It should last only one day. (You don’t want to camp on a one day rafting trip–that would be a sure sign that your “three hour tour” has landed on Gilligan’s Island).
You should be fed some great food for lunch, not just a granola bar to snack on at noon. (Western River knows good food)
It should be in a scenic wonderland that inspires you. Wildlife is a nice bonus.
Waterfights are almost mandatory, which means it should be a nice hot day.
Swimming between rapids can be a fun option when the guides tell you “the pool is open”.
Your guides should be fun, personable, and have interesting stories to tell.
Whitewater! Safety comes first, no matter what size the river or rapid, but you also want a good thrill. The balance between the two is different for everyone. Luckily, most rivers have a natural balance of white knuckles on the one hand and sweet, delicious splashiness on the other hand.
It should be accessible, like Moab Utah. In other words, day trips in the Grand Canyon are simply out of the question–although we do get that question from time to time.
There should be a lot of “other” things to do nearby. In a town like Moab, Utah, where the Colorado River gently glides through town, you have a plethora of river and non-river activities to keep your day(s) full of adventure.
Running the river for a day gets even better when it’s for a good cause! Saturday, June 25th in Moab Utah Western River’s Moab Adventure Center will host the 5th annual “Raft for the Cure” event with a full day of river rafting through Castle Valley on the Colorado River. Enjoy live music in the evening at the park, add dinner and you get all of the above!
Kam began guiding in the Grand Canyon in 1991, met & guided with his wife in 2000, and is the proud daddy of 5 kids. He now works as the Marketing Director for Western River Expeditions.