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Glacier Bay National Park New Humpback Whale Monitoring Report

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Colorado River & Trail Expeditions has been operating guided rafting expeditions on the Alsek and Tatshenshini Rivers in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve since 1978.  From the upstairs window of our warehouse in Haines, Alaska, (on the inland side of the Chilkat Range, “just over the mountains” from Glacier Bay) we have an unimpeded […]

Grand Canyon Rafting Trips in 2018

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The Grand Canyon is nothing short of being an epic destination. It boasts rich natural history, along with incredible scenery. Many have heard of the natural wonder and through photos captured some of its beauty. Colorado River & Trail Expeditions allows you to experience the Grand Canyon up close and personal. We are offering Grand […]

River Piracy…Without the Skull and Crossbones

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Kaskawulsh Glacier, Slims River, and Kaskawulsh(Alsek) River and Stream Piracy due to Glacial Melting Over the past century many of the glaciers in Alaska and Canada have retreated due to Global Warming.  One of these glaciers is the Kaskawulsh Glacier located in the Yukon Territory of Canada.  This glacier has historically been the source of […]

Did you know Canyonlands National Park was designated as a Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Park?

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Did you know Canyonlands National Park was designated as a Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Park? You might be wondering what is a Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Park. It is a land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for it’s scientific, natural, educational, cultural, heritage and […]

The Kaibab Suspension Bridge

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One of the first signs of civilization you see on a Grand Canyon rafting trip after leaving Lee’s Ferry is the Kaibab Bridge. The Kaibab Suspension Bridge is located just upstream of the Boat Beach at Phantom Ranch. It connects the South Kaibab Trail with the North Kaibab Trail. Less than a mile below the […]

The Sierra Club Cup

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                  A few months ago while organizing and cleaning up some of our old gear we came across some “Colorado River & Trail Expeditions” stamped Sierra Club cups.  Before we switched over to insulated plastic and stainless steel cups 30 years ago, sometime in the 1980s we […]

What does CRATE stand for in the rafting world?

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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 […]


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