Guided Ice Climbing

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Wasatch Mountains; Big and Little Cottonwood and Provo Canyon

Utah is home to a wide variety of Ice climbing opportunities. The Cottonwood Canyons and Provo Canyon have some of the coolest Ice Climbing routes in the West and RRA can guide you there. Routes range from very easy to as hard as it gets all easily reachable from Salt Lake City. Don’t miss the opportunity to get out and try this sport. Level of difficulty and style of climbs are tailored to your ability level!

1/2 Day Guided Ice Climbing

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  • Difficulty – Easy to Hard | WI2-WI5
  • Days – 1/2
  • Minimum age – 8
  • Venues – Little Cottonwood, Provo & Maple Canyon
  • Meets – 7:30 AM (PM trips available by request)
  • Dates – December to March
  • 1 Person $225 | 2 People $175 each | 3 People $145

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When it comes to Ice Climbing the Wasatch has something for everyone. This 1/2 day sampler of single pitch ice climbing is perfect for those that are new to the sport, gym climbers who want to climb outside or for folks who have been away from Ice Climbing for awhile.

Red River Adventures provides guides and all technical equipment necessary to participate including ice tools and crampons. Boots are the responsibility of the participant. RRA guides multiple locations, each has a variety of routes that run the spectrum of difficulty. This gives us the ability to customize the climbing to your groups ability and experience level.

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1 Day Guided Ice Climbing

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  • Difficulty – Easy to Hard | WI2-WI5
  • Days – 1
  • Minimum age – 8
  • Venues – Little Cottonwood, Provo & Maple Canyon
  • Meets – 7:30 AM
  • Dates – December to March
  • 1 Person $350 | 2 People $275 each | 3 People $225 each

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If 1/2 a day just doesn’t seem to be enough we offer a full day of climbing. The Full day of top rope Ice Climbing allows time to do different climbs, work on technique, practice basic climbing and belaying skills.

Red River Adventures provides guides and all including ice tools and crampons. Boots are the responsibility of the participant. RRA guides multiple locations, each has a variety of routes that run the spectrum of difficultly. This gives us the ability to customize the climbing to your groups ability and experience level. Let our guides introduce you to this amazing sport.

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Multi-Pitch Guided Ice Climbing

Multi-Pitch Guided Ice Climbing

  • Difficulty – Easy to Hard | WI2-WI5
  • Days – 1
  • Minimum age – 12
  • Venues – Little Cottonwood, Provo & Maple Canyon
  • Meets – 7:30
  • Dates – December to March
  • 1 Person $350 | 2 People $275

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Thought about multi-pitch Ice Climbing but not sure if it is for you? Have a route in mind but not sure if you can pull it off? Do you simply want to get off the ground more than one rope length? RRA can help.

Our experienced, professional guides are familiar with the latest industry standards and techniques. RRA offers guided Multi-pitch climbing on routes from 200′ to 600′. You do the climbing and take in the views while leaving the leading and rappel set up to us.

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Ice Climbing FAQ

If you are looking to go on a great adventure, then you might be thinking about going ice climbing. Some of the most common questions that we get asked include:

Do I Need Rock Climbing Experience?

You do not need to have any rock climbing experience in order to climb ice. We offer guided outings for people who have never climbed, climbed in the gym, on the rock, or with a wealth of experience.

Can Different Ability Levels Ice Climb With One Guide?

It is certainly possible for different ability levels to climb with a single guide. Our guides have a tremendous amount of experience working with people of all ability levels. They will ensure that everyone gets to enjoy their adventure, regardless of their experience level.

How Old Do You Need To Be To Try Ice Climbing?

Our adventures have a variety of age requirements. For half-day or one-day guided ice climbing adventures, the difficulty will vary; however, the minimum age is 8. If you would like to participate in a multi-pitch guided ice climbing adventure, the minimum age is 12.

What Is a Typical Day Ice Climbing?

We will usually meet at 8 AM. Before ice climbing starts, we cover what you need to know to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Then, there is usually a combination of instruction, climbing, and breaks that keep the class active and engaged. The goal is to have you improve your climbing and have some fun.

What Are Ice Tools?

Ice climbing tools are what we use to move up the ice. Modern ice tools are designed to be easy to use, protect your knuckles and make ice climbing doable for almost anyone. Red River will provide these if needed.

What Clothing Should I Wear for My Trip?

You need to make sure that your clothes for ice climbing are functional and comfortable. It is best to dress in layers. Choose a base layer of polyester or, we prefer, wool. A mid-layer is recommended for trapping warm air, especially for those who get cold easily. A good mid-layer would include a down-fill vest or fleece jacket. Your outer layer should be a waterproof jacket with a helmet-compatible hood to prevent water or snow from dripping down your neck. Pants that are waterproof and that are easy to move around in are also recommended. For keeping your head warm, wear a thin beanie, or a buff. These can be worn under your helmet. Gloves are important as you need to be able to have good dexterity and grip for ice climbing. Choose a glove that is waterproof, and bring an extra pair if you have them. Climbing boots will do a good job at keeping your feet warm, as they are insulted. Thin wool or synthetic sock are a good choice.

What Kind of Crampons Do I Need?

We recommend using rigid, 12-point crampons with a toe bail. They tend to work better when it comes to front pointing that is required for vertical ice climbing. Red River will supply these if you do not have them.

What Happens if there is Inclement Weather the Day of My Trip?

We will assess the weather conditions before every trip. If the weather conditions are not ideal for us to climb, we will provide you with a refund. If the weather conditions change in the middle of the trip and we have to cancel at the halfway point, we will provide you with a 50 percent refund. If we have to end the trip early but after the halfway point, the full trip amount will be charged. We may have to alter the itinerary, venue, or schedule for safety purposes.

What Happens if I Have To Cancel My Trip?

If you have to cancel your trip more than 48 hours prior to the day of departure, you will receive a full refund. On the other hand, if you have to cancel your trip within 48 hours, you will not receive any refund at all, full or partial. We make sure that our policies are clear when you book your trip.

Online Reviews - 5 Stars

Why Choose RRA? - 20 years of doing it right! Since 2003, when rafting operations began, we have gone on to expand our operations into rock and ice climbing, canyoneering, guided ski touring, travel trips and outdoor education. We have hosted over 85,000 guests and spent over 110,000 days in the field! We are so proud that this has garnered 5-star rankings across all online review sites. Land or water our clients rave about the quality of our guides, the depth of their knowledge, their ability to teach and most importantly, how incredibly fun each is. We believe our past guest's comments make the decision easy!
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Your Safety is our number #1 concern

Since we started this journey in 2003 we have safely hosted 85,000+ kids and adults and spent over 100,000 days rafting, climbing, canyoneering and skiing in Utah and around the world. RRA guides are at a minimum state licensed, insured and hold first aid and CPR certifications. Many of our river guides hold additional certifications in swift water rescue and whitewater instruction. Many, though not all, of our rock, ski and canyoneering guides are AMGA certified for the terrain they guide.
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Quality Equipment

When running trips quality equipment is paramount. We are proud to be a 'Preferred Guide Partner" of Black Diamond. RRA replaces its equipment on a regular basis. This ensures all the gear required to keep you safe and having fun is in top-notch shape.
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Reputation

RRA has earned the reputation of a professionally ran, top quality guide service. We are a tight knit family run business. Once you adventure with RRA we guarantee you'll be back for more.
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Do I need a reservation

YES! To guarantee space on the trip of your choice, we recommend reservations, especially mid-summer and on holidays and weekends. In order to provide the type of trip the we have become known for we do limit the number of people on our trips and we do fill up. Make a reservation as soon as you have a good idea of when you want to ski or climb with us and you'll avoid disappointment. Feel free to call us about reservations at any time @ 1-877-259-4046 or email.
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About Age Limitations

Age limits are set for each of our trips to be within industry standards and in accordance with our insurance carrier. In some cases the published age is a guideline and people younger may participate. For trips with youth rate pricing we use the following guidelines. Youth Rate = 15 years and younger!
Adults = 16 years and up!
Some trips are priced on a per person basis regardless of age.
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Which Trip to Choose

We are thrilled to have the ability to offer such a wide variety or trips. We also realize that this can create confusion. We are a fantastic resource and look forward to helping you choose the trip that is perfect for you and your group. Please feel free to call or email with any questions you might have, we love to help. Often after a brief conversation with one of our staff the the answers become clear.
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What to Bring

Red River Adventures tries to make your trip with us as easy as possible! We will clearly outline what we will provide and let you know what you need to bring. Generally all necessary group equipment for you to take part in our trips is included. Please NOTE! Skis, ski boots, poles, ice climbing boots and personal clothing are NOT included in the cost of trips. Rentals are available and RRA will assist you in reserving any gear you might need. We will provide trip specific lists to assist you in bringing the right things.
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What Risks Are Involved

Red River Adventures has an unblemished safety record. We personally screen and train our employees vigorously each year. Our climbing, skiing and canyoneering guides are highly trained and many, though not all, are AMGA trained or certified for the terrian they guide. Our trips take place in rugged, remote "wilderness" settings. You should be in good general health to participate.
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Charter and Group Rates

Red River Adventures offers a group rate discount of 10% to groups of 10 or more. Additional rates reductions are available for school, club, church, or special-interest groups on some trips. We are happy to, when ever possible, customized trip lengths and itineraries. Please contact us for help in arranging your charter trip or for group rate information.
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What To Pack

Red River Adventures will provide all the technical equipment required to guide our listed climbing options. However, climbers are strongly encouraged to bring their own climbing gear, if they have it, on our guided climbs. Instructors will inspect any personal equipment brought prior to use on our trips. In some instances, there may be a required gear list. This will be distributed prior to the course dates.

Ice Climbing

  • Down Coat/Synthetic puffy coat
  • jacket/pants(soft shell or gortex)
  • coat or other warm under layers
  • three pairs of gloves
  • hat that fits under a helmet
  • bottle/thermos for hot tea
  • sunscreen
  • warmers/Toe warmers

General

We are always available to answer any questions you may have. A complete packing list will be emailed prior to your trip.

Reservations

Option #1 - Most of our Adventures can be booked by clicking the "Book Now" button for the trip you want.

Option #2 - For those trips that do not open a calendar Call 1-435-259-4046
or Email us through our Contact Page

Reservations are HIGHLY recommended! Many dates sell out far in advance!
A refundable payment is due to guarantee reservation.

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Cancellations

Full & Half Day Trips, Clinics and Courses

  • A deposit of 1/2 the trip total is due at time of reservation.
  • Balance is due and will be charged 7 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellation/changes made 7 days prior to departure are FREE!
  • Cancellation, partial or in full, within 7 days of departure receive NO REFUND.

Large Group (18 or more)

  • A deposit of 1/2 the trip total is due at time of reservation.
  • Balance is due and will be charged 14 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellation/changes made 14 days prior to departure are FREE!
  • Cancellation, partial or in full, within 14 days of departure receive NO REFUND.

Please Note: RRA recommends you insure your trip!

While we are happy to make changes and allow cancellations within our policy guidelines RRA STRONGLY recommends purchasing travel insurance, no matter the size or length of your trip, to insure against loss in the event of an unforeseen, last minute, change in circumstances.
If you are not protected by your airline, credit card or other third party we recommend Tin Leg

They will ensure your Red River trip, course, or your entire vacation for very reasonable costs.

Cancellations or changes, for any reason including Covid, inside our established cut-offs will not be refunded or rescheduled. Please consider protecting yourself by insuring your trip or course!

International trips

  • Deposit due at time of reservation; Final payment due 45 days prior!
  • Cancellation 45 days prior to departure is free!
  • Cancellations within 45 days of departure receive NO REFUND.

General

RRA reserves the right to cancel any trip due to weather, insufficient bookings or any other circumstances beyond our control at anytime. RRA will make every effort to reschedule the date. Bookings that are unable to be rescheduled or are cancelled by RRA will receive a full refund.

Weather

Weather is part of the dynamic environment in which we operate. We may experience conditions that you do not consider ideal. If we determine that conditions are suitable for the activity you have booked and you instead wish to cancel/discontinue the trip, we will, whenever practical, end the trip at your request with no refund. If conditions are such that RRA deems it unwise to continue, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary, which may include, but may not be limited to, shortening of route or length of trip. We may also change venue or cancel the remainder of your trip. If, at time of cancellation, the trip is less than 1/2 complete, we will charge 50% of trip fee. If the trip is between 1/2 and completed, a full trip fee is charged.

Alcohol

Full and 1/2 Day Raft Trips: Alcohol or drugs are not to be consumed before or during trips. No refund will be given to those drinking alcohol or using drugs prior to a scheduled trip. Climbing/Canyoneering trips. Alcohol or drugs are not to be consumed before or during trips.

River Rafting Reviews and Red River Adventure Testimonials!

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Karen Dawson
June 25, 2022

Our family had a great time! Not everyone loves to hike and repel like I do so I was stoked we all made it through all the repels! Noah was a great guide and the hike and views of the Bow and Arrow were as amazing as the repelling!

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Laurie Alexander
June 24, 2022

Today was an amazing day filled with sunshine and laughter. Erin made our trip the best trip ever! We can’t wait to do it again.

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Glen White
June 24, 2022

We had a full day rafting trip at Moab, certainly one of the most memorable trips we have ever taken. The scenery was glorious and the staff at Red River were all great, especially our fantastic guide Sofia. I highly recommend this for anyone, the rapids are just enough to be exiting without being scary and the guides are fantastic at talking you through each stage. A great time was had by all.

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Patrick FitzGerald
June 23, 2022

Great rafting guide service. Well organized, family-friendly, informative and adventurous! Our guide, Luke, was knowledgeable and entertaining. It was a great way to spend a day in Moab.

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Letie Wong
June 23, 2022

1st rafting trip for my young kids (5 & 6 y/o). Had a blast! Highly recommend this company. Sam is amazing! Lots of history explained to us. If you're debating between a 1/2 day or full day trip...- do FULL day! We saw the 1/2 day people get off & for us it would have been too short.

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Angela MacDonald
June 22, 2022

My husband and daughter did a rappelling trip today (Morning Glory) and they had an excellent time with their guide Emily. She was a great hostess, very knowledgeable.

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Darek Folsom
June 22, 2022

It was a fun time. We did the half day raft trip which was one hour driving time (30 mins there and back) and 2 hours on the water. It was fine for me but I think our teens would’ve like a little more action. This was a pretty calm ride with a couple of good rapids. The scenery was beautiful. The guides were interesting and professional. We felt very safe. They got us in very last minute which was really nice. No snacks but they do have cold water to fill your bottle.

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Robyn Eddy
June 22, 2022

We had lots of fun and our guides were great at teaching us safety, getting us through the funnest parts of the rapids and sharing insights about the area’s history and ecosystem.

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Shampa Mukherjee
June 21, 2022

It was a wonderful experience, especially on the Father’s Day. We took the 1/2 day am raft and it was super fun! McKayla was our guide and she was amazing. She allowed my 9 year old to have a “bull ride” on the boat. She made us row the boat & that was super fun. She kept us engaged with all the interesting stories. All people at the ‘Red River Adventures’ are very professional, knowledgeable, friendly. and follow every safety protocols. I would highly recommend Red River Adventures. One word of caution: we booked on a Sunday and their photographer is NOT available on Sundays.

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LUANNE BARRON
June 21, 2022

My husband and I had the most exhilarating experience today. We both are deaf and our guide, Bre, who knows sign language was able to communicate with us all the way from the beginning.- from the bus to the river, on the River, and back. Truly a great experience. Thanks, Bre!

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Emma Nowakowski
June 20, 2022

Red river adventures was amazing! Their guides were great! Half day tour was the perfect amount. Great scenery! Mostly a float than white water rafting since the rapids were small - perfect for families - or someone who just wants the view!

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Alyssa Stolns
June 19, 2022

We had a lot of fun on the river. The guides were knowledgeable and fun. The rapids were just big enough that the kids thought they were fun and not scarey. My only disappointment was that there was not a big enough raft for our group of 9 to go together. Otherwise it was fun and Red River did a good job! Thanks

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Elizabeth Hays
June 19, 2022

We had so much fun canyoneering with Dan! He was a great guide. It was a highlight of our trip for both myself and my kids. Great scenery and an exciting but safe adventure. Highly recommend!!

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Denise Arruda
June 19, 2022

It was our first raft trip. You made our experience a great memory. Our guide Alex was so sweet and her knowledge was impressive. My grandchildren have been on cloud 9 and continue to talk about how much fun it was. Thank you so much! Denise Arruda Dolores, Colorado

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Chad Erickson
June 18, 2022

We had a great time on the River! It was my daughters first rafting trip and our guide was able help her enjoy it and gave all of us some history of the area along the way. Lots of fun! Thanks!

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David Page
June 18, 2022

Went on Bow and Arrow. Adam is one of the best guides in Moab. Had awesome time.

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Pat Moore
June 18, 2022

Great trip with Conner and Erin and Hudson. Beautiful place with pretty good rapids. Fun trip, and you will get soaked 😊

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Kyle
June 18, 2022

Erin was a great guide, very knowledgeable and fun!

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Ellie Davis
June 17, 2022

Had a great tour! The half day felt long enough and the guide was very nice and knowledgeable.

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Cyndi Perez
June 17, 2022

White Water Rafting Fisher Towers in mid June. Excellent service and experience starting with booking. Upon arrival staff was polite and informative, focusing on safety, education and fun. Our guide Lily was AWESOME! Our raft was a combo two separate groups and she did an awesome job bringing us together and ensuring everyone had a great time. She was knowledgeable about the topography, pointing out tons of great things we would have missed. She also gave us AMAZING insider tips on the best places to swim in the area. Looking forward to our next trip already!

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Brian Dowling
June 17, 2022

We had a wonderful trip today with Alex as our guide. Staff were professional and, most importantly, fun. This stretch of the Colorado is great for people wanting to try out rafting but also for veterans looking for a fun day. Strongly recommend this outfit and trip!

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Emilie Horne
June 17, 2022

Amazing adventure!

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robert koch
June 17, 2022

Our guide was friendly and outgoing, which made the ride very fun and enjoyable. She was very knowledgeable about the area and the terrain. The whole crew was out to give us the best experience and to have a great time. I would recommend this company to any one that wants to have a great time.

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tricia rambur
June 16, 2022

Had a great time with my family! The crew was awesome!

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Stan Blakemore
June 16, 2022

Our guide (Bree) was great. The wind sucked but, that is out of Red River's control. Bree did a great job making the trip fun inspire of the wind.

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Katie W
June 15, 2022

This tour was absolutely awesome! We had our 6 and 9 year old with us and they loved the rapids as well.

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Rob Egan
June 15, 2022

Staff were very polite, and explained what was expected thoroughly more than once. Once on the River, Lily did a great job navigating and explaining what we needed to do, the experience overall was great and I would recommend anyone I knew to this company.

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Miriam Bourin
June 14, 2022

Great half day adventure! If you’re looking to optimize your stay in Moab, or have the afternoon off like I did, what is better than spending it on water, having fun? Not much, in my opinion. After doing my research, I decided to go on a Whitewater Rafting adventure and chose Red River Adventures. It turned out to be a great decision! Super friendly, fun and helpful staff & crew. Smaller-sized rafts, max 6 plus the guide, allows for getting to know the folks who literally are in the same boat as you. Our guide, Sofia, was stellar! Fun, sweet and yet decisive and firm when needed to. I was impressed by her command of the group, the raft and what to do - and she’s only 18! (Sorry for “ratting out your age” ;-). Going through initially pretty easy rapids, we got “schooled” along the way as the rapids grew wilder. Paddling through an area of crazy waves and rapids, with the raft surfing on top of every crest, was thrilling and we all squealed of excitement! Only problem was that it ended too soon… I guess I have to come back and do the full day next time! Spectacular way to spend your afternoon, great experience and energizing fun!

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the Deterdings
June 14, 2022

Awesome time! The bad: the high winds, which meant extra paddling esp when we were pushed backwards :) Our amazing guide, Luke had it under control - getting us out of wayward bushes to setting us up to perfectly ride the rapids. The good: the high winds kept us cool on the river where there is no shade. Very smooth operation, everyone extremely upbeat and professional. Tons of water for refills. They do provide dry bags on the rafts to hold phone and keys; or bring your own.

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Susan Sheinkop
June 14, 2022

We had a wonderful day rafting with Red River Adventure. Our guide, Hudson, was knowledgeable and friendly. It was quite a windy day, but he helped us safely navigate the trip. All of the guides were friendly and had a great sense of humor.

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Robert Confer
June 13, 2022

The guides did a great job. Meredith was very good and was a pleasure to have guide us. She was smart, funny and had a beautiful spirit about her. Overall, the trip was fun but overpriced as another rafting company was less expensive and provided lunch. I guess if the other company was available we wouldn't have had our awesome guides though so it worked out after all.

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chris morley
June 13, 2022

Canyoneering at morning glory with red river was an amazing experience. Our tour guide, who was Dan, was an amazing and awesome guide. He was extremely patient and very helpful with my kids and even helped bring down one of my kids during the repelling parts. I would definitely go through them again and encourage others to do the same. You won't regret it. It's an experience me and my kids will remember for the rest of our lives.

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Geri Jacobs
June 11, 2022

Here was great!! We had an adventure for sure.

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Carrie Gayler
June 11, 2022

Our guide Bree was great. She knew how to hit the rapids perfectly!

A really fun crew of guides and a well run business. Our 12 year old said the 1/2 day on the river rafting with Red River was the highlight of our 2 weeks trip.

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Spencer Tilley
June 10, 2022

Excellent well run trip on the hottest afternoon of the week so far. Great way to escape the heat and the folks were amazing.

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lee hanks
June 10, 2022

What an incredible experience. The team at Red River was great. Our guide, Emily, was fantastic, shared information and made sure we were safe through our Canyoneering trip. We had a fantastic time and look forward to other trips with them again in the future.

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katy horton
June 10, 2022

Amazing saftey and Instructions was very happy with services that were provided as well as saftey procedures in place

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Candi Collier
June 9, 2022

Great guides. Awesome river. Very cool experience. I would definitely do it again.

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Lori Camp
June 9, 2022

We enjoyed our trip. Sam shared a lot of history of the area with us on our trip. She was a great navigator. We enjoyed ourselves.

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Howard Curlin
June 7, 2022

Great guides that were enthusiastic. Everything went smoothly and was on time. We did the half day trip. The only disappointment was that there were only class 2 rapids and no class 3 rapids.

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Loni Lerum
June 6, 2022

We had the best time. Our guide, Claire, was very helpful, personable and professional. If we are ever back in the area (and hopefully we are) we will 100% be booking a trip with Red River Adventures. The 1/2 day trip was absolutely perfect.

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Sunday Cummins
June 6, 2022

Great trip. Noah was our guide - funny, helpful, and safe. The other team members were super friendly. Highly recommend Red River!

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Rebecca Brown
June 6, 2022

Brie made sure we all had fun. Knowledgeable, fun and full of fun stories and facts.

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Rachel Walters
June 6, 2022

My son and I had a great time on the Bow and Arrow trip. We were beginners but felt very safe and competent after brief instructions. Such a great way to enjoy the outdoors in Moab! Thanks for the memorable trip.

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Kyle Wasson
June 5, 2022

Claire and Meredith were great. Ms. Frizzle was amazing!

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Scott Greene
June 5, 2022

The guides are knowledge and entertaining. Had a great time at a fair price

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Adam prather
June 5, 2022

This was a great group of guides, they cut up and have fun. We had Ryan for our guide his stash was worth a 5 star. The river time was only 1 1/2 hours long but it had some good rapids for us as our small one is 6. Good rafting for beginners or kids. Happy overall.

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Hannah
June 5, 2022

We had a great experience! Dan was a wonderful guide. The four rappelling trips were fun and each had a slightly different technique. Also the trail was beautiful and took us to a trail we wouldn’t have found on our own. Would highly recommend.

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Jamie Borchardt
June 4, 2022

Fun rafting experience for kids and beginners. We have done several rafting trips, and decided to take our kids on their first one. We went on June 1st and the rapids were pretty mild, perfect for our kids. The guides were sweet too! Make sure you tip these college kids well!