Experience the Western Difference...

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


Why Choose a Western River Expedition?
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+ The Best Guides & Leaders

Western's claim to the best guides and trip leaders is not taken lightly; it is supported by rigorous selection and in-depth training sharply defined by four decades of experience. Each Western guide experiences nearly 300 hours of training before escorting his or her first guest down the river. This training includes swift water rescue certification, CPR and First Aid Certification, a state licensing test, food handler's education, on-river cooking courses, geology and interpretation classes, and Western's renowned custom guide-training program. The result? Trips unfold safely and seamlessly. The men and women who lead our trips are intelligent, personable, fun, responsible and dedicated.

+ Newest Equipment and Rafts

When you are enjoying an adventure vacation, it is important that you are comfortable and well-taken care of. At Western River Expeditions, we take great care to assure that all of our river equipment is in top-quality condition at all times. Camping equipment, including cots, tents, and sleeping bags, are consistently upgraded to make sure you have the most comfortable camping experience possible. Staff is employed to search for the best equipment and gear available. Each raft in our fleet is upgraded on a regular basis so that you will have the latest and safest rafting equipment on every trip. So let us worry about the details and come and savor a relaxing vacation with Western. Learn More about Western's Fleet of Rafts »

+ All-Inclusive Trips

Whatever your trip choice, you'll find that every Western River Expedition is packed with the same first class amenities: Deluxe tents and cots, comfortable camp chairs, delicious Dutch-oven dinners, buffet breakfasts and lunches, expertly-trained guides, and top-quality rafts and equipment - all included in the trip price. Some outfitters impose additional fees for camping gear and rafting equipment, but not Western. It's adventure made easy. All you have to do is show up!

Travel Planning Also Made Easy

Knowing that a vacation can often be more work than fun, Western has taken the hassle out of traveling and packing. After you reserve your Western River Expedition, you'll receive a detailed list of everything you need to bring as well as a catalog featuring recommended items from our online store. You'll also receive detailed information of where and when to meet before your trip along with several simple options for getting there.

+ Deluxe Camping

Whether you’re a veteran camper or experiencing sleeping in the outdoors for the first time, Western makes camping simple. All you need to worry about is packing your personal items in a soft-sided duffle bag. We’ll supply the rest:

  • Comfortable cots make sleeping and relaxing on the river easy (provided on all Utah, Grand Canyon and Main Salmon Idaho trips).
  • Roomy tents are always available and easy to set up. You may be like many of our river guests who prefer to sleep under the vast canopy of stars. If you haven’t ever experienced camping in the desert you’ll be surprised at how dry and comfortable everything stays when sleeping under the stars.
  • Freshly laundered sleeping bags and sheets provide warmth on cool evenings.
  • Water-resistant bags protect your personal belongings from exposure to sand and water.
  • A personal day-use bag keeps important items handy during the day.
  • Camp chairs offer comfortable seating while in camp.
  • A sturdy vinyl ground cloth keeps your gear and camping areas clean (not shown above).
  • Toilet facilities are available from the time we pull into camp until we leave the following day. A portable toilet and hand wash system that is set up each day in camp in a secluded location that assures privacy.
To ensure you have a pleasurable and comfortable camping experience, Western will provide a detailed camping orientation before your first night in camp.
+ Delicious Dining

Whether you're rafting, hiking, paddling or just relaxing, outdoor adventure just seems to work up a well-deserved appetite. Over the last 50 years, Western has fine-tuned a menu that will surprise and please those hearty appetites. Learn More »

+ Family Friendly

Nothing creates bonds and deepens friendships like an outdoor family adventure. Those of us at Western River Expeditions who are parents and grandparents understand the importance of creating memorable, active vacations for children and adults who want to share the most unforgettable, fun-filled vacation possible. Since minimum age on Western's rafting trips ranges from 5 to 12, there are plenty of options for the whole family. See List of Family Trips »

+ River Safety

In addition to hundreds of hours of on-river training, all of Western's guides have advanced first aid and CPR certifications. Many hold EMT and Wilderness First Responder qualifications. In addition, every trip is equipped with ample safety and first aid equipment as well as satellite phones for emergency use.

Our guides start each trip with a comprehensive orientation, much of it concerning safety. They instruct you on where and how to sit in the boat. They demonstrate proper use of your life jacket. They show you how to hold on in the rapids. In camp and on hikes, our guides remain alert, always watching out for your well-being. Our goal is to help you enjoy your best travel adventure ever…comfortably and safely.

+ Care for the Environment

Western River Expeditions' "Guding Green" initiative is our way to give back to eh environment. A combined effort from guests, guides and our entire company make a difference on the rivers we operate on.

Western's guides work, live and play in truly pristine natural settings. Since 1961, our goal has been to minimize the impact of our visit by living the "take only photos, leave only footprints" philosophy. We work hard to maintain our natural surroundings…picking up litter (even the tiniest food scrap), managing and carrying out human waste, setting up cots and tents only in certain areas, and hiking just on designated trails. We recycle and use recycled products. We teach our guests how to respect and care for the environment. Learn More about "Guiding Green"»


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