Chances are if you have started looking for gear that is going to meet the needs of a potentially wet adventure, you are going to come across products that are either labeled Waterproof, Water Resistant or even Water Repellent. Understanding the three could be the difference between a enjoyable outdoor experience and mild case of hypothermia.
Just because you are closing the door on summer and kids are headed back to school doesn't mean that you can't sneak away for a weekend getaway on the river! Fall is a great time to hit up some of these popular spots because you'll dodge much of the seasonal traffic and the weather is just right. If you are looking for a diamond in the rough experience, take a look at these options.
1. Sheri Griffith Expeditions - Moab, UT
If you are looking for a guide with experience, Sheri Griffith Expeditions has been at it on the rivers in Utah since 1971. You can do one-day tours or multi-day tours and have your option of which river you would like to explore. Whether slow and relaxing or fast and furious, they've got a tour to fit your level of adventure. With tours running through the end of October, you've still got a window to have one last grand adventure before the end of 2017!
2. Wild West Voyages - Moab, UT
Not only can you get a guided rafting tour of the beautiful Colorado River with this company but if you would rather choose your own adventure, they will rent you the gear and get you outfitted for any type of 'on the river' activity. Grab a Kayak, Stand up Paddle Board or a Raft and they'll do the shuttling to get you where you need to go. Their shop has all of the necessities for you to have a successful trip and located in the heart of Moab, you'll be in the center of the action.
3. Midway Adventure Co. - Midway, UT
Until the end of September, Midway Adventure Co. can get you on a guided river raft going down the Provo River. Sunset and Afternoon tours are their most popular and because it is in Midway, you are just a hop, skip and a jump away from Salt Lake City and Provo so you can do this adventure without even reserving a hotel or setting up a campsite. The Provo River is a great choice for families. Young children are invited to join the fun on this river. The water is mild and the scenery is stunning.
4. Don Hatch River Expeditions - Vernal, UT
There is not a better way to experience the Green River than with Don Hatch River Expedition. Experience is the hallmark of this company as they have been guiding since 1929. And through the end of September they offer 1-day guided tours that is a sure-fire fix for anyone looking for some quick adventure. With Don Hatch, you can explore one of the magnificent canyons of Dinosaur National Monument which is reason enough alone to put this river guide on your short list.
5. Destination Sports - Weber River
Through Mid-September, you can take advantage of this super-convenient Weber River rafting option. Rafting the Weber River is an experience that Destination Sports has been excelling in for nearly 30 years. The rapids aren't huge, but there are plenty of them! The scenery only adds to the experience; the river is nestled beautifully in a wooded canyon bottom.
Now you've got the list! Get your fall adventure scheduled!