The trip started with a bus pick-up at 8:00 am at Hawthorne Suites LV near the strip. I stayed at Motel 6 Tropicana which was only about a block away to save money. The bus was already there at 7:40. They took us to a small airport where we flew Vision Air out to Bar 10 ranch. The plane didn’t leave until after 9:30, I wished I had brought a book to read. As soon as we landed at the Ranch we were lined up for the helo down to the river. There was a place to change there. Once down by the river we transferred our stuff to our “day bags” and large waterproof bags for duffles or backpacks. In our daybags we kept sunscreen, chapstick, cameras, and a jacket. They gave us travel mugs which could be clipped in our lifejackets or onto our bags. The helicopters held 5 people, so it took about an hour to get everyone down to the river. We got briefed on the trip while the crew made a lunch of really good cold cut sandwiches. It was pretty windy that day, and we were happy to have sunglasses to keep the sand out of our eyes. We finally got underway, 31 people total on 2 boats. The boats have various comfortable places to sit; no paddling required. At camp, they offered tents but recommended to set up cots and enjoy the stars which we all did. There was about an hour to hike before dinner. The crew made all the food, we set up our own cots. They provided a sleeping bag, fleece bedroll, tarp, and sheet. Dinner was spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and cheesecake for desert. The next day was our full day on the river. We took a couple of short hikes during the day, nothing over 30 minutes. We followed the same schedule at camp that evening, with about an hour for packing. The last day there were no rapids, we were on the river for about 3 hours before a large jet-boat came to pick us up and take us across Lake Meade, which was a little over an hour. For lunch the last day we were loaded on a motorcoach and taken to a grocery/deli in a small desert town (Dolan Springs, I believe). We got $6 vouchers, sandwiches were pre-made and cost $4.50. There were drinks and chips available to buy too. On our trip we were able to drive over the Hoover dam, so we were back to the Hawthorne Suites around 3:30.
Packing: the website recommends sarongs; no one wore them. It also recommended Camelbacks; we never used ours b/c the hikes were short and they provided the travel mugs. No one needed the rafting gloves, the ropes aren’t bad to hold onto and there were only about 4 rated rapids on the trip. A bar of Ivory and a travel pack of baby wipes for 3 days is all you need for soap/shampoo. The water is 50 degrees. As far as raingear, I bought some cheap stuff from Target ($10, Coleman 2 pc raingear) and was glad I had it early in the morning on the front of the boat., but my husband never wore his. I was glad to have a lightweight fleece, and quick drying pants, but we didn’t take anything else warm and we were comfortable.
This trip was incredible, I recommend it highly. The guides were awesome! The oldest person on the boat was 66. A lot of other info is at www.wewsternriver.com.