The Top 5 Rafting Trips to Jump on for Black Friday

By Kim Cassels   •   November 16, 2021

The Top 5 Rafting Trips to Jump on for Black Friday

Kayaking on Desolation Canyon Raft Trip – Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours

This year, Mild to Wild is offering 15% off for Black Friday deals on rafting trips! This is the biggest discount we offer, and when it comes to our Multi-Day Rafting options, this is the best time to book those trips. These excursions are some of the most sought-after in the country, and you’ll not only assure a spot next year on the West’s most prestigious rivers, but save the most in the meantime too. Two turtle doves, one stone! So let’s get to shoppin’ and simultaneously day dreaming about the warmer months ahead! 

Cataract Canyon – Save Up To $239

Cataract Canyon Scenery - Utah - Mild to Wild Rafting

🎄Where: Canyonlands National Park, Utah 

🎁 2022 Season Starts: March 15

❄️ High Water Time: Late May – Mid June

☃️ Great For: Wanderlust adventurers. 

Cataract Canyon is Utah’s gnarliest whitewater, churning up Class V rapids that will get anyone’s heart pounding for memories in the making. As one of Mild to Wild’s most “wild” rafting trips, this is the perfect whitewater trip for those looking for a true wilderness adventure.

And while the rapids are a huge appeal to this excursion, “Cat” has so much more to offer deep within its soul stirring canyon. Archaeological sites, looming hikes and big beautiful beaches are all a part of this bucket list experience. Keep in mind that quicker trips here will spend a lot of time motoring rather than exploring the countless treasures hiding in the side canyons.  

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Desolation Canyon – Save Up To $224

Multiple Rafts On Green River Multi-Day Trip - Desolation Canyon - Mild to Wild Rafting

🎄Where: Eastern Utah

🎁 2022 Season Starts: April 10

❄️ High Water Time: After scheduled dam releases from Flaming Gorge Reservoir, usually in early June

☃️ Great For: Absolutely everyone.

Desolation Canyon is particularly special due to its incredible remoteness. Meandering through the largest wilderness area in the contiguous United States, this stretch of the Green River is truly historic. 

Deso trips come with more than 60 friendly Class II rapid sections, plentiful wildlife despite the canyon’s name, numerous historical sites along the river, and a scenic flight into the valley at the start of your trip. The journey is 96 miles, so the shorter your trip (like a 4 day) the longer the days will be on the water than at our beachside camps. 

Check out Deso’s Specialty Trips for 2022 

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Yampa River – Save Up To $179

Yampa River Rafting - Dinosaur National Monument - Mild to Wild Rafting

🎄Where: Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado

🎁 2022 Season Starts: May 12

❄️ High Water Time: Late May – Early June

☃️ Great For: Total wilderness nerds.

As the last free flowing river in the Colorado River System, the Yampa is one of the most sought-after river trips in the country. Flowing just as it did millions of years ago, the Yampa continues to flow rich with biodiversity and glimmering Class III and IV rapids. 

And since this wild tributary is all-naturale, the Yampa’s rafting season comes and goes quickly. If you’re looking for a spring rafting trip that offers a little bit of everything, along with a fat dollop of enchantment, the Yampa will be the one. 

Check out the Adults Only 4 Day Yampa Trip for 2022. 

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Gates of Lodore – Save Up To $164

Gates of Lodore Eddy Out - Lodore - Mild to Wild Rafting

🎄Where: Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado

🎁 2022 Season Starts: May 21

❄️ High Water Time: After scheduled dam releases from Flaming Gorge Reservoir, usually in early June

☃️ Great For: History and geology gluttons.  

This rich chasm comes loaded with history, adventure and jaw dropping scenery. In Lodore, emerald waters slice through a geologic dreamscape so unexpected, scientists are still trying to figure out how this rare canyon came to exist at all. 

Lodore Canyon is a narrow passage that changes drastically from river bend to river bend, all while churning out amazing Class III rapid sections throughout the journey. The Black Friday Discount is not valid on Gates of Lodore 2022 trips from June 15th – Aug 13th.

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Salt River – Save Up To $142 

Arizona river rafting – Mild to Wild Rafting

🎄Where: Salt River Canyon, about 2.5 hours north of Phoenix 

🎁 2022 Season Starts: February 28 

❄️ High Water Time: Usually Mid – Late March 

☃️ Great For: Whitewater romantics.  

The Salt River is one of the best whitewater trips you can take in the Southwest due to its constant Class III rapids. It’s also the river with the earliest rafting season in the U.S, which makes us feel extra special to get a head start! 

The longer you raft the Salt River, the bigger the rapids become. Paddlers who raft 4 days or more will get to experience Class IV rapids, and scenery unlike anywhere else in the river canyon. 

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While you’re shopping for rafting trips over Black Friday weekend, keep these details in mind as you’re filling up the cart! Happy shopping and happy holidays!

2021 Black Friday Sale Fine Print:

  • Promo code “TURKEY21” only valid from Fri, Nov 26th, 2021 – Mon, Nov 29th, 2021.
  • Offer not valid on previously reserved trips.
  • Offer cannot be combined with other discounts.
  • Offer cannot be redeemed when paying with a promotional gift card.
  • Black Friday gift cards cannot be used with other offers or discounts.
  • Discount valid on trips Mild to Wild operates. Discount not valid on Gates of Lodore 2022 trips from June 15th – Aug 13th, Upper Animas Rafting trips, Guide School, private or custom trips, trips involving the Durango Train, and trips involving Durango Adventures Zipline Tours. 
  • All reservations are held to our standard reservation and cancellation policies.


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