About CRATE inc.


Picture yourself in the Grand Canyon. Imagine what it would be like to be sitting next to a campfire with your closest friends, delicious food, beautiful sites, and marvelous stories of adventure. When you travel with Colorado River and Trail Expeditions, you can expect all of that and more, completely included in the cost. When you decide to plan a Colorado River whitewater rafting trip, you want to make sure that you are in the best hands possible. We strive our hardest to provide you with the adventure of a lifetime, with no hassle and all of the fun. We understand the stress that can be accompanied by planning a big excursion like white water rafting. Let us take care of everything for you, including gear, rafting guides, food, and fun. All you need to do is show up with a smile and a sense of adventure (and some personal hygiene supplies, we hope).

Colorado River and Trail Expeditions, or “CRATE,” has been in business since 1971. Dave Mackay met his wife Vicki on a Grand Canyon River Rafting Trip in 1968, and together they fell in love with the river. It didn’t take them long before they decided they wanted to start their own river rafting expedition company, and thus, Colorado Rafting and Trail Expeditions was born. Now, nearly 50 years later, you can still raft through the Grand Canyon with all of the expertise that comes along with our expert rafting and hiking guides. The spirit of service and excellence that Vicki and Dave Mackay strove for in 1971 continues today, as all members of the CRATE family work together to provide you with an outstanding river trip experience. We are a relatively small company. We have a small office staff and 15-20 guides. We really can put a personal touch on your trips. Everyone on our staff is fun, friendly, helpful, and sincerely interested in making sure that you have a great time on your river trip.

Our family here at CRATE has worked hard to become well-versed about the geology, ecology, and history of the areas in which we operate, and we enjoy answering your questions and sharing their knowledge with you. If you have any questions while on one of our expeditions, chances are one of our highly experienced rafting guides will know the answer for you. Even if you don’t have any questions while we embark on our trip, we can guarantee you will walk away knowing something new that you didn’t know before. On top of our vast knowledge of the Grand Canyon, we also pride ourselves on having great equipment and taking good care of it. We work continuously to implement new and innovative ideas that make our trips even better and more comfortable.

Here at CRATE, our company motto is “Take care of the Earth. Do what you can to protect wild places and preserve open spaces.” We strongly believe that it is possible to leave campsites looking better than they did when we arrived, and that above all else, it is our duty to take care of our environment. CRATE is a sustaining member of Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly, and The Utah Society for Environmental Education. It is our goal to help educate people on the importance of taking care of your surroundings, and we implement what we have learned on every single trip we take, no matter what.

When it comes to food, CRATE doesn’t skimp out. We want to make sure everyone has a chance at enjoying the trip, and that means we have something on the menu for everyone. Let us know of any dietary restrictions before we leave, and we can accommodate. If you have any allergies, are vegetarian or even vegan, we like to take care of everyone who decides to travel with us. Whenever it is possible we serve Natural Beef and Pork, Free Range Chicken and Eggs, and Wild Caught sustainable Salmon and Halibut. Our standard menu includes Chicken, Steak, Halibut . . . the list goes on. Delicious, freshly-prepared meals are served throughout the trip.

We love our customers so much, we want to see you again. If you decide to come travel with us more than once, we will give you a 10% discount on all of our rafting trips. Spoil yourself a little bit. It took nature millions of years to create the unique landscapes and canyons of the Southwest. You should take time to fully immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and sensations that make them such a special destination.

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