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Cataract Blue Boat

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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Claire Blog Post

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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Cataract Canyon Paddlers Smile Rapids 24 Copy

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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Grand Canyon River Books 2

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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Mcpherson Camp

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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Shoodie Example

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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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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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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Grand Canyon Upper Elves

Day 4 Grand Canyon: Big rapids, beautiful waterfalls

November 10, 2020
By Eileen Ogintz DID YOU KNOW: It takes an eight-mile hike to reach the famous and popular 98-foot high Havasu Falls, within Havasupai tribal...
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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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Grand Canyon Upper Jrig Rapids

Better and best: Thoughts on our last day rafting the Grand Canyon

November 10, 2020
By Eileen Ogintz DID YOU KNOW: Only about 100 people had traveled by boat through the Grand Canyon by 1949–eighty years after John Wesley Powell’s...
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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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Day One Eileen

DAY ONE: Rafting the Grand Canyon with Western River Expeditions

October 21, 2020
Guest Blog originally posted on By Eileen Ogintz DID YOU KNOW: The oldest rocks in the Grand Canyon date back 1.8 billion...
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Fitting Everything in One Bag: Rafting Survival Kit

June 18, 2020
The nationwide lockdowns probably put a damper in your enthusiasm as it has prevented most of us from pursuing our travel plans. But instead of...
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Grand Canyon Upper Granite Rapids

Behind the Scenes Grand Canyon Rafting

June 10, 2020
At some point in any river trip through the Grand Canyon, a guest will ask, “How do you get the boats back upstream?” As guides, we'd rather the...
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The River in a Covid-19 World

May 13, 2020
Nowadays, so much around us seems so uncertain. There are times in this uncertain world we are all navigating when we can’t help but feel a bit...
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