Everything You Need To Know For Multi-Day Raft Trips
Mild to Wild prides ourselves on healthy, wholesome and filling food. Dinners are started with appetizers and end with a delightful dessert. Our dinners range from sizzling fajitas, freshly grilled steak, lasagna, and enchiladas prepared in a dutch oven over hot coals. Our delicious dinners are sided with a fresh salad and a guide specialty of potatoes, pasta, or rice. Breakfast begins with continental items such as fresh fruit and hot beverages and moves into a hot, filling cowboy breakfast based on the guides’ specialty! Lunches can be personalized as you build your own deli sandwich or our Mild to Wild “surprise wrap”, a guest favorite. Lunches are complimented with a side salad, fresh fruit, chips, and cookies. Meal timing varies in the day, depending on river flow, availability of places to stop, ect. Feel free to bring your favorite snacks along, especially if you have kids, to keep them energized along the way. A great way to keep your essentials near you is to put them in zip locks in a fanny pack. We are positive that you will feel energized & healthy throughout your entire trip!
Our standard meal plan can be made into veggie options with advance notice for no extra charge. Keep in mind that our meals plans are based on the fact that we are in a wilderness setting. Meals are prepared over a campfire & stove and we don’t have access to fresh ice on the trip.
For those having special dietary restrictions, we will do our best to accommodate those dietary needs within our meal plans. There is an extra fee of $40/person per day or $25/person per day for two or more guests with the same needs. Be sure to request this prior to your trip.
For those with any food allergies, please bring your own personal snacks that work with your needs.
alcoholic beverages if desired, in non-glass container. Please bring in moderation.
What We Provide
Healthy food & meal preparation
Professional Guide in each boat
Type 5 PFD which must be worn at all times in the raft
Small waterproof bag for use on the raft. Water-proof bag for overnight gear and personal belongings
High-quality rafts & equipment
What’s Not Included
Lodging the night prior & after trip. You will need to make your own arrangements 2. Travel Protection Insurance
Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad (rentals available)
Alcoholic beverages: pick up on own prior to trip departure.
You will have time to explore even deeper into the beauty of the canyon on side hikes, some guided and some on your own… Bring sturdy hiking footwear and clothing for this.
Consumption of alcohol is not permitted on the rafts but once at camp, we know many people like to enjoy a cold refreshing beverage! Please purchase your alcohol, in moderation, prior to your trip meet time. Please keep in mind that we need to be respectful of other guests on the trip who may not consume alcohol & remember that we don’t carry glass containers on the river!
The use of marijuana is illegal on federal lands, medicinal or recreational, so we ask that you abstain from bringing any on your trip.
Hydration is one of the most important things on a backcountry desert adventure and we are sure to provide plenty of clean drinking water throughout the day! You will have access to water throughout the day on your boat and at camp. Be sure to bring a refillable water bottle you can keep with you and keep full!
We love our rivers and land so we need to make sure the area we recreate in stays clean for future trips. It is recommended by the BLM & American Whitewater to pee in the river. We pack out all solid human waste with a portable toilet (groover) that is set up each day at camp. The guides will find an easy to access secluded spot for the toilet at each camp, and it usually has amazing views! We make sure you get some privacy at the groover by keeping the toilet paper box at the trailhead leading to the groover. If you need to use the restroom you take the toilet paper with you and then you return it when you’re done. If the toilet paper box isn’t out at the trailhead, then you know someone is “in the bathroom.”
In line with protecting and caring for our rivers, please bring biodegradable soap to bathe. If you would like to rinse off your biodegradable soap, it is preferred that you do so at least 200 feet from any of the rivers and streams. Feel free to bring a solar shower.
Women Specific Concerns
We recommend you come prepared for your period even if you aren’t expecting it. Be sure to bring plenty of supplies in case you need them! You can use Ziploc bags to store feminine products while on the river and then dispose of them once at camp.
While on the river, we are mindful of the impact we have on the environment and other people around us. Music and drones can be disruptive to the calming experience of the river. If you enjoy listening to music please bring headphones or a small speaker. You will want to consider the other guests on the trip with you. We encourage you to enjoy this escape phone-free but understand you may want to have it with you. Use your phone on the river at own risk. Consider purchasing a waterproof case for your phone or camera. If you would like to take pictures, a traditional camera might be a safer option! If you do plan to bring electronic devices you may want to bring spare power sources for them, as there won’t be any charging stations out in the wilderness. There will be no cell service during the trip.
On the river we have limited communication with the outside world, it is a great space to enjoy your escape from the hustle and bustle of our constantly connected daily lives. Our guides will carry a satellite communication device in case of emergency.
Our trips travel through dry arid climates that often have threats of fire or air quality impacts due to fire. If you have asthma, air conditions during the dry months are something to consider when picking your trip and packing. We may change the logistics of our trip due to fire conditions in the area.
Our managing agencies prohibit firearms on the trip. Leave any firearms at home.
Rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, and just being outside, in general, may be more physical activity than you are used to. Get prepared for your trip early by starting to exercise now! Let us know of any physical limitations in advance of your trip so we can work with you to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.