. We slept under the stars and got wet. The canyon was in bloom and was a sight to see. This trip was something that will never be forgotten by the girls or their families.

Tom Valliere - Coventry, CT
Every aspect of the trip was excellent. The pre trip information was excellent. Everything was planned perfectly - hotel, plane ride to the Bar 10, helicopter into the Canyon, the raft trip and the pickup by jet boat and bus. The guides were knowledgable and friendly, and the food was excellent. The Bar 10 staff was friendly and put on an excellent show. It was quite amazing to be flown into the middle of a 250,000 acre ranch at the edge of the Grand Canyon.
Then there is the grand Canyon - indescribable beauty. We slept on our cots under the stars - the stars were of brightness that only a wilderness trip can provide. Riding the rapids was fun.The trip was made more enjoyable by sharing it with our friends Ron and Sharon and our newly made friends.

Vince And Maryann Nobile - Palm Beach Gardens Florida
Greg and Leigh Newton are exceptional guides. They made the trip extra special and we really had a great time.

Sandra Boynton - Suwanee, GA.
Wonderful trip! Truly awesome adventure for anyone. Western was very thorough on all aspects, the guides (Leigh & Newty) took care of all the hard work with a great attitude, and the trip speaks for itself with the grandeur that is the Grand Canyon. Thanks guys for the trip of a lifetime!

Donna Lindeman - Archer City, Texas
Our trip was fabulous from start to finish. We enjoyed the scenery, the food, the side trips and it was all brought together by our guides, Ty and Jonathan. I cannot say enough about these two. They were smart, funny, efficient and just too too wonderful. We would go anywhere with them. Also the other participants on our trip were just wonderful. I don't know how you decide who goes on what tour, but with our trip you hit a home run. Thank you so much

Anita Tasca - Rhode Island
The best trip I've ever taken

Mike Jacobs - Texas
We had a wonderful time. The grand canyon, the ranch, the helecoptor ride, the rapids, and the stars at night are things I will remember forever. Our guides, Wiley and Grace were fun, interesting, and also great cooks.

Chi Tran-bennett - Carrollton,tx

My 40th b-day adventure
was everything i could have wished,
but the bitting flies and porto-potty
is the one thing i shall not miss.

Craig, amber, jason and parker
are guides no other can compare,
their gorgeous smiles and gentle ways
the efforts they took, how they care.

For 4 days and 4 quiet nights
we were happy without our phones
our minds were free from worries
our thoughts on what we learned

The majestic view, and sky so blue
the memories made and caves explored
rainbow seen and rocks galore

companionship laughter and kindness
you will find in good propotion
down the river, through the caynon

chi tran-bennett

Kathy Lancey - New Hampshire
Craig, Amber, Jason & Parker did an excellent job as our guides. Food was great. Made a cake for my son's b-day. Better than Vegas food. Cots, etc. were comfortable. Great ride. Wanted more rapids, but loved anyways. Great trip from ranch to Lake Mead. Will and have already recommended to others.

Shanna Chauvin - Colorado Springs, CO
The trip was wonderful, the food was the best I have eaten in a long time and the guides were knowledgable and interesting. Thank you for a wonderful vacation, we will be back in a few years guaranteed!

John & Sue Raney - Folsom, LA
Our raft trip with Western River Expidition had to be one of the most exciting and relaxing times we have had.
Our guides, Joe, Rhen, Mark & Erin were wonderful. They all had us laughing and truly enjoying our float. Their professionalism & river expertise was outstanding. They are to be creditied for our decision to return and take a much longer float.
The scenery was fantastic, the accomadations prior and during the trip was without needs. We met some wonderful people and hope to somehow get back in contact with them. Our guides took great care of us throughout our float. If anyone has a desire to make the float down the Colorado through the Grand Csanyon, I would strongly encourage you to inquire with WRE. Thanks again for the wonderful trip...John & Sue 8/22/07

Mary Raduenz - Wisconsin
This trip was a dream come true. I was not disappointed. It was fantastic. Better than I could ever imagine. Our guides, Marty, Patrick, John and Jeremy are the best. Their knowledge and expertise of the River was awesome. Safety was always number one.
I definetely want to do the 6-7 trip.

Stephen Pond - England
Fantastic trip, recommended to everyone.

Linda Kron - Wisconsin
I just finished my river rafting trip with Western River Expedition. Words like fantastic, awesome, spectacular, sensational only describe some of the feelings I experienced on the trip. I don't know if I can even find all the right words that can describe it. Western River has a very professional,friendly,entertaining and patient staff starting with the person answering questions on the phone,Bar 10 Ranch,the four guides and everyone in between.Western River company should be pleased with there selection of staff. The guides on my trip were Marty, John, Patrick, and Jeremy. These young men were awesome and easy going, informative about the Grand Canyon but insistent on doing things safely. I always felt that I was in good hands with these men. I will recommend Western River Expeditions to anyone who asked me about my trip.

Ingrid Morse - Massachusetts
Awesome trip. The crew was first rate and so was the food. A thoroughly enjoyable trip.

Julie Tatum - Baton Rouge, LA
We had a group of 8 couples -- friends from LSU days -- who wanted to go on a memorable trip together. Our fellow rafters, Mackey and Dana Wolcott (Slidell LA) planned the trip for us and they really put us on a world class expedition. The scenery was magnificent and our guides (Craig, Amber, Tyse and Evan) were extremely professional. I would highly recommend Western River Expeditions...thanks so much for a trip I will never forget! Well done!

Jean Anne Songy - Baton Rouge,Louisiana
We took this trip to celebrate eight guys turning 50. It was such an awesome trip filled with wonderful memories. Our guides made us feel so comfortable every step of the way. We will never forget this beautiful trip in the Grand Canyon. Thanks for the memories!

Vito Gioia SR - Phoeniz,AZ
When my son first invited me to join him I thought he was kidding. Once we started making plans I couldn't wait to get started. The trip was fantastic, I have not stopped taking about it to whom ever will listen since I got back. Not being the camper type I was concerned but I will be the first to admit I had a blast. Guides were great, food was excellant and the entire experience a dream come true.

Stephanie Furrer - New Jersey
Rick and I will always remember this special trip -- the beauty of the canyon, the fun of the rapids, the adventure of hiking and cliff diving, the food, the stars at night, the songs we sang, our wonderful guides (Erin, RD, Grace and Wiley) and especially the people we shared the experience with. You go out on the river for 3 days and come back with a lifetime of speical memories and new friends. I'll never forget when you sang to us for our 25th wedding anniversary.
Thank you for a wonderful time!

Marianne Solenberger - Philadelphia
It was the trip of a lifetime!!!!! The guides were wonderful and could not do enough for us. The trip far exceeded my expectations. We also were fortunate to meet so many great people.

Nancy Gonen - Israel
My 11 year old daughter & I thoroughly enjoyed our adventure! The professional organization of all details, large & small, the outstanding guides, our "raft-mates", and of course the magnificence of the Grand Canyon whitewater rafting far exceeded my expectations.

Asher Simmons - Oregon
I've been back from trip 2 days and have already recommended Western River Expeditions to 3 separate individuals/organizations. It's apparent that the parent organization has high regard for the staff they hire - staff is knowledgeable, smart, safe, and (above all) happy with their situation. Kudos!

Robert Simmons - Phoenix, AZ
Our party consisted of 8 family members and friends on the July 15 trip to celebrate my spouse's 60th birthday. Joe and Gonzo did a great job of providing an exciting, informative, interesting and SAFE experience. We had group members from 23 to 63 and we all had a superb time. Thanks for the experience.

Charles Poyssick - Clark,NJ
The trip was the greatest. Boy did we ever pick the right company to book with. Newty, Lindsay,Leigh,and Justin were the greatest guides we could ask for.

Lynsey and Kelsey Phillips - Arizona
The trip was amazing. My sister and I had so much fun. our guides were Wiley, Erin, Grace, and RD. All of them were so friendly and nice. We reccomend this trip to everyone. it is a blast!

Lyn Harley - New Jersey
Our trip was fantastic! Our guides, John and Patrick were amazing - courteous, knowledgeable,considerate, and talented. They were absolutely wonderful and everyone in our family of 10 enjoyed talking to them and learning from them. Their love of the Canyon was conveyed to all of us and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. we will never forget this experrience!

Chris Bourdeau - Stuart, Florida
Had a great time, it was a nice get-a-way. Only problem was adapting to the altitude/dry/hot air since I live 5 miles from the ocean. Tour guides did good job.

Suzee Bolton - Dalla TX area
Awe inspiring trip. Water refreshing. Sceneary amazing, Meals more than expected, Guides personable and kind, fellow travelers pleasent and fun, provisions were more than ample. I hightly recommend this to anyone who loves the great outdoors, don't mind a little dirt and love a challenge.

Dennis Bitter Triolo - New York
To start I have to say the best thing about the trip was our guides Ben and Amber. They were the top of top notch, and the reason I would book another trip with western river expeditions. The food they prepped on a daily basis was better than 5 star dining quality. Around every corner the knowledge they passed to us was stunning. I will never forget the Grand Canyon because of them. Thank you Amber and Ben. Your Question may be is the 3 or 4 day trip worth it. My answer is yes there were plenty of short hikes to falls, interesting points of interests and some cool but mild rapids. although I think if your looking for a bit more of a wild ride on the rapids do the 6 day trip and start at the entry point at Glen Canyon. Thanks again Western River Exp. Time of my life!!!

Judy Brown - South Carolina / Florida
Our trip experience was excellent, "10x over"!!! We had a great group, the BEST guides -- (Cash, Marty, Erin and Patrick were FABULOUS!!), delicious meals, exciting rapids and scenery you just had to experience. We loved our time at the Ranch as well. This trip was a 10th birthday present for my grandson and now he can't
wait until he turns 12 so he can go on the 6-day trip! Also, he has decided
that he wants to be a "Grand Canyon River Guide" when he grows up!!! I think that is about as good a recommendation as you can get!!

Mark Mehrer - Illinois
My whole family enjoyed the trip thoroughly. I must say, though, that my young son, who rode "hood ornament" for most of the floating time, must have been especially thrilled. We all deeply value our experience on the river with you all. We will remember it forever.

Bertie Ratliff - Chicago suburbs
I have been waiting for almost a year to go on this trip. It was exactly as I expected and better. The crew was fun, helpful and informative. The food was 5 stars. Very well planned. Ask for Johnny, Joey, Steve and Jeremy.

Eva and Steve Wills - Jacksonville, Florida
We had the time of our life. Evan, Kelly, Greg and Leigh were awesome river guides. One of the best trips we've been on. Food was awesome, definitely did not go hungry. Guides were very knowledgeable about the history of the canyon and the geological formations.

Pam Rasmussen - Wheaton, IL
Relaxing, exciting, exhilerating and so much more. Just returned from the 4 day ranch and rafting trip (June 2-5) One of the best vacations I've ever been on! Western River thought of everything to make this experience a positive one. Made the trip with 15 friends - what a great experience. The experience at the Bar 10 Ranch was relaxing -it was a great way to de-stress before going rafting. I did the sunset ride on an ATV for the first time in my life and it was so much fun!! Then the next day, we were helicoptered to the river for the ride of my life. I give the highest kuddo's to Johnny and Joey (ask them if they like dollar bills) as our guides and to Steve and Jeremey who were with us on the other raft. They were incredible - they were knowledgable about the scenery, the history, showed us some wonderful sites and it was clear they loved their job :) They took very good care of us and there was plenty of laughter. They worked very hard from pre-sunrise to post sunset to make sure we all had a great experience. From the trip by plane to the Bar 10 - to the helicopter ride to the river to the rafting, jet boat on Lake Mead and the bus ride home - it was all breath taking - we were lucky too, there was a full moon which made the evenings more special as we watched it's light shine over the canyon and river. The trip was more physical than I anticipated but worth the energy. The food was delicious, too. I would recommend this trip to all - an experience everyone should have in their lifetime. Thank you to our guides who made the trip an experience and to Western River for the high quality trip that it was. If anyone would like more information, I would be happy to share my experiences - email me at Finally, thank you Kathy (our leader) for getting us all together for this experience. A great trip!

Edith and Brinton Eichert - Elkins Park, PA
To all our guides on this fantastic trip we say "Thank you!". You were wonderful, very educational, entertaining and helpful. We were a little worried about being in our 70th, but everyone on the trip helped us when necessary. These guides are so hard working, making this trip easy, great meals and making sure everything went well. Loved going through the rapids, also loved the helicopter ride. Thanks again!!

Rachel Rodrick - New Hampshire
This trip was simply amazing........everytime I look at the photos we took, I miss it. Best Vacation ever for us. Joe, Marty, Erin & Willey were just the best. Loved every minute of it!!!!

Margaret LeBoutillier -
Absolutely superb trip! So well planned and carried out. Wiley (Steve) is a terrific skipper and I felt safe with him at all times. The crew were just great, all so multi tasked and talented and caring.

Corey Sullivan - Virginia Beach
We had a blast! What a great way to see the Grand Canyon for the first time!

Dianne Kinzenbaw - Marengo IA
May 20-22....I knew this would be a fun trip, I just didn't know how much fun! It went way above my expectations! Unbelievable scenery, food, and comradery. Captain Bill Skinner and his assistant Johnny made each day a new experience. The food was more than plentiful and GREAT! I am ready to see that upper canyon now on the 6 day! Thanks for making this a trip of a lifetime! I would also like to congradulate Johnny on making will be Awesome!!!

Susan (Princess) Connell - West Palm Beach, FL
Thank you Bill & Johnny,for taking such good care of us - you are now legends. Hope we Uff da girls,(now aka Women Who Run With The River) provided a little shock and awe for you - we did our best. I can't remember the last time I experienced that much action etc, etc. To the Tennessee MT. Boys and the Calif. Cuties, we will never forget you and all the laughter we shared. You can camp with us anytime. "I can do anything" is now my mantra.Uffda syfayb SUSANINPARIS27@GMAIL.COM

Lelaon & Margi Taylor - Renton, Wa
The (5/19-23) rafting trip w/ Western was 'GOLDEN' Steve (Roadhouse)& Erin (spin cycle) were just awesome hosts & hostesses, very entertaining & knowledgeable as well. Met some fantastic people from both coasts, we couldn't of planned a more diversified, friendly and fun group of people if we tried.

I'm ready to do the upper Colorado already I had such a blast on this one...more later :<)

Cindy Gerard - Iowa
Mega thanks and kudos to Wild Bill Skinner, our legendary captain and cute Johnny, our first mate - also to Ben and Jeremy on our sister raft. I think I speak for all the Iowa girls - "UFF DA!!" - when I say we couldn't have had more fun, better guides or more superior company than the "Tennessee mountain boys" and the "California cuties". You all treated us like queens - except for the Princess and you treated her like a, well, Princess :o) Food was great. Weather was amazing. Canyon was beautiful. We had a blast. Thanks for the best time!!

Jody Skelton - Belen, New Mexico
I had the BEST trip ever! Our group was great had no accidents, not a splinter or a blister! Just enjoyable fun for everyone. Our raft guides were wonderful to say the least, great cooks and many talents! You had to be there to know what a great time and wonderful friendships have been formed.

Leon Pollock -
The tip was a four day Grand Canyon , was the best time that I have experienced in many years . The crew were number 1 and everything was done with pure excellence . I would positively go again , and urge my friends to take the trip .....

Curt Myrick - Texas
Great times, great food, a wonderful group of people on our boat, and the funniest guides in Brian and Greg on the whole river.I'm still laughing...the people here in the office think I'm losin' it. Can't wait to go back.

Monique Griffin - Vero Beach, Florida
I set this trip package up as a way for my dad & i to spend some quality time together. It turned out to be the perfect choice. I love the outdoors & love to bare-bones camp, so i was initially concerned that the Western River trip might be too structured & uneventful for me...boy, was i wrong! We had such a fantastic time from start to finish. Everything from the scenic flight that brought us to the Bar Ten Ranch to the hike up to a beautiful waterfall was amazing & went off without a hitch. Our guides were insightful, informative, FUNNY, and helpful to all. Thanks so very much Steve & Marty! Both of you are gems & made the trip even more enjoyable for my Dad & i. I recommend this trip without hesitation to everyone thinking about taking the plunge.
Just do it!

Bob & Sheila Carter - Renton, WA
Had a great time on the trip. The Bootstap 7 made it extra fun ! We were better known as "Marci's Mom & Dad".....

Duncan Shand - New Zealand
Had a great time on the river - probably the best outdoor experience I have ever had. Every turn gave a different scene and the crew were so good - not in your face all the time but there when needed. The final evening was fantastic.

Tessie Johnson - Fredonia Arizona
Unbelievable, Can't wait to go again!!

Haflidi Kristinsson - Iceland
I took a group of 36 friends on a three day trip through the Grand Canyon in July 2006 and we had the time of our lives. We just got together in September for a tour reunion and looked at some 800 pictures from the trip. We were extremely happy with our four guides: Veronica, Justin, Eileen and Andy. Their contribution made the trip a spectacular adventure. Thanks for everything.

Haflidi Kristinsson

Anita Walton - Montclair, NJ
This was an absolutely incredible trip for my family. For a change, Alex (11 yrs old) and Josh (15 yrs old) could be unplugged and just experience the power and majesty of all the Canyon has to offer. The guides were outstanding - great stories about history of the Canyon, amazing meals, scenic camping spots. Even though my kids were the only ones on this trip, everyone made them feel comfortable and they had a blast. Thanks to all of our fellow travelers for making this a fabulous, "just what the doctor ordered" vacation. If you are looking for an unbelievable family vacation, this is it. Western River did a fantastic job and the guides - Ben and Nubie truly made it fun. Loved, loved, loved every minute of it.

Lynn McKinney - Arizona
What an amazing journey! I wasn't certain that outdoors for three days was going to be my cup of tea, but I had a wonderful time. The guides were such troopers. I appreciate all of the hard work they did, so that the guests were able to enjoy the trip as much as possible. The scenery was amazing, the water was exciting and the sky was an incredible shade of blue. I will absolutely recommend WRE to everyone. Looking forward to booking my six day adventure!

Lee Spechler - Las Vegas, NV
Fantastic trip! Experienced, knowledgeable guides were patient and helpful throughout. The food was great and the company was fun. I had a wonderful time and will take another trip with this company.

Dale Reeves - Oklahoma City, OK
By far, the best outdoor trip I've ever been on! The guides make the trip. Don't settle for second best.........

Dale Reeves

Mary and Sheldon Spink - Florida
Sheldon and I have never had a better time than being on the Colorado River. Our guides were wonderful people and very interesting. Thanks Craig, Amber, Wiley and John. They made the trip even more than we could have wished for. Love that Robert Earl Keen, Hey Wiley??? We will definately try the 6 day trip with more of our friends who we know that would love the experience. Thanks Again!!

Liza Newman - Westchester, New York
The Newman family just returned from the 4 day ranch and over night in the Grand Canyon. What an experience! We loved every minute of it from jumping off a cliff to tackling the wild rapids. Our guides Mike and Jason were amazing and knowlegeable about the canyon and it's history. This is one trip our three boys will never forget! Thank you

Marc Goldstein - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
We had an outstanding trip, the scenery, the people, the equipment and the food were all superb.I'd recommend this trip, without reservation to all looking for an outdoor adventure.The Western River personel were all first class.

Meredith, Gary, Alex ,gussie Melia - London
what a fantastic experience.none of us had done anything like this before. great guys, fantastic food, seights and wildlife!
thank you.

Sanford Pollock - Pittsburgh, PA
Tremendous experience!

Jennifer Kinchen - Dallas
My husband and I just returned from the 4 day trip and had a wonderful time. We'd skip the day at the ranch the next time, but the time on the river was amazing. Great crew just made the experience even more enjoyable. Would recommend the trip to anyone!

Grand Canyon 6 and 7 Day Reviews

Len, Bev, & Jodi Vender - Havertown, Pa.
Everything was first class. Bev didn't sign up until 2 weeks before the trip since she has a fear of water & heights. Because she wanted to see the canyon from the bottom, this was her only option. She watched the video numerous times and decided she wanted to "go for it". Luckily there was a spot available and the rest is history. The first day she rode in the "chicken coop",& by day 2 she was in the "money seat". Most of the time she sat on the buckboard and loved every minute of it. She wasn't at all afraid & even did some hiking, thanks to the help of Cash & Jonathan, her "saviors". The guides made this a vacation of a lifetime for her. What a fantastic experience!

Mark Albee - Bozeman, MT
Mark Albee, Bozeman, MT: My father, brother and myself traveled for 6 days w/ Steve and Eileen down the Colorado R. into Grand Canyon. We had such fun and the guides' service was extraordinary. Their contribution of local color and geologic info made even hail storms bearable, while the cuisine was amazing. Thanks to them and our 13 compadres for a wonderful trip! Mark

Lana Riddle - WALLSBERG, UT
I have done many things in the wildernes. I have been in many places and many countries. I have even done this trip with another company but nothing I have done has been any better. I just don't think it gets any better. Western Rivers is an outstanding outfitter.

Colleen Pilarski - COATESVILLE, PA
The guides were GREAT... and the food was even better! It was the vacation of a lifetime... keep up the good work!

Andrew Pelino - WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This was truly the trip of a lifetime! I was simply blown away at the awesome power and beauty of the Grand Canyon. The day 3 rapids were phenomonal! I've never had so much fun getting my butt literally kicked. The four hikes were exceptional as well. Havasu Falls is simply spectacular. Last but not least, the four tour guides were outstanding in all aspects of the trip, from leadership, confidence, entertainment, fun, meals, planning, and information about the Grand Canyon. I had never white water rafted or camped before, and I loved every minute of it. I highly recommend this trip to anyone seeking excitement, adventure and to enjoy the great outdoors.

Ed Ellingson - SAN MATEO, CA
Our trip was wonderful, it will be in our memories forever. The canyon is beautiful, the river and rapids great and the guides made this trip the best. On top of this we had a very nice group of new friends that made this trip so enjoyable. Ed & Joan Ellingson

Ellen Hargrave - Montana and Kansas
It's said: if you're below Crystal - you're on your way back,
Seems the Western crew - keeps that dream on track.
There were families and ties
Wonderful 3 generational guys.
This cowgirl's hooked
it was a trip for life's book.

Daniel Lowrie - PHILADELPHIA, PA
The trip was amazing. It will spoil me for any other outdoor adventures. I'd recommend to anyone and everyone.

Tiffany and Marc have just been incredible... Thxs again and Double Howdy !!!! It has been an amazing six days experience, absolutely relaxing and enjoyable... dream trip, we will never forget. Best, Nicolas & Sarah

Andrew Pozzuto - OCALA, FL
This was by far the greates trip i have ever been on. the crew was awesome and the boats allowed us to ride the rapids like a rodeo rider on a bull. I loved the entire thing and did not want to go home.

Scott Smith - VISALIA, CA
Fantastic trip. Could not have asked for better guides. Craig, Cash, Amber and Jonathan were great, they made you feel like family. If I plan a future trip, I hope that they could be our guides then. Scott Smith and Susan Gilmer

John & Lynne Eaton - Burlington, WI
The Best of the Best! Outstanding, Awesome trip!

Calvin Dunwoody - Kennebunk, Maine
Great trip, would recommend to any one

Susan Casady - TEMPE, AZ
This type of trip is such a stretch for us city-folks! The guides were so helpful in making us both safe and self-sufficient! Western staff had prepared us with all the information we needed in advance. I want all my friends and family to have a chance to enjoy this amazing experience, too.

Lynne Eaton - BURLINGTON, WI
My husband and I are 58 years old; of all the vacations we have taken all over the world, this was the best of the best! I would recommend Western River to anyone and everyone that is thinking of taking this awesome trip. We cannot think of one bad thing to say about any of it - just a first class operation. If people follow your packing list, they will not need anything else. The food was outstanding as was the crew - we wanted to bring them home with us! Outstanding, fun, adventureous, fantastic!

Ron and Penny Ingram - Fort Worth Texas
HI Guys, I can not find any comments from anyone. What a wonderful trip and great people to be with. You Calif. guys Al, Harry, Ed, Johnnie, and Bob, you were our inspiration. Hope you are all well. Wylie, Aileen, Ronnie and Jason, you were fantastic, and you worked so hard to make our trip awesome, against all of the weather elements. Everyone that we meant, it was a pleasure and we would love to hear from you. I lost all of my connections, so please email us if you have our email. Ron, Penny and Jim Ingram

Caroline Turner - DENVER, CO
Awesome, awesome, awesom.

James Stubbs - SEDONA, AZ
I had a great trip and found the guides one of your greatest assets. I will certainy suggest my friends try it out. best wishes.

Emily Knight - GLENCEO, IL
My husband and I are ot campers. This trip exceded expectations in all regards. If it hadn't rained it would have been PERFECT. I highly recommend this trip. It is impossible to describe in words the beauty and granduer we experienced.

Don Macmillan - WASILLA, AK
Very lucky to have made this trip, photos do not tell the true experience.

Stephanie Louder - NASHVILLE, TN
The trip was more than we could imagine . . .the sites and hikes were gorgeous and the stories and history that Steve and Eileen shared were terrific. It's amazing what they can prepare with a propane tank, a stove and some dutch ovens. We didn't want the trip to end, we wished we could continue on the 3-day after our 6-day . . . Thanks for a wonderful experience. Chris and Stephanie Louder, Nashville, TN.

Robert Dougherty - HERNDON, VA
The 6 day Grand Canyon trip is truely a trip of a life time. Words come up short when trying to describe the experience but AWESOME is as near as I can get. The guides fellow travelers where fantastic, the food was unbelievable, my advise is - don't take this trip at you own risk!

Chris Roberts - SPRINGVILLE, UT
My wife, son, and I had such an enjoyable experience. We loved talking with the guides; they made us feel like we were their best friends. Chris, Shanon, and Matthew Roberts

Victor Nunnemaker - SAN MATEO, CA
An Epic and great vacation...thank you to our expert guides for choreographing an amazing trip and attending to every detail. Only thing I would have enjoyed more would have been a few more opportunities for some longer hikes...Deer Creek, Havasu Canyon, etc. A seven day trip might have allowed for a few more exploration opportunities through these amazing canyons. Regardless, it was still one of the best vacations of my life!

Roger Albee - DUNWOODY, GA
The trip exceeded my already high expectations. Wish the trip was one day longer so we could have stop a little earlier each day and hiked up some of the canyons a little further.

David White - Jonesboro, AR
What a great way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary! The guides were great as were the freindships we developed with our fellow travelers. We hiked the Canyon previously but the view from the river was just a totally different perspective. Every view was camera worthy. The whole experience was great and I would recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure. Thanks again for a super trip and anniversary.

Ashlee Merback - LAS VEGAS, NV
It was a trip of a lifetime! The surroundings were breathtaking, the food amazing, and the guides were a blast. I didn't want the trip to end!

Maureen and Jim Sunshine - Celebration, Florida
This was a great trip, with an exceptional bunch of people - some young and some of us not quite as young - terrific guides, fabulous food, scary rapids, and lots of laughs. The scenery, the sunsets, the thunder, the rain, the rainbow, the river, and the camaraderie, made this an unforgetable adventure. Thanks to our guides Mark, Tiffany, Craig and Cash, you guys are the best. To all who went on this trip with us, we will huddle with you any time!

Megan Hirokawa - Laie Hawaii
People ask "How was your trip?" And I just get the biggest smile and I stutter for the words to even try and describe it. Nothing I say does it justice. Best experience of a lifetime. The life long friends made, the hoopin' and hollerin', and snuggling to stay warm is something always to remember. But boy were we glad on the sunny days when the guides shirts came off and the cowboy hats on, all I can say is WOW!! hehehe. It gives you an utter respect for God and all His creation (I'm talking about the canyon now. It really is the most spiritual place you could only dream about. Me and my sisters were the younger ones of the group, but I've never been so inspired that age doesn't keep you from living dreams. Bri, I'm grateful I could share this dream of yours cause your the sister of mine. Dave and Mary Beth, good luck and thank you for sharing your moment with us, and everyone and the love shared is my one best thing!! and Luddy oooohhh Luddy. So many memories, I promise I will be back, and Cash your the sweetest ever! Love all y'all much love and aloha.

Dr. Howard Schwid - ISSAQUAH, WA
Although the weather could have been better, the trip exceeded my expectations in every way. The river was awesome, the scenery incredible, the rafts were comfortable, the equipment was in excellent condition, and the food was fabulous. Our guides were knowledgeable, helpful and fun. Western River Expeditions is a first class operation.

Gerald Jones - BRANDON, MS
This was my third straight year to take a trip with Western River. You must be doing something right. Thank you. See you next year, I hope.

Mark Glendon - MANISTIQUE, MI
This was a once in a life-time dream trip. We are so happy we went and survived :). So very happy that there were days that rain gear was not needed on the raft, or not!!! Did you hear that Jason? My lips were moving. We had a wonderful experience but at my age there are many different places to visit and things to do. Gail Glendon

Myself and my Fiancee Loved the trip. I proposed to her at Elves Chasm. Our Guides were exceptional and they educated us about the Canyon and it's hx. The food was exceptional also. As a whole the experience was by far, one of the best six days in my life. The friends I met and the Guides I met I will always be indebted to. I wish I had the words to describe the experience for Me and Mary Beth. Thank You to the Guides Craig,Cash,Mark, and Tifanny for a wonderful time.

Calvin Dunwoody - KENNEBUNK, ME
I went throught this once and it disappeared.Do I do it again? It was a great trip and I'm making a present of the 6 day GC to my daughter and her husband for next year. Now all I need is e-mails for Ross,the Austrailian, David, from Mass. and Colleen from PA. And hopeful some pictures as my camera gave out on the 1st day Cal D

Calvin Dunwoody - KENNEBUNK, ME
It really was a great trip, and was better than my expectations. I like the trip so much I'm giving my daughter and husband the 6 day GC trip as a Christmas present. You'll be hearing shortly from my travel agent

David Dion - Massachusetts
I found this trip to be the most spiritual trip I have been on in a long time. The beauty of the Canyon and the new found friends I met are very special to me. Thanks to the Guides Craig, Cash, Mark and Tiffany for a wonderful time. Dave and Mary Beth

Tom Handley - Montgomery, AL
Went on the April 22-27th Grand Canyon trip with my son Tom Jr. I have read all the guest comments from the years before and all I can say is "amen." The trip of a lifetime mae possible by the Canyon, J-Rig boat, some wonderful boatmates and some great guides and boat captains, Tiffany and Mark on one and Craig and Cash on the other. They were pros and made everyone feel part of the great trip. As a 74 year old guy, I found that most of the younger ones could keep up with me and vie being on the front of the boat. We went thru the rapids in great style, including the big one at the end, Lava Falls. Recommend this trip for a life-marking experience.

Cora Johnson - SANTA ANA, CA
This trip is truly an adventure of a lifetime. The food was/is always first class as are the campsites. Our guides, Craig, Trent, Mark and Cash, always had our best interest at heart and were always very patient with all our questions. A few of the rapids on our trip were very rough, but I never felt scared as I had complete faith in our guides. I just knew everything would be ok. This was our second trip and I am still amazed at how much our guides know about the geology, wildlife, culture and the Grand Canyon in general. It's a pleasure to travel with these folks and I would love to travel with them again. Christy and Brent were also on our trip and they added a lot to the safety and pleasure on the trip. They worked very hard to make each person at ease and comfortable. I don't think that I could or would expect anything more from the guides. They worked very hard to give us the best trip possible. Thank you! Cora and Bob Johnson

Joyce Duvall - SANTA ANA, CA
The 6 day trip was very exciting. I have told many friends about it and that I recommend it. I am 73 years old, and now that I have experienced a vacation of a life-time, I plan to do other things. Joyce Duval

Bill Harbison - SANTA ANA, CA
We really enjoyed the experience of our River Rafting Trip. Our guides were very personable and untiring in their efforts. Equipment was top notch and the meals were prepared beyond our expectations. The scenery and the blooms of the wildflowers were beautiful. The rapids were awesome....Lorraine & Bill Harbison

Great adventure. Guides/Rivermen are the best. All people that I have had contact with have been the best. The group that I was with made the trip all the better. Thank you everyone.

Jan Hagan - SANTA ANA, CA
this was a wonderful and exciting trip, but once in a lifetime for me......very strenuous for older folks....all in all great scenery, great equipment, great workers.

Bob Bobarino - Kansas
it was fun!

Jared Ross - Dallas, Texas
My brother and I went on the 6-Day Grand Canyon trip in May 2004 to celebrate my college graduation. Although we were the youngest people on the trip we really bonded with everyone including the guides. We were all like one big family experiencing this trip-of-a-life-time together. Since my trip I have spent the past year travelling around the U.S. and Australia but nothing compares to my Grand Canyon trip. I still think about my trip and the people I met almost everyday and I can't wait until I have the chance to go again. It is really an amazing experience and I highly recommend taking this trip with Western River.

Joyce Kent - Lexington, Indiana
What a wonderful breath taking expereince rafting down the Grand Canyon. Western Rivers is rated top notch with Guides and equipment. Thanks to Mike (Tonto) and his crew for the wonderful history lessons,story telling, food and music during our trip. We hope to return in the furture and repeat this same trip.

Jill Armstrong - Kanab, Utah
We had an amazing experience on our trip through the grand canyon. I was awed by the beauty and perspective from the bottom of the grand canyon. It truly was inspiring. Thanks especially to Travis, Melissa, Eileen, and Evan. They were amazing. They seemed to have an endless amount of energy, talent, knowledge, personality and skill. Thank you so much for this once in a lifetime experience.

Jill and John Armstrong
Kanab, Utah

Alicia Bonnette - Santa Barbara
The crew from Western was amazing - they made the trip incredible.

Ken Toftoy - Yorkville Il.

Phillip Kline - Three Rivers, Michigan
Sept 8-13 group: Thanks to all for your many kindnesses to me and my dad. At 77, dad had some reservations about making the trip, but you all made hm feel welcome and special, and I was so proud to have the opportunity to experience the canyon with him and all of you. Thanks to the mystery gal who helped dad find his way back to his cot the first night, when his flashlight went out during a midnight run to the river. Thanks to Travis and Melissa for your stories, songs, poems and hard work on our behalf. You are an inspiration! I can't wait to come again with my son some day - hopefully before I'm 77! God Bless, Phil

Anne Morden - Wokingham, England
This was a magical trip with wonderful scenery, more stars than I have ever seen and all made even better by Travis and his great crew. The food was amazing. How do they do it? We had a great bunch of fellow passengers and we plan to do it again.

Pat Landreth - Fl
craig and amber were wonderful guides. they kept us amazingly informed on the geography, history, and culture of the canyon. they read us stories, poems, and told jokes. they made wonderful meals, and make it look like it was all easy and "a pleasure to do it for us". (we all know it was hard work). also, craig inspired confidence as he is a competent boatman. it was wonderful. the trip of a lifetime.

John and Chrystal Bradley - Ellicott City, MD
What a wonderful way to view the Grand Canyon. We have taken some wonderful vacations together, but this one will be hard to top.
Craig was our trip leader, an incredible boatman as well as storyteller. Tiffany was wonderful at sharing her geological knowledge with us as well as keeping us safe with her expertise at running the river. Ben, the boatman for our partner boat, has such a wonderful personality. The boys on that boat idolized him. Ronnie was so full of life and fun that it was contagious. I can't say enough about the wonderful crew on this trip. They are an incredible asset to your company. We will return at some date in the future to repeat this trip, only next time we plan to follow the 6 day with the 3 day trip so we can go from beginning to end.

Thanks so much to the crew, we appreciate all the hard work you guys did. You are all wonderful!

Russ & Barb Scaramastra - Wyomissing, PA
Our 6-day Grand Canyon river trip with Western was simply incredible. Craig�s leadership skills combined with his wonderfully funny stories and poems were unique. Ronnie�s sparkling personality and her superb singing and guitar playing made the days even more enjoyable. Ben was a walking history book of canyon legend and lore and kept us waiting for the next bend in the and Tiffany was a true professional who stunned me with her ability to react to situations before any of us even knew there was a situation.

We may never meet anyone else from Western but your boat crews are carrying your companies banner high and proudly. They made our experience enjoyable beyond words.

We loved the trip so much that we�ve decided to give our Son and his bride to be a Western / Grand Canyon 6 day trip as a wedding gift next summer.

Dayna Pittman - Zephyrhills, FL
The trip was everything I hoped for -- and much more. We lucked out and had just the one J-Rig on our trip, so our group got pretty close pretty quickly.
I've read the rave reviews on this page from other travelers: "great trip, good food, terrific crew." Hard to believe anyone could match Craig and Amber in skill, knowledge, humor and just plain good-natured companionship. Their passion for the Canyon was contagious. Maybe all of your guests feel this way, but I believe I got the WRE trip PLUS. Craig offered many interesting stories and details that simply had to spring from his love of the Canyon. It wasn't scripted; it was sharing years of reading and riding the river.
We had a diverse group, in both age and ability, and we all pulled together to make certain every person got to do everything s/he wanted. If it was challenging for one of us, the rest of us helped out. If one of us wasn't sure of riding the rapid, one or two or three of us surrounded that person up front and we all rode screaming and whooping through some of the biggest white water in North America -- high-fiving each other that we made it! You don't find highs like that outside the Canyon.
Somehow the Canyon brought out the best in all of us. I didn't go looking for people on this trip. I went looking for the trip of a lifetime. What I got was an experience to which words can't do justice. My gratitude to each of you for your individual contributions and kindesses shown to me during our time together. And until next time, as often as life allows, "Suck Rubber!"

Ann Matthews - Gainesville, Fl
As a 24-year old, I have been to 4 continents and 13 countries. If someone were to ask what my favorite place is, I would say the Grand Canyon rafting trip with Western River. Truly amazing place!!! I have been four times and each year gets better! There are always new things to see that I may have missed the first time. I recommend it to everyone!

Stephanie Kreuder-Crowell - Ohio
Two days ago, I just got off one of your six-day rafting trips in the Grand Canyon! What a wonderful experience!! Thank you so much....this trip was amazing! From beautiful waterfalls to intense rapids to great food to making new friends, this trip was incredible!

Patti Maska - Homer Glen IL
Three things to remember when going on this trip: �Take only pictures; leave only footprints.� (guide quote) �This is an expedition! Be careful out there!� (guide quote) �There are no handrails in the Grand Canyon.� (my quote)

I recently completed a 6-day trip with my 70-year-old father. We both enjoyed ourselves immensely. The guides pushed my envelope farther than I ever would have ("this will be a somewhat technical walk ..."(the guides did fib about that one �)). Sleeping under the stars and waking up in the middle of the night to see shooting stars was fabulous. Connecting with the other people on the trip was a joy. The guides did everything they could to make this a safe and enjoyable ... expedition! I would do this trip again in a heartbeat. Knowing what the guides did to make this trip memorable, I wouldn�t even want to take this trip solo � I�d do this one again.

Chris Ioannou - Toronto, ON
If I were to sum up this trip in a sentence, it'd probably go something like: "...intensely memorable...Western River hits one out of the park." Or something equally tacky. But that's just it; it's impossible to describe this trip without sounding like a Hallmark representative. Top five things about this trip, in no particular order, are as follows: The guides. Without you guys (Brian, Evan, Skinny, Matt, I'm talking to you) I wouldn't have had half the fun I did. Consider me in debt to all of you. Secondly, the other passengers. People from all over the place managing to congregate on J-rig for six just never know who you're going to meet. Trust me. Thirdly, the views are spectacular, with every turn of the head being worthy of a photograph (unfortunately one has to budget film in this regard, which can be tough). Also, the food! Setting up camp was one of my favorite times of the day. Everyone's winding down, and I know that dinner's on the way. Nice rainbow trout, boys. Oh, and I almost forgot. The rapids. This is not some trip where you are just sightseeing for six days, snapping photos and staying dry and in the sun. Believe me when I tell you to hold on to something (Hermit, Lava, Crystal, I'm referring to YOU). So that should just about do it. And to all of you who were on this trip with me, you'd better stay in touch! You're all fantastic people with so much to offer. Don't make me have to come down from Canada and do an entire U.S. tour to lay the smack down on you all...
~Chris "Jackass" Ioannou

Sarah Van Slyke -
My family recently got back from a charter trip- we had such an amazing time that a trip for next year is already booked!!!
This was my second trip with Western, and though it's hard to believe, this one was even more amazing than last year! We could not have had better guides than Drew and Eileen- they were fun, knowledgeable, helpful, caring, great chefs, everything a guide should be, and more! We had an amazing week - lounging in the chairs at "The Source", hiking to the granaries at Nankoweap, ambush water fights with other trips, playing at Havasu and in the Little Colorado, hanging out (and eating) at camp, the freak hailstorm on the first day after 3 months of no rain, even our hairy ride through Hermit, which led later in the week to a few of us singing through all of the rapids, and everything else we did and saw!! Even the few people who were a little unsure of the trip walked away loving it- and no one was ready to leave. Thank you to Western, and especially to Drew and E, for such a wonderful vacation- hope to see you two next year- we can't wait!!

Dale Edens - Yerington Nevada
In 2003 I took Westerns 4 day trip down the Colorado River seeing the lower half of the Grand Canyon. I felt this had to be the ultamate white water rafting trip. Well I was wrong. This year 2004 I took Westerns 6 day trip and there is nothing that can compare to it. The upper half of the river gave me the thrill of a life time. Nothing can surpass the rugged beauty of this canyon and the size of the rapids.
Our guides,Ronnie,Steve and their crew are experts in their field. They guided us through the rapids in a way that gave us the most thrill, but always with safety in mind. I look forward to my next trip with Western in 2005. Dale edens

Bruce Pomerantz - New York
Just got home. Trip of a lifetime. Kudos to Wiley and Cub for outstanding service.

Dan and Jorja Swain - Edgewood, Washington
This trip was by far one of the most wonderful traveling experiences we have shared. Our guides John, Paul, Brian, and E, made this trip even more enjoyable as well as educational and at times amusing. Especially Paul's detailed story about bats!!They have clearly defined the word teamwork. The meals they prepared for us were fantastic and with such a variety. We thank them all for making this a truely Grand Experience.

Claire Harris - England
WOW!! Absolutely fantastic trip, thank you Western River, thank you Tiffany and Ben for an incredible six days in my most favourite place - the Grand Canyon. The food, the scenery, the camping on sandy beaches, the great people - it was brilliant! I work for Ranch America and sell these holidays in the UK and now having experienced a trip, I am totally impressed and cant wait to send our clients to you for 2005!! Once again, thanks Western River : )
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Kaitlyn Matthews - Austin,Texas
It was a very nice trip.I had lots of fun and the people were very nice.Thanks for making my trip so enjoyable!
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Allison (and Gary) Johnson - Winter Haven, Fl
What a fantastic trip! We have traveled to many places in and out of the US, but nothing compares to this! It is beautiful. There are soooo many great parts about the trip. Of course, the guides! How do they keep everyone in line? The rapids, the scenery, the stars, THE FOOOD!!! What a concept. The guides worked their rear-ends off! We shared our trip with 2 boats, so thanks to Tiff and Ben. (Steve Irwin wishes he could be you), and Amber and Craig. Craig, you are still one of the funniest people i've ever met. Thanks for all the stories, true or not. (Hey, I saw that lady on the bus in Vegas!!!)
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and it was nice to meet new people and learn about their experiences. We look forward to taking this trip again with our daughter when she is 12.
Hope to see you guys again soon and thanks to each of you again.

Karissa Begley - Northern California
What an awesome trip! I wish it could have lasted longer. Our guides were the best~Ronnie, Wiley, Marty, Cub, & Emily. The food was wonderful, even though we were "vegans" or "veggies" :) I hope someday soon we could possibly have a reunion with everyone and do the trip again!

Laura Skinner - Houaton
This trip was better than I had ever imagined, and I thought it was going to be awesome! The guides, scenery, whitewater, hikes and the was all wonderful. There is not a bad seat anywhere on the J-rig, and I sat all over the raft. I have already recommended this trip to so many people, and I will be doing this trip again!!

jay cook - salt lake city, UT
I was 19 when I went. My dad and I are painting contractors and we did a job for WRE in their Salt Lake offices. Everyone I met from this company are all down to earth and very good People. They made it possible for our whole family of limited means to experience something truly incredible. This is so much more than a vacation. There are things down it that canyon that you will never see, hear, touch, taste, or smell anywhere else on this planet. For me it was almost a spritual experience. And 20 years later I still can't forget. Nor can I forget the guides, and the food they made us.
For 20 years now I've been trying to make a steak that good, and I'm convinced that it can't be done outside of that canyon. I now believe that because those steaks were located down there, they became blessed. As if every little detail of their preparation was being orchestrated by a higher power, and the guides next to their grills were mere instruments. Their every move guided by divine authority.
And if you're someone who doesn't like facing your fears, there are some moments on that river where you won't have a choice. The ominous and overwhelming power and wrath of God will shake your very being to its core, and you will be awakened from your stupor that our modern, technological society has plagued you with.
That is why I'm saving up to take my new wife and kids, my new family on this journey. We are all sleeping, tax-paying, law abiding citizens who need to be woken up.

Jennifer Howlett - San Francisco
I have been down the Yangtze and the Nile, but this is by far the most spectacular river trip I ever have or ever will take. No American should miss this trip. The scenery, the history, and the company are not to be missed. The food was pretty wonderful too.

Lee Taylor-Vaughan - Wayne, New Jersey
It is almost a month since I return home from my trip; I find myself fluttering, at random, to the Western River website to look at the pictures that our group uploaded, and to check the availability of next years trips! I constantly dream about going down the river, camping, laughing, hiking, swimming (esp. the LCR!), and the list goes on... Anyhow, Amber and Craig were our guides, and to say the least, they were and are �fabulous!� We were constantly kept 'abreast' of things in the canyon and the trips events, not to mention being educated, entertained, enlightened (this list goes on too) by our guides.

Very few of us knew each other before we got on the raft, but by the end of the first day or so it seemed like we had all been best friends for years. For sure we will be friends for many years to come. I certainly will be back again soon --I am already planning next years trip (for 2005), so Craig and Amber watch-out, cos here I come!

Words cannot describe how great this trip was. The guides really do work hard to make this an adventure/vacation a good one; so if you are reading this and are going on a trip please look after your guides-- they really do deserve looking after; oh, and they sure know how to cook, breakfast lunch and dinner were all great surprises and unbelievable meals �there was no way we were going hungry.

On the fifth day we had Banana Flambe Ice Cream in the desert -- how wicked is that (and if you are wondering, yes it was still frozen!). Oh and the last night is an exceptionally cool night too, but I won�t give that away, you can find out for yourself... Oh and the rapids were excellent too; be prepared to get wet!

So, thank you to: Craig, Amber, Julie, Sarah, Mary, Kristine, Joe, Nadine, Marilyn, Lucky, Clint, Pat, Meriden, Bron, Jim, Georgann, Heather, and Tom for making this trip an incredible one... (I miss you all).

Be happy and be safe.


The Queen of Sheba! AKA: Lee

George Rigby - Georgia
Truly a trip of a lifetime! Since this was a 3 generation trip, with 3 sons and a grandson, we couldn't have had a more fantastic time, had better guides, excellent food, and a great itenerary. THANKS!!

Cynthia Porth - Columbus,WI
We,ve done alot of traveling and this was the most adventursome and most awesome of all.The guides were great!!

Natalie Whiteside - Milton Keynes, England
(7th-12th June 2004) Andrew and I thought how fantastic it would be to go rafting down the Grand Canyon on our honeymoon after getting married in Las Vegas. The trip exceeded both our expectations and we encountered many wonderful experiences. The Guides, Craig and Amber were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and very keen to ensure we had a great trip. And the food on the British palate was pretty outstanding - thanks again to the multi talented Craig and Amber. The trip was complimented further by a great bunch of travellers, all from the States. Thank you to you all, especially for allowing the honeymoon couple to stay in the Master Suite - the pink granite and fools gold decor was just our taste. Thanks also for filling our bedding with the finest canyon sand. Look forward to hearing from you. PS - Frank - love the mug shot of you on your official website!

Kim Petersen - Altadena, California
This was my second Grand Canyon trip with Western River Expeditions. The first trip was 32 years ago - it just took a while to find my way back.
This was truly a family adventure, not a vacation. Vacations leave you with fading memories. Adventures create a appreciation for everything around you and a non-stop desire to return for more. This journey has virtually everything someone with an adventuresome spirit could want with all the comforts thrown in for good measure. The WRE personnel (Brian, Elise, John and Ilene) made it all happen. Young, old, first timers or repeat customers, they made everyone feel like a part of the trip. This is certainly not our last trip with WRE.

Karen Messer - Arlington, TX
It was an incredible and memorable experience.

Gary Holmes - Catskill Mts. NY
What a great trip with a nice bunch of people. First day was windy and cold, but what the heck! It was second trip With WR and I'd do it again! Thanks to Steve, Sara, Wes (his last trip) and Veronica!

Sam Londoff - St. Louis Missouri
My Brother, my dad, and I all agree that this was the best vacation that we have ever been. The guides were great. Thank You Andy, Cash, Mellisa and Travis for a great time. Also the group of people that went with us were great. We were on the father-son boat, which was awesome. I had a great time sitting around in the circle and listing to John Sr. tell stories and talk about Hans and Frans. We all had a life changing trip. It was the best. Thanks again to the guides.
- Sam and Harry Londoff

Simon Burrow - Pasadena, CA, USA
We had a great trip with just the right mix of cold water, hot air,
great food, spectacular scenery, flora, fauna, waterfalls and rapids.
All of the boatmen where terrific and we really enjoyed getting to know the other passengers. This was my third trip down the Grand Canyon and each time has been quite different and a peak experience.
Simon & Nurit Burrow
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Jeff Wieder -
Best vacation I've ever had!

John Goodall - Columbus Ohio
WOW! My wife and I had a spectacular trip. Thanks to our guides Steve, Evan, Eirca and Sara all who were very informative and safety concious. The Trip was so well planned and the food was great. Thanks to all for a wonderfull trip we will never forget....

Susan West - Orlando, Florida
What a wonderful experience! The trip was far more spectacular than I had imagined. The food, of course, was great and the guides were exceptional in their knowledge and abilities. They made the trip safe, fun and informative. Where else could you go and wake up to see the stars big enough to pick out of the sky. It was a great trip and one that I would highly recommend to anyone with a sense of adventure. Thanks to Erika, Evan, Sara and Steve Wiley for all their help, information and just plain exuberance for their job and one of natures most awesome sights.

Art Smucker - Goshen, IN
May 19-24. OUTSTANDING! A truly wonderful and awe inspiring trip. The scenery of course was magnificent. The guides (Travis, Cash, Melissa and Eileen) were superb. Everything was well organized. I was impressed by the guides concern for our safety, and for not polluting the canyon environment. They were just outstanding in every respect.

Terry Quigley - Escondido, CA
Thanks to Western River, the Grand Canyon will forever own a piece of my soul. What an extraordinary trip. The food, accomodations, white water(!), stars (!!), and Canyon(!!!!) far exceeded any expectations we might have had. We can’t say enough good things about the crew. Special thanks to Steve who went above and beyond to make us feel safe and well cared for. We’ll be back!

Melissa Madison - Newport, KY
This was a great vacation! As soon as I got home, I was wishing I was back in the canyon. My mom & I took the trip together and loved it. Our guides, Drew, Greg (his first trip with WRE), Brian and Tom, were great! They made the trip so much fun and made a point to get to know everyone. I was very impressed with the food and ate better there than at the hotel in Las Vegas! WRE had been recommended by several people and I would definitely recommend it to others. Everything from the customer service to the online shopping to the trip itself was first rate. The way the guides packed those boats for 36 people for 6 days, then unloaded and reloaded another 36 people for another 4 days without getting off the river was amazing. Thanks again to Drew and Greg for putting up with everything! I have never been so mellow upon returning from vacation!
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Paul Hindelang - Georgetown, TX
Your crew, your craft, your experience were each top-notch. I could not believe that you could have two people better suited to the work they obviously love, than Skinny and Laurie. They were totally professional in both their knowledge and demeanor, they were excellent cooks, incredible storytellers, and wonderfully skillful boatmen. On top of that, they were truly caring, entertaining, and professional people. The food kept getting better, as did the entire experience. I WILL BE BACK!

Betty Marzoa - Chester, Maryland
I had the extreme good fortune to be on the Grand Canyon 6 day trip April 18-23, 2004. Where do I even begin?? The entire experience with Western River was nothing short of an absolute pleasure. From the courteous attention from Betty, when booking the trip, to the thoughtful assistance from Sandy when helping me find accommodations in Las Vegas, to finally the fabulous 6 days spent on the Colorado River with guides Drew, Trevor, Travis, and Skinny (Paul). These gentlemen are the epitome of what customer service is all about. Being in the Grand Canyon was powerful and magical. The journey was made even more special by the professionalism and the spirit of the guides. Their love, respect, and knowledge of the canyon and the river was beyond impressive and most appreciated. Not to mention their culinary skills, musical skills, good humor, diplomacy, etc etc...... I am most grateful. I have been home a week and I am still feeling "homesick" for the Canyon. I can’t wait to return. Please extend my heartfelt thanks to all for an incredible vacation.

John Pelliccia - Dominican Republic
The trip was the best trip I have ever benn on. This trip is great for all ages. I loved this trip and all the crew members. They are the best! I was on the first trip of 2004 april 12-18.

Maddie Morrell - Washington, Pennsylvania
This trip was so awesome! I had so much fun! The guides on my trip (Skinny, Wendy, Drew, and Laurie)were so much fun and were so personable. This trip was an expierence of a lifetime. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I’m actually only 15 and I had a blast. My whole family did. Right now, I’m trying to talk my family into going back to do it again. I would go back in a heartbeat. I hope I can go back and visit this breathtaking place again!!

Allison - Seattle, Wa
My Dad and I went on this trip and had the time of our lives. The guides were awesome and the people we met from around the country were unforgettable! I don’t want to try to describe the trip, because whatever I would say would not do it justice to how incredible it is. I learned so much from everyone there, and I know we would both give anything to go back.

Bob Downey - Milford, NH
I'm writing to commend Wade Wixom, Steve Wiley, Cory Keller and Brad for their work during our recent trip down the canyon. The trip left Lee's Ferry on June 24. I had heard good things about your organization in general and your guides in particular before we started the trip but I did not really expect the treatment we received. Your boat leaders, Wade and Wiley, were exceptional. They complimented each other with their knowledge of the river, its history and hidden treasures, their wit and wisdom and tremendous organizational skills. And I haven't even mentioned their cooking or entertainment skills. Special thanks go to Wiley for entertaining the group with his singing and guitar playing.

Back to food..........These guys can cook. I cook a lot myself but the food they prepared was unexpected. Bananas flambee' and ice cream? Come on! Brad cooked two cakes the last night, iced them and scripted messages on both.

Getting 36 people, mostly unknown to each other, to coexist for 6 days in these conditions is a challenge and not without surprises. Although some in the group were professional whiners, your crew handled the issues admirably. Wade and Wiley are excellent boat guides, always ready to serve our needs and were always safety conscious. Cub and Brad were equally good in their rolls. Cub was considered near heroic in preventing a potential injury by jumping over people to save a passenger from going over the side of the raft right in the middle of Hermit. And although Brad didn't have to react to any emergencies, he was ready to. You would never have known it was Brad's first trip down the Grand Canyon in that capacity. Everyone felt safe with him around.

I'm in the service industry myself, with Eastern Mountain Sports, a retailer and I know the importance of good customer service and 'word of mouth' marketing. You can rely on me to spread the word about WRE and its employees. Thanks again and I hope to see you on the river again soon.

Gillian Reece - Boston, England
This was my first visit to the USA and what a place to start, if you only come to America once make this the trip the one. The scenery was breathtaking, the rafts awesome and thrilling the food 1st class, I have never eaten so well and the people amazing. To anyone thinking about doing this trip on their own, which I did, do not be put off, you will meet some amazing people. What more can you want in todays world than waking up when the sun rises and going to sleep when the sun sets, you have no concept of what time or day it is!!!

Rose Hyams - South Carolina
Had a wonderful time and will never forget the Grand Canyon. The whole trip was amazing. We will probably go again next year. Just amazing for your body and your soul.

Jonathan MacCabe - Knoxville, TN
Truely the vacation of a lifetime!

Bill Jury - Seattle, Washington
"There aren’t words to describe it," the old expression goes. Well, there used to be, but nowadays words like "awesome" and "incredible" are used to describe simple things like ice cream cones and circus rides. What a pity. So how does one describe the Grand Canyon from the ground up? What words can we use to explain the thrills and chills of going through pounding rapids -- sometimes backwards? There are none. You have to see it -- stare at the two-billion-year-old cliffs at eye level and try to imbed the images in your memory bank for the rest of your life. I waited 75 years to experience the thrills, chills and near-spills. Better late than never, but I wish I had done it earlier.

Pete Larkin - Salt Lake City
Great scenery, great guides, great food, great excitement, GREAT TRIP!

Joyce Hendrickson - Dallas Texas
The trip was absolutely fabulous!

Tami Garrow - Hoquiam Washington
We finished our six-day trip on Monday, Sept. 8, 2003. While I am sure you have heard this many times before, it was truly a life-altering experience for me. I am a 44-year old "professional" woman who rarely ventures outside my physical comfort zone. This trip had me doing things I never thought I would have the courage to do. The experiences were so rich, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to appreciate the sheer majesty of the Grand Canyon, in such a personal way. Please add my name to the countless thousands of others who want to preserve the right for people to experience the Canyon in this way. Our group was very respectful of both nature and the power of the river. The value of such a trip cannot be underestimated, and it would be a tragedy to make this experience something that is unattainable for most people by eliminating motorized transport. As a working mother, I simply could not afford to take an 18 to 20 day trip to experience the river. This six-day trip was something I could afford both money-wise as well as time-wise. I will highly recommend it to my friends, and send you all my deepest thanks for making it possible for me to experience this trip.

Patricia Kingsley - Brookeville, MD
The staff was really fantastic, informing us of each step along the way and incredibly skilled. They know what they are doing on this powerful river! The J rigs are amazing, so much fun to ride in any position. We had the trip of a life-time.

Dick Keating - Bainbridge Island, Washington
The trip of a lifetime. Plenty of excitement on the river. The side hikes were equally as exciting for a person with a bit of acrophobia. The Western staff did a great job of explaining the geology of the Canyon and making everyone feel comfortable. The food was great and the sky at night was incredible. I had a fabulous time and can hardly wait to take my grand children

Greg Deickman - Baltimore
This was one of the greatest vactions that I have ever been on. The price was minute to the experience that I had. The guides are great and willing to help and teel you all kinds of stories. This is a great family vacation for everyone. It gets you away from all the stresses of everyday life.

Tim Keefe - Boston, MA
Unbelievable!!!!!!!! We did the three day trip two years ago, just got back from the six day, doubly unbelievable, will be back in two years to do it again. For sure. TJK

Paul Biere - Thousand Oaks, Calif

Words or pictures can not describe this trip, after all it truly is a "Wonder of the World" On our trip most everybody was ready to go back to Marble Canyon and start again. I will.

Katie Bouton - Huntington Beach, CA
Incredible, breathtaking, the most magical place on earth. I wasn’t sure how this vacation would stack up to others, but after spending 6 days in that canyon it was without a doubt the best vacation of my life. I don’t think I would be saying that were it not for our fabulous guides Craig (whose stories I never knew if I should believe or not), Amber (who saved a few of us from taking our own personal trip down the rapids) Mike (always doing something to make us laugh) and Wes (whose campfire songs brought us all together). If you are thinking about taking this trip do it. Whether you love being outdoors or love air conditioning and email like myself you will love this trip. Thanks everyone for great food, fun, family, and friends. According to an old legend I’ll either be back at Matrimony falls next year or I’ll be married we’ll have to wait and see :) Oh and Craig and Wes if you do read this I had Marshmallow Matey’s for breakfast this morning and you were right they are far better than Lucky Charms thank you....!!!!!!

Cathy Spratling - Idaho
It was a very neat trip. The Grand Canyon is a very special place. The guides were great. My family was very happy that we did do this trip. Thanks!

Rich Semmel - Graham, NC
This was truly a trip that tops them all! I want to take a moment to extend a big "Thank You" to the Western River Expedition Company. I had the privilege to share my 40th birthday with a superior group of individuals(both the crew and campers). My excursion took place from June 24th through June 29th. Wade, Cub (Cory), Steve (Wiley) and Brad provided an outstanding experience as our guides, chefs and friends. The entire adventure was a first class experience as we "roughed" it for the 6 day expedition. Thanks again to everyone who made this vacation one to remember!

Mary Ann Allen - Arlington, VA
How can this be? Such excitement and challenge (and sometimes pure terror-just before hermit)---on the most relaxing vacation I have ever had! This was truly a great trip with great guides (thanks Wade and Steve) and swamper (thanks Cub). I have fallen in love with this canyon! Can't wait to go again.

Mitchell and Laurie Telsey - Yardley, PA
I'm not sure I can say anything that you haven't heard before, but please know that our entire family had the time of our life seeing the canyon and making new friends. It was a great experience for our 3 boys, totally focused away from TV, video, phones, etc. They felt it was the best trip experience of their life as well. I'm sure all your guides are great, but the concern, knowledge, and care that our guides (Trevor and Cash) showed are qualities that make such an impact on the trip and our lives... We are thankful to them both.

Linda Schmidt - Midvale, Utah
Trip of a lifetime. Many memories, great guide and made new friends. Ready to go again.

Patricia Ehrhart - New Jersey
This is a trip of a lifetime. We had the best time and did more than we ever anticipated. Our boat was made up of a cross section of ages 12 to 73. Everyone enjoyed each others perspective as well as the challenges of the river and formed true bonds. I would highly recommend this trip to couples, families and anyone who enjoys the outdoors and experiencing one of this countries national treasures first hand. Our gides were great and made the trip a really tremendous experience.
Thanks Western River, we are going to do this again!

Mark Stange - Dayton, OH
Tremendous trip. Great guides. Knowledgeable, safety conscious, and enjoy their work. I plan to do it again and bring my kids who didn't get to go this time. Its been six weeks since I got back and I think about it every day, and miss it. If you can do it, go! Highly recommend Western.

Howard and Lois Samuels - Deerfield, IL
What a thrill and honor.This was Lois’s first rafting and camping experience and, in major part because of Wade Wixon and Justin, it was truly marvelous. Their expertise, confidence and knowledge of the Canyon and the River exuding confidence and respect for this truly wonderous area. I am humbled by this experience. Thanks Wade, Thanks Justin and Thanks Western River for a memorable ride.

Ron and Pat Vander Schaaf - Bethlehem, PA
Each turn of the river presented a rare feast for our eyes. Grand only begins to describe it. Lying on the cot at night and watching the stars come almost within reach was awe inspiring. The rapids claimed our attention now and then! We felt completely confident and at ease and could savor each moment which brought wholly new experiences. Brian and Jenny created a learning, laughing, fun loving, delicious classroom on the move.

Colleen Duffy - Phoenix, AZ
I have been on many great vacations around the world but this one is the best ever. My husband and I went for our 10th anniversary in Aug 96. Wonderful guides, fun, geology, food, stories. It was great to take the helo out of the canyon and see from the top where we had been. Am looking at going again.

Lisa Schneider - Austin, TX
This was the most awesome trip. I never expected to enjoy it so much! The ride, the view, the people - unbelievable. I’m telling everyone I talk with that they have to take this trip.

Tony Bellino - Nassau, LI NY
Went on 6-day trip in 2000 and 2001. Guide was Drew in 2002 and Jen in 2001. Would like to hear from anyone from either trip. Planning a trip for 2004?

Steve Weaver - Cayucos, CA
The trip was more than I expected. The Grand Canyon from the river is amazing. The crew, Travis and Ronney were informative, helpful and always funny. I will return in the near future. Thanks to all at Western River Expeditions.

Daniel Christian - Mesa, Az.
What a great honeymoon! It was by far the best adventure we have ever had. We both would love to do it again. Everything was well planned and the guides were the best. Thank you Western for the most memorable experience of our life. GAME ON!

Rae Ann Kingsley - Kansas
What a beautiful place, and so full of adventure around each corner. It is hard to believe that such a place exists. I am thrilled to have been lucky enough to be able to make the journey and with such great guides (Mark, Tiffany, Steve and Wade) along with such memorable companion guests. It will be forever vivid in my mind. Thank you for helping this dream be an experience to cherish.

Jillian Castrey - Huntington Beach, CA
This is the best trip I have ever been on. I loved it, the sights were beautiful and the guides were really awesome. They did a great job and I would really love to go again. Thank you, Ronnie, Craig, Wade, and Mark for the great time. Hope to see every one again.

Elizabeth CLARK - Sautee, GA
There truly are no words to convey what a soul experiences on this expedition! I have backpacked over some of the most beautiful pieces of Europe and this trip down the Colorado has to be at the TOP of my wonderful list of life experiences! The guides provided historical, ecological, geological, and anecdotal information that enhanced the thrill of facing HUGE walls of water along our trek through the Canyon.

Even now, some years later, my mind paints vivid pictures of sights, scenes, poignant moments that keep the memory of this trip very alive today. My husband and I have spread the word about Western River Expeditions, who probably ranks as #1 for providing thrill, fun, and even class in such an amazing rugged piece of our amazing country. Kudos to you Western River!!! I'm hoping I can join you again.

Liz Clark

Mike Sheehan - Tampa,Florida
You will never be able to convince anyone of how great the trip is no matter how much material or pictures you put in your web pages. It was the most wonderful, scary, breath taking experience I have ever been on and I travel several times a year back packing in Europe. I encouraged a group of female Law Enforcement Officers from Tampa to go on the six day trip last year and they are still talking about it. If you don't want to live on the edge, meet wonderful people and touch rocks that are billions of years old, then stay on your couch. Keep up the great trips, I am trying to get another group together for next year.

Jennifer K - Miami, FL
After losing my bid to go on the 3 day trip, I was pressured by my mother into the 6 day trip. How could I spend 6 days camping on the river?! From the first meeting with fellow passengers at the Las Vegas airport to the final helicopter ride out of the Canyon, I loved every last minute of the trip! The guides (Drew and Tom, John and Jenny) were knowledgeable, encouraging, warm and fun. The rapids were terrific, even after facing chilly water the first few days. The food was diverse and fresh. Campgrounds were clean and the set-up and breakdown transitions were smooth. Our j-rigs were comfortable and safe. It was a pleasure to be with Western on that trip. I left tearfully wishing I had more time to spend there. Thanks for an experience I won’t ever forget!

Timothy Black - West Covina, CA
I took that trip with 37 strangers - we were not strangers after the first day. It was the best trip in all my vacations over the years. I have never forgoten anything that I saw, or what we did . I still talk about the trip after 17 yrs. I strongly recommened this trip!

Mary Moore - Richmond, VA
I have never, even at the age of 16 at the time, experienced such a rush! That trip was absolutely the most exillerating trip I have ever been on. The guides were great, and they made it all the better. I am dying to go again. Hopefully I will be planning a trip soon! Highly suggested!

Annie Philips - Durango, CO Baby!
The entire trip was just fabulous!!

Christel Damsbo-Madsen - Denmark
Hey everyone! I am an 18-year-old girl who went river rafting this summer. I just want to tell how much I enjoyed the Grand Canyon trip that I went on. I don't think I have ever seen so many beautiful things in my life! I hope that I will get the chance to get back another time in life. If you have any comments on your trip down the river, feel free to write me an e-mail at or just write me if you want to know more of what I experienced. My best greetings, Christel Damsbo-Madsen from Denmark.

Stacie Shurtliff - Gunlock, UT
Our trip was magical! The people were fantastic. We will never forget it and we will speak of it forever!!

Merrin Gerety - Sacramento, California
To our wonderful guides, Bill (Mr "hey diddle-diddle, right down the middle" Skinner :)), Ty, Ben, Tiffany and their able Aussie assistants, THANK YOU for a trip of a lifetime! I can’t help but wonder if the day we tackled the "Roaring 20’s," and "hit" Crystal the way we did will stand in Bill’s top 5 days on the river? What an adventure! I’ve recommended this trip, and specifically Western River to several very eager rafters, so look for more crazy people from Sacramento in the future...
Thanks again for the memories!
(p.s. Congrats to Ben & Tiffany)

Joan Cassidy - Redding, CA
We just returned from our trip and both my husband and I feel that it was the trip of a lifetime. Our guides (Tiffany & Ben) were just super. The entire trip was wonderful and alot of that comes from the treatment we received from our guides. We cannot say enough positive things about them.

Thank You So Much!
It was just terrific!
Well worth the expense!

Donna Eicke - Scottsdale, AZ
I am sure you've heard this before, but here it is again...this was the best vacation I have ever had! The boatmen team of Mike Morris, Mike(Tonto), Cash and Jim are unequivocally the best. They are attentive, fun, very knowledgeable, talented, and always safety conscious. They made everyone feel comfortable and welcome regardless of physical capabilities. Their love and respect of the Canyon and the environment was readily apparent. They worked very hard to make the trip a pleasure for everyone and it was obvious that they love being on the river. I hope to make another trip next year and will most certainly do it with Western. Although I am sure all the WRE guides are good, I hope the trip will be with at least some, if not all, the same guides! Sincerely, Donna Eicke

Susan Wiley - St. Petersburg, FL
There are enough words that I can use to describe how awesome this trip was. The scenery, the excitement, the commraderie that developed, the food,the hikes and falls, the knowledge and expertise of the guide Drew and, his swamper Laurie. I was in tears having to leave the river that last day and, would not hesitate doing this same trip again!!!!!!!!!!!! Susan Wiley

Mark Sedar - Reno, NV
Just got off the river yesterday. Thank you Drew and Laurie for the best vacation/experience I have ever had. The only way to explain to someone about our trip and the incredible sights, thrills and new friends we made is, you need to experience it yourself. If you want the best time on the Grand Canyon trip, Wester River Expeditions is the only choice, I don't see how any other company can compare. Once again thanks Drew and Laurie, you made the trip something me and my family will never forget. Hermit, Crystal, Spector... the list goes on, what a rush.

Bruce Knight - Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada
Cudo’s go to the guides (Mike Morris and Tiffany George) for their professionalism, friendliness, knowledge of the Canyon, camp cooking (gourmet) and sense of humor. Western deserves to know that their brochures are understated in what they promise!! It was also an opportunity to gain some new aquaintances and friends. Thank you for sharing your best with my son and I.

Linda Jennings - Florida
My first trip was May 1994 and my next May 1995. Once was not enough, perhaps 1000 would not be too many. This trip was a life changing experience. The chill of the clear green water, the stark beauty of the canyon, the countless stars in the inky black sky, realizing that you are travelling through more than a billion years in time all serve to imprint an everlasting memory. The knowledge, skill and competency of the river guides, the delicious food, the obvious caring they demonstrate for preservation of the canyon really impressed me. Still today, when life gets too hectic I go back to the river in my mind and memory and feel the peace, beauty and awe envelope me. Oh, I almost forgot, the rapids weren’t too bad either. WOW

Edward Grainger - Ireland
The trip was on of the best holidays one has been on. The place, the people, the outdoor accommodation, and the great food. The dislocated shoulder did nothing to mar such a wonderful experience. A recommended must!

Terri McDonald - Waterloo, Iowa
This expedition was the best trip I have ever taken in my life! The professionalism of the crew, the food, the scenic beauty of the Grand Canyon plus the other people I met were fantastic. I would suggest this to anyone who is ready for an adventure of a lifetime!!!

Vincent Pizzi - Las Vegas, NV
I can't say enough good things about this trip, it was absolutely incredible. Everything was well organized and we were taken care of like royalty, the food was amazing! My two sons (19 and 22) and I will cherish the memories from this trip for the rest of our lives. Our guides, captain Wade and swamper Ronnie were the best, I can't imagine anything they could have done better to take care of us, while always caring for the Grand Canyon environment in the process. Thank you, your staff and especially our crew for making this a most memorable and enjoyable experience. I have and will continue to recommend Western River to anyone interested in taking this trip.

Casey Kent - Redington, AZ
I have seen the Canyon from many different angles. I have grown up in a state where the Canyon is the major attraction and the most widely published, photographed, hiked and visited destination.

Yet, your guides truly ’gave’ me the Canyon. Never have I been introduced to that much majesty and beauty by such caring individuals. Craig Lutke and Cub Keller, our two guides, were just incredible. Steve Wiley and Cash, on our partner raft, were equally impressive. Without their practised skills, in all areas, I would never have been able to so fully appreciate the beauty of the Grand Canyon. I hope to join you again.

Western River is truly the Cadillac of river expeditions.

With much gratitude....Casey Kent

Green River 5 Day Reviews

Karen Wildmo - Flint, MI
While cleaning out things in storage, I came across the receipt for our family trip in July 1973. We took the 3 day Dinosaur Expedition trip. The party included my mother, myself, and my three children ages 8/9/11. The cost of our entire "Expedition" for 2 adults & 3 children was $402.50! Amazing!

Even though we all traveled together extensively until the last 15 years, adding spouses and grandkids, this trip was one of the highlights of 35 years. Everyone can still recount tales of this adventure.

So if you are interested in something that will be remembered for a lifetime, take one of these trips!

Thomas Mitchell - St. Louis, MO
Thank you for a wonderful look at nature's grandeur and power in Desolation Canyon, and for your personable and very well organized guides and support systems. This was a great trip for families, and the whole group now feels like cousins to me.

Jan Alber - Sacramento, CA
I had a great time. All our guides were fantastic. Brian, Daniel, Carly, Desire and our lead guide,(Tannera?). We couldn't have asked for a better group of people. It was a great experience. I plan on doing the Grand Canyon trip. Thank you.

Dave And Sue Barrett - Ri
This trip was an incredible adventure! Western puts together a great trip in every aspect - the whitewater, the food, the views, the was all terrific... but the absolute best aspect of the trip were our Guides. Carrie, Scott and Kristina are amazing! We feel very fortunate to have experienced this adventure with them and the rest of our group (which we now consider new friends!). This trip will be a life long memory for ourselves and our boys. Cheers! Dave, Sue, Connor (13), Jake (11) & Riley (8)

Dimitri Stetsenko - San Francisco
Camping on river banks, hikes to abandoned ranches, Wild Horses, Black Bear and her cub, Big Horn Sheep and lots and lots more! We've experienced all this in just 4 days, all while sunbathing and floating down the river surrounded by some of the most majestic views in the world! Our guides - Haley, James and Jess - were phenomenal and treated everyone like royalty. In short, do it NOW!

Larry Cohen - Bay City, Michigan
The adventure was a deeply spiritual journey. Words are not enough to describe the wonder. The guides were wonderful and certainly add to the value of the trip.

Sonia Rodriguez - Chicago
So peaceful, being close to nature - there is nothing like it. This trip was tranquil yet exciting. I did this trip when I was 20. I am now 49 and I recommend it to everyone. They treated us like royalty and the food was great the stars at night, wow!. I went with my teenage kids and they loved the trip. I plan to do this again in the next two years.

Sonia Rodriguez - Chicago
Peaceful, tranquil yet exciting. I did this trip when I was 20. I am now 49 and I recommend it to everyone. They treated us like royalty and the food was great. I went with my teenage kids and they loved the trip. I plan to do this again in the next two years.

Ditta Gillan - Denver
Jonathon, Evan Tyson and Jason were the best! We throughly enjoyed their humor and their professionalism in managing our group. The hiking, the food and the adventure was an excellent experience. I have highly recommended this trip to many of our friends already. Thanks so for the experience of a life time!!!

Peter & Wolfgang Lechner - Vienna, Austria
If you have not yet made the Green River Trip with Western River Expeditions you cannot have enjoyed the best holidays of your life.

The two of us, Peter and son Wolfgang, "the Austrians", came passed an ocean and half a continent to Moab, Utah. Without hesitation, we would have come from the moon to enjoy these unforgetable days (and "nights under the stars") on the Green River.

The indescribable beauty of the canyons, our wonderful guides, the kindness of the other guests, the perfect organization of the trip and - last but not least - the fantastic meals, magically ready within a few minutes: all this is part of unforgettable days.

"An experience for a Lifetime" promises the brochure of Western River on this trip. This is just half the truth, because the reality is pure magic.

Wolfgang and Peter Lechner
Vienna, Austria

Katie Mullins - Syracuse, New York
My trip down the Green River was amazing! I couldn't have asked for better guides [Kenna, Camille, Jeff, Ryan and Grace] or a more wonderful trip. The expirence was incredible and I met so many unbelievable people. It's one adventrue I will never forget. If you're considering taking a rafting trip, go for it! Saddles and Paddles is a great trip that nearly everyone can enjoy! Thanks for the great time Kenna, Camille, Ryan, Grace, Jeff and Western River Expeditions!

Lynn And Darwin Hansen - Puelbo Colorado
We had a blast!

Troy, our guide. was half the fun. Troy was fun loving and intertaining as well informative. We learned alot about the canyon and the sites along the route. The rest of the fun came from jumping in the river, the water fights, and meeting a family from Holland that we shared the experience with.

We had it in our minds that there would be more white water action (the mildness was problably due to the section of the river we chose to ride) but once we looked at it from the perspective that we would be experiencing what mother nature had in mind for us, the trip became a very memoriable and pleasant experience.

I would recomend it to anyone who's looking for a pleasant day meandering down a beautiful lane of green water and towering cliffs. But only if they can be open to whatever nature provides along the way, including an occational white water thrill.

Terry Ragsdale - Ada, OK
It had been 26 years since my wife and I had been on the Green River. I took this trip with my daughter. We had such an incredable time. The trip was great and the guides were first rate. The group we traveled with could not have been better. Thanks fr such a wonderful time.

Lauren Seigel - New Jersey
My family and I spent 5 days on the Green River from July 10 - July 14. Our guides were Becky, Marion, Jesse, Troy and Ashley. We had a fantastic time and the guides were wonderful. They worked super hard to make our trip a memorable one. Troy was fantastic with the kids and Marion was wonderful with the the only 2 girls on the trip. Jesse made a fantastic Team Leader and really made sure we all had a great time. Ashley and Becky were great with everyone and always had smiles on their faces - which, quite honestly, I don't know how. The amount of responsibility these guides had and all the work they did is unbelieveable. My daughter has not stopped talking about the trip and really misses the guides. Thanks to all of you for making this trip my most memorable one ever. I want to wish each and everyone of you the best of luck with where ever life takes you - I know you will all be huge successes.

Fondest regards,
Lauren Seigel, Jim Jasionowski, Samantha DiMaria

Kathleen Igo - Maryland
A wonderful trip! Thanks to our GREAT GUIDES: TL Jesse (you were a perfect TL), Ashley, Marian, Becky, and Troy -- all of you made the trip so much fun. We will always remember this trip as one of our best family vacations. I think you may have inspired some future river runners in our kids! Loved meeting everyone - we were sad to say goodbye when it ended, but have many many fond memories.

Nancy Austin - Pomfret, CT
This trip was a mother son bonding experience, and I couldn't have asked for anything better. We both have memories for a lifetime, new friends for a lifetime, and a renewed sense of adventure and love of nature. Thank you so much for the best guides ever, Kenna, Lindsay, Camille, Jeff and Matt. If you're thinking of taking a river vacation, do it, and Saddles and Paddles was the perfect experience for a family, of any age.

Kevin McNamara - New Jersey
It was the best family trip we've ever taken. The food was fabulous and the guides phenomenal. Thanks for the great memories!

Lisa Claydon - Arlington, VA
This trip was so much more than I ever imagined...the natural beauty of the canyons and the river, the lifelong friends we made and our wonderful guides. What an absolutely amazing adventure. I was a a little hesitant about the Cesna flight, but it was terrific...wish we could do it again...and we will! When my 13-year-old daughter grabbed my hand as we looked up at the stars from our cots on the beach and said "thank you mom," I knew this was a life changing experience. Thank you and I'll be back! And thanks to our terrific guides, Kenna, Matt, Lindsey, Camille and Jeff for making it such a special experience.

Ted Smith - Cape Elizabeth
What a great trip we had, it was a little sad to have it end! The guides were terrific hosts, cooks, advisors and friends. Meeting the other families was a pleasure and we hope to stay in touch. Thanks for some wonderful memories and we'll have picture to share soon.

Katy Warren - Northern Virginia
I am a 15 year old girl and I had doubts aboutm doing a rafting trip for 5 days in the middle of nowhere without the comforts of home like a toilet etc. I came out of the trip crying because I had the most fun of my life!!! The giudes are so sweet, the people you meet will be your best friends forever, and the food is AWESOME :). So any teenage girls out there who don't like to hike, get dirty, and be without your hair straightners(haha) you don't know what your missing. This trip will change your life forever and make you into the person you really are. So now you have no excuse not to go. Have a great trip!!!

Jan Ryan - San Diego
Great trip. We were very impressed with the guides and everyone who worked at Western River Expeditions. The food and company will always be remembered.

Gary Delise - Maryland
It was the trip of a lifetime. Justin and Sarah loved it! Thanks so much to Ryan, Joselyn, Ashley and our fantastic TL, Anthony
You guys were the best.

Katie DeLancellotti - California
Hi everyone from the green river trip! I miss you all. I had an amazing time and loved getting to know everyone. Becca and I will never forget the trip! The pics are awesome! Hey Ashley, the pics are really good!

Sangtae Chang - Dallas, Texas
What a trip! We could not ask for any better companions or guides. Although the trip lasted only four days, the pleasant memories Haeyoung, Shannon, and I had will last for a long time. Thank you, friends.

Lori Johnson - Iowa
Our family agreed this was the best family vacation we have ever taken! The week down the Green River was spectacular! Our guides, Lynelle, Russ, Whitney, and Marian were the very best!! They were knowledgeable, fun to be with, great cooks, and most of all, just very nice people! We made many new friends and had a wonderful opportunity to see the gorgeous canyons of Utah. We enjoyed the hikes, our many swims and baths in the river, and sleeping under the stars. Our daughters, ages 9 and 11 loved this trip and would do it again tomorrow. We highly recommend this trip to anyone, but especially to families looking for a fun white water rafting and camping trip to do with their children.

Geri Brooks - Palm Springs Ca
Another delightful trip with Western River...but our first kayaking white water and we are hooked...Western is such a class act...the guides go out of their way to make the trip a great experience whether 7 or 70...though a senior, petite female, they made sure my trip was all it could be.

Randy Pryor - Chanute, KS
It was truly a great experience for my family. The scenery is spectacular and is perfect for those who want to get away from it all. We left the trip tired, but relaxed. The guides Sar-ha, Swampy, CV, Leigh, and Whitney were amazing (although they could not hang with Ryan Davis and I in the water fighting department!). Will forever remember Patrick's Lumberjack and Groover songs. Thanks again for a wonderful adventure.

Suze Weir - Park City, Utah
We booked a last minute 5 day trip on the Green and HAD A BALL!!! Lynnelle, Leigh and Nate (a "freelancer") did a fantastic job feeding,entertaining and "floating" us. Nate took the 8 kids (9-15) on his raft most of the trip and absolutely made the trip for those kiddos. They had a terrific time, much of it due to Nate's ability to be a kid himself. Lynnelle and Leigh expertly handled the rafts with grace and ease, and tactfully reminded us to buckle our life jackets and keep our feet in the raft when necessary. We had wonderful weather with an awe inspiring thunderstorm the first night and a star show every other night. The equipment Western provides is first class, and a really wonderful feature is cots to sleep on rather than a pad on the ground. For a person like me with a bad back, I would have carted a cot along with me on any trip, but Western provided it all for us! This is our 3rd trip with Western (the first 2 were in the 80's) and we will now add this one to our "never-to-be-forgotten" memories, as the first one we did with our two girls, 14 and 11. We're hoping to do many more trips with our girls and Western will always be our first choice. Take a water gun with you(!) and it's fun to take a wig or simple costume, too.

Shawn Harley - American Fork, UT
I have been mountain biking in Moab for many years and love the area, but this was our first river trip. My two older boys (Jackson - 11, and Ashton - 9) and I had a fantastic time. We didn't want the trip to end. The guides were simply awesome (Sara, Kenna, Marian, RD and Janie). They kept everyone entertained, both young and old. It's hard to put into words how much fun this trip really was, but here's a try: The meals were fantastic, the water was refreshing, the rapids were great, the scenery was unbelievable (day and night), the guides went beyond expectations to make sure everything was perfect, and the friends we made was a great part of the experience. I can't think of a better family vacation then this. Thanks to Western and to the heart of the trip - the Western River Guides. We'll be back.

joy fletcher - California
Womens trip July 11-15-04. Guides were exceptional, they made the trip. I commend Western River Expeditions for hiring such capable, intelligent, hardworking young women. They are very special!!!! Thank you ladies for a fun time.

Jocelyn Scott - Rancho Santa Fe
We had a great time! We loved our guides and enjoyed meeting many fun families. We hope to do this type of trip again. Thanks for everything.

Kit Grindstaff - New Hope, PA
I had noooo idea before leaving what a wonderful time this la-la-la-Ladies! trip would be! All the guides were so great, hard working, full of live and fun; having yoga every morning and massage in the evening was a dream, and and the whole trip in the depths of the Green River was magical. I will treasure the memories always. Thank you all!

Mary MacDonald - Clifton Park, NY
From start to finish, the women's only trip in July 2004 was superb. We enjoyed the flight to the river (I held on tightly), the short Teva hike (how long was that?) to the river, then 4 days on the river. The guides were excellent with all their fun-loving ideas. This included face masks and a toga party. I loved paddling the rubber duckies down the river. Sleeping under the stars was an experience I have not enjoyed for many years. And we even had rain - about 10 drops on the last night - sent a few people scurrying for their tents. Thanks to all on our trips, especially Linelle, Sarah, Whitney, Lee and Marion. The girls did an excellent job.

Lisa Naples - PA
I was on the Women Only 5-day, 4-night trip down the Green. Our guides; Linelle, Sara, Marian, Whitney and Leigh were tremendous young women. They worked tirelessly, were fountains of information and good cheer, and inspired us all.
My group; 9 women who had lost a mutual friend to breast cancer this year were there strictly to bond, play and share a slice of life together in our friend's memory. I haven't had so much fun since I was in college and thats going back 20+ years.
There were older women on the trip who also inspired me. They were from Chicago and apparently do this kind of outdoor adventure together annually. I loved having their wisdom and light-hearted sense of adventure w/us for the duration of the trip.
A sincere thank-you to all at Western who make these trips possible!
Lisa Naples
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Susan - Washington DC
Our family made our first rafting trip this year, a family trip on the Green River. We're hooked ... I expect we'll be back as soon as we can manage! My 11-year old daughter and I are both "water-rats," but my husband doesn't like to get splashed and really didn't want to come. Our goal for the week was to convince B. that "in-the-water" was just as great as "near-the-water" ... and we succeeded! He was negotiating with the rest of us for kayak time by the end of the trip. He was also dubious about "camping" for 4 nights, but the accomodations provided by Western were an eye-opener for us (talk about luxury camping...).

I enjoyed the breathtaking scenery and the pristine surroundings. I think Desolation Canyon is misnamed - it's beautiful - but perhaps that name is good to keep too many people from "discovering" it. From the wonderful, eye-popping flight over the canyons, the wildlife sightings, the light on the canyon walls (especially early morning and late in the day), to the lovely campsites - it was hard to absorb so much natural beauty. The surroundings helped me to unsnarl my thoughts, relax into serenity, and remember what's important in life. Despite all the superlatives above, our guides were the heart of our trip. Wendy is the best role-model of a smart savvy confident competent caring fun "strong woman" I could ever hope for for my 11-year-old daughter(and for me!). Wendy and Russ surprised us at every meal with delicious fresh food (I thought I'd lose weight on the trip, what with all the outside activity, but no such luck). They defused small interpersonal conflicts with tact and discretion, they came to check on us in the middle of the night when it threatened to rain, and they tolerated our wacky senses of humor(?). They educated us on the natural and human history of the canyon, and they demonstrated(by example) how to care for and preserve the delicate desert wilderness. They have beautiful singing voices, and wicked senses of humor...and they were both just plain nice. They both worked *very* hard, but always gave the impression of casually hosting us in a beautiful big garden. Thanks for a *wonderful* adventure.

Southwest Sampler Reviews

Lori Allen - Mesquite,NV
This was my first group experience and first arranged trip. I'm usually the spur of the moment day by day trip planner. This was a great experience and combination of opportunity for friendships, adventure and relaxzation. Moab was a perfect destinaion for a getaway. What a serene and beautiful place. I will return not only for the tranquility but to continue the uncompleted adventures still waiting for me in Moab.

Pattie Beltramo - Phoenix, Arizona
This expedition was totally awesome. Each of the events were managed so incredibly well. All staff I met were great. This company goes over-the-top with service and fun. I can't wait for the next opportunity to go again.

Pat Eisloeffel - Hilton Head Island, SC
Such fun! Everyone in our family of seven had a great time. Waking in the middle of the night to watch a stunning moonrise over our Colorado River campsite was beyond description. The guides on each part of the trip contributed so much to our enjoyment. Thank you to everyone - we look forward to another trip with Western River Expeditions.

Dena, Greg, Sydney and Dylan Roach - Mesa, Arizona
This was the best trip our family has ever taken! We met so many wonderful families. Our guides were excellent! These are memories that will stay with us for a lifetime!

Lynn Krugman - Baltimore, MD
Our family ranging in ages from 6 to almost 70 had a wonderful time on this trip. All of our guides were so friendly and helpful. There was just the right mixture of adventure and relaxation for all of us. The rafting trip was amazing, thanks to James, Scott and Jess who were great guides and cooks! We had some skeptics in the family before we left on the trip, but the Southwest Sampler quickly became their favorite part of a larger western vacation. We are already looking at future trips with WRE. Thank you!

Candy and Bill Barnes - Locust Grove, Va
We had the best time ever. Horseback riding, sunset Hummer ride and two days on the Colorado. The guides were just great and Deli who helped arrange all of this was wonderful. We got to meet alot of nice people. Wish we could have stayed longer__next time.

Patti McGrievy - Houston, Texas
Our family (Patti, Pat, Kalli & Lexie)had a very enjoyable time on the Southwest Sampler Trip in August, 2007. Our guides were great (Sean, Dave & Ryan) on the rafting/camping trip. We had a nice group of people too!

Deb White - Pittsburgh, PA
Thank you so much! Everything about our trip was great--our whole family had such a wonderful time. We'll never forget the "toe fishing" :-)

Laura Wells - Lufkin, Texas
My son and I had the best time ever. I told our travel agent to book Moab for all families wanting to go to Disney. This was so much better. Moab was full of action, fun and great people. Eric's hummer ride was amazing and he was so professional. Haley and Tex on the river ride were very friendly and extremely hard workers and always kept a smiling face and pleasant attitude. A trip we will never forget and one we will encourage everyone to go on.

Mark Landstrom - Long Island NY
We had a great time! The entire staff was wonderful! Rafting and camping overnight was fantastic. We also laughed that a place that gets 10 inches of precipitation a year (including snow!!!), we had the "good luck"" to get rained on in the middle of the night!!! It only lasted for 10 minutes and can now look back at it as "part of the adventure!

Coming from northeastern USA, the countryside is so different in Utah, we were mesmerized by it!

Steve Banen - Phoenix
Our whole family had a great time. The guides were very professional and informative. The Gonzo Inn was great.

Westwater Multisport Reviews

Jon Graham - Greensburg, PA
Moab, UT was an awesome experience. I'm so glad that I found the Adventure Center. The activities were a blast and the guides were all awesome!

I didn't really do the Multi-Sport Trip, but designed my own adventure with multiple activities through the Adventure Center.

Kylie Schofield - New Zealand
Josh was my guide on the Western River one day trip. Awesome guy and very good looking. If you read this, try to get Josh as your guide. He was by far the best and very talented!

Lisa Wellman - McKinney, TX
My friend and I were very impressed with the whole experience. We were impressed with the friendliness of each of the guides in all the activities. The consistancy throughout is amazing and something you don't see anymore when it comes to customer service to the experience of the adventures. We will be recomending Western River expeditions to our friends and we are considering another trip next year. Thank you!

Magdalena Enger - Colorado
The trip was awesome. A lot of fun, cool people. Definitely I will be back to do it again.

Steve Corry - Hendrson Nevada
We had a great time on our trip and were so glad we chose western river. We met Mike on the Hummer trip, Emily at our lunch, Josh, Becky, Scott, and Mark on the rafting tour and also had very friendly guides on our horse tour. Each guide was excellent and made the experience what it was. Thnks to Josh we didn't flip our boat on the rapids (2 others did) but we enjoyed this fantastic part of the adventure. We brought back brochures to give out to friends and co-workers and have encouraged many people to visit you. Thanks for making our family vacation one of the best ever. We hope to return with even more family members.

Lehman Ellis - New Orleans
My trip was the one day Westwater canyon trip. It was well run and enjoyable.

Marti Vandagriff - Louisiana
Joslin Rules. We had so much fun and met such nice people! Thanks for a great day!

Lloyd Batham -
Middle Fork of the Salmon River, 6-10-2008. Great trip, very good food, congenial, helpful, informative staff and a variety of weather (snow, rain, warm sunshine).

DeeAnn Winslett - Texas
My husband and I booked this trip as our 20 year anniversary celebration and WHAT A TRIP! The guides were awesome, Red Cliffs Lodge was amazing! The excursions were all very well done (not too long, not too short). And then there is the scenery....can't beat it! We are already planning to come again next year with the kids! Great job!!

Catherine Hadad - Portsmouth, RI
This was the best vacation we have ever taken. You have to like exercise and excitement. Not all people are cut out for this trip. We booked extra trip with Western River and all were fantastic.

Michael Schlieker - Germany
Ihe trip was really the experience of my life! Our guides were awesome in all aspects and we definetely had lots of fun together and all enjoyed this never forgetable day!

Russell/Wendy Johnston - Louisiana
Our guides made the trip. We were totaly comfortable throughout our trip. We can not say enough about our guides.

Lee Goetz - Salt Lake City, UT
Westwater Canyon (Colorado River) was a very scenic and exciting whitewater trip. Matson was an awesome guide (and I think my 11-yr old daughter still has a big crush on him). He got us through the rapids safely and shared lots of interesting river stories, history, and geology.

Pat Albertson - Pahrump, Nev
Awesome...the very best...the ride of a lifetime(so far) have to be there to find your own words. Had the most wonderful experience in a long, long time! Thanks for the memories!! I'm there next year!!

Cathy Parker - Franklin, TN
We just returned from our Utah trip that included the Westwater Trip. It was GREAT!
Now that we have exprienced the river with Western I am saving my $$$ for a Grand Canyon Trip. Jon, Cam & Brad were great guides and cooks. The scenery was awesome on the river and we continued to enjoy Utah while hiking in Arches and the Moab area. The pictures we took don't do justice to the scenery. Thanks for the memories!

Tiffaney Castaneda - Utah
Westwater was an incredible trip! It fit in our time frame and our budget. We were able to relax and have a good time. The guides were great. They were fun and well educated in the history and geology of Westwater Canyon. The food was also awesome! I would recommend this trip who wants whitewater fun in a 3 day period. It is well worth the trip.

Don Whitebread - Mountain View, CA
My son and I were just reminiscing about the great Westwater trip we did early last June, so I thought I’d send you a quick note just to compliment you again on the quality of the trip. The river was low, so the rapids were not as thrilling as we were expecting, but the guides did such a fine job of making the trip about more than just rapids, that by the end of the trip we didn’t care. Greg, Jon and Wes, were tireless, fine cooks, always in good humor, and wonderful ambassadors for Utah. My son, Travis, was especially taken with Greg’s campfire guitar playing.

Dale Heitz - missouri
The guides were like your best friends. And can they cook! We’ll be back.

D Nason - Wilmington, NC
Great guides, great scenery, great everything.

Beverly Hills, California
From the moment I first met your team, I was greeted with a smile, taken care of with great attention to detail, given thorough explanations about procedure and safety, and then told fascinating tales about the river and its magical history. Their generosity and good spirit made all of us feel that we’d made real friends with whom we could be ourselves - in comfort and ease.The trip was filled with laughter, singing, fabulous food, fun games and first class service from beginning to end. These are memories that are truly priceless and will never be forgotten.

Paradise Valley, Arizona
Our guides were so aware of everyone’s safety at all times that we were able to ride the wild rapids and hike narrow trails confidently.