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.

 

PIECES OF WHITE SHELL, A JOURNEY TO NAVAJOLAND

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK:

PIECES OF WHITE SHELL, A JOURNEY TO NAVAJOLAND
by Terry Tempest Willliams

This map can be purchased at the CRATE BOOKSTORE for $14.95

A warm, sensitive, informative, and delightful journey to the land of the Navajo through the art of storytelling. The author recounts the myths, legends, and beliefs of the Navajo people and leads us to know the importance of such tradition in sustaining the people though times of change. The stories tie the people to their land. Terry shows us how we can find our own history, our own traditions, our sense of how to live well. Recipient of many literary awards, including best non-fiction, American Southwest Literature, 1986.

GRAND CANYON MAP & GUIDE

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK:

GRAND CANYON MAP & GUIDE
by Bronze Black

This map can be purchased at the CRATE BOOKSTORE for $10.00

The Grand Canyon Map and Guide is a comprehensive resource for Grand Canyon National Park, covering the entire Grand Canyon from Lake Powell to Lake Mead.  It contains a thorough review of geology, plants, animals, and human history.  Beautiful color photographs illustrate many features and key locations.  It is great for sightseeing and perfect for a day hike, backpack trip, or raft adventure!  This map has been used in educational exhibits in Grand Canyon National Park as well as the National Geographic Visitor Center near Grand Canyon.  The Grand Canyon Map and Guide labels all of the major side canyons, Colorado River rapids, points along the rim and all the major buttes, and temples within the

Grand Canyon. Author, Bronze Black has combined his background in geology, graphic design, and river running to produce this unique, compact, and educational map.  2nd edition 2008, 22 x 30 inch poster, folds to 4.5 x 11 inches, water-proof, tearproof.

THE EXPLORATION OF THE COLORADO RIVER AND ITS CANYONS

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK:

THE EXPLORATION OF THE COLORADO RIVER AND ITS CANYONS
by J.W. Powell

This book can be purchased at the CRATE BOOKSTORE for $12.95

Complete reprint of “Canyons of the Colorado” 1895 edition, with supplementary map. This was the first published account in book format of Powell’s 1869 discovery journey down the Green and Colorado Rivers. 150 illustrations and photographs. Dover Publications.

THE COLORADO RIVER: FLOWING THROUGH CONFLICT

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK:

THE COLORADO RIVER: FLOWING THROUGH CONFLICT

Text By: Jonathan Waterman
Photography By: Peter McBride

This book can be purchased at the CRATE BOOKSTORE for
$27.95 – Signed Copies Available

Supplying vital water to more than 30 million Americans living in the arid West, the Colorado River is one of the most diverted, dammed, and heavily litigated rivers in the world. In full-color photo essay format, The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict, follows the river’s epic 1,450- mile journey from its headwaters high in the Colorado Rockies to its dried-up delta touching the Sea of Cortez. With striking photography and authoritative prose, Peter McBride and Jonathan Waterman illuminate the historical, geographical, and environmental significance of this life-giving river.

 

Anatomy of the Grand Canyon

Anatomy of the Grand Canyon by W. Kenneth Hamblin

This book can be purchased at the CRATE BOOKSTORE for

$49.95

If you have been looking for an informative geology book with a lot of big colorful photos, then this is the book you want.  The book takes panorama size photos of different locations within the Grand Canyon, and in small text labels the rock layers and names of different features.  With each photo a couple of paragraphs help in explaining what is happening in the photo.  The book includes both photos from the Colorado River and from the rims looking down.  This is a great book for someone who is going to the Grand Canyon for the first time, as well as a river guide who has been down the river over 100 times.  This is a must have book for anyone interested in Geology, rafting the Grand Canyon, hiking the Grand Canyon or exploring the points on the rims.

LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS: SAVING OUR CHILDREN FROM NATURE-DEFICIT DISORDER

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK:

LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS: SAVING OUR CHILDREN FROM NATURE-DEFICIT DISORDER

by Richard Louv

$14.95

In his landmark work Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv brought together cutting-edge studies that pointed to direct exposure to nature as essential for a child’s healthy physical and emotional development. Now this new edition updates the growing body of evidence linking the lack of nature in children’s lives and the rise in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Louv’s message has galvanized an international back-to-nature campaign. His book will change the way you think about our future and the future of our children.

This book can be purchased by following the Western Americana link found in the Colorado River & Trail Expedition’s online store.

In honor of Nature Deficit Disorder, we are giving a greatly discounted rate on our 2012 Desolation Canyon Rafting Trips.  This trip is a great multi-generational river trip because it offers activities and excitement for all ages.  Visit www.crateinc.com for trip dates.

MAPS OF THE ALSEK & TATSHENSHINI RIVERS

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK:

MAPS OF THE ALSEK & TATSHENSHINI RIVERS
$10.00

Drawn to scale directly from topographic maps, the entire Alsek River was reduced to fit on one sheet. The Tatshenshini River was oriented to also fit in its entirety on the reverse side, providing convenient reference to both rivers.

Alsek River: 1:400,000 scale
Tatshenshini River: 1:250,000 scale

This book can be purchased by following the Alaska Maps and Guides link found in  Colorado River & Trail Expedition’s online store.

A Field Guide to the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Field Guide

A Must Have For Grand Canyon Rafters

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK

A FIELD GUIDE TO THE GRAND CANYON
by Stephen Whitney, 2nd edition (soft cover)

$19.95

An extremely comprehensive field guide for Grand Canyon rafters that includes birds, wildflowers, cacti, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies, trees and shrubs, ferns, rocks, and fish. Also includes information on fossils, human artifacts, canyon history, climate, trails and visitor facilities. Illustrated with color photographs. This book can be purchased by following the Grand Canyon Maps and Guides link in Colorado River & Trail Expedition’s online store.

The Very Hard Way

Bert Loper's Book by Brad Dimock

The Very Hard Way by Brad Dimock

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK

THE VERY HARD WAY, BERT LOPER AND THE COLORADO RIVER, by Brad Dimock

Bert Loper was born in 1869 the very day that John Wesley Powell discovered the confluence of the San Juan and Colorado Rivers. Loper spent much of his life devoted to those two streams. Orphaned and abused, Loper worked most of his life at the very bottom, the nameless grunt in hard rock mines, the sore-backed shoveler on a placer bar, the subsistence rancher on a lonely gravel delta in Glen Canyon. Whatever Loper got, he got the very hard way.

But on the muddy whitewater streams of the Southwest Loper found a joy, a thrill, and a peace. By the time he died at his oars in a Grand Canyon rapid at eighty, he had covered more boats, and known more rivermen than anyone. Two weeks before he vanished in the Colorado , the very first motorboat had run Grand Canyon-bookending his incredible career. Bert Loper’s is the tale of river running in the West, and his life encapsulates the Colorado River.

This book can be purchased on Colorado River & Trail Expeditions online store under books about Grand Canyon History and Early Exploration.