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Colorado River Rafting

Kayaking the Grand Canyon

The first person to kayak the Grand Canyon was Alexander Zee Grant in 1941. There are photos of Grant’s boat at http://www.gcrivermuseum.org/river-heritage/the-boats/escalante/ Currently the Grand Canyon Heritage Coalition is gathering money to help fund a river history museum at Grand Canyon National Park. The museum will put on display all

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Books for River Runners

A Field Guide to the Grand Canyon

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK A FIELD GUIDE TO THE GRAND CANYON by Stephen Whitney, 2nd edition (soft cover) $19.95 An extremely comprehensive field guide for Grand Canyon rafters that includes birds, wildflowers, cacti, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies, trees and shrubs, ferns, rocks, and fish. Also includes information on

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Another Awesome Day on the Colorado River
Books for River Runners

The Very Hard Way

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK THE VERY HARD WAY, BERT LOPER AND THE COLORADO RIVER, by Brad Dimock Bert Loper was born in 1869 the very day that John Wesley Powell discovered the confluence of the San Juan and Colorado Rivers. Loper spent much of his life devoted to those

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Books for River Runners

Upset in Upset

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK: UPSET IN UPSET, a Monograph by Amil Quayle This memoir is about an experience Amil Quayle had on his 2nd run as a guide through the Grand Canyon in 1966. He was alone with a family of four, a 33-foot surplus pontoon raft, one outboard

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Musicians playing in Cataract Canyon
Books for River Runners

“The Cataract of Lodore” a poem by Robert Southey

When the First Powell Expedition reached the end of Brown’s Park on the Green River they came to a deep canyon with swiftwater and rapids. It reminded Andy Hall of a poem named “The Cataract of Lodore.” John Wesley Powell knew the poem by heart and recited it. The expedition

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Books for River Runners

There’s This River: Grand Canyon Boatman Stories

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK: THERE’S THIS RIVER – Grand Canyon Boatman Stories edited by Christa Sadler $17.95 Boatmen always have a story to tell. You’ll hear many of them on your river trip. In the book, you can read many more. It’s a fun and enjoyable anthology by people

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River Pictures

Featured Picture of the Week

FEATURED PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Havasu with a Great Blue Heron, photo by Bonnie Mackay This photo was taken on our Grand Canyon September 20 – October 1, 2011 rowing trip. If you would like to have your river photo featured on our blog, please send us an e-mail at

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Books for River Runners

The Grand Canyon Reader

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK: THE GRAND CANYON READER edited by Lance Newman The CRATE family was excited when Lance’s book was recently published. Lance worked as a CRATE guide in the early days of his rafting career while pursing a PhD at Brown University. He is now a professor

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Colorado River Rafting

Colorado River Rafting Trips / Whitewater Rafting the Colorado River

2011 Brought the Highest Water in Cataract Canyon since 1984 Colorado River The Colorado River is probably the most famous river in the world. The river flows 1450 miles starting at the Continental Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and flowing into the Gulf of California between Baja

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Green River Boat Flip Drill
Rafting With Colorado River & Trail Expeditions

Raft the Green River in 2012

Don’t miss rafting the Green River in 2012. Colorado River and Trail Expeditions is offering great rafting deals on our Desolation Canyon rafting expedition including a “No Child Left Inside” youth rate of $595.00 for kids 8-20 years old. The trip is 5 days long and is all-inclusive with great

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Rafting With Colorado River & Trail Expeditions

California Condors Soar Above Grand Canyon Rafters

In 1996, six California Condors were released near Grand Canyon National Park. This was the first time since 1924 that they had soared above the canyon walls. Today over 70 birds fly freely over Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. If you are lucky you might see one of these amazing

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