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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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Green River Diversion Dam
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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Dories at campsite along Colorado River
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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We rig the boats and load our gear and get underway on a Grand Canyon Rafting trip.
Colorado River Rafting

Lineage of Grand Canyon Boatman

  It is easy to see why working for Colorado River and Trail Expeditions is an ideal place to work. We are a family, where past and present crew members are all a part of that legacy. As current guides, we hear stories about the first generation boatman, the second

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Awards

Congratulations to our Photography Contest Winners

With gratitude to all the friends and guests who entered, we are proud to announce that Anton Foltin of Phoenix, AZ is the grand prize winner of the second annual Colorado River and Trail Expeditions photo contest! In addition, Libeth Saenger of Aachen, Germany swept all three people’s choice categories. Anton’s

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Cpap on a rafting trip in Grand Canyon
Cataract Canyon

Bring on the Snow

I’m learning to ski this winter, and it is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. It seems like my legs are always on fire as I struggle to hook the edges of my skis into the side of the mountain. They’re on fire when I’m

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Cataract Canyon

Flowers of the Canyon Country

As the winter months bring snow and rain to the Canyon Country, the red desert sand becomes moist and fertile for the plants that find home here. With the warming spring temperatures, the landscape opens, bursting with colors to attract pollinators in hopes for reproduction. While some plants bloom consistently

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River Story

Cathedral in the Desert

The following is an excerpt from my thesis written for the Environmental Humanities graduate program at the University of Utah, where I graduated in 2012. Finding Grandpa’s picture in that place was the first clue that he had been there before me. But at the time I floated within the

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Nature

A Brief Tour of National Parks in Thailand

I recently returned from Thailand where we spent time exploring some of the National Parks. While there are many differences between the National Parks in Thailand compared to the United States, the experience found me reflecting on the positives and the negatives of the Parks in both places. While Thailand

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Raft approaching rapids on Colorado River
River Story

Remembering Martin Litton

From the Green River to the Redwood Forest to the Grand Canyon, Martin Litton was unapologetically dedicated to the defense of wilderness in the American West. As a journalist and a boatman he was openly passionate and sometimes downright angry, critically weighing in on some of the region’s most contested

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Nature

Giving Thanks

On Thanksgiving Day, when it comes time to truly tally all that fills my world with joy, it is impossible not to include my life as a river guide. Though I’m grateful each time I look over my shoulder at a rapid safely navigated or emerge from a hike into

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Camped at upper Spanish Bottom on a Cataract Canyon rafting trip
Cataract Canyon

Going Down Big- Cataract 2011

The snowpack in the mountains of Utah in June 2011 where 420% of average. The guides at Colorado River and Trail Expeditions knew that they were about to witness the Colorado River in flood stages that nobody had seen in nearly 30 years. In fact, the boatmen that were running

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