Well-Above-Average Snowpack Feeding Colorado River System Bodes Well for the 2023 Rafting Season

By: Western River Expeditions
SALT LAKE CITY - Feb. 14, 2023 - PRLog -- One whitewater rafting company is giving a big shout-out to Mother Nature.

January 2023 was a wet and snowy month over the Colorado River Watershed. As a result, the snowpack in the Upper Colorado River Basin is 123.23% of the February 14th average. This represents the second-highest recorded snowfall in the past 10 years.

Late January weather in Grand Canyon National Park produced 2-3 feet of snow on the South Rim and 6-9 feet on the North Rim.

"While we still have a few months to go, this initial snowfall bodes well for a robust rafting season ahead on Utah rivers," underscores Brandon Lake, co-owner and CMO of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/).

It's been nearly a decade since a snowpack shed such an exuberant glow this early in the year. The twofold benefits of the snowpack are high water for river rafters and possible drought mitigation.

The river system of the Upper Colorado River Basin is built by flows from numerous western rivers. The early season snowfalls and anticipated spring snow accumulations impact Utah's Cataract Canyon (https://www.westernriver.com/cataract-canyon-rafting) on the Colorado River, as well as Desolation Canyon (https://www.westernriver.com/desolation-canyon) on the Green River.

The potential high water gives Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) greater flexibility to match up the craft it uses depending on the water's intensity. For the beginning of this season the J Rig (http://www.westernriver.com/river-rafts), the largest craft in their fleet (offering greater stability than smaller oar and paddle rafts), could be the vessel of choice for rafting on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon.

Western's Cataract Canyon 4-day trip mixes running the rapids with off-river hikes to ancient Native American ruins and pictographs. The 2023 per-person rate is $1,825. For details see https://www.westernriver.com/cataract-canyon-rafting

Western's Desolation Canyon 5-day rafting trip (https://www.westernriver.com/desolation-canyon) on the neighboring Green River in Utah is also expected to have higher-than-average water levels this spring and summer. This is Western River's top-recommended trip for families.

To see the latest snowpack report see: http://snowpack.water-data.com/uppercolorado/index.php

For a copy of Western River Expeditions' 2023 catalog and to ask questions about the trips, availability and reservations, call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669), or visit: http://www.westernriver.com/.

Dave Wiggins: 720.301.3822 / dave@travelnewssource.com

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