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

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

River Trip Inspired Poetry, by Brett Hoffmann

If I Had Drifted Along the towering canyon walls that echoed sounds for miles… and had I flown through the spray from swift rapids that carved an array of rock forms tangled with the earths plates, that shoot into the clear blue sky… for the Moose, Deer, Big Horn sheep and all wildlife to thrive… Read More

Book Cliffs and Badlands: An Introduction to the Cisco Desert

By Christian Wright Guide at Holiday River Expeditions Most people driving across the Green River Desert on Interstate 70 make few stops along the way. On an average summer’s day, looking out from a car’s air conditioned windows it seems the whole universe has turned to a burnt, waterless desert. The monotone yellow of the Read More

A Few of Our Favorite Things…About River Rafting Trips – Mealtime!

  by Julie K. Trevelyan River rafting trips have a whole host of super coolness that attracts people. From the Colorado River whitewater rapids to the tall canyon walls to the deep intimacy with our beautiful natural world, a rafting adventure offers bucket loads of fun. We decided to round up a few of our Read More

50 Ways to Cut an Onion: 6 decades of River-Rats Celebrate Dee Holladay and Holiday River Expeditions

By: Lauren Wood Ray’s Tavern was bustling with travelers, bikers and river-folk alike on the eve of the Holiday River 50th Anniversary weekend celebration. Like any other day at Ray’s, delicious smells wafted out of the brick building into the remote streets of Green River; acting like a homing beacon for river-guides far and wide. Read More

The Je Ne Sais Quoi of the Campfire Marshmallow

The Je Ne Sais Quoi of the Campfire Marshmallow (Yes, this is literally a puff piece. But stick with me.) The food on a Holiday river expedition is superb. The muscled guides unpack a full kitchen from the boat, and then turn to their more delicate talents: churning out fluffy pancakes or flavor-packed lasagna, or Read More

Shhh, Listen, Do You Hear That? Eavesdropping on John Wesley Powell and his Historic Geographic River Expedition

By Peta Liston-Owens What comes to mind when envisioning John Wesley Powell’s 1869 three-month raucous river expedition through the unchartered terrain of the Green and Colorado rivers, and into the depths of the Grand Canyon? In his book, Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons, passages paint images of striking landscape and stomach-dropping first Read More

Green River Rafting Trips: A Little History Lesson on Lodore Canyon

    By Kenzie Comstock The History of Lodore Canyon During the summer of 1869, John Wesley Powell led the Powell Geographic Expedition into the areas of the Green and Colorado rivers. This was a groundbreaking expedition and the first known passage into the Grand Canyon. The expedition endured great hardships and grave dangers during their three-month Read More

Mud Bugs, Chubs, and Citizen Scientists: how river guides give back to the canyon

By: Kate Savage No matter how magnificent they are, the rivers of the West are more or less made out of mud. Those Grand Canyon walls? Petrified mud. And the grounding base of life in this place is made up of wriggling mud-bugs. By ‘mud-bugs’ I mean the larval form of aquatic insects: mayflies, caddisflies, Read More