What does CRATE stand for in the rafting world?

CRATE boats camped across from Deer Creek

"CRATE" rafts and crew after an incredible day at Deer Creek Falls

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions is our official company name. Most of our friends and guests over the years refer to our rafting company as CRATE. CRATE is an acronym that stands for Colorado River & Trail Expeditions. When our company first formed in 1971 the only section of river we ran was the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. In addition to rafting we also led backpacking trips into the Grand Canyon and did overnight hiking trips away from the river. As time progressed we expanded throughout Utah and Alaska running different rivers and seeing more incredible places. We eventually quit doing the backpacking tours, but kept the focus on off river hiking in conjunction with our whitewater rafting. We like to get up early on our rafting expeditions and make the most of each and everyday. When taking part in a Grand Canyon rafting expedition the off-river side canyons are just as impressive as the main corridor itself. If you have ever watched one of our rafts pass under the Kaibab Suspension Bridge, or sat atop the Grand Canyon skywalk peering down with binoculars you have noticed the very subtle “CRATE” sign at the front and back of our rafts. When you come down the river it will all be clear, and you like the 1000′s of people we have taken down the river will just call us CRATE. We run great river trips with the best and most organized rafts and river guides on the river.

Grand Canyon Ode

Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon, 7/11

A bighorn ram I am not.
Me. I sleep upon a cot.
And I piddle
In the middle
Of the river.

I wear bright orange on the boat
If I dunk then I will float.
Watery froth I often meet
And if I’m hot its very sweet.

Our guides are super
They haul the pooper
With ease. And in the kitchen
They create food bewitchin’.

And when our Walker says its time
To land on sand we’re soon to dine.
And Mindy does double work with smiles
With grace and strength, over many miles.
And Megan shoots a mean water gun.
So our Boston men must even run.

Our guides take good care of us all
Whether our goals are big or small.

And Mike our fine teach
Diverse topics does he reach.
He brings books and games
Things wild and tame
Serious and hilarious.

Jeremy, Kristin and Noah
All so bright and gung ho(a).
Helping and yelping,
Boating and floating.

In all, a smashing, splashing venture.
An incomparable adventure.

–Jane Bunin