All rivers are rated on a "class"
scale to help you determine the size and technicality of the whitewater.
Many of our guests are in search of more moderate whitewater -
simply to relax and soak up the beauty of the scenery. Others
are looking for a more intense whitewater. Regardless of your
choice, be assured that Western has one of the best safety records
in the industry. Note that the "class" scale was introduced after many of the rapids in Grand Canyon had already been rated. Therefore rapids in the Grand Canyon are rated on the older "1-10" system. A size 10 rapid in Grand Canyon would be a class V rapid, and so on. Here is what the standard class I though class
VI descriptions mean:
Rafting Class I - VI Rating Scale
Moving water with small
waves that tug at the boat - it's a relaxing way to spend
the day. Each of our trips have some stretches of calm class
I water, creating a pleasant break between rapids.
Easy rapids, waves up
to three feet tall that are readily seen, and wide channels
that can be discovered without scouting. Some maneuvering
is required during this little rock and roll.
Waves up to four feet
and narrow passages that send the boat shimmying and water
gushing over it's sides. Plenty of excitement.
Long, difficult rapids,
narrow passages, turbulent water that requires precise maneuvering
and sends hearts racing.
All of the above and
then some - large, complex, gushing rapids, twisting, and
spinning to deliver the consummate adrenaline rush.
The ultimate extreme,
only the most expert should attempt this. Raft trips don't
go here. There's too much other water to enjoy.
The Grand Canyon uses a unique river rating scale. The rapids in the Canyon are technically rated I - X ( 1 - 10) to accommodate such a wide variety of rapids and river variances. However, most people are familiar with the regular I - V river rating scale, so we often refer to that scale for familiarity reasons.
Western River Expeditions matches the size of it's boats to the
size of the whitewater. When the rapids are more moderate, we will
bring along paddleboats and inflatable
kayaks to let you really get a "taste" of the whitewater.
When the rapids are large, we may use our patented J-rig raft that is more stable and offers a fun ride. At the same time,
every trip all summer long gives you the option to kick back and
relax on either a a J-rig or an oar boat while a guide takes care of the rest.
A once-in-a-lifetime adventure, experience
astounding views of hidden waterfalls, ancient Indian
ruins, lush hanging gardens, and magnificent overlooks.
Raft the best whitewater on the Colorado River and
savor calm moments on the river to reflect and renew.
Idaho is home to the largest roadless wilderness in the lower 48 states. Rivers dance between Idaho's towering mountain peaks and rugged alpine beauty. Come embark on a journey in style and comfort through the canyons of Idaho.
A dramatic contrast to the red rock canyon of the Southwest, Oregon's dense pine forests, and the legendary allure of the Rogue River attract visitors worldwide. Unique to the Rogue River rafting trip is the luxury of staying each night in remote lodges along the river - no camping on this lodge to lodge river rafting trip.