Planning a family summer vacation that is safe, fun, and affordable can be a challenge. I wanted somewhere new, within the USA, involving outdoor activities that my wife, my two teenage boys (14 and 16) and I could learn about and enjoy together as a family. Luckily, I called Carl at Red River Adventures, explained what I was looking for, and he helped me construct a fantastic adventure vacation in Utah. Carl really listens to what you want and he has the knowledge, experience, and desire to help you achieve it.
With Carl as our "Utah Adventure Specialist," I was able to organize a tremendous number of wonderful and safe activities within our two week vacation: we canyoneered with Zion Adventure Company (hiked the Narrows and rappelled through some of Zion's amazing slot canyons), took a mule ride into Bryce, enjoyed an entire day off road adventure through Capital Reef with Hondoo Rivers and Trails, mountain biked in Moab for two days with Solfun (Heidi took us to Monitor & Merrimac and then to Dead Horse State Park), and we took two overnight river trips with Red River Adventures (the Perseids Meteor Shower trip to Fisher Towers and the 3 day paddle trip to Cataract Canyon).
I like to research tour outfitters for myself, especially when I am considering an activity that I am not too familiar with. I personally called 5 other river rafting tour companies specializing in Moab and each of the other outfitters have receptionists answer the telephone. These receptionists usually informed me that they don't have any first hand knowledge of the trips when I asked specific questions (they just had a list of available tours with prices and a sentence or two of description from their brochure), and on most occasions when I asked if I could discuss the available trips with someone more experienced so that I could select the proper trip for my family I was told that I would only be able to review any questions with the guides the day prior to the trip departure. With Red River Adventures, I was able to discuss my family's experience and interests with Carl (the owner of the company) and select the best trips for our family with confidence.
The river trips that we took with Red River Adventures were fantastic. The scenery was magnificent, the guides often focused our attention on points of interest along the way, the food was delicious (my wife is still trying to reproduce some of their salads at home), the guides taught us about river safety and were quick to warn us if there were any challenging sections of whitewater or other dangers, there was time for the boys to explore (hike) along the river and at the campsites. There was a very friendly feel to the entire adventure.
I would not hesitate to recommend anyone to Red River Adventures. I suggest you contact them if you are not too familiar with the trips being offered and someone knowledgeable (maybe even Carl) will be sure to point you in the correct direction. The quality and the safety of the trips is really impressive... Carl understands that families and couples want a unique, safe, fun and affordable experience and he is able to provide this in grand style.
I hope you have as much fun in Utah as we had!
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