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Southern Oregon Road Trip

March 25, 2024
The Rogue River is the centerpiece of many Southern Oregon adventures, but this diverse region has a lot to offer. It would be a shame to miss your...
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Buzz Holmstrom - A Rogue Boatman with a Grand Story

March 22, 2024
Rowing More Than a Thousand Miles... Solo In the annals of whitewater rafting history, Buzz Holmstrom stands tall. A gas station attendant turned...
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Canyonlands Island Sky

Celebrate 60 Years of Canyonlands National Park

February 28, 2024
As we step into 2024, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Canyonlands National Park, an awe-inspiring testament to the power and beauty of nature....
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Canyonlands Reflection

Canyonlands: The Soul of the American Southwest

February 27, 2024
Desert landscapes are forbidding and alluring all at once. You may get a sense of it on Route 66 somewhere between Winslow Arizona and that left...
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Desolation Canyon Utah Rafting Whitewater Smiles

Building Stronger Bonds on a Family Whitewater Rafting Trip

February 26, 2024
The roar of the rapids fills the air, adrenaline pumping through your veins as you navigate the churning water. Whitewater rafting trips can bring...
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Unwrap the Adventure: Expedition Worthy Christmas Shopping Ideas

December 14, 2023
The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by giving the gift of adventure? We've curated a list of Christmas shopping...
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2023 High Water in Cataract Canyon

May 23, 2023
Most likely, you have heard or seen the news reports that have shifted from dire predictions about a drought in the Western United States to...
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Half a Century of Dreams and the Willie Holdman Grand Canyon Workshop

April 27, 2023
I told Claire, when I called to thank her for her words, that her review had struck all of us Western River computer-bound office staff like a...
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Grand Canyon Upper Nankoweap Reflection

2023 Update on Colorado River Water Shortage

March 22, 2023
Water and drought in the Southwest, especially the Colorado River have gotten a lot of attention lately, and deservedly so. Millions of people live...
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Q&A with Western River Guides about Cataract Canyon

July 13, 2022
We did a little Q&A with our guides about Cataract Canyon. Here is a compilation of what they said:
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Ten Books to Read Before and After You Visit the Grand Canyon

July 4, 2022
As I started my guiding career in the Grand Canyon, I was given a piece of great advice from a longtime boatman (thanks Joe) to pick up a book...
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Is the Colorado River Drying Up and is Drought Affecting Grand Canyon River Tours?

April 21, 2022
"There is still a river flowing despite the drought. There are still fish swimming in the river. There are still river guides hooping and hollering...
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Highlights of Desolation Canyon

March 30, 2022
Desolation Canyon holds a special place in my heart. As a river guide, I’ve been extremely lucky to spend the past few summers floating the languid...
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5 things I wish I knew before my first river trip

March 9, 2022
One of the greatest ironies of my life is this: my parents met while working as river guides, and I had NEVER rafted before training to be a river...
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Senses Connection

Feel the Connection on the River

May 11, 2021
Desolation Canyon, Utah 5 Day Expedition: "It's a rare thing, in modern life, to reconnect with nature... to spend time with a group of people...
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Senses Tranquility

Come to Your Senses in the Canyons and Rivers of the West

March 11, 2021
Like a wave on the river, life can hit us all with some stronger-than-expected impacts, and sometimes the hits just keep on comin'. But some wise...
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Grand Canyon Upper Happycampers

Planning for the Unexpected: A Guide to Travel Insurance

December 28, 2020
Guest blog provided By Susan Doktor Since its onset, the coronavirus has shaken the very bedrock of our lives: who we see, where we go, how we...
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Everyone Pitches in to Set up Our First Campsite

Weather can’t spoil a trip to remember down the Grand Canyon

November 10, 2020
By Eileen Ogintz DID YOU KNOW: Desert Big Horn Sheep are seen more frequently in the Grand Canyon now that their major food source...
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Hiking to Elves Chasm Waterfall

Three waterfalls in one day in the Grand Canyon!

November 10, 2020
By Eileen Ogintz DID YOU KNOW: Pork chops for breakfast has been a tradition at Western River Expeditions because company founder, Jack Currey was...
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Piece of the Twa Airplane Involved in the Tragic 1956 Collision Over the Grand Canyon

Day 3 in the Grand Canyon: tragic crash site, fun on the Little Colorado River

November 10, 2020
By Eileen Ogintz DID YOU KNOW: Nearly 6 million people visit the Grand Canyon each year but only about 18,000 raft the Colorado River on...
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a Natural Bridge Named for the Venice Bridge of Sighs

Day 2 Grand Canyon: exploring the “ancients,” a dubious crowd estimate and birthday cake!

November 10, 2020
By Eileen Ogintz DID YOU KNOW: The Colorado River may reach speeds of 10-15 mph at steeper rapids, though average smooth water speed is 3-4 mph....
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