Destination Directory

This Might Be Epic

All signs are pointing to an epic whitewater rafting adventure this year. According to Western River Expeditions, the prospects are excellent for a robust whitewater runoff season for major rafting rivers in the West.

What causes these primes conditions?

Near-record snow pack in the mountains—which measured 151 percent of the historic average.

Brian Merrill, CEO of Western River Expeditions notes that if spring temperatures are normal or cooler than average, the mountains will preserve much of the massive snow pack moisture until normal run-off time in May through mid-June.

"If the spring is wet, then it will be an epic high water year," Merrill said. "If it's dry, I'm confident that it will at least be average—and average is awesome!"

If you're interested in adding whitewater thrill to your group itinerary, consider the following questions:

1. How much excitement are you looking for?

Timing is important here. Huge thrills are available earlier in the season because melting snow creates high water levels, larger waves and faster rapids. Wild water can still be found in the summer with summer dam release (and the added enjoyment of warm weather). If mild is your style, consider a Class I & II trip in June, July and August.

2. How much time do you have?

Rafting trips take more than just an hour or two. Plan on spending at least three or four hours, with some sections taking as long as six hours to complete.

3. Do you want to make more than splash?

If you have more than a couple of days to spend on the river, consider trips that incorporate other activities such as biking and hiking.

Written by Cassie Westrate, staff writer for Groups Today.

Photo courtesy of Justa Jeskova. 


Tags

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Recent Blogs

Boys Just Wanna Have Fun

As it turns out, there's not enough testosterone on the golf course. Or in pools with swim-up bars, on lounge chairs under the shade of palm trees, and in fishin' boats on serene lakes. Travel is one of the best ways for men to build meaningful relationships with their friends, but the eminent "guy getaways" and "brocations" are taking a turn toward adrenaline-fueled activities.

4 Ways to Dive Deep in Group Travel

Time to dive deep into group travel.

Literally.

13 Things That Can Go Wrong on Group Tours

Anything that can go wrong on a group tour hopefully won't, but probably will ... at least once during your career.