The Therapy of the Wild

By: Easton Smith There is a healing that’s just asking for our presence, a wellness that always awaits our focus. Our deepest and most foundational experiences lie just beyond this box that we inhabit, just past the pavement on which we lay our bundled feet. There’s a calm wildness within us that yearns to reconnect Read More

Sensational Snow: 2017’s Beautiful Snow Pack & the Science of Rivers

By: Easton Smith I am no climate scientist, but I do know enough about the climate to couch my enjoyment of it. When the spring comes refreshingly early, it’s spoiled by my knowledge that it’s probably a dangerous premonition of the heat to come. When we get a sunny day in the winter, I am bothered Read More

Herm’s History Helper: The Echo Park Dam Controversy

By Herm Hoops 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 Read More

2017 Colorado River Rafting through the Grand Canyon

2017 Colorado River Rafting trips 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 Read More

What is at Stake: A case for the Outdoor Industry

By Lauren Wood: 3rd Generation river-runner with Holiday River Expeditions As I shovel endless fluffy snow, that will soon turn into spring run-off, I know It’s that time of year again: the Outdoor Retailers convention is back in town, in the heart of Salt Lake City. This show takes a full week with thousands working Read More


Starry Eyed: Stargazing Trips Take Another Round

For all of our musings about what’s ‘innate’ in our human personalities and culture, we actually know very little about what human beings have been doing and feeling for the majority of our time on this planet. We don’t have journals from the paleolithic era to tell us how early humans felt about their existential Read More

A Seasonal Soaking: Monsoons in the West

Sometimes it’s the absence of a thing that reveals and sharpens its importance. The lover who is away, the friend who has passed on, these pangs of loss help us to reorganize our lives around the things that matter most to us. Lack reminds us to celebrate the return of abundance. The desert knows this Read More

Utah Mountain Biking Trips: Top Five Reasons to Bike the White Rim Trail

by Julie Trevelyan   The famed White Rim Trail in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park is a beacon for those who desire to spin their wheels through some of the most gorgeous scenery on the planet. Whether you are a mountain biking newbie or seasoned trail guru, this trip is one for your “must-do” list. To further inspire Read More

Taking Shape: The Deposition of a River

Sometimes change occurs in a single, catastrophic swipe of fate or a sudden, glorious moment of victory. More often, we look back to a decade ago and realize, quizzically, that we are a totally different person now. Some mysterious combination of everyday interactions slowly wore upon our old beliefs and habits, and built new layers Read More

One Man’s Trash is Still Trash: Micro-Trash on the River

As Lake Powell’s shoreline recedes, a strange new ecology comes into view. Fishing poles, dropped long ago by drunken uncles and clumsy fathers, stick out from the cracked and flaking mud like weeds. Old beer cans that have worked their way into the sedimentary layers glint in the sun like some strange signal in this Read More