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Watersheds West of the Wasatch

I don’t know how to write this as a happy story. I don’t know how to talk about the Great Salt Lake right now without at least a bit of this heaviness settling into my gut and my chest.   There isn’t anything like it, this bizarre body of water. The Uinta mountains to the Read More

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Rhapsody on River Foam

  Guides call it ‘beaver vomit,’ the plumes of brown foam along the river. When you first see the lines of froth, you might suspect foul play and pollution. But long-time Holiday guide Lauren Wood reassured me: “This is the good stuff. This is a healthy river.” Lauren’s words, as they often do, cajoled me Read More

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Wild Woman of the Whitewater: the Story of Georgie White

In the Grand Canyon there’s a mean little rapid named Georgie. It’s named for a woman who, in her 70s, could still be found racing full-tilt down the canyon in a leopard-print leotard, a beer in her hand. Georgie White was born in 1911 in Oklahoma, and was actually named Bessie DeRoss. She was born Read More

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Hope in the Dark and Hope Behind the Dam: How a water crisis could re-wild a river

In 1963 the gates of Glen Canyon Dam shut, and the waters rose. Over the following 19 years, 186 miles of canyons sank under the water and mud, and with them sank over 4,000 ancient ruins and petroglyphs, and habitat for 79 plant species, 189 bird species, 34 kinds of mammals. But what do the Read More

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Pockets of Life: The Living Legacy of Desert Potholes

In the city, a pothole is a failure. A spine-rattling bump on your way to work. A tsk-tsk to politicians hob-nobbing with lobbyists while our roads crumble under our feet. I’m not talking about cities, though, I’m talking about the desert. In the desert, a pothole is a tide pool abandoned by the ocean. In Read More

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From Those Who Need no Convincing : A Holiday take on Why Fodor’s listed Utah as the #1 Place to Visit in 2016

  Earlier this winter, Fodor’s top travel company picked Utah as the 2016 #1 places to visit in the World.  You don’t have to convince us! Folks join Holiday River  for the numerous whitewater river adventures we offer, but they keep coming back because there is simply too much to take in on one rafting Read More

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13 Reads for the River

I have a suspicion about the kind of books you ache to read on the river. I suspect that river reads are the opposite of their popular-girl cousins, the ‘beach reads.’ Beach reads are mindless; the books of the river have a mind. Beach reads are about escaping your life; river reads are about finding Read More

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Science Says River Trips are Good for Business

At Holiday River Expeditions, our guides and staff never need too many elaborate excuses to justify getting out on the water, place our hands on the oars and going with the flow. However, that doesn’t mean it’s all just for the love of having fun. Our partners at Newco recently dove into the science behind a Read More

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Cataract Canyon Rafting, the “Holiday Way”

  by Julie Trevelyan   Oars slip quietly into the water and pull, stroking and skimming and powering their craft through. Cheerful laughter echoes against the canyon walls, as does the harsh, inquisitive caw of a raven flying overhead. It is so quiet you can hear the flap of sleek ebony wings as the raven Read More

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Rafting the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon

by Julie Trevelyan Rafting the Colorado River through Utah’s famous Cataract Canyon is the river rafting adventure of a lifetime for many people. Cataract Canyon, which swirls its way through the heart of beautiful Canyonlands National Park, is renowned for its tremendous whitewater rapids, gorgeous canyon walls that tower up to the incredible blue sky, Read More