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Fantastic Desolation Canyon Rafting

5

| January 11, 2019


Our guides made this trip in Desolation Canyon remarkable for many reasons but mainly their tireless dedication to our comfort and experience.

Not only is the scenery breathtakingly beautiful and the food that the guides prepare wonderful, but the entire experience of camping, traveling by raft, swimming in the river, and the fun of the white water rapids make this trip one you will not soon forget.

Our family had a great time! I would highly recommend this rafting trip in Desolation Canyon to any one looking to share an experience with your family.


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Rafting the Grand Canyon

5

| January 10, 2019


I've been to four continents, nearly 20 countries, in over 70 years. Six days on the Grand Canyon with Western Rivers was an experience of a lifetime. Ronnie and Jeff Haymond created an expedition that fulfilled all my expectations, and more. Not to mention my fellow travelers!

Food, flora, fauna, geology, history, photography--every aspect of the trip was a treat. Ronnie and Jeff prepped three meals a day of fine meat, fresh veggies and fruits, plus the occasional candy bars and other treats. If we hadn't gotten so much exercise on the rapids, hiking the canyons, and around camp we would have gotten fat!

I came especially interested in the photography (see pix at the photo-share page). I got pictures of stunning landscapes, striking skies (day and night) and battling Big Horn sheep. Some comments, for other photo folks: You'll want a good camera, with long lens capability if you want shots of the critters along the way. But as the Western Rivers photo web page suggests, you will stress your equipment to the max. There is a danger of water damage and, more certainly, problems from the fine sand/dust that is everywhere. I took my backup camera, a Sony RX10 III, and a waterproof Olympus TG5. The Sony (kept most of the time in a Pelican case) came back with the sand all over it and in it; every time I turn a dial I hear grating. It produced GREAT pix of the Big Horns and other animals, close-up details of distant geological features. But I'm glad it's my backup camera, because I'm not sure it survived the trip. The Olympus was terrific for landscape photos that didn't need any kind of close-up, pix around camp, and action shots in the rapids. It held up much better, being thoroughly soaked in the rapids numerous times which seems only to have washed the sand away; it performed perfectly the whole trip.

Once Jeff and Ronnie realized my interest (obsession?) with photography, they were very helpful in keeping an eye out for critters along the way, suggestions of likely perspectives for landscape shots, warnings of upcoming rapids, etc.

I brought a portable battery charger to make sure I had plenty of charge for the hundreds of photos, as well as 126 meg camera cards for each camera. I brought a brush/blower for cleaning dust off the cameras, but it's like trying to soak up the ocean with a sponge.

Do bring rain gear, and figure that even with it you'll be wet much of the time. At 100+ degrees, that's a good thing even though the water temp is more like 50. Sometimes you'll be too warm, sometimes too cold; live with it. Dry footwear and socks at the end of the day are a huge relief to feet which have been wet and gritty all day. But even though this is "camping," it's pretty damned comfortable camping! I think most of us slept under the stars most nights, even if we set up our tents on the just-in-case. You will be exhausted at the end of every day, but you will sleep well!

I"m telling friends and family that this is a must-do experience. Thanks again, Western River Expeditions, Ronnie and Jeff!


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Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting, a Trip of a Lifetime

5

| December 27, 2018


We knew we would love the Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trip based on the scenery, rafting, hiking, and history. What made this even more special was the friendships and fellowship from our fellow rafters. With no cell phone distractions you have an opportunity to meet and interact with a group of people who share your love of the Grand Canyon.

The guides were superb and made the trip awesome. R.D. Wright is the best boatsman and I enjoyed talking to him about his previous incarnation as a national caliber pole vaulter. Mickell McKinnon has an extensive knowledge about all the history, geology and stories of the canyon which she shares with you. Roni Haymond the tour leader kept us smart, safe and started the day with an upbeat "poetry" reading which set the stage for an upbeat day. Jeff was very cognizant of those of us who were overheated and or dehydrated and kept an eye out for us (much appreciated).

This was a wonderful experience which I hope to repeat someday with my children and my grandchildren. Western River Expeditions is the best at putting together a great experience. We will be back!


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Family Vacation Ideas

5

| December 27, 2018


Our kids, ages 11 and 13, are calling this the "best vacation ever" and they smile each time they are asked about it, it was a fantastic family bonding trip.

Western River has overnight rafting dialed in from years of experience and it shows. Guides are happy, safety aware, knowledgeable, professional, kind, and fun. Food is excellent. The groover is scenic. Don't know how so many amenities can fit on a raft but they do.

We met families from around the U.S. and Down Under, and memories will last a lifetime.


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Cataract Canyon Rafting

5

| December 27, 2018


From start to finish, the 4-Day Cataract Canyon rafting trip was a first class operation.

There were 6 guides, 31 passengers ranging in ages from 10 - 78 and everyone of us was addressed by name! I'm impressed with the attention to detail that the guides displayed in taking care to make sure that every client was taken care of.

The food was terrific, the supplies were clean, the guides-friendly and helpful and clearly enjoyed their jobs. The scenery was gorgeous, the rapids lots of fun, and the weather varied from hot days, to windy evenings, to spotty rain showers...to clear nights where it was impossible to count the stars! If you have a sense of adventure, you must experience this trip!

100 miles and 1000 smiles! Our adventure exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend Western River Expeditions!


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Trip of a Lifetime – Rafting the Grand Canyon

5

| December 27, 2018


If you are considering taking a rafting trip with Western River Expeditions - do it! Rafting the Grand Canyon was a trip of a lifetime and if I could go back tomorrow, I would, no hesitation.

My time in the canyon was magical and unlike anything I have had a chance to experience before. There is a sense of peace down in the canyon and everywhere you look, the scenery is spectacular and majestic. I have so many amazing memories, I cant begin to even begin to define what was the highlight of my trip!

Western River really has gone above and beyond on the customer service angle - the guides were world class and made an amazing trip 10x better. The guides were personable, considerate, creative, engaging, and simply spectacular.

Book a trip, I promise, you wont regret it.


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A Blast in the Grand Canyon!

5

| December 27, 2018


From the initial contact with Western River to the final bus ride back to the hotel, our Grand Canyon experience was easy, enjoyable, and an absolute blast. Sandy was helpful throughout the process with questions, concerns, and even a reservation change.

The plane ride to the Bar 10 Ranch was a great way to see the geography we were headed into, and the ranch experience was truly a wonderful one, with horseback riding, skeet shooting, a great dinner, and a gorgeous sunset ride on ATV's. The ranch staff was friendly, fun, and talented, putting on a great show for us after dinner.

The helicopter ride into the Canyon was a first for many in our group and a thrilling way to start the river portion of the trip.

And how to describe our guides? They were fun, professional, helpful, and made our river rafting experience so much more fun than we ever expected. The little details - history, geography lessons, snacks, and great food! - not to mention the formal "captain's dinner" on our last night - made our time with them extra special. The Western River staff is truly a great group of individuals offering a wonderful experience in one of the most beautiful places on Earth!


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Rafting the Grand Canyon – Amazing and Wonderful

5

| December 27, 2018


Trying to summarize my six days in the Grand Canyon is surprisingly difficult. The beauty, experiences, amazing staff and wonderful other guests all made for a life experience that I really was not expecting. I knew it would be good, I did not realize it would be this impactful and memorable.

The best way I can explain it, is that taking this trip was one of the best decisions I have made. I have spent most of my adult life traveling around the world - this rafting trip in the Grand Canyon is easily in the top three best lifetime experiences. I will be back!!


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Awesome Rafting in Utah!

5

| December 27, 2018


This was a great trip rafting in Utah!

It's really glamping, since the (wonderful) guides do about everything, but it was also in a true wilderness setting.

I had a little trouble getting back in the raft after the "smile" breaks, but then I'm old. The duckies were a lot of fun! I can't think of anything that would have made the trip better (except maybe a rope ladder that could be put off the side of the rafts...)


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