Colorado River Rafting Through Cataract Canyon

Oar Rafts, Paddle Boats, Inflatable Kayaks and Sups: PYOB

By Joe Ballent Oar Rafts These 16-18-foot workhorses are the mainstay of the Holiday River Expeditions’ fleet.  They feature a wooden frame (a design perfected by river rafting pioneer Dee Holladay himself) located centrally; this forms the cockpit where your guide sits.  Fore and aft are compartments for passengers and bags.  Depending on how accommodating Read More

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What’s a typical day like on the river? A Day of River Life

  By Joe Ballent What’s a typical day like on the river?  Is there a tight schedule?  These and other questions may be common for you as you approach your first whitewater rafting trip.  Rest assured, your experienced rafting guides from Holiday River Expeditions have a strong sense of appropriate cadence to ensure a trip Read More

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6 Tips for your first whitewater rafting trip!

By Joe Ballent 1.  Bring sunscreen! While we boast some of the most stunning vistas in the country here in Utah, we also boast some of the most consistent summer sunshine.  Be sure to stock up, and check the ‘SPF’ rating.  The higher, the better.  And don’t worry- if you forget to bring some, we Read More

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2015 Colorado River Rafting through the Grand Canyon

2015 Colorado River Rafting through the Grand Canyon Rafting the Grand Canyon offers a phenomenal variety of vistas, camps, waterfalls, rapids, side canyons, archaeological ruins, and other attraction sites to enjoy and explore. Allowing time to visit these places is the essence of every  Grand Canyon Rafting trip. Our paddle and oar powered whitewater trips Read More

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Top 5 Reasons to go Springtime River Rafting

by Julie K. Trevelyan   Springtime means snow melt, which means it’s time for fun on the rivers! Here are our top five reasons to get out on a springtime river rafting vacation and experience the best whitewater on the rivers. 1. Big waves. Spring run-off usually means big water, which is the sweet spot for Read More

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Herm’s History Helper: The Echo Dam Controversy of 1969

Echo Park is in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument at the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers.  It is a place of bucolic beauty, and it is also the site of the most significant conservation battle of all times. To understand the battle for Echo Park one must go back to the late Read More

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59 Years for Dee & Sue, 49 years for Holiday River Expeditions

    By Tim “TJ” Sattelmeier   The founders of Holiday River Expeditions, Dee and Sue Holladay have just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. H.E. began 10 years later in 1965. Four years earlier on their 55th anniversary they celebrated with a family Westwater Canyon river trip. Sue said in an interview, “I have been Read More

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Strengthening Family Bonds on Multi-Generational River Trips

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.  ~ Novelist Jane Howard By Peta Owens-Liston Blood is thicker than water, so goes the old adage, and days on the river with family serves to strengthen the ties Read More

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Some of our favorite River Quotes 

Compiled by Joe Ballant “A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.” ― Laura Gilpin We call upon the waters that rim the earth, horizon to horizon, that flow in our rivers and streams, that fall upon our gardens and fields, and we ask that they teach Read More

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The 5 Best Things About Lodore Canyon

By Lauren Wood Ecological nerd-fest Sitting on the boundary of an “ecological transition zone”, Dinosaur National Monument has incredible biodiversity.  Due to its unique geography sitting at the top of the Colorado Plateau and the base of the Uinta Mountain rage, the upper Green River enjoys the best of both ecosystems.  Towering Ponderosa and Lodge Read More