Grand Canyon Rafting Trips Booked Until 2019

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Adventurers looking to book a rafting trip through Western River Expeditions—one of the biggest rafting outfitters on the Grand Canyon—may be in for a bit of a wait.

“We’re putting people on wait lists now for our three-, four-, six- and seven-day 2018 Grand Canyon trips that are already 100 percent booked,” said CMO of Western River Expeditions, Brandon Lake.

The Utah-based rafting company opens their bookings for the 2019 calendar year on Nov. 15, and although they mention there might be some cancellations, nothing is guaranteed for 2018. Currently, there are already 1,000 people registered for the 2019 waitlist.

“Unprecedented demand for Western River Expeditions’ trips through the Grand Canyon is outpacing our capacity,” Lake adds. “Having trips sold out this far in advance is a first in this company’s 50-plus year history and is a bit of a dilemma for our sales team who don’t like to say ‘no’ to a client.”

Because of the high rafting demand on the Grand Canyon, Western River is offering alternative expeditions that are close to the same experience and not as heavily-booked.

“Utah’s Cataract Canyon, deep within Canyonlands National Park, is near enough in scale, appearance and proximity to Grand Canyon that it works the same kind of magic one will find in the Grand herself. Just one canyon upstream on the Colorado River in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park is hands down the best alternative to a Grand Canyon rafting vacation,” Lake said.

Other than rafting, Moab offers plenty of other activities such as hiking and mountain biking, and there’s the restaurant 168 Ramen that makes an excellent Tonkotsu Ramen. It may not be a thrilling rafting experience down the Grand Canyon for seven days, but there’s plenty of the outdoors to conquer before 2019.

Western River Expeditions was founded in 1961 by Jack Currey and now operates in other states like Utah, Arizona and Idaho. It is an award-winning guide service and was recognized by National Geographic Adventure magazine for being one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.” It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon, and its Utah division, the MOAB Adventure Center, is the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT.

Alejandro Medellin