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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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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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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

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Part II: Photo Diary of a Whitewater River Rat

By Joe Ballent Part II It’s pretty awesome to be up on Tavaputs Plateau to welcome guests to their upcoming Desolation Canyon trip after they’re flown in from Green River.  It feels like you’re touching distance from these quick little single-prop planes as they execute practiced and perfect landings atop the mighty Tavaputs.  As a Read More

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Part 1: The Photo Diary of a Whitewater River Rat

By Joe Ballent Photo Diary Of A Whitewater River Rat They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and after combing through my folders of rafting photos (dating back to the ancient 2008) I’m forced to agree.  I compiled the highlight shots from a number of different trips with Holiday River Expeditions, with guests Read More

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The 5 Best Things About Cataract Canyon

By Lauren Wood Notorious whitewater Cataract is famous for being BIG.  It has the deepest canyons, massive water volume below the confluence of both the Colorado and Green River and some of the biggest whitewater in North America; during spring run-off making rapids in the Grand Canyon seem relatively tame. I remember my first trip Read More

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5 Reasons To Leave The City And Go Boatin’

By Lauren Wood 1. Comfy clothing options: Kicking your feet up on a raft while you float beneath Grand Canyon-esque cliffs requires a different kind of attire. Much like fencing requires a mask and rock-climbing requires a harness, river rafting necessitates lounge attire. When I pack for my river trips, I always pack my softest Read More