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What to Expect for 2020

Our 2020 season has officially started! We thank all those who have already traveled with us and those who are looking forward to upcoming adventures this summer and fall. We feel fortunate to be operating our tours in the fresh air and sunshine! Certainly, many are feeling that a rafting trip is the ideal escape at this time, even named as potentially “the safest way to a family vacation this summer” by the LA Times, we understand the decision to travel is a personal one. We’ve put in place additional precautions and procedures to help you feel more comfortable and confident in your decision to venture out with us. We believe that experiencing the outdoors with loved ones will be an important part of recovery, providing people with a sense of connection, interaction and celebration. We’re looking forward to welcoming all those who have already booked with us and those who are seeking the perfect vacation for this summer!

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Staying Healthy While on Your Trip

We’re working hard to create an environment where all our guests can feel comfortable traveling with Western River Expeditions this summer. Additional protocols and procedures have been added to several parts of the operation, while many others were already built in. Here’s what you can expect.

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Read the Full Plan »

Interested in seeing additional details as to how we plan to operate and respond to any issues. You can check out our full COVID-19 Mitigation & Operations Plan here.

READ OUR FULL COVID-19 MITIGATION PLAN

Healing Together

Our hearts go out to each of you who has been personally affected by the global crisis of COVID-19. As a company, we are doing our best to support those who depend upon us as a business and a family, especially those suffering from grief and loss. We believe that by reaching out to those around us, we can heal together.

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Planning for your Upcoming Adventure

Whether you’re already booked on a 2020 trip with us or thinking about an outdoor escape this summer, check out the current operating schedule by region and what to expect for each of our expeditions in Grand Canyon, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Costa Rica.

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Grand Canyon

All Grand Canyon trips are now operating for 2020. Our partner hotels, Las Vegas Marriott and Marble Canyon Lodge are both open and operating under current guidelines.

Grand Canyon 6 & 7 Day Expeditions »

Grand Canyon Upper Havasu Firstfalls

All remaining scheduled trips are operating. Select trips June through September have limited availability. If you are unable to find your desired date, please add your name to our 2020 Waitlist for Grand Canyon 6 & 7 Day Expeditions.

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Grand Canyon 3-Day Expedition »

Grand Canyon Lower Camp Cheers

All remaining scheduled trips are operating for 2020. Limited space is available on select departures in 2020. If you are unable to find your desired date, please add your name to our 2020 Waitlist for Grand Canyon 3-Day Expeditions.

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Grand Canyon 4-Day Expedition »

Grand Canyon Lower Jrig Tea

All remaining scheduled trips are operating for 2020. Limited space is available on select departures in 2020. If you are unable to find your desired date, please add your name to our 2020 Waitlist for Grand Canyon 4-Day Expeditions.

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Moab, Utah

In the town of Moab, Utah, lodging, commercial campgrounds, restaurants and activities are now available and operating within recommended guidelines. Hand-washing stations have been set up throughout town. All rafting trips are now operating.

Cataract Canyon Classic 4-Day Expedition »

Cataract Canyon Dead Horse Point

All scheduled departures will continue to operate through August 25. We are accepting reservations now for any of these dates. This spectacular 4-Day Colorado River trip runs from Moab to Lake Powell through Canyonlands National Park.

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Cataract Canyon Express 2 Day »

Cataract Canyon Express Whitewater

Our Cataract Express trips are operating now through July 10. We are accepting reservations now for any of these dates. This 2-day trip runs from Moab to Lake Powell through Canyonlands National Park.

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Desolation Canyon 5-Day Expedition »

Desolation Canyon Utah Rafting 360 Three Canyon Overlook Father Son

We will be operating all Desolation Canyon departures now through August 12 as scheduled. We are accepting reservations now for these dates. This 5-day trip runs through breathtaking Desolation Canyon and Gray Canyon on the Green River. It's the perfect family adventures with big sandy beaches, comfortable water temperatures, moderate whitewater, and a much-needed escape away from civilization.

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Southwest Sampler 4 Day: Arches National Park & Colorado River »

Southwest Vacation Package Arches Window

This 4-Day adventure includes an off-road Hummer Safari, Arches National Park tour and overnight rafting trip on the Colorado River as well as a stay at the Springhill Marriott in Moab, Utah. We currently plan to operate all departures now through August 26 as scheduled.

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Westwater Multisport 4 Day: Colorado River & Red Cliffs Lodge »

Westwater Canyon Rafting Al Gore

Our Westwater Multisport Adventure, including 3 nights at Red Cliffs Lodge on the banks of the Colorado River, an off-road Hummer Safari, and rafting trip through legendary Westwater Canyon is operating through September.

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Moab Reopening: Current Status at a Glance »

Arches National Park – Open
Canyonlands National Park - Open
Dead Horse Point State Park – Open
OHV/Hiking/Biking Trails on Public Land (BLM) – Open
Developed Campgrounds on Public Land (BLM) – Open
Dispersed Camping on Public Land (BLM) – Open
Commercial Campgrounds & RV Parks – Open
Hotels/B&B’s/Guest Homes) – Open
Restaurants – Open
Equipment Rentals – Open
Vehicle Rentals – Open
Shops & Galleries – Open
Guided Adventures - Open

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Idaho

Snake River Hells Canyon 4 & 5 Day Expeditions »

Hells Canyon Rafting Beach

All remaining trips are operating for 2020. The Snake River is a large volume river with the largest rapids in the northwest. Hell's Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America. Plenty of remote wildlife and human lore, this is a run worth experiencing for yourself!

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Main Salmon 5 Day Expedition »

Main Salmon River Rafting Calm

All remaining trips are operating for 2020. The Main Salmon River is surrounded by the Frank Church Wilderness with tall pines on either side and clear water rapids of varying intensity throughout the length of the 5 days. History and lore is rich in these parts. The Main Salmon is very popular with families and younger children, but a classic that everyone ought to experience at least once.

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Lower Salmon 5 Day Expedition »

Lower Salmon River Rafting Camp Night

All remaining trips are operating for 2020. The Lower Salmon River winds through a series of canyons before joining with the much larger Snake River in Hells Canyon. The more mellow rapids and broad sandy beaches make this a gem for families with younger children.

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Middle Fork of the Salmon River 5 & 6 Day Expeditions »

Middle Fork Salmon River Rafting Mountain 3

All remaining trips are operating for 2020. On the Middle Fork you will find remote mountain surroundings with clear water rushing from rapid to rapid in the higher flows of early summer. As flows drop, rapids become less intense. The Middle Fork is often ranked among the top ten wilderness rafting trips in the world.

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Oregon

Rogue River 3 & 4 Day Lodge to Lodge Adventure »

Rogue River Black Bar Lodge Entry

All remaining trips are operating for 2020. The Rogue River is a place that holds onto legacy. The lodges themselves in the lodge-to-lodge trip are grandfathered into this congressionally designated wild and scenic riverway. Several legendary pioneers in whitewater boating boatmen began on the Rogue. Oregon greenery envelopes you and gives generous glimpses of the wildlife the forests hide. Waterfalls, wilderness and wildlife, what more could you want from a river trip? A warm meal and a private room? Done!

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica 9-Day Vacation Package »

Costa Rica Vacation Package Gorge

Experience the hidden jungles of Costa Rica along the Pacuare River. Relax at the world-renowned Pacuare Lodge. Relax in the hot springs at the base of the Arenal Volcano spend some time at the beach in Manuel Antonio National Park. We are currently planning to operate trips departing August 1 and later. Please note, however, that guidelines and restrictions may change internationally. We are currently accepting bookings for the 2021 season.

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Frequently Asked Reservation & Policy Questions

1. What if, at the time of my departure, I am unable to travel due to a ban or restrictions imposed by federal, state or local agencies?

If an official travel ban has been issued that does not allow you to travel to or from your point of origin, Western River Expeditions will allow you to use the full value of your non-refundable payments as a credit for a future trip. Credits may be applied to the same trip for any available departure through 2022. The full value of the credit must be redeemed prior to December 31, 2021. As you weigh the possibility of future flight restrictions, you may also want to consider the option of driving to the starting point of your trip. Please note that cancellations within 30 days of departure may incur cancellation fees based on the policies of our partner flights, hotels, and other arrangements that we have made in order to operate your trip.

2. If I cancel or reschedule, will Western River cover my pre and post-trip flight costs, rental car expenses or hotel costs?

In the event of any cancellation or rescheduled trip, you will be responsible for cancellation or change fees related to pre or post-trip flights, rental cars, hotels, etc.

3. What if Park closure or other federal land restriction prevents me from traveling on my scheduled date?

If Western is unable to operate a trip in Grand Canyon or Utah due to any reason(s), including closure by a federal agency, governmental intervention, health department requirements, or the decision on our part, Western River will reschedule your departure on a future date of your choice at no additional cost. If you are unable to reschedule at this time, we will issue an Expedition Credit redeemable towards any available Western River Expeditions departure through 2022. If you feel you will be unable to travel in the future with Western River Expeditions, you may choose to receive a refund less the deposit amount for that trip.

If our trip partners are unable to operate a trip in Idaho, Oregon, or Costa Rica, Western River will allow you to use the full value of your non-refundable payments as a credit for a future trip. Credits may be applied to the same trip for any available departure through 2022.

Planning to make a new reservation with Western River Expeditions?

All policies stated here will also apply to new reservations for the 2020 season. You may always check availability of our trips online. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have additional questions. Of course, as always, we recommend purchasing travel insurance. You may wish to consider the “cancel for any reason” policy, but first carefully review the policy to make sure it will cover your situation.

Brian Merrill Ceo

Keep Calm and Raft On...

We are grateful to our amazing guests who have been so understanding and supportive through this challenge. Their kindness and optimism has been truly phenomenal. Fortunately, we have been able to reschedule nearly all our guests to a later date in 2020, or even into available spaces in 2021.


We will continue updating this information as we learn more. We hope that together we can continue to adapt to change, face the unexpected, stay calm under pressure, and embrace uncertainty. These are hallmarks honed by both our Western River team and our travelers over the past 60 years. They will serve us well as we continue to do the best we can for ourselves, our families, and our team until we resume life’s daily activities.

Sincerely,

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Brian I. Merrill
Chief Executive Officer
And the entire crew at Western

We are glad to have you with us! We look forward to seeing you on the river!

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