Archaeologist Speaks on Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon

Green River Archaeology

“Jerry Spangler talks about 9 Mile Canyon and Desolation Canyon”

For our lunch hour the CRATE team decided to go up to the University of Utah and listen to Jerry Spangler, professional archaeologist, Director of the Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance, and expert on Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon.  Spangler’s presentation “Nine Mile Canyon:  The Archaeological History of an American Treasure” is named after his new book which chronicles the history of archaeological research in the area dating back to 1890.

For those unfamiliar with the area.  Our Desolation Canyon river trip on the Green River originates at Sand Wash.  Just below Sand Wash on river right Nine Mile or Minnie Maud Creek joins the Green River.  This Nine Mile Canyon is known as the “world’s longest art gallery”, and it is believed to be home to one of the most concentrated areas of Rock Art in the United States.

From the presentation we learned that 9-mile canyon is actually 45 miles long and John Wesley Powell had actually named Rock Creek, further downstream in Desolation Canyon, 9-Mile Canyon because he had spent some time mapping there.   Unfortunately somewhere along the way Powell’s map has been misinterpreted.

In addition to the wonderful photos of the archaeology of the area Spangler gave a very interesting history of the archaeologists who have worked in the area.  Colorado River & Trail Expeditions is really excited because we have a Desolation Canyon Archaeology Rafting Expedition slated for June 1-8, 2014 and Spangler or one of his crew has agreed to join us on the trip and talk about the area and show us some of the sites they have found.

For more information about CRATE’s Desolation Canyon Archaeology Rafting Expedition call Vicki at 1-800-253-7328.

 

 

 

Grand Canyon Rafting FAQs

Thinking about rafting the Grand Canyon for the first time?  It’s hard to know what to expect on a river trip, especially if you haven’t been before.  We get a lot of e-mails and calls with general questions about our rafting trips.  In an effort to help you better understand rafting the Grand Canyon with CRATE, here is a short FAQ list to answer some questions you may have.

camp near little coloradoQ- What is the best time of year to raft the Grand Canyon?
A- We have scheduled our expeditions during the times of year that we think are most appropriate and enjoyable. It doesn’t really matter when you go. However, as a general rule of thumb, you can think of April and May as the most moderate months as far as temperatures go. It can be kind of chilly on the river, especially when you are splashed in the rapids, but it’s usually perfect for long off-river hikes. This is also the best time to see wildflowers in bloom. June and July are warm and dry, perfect for running rapids and playing in side streams, waterfalls, and natural pools. In August, thunder showers cool things off a bit, and the rain causes cactus and other desert plants to bloom. Early-to-mid September, like the spring months, offers cooler temperatures and ideal weather for off-river trekking.

Q- What is your age restriction for the Grand Canyon?
A- 12 Years and older.

Q- Is there 1-Day rafting available in the Grand Canyon?
A- Access in and out of the Grand Canyon is very limited.  There is a company that provides 1/2 and full day calm water float trips from the Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry (Colorado River Discovery).  They will take 4 years and older.  The shortest rafting trip with CRATE is our Ranch and Raft trip which is 3 days.

Q- Do I really need to bring a rain suit in July?
A- YES!  We highly recommend bringing a rain jacket, at least.  The Colorado River water temperature stays around 50 degrees F year round.  Running rapids in the morning can be cold if the sun hasn’t come up over the Canyon walls. 

Q- What kind of footwear should I bring?
A- Good quality, comfortable footwear.  We recommend one pair of river sandals that can be worn on the raft and also on off river hiking excursions (Chaco, Teva, Keen).  We also recommend one pair of athletic shoes as a backup or an alternative hiking shoe.  Hiking boots are optional, but recommended if you need the foot-ankle support.

Q- How experienced are your guides?
A- Most of our guides develop their expertise through an in-house training program that gives them an opportunity to learn everything about the river business from the bottom up. They participate in numerous training trips as helpers, or “swampers,” and must be able to repair rafts, motors and other equipments before they start operating their own rafts with customers on board. This usually requires two seasons. Most of our guides have a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience. Our veteran guides have been with us from 10-20 years.

Q- What is your operating season?
A- Early April through late September.

Q- How many people per boat?
A-
Our 37 foot motorized “S” rigs can accommodate 12-14 passengers plus 2 guides.  Our 18 foot row rigs can accommodate 3-4 passengers plus 1 guide.  Our paddle raft holds 6-8 paddlers plus 1 guide.

Q- What if I have a group?
A- We gladly welcome groups.  12 people qualify for our 10% Group Discount.  If you are interested in chartering a trip, please contact us.

Q- How far in advance do I need to book?
A- 
Most people book a year in advance.  Our April and May trips tend to fill up faster than our later summer trips.  However, there are usually some last minute cancellations.  Just call or e-mail our office to check availability.  Final payment is generally due 60 days prior to the trip departure date.

Q- Can I book a trip online?
A- We like to deal with our clients directly and get to know them.  Feel free to call us or e-mail us anytime with questions or to sign up for a trip.

Q- Why should we choose your company?
A- If you appreciate personal service and enjoy being treated more like a “friend” than a “client,” you will probably like going with us. From office staff to river crew, we will do everything we can to help you plan, prepare and enjoy your time on the river. Our guides are the best! In addition to their training and experience, they are kind and friendly and enthusiastic. You should also consider we do not overcrowd our trips or our rafts. Our equipment is in excellent condition. We love what we do!

Q- What is your menu like?
A- Delicious Dutch-oven dinners, sandwich bar lunches, and hearty camp breakfasts are provided throughout the river trip. We think our menu will satisfy everyone, from those who are watching calories and cholesterol to those who want to splurge on the richest desserts and the biggest steaks! With ample quantites of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and pasta, non-meat eaters also have a variety of good foods from which to choose. Hot beverages such as coffee, tea, and cocoa are served in camp. Assorted non-alcoholic cold drinks are available throughout the day. We do not provide alcoholic beverages, but adult guests may bring small amounts of beer, wine, or liquor for their personal use.

Q- What about bathing and bathroom facilities?
A- It is okay to bathe and/or wash in the river, providing you use biodegradable soap and shampoo. Hand washing devices are set up in every camp. We carry clean, easy-to-use portable toilet facilities with us. They are set up in each camp and concealed in large, roomy tents for privacy.

Q- What is a typical day like on the river?
A- Our guides will wake you early in the morning with a call for “coffee.”  When you hear the call, it means time to come to the kitchen area.  After eating your breakfast, you will have a chance to pack your personal camping gear.  The guides will break-down the kitchen and start to load the rafts.  You may carry your gear to the beach area in front of the boats and when the guides have secured the deck, they will ask your your helping loading personal dry bags.  We stop during the day of lunch, usually on a sandy beach along the bank of the river.  After a full day or rafting and hiking, we will find a place to set up camp.  We ask everyone who is able to help the crew unload the boats to form a line and pass gear on the to the beach.  Guides will set up the kitchen and community camping gear while individuals set up their personal area.  Soon after making camp, the guides will begin to cook dinner.  This is often a good time to write in your journal, read a book, or take a refreshing bath or “power nap.”

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To make a reservation or check availiability please call or e-mail us at:
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Interesting Things You Need To Know About the Grand Canyon

 

Planning a vacation to Grand Canyon? Given below are some interesting things about this amazing year-round holiday destination. Increase your basic knowledge about this natural wonder and make the most of your holidays.

Grand Canyon Vacation

The Grand Canyon is full of beautiful waterfalls hidden in its side canyons.

 

  • The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long and 18 miles wide
  • There are a lot of controversies related to the age of the Canyon. Earlier studies state that the Canyon is 5-6 million years old (“60-Million-Year Debate on Grand Canyon’s Age”. New York Times.)
  • A study published in journal Science in December 2012 revealed that the Grand Canyon could be as old as 70 Million years.
  • The Grand Canyon has amazing wildlife. It has approximately 70 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, and 25 different types of reptiles.
  • Of the various reptile species that are found in the park, the Grand Canyon Pink Rattlesnakes are quite interesting.  They have evolved in a way that their color is similar to the rock layers around them.
  • Although first afforded Federal protection in 1893 as a Forest Reserve and later as a National Monument, Grand Canyon did not achieve National Park status until 1919, three years after the creation of the National Park Service.
  • Grand Canyon National Park covers a total area of 1900 square miles and is roughly 277 river miles long
  • Archeological remains from the following culture groups are found in Grand Canyon National Park: Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Basketmaker, Ancestral Puebloan (Kayenta and Virgin branches), Cohonina, Cerbat, Pai, Southern Paiute, Zuni, Hopi, Navajo, and Euro-American

 

There are millions of facts and stories about the Grand Canyon. You can learn about them by reading books and researching online.  The information gathered can lead to a better understanding of the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas on your vacation.

 

 

 

Which Is The Best Time Of The Year To Go To The Grand Canyon?

Grand Canyon Vacation

The Grand Canyon is a great place for a vacation!

The Grand Canyon is a year round destination. Approximately 4 million tourists flock this amazing destination every year.

 

The park is heavily crowded during summer, spring, and fall months. If you wish to avoid the crowds and do not want to face any difficulty in finding lodging, you must plan your trip to the Grand Canyon between March and May or in between September and November. The sweet weather and fewer tourists would let you enjoy your Grand Canyon vacation thoroughly. Between September and November the park offers more facilities and trails, letting the tourists do lot of things.

 

Summer is not only the peak season in the park, with hordes of tourists and limited availability of lodging, the temperature often exceeds 38 degree Celsius. Unless you want to get burned, avoid going to the Canyon between June and August. If you plan to hike, summer is again not the best time to plan your vacation to Grand Canyon. Sunburn and dehydration would spoil the fun.

 

If you are an adventure seeker and are looking for the best white water rafting experience though, you must plan your Grand Canyon holiday between April and September. It is indeed the best time to raft the Grand Canyon. The water in the Glen Canyon Dam touches 48 degrees Fahrenheit, making splashing in the waters on hot summer days simply great.

 

For those looking for a quiet and peaceful holiday, the ideal time to visit the Canyon would be between December and February. But be prepared to experience the chilly weather. Pack lot of warm clothes to bear the frosty temperature. Winter trip to the canyon is simply unbelievable.

 

To make the most of your Grand Canyon holidays, decide what you want to do and then check the local weather conditions to ensure that the weather is ideal for enjoying the holidays the way you want to.

 

 

 

7 Fun Things to do in the Grand Canyon

If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, you may wish to try out the following 7 things to have a memorable and fun-filled Grand Canyon vacation.

California Condor seen while Grand Canyon Rafting

California Condor on a Grand Canyon Rafting Expedition

 

 

  1. Ride a bike. The Grand Canyon has miles of green biking trails and rim side roads that let bikers enjoy stunning views of the Canyon. Biking in the Grand Canyon is full of fun and adventure. Further, if you are short on time, it is indeed a quick way to see the canyon.

 

  1. Try out hiking. Want to experience the enormity of this natural wonder? Do some hiking, even if it’s just a few miles below the surface. As you traverse these mighty trails, you would get to feel the incredible vertical scale of the Grand Canyon. Just ensure that you are physically fit as hiking at such high elevation can be dangerous for people with certain medical conditions.

 

  1. Go white water river rafting. There is no better way to see the canyon. White water river rafting promises the adventure of a lifetime.  One will soon find out that in addition to the rapids there are hundreds of fabulous side canyons with waterfalls, pools, vertical walls, and fascinating geology.

 

  1. Rent a car to hit on all the major highlights of the Canyon in a day. Renting your own car gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore the Canyon at your own speed and convenience. You may take a guided tour if you want. Guided tours are great if you do not know much about the Canyon. By being with someone who knows the place inside out, you can rest assured of a great vacation in the canyon.

 

  1. Take a mule ride if you want to have some fun on your Grand Canyon vacation. Mule rides are usually available at Bright Angel Lodge but you should check if they are available or not. Watching the mules is as much fun as riding on their back. Stop by the mule barn in the Grand Canyon to watch the mules.

 

  1. Do you enjoy camping? Even if you have never tried it before, you can plan a camping excursion in the Grand Canyon. Just make sure to acquire a permit to camp around the Grand Canyon before you set your camp.

 

  1. Visit Hermits Rest, Hopi Point, Mohave Point, Lookout Studio, Kolb Studio, and Hopi House. Though there are many other places to see, these are definitely a must-see places. These places are fun to be at and unique in their own way. Further, you can get some great photographs at these places.

 

Taking your holiday in the Grand Canyon can be a lot of fun. Just make sure that you plan your holiday well in advance and take a lot of great photos. You should come back home with great memories that you would cherish for ever.

Grand Canyon Vacation: Tips for First Timers

Save Grand Canyon From Uranium Mining

The Grand Canyon is a great place to plan your next vacation.

Planning a trip to Grand Canyon is both exciting and confusing. If you are going to Grand Canyon for the first time, here are some tips to help you plan nearly perfect Grand Canyon family vacation:

 

  • First and foremost, check out the weather before you start with all the preparations. You can search the web to find out the best time to visit the Canyon. The period between March and May and then from September till November is considered to be the best time to enjoy vacations in Grand Canyon. Summers are warm and busy. To enjoy discounts and offers, you may plan your holidays in the winter months though you may have to bear the cold.

 

  • Next you must decide how you will get there. Depending on the availability of time, your budget, and personal choice, you may reach the Grand Canyon by train, or you may board a flight or drive on your own.

 

  • Decide which part of the Canyon you want to visit. South Rim is ideal for family vacation due to abundance of services and hotels. If however you are looking for fun and adventure, visit Grand Canyon North Rim. North Rim is quieter than the South Rim and is ideal for couples as well. If you want to avoid going on high altitudes and want to experience the bottom of the Grand Canyon instead, consider Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

 

  • Make a list of things that you would want to do when in Grand Canyon. Exciting Colorado River rafting trips, hiking, biking, mule rides, and Grand Canyon air tours are some of the endless things you can do out there. Browse the web to find out what’s best to do in Grand Canyon. You may take help of a tour operator to plan the itinerary depending on the availability of time and your personal interest.

 

Finally, make the bookings well in advance and confirm them before you leave. Ensure that everything is in order and you would have a great time on your Grand Canyon vacation.

What to Bring On Your Colorado River Rafting Trip?

Grand Canyon Rapids are rated on a 1-10 Scale

Lava Falls is a Class IV to V Rapid Rated 8-10 on the Colorado River Scale

The mighty Colorado River offers a fantastic rafting experience to one and all. The sections of the river that flow through Westwater Canyon, Cataract Canyon, and the Grand Canyon are deemed to be some of the most dramatic stretches of river on Earth.  Rafting along the Colorado River will give one memories they will never forget. Floating along in the river one will enjoy the sky-high sandstone cliffs, exciting rapids, and amazing wildlife.

If you are a first time rafter and are confused as to what to bring along, here are some tips:

 

  • Swimsuits/shorts that can dry out quickly
  • Raincoat
  • Warm jacket
  • Warm hat and visor
  • Loose and comfortable T shirts, fleece tops and bottoms, hooded sweatshirts
  • One or two pair of shoes that can stay securely on your feet and will not slip off your feet
  • Sunglasses with neck strap
  • Sunscreen lotion with SPF
  • Flash light
  • Water bottle
  • Change for buying Souvenirs or post cards of Colorado River and Grand Canyon
  • Fishing gear
  • Camp toys such as cards, Frisbee
  • Soap, shampoo, hand wash tooth brush, toothpaste, and other toiletries (Try to get biodegradable stuff to avoid polluting the river since you would be washing over there)
  • Insect repellent
  • Lightweight binoculars for enjoying the amazing wildlife
  • Camera to capture the special moments of your Colorado river rafting trip

 

Enjoy Colorado River Rafting Trips and make your time memorable!!

 

Top 10 Whitewater Rafting Destinations in the US and Different Whitewater Classes

River Rafting is one of the most adventurous and thrilling water sport activities.   Rapids and sections of whitewater are rated based on their difficulty to navigate.

Colorado River and Trail Expeditions has prepared a very informative Infographic titled ‘Colorado River and Grand Canyon River Rafting’. This has two sections.

The first section demonstrates different type of rapids based on their difficulty levels as per International Scale of River Difficulty. The rapids range from Class I – VI and have waves, rocks and other obstacles.

The second section demonstrates top 10 whitewater rafting destinations in the US and their difficulty levels.  In this chart the Grand Canyon is ranked as the best destination for whitewater rafting.

Top 10 Whitewater Rafting Destinations.

Top 10 Whitewater Rafting Destinations.

 

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions Receives Second Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

Certificate of Excellence 2013

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions has been honored with this award for 2013

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions has been awarded a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor.com for its rafting trips.  This is the second straight year C.R.A.T.E.  has received this accolade, which honors hospitality excellence.  This accolade is only given to tour companies that consistently achieve outstanding reviews on Tripadvisor from their guests.  Only about 10% of those companies and organizations listed with Tripadvisor.com receive this prestigious award.

In order to qualify for this award CRATE had to maintain an almost perfect rating as reviewed by travelers.  Additional criteria included the volume of reviews received during the past 12 months.

CRATE is honored to be rated so highly by their guests and is grateful for all of its wonderful employees who put together such wonderful trips.

 

 

 

RaftGrandCanyon.com a great information website for Grand Canyon Rafting

Raft Grand Canyon

RaftGrandCanyon.com is a great information site for planning a Grand Canyon rafting trip.

The website RaftGrandCanyon.com is a great information tool to use to plan a Grand Canyon rafting expedition.  The site has information about the different type of boats, the different river sections of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, and a timeline of events in the Grand Canyon.  In addition the website contains information about the early river runners and advice about what time of year to raft the Grand Canyon.  Colorado River & Trail Expeditions who has been under original ownership for over 40 years believes this is the best Grand Canyon information site on the web for those who don’t know a lot about rafting the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

There are all kinds of different boats used in the Grand Canyon.  There are motorized rafts, oar rafts, paddle boats, kayaks, and dories.  The website shows photos of the different boats and explains the advantages of each craft.

When doing a grand canyon rafting tour there are always choices to be made concerning how many days guests want to spend on the river and if guests want to do a complete trip or just a partial trip.  The website explains about the options available and what you will see.

RaftGrandCanyon.com also has a timeline of events in the Grand Canyon and a brief summary about the early rafters and explorers in the Grand Canyon.  Do you want to know about John Wesley Powell, how about when Grand Canyon was declared a National Park, or which president enlarged it to its present size.  This website contains a plethora of Grand Canyon information.

When planning a trip to the Grand Canyon a common question is which month is the best time to raft the Grand Canyon.  The RaftGrandCanyon.com website has an entire page devoted to this question and points out the positives and negatives of each Spring, Summer, and Fall month.

If you are planning a commercial rafting trip, a private rafting trip, or just looking for some information about the Grand Canyon.  Make sure to take a look at RaftGrandCanyon.com.