April 24, 2014
If you are a rafting enthusiast and love the Wild West, you’re in luck because apparently this year is one of the best for rafting according to rafting expedition company, Western River Expeditions. Apparently the spring runoff from the Rockies into the Colorado and Green rivers has its advantages for creating an above average rafting season.
“We want to get this upbeat report out to rafting enthusiasts who may be concerned that the drought menacing California waters has spread into Utah’s river system, stated Brian Merrill, CEO of Western River Expeditions.
Merrill also explained that since the snowpack in the Northern and Central Rockies is above-average, it will make for one of the best seasons in years for rafting in this area. This is because the water will be average-not too intense, but still enough to have a great rafting experience.
A year ago, the runoff was at 73 percent normal but this year (as of April 1st) the runoff was 112 percent normal.
Merrill’s predictions are based on his monitoring of historic snowpack levels in the Upper Colorado River Basin, the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, and the eastern part of the Uinta Mountains. They offer relaxing trips for families or more exhilarating trips for the thrill-seekers out there.
Western River Expeditions has been guiding rafting vacations for over 50 years and was founded by rafting pioneer Jack Currey. They offer tours in the Grand Canyon, Southern Utah, and Idaho. The company has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure magazine. They have also received the “Best of State” award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for nine years in a row.
Check out Western River Expeditions website to find out more information about their rafting tours.
Whether you are a rafting aficionado or just want to try a new type of vacation, this may be your best chance to make a splash since the conditions for rafting this season seem to be perfect!
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