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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

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Have you ever wanted to ask your River Guide, what’s In Your Ammo Can?

By Joe Ballent Part One: When I first began working for Holiday River Expeditions, I had several goals to strive for- not the least of which was obtaining my guide license and some serious river time.  I was in my late teens, unloading grocery trucks in the warehouse and dreaming of the day when I’d Read More

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The 5 Best Things about the Yampa River

By Lauren Wood 1. It’s Wild!:  Spring run-off and the wild-west. On the Yampa River, everything you see, smell, touch and hear is informed by its wildness.  As one of the last truly wild rivers in the west, the Yampa flows from Steamboat Springs Colorado to its confluence with the Green River in Dinosaur National Read More

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The Bare Naked Truth: The Role of Bears in the Ecosystem

By Lauren Wood On a number of Holiday River Expeditions rafting trips, you make have the lucky chance to see one of mother natures most awe-inspiring characters, the Black Bear. Sitting on a Colorado River bank or lumbering on a talus slope, Utah’s Black Bears are a startling and wonderful site. Because of the way Read More

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Out of the Office & Into the Wild

Escape the Rat Race for an Epic Group Wilderness Adventure by Julie K. Trevelyan Work is an essential part of most people’s lives, and hopefully we have fulfilling work that adds depth and richness to our days. Co-workers, bosses, and employees make up a significant portion of our time on this planet. If you run Read More

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Currents of Change

Currents of change have found their way from the river canyons to our cozy Holiday River office;  Tammy Holladay Jones our 27 year Trip Director and life long Holiday river runner will be leaving at year’s end for an exciting new adventure working for Utah Paperbox right here in Salt Lake City. Trained by her Read More

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Motor-less Memories

  By Lauren Wood Martin Litton, a beloved environmentalist and harbinger for wilderness died November 30th, but his legacy lives on in the policies and parks he fought for and the friends he influenced along the way. Dee Holladay and Martin Litton met at a Western River Guides Association meeting in 1972’.  As Sue Holladay Read More