You’re reading stats about record-breaking snow packs in the Western mountains that are creating a feeding frenzy for river rafters. Suddenly you’re tempted too. But since you’ve never rafted a river before, where does one start?

Western River Expeditions, the gurus of all things rafting on rivers, has a hand-picked list of the best trips to consider for first-time rafting. “We’re expecting excellent river flows to continue from now through the end of our season in September,” said Brandon Lake, co-owner and CMO. “I can’t imagine a better year to experience the absolute escape and digital disconnect that comes with a fully catered rafting vacation.”

But he cautioned not to wait too long to make reservations because some departures are filling up as everyone is booking their summer adventures for 2023.
Western’s top recommendations for first-time rafters looking for a multi-day adventure are (for complete descriptions see