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amazing custom trip down the Grand Canyon
We participated in a custom trip down the grand canyon last summer with Ben Reeder as our lead guide. It was an amazing experience, the guides were pros, and the food was delicious. They were endlessly enthusiastic and flexible taking us on hikes, exploring the area, and explaining the history. This was a really high… quality group of guides, any one of which could have been our leader. I look forward to doing another trip with CRATE someday. They are the real deal. Read more “amazing custom trip down the Grand Canyon”
Epic River Trip with CRATE!
I recently completed the September 11-17 Bright Angel Canyon – Whitmore Wash trip with 8 of my friends, and 8 other (soon to be new friends).
I’ve done a lot of rafting and kayaking in my days, and this was by far the most fascinating, enjoyable, and fun trip I’ve ever done.
A… lot of the success of this trip has to do with the expertise, general awesome attitudes, and approach of the 6 guides (Sybrina, Carter, Able, Casie, Adam, and John). Carter Mills obviously has the river running through his veins, as he guided our 6 person paddle raft over all the large rapids without one spill. Sybrina and Able are two of the coolest people I’ve met in a long time, and I was surprised, and very moved, when they brought out their instruments and played for us twice. All of the guides were so friendly, and set the pace for how to treat each other with kindness, support, and respect, allowing two different groups to merge into one and become friends in the process. I was so sad to leave the river and these fine people and I cannot wait to do another trip with CRATE!!! Read more “Epic River Trip with CRATE!”
Great Grand Canyon Experience
I completed the 11 day Grand Canyon rowing and paddle experience with CRATE in August 2019. Thanks to the CRATE crew for an excellent adventure along Colorado in the Grand Canyon. Ben Reeder and his crew did an excellent job! They are excellent boatmen and handle the rapids with professionalism and all the while making… it exciting for the travellers. They are very knowledgeable about the history and geology of the canyon and shared this information willingly. The hikes were equally enjoyable, food was excellent and equipment reliable and well cared for. A great experience! Read more “Great Grand Canyon Experience”
Trip of a lifetime!!
There are possibly not enough words in the English language to accurately describe my first trip down the Grand Canyon! I can, however, say that being on the river with the Crate crew made this experience more extraordinary than expected. Ben, John, Jazlee, Jonah and Carter shared their love of ‘the river’ and it’s history… with us, and made my journey all the more enjoyable for that. They told us crazy stories about those who rode the river before us, they introduced us to geological masterpieces, hidden waterfalls, turquoise pools and life vests worn as nappys! Their genuine kindness to us all made us feel that we were part of a special group- those who love ‘ the river ‘. They care deeply for that majestic piece of the earth, and I cannot thank them enough for sharing it with me. All I can offer in return is an open invitation to visit us in NZ. Read more “Trip of a lifetime!!”
8-Day Colorado River Trip Thru the Grand Canyon
From the captains & crew to the boats, gear and meals…this was an absolutely spectacular trip! Just the right amount of roughing it with the exceptional service by the crew. Ben, Dewey, Eliot and Josh were fantastic…couldn’t have picked a better crew if I tried…and will request them again on my next trip! Ben &… Dewey both deserve a raise for what they do on these trips. The way they navigate the river…and the knowledge they share along the way is absolutely breath taking. How can they know so much!?!?!?! You must go on a trip with these guys…it’s memorable for the rest of your days! Thanks fellas! Hope to see you guys soon! -Scott F. ~ Very Happy Customer! Read more “8-Day Colorado River Trip Thru the Grand Canyon”
Magical, grand adventure
Our group was amazing. The crew was expert and very accommodating to our needs. The meals were tasty and ample. I enjoyed the waterfall hikes even though I was not in the shape I should have been for a couple of the hikes. The crew made sure of our safety and encouraged us when needed.… Excellent adventure, and the Grand Canyon is TRUELY Grand. I enjoyed our swamper Chris’ trumpet, and Sabrina played the violin in a canyon on the way to a waterfall. I saw many of us with teary eyes as it was so beautiful and such a special experience. Thank you to John, McKenna, Sabrina, Chris and all of our group that pitched in to make this a fabulous lifetime event. Loved it. Read more “Magical, grand adventure”
Our group rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It was such a positive experience from reservation to the take-out. Our rafting adventure was so well-coordinated and we felt confident in our delightful crew from the first rapid to the last. Delicious meals, great conversations, challenging hikes, and yummy desserts. The crew checked in… with us regularly to make sure we were comfortable and were accommodating for various levels of abilities. We even had poetry read to us each morning before we started our day. Would I go again? Absolutely! Would there be a few things I would do differently? Absolutely! Less personal items (you won’t be shampooing as often as you think), less clothing, and a few more layering pieces. Overall, this was truly a trip of a lifetime. Read more “Absolutely Go!”
Our group of 24 people went on the 8 day raft trip from Lee’s Ferry to Pierce Ferry, Grand Canyon. It was the trip of a lifetime! The guides were experts and they worked incredibly hard to ensure we had a great adventure. Thank you CRATE!
love rafting with CRATE!
Fantastic 8-day motorized raft trip on the Colorado in May! Crew takes such good care of us and the food is wonderful. This was my 6th trip with CRATE and I will be going again.
A+++ rafting and hiking adventure
We did the May trip on the Green and Colorado river through Canyonlands National Park. Highlight were the rapids in Cataract Canyon and the hiking in the Doll House.
5-star bucket list completion!
Fabulous views, information, hiking, food, folks, rafting=a 5-star bucket list completion, but, I want to go again! So much beauty & excitement wrapped into 9 days on the Colorado River with excellent guides that prepared delicious, unique meals! Don’t wait another year to make a decision! The Grand Canyon may change. CRATE is the only… outfitter that I would consider to do this spectacular trip! C Susan Read more “5-star bucket list completion!”
WOW!!! If you are looking for an exciting, yet relaxing excursion in some of the most beautiful and remote wonders of the world…..LOOK…NO…FURTHER!!! Our friends at CRATE are top notch and won’t leave you disappointed…unless you just aren’t the adventurous type. The crew of always incredible – engaging, helpful, funny, accommodating, …, the list goes… on and on. Our 9-day 2014 Grand Canyon National Park Trip and our 7-day 2019 Canyonlands National Park Trip were both out of this world! Looking forward to our next experience! Keep ‘em coming CRATE! Read more “CRATE ROCKS!!!”
Cataract Canyon 7 day
Hello Ill just say, I am hooked on Colorado River and Trail Expeditions. This is my fourth adventure with them. This was a 7 day trip down the Green river to the Colorado and on to Lake Powell. The trip started in Moab airport where I met up with some of the crew and my… fellow rafters. For me this trip had a lot of old friends Cater Mills, Adam Teal, and Oni. The trip leader was Walker MacKay and I met one new crew member John. The crew works as a well oiled machine and as always ready to help with even the smallest detail to make our experience unforgettable. My fellow rafters were from all over the country and all walks of life. Everyone was fun to be with and we came together as a group quickly. We had two motorized rafts and we all found a spot to sit for the trip. Our trip leader Walker gave us the rundown on the trip as we motored along the Green river. The focus of this trip was the side hikes and the beauty and grandeur of Canyonlands National Park and Cataract Canyon. The food was great and plenty to eat. I am always impressed with the ability of the crew to cook such a wide range of foods in the portable kitchen and the fresh food we have from the first day until the last day. The side hikes were tough be worth the effort. The Dolls house hike was spectacular but tough. The guides stayed with us each step of the way making sure we were safe and there if you needed a hand. I would recommend this trip if you like to hike and see unspoiled county and varies landscapes.
Thank you to the entire CRATE staff and crew. A Special thank to Vicki Mackay for putting up with me. Read more “Cataract Canyon 7 day”
6 Day Lower Canyon Adventure (4/15-20/2019)
27 years ago in April 1992 my wife and I did the Lee’s Ferry to Hoover dam expedition. Last year I suggested to our 4 kids (54-47) that it might be interesting to do it again and that I thought they would really like it. They could not do the full trip because of work… and other commitments so we settled on the 6 day trip (Phantom Ranch to Hoover). One just could not come due to work commitments but a fried from Phoenix was able to join the group. So we were a group of 5. I choose CRATE simply because my wife and I had a GREAT experience 27 years ago. We started the long hike down early on the 15th made it down and joined the rafts and started the ride with 5 or 6 quite interesting rapids. The enormity of the canyon and its beauty, its geology and its history are fascinating. It is impossible to get tired of looking at the endless vistas and formations that make the canyon so majestic. The hikes into the side canyons are just as beautiful and a priceless part of the adventure that simply can’t be seen without taking the trip. Our guides Walker, Carter, John and Olny (sp) were not only skillful, very helpful and a pleasure to be around…part of the family. Great bunch of guys! They are canyon historians, great boatmen, geologists, riggers and great chefs…lots of skills! The office staff Vicki, Bonnie and Kristen were most courteous and helpful. The relatively small family run business renders a customer focus attitude that permeates with all the folks associated with CRATE. As great as our first trip with CRATE 27 years ago was this one was a little bit better which says a lot for CRATE as they have improved the creature comforts better than before while maintaining all the adventure and camaraderie during the trip. Our group all were delighted with the adventure and my daughter said she did not really have a good idea as what to expect said it far exceed her expectations. Great trip and a great job by CRATE. I can only conclude bu saying that I can’t wait 27 years for the next trip, but if there is to be a next one it will be with CRATE.
Jesus E. Gonzalez Read more “6 Day Lower Canyon Adventure (4/15-20/2019)”
The only way to really see the Grand Canyon.
I had seen the Canyon from the South Rim and it wasn’t enough. I had taken the mule ride down to Phantom Ranch and dipped my feet into the Colorado River and saw more. But, the raft trip gives a totally different perspective. I was with fellow hiking club members from a senior community on… a seven day trip from Lee’s Ferry to Whitmore Wash.The guides were efficient, organized, great cooks, knowledgeable of the geology and history, and very attentive to our needs. They truly appeared to enjoy what they were doing. There were enough side trips for hiking, exploring, waterfalls and the rapids. Getting wet is a given. Tents were provided in the case of rain. The larger rafts made it more comfortable of us to ride together. No rowing. Definitely take a camera, video camera or phone (water protected). Have rain gear even if not raining because of the rapids. Be prepared to lift heavy bags which contain your personal gear, sleeping gear (provided) and assemble a portable cot. Everyone also helps load and unload these bags from the rafts each morning and evening along with the fold up bag chairs. The guides do all the rest. The meals were top notch. It was sleeping under the stars but with a higher level of service and comfort. Note that the hiking can be challenging and you need to be in good shape. Our trip included a helicopter out at Whitmore Wash to Bar 10 Ranch and an airplane ride back to Marble Canyon. This transportation was efficient and comfortable, and introduced me to another part of the Canyon. My one surprise: all the sand beaches. My only disappointment: I couldn’t take enough photos. Read more “The only way to really see the Grand Canyon.”
The Most Epic Adventure with the Most Epic Crew!
Wow, I cannot say ENOUGH how amazing CRATE was for my August 2018 trip. I’ve always wanted to raft the Grand Canyon and I couldn’t imagine doing it without this family-owned company. From the amazing pre-trip orientation with Bonnie at our hotel in Vegas, the comfortable bus ride out to Fredonia and of course our… ABSOLUTELY AMAZING Boat Captains, Walker, and Johnny Ringo, but our Swampers were out of this world too, Yendor, Nayr and Robbie. These folks made our trip truly life-changing, interesting, and fun from the minute we met them at the warehouse. Not ONLY were they completely patient with those on our trip who weren’t used to rafting, but they answered every stupid question un-related to rafting that we had-about the animals, their personal lives, stars, planets, their best stories, nothing was off limits with them. Walker’s knowledge and obvious passion for the river and his stewardship of the Colorado and the Canyon are apparent in every conversation and action. His ability to make you feel completely comfortable with him from the first minute you meet him, and to make the canyon feel as much like home to us as it is to him, is one that not many have. Johnny Ringo, well, if you’ve met the man then no explanation needed 😀 A great personality and hilarious, sometimes subtle, sense of humor and his obvious geology nerdery made his boat fun for all. The fact that he too embraces a costume at camp made us kindred spirits. Yendor, Nayr, and Robbie-the best swampers we could have asked for! Always willing to help, always willing to laugh and so helpful with all the things. The side trips, the waterfalls, the hikes, the out-of-this-world-couldn’t-possibly-be-real views, the histories, the connection to place…all happened because of the care that CRATE puts into and behind their business. You know that it is a passion for them first and a business endeavor second. EVERY thought was taken care of: comfortable cots with sleeping pads/bags, ground cover, chairs with backs and MY GOD THE FOOD! I don’t eat that well when I’m at home, never would have expected I would eat better/more while on a secluded river trip. There’s not enough that I could say about this company, they are amazing in every sense of the word and I cannot wait to get back on to the river with them! And awaaaaaaaaay we go! Read more “The Most Epic Adventure with the Most Epic Crew!”
One of the best trips of my life!
I can’t say enough good things about this trip, company, and their employees.
Myself and about 8 other folks just did a 5 day float with CRATE through the lower Grand Canyon. Their employees Walker and Bonnie were not only super nice, laid-back, and professional but also very knowledgeable about the canyon and answering… any of our questions about the rocks, flora, fauna, or history of the canyon.
The entire time we were comfortable, safe, and well fed! the food they whip up every meal time is great! Book your trip with CRATE and you will have an excellent experience! Read more “One of the best trips of my life!”
A 7 day Grand Canyon adventure – Lee’s Ferry to Whitmore wash. One of the most incredible experiences of my life!!!
CRATE is simply AWESOME! Incredible in every way! Our guides Walker, Bonnie and Adam showed great respect for the river and its surroundings and made sure that everyone had a great time! I can’t recommend them more highly!! It warms my heart to know that such a first class operation exists! I would be honored… to return for another trip! Read more “A 7 day Grand Canyon adventure – Lee’s Ferry to Whitmore wash. One of the most incredible experiences of my life!!!”
An Amazing Adventure!
Words are not adequate to describe the week-long trip my husband, friends and I made down the Colorado River with CRATE. The crew, a family affair, made the difference with Capt Walker’s expertise, and his sister, Bonnie, and brother-in-law, Adam’s fabulous food, and attention to the amenities that can make or break a trip. Adam’s… geology background made him the perfect guide as we rafted through the Grand Canyon and hiked up side canyons. There were many Bighorn sheep, Blue Herons, migratory ducks, and even a wild turkey. I would recommend this trip to anyone who loves nature and the unexpected, and is willing to “unplug” for a week. Read more “An Amazing Adventure!”
Three generations tackle the Green River through Desolation Canyon.
After experiencing the Colorado in 2011 and the Alsek in 2015 with the experienced crew from Colorado River and Trails Expeditions (CRATE) I knew a family adventure with wife (not a keen camper) daughter, son in law and granddaughters age 8 and 10 was a must. The 5 day trip through Desolation Canyon exceeded everyones… expectations. From the 30 minute flight to the Green River in single engine planes (awesome views from 6,000 ft) to our take out on day 5, you could not have experienced a better adventure. 5 star accommodation on cots under the stars (tents were available, but even my wife was comfortable on a cot), 5 star culinary delights (the scales tipped a little higher after the trip), outstanding concierge service from our CRATE team lead by the Queen of the Green – Sabrina. And as for the time on the river – we always felt safe and well taken care of. By the end of the trip, everyone had experienced time in the Duckies (inflatable kayaks that we had for alternate transportation) and granddaughters were running the rapids on their own. The CRATE team provided not only an outstanding time on the river but lots of history and information about the area. Time on the river was broken up with hikes to abandon homesteads and up into the canyons to experience vistas that were out of this world. And if you are a star gazer – more stars than I have ever experienced. CRATE – you are amazing. Thanks for another trip of a life time. Read more “Three generations tackle the Green River through Desolation Canyon.”
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