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Third Annual CRATE Photo Contest

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions will be hosting our 3rd annual photo contest in 2015.  Entrants will be able to upload as many as ten photos into the contest. Photos entered can be a maximum of 4 MB in size and must be taken from a Colorado River & Trail

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A Big Day Below Diamond Creek: A Guest’s Perspective

It can be hard to know what exactly our clients are thinking when shenanigans occur on a river tip. Except, perhaps, in this case. Here is CRATE passenger Art Hoover’s colorful, ever-so-slightly embellished account of the events that took place below Diamond Creek during a 10,000 cfs flash flood on August 7.

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Rafting With Colorado River & Trail Expeditions

A Big Day Below Diamond Creek

Hello river enthusiasts! Here’s my account of navigating the river during our last Grand Canyon motor trip after some wild weather produced one of the largest flash floods I’ve ever witnessed. Upon later investigation, I learned this particular flood peaked at 10,000 cfs, which is nearly the volume of the

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The Little Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
Colorado River Rafting

Defending the Grand Canyon

Here is an excellent blog from our friends at the Grand Canyon Trust: Wallace Stegner called national parks “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” For more than a century, protecting the Grand Canyon, in its entirety,

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Colorado River Rafting

Waterfalls along the Colorado

What is it that draws us to falling water? Is it the height of the cliff wall from which the water spills? The volume of water cascading down the rock? Or is it the way that we feel when standing at the bottom of a waterfall? Along the side canyons

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Bass Camp

Karma, Fate, and Rediscovery–Grand Canyon Style

May 5, 2015   …Ahh Shinumo Creek. It was starting to get a little later in the day than most trips stay on the water, but I have always like to “stretch” the days and get as much in as possible on the trips I run, thus seeing and doing

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Westwater is Great Rafting
Rafting With Colorado River & Trail Expeditions

Westwater Canyon: Whitewater Rafting Through the Wild West

Few places match the rugged landscape of Westwater Canyon of the Colorado River. Combine the geologic record of exposed rock, the history of refuge for outlaws, the abundance of wildlife, the hidden gems of side-canyon exploration, Native American petroglyph panels, the wild rapids deep in the gorge, and its easy

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Grand Canyon Vacation

Last Minute Trip to Grand Canyon

April 15-17 Grand Canyon trip still available!! In the ideal world, everyone would have the time to participate in a Grand Canyon trip that covers every bend, rapid, and side canyon hike. Unfortunately, this world is not ideal, and not everyone enjoys camping for 7,8, 13, or more days that

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Colorado River Rafting

Walk Through Time, in Blacktail Canyon

I was in Blacktail Canyon, 120 miles below Lee’s Ferry in Grand Canyon when I first heard the “Walk Through Time”. I was on a river trip with legendary senior guide Matt Herman, as he put things into perspective for our guests. Blacktail Canyon is an extraordinary place to witness

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Colorado River Rafting

Ten Tips to Pack Like a Pro for Your Next Desert River Expedition

Choosing what to bring on a commercial river trip can be a daunting task. With all the variables to consider – weather, hiking, camp routine, hygiene, photography – it’s easy for your dry bag to become a back-breaking, black hole of, as Edward Abbey put it, “all that bloody gear!”

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Colorado River Rafting

Long Term Environmental Monitoring Plan for Grand Canyon

Public Meeting February 26th, Salt Lake City Utah Ever been on a river trip down the Grand Canyon and noticed “the tides” of the Colorado River nearly doubling, and then cut by almost half each day? The Long Term Environmental Monitoring Plan (LTEMP) is well underway and will open for

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Cataract Canyon

Colorado River Dory and Music Trip–July 5-16, 2015

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions will be running a Dory and Music trip July 5-16, 2015 through Utah’s Canyonlands.  The trip will start at Loma, Colorado near the Utah/Colorado Stateline.  The trip will follow the Colorado River through Ruby, Horsethief, Westwater, and Cataract Canyons before ending at the headwaters of

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